Data types and nodes


Installing GeoData Manager

Tutorial: Getting familiar with GeoData Manager

This tutorial introduces you to:

An overview of using GeoData Manager

You can use GeoData Manager in many ways, but you will usually cycle around these steps:

  1. Enter and edit data, for example wells, downhole tests, discharge tests, chemical sites, chemical analyses.

  2. Select data to work with or to output.

  3. Output the data; GeoData Manager has many ways to output data and some typical scenarios are described here.

As you use GeoData Manager, adjust it to suit your needs:

To learn how to use GeoData Manager:

Opening the sample database

GeoData Manager comes with a built-in database, called the sample database, which we will use in these tutorials. Read more about databases.

Run GeoData Manager and double click the sample database. GeoData Manager opens its home window.

If you have changed to a different database, then for these tutorials, open the sample database like this:

  1. Click Database (in the menu bar), then click Database Manager.

  2. Click sample database, then click . Or double-click sample database.

The database stores individual items of data, for example:

These items are called fields read more about fields. All fields in GeoData Manager have a location (called a site) and a unit (see below).

Introduction to units

The available units include SI (m, kg, Pa/m ...), other standard sets (Metric, Imperial), unusual or customary units (fathom, degrees R, leos ...) as well as purely software units (numeric, alphanumeric, none ...). Read more.

Organising your units

GeoData Manager has four default unit sets: SI, Company, Imperial and Metric.

For the tutorials in this help guide, load the Metric unit set:

  1. Click Settings (in the menu bar), then click Unit settings.

  2. If necessary, vlick the UnitTypes tab.

  3. Click the Sets drop-down list (at the foot of the tab) and click the Metric unit set:


  4. Click OK.


The GeoData Manager home window

When GeoData Manager starts, it displays the home window. From the home window, you can select commands to work with your data. The labels show the main parts of the home window:

Your window will have the same parts as the picture above, but it will look different:

Title bar

The title bar at the top of the window shows:

Menu bar

Click a name in the menu bar to see a list of commands available, then click an item in a list to start the command. A greyed-out command shows that the command is unavailable for the data in the home window. Read about the menu commands.

Tool bar

Commonly-used commands. Click a command in the tool bar to start it. A greyed-out command shows that the command is unavailable for the data in the home window. Read about the toolbar commands.

The database tree

Now follow these links to find out what these terms mean:

The database tree is a list of the built-in datatypes available. Each item in the list is more commonly called a node. There are so many datatypes or nodes that they are arranged by category, and this list is said to be in the form of a tree.

You can collapse or expand the tree to show different data types or categories of data types:




A node is a line on the database tree, and is therefore a datatype or a datatype category read more.


  1. In the database tree, click Add a Surveyed Well in Location and deviation. This displays the surveyed wells stored in the database.

  2. To the right, click the well AT-102. This selects AT-102.

  3. At the bottom, click the tab Detail Table. This shows detail data for AT-102.

The filter bar

A database usually has many data sets of each data type; the filter bar helps you select data sets to work with read more.

The header window

Now follow these links to find out what header data and detail data are.

The header window shows header data for the datasets of the datatype you selected in the database tree. This header window shows surveyed wells:

The tabs

The tabs display details for the dataset selected in the header window. Click the tab toolbar buttons to see different data:


For example, this is the detail table for surveyed well AT-102:

See here for more information on tabs.

Undocking and docking tabs

You can undock tabs from the main window to be independent windows see how.

The tab toolbar

Each tab has a tool bar of common commands. This is the Detail Table tab's toolbar:

See here for more information on the tab toolbar commands.

The status bar

Shows information about what is displayed above.

Exiting GeoData Manager

To exit GeoData Manager:

Click Return or Cancel to return to the GeoData Manager main window. Then:

Then click Yes. If more than one GeoData Manager window is running, you are asked if you want to close that window or all windows read more.