Roadmap

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After reading this page:

  • you've learned what a Roadmap is in software development.
  • you've learned how the Roadmap relates to the Tygron Platform development.
  • you've learned about the different server environments of the Tygron Platform.
  • you've learned about the development and release cycles of the Tygron Platform.
  • you've learned about the upcomming improvements of the Tygron Platform.
  • you've learned how to interpret the version numbering of the different releases of the Tygron Platform.


What is a Roadmap?

A technology roadmap is a plan that matches short-term and long-term goals with specific technology solutions to help meet those goals. It is a plan that applies to a new product or process, or to an emerging technology.
from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_roadmap

How does the Roadmap relate to the Tygron Platform?

The R&D department of Tygron develops new technology for the Tygron Platform. The long term planning which shows the introduction of new features and versions is what we call the Roadmap. Your user feedback is crucial for us to determine the roadmap. Currently we are working on new features according to this Roadmap, minor updates, bug fixes, etc.

Servers

The online availability of the Tygron Platform is split up between three different server environments, each with their own dedicated purpose.

engine.tygron.com (Long Term Support)

Updated approximately once per year, the Long Term Support server (LTS) at engine.tygron.com is the most stable version of the Tygron Platform, and is specifically for long term projects that need a stable environment. Sometimes circumstances lead to extra updates or hot fixes outside the Roadmap, often due to hardware, driver or Operating System updates.

preview.tygron.com (Preview)

The preview server (preview.tygron.com) is updated more often and will contain more recent new features. Because these new features are not fully tested and optimized yet, and are prone to change based on end user feedback, the preview server is not well suited for long term projects. The release cycle on this preview server usually consists of 2 months of roadmap development and 1 month of user feedback fixes and additional bug fixes.

All registered users have access to both the LTS and the preview servers. The main menu offers an option to switch to the other server by downloading the appropriate client.


Test server

The third server is our dedicated development and test environment. New features are first published in this environment, and tested internally for functionality, compatibility and stability. End users do not automatically have access to this development and test environment.

What to expect in 2019 and 2020

The next large release for the LTS server of the Tygron Platform is planned for the first half of 2020. This release will contain, amongst others:

  • Heat stress module in accordance to new Dutch guidelines for climate stress testing. A validated version is already available on the Preview Server.
  • More options for uploading 3D models such as via ARCGIS. Already available on our Preview Server: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUvuqEMmBdY
  • More options for 3D GeoDesign

Ongoing improvements will be made on:

  • Usability of the Water Module. The newest update is expected in fall 2019. Some highlights are:
    • easier import of water works such as culverts and weirs
    • addition of height to weirs
    • better transparency of water balance through more options to chose boundaries for calculated area
    • easier import of DEM
    • possibility to import bigger DEM-files
  • More detailed data for projects outside the Netherlands

Further developments

We are continuously working on improving the Tygron Platform, largely based on user feedback. The following developments are still in the planning stage:

  • Remodeling of the current level system to a system in where multiple scenarios can be evaluated. This increases the possibility to do more analysis on the model.
  • More R&D into GPU accelerated calculations:Plaatje grid cells.png
  • New selection and overlay system. We are moving to a GPU accelerated system, which gives more opportunities for further development
  • Improving the User Interface based on user feedback.

We are always open for your feedback on our roadmap.

Version numbers

The version numbers consist of 4 digits: For example: 2017.1.4.2

  • 2017: The main number represents the year of LTS release.
  • 1: This represents the preview release, in this case the first quarter of the year.
  • 4: Represents a small update for a feature/bug where the API has been changed.
  • 2: Represents an even smaller update or hotfix where the API explicitly does NOT change