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Arrival of new flight data

This procedure should be followed on receipt of new flight data from ARSF.

If in any doubt about something (e.g. a dataset has two project codes), contact Gary.

Copy the data onto the system

After successfully copying the data onto the system, email arsf-processing to confirm the data transferred ok (but hasn't yet been checked!).

Unpacking projects

The next stage can be manual or semi-automated. Even if the script works, go through and check it has correctly done each of the manual steps.


  • Run in the target project directory. This will change the project from the old-syle to the new whilst correcting a few errors.

Other steps

  • Prune empty directories (check these aren't stubs for later data first) (use rmdir * in the project directory)
  • Rename any capitalised subdirectories
  • Remove any spaces, brackets or other Unix-upsetting characters in filenames
    • use find -regex '.*[^-0-9a-zA-Z/._].*' | ~arsf/usr/bin/
    • gives suggested commands, but check before pasting commands!
  • Remove executable bit on all files
    • use find -type f -exec chmod a-x {} \;
  • Remove group & other write permission
    • chmod go-w . -R
  • Convert the .doc logsheet to .pdf
    • ooffice -invisible "macro:///Standard.Module1.SaveAsPDF(FULL_PATH_TO_FILE)"


Unpack file check

knpa: This will need to be rewritten to work with the new file structure.

knpa: ditto!

Final manual checks

Look at the logsheet and verify that we have copies of all relevant data mentioned there.

  • In some cases, the flight crew may fly two projects back-to-back but enter all the data onto a single logsheet. If so, you may need to split the project directory into two, particularly if there's a large time gap (navigation needs separate processing) or the PIs are different (different delivery addresses/tracking). If you do need to split a project, ensure both copies have copies of common files (logsheets, rinex, etc), but that non-common files are not duplicated (ie. don't include hawk data for part 1 in part 2..). Also note in the ticket what was done for tracking purposes.

Verify the details on the logsheet (esp. PI) by calling/emailing ARSF-Ops (probably Gary) - the application form and logsheet are not reliable enough, nor do they track any changes in PI over the lifetime of the application. Get the alpha grading as well.

Check the filesizes of all data files (Eagle, Hawk, ATM, CASI) to make sure none are zero bytes (or obviously broken in some way).

Move to permanent PML data storage

Move to appropriate location in the repository (~arsf/arsf_data/2009/flight_data/...)

  • ensure the project directory names conform to the standard - PROJECTCODE-YYYY_JJJxx_SITENAME, e.g. GB07_07-2007_102a_Inverclyde, boresight-2007_198, etc

Tickets and tracking

Status Page

Add details to the processing status page


Raise a new trac ticket (type 'flight processing') for the new data.

  • Ticket summary should be of the form EU10/03, flight day 172/2011, Dennys Wood
  • Add short version of scientific purpose to guide processing (check ARSF application in ~arsf/arsf_data/2009/ARSF_Applications)
  • Note arrival time of data
  • Set priority of ticket from project grading (try the grades subpages on Projects or hassle ARSF-Ops)
  • Note any specific comments that might help with processing
  • Owner should be blank
  • Verify the sensors that were requested in the application (primary) and those that weren't (secondary). Note in the ticket which these were.
  • Ticket body should contain:
    Data location: ~arsf/arsf_data/2011/flight_data/..... FILL IN
    Data arrived from ARSF via SATA disk LETTER OR network transfer on DATE.
    Scientific objective: FILL IN FROM APPLICATION (just enough to guide processing choices)
    Priority: FILL IN FROM APPLICATION/WIKI PAGE (e.g. alpha-5 low), set ticket priority appropriately
    PI: A. N. Other
    EUFAR Project ID:
    Any other notes..
    = Sensors: =
     * Eagle (requested)
     * Hawk  (requested)
     * Leica LIDAR (not requested but flown anyway)
     * RCD (requested)


If the site is in the UK, check the vector page to see if we have vectors for the site in question. If not then email ARSF-Ops (Gary) and ask for them, specifying the corner points of the area covered, in OS BNG grid coordinates. Use (needs to be ran in project/hyperspectral at the moment) or use the generated nextmap DEM to get the range of tiles, then do the conversion. This can take a couple of weeks before we get the vectors.

E-mail PI

Email the PI to inform them that their data has arrived for processing. Sample text:

  • fill in the 5 fields: <PI_NAME>, <PROJECT>, <EUFAR ID> <TICKET_NO>, <DATE_OF_ARRIVAL>
    • the date of arrival should be when the disks arrived or when the download begun
  • cc to arsf-processing
  • also cc to
  • set reply-to to arsf-processing
  • subject: ARSF data arrival notification (<PROJECT> [<EUFAR ID>])
    Dear <PI_NAME>,
    This is a notification that your ARSF data for <PROJECT> [<EUFAR ID>] is at the
    ARSF Data Analysis Node for processing (data received from ARSF 
    Operations on <DATE_OF_ARRIVAL>).
    We aim to deliver as quickly as possible - our current processing 
    priority order can be found at, 
    though please note that this queue is subject to change.
    You can follow progress at the following webpages:

      - general status page
      - our notes during processing (may be technical)
    If you would like any more information, please feel free to contact us at

Create subsidiary files

Run the DEM generating script if a UK flight.

If the flight is outside the UK you'll need to process the LiDAR data first or use the ASTER/SRTM dem (see

Create the calibration sym link. This is done automatically if the unpacking scripts have been run.