Getting Started

Become Familiar with Wavector

Operating Systems (64 bit)

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows XP x64 Edition Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Service Pack 2 Any Intel or AMD x86 processor supporting SSE2 instruction set 1.7 GB

 

  *32 Bit systems available upon request

 

Processors

Any Intel or AMD x86 processor supporting SSE2 instruction set

 

Disk Space

1.7 GB

 

1.5 GB (MATLAB runtime)

200 MB (WaveForce application)

 

RAM

2GB

 

Graphics

No specific graphics card is required. Hardware accelerated graphics card supporting OpenGL 3.3 with 1GB GPU memory recommended

 

 

IMPORTANT: NEW USERS MUST READ AND AGREE TO THE LICENSE AGREEMENT THAT APPEARS DURING INSTALLATION. INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE IMPLIES THAT YOU AGREE TO ALL STATED TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

Wavector is compiled into a C executable using the MATLAB compiler. It is packaged to run on a Windows 64-bit processor but can be compiled for Mac, Linux, and 32 bit Windows on request. An internet connection is required to install. MATLAB is not required to operate.

 

For first-time operation, copy the provided files into a convenient location on your computer hard disk. If you have been provided a zip file, remove the installer program using the provided password. Double-click the installer program to unpack the program and install the required Matlab run-time compiler on your computer. The installation screen will appear:

 

Answer any questions that appear during the installation process. You will be asked to select an installation folder. Furthermore if the appropriate Matlab Runtime Compiler is not installed on your computer, you will be asked to select a folder for this as well. Download of the Runtime Compiler can take several minutes. Once complete, locate the wavector.exe application in your installation folder. It may have been placed in a new folder called ‘application’.

 

Please refer to the Product Key Registration Guide to activate your license!

 

Need help?  Reach us at waveforcesupport@rpsgroup.com.

 

The Start-Up Screen is your portal for loading wave data into Wavector and accessing program features.

 

The Wavector tools operate on non-directional or directional wave spectra in a variety of data formats.  Wind speed and direction data can also be read in for some data.  Special formatters are included for reading data from a variety of sources, including commercial wave sensors and selected WWW data archives.  Generic MATLAB file formats allow the user to convert wave spectrum data from any source into a useable form.  Custom data formatters are available upon request.

 

Data are selected for import into Wavector through the File pull-down menu.  Once a particular data set is selected, Wavector will read in the data and launch the Data View module.  The menu commands available from the Start Up screen are described below

 

Start-Up Screen Menu Commands

File Menu – for loading raw or processed wave spectra files

  • Load Raw Data – Select available data source to read and format unprocessed wave spectra files. Provides links to all available input file formats.  Some formats also allow reading in a separate wind file.  Once a data type is selected, an Import Parameters Table is displayed.  This is where specific attributes of the data, if not previously saved, need to be entered into the import parameters database.
  • Open Wavector File – Select and load processed data files from previous Wavector sessions.  These are MATLAB binary files with a *.mat file extension.  An automated file checker ensures that all the required data fields are in place and warns the user about any missing data fields.
  • Load Saved Parameters – Select and load parameter settings file into Wavector. These are MATLAB binary files with a *.mat file extension that contain the field “parameters”.  The user will be prompted to overwrite or rename any duplicate Import or Wave System parameters. 
  • Exit Wavector – Quit the Wavector program and close all windows.

 

Module

All Module options are inactive until data is loaded

 

Settings

  • Parameters – Must load data to view parameters
  • Color Scheme – Set background and text colors for all windows and plots

 

Help

  • About Wavector – Display Wavector Copyright and License information
  • Help Contents – Display Wavector Help Page