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The Hydro GeoAnalyst Interface

This section describes the layout of Hydro GeoAnalyst and how to navigate in it.

Hydro Geo Analyst Layout

The Hydro GeoAnalyst interface is composed of several controls:

Menu Bar: Contains menu commands with access to most features that are available in Hydro GeoAnalyst.

Module Toolbar: A toolbar that contains short-cut buttons for the most frequently used features in Hydro GeoAnalyst.

Project Explorer: Hosts the Project Tree view listing the major components of your project as well as the Station Picker and Sample Picker.

Station Picker: Allows you to select groups of station(s) or sample(s) that are used to display and work with data in other modules, tabs, and plots.

Sample Picker [HGA+ only]: Allows you to selection groups of samples

Workspace Tabs: Provides access to the various views, modules, and components of Hydro GeoAnalyst projects including: the Station List, Sample List, Plot Collections, and R-Console.

Main Workspace: Contains the workspace for the current view.

Workspace Toolbars: Contain icons for the main options you can perform with the current view in the workspace.

Status Bar: Displays the program status.


Once a project is loaded, the main window will appear; the HGA plus demo project is displayed below:



You also have the option to move tabs around and place them where you like. The default configuration is to have one tab group for the Project Tree and one tab group with the rest of the tabs (station list, station data, etc.). However, you can have more tab groups – vertical or horizontal. You can find these options by right clicking on a tab. Then you can just drag and drop the tabs where you prefer them! Here is an example configuration that you might like to use. You can also undock tabs so that you can make use of multiple monitors.




Project Explorer

The Project Explorer is one of the main navigation tools in the Hydro GeoAnalyst interface.  It is composed of the Project Tree, the Station Picker and the Sample Picker.  The main toolbar of the Project Explorer contains the following commands:

refreshes the Project Explorer from the project database

combines the Project Tree tab with the Station and Sample Picker tabs

separates the Project Tree tab from the Station and Sample Picker tabs

docks the Project Explorer to the left of the main workspace

docks the Project Explorer to the right of the main workspace

toggles the visibility of the Project Tree

toggles the visibility of the Station Picker

toggles the visibility of the Sample Picker


You can hide/show the Project Explorer by selecting the double blue arrows () located between the Project Explorer and the Main Workspace.


Project Tree

Th project tree allows you to organize and navigate through the data and related components in your project:



Project Tree Elements:


Station Groups


Sample Sets*

Sample Reports*


Well Profile Templates


Map Projects


Office Reports

Online Sharing

Plot Collections



Note: * denotes a feature on the project tree branch that is only available in HGA+


Each item is organized as a branch in the tree view with one or more items under each branch. By double-clicking an item in the Project Tree you will either activate the appropriate tab or launch appropriate module to view this item.  The following options are available in the Project Tree Toolbar:

collapses all branches in the Project Tree.
expands all branches in the Project Tree.
       the search bar filters the project tree to items (and their parents) that contain your search string.
clears the search filter.


You can organize any of the branches of the Project Tree (except for the Reports branch as it has it requires its own structure) by creating folders to group the items under the branch. Simply right click the branch and select Add Folder... . Provide a name for the folder and then you can drag and drop items from that branch into the folder.


Station Picker

The Station Picker displays a list of the stations in the currently active station group and allows you to select the active station to display in relevant tabs (e.g. the Station List and Station-Data Tab). The active station is highlighted in blue and denoted by the symbol. It is set by clicking on a station in the station picker. To change the active station group double-click on the station group in the Project Tree.


Sample Picker [HGA+ only]

The Sample Picker displays a list of the samples in the currently active sample set and allows you to select sample(s) to display in relevant tabs (e.g. Sample List View and Plot Collections). Selected samples are highlighted in blue and the active sample is denoted by the symbol.  You can select a single sample using the left mouse button. Multiple samples can be selected using the left mouse button with the <SHIFT> or <CTRL> keys. To change the active sample set, double-click on a sample set or station group in the Project Tree.


Station Groups

In Hydro GeoAnalyst, stations can be sorted into groups allowing for efficient management and quick retrieval of data stored in the database. All station groups created for a project are listed in the Project Tree under the Station Groups node. Double clicking on any of the branches corresponding to a station group will load the Station List tab, and display the appropriate stations belonging to that group. There are three kinds of Station Groups in Hydro GeoAnalyst:

All Stations: This station group is in all projects and all stations that are entered (manually or by import) into the project will be found in this station group. You can not delete or rename this station group.


