Scenario Reports

Scenario Reports are quite different from the predefined reports discussed earlier, in both appearence and function. The main difference is this: they are created to capture the state of the optimization model at the time a scenario is saved. These reports are data files that can be loaded back into the model to run a previously saved scenario, essentially resetting the model to the exact position it was left when saved. This would save the state of the blocks, treatments and targets; all the details necessary to direct the optimization model towards a stable solution.

Scenario Reports are a snap shot of the model and are not formatted for display as the user defined reports are. The only exception to this statement would be the Target Levels reports, which provides a HTML report of the state of each target at a particular point. These reports are automatically created for each target due to the difficulty of analysing CSV files.

Scenario reports are automatically created when a scenario is saved, however they are created as data files in a CSV format (comma separated version). These files can be easily read into a spreadsheet application or a text editor, however they can be somewhat difficult to dicipher. The purpose of these files is not for display or output, but as pure data. Other well documented and user friendly interfaces are provided in Patchworks to adjust and analyse the state of the targets, blocks, schedules and routes.

These five files are used when loading a previously saved scenario (see the section called “Loading a Previously Saved Scenario”). With these files Patchworks will be able to reset the model to the state the scenario was saved. Without these reports, Patchworks starts the model using the "initial conditions" set out in your PIN file.