The Submarine Operational And
Research Environmental Database
SOARED is comprised of
a fixed relational environmental database using
unclassified data collected during the
Ice Exercises (SCICEX)
during the past several years. This project is part
of a demonstration system that is designed to allow
a U.S. Navy submarine to store and retrieve
own-ship, historical, and gridded environmental
data in a high-speed, easily accessible, relational
database to be housed on a carry-on/carry-off
The intent of SOARED is
to provide operator familiarization with the
database portion of the proposed FAST
Console (FAST TACTIC). We
also want to gather operator comments as to the
usefulness of various user interface features that
could be included in the follow-on operational
Summary of SOARED
The SOARED graphical
user interface (GUI) is designed to facilitate
access to the underlying database using simple
mouse operations (Point, Click, and Drag). For
example, defining a region is quickly and easily
accomplished by using the "click and drag"
technique. Additionally, various data display
options are available by simply clicking a checkbox
option. For example, by selecting the
option, a color-coded X-Y plot is automatically
displayed on the screen.
multiple data parameters at once, each
parameter can be removed from and returned to view
by simply clicking on a toggle key. Similarly,
individual depth profiles or along-track data
segments can be highlighted using the mouse: this
capability allows one to quickly identify data and
associated regions of special interest, such as
thin or no ice cover locations.
For more detailed
information, download the SOARED
Powerpoint File - updated 5/8/00)
SOARED Functional Capabilities
world map of coastlines which provides the
ability to zoom, scroll or center on a
and longitude position of the mouse
pointer over the map.
shortest-distance range between mouse
clicks on the map.
manual selection of the query area (e.g.,
using the mouse or the
data parameters at once.
locations as symbols on the
Ability to edit
the symbols used to represent data on the
symbols represent the season or month that
the data was collected.
used to represent seasons or
Ability to toggle
the visibility of the data symbols by data
parameter, season, or month.
Plot all data for
a specific data parameter on an X/Y plot
in the season or month colors of the
Plot only the
data currently visible on the map for a
specific data parameter.
nth data point for a specific data
symbol(s) on the map, which highlights the
corresponding curve on the X/Y
Ability to plot
specifically selected (highlighted) data
within a visible data set.
Display the X/Y
data values of the mouse pointer of the
Format the X/Y
plot minimum and maximum axis values by
entering values or interactively selecting
axis bounds on the X/Y plot.
Format the X/Y
plot gridline increments.
Plot the data as
lines or points.
background, gridline, or text color of the