News - Modeling Tip: Creating Animations with Incident Analyst Results using BREEZE 3D Analyst
Mar 27, 2018
BREEZE Incident Analyst is fully integrated with the BREEZE 3D Analyst program and provides numerous options for visualizing results, including graphical results overlaid on a base map, animated results, and the ability to export results to Google Earth, Surfer, ArcGIS shapefiles, or scalable vector graphics (SVG) files.
With BREEZE 3D Analyst you can easily create animations of your time-sequenced Incident Analyst modeling results. These animations can serve as great visual tools when analyzing the results or presenting your modeling results to colleagues or clients. To create an animation of your Incident Analyst results in BREEZE 3D Analyst, follow the steps below:
After a successful Incident Analyst run, the following window will pop up. Select Analyze model results with 3D Analyst and click OK to launch 3D Analyst in a separate window.
Once 3D Analyst opens, go to the Map tab to view the modeling results. As you'll see, default contour values and colors are set. If you want to make changes to these default settings, click the Contour Level icon in the Quick Access Toolbar to access the Contour Level options.
Note: If this icon is missing, select the dropdown icon to customize the Quick Access toolbar and select Contour Levels.
To change the contour parameters, select the dataset you would like to modify and then select the method, the number of levels, the values for each level, and colors accordingly. Once the contours have been set to the desired values, click Apply and then OK.
Before creating the animation, review these helpful tips to best display your animation file:
The image displayed on the Map tab will be what is shown in the animation, so be sure you are zoomed in or out far enough.
If you do not want model objects (e.g., sources, receptors, etc.) or the high concentration label to be shown, click Appearance on the left hand side of the screen, go to Layers, and unselect Polygon Objects and/or High Values. This will remove these from showing in the Map tab and as a result in the animation.
To create the animation, click on Animate in the Output section of the Map tab to open the Animation options.
The time periods that you want to include in the animation;
The frame rate
The location and font for the time stamp if you would like this included in your animation; an
Click Animate and save the animation file in the desired folder. The animation may take a few minutes to create depending on the number of time periods it includes.
After the animation is complete, select Yes to open the .avi video file to view the animation. You can also go to the folder where the animation file was saved to open and view the animation.
If you have questions when creating animations of your BREEZE Incident Analyst results using BREEZE 3D Analyst, click Help in the software to access the User Guide or contact the BREEZE Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (972) 661-8881.