The creation of a Problem Type involves the creation of a directory located inside the \problemtypes GiD folder, with the name of the problem type and the extension .gid.

Problemtypes that exists when GiD start will appear in its menu (see Problem type from Reference Manual).

The problemtype configuration files are a collection of files inside this subfolder. The name for most of them will follow the format where the extension refers to their particular function.

Considering problem_type_name to be the name of the problem type and project_name the name of the project, file configuration is described by the following diagram:

  • Directory name: problem_type_name.gid
  • Directory location: c:\a\b\c\GiD_directory\problemtypes

Configuration files

  • problem_type_name.xml XML-based configuration
  • problem_type_name.cnd Conditions definitions
  • problem_type_name.mat Materials properties
  • problem_type_name.prb Problem and intervals data
  • problem_type_name.uni Units Systems
  • problem_type_name.sim Conditions symbols
  • ***.geo Symbols geometrical definitions
  • ***.geo Symbols geometrical definitions ...

  • Template files
  • problem_type_name.bas Information for the data input file
  • ***.bas Information for additional files
  • ***.bas Information for additional files ...

  • Tcl extension files
  • problem_type_name.tcl Extensions to GiD written in the Tcl/Tk programming language

  • Command execution files
  • problem_type_name.bat Operating system shell that executes the analysis process

The files problem_type_name.sim, ***.geo and ***.bas are not mandatory and can be added to facilitate visualization (both kinds of file) or to prepare the data input for restart in additional files (just ***.bas files). In the same way problem_type_name.xml is not necessary; it can be used to customize features such as: version info, icon identification, password validation, etc.