Static: Select one or more stations directly in the Station List tab, right-mouse click, and select the Add to [New/Existing] Station Group option from the pop up menu.


Dynamic: Using the Query Builder, you can build a dynamic station group by defining define search criteria, which results in a list of stations that satisfy the query criteria.


Once the stations in a group are displayed, a number of operations can be applied based on the selection.  To find out more about Station Groups please refer to Station Groups section of the manual.  


Sample Sets [HGA+ only]

Similarly, samples can be grouped into Sample Sets allowing you to easily manage, retrieve, and work with specific and meaningful groups of samples. Sample sets created for a project are listed under the Sample Sets node in the Project Tree. Double clicking on any of the branches corresponding to a station group will load the Station List tab. There are three kinds of Sample Sets in Hydro GeoAnalyst:

Static: Select one or more samples directly in the Sample List view, right-mouse click, and select the Add to [New/Existing] Sample Set options from the pop up menu.


Dynamic: Using the Query Builder, you can build a dynamic sample set by defining define search criteria, which results in a list of samples that satisfy the query criteria.


Stations: Station groups are also implicitly sample sets as they also refer to all of the samples collected at the stations within that station group. Note that by definition, the All Stations station group includes all samples in your project.


To find out more about Sample Sets please refer to Sample Sets section of the manual.



The Hydro GeoAnalyst interface is organized into modules, which are core components of the application that help you perform specific tasks. For example: that Data Import module allows you to import data, the Plot Collection module allows you to build plots, etc.  A complete list of modules and links to their relevant topics is presented in the Modules section of the manual.


There are different tool bars available within the program - the Module Toolbar which provides quick access to Hydro GeoAnalyst Modules and the Workspace Toolbar which provides access to common tools and features within each module.


Module Toolbar

The top toolbar with the larger buttons is the main toolbar and provides quick access to the various views and modules available in Hydro GeoAnalyst. The default toolbar is shown below; however, the main toolbar is configurable via the Module Manager options in the Hydro GeoAnalyst Settings:



Station List

Data Filter

Station Data Tab

Event Planning

Non Station Data Tab

Well Profile

Template Manager

Cross Section Viewer

Import Data

Cross Section Editor 2

List Editor

Map Manager 2

R-Console 1

Map Viewer 3

Parameter Editor 1

Scene Viewer

Parameter Group Editor 1


Sample List 1

User Manager

Sample Analysis Viewer 1

Material Specification Editor

Query Builder

Quick Checker

Query Results

Plot Collections 3

1 HGA+ only

2 only available in 32-bit editions of HGA/HGA+

3 functionality extended in HGA+


Workspace Toolbar

There are also toolbars available on the individual tab groups specific to the actions you may wish to perform on the data contain within the tab group.  Below is the general tool bar found on most tab groups:


It provides options to add a record and delete items (typically a record) as well as save any edits made by committing changes to the database. There is also typically an option to show/hide columns, refresh the data from the database, export data (usually as a table), or print the data to a formatted template file. By placing your cursor over any of the icons in the tool bars you will find a tooltip indicating what the button does.


Data Filtering

Hydro GeoAnalyst has many tabs, windows, and views that include data tables and provides helpful options allowing you to filter your data so that you can quickly find the information that you need - the first row on any data grid is the filter row (shown in light blue). You can filter by unique values; if the field contains date values, the values will additionally be filterable by groups of year, month, or day:


Filtering By Unique Values

Numeric Field

Text Field

Date Fields


You can also filter by using a relational condition, as shown below:


Filtering by Relational Conditions

Numeric Fields

Text Fields

Date Fields


In some cases, you will be able to filter data using generalized conditions:


Adjustable Windows

When opening an HGA project for the first time, the default window displays will appear. There are two groups, the Project Explorer on the left and the main workspace on the right, which typically includes one or more of the following tabs:

Start Page

Station List

Sample List [HGA+ only]

Station Data

Data Query

Data Filter




The tabs which appear on project open can be configured in the Module Manager which are part of the HGA Settings.


Tab Groups and Undocked Windows

You have several options to adjust the view of these groups. You can add additional groups (right-click on any existing tab) either vertical or horizontal. Several of the modules within Hydro GeoAnalyst will launch as a tab (e.g. Query Builder, Well Profile, List Editor, Material Specification Editor, Event Planning, etc.)

Tabs can be organized in any of the following ways:

Reorder tabs within a group by simply dragging and dropping a tab to the position you'd like.

Move a tab to a new window or tab group by dragging and dropping the tab at the desired location

Right-click on the tab to select available options:



Here is an example of another way to organize your windows:





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