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The options window provides control over various settings within AquiferTest.


Reports tab

The Reports tab provides settings for the format of printed reports available in AquiferTest.



Page Margins - set Left, Right, Top, and Bottom margins


Title Block - set up your company title the way you wish it to appear on reports. You have the option of disabling the title block so that it doesn’t print on every page of the report. Change the font and size of the title by clicking on the Font button.

Logo/Logo Preview - define a logo that will be printed with the company info. Specify the image file that contains the logo and choose the size in which it will be displayed. Image files supported by AquiferTest include bitmap (.BMP), icon (.ICO), metafile (.WMF), and enhanced metafile (.EMF). Generally your graphic should have a length-to-height ratio of 1:1. If your logo appears on the screen but not on printed reports, your printer may not be set up for Windows operation. If this occurs, ask your network administrator for technical assistance.

Advanced/Wells - produces a dialog that allows you to specify what information you wish to be printed in the Wells report.


Advanced/Trend Analysis - produces a dialog that allows you to specify what information you wish to be printed in the Trend Analysis report


Advanced/Barometric effects report - produces a dialog that allows you to specify what information you wish to be printed in the Barometric Effects report.

Advanced/Analyses Results - produces a dialog that allows you to specify what information you wish to be printed in the Analysis report.



Report Content Resizing - A few options have been added in order to adjust the layout and content of the report;


The options are explained from left to right below:


Increase font size

Decrease font size

Increase row height: ideal when you have lengthy fields that wrap on to additional lines, and require
adjustments to the report grid

Decrease row height


PDF Support - AquiferTest now allows you to print one or more report pages to a .PDF file for easy distribution. In order to use this option, you must have a PDF printer driver installed on your machine (such as Adobe).  Windows typically includes a Microsoft PDF Printer; however; there are also some popular free PDF writer available for download.   Once installed and enabled, you will see a new button on the toolbar, as shown below.


NOTE: If the new button does not appear, select Tool > Options from the main tool bar.  On the Reports tab, locate the PDF support area near the bottom of the window and click the "Enable" box.



Click on this button when you are in the Reports tab; all the reports you have selected will be combined into a single .PDF file.  If you have multiple pumping tests or slug tests in the project, then these will appear as separate items in the Report preview; you can include multiple tests in the report and consolidate these into a single .PDF file.





General Tab

Contains general program settings such as:


File location - specify default folder for saving/opening projects


Additional options:

Load the program as full screen

Create back-up files of your project with extension .BAK

Enable the Autosave feature and specify the time interval

Create local backup (this option is useful when you are working over a network and your .HYT files are saved on a network drive; when enabled, a local backup file will be created; click on the "Show backup location" link in order to see this folder.

Send Anonymous Usage: By default, AquiferTest collects anonymous usage statistics.  The data that we collect enables us (Waterloo Hydrogeologic) to get reliable statistics on which features are used (or not used). This helps us better understand the needs of our users so we can build better applications.  The information collected is completely anonymous – it is not traceable to any individual, project, or organization and does not include project data. You can opt out by deselecting this option.

Display notifications (warning messages) in the Analysis tab

Show/hide units on plot axis labels

Load Dimensionless view when creating new analysis

Display settings on switching to

Select a graph template to be used when you switch to “Dimensionless” view, Recovery Analysis, or Cooper Bredehoeft Papadopulos Slug Test


Default method for unconfined, anisotropic aquifer analysis: Choose between Neuman or Boulton. The selected analysis method will be used by default, whenever unconfined, anisotropic is set for the model assumptions


Use NEUMAN table interpolation option provides a much faster, slightly less accurate NEUMAN solution,


Default Units: set the units that are loaded with each newly created test


Constants tab

Define the physical and mathematical constants that AquiferTest uses for different computations.

The density of water and acceleration due to gravity are used e.g. in the barometric pressure correction calculations

The confidence interval of the t-test is used in the trend correction.

Automatic fit: specify the maximum number of iterations, to be used during the automatic fit, and display a progress bar in the Analysis graph window. Higher iterations will result in slower processing times.

Parameter Factor: Set a factor for adjusting parameter values; this is used in the Analysis Parameter controls, when doing the manual adjustment of the curve fit and aquifer parameters. The default interval value is 1.5.

Cooper Jacob:

oSet a value for u for the validity line. Value must be between 0.01 and 0.1

oSelect the option for determining closest point, for the Cooper Jacob Distance Drawdown analysis. When using this method, you are required to enter a time value for the analysis. If there is no observed water level for this time value, AquiferTest will search for the next closest observation point, back and forward in time. Assume you are looking for the closest point for t = 100 s and you have data points at 10 s and 300 s. If Linear is selected the program takes the data point at 10 s, because delta t is 90 s (compared to the other point, where delta t is 200 s). If Log is selected the program uses the 300 s data point, because ABS (log(300) – log(100)) is 0.477, compared to ABS (log(10)-log(100)) which is 1.


