Parametric Data Manager
The PDM (Parametric Data Manager) is a DBMS-type software written on Visual C ++ and run under Windows 98, 2000, NT 4.0 and XP. The PDM is the supplementary part of the
WinITDB (Windows-based Integrated Tsunami DataBase) package developed at the Novosibirsk Tsunami Laboratory for storage, visulalization and processing of tsunami-related data. The PDM was specially designed for database regional coordinators and data compilers to assist them in the initial data compilation, storage, editing and updating and their further converting into the WinITDB format. The PDM can handle all the basic types of tsunami data and information as parametric (source data, run-up observations, tide measurements) as descriptive (structured text, bibliographical references, digitized images). The PDM consists of the Quick Look Table (QLT) that displays the list of tsunamigenic events with the condensed set of their source parameters and the Tsunami Event Card (TEC) that presents the full set of parametric and reference data related to a particular event. In the QLT, every event is shown as a single line of parameters representing the basic set of data on a particular tsunamigenic event. Except the listing and sorting of tsunamigenic events, the QLT allows to make any event retrieval by multiple criteria, sorting and report printing. The TEC provides an access to the full set of data related to a particular event. It consists of several tags containing a particular type of information (source event data, data on damage, run-up heights, textual description of an event, photos, sketches and other graphical images, bibliographical references). The important feature of the TEC is the ability to manipulate with the adequately referenced multi-string data related to a single event (source coordinates, magnitudes, estimates of damage) as provided by different agencies.
Some examples of work of the PDM graphic shell
The "Event List " pop-up window. The number of events in the displayed catalog, the status of the selection mode (On/Off) and the sorting mode are displayed in the status bar located at the bottom of the window.
The event card contains the detailed information on a selected event. This information is grouped in several dialog windows - "General", "Run-up Data", "Damage", "Text", "Photos" and "References". By default, the event card is opened with the "General" dialog window that displays a basic set of an event parameters.
Event Card displays the list of observed run-up heights or double amplitudes measured on the tide-gauge records with geographical coordinates of the observational site.
The list of parameters related to a single observation includes its three-level name (Region name, Area name and Site name), geographical coordinates of the site (latitude, longitude), the type of observation (run-up height or tide-gauge measurement), the maximum vertical run-up or wave height (peak-to-peak) amplitude in meters, the maximum horizontal distance of in-land flooding (in meters), direction of the first movement (up or down) and the dominant wave period (in minutes). Each observation can be provided with the reference to the data source (that is displayed in the "Reference" line) and with short textual comment.
Event Card - detailed information on the damage produced by an event, textual description of tsunami manifestation, photos and list of bibliographical references related to a particular tsunamigenic event.