Creating a Project

Insight organises data in project directories. When you nominate a directory for a project, the software will create a few sub-directories, including "100sei" for seismic data and other volumes. We recommend the use of further sub-directories to organise large projects or the work of multiple users.

Some users want to split a project across more than one disk, for example, to store large volumes on a larger disk or one with better performance. To change the default location for storing and retrieving volumes, see How do I change Insight's default directory? in the FAQ section.

Create a project

Create a project

You must select a project directory or create one before you can launch an application from Insight Launcher.

  1. Open the DUG Insight Launcher.
  2. Click Create New. The Create Project window will be displayed.

Tip: Once you have created a project, you can configure the settings at any time by clicking on the spanner icon (see Configure a Project).

  1. In the Project Directory section, click Choose to select a project directory.

Select a project CRS

Select a project CRS
  1. In the Project Coordinate Reference System section, click Select CRS to define the coordinate reference system (CRS) for the project. The Select CRS window will be displayed.
  2. If you do not specify a project CRS, you can select to use metres, International feet, or US survey feet as the X/Y Unit for the project.

Note: You can use the X/Y Unit defined for the project as the preferred display unit in Insight (see View Preferences).

  1. Select CRS Not Specified if you do not want to select a coordinate reference system. In this case, you will not be able to perform coordinate conversions or view latitude/longitudes in this project.
  2. If you choose Selected from Standard CRS Table, you can then select a CRS from the table.
  3. Type your preferred CRS in the Search (regex) bar and the table will automatically filter accordingly.
  4. To read more about a particular CRS, select that CRS and click Details at the top right of the window to open a website with more information.
  5. When you have finished selecting the CRS, click OK.

Select latitude/longitude (lat/long) reference

Select latitude/longitude (lat/long) reference
  1. If you have specified a project CRS, then you can also select a datum for latitude/longitude conversions (lat/long will not be available if no Project CRS is selected).
  2. Click on Select Datum to open the Select Lat/Long Reference CRS window.
  1. Select Use WGS84 or Select an Alternative Lat/Long Datum from the table.
  2. Type your preferred CRS in the Search (regex) bar and the table will automatically filter accordingly.
  3. To read more about a particular CRS, select that CRS and click Details at the top right of the window to open a website with more information.
  4. When you have finished selecting the CRS, click OK.
  5. Once you have selected a latitude/longitude datum for the project CRS, you can configure the display of the latitude/longitude grids and information in the Map View (see Customising the Map View).

Configure seismic reference datum

Configure seismic reference datum

In the Seismic Reference Datum section, type a value to specify a project-wide non-zero seismic reference datum (AMSL).

Configure backup settings

Configure backup settings
  1. Select Perform automatic backups in the Backup Settings section to allow Insight to create backups of the project database.
  2. Input the number of hours that must pass for Insight to create a new backup and the number of copies you want the system to keep before deleting older copies.
  3. When you are satisfied with your settings, click OK to create your new project directory.

For more information on backing up your project, see How should I backup my project? in the FAQ section.

Note: The automatic backups configured here should not be confused with session autosaves. Autosaves record the session (not the project), and occur once every 5 minutes. Only one autosave is available per session as each new autosave overwrites the previous one. As soon as the session is manually saved on closing, the last autosave is discarded (see Autosaves). In contrast, the Automatic Backup creates and keeps a number of copies of the project database (as defined by the user) at a user-defined frequency.

Once you have created a project, you can configure the settings at any time by clicking on the spanner icon in the Insight Launcher (see Configure a Project).