Introduction to Reports

Reports provide a medium to convey the sometimes detailed and complex results derived from the model in a clear and concise visual format. Reports are the "output" of the model, capturing the situation occuring at the moment when the reports are generated. Reports can be saved or viewed at any time to capture different simulation conditions. If you do not define and save reports, you will not have any output.

A variety of report templates exist to accommodate a wide variety of data and output options. Reports generate output in HTML, PNG and CSV formats and can be displayed in any web browser, text editor or spreadsheet application. Reports can be saved and accessed from other software applications outside Patchworks.

Patchworkss provides a Report Writer tool to access, organize and retrieve the reports that you have defined. In its simplest form the Report Writer is a container. As you add reports they are sorted in to folders according to the names that you have chosen for each report. Besides the reports that you create, the Patchworks program will automatically add reports that describe target values and simulation conditions.

You may view the reports in the Report Writer using a directory tree explorer (see Figure 90, “Report Writer Directory Tree”). Clicking on a report within the explorer pane will cause the Report Writer to generate the report from the live data within Patchworks, and send the results to your web browser. The Report Writer also contains a Wizard that can be used to save selected reports to a folder on your hard disk. The files that are saved record the state of the simulation, and can be browsed with your web browser, put on a web site, or copied onto a CD and sent to other colleagues for their perusal.

A set of reports are predefined by Patchworks and are automatically generated for each scenario. The remaining reports are defined by the user in the PIN file or through the use of a wizard. These can be defined at any time but will not get populated with data until they are accessed.

Reports can be accessed in a number of ways. Most of time you will access your reports from the Reports Tab in the Patchworks window. Saving a scenario is essentially saving reports (see Working with scenarios). The Wizard provides a list of files to save to a scenario folder. These reports can then be accessed outside of Patchworks at a later date, or reloaded to start the model at the exact position that it was left. The saved reports will have the same folder and file structure as seen in the Reports Tab of the Patchworkswindow. The inherent web server within Patchworks allows you to navigate between all the reports within a web browser. Reports can be generated for a set of selected records using specific queries in the Table Viewer and saved for comparison purposes later.