Lesson 1: Creating a New Project
Creating a new WinHSPF project means creating a new UCI file, since all WinHSPF project information is stored in the UCI file. When using WinHSPF from the BASINS system, the user will automatically enter WinHSPF at the Create Project window. When using WinHSPF apart from the BASINS system, the user will have to choose Create from the File menu or click on the icon on the toolbar to enter the Create Project window. Whichever way WinHSPF is started, the Create Project feature assumes that the user has created a set of intermediate files from BASINS (.wsd, .rch, .psr, and .ptf) that transfer data from the BASINS GIS interface to WinHSPF.
As WinHSPF starts, an initialization process begins, during which the contents of several files are read into memory, including the files ‘HspfMsg.mdb’ and ‘starter.uci’. The progress will be visible in the status window.
After initialization is complete, either one of two windows will appear, depending upon the way WinHSPF was started. If the user has started WinHSPF independently from BASINS, the Hydrological Simulation Program - Fortran (HSPF) window, the main WinHSPF window, appears.