4. IRMT settings


Fig. 4.1 icon-connection-settings IRMT settings

Some of the functionalities provided by the plugin, such as the ability to work with GEM data, require the interaction between the plugin itself and the OpenQuake Platform (OQ-Platform) or the OpenQuake Engine (OQ-Engine).

The OQ-Platform is a web-based portal to visualize, explore and share GEM’s datasets, tools and models. In the IRMT Settings dialog displayed in Fig. 4.1, credentials must be inserted to authenticate the user and to allow the user to log into the OQ-Platform. In the Host field insert the URL of GEM’s production installation of the OQ-Platform or a different installation if you have URL access. If you still haven’t registered to use the OQ-Platform, you can do so by clicking Register to the OQ-Platform. This will open a new web browser and a sign up page.

The OQ-Engine is an open source application that allows users to compute seismic hazard and seismic risk of earthquakes on a global scale. It can run locally on the user’s machine, or on a remote workstation or cluster. The OQ Engine Server provides an HTTP RESTful API. The IRMT plugin leverages this API to enable the user to drive the OQ-Engine directly from within QGIS. In order to interface the plugin with a running OQ Engine Server, it is necessary to insert in this dialog the user credentials (if they are required by the server) and the web URL where the service is hosted. By default, the host is set to http://localhost:8800, meaning that the plugin will attempt to connect to a OQ Engine Server running locally, on port 8800.

The checkbox labeled Developer mode (requires restart) can be used to increase the verbosity of logging. The latter is useful for developers or advanced users because logging is critical for troubleshooting, but it is not recommended for standard users.