Appearance tab

Colors for Wells Table

Specify the colors to differentiate between the pumping and observation wells.

Marker Symbols

In this form you can also customize the appearance of the symbols which are used to represent the wells on the site map and analysis graphs. Use the combo-boxes to select the color and shape of the symbol. The symbols are assigned to the wells based on the order in which they were created.

If the Type curves use same color as markers check box is selected, all type curves will be colored the same color as the markers. If the Draw marker symbols behind type curve option is selected, the marker symbols will always appear behind the type curves.

Drop Zone for Logger files.

See DropZone section for more details.

User fields tab

AquiferTest allows you to create up to four user-defined fields, for displaying in project reports. A text field can be added to any of the following project tabs: Pumping/Slug Test, Discharge, Water Level and Analysis. Use this tab to specify the properties for each user-defined field.

The field properties include:

Visible - Enable/Disable user-defined field. Selecting this option will add the field to its respective tab. Deselecting this option will remove the field from its respective tab.

Caption - Specify a caption for the field, e.g.,“Sample” in the image below.

For example, when the user-defined field for the Pumping/Slug Test tab is enabled, it will appear below the date field under the Pumping/Slug Test tab, as shown in the image below.

NOTE: you can add automatically add the filename and full filepath to the report by entering the values <FILENAME> or <FILEPATH>, respectively into the custom field, as shown in the example below:

which results in the following on the report page(s):


Use default font Select to show the field on the report using the default report font

Font If Use default font is unchecked, specify a customized font style for the field text

Use default position Select to position the field on the report in its default position. Deselect this option, and use Left [mm] and Top[mm] to define a different position on the report page.

Left [mm] Define a position along the Y-axis

Top [mm] Define a position along the X-Axis

NOTE: Page coordinate values are expressed relative to the upper-left corner of the page (0,0).

If the Use default position option is disabled, you can also drag and drop the field anywhere on the report, as desired.


Surfer Script tab [Pro Only]

AquiferTest Pro allows you to create surfaces/contours of the analytic maps, and to easily export these objects to Surfer at the click of a button. The Surfer Script tab of the options window allows you to customize the way this Surfer exporting function works.

Show button: select whether or not the 'Send to Surfer' button appears in the toolbar of the Site Plan tab.

Scripter executable: specify the location of the Scripter executable file (included with Surfer) and typically located at: "C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer 15\Scripter.exe".

Gridding Method: select the gridding method. Two options are available directly: triangulation with linear interpolation and Kriging. (Other methods may be available by using custom scripts).

Map Type: select the type of map to export. Three options are available: contour plots, 3D wireframe and 3D surface.

Add Timestamp to data and grid file: select this option to include a timestamp to the exported data. Note that if the timestamp is not added, successive script runs will overwrite previous versions.

Fill Contours: select this option to fill contours with a color map using the built-in Geology2 Fill Colors schema available in Surfer.

Axes labels with units: select this option to include axes labels and units in the exported data.

Use Custom Script: custom scripting is available. The user must specify the file name and location of the custom Surfer script.


For more information on Scripting in Surfer, please refer to the Scripter Introductory documentation at the Golden Software website.


Tile Server tab [Pro Only]

AquiferTest Pro allows you to specify a tile server from which to download a base map for your Site Plans. The tile server must be similar to the following format:


URL: the base URL (including protocol, e.g. https://) for the tile server.  The

Field Order: the order in which tile zoom levels (z) and coordinates (x,y) are specified in the URL, typically this is ZXY; although settings can vary between tile servers.

Tile Format: select the image format that the tile server supports; typically this is PNG, JPG, BMP.

API Key: the API key used to access the tile server for commercial tile servers (e.g. Google, Bing, ESRI); not required for open source

Copyright annotation: annotation and attribution information for the tile server

Tile Size: standard image size, typically 256x256

Min/Max Details: the minimum/maximum tile zoom level (the z value).  Typically ranges from 0 to 18.

Test Settings: clicking this button will test the connection to the tile server based on the current settings to download a sample tile. If successful, you will see the example tiles.

Load Presets: Select from one of the available predefined tile server settings


Word Report tab

AquiferTest Pro allows you to generate custom reports for information in several of the workflow steps.

Show Button - AquiferTest now allows you to print one or more report pages to a custom Word template for easy distribution of reports that you can customize. In order to use this option, you must have Microsoft Office including MS-Word installed on your machine. Once installed and this option is selected, you will see a new button on the toolbar, as shown below.




Template Files:

oPumping Test Analysis Template: will print information from the

oSlug Test Analysis Template: will print information from the

oData Template: Water Levels Data tab

oMap Template:


For details on how to make use of the Word templates, please refer to the Word Reports section.



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