SESsystemViewer is an invaluable graphics rendition software tool that can display the complete system configuration as specified by the user realistically as observed in a 3D environment from a moving platform.
It has the capability to display the system configuration specified by the MultiGround, MultiGroundZ or MultiFields software packages. Furthermore, all computation results pertaining to the system configuration can be displayed right on the system component itself in vivid spot colors that reflect the intensity of the displayed quantity (such as leakage and longitudinal currents, ground potential rises (GPR), etc.).
The main graphics computation engine of SESsystemViewer is driven by the OpenGL industry standard protocol. The interface consists essentially of a convenient single window environment that is segmented in five regions, namely:
- A 3D display region
- A legend zone that labels the computed charge density levels of the finite soil volumes patches
- A legend zone that labels the relevant specified or computed reference quantity for all conductors of the system
- A menu bar that offers various useful options, features and action shortcuts
- Vertical and horizontal toolbar regions populated with clearly identifiable buttons that duplicate most of the menu items and provide convenient feature and action shortcuts
It is possible to display the conductor network, soil model structure and reference Cartesian axes alone or simultaneously. This is quite convenient when it is necessary to determine if the conductors are above or below ground and where the buried conductors are located with respect to the various soil regions (soil layers or soil finite volumes). Conductors can be displayed as lines of various thicknesses or cylinders with a radius equal to a multiple of the specified one. One can load the information contained in the input file or in the computation database selectively. Information from multiple sessions can be superposed (appended) if desired.
Finite soil volume patches can be displayed as vertices (points), wire frames or solid surfaces. Conductor data such as radius, material type, coating type or energization type can be displayed in various colors for easy rendition. Computation results that can be displayed in various color intensities include the leakage currents, longitudinal currents at the origin or end of a conductor segment, the GPR of its metal, that of its coating or the coating stress voltage.
It is possible to specify the location of the observer as well as the steps or increments of the pan and rotation movements. The X, Y or Z coordinates can be scaled arbitrarily to help better visualize flat objects. Finally, it is possible to reassign various 3D navigation controls to the mouse left and right buttons and to the cursors.