Dashboard Workspace Overview
While the Model Workspace and Data Workspace are critical to creating the mechanics of a Silico simulation model and connecting it to data sources, another essential aspect is presenting that simulation to decision makers, enabling experimentation. Silico’s updated Dashboard Workspace allows you to create interactive interfaces inside your project to explore the impact of changing inputs on critical outcomes in real time.
Creating a Dashboard
An empty dashboard
Within any project, you can access the Dashboards from the left-hand icons. Once there, you can build one or more dashboards linked to the same project.
Additional Dashboards can be created using the plus icon to the right of the Dashboard tab and removed using the cross icon on each tab.
Dashboards can be reordered by clicking and dragging the tabs.
Adding and Configuring Widgets
At the bottom right of the Dashboard Workspace, you can find the add widget button and select the visualisation format for critical outputs.
You can add any number of widgets to a dashboard and can resize them by dragging the bottom-right corner of a widget or move them by clicking and dragging on the top left of the widget.
Rename, configure, and delete widgets by clicking the three vertical dots at the top right-hand corner of the widget.
Value widgets let you display the value of core simulation elements (Stocks, Flows, Variables).
Much like chart elements in the model builder, the chart widget allows you to choose elements from within your project to display inside a larger chart.
Display tabular data across different series.
Shows a running total of series placed in the same group.
Adding and Configuring Inputs
To explore the impact of a variable, add it as an input. You can use the plus icon to the right of “inputs”.
You will be given the option to create either a “Control Points” input or a “Slider” input. Control Points inputs vary over time whilst a slider input represents a static variable, i.e. a constant.
You can then pick a variable from the project’s model.
Once a series has been selected the input will appear in the sidebar.
- Inputs can be reordered by clicking and dragging from the left-hand side of the input.
- The toggle represents whether the input is “active” controlling whether it is affecting the outputs on the right-hand side of the dashboard.
- Clicking on the down arrow icon will open the input for editing its value.
- The three vertical dots on the far right will open the menu for the widget allowing you to rename it, change settings, delete it, and align its values with the actuals of the variable.
You can adjust the value of the slider widget by clicking and dragging the slider. You can also type a value into the value field next to the slider.
The slider’s settings are automatically set with a reasonable minimum, maximum, and step value derived from the variable’s simulated values in the model builder. These can be changed in the input’s settings found by clicking on the three vertical dots on the far right of the input.
Control Point Input
The large white circle on the line graph can be clicked (selected) and dragged to change its value.
Once selected, you will be able to view its value and edit it manually
Clicking on the smaller white circles will create another control point on the graph that can be moved independently. The model interpolates linearly between different control points. When more than two control points exist they can be deleted by selecting them and clicking the trash icon.
The chart’s minimum and maximum limits can be changed in the settings for the input, found by accessing the menu for the input by clicking the three vertical dots on the far right of the input.
If the variable has actual values in the model builder, you can align the input with actual data in the input menu as well.