How to use JPIV in Linux Mint 17/Ubuntu 14.04

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JPIV is a software package for Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). The program is open source, platform independent.

What is PIV?

PIV is an optical technique for measuring the displacement of particle pattern. PIV ist mostly used for flow velocity measurements. In contrast to many other techniques, that measure the velocity of a single point, PIV provides information about the two dimensional velocity distribution, or more precise, about the distribution of two Cartesian velocity components parallel to a measurement plane. There are specialized set-ups that measure three Cartesian components in a plane (e.g. Stereo-PIV) or even three components in space (e.g. Tomographic PIV, Holographic PIV). Because it is an optical technique, the fluid flow is usually not disturbed by a measurement probe.

The movement of a gas or a liquid is visualized by adding small tracer particles to the flow. With a digital camera, the position of the particles is captured at least twice, with a little time lag between the images. A computer program like JPIV is used for tracking the movement of the particles based on cross-correlation, and to visualize the result.

JPIV can be effectively used to analyse velocity distribution in Hydraulic model studies.

How to install on Mint

Download JPIV > HERE

Icedtea -7-plugin has to be needed to run JPIV.

Please install Icetea if it has not be installed  already.

Move jpiv.jar file to home directory

right click properties>permissions> tick the box for allowing execute file as a program and

Tick the box to open with Open JDK Java 7 Runtime

Go to desktop

Create a desk top Launcher by right clicking the mouse .

Now you can start JPIV by double clicking the launcher at the desktop

 

How to install CropWat 8.0 on Linux Mint 17/Ubuntu 14.04

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CropWat Menu

CropWat

CROPWAT is a decision support tool developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO.

CROPWAT 8.0 for Windows is a computer program for the calculation of crop water requirements and irrigation requirements based on soil, climate and crop data. In addition, the program allows the development of irrigation schedules for different management conditions and the calculation of scheme water supply for varying crop patterns. CROPWAT 8.0 can also be used to evaluate farmers’ irrigation practices and to estimate crop performance under both rainfed and irrigated conditions.

Although CROPWAT software is written for Windows ,It can be installed on Linux platforms using Wine 1.7.20

The procedure is as follows

Install Wine 1.7.20

Adding the WineHQ PPA Repository:

Open the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Then update APT package information by running ‘sudo apt-get update‘. You can now install Wine by typing ‘sudo apt-get install wine1.7‘.

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Installing Winetricks

Open the Software Manager

find winetricks and install it .

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Install mfc40

start winetricks

Then >Select a default wineprefix>Install a Windows DLL component>mfc40

Then press OK

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Install CROPWAT 8.0

Download CROPWAT from HERE

Open “Uninstall Wine Software” and install the downloaded software

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How to install Hydraulic and hydrological software of Hydrologic Engineering Center (USACE) on Linux Mint 17/Ubuntu 14.04

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The Hydraulic and hydrological simulation software developed by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hydrologic Engineering Center are freely available to  the public . These software are prepared to  suit the Microsoft operating systems .Since these simulation software are very useful in advance hydraulic &  hydrologic engineering and water resources planning;It has to be found a method to install the same on linux platforms .

I have found a simple way to install HEC software on Linux Mint, using Wine 1.7.

 Install Wine 1.7.20

Adding the WineHQ PPA Repository:

Open the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Then update APT package information by running ‘sudo apt-get update‘. You can now install Wine by typing ‘sudo apt-get install wine1.7‘.

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Installing Winetricks

Open the Software Manager

find winetricks and install it .

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Install mfc40

start winetricks

Then >Select a default wineprefix>Install a Windows DLL component>mfc40

Then press OK

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Install HEC software

Download following software

HEC-RAS

HEC-HMS

HEC-ResSim

Open “Uninstall Wine Software” and install above software

Install Foxit Reader or suitable pdf reader in Wine in order to read help manual

Now you have a complete set of river basin module for Water Resources Planning

How to install BlueGriffon on Linux Mint

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It is observed that there is no proper Web editor  in the Mint Package manager.Therefore we will have to select a Web editor that can be installed on Linux. The BlueGriffon is a popular Web Editor that is based  on the rendering engine of Firefox.

First the latest BlueGriffon tar.gz file has to be downloaded from http://bluegriffon.org/

Extract the bluegriffon-1.7.2.Ubuntu13.04.x86_64.tar.bz2 file to the home directory of your computer.

Then the extracted folder is “bluegriffon”

Go to the “bluegriffon” folder

and find the file called bluegriffon ;
right click the mouse;properties>Open With>add> and chose Firefox Web Browser and close

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Creating a start up icon for  bluegriffon

Open “Main  Menu” software in the Application menu ;Under Internet Add new item

Then,In the Create Launcher menu ,browse and select the bluegriffon file in the bluegriffon folder in the home directory.

Now the start up icon is added to the Application menu.

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Web links such as “web site” ,”User’s Community” etc may not work in the help menu of blugriffon until the “open with application” is specified.

To activate sub menus of Help menu locate firefox at usr/bin/firefox.