TUFLOW Utilities

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Introduction

A number of utilities are available on the the TUFLOW website (http://www.tuflow.com/Tuflow%20Utilities.aspx Download TUFLOW utilities]). Many of the utilities are DOS executables and run without a graphical user interface, like the TUFLOW engine itself. There are also some excel macros and the MapInfo tools, which are MapBasic applications designed for MapInfo.

These utilities are described individually in the page linked below.

DOS Utilities

Running DOS utilities

As with TUFLOW there are multiple methods for running the DOS executables. The most common methods are from a batch file and using the right mouse button on the input file.

From a Batch File (.bat)

Where there is more than one input file then a batch (.bat) file needs to be created. Batch files are also powerful when you want to bulk process data. These are simply a text file containing one or more lines that execute a utility as per the examples given in the examples sections of each utility. To execute the .bat file, double click on the file in Windows Explorer. To force the .bat file to pause at the end (and not simply disappear off the screen), enter the text “pause” on the last line of the file.

Using the Right Mouse Button in Windows

The right mouse button functionality is only suited to operations that only require one file as an input. For example these method can be TUFLOW_to_GIS to create a 3D surface of the results. However, it would not be suitable for using dat_to_dat to calculate the difference between files.

List of DOS Utilities

Excel Utilities

Please see the Excel Tips for a description of the TUFLOW Tools for Excel.

MapInfo Utilities

The miTools are a series of MapBasic utilities that are designed for making the creation and review of TUFLOW modellers more efficient in MapInfo. For more information on the miTools please see the TUFLOW website here.
Alternatively, queries on the miTools can be directed to miTools@tuflow.com.