Courses: Introduction to GoldSim:

Unit 5 - Understanding and Working with Elements

Lesson 1 - Unit 5 Overview

"‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax
Of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings.’"

- Lewis Carroll

In the previous Units, we’ve gotten an overview of GoldSim, and explored and then built a simple model. Starting with this Unit, we will now dig much deeper into GoldSim.  We will start to learn about all of the fundamental GoldSim features (as well as a number of advanced features).

During the remainder of the Course we will refer to a number of Exercises. You will get the most out of this Course if you take the time to work through the Exercises.

Although the Course will provide a good description of the key features, it is strongly recommended that while working through these Units, you also refer to the extensive GoldSim reference documentation. PDF versions of the documentation are automatically installed on your machine when you install the software. If you are the type of person who likes to have printed copies of the documentation, you can simply print these PDFs.  However, printed, bound copies of the manuals are also available on Amazon. These are priced to simply cover the cost of printing, and you will likely find that it is less expensive to purchase these than print them yourself.

The integrated Help system (accessed within GoldSim by pressing F1, the Help button on any dialog or Help | Help Topics from the main menu) contains everything in the manuals (with the exception of the appendices). The Help system is context-sensitive and has an extensive Index. 

In addition to being integrated into the GoldSim application, a web-based version of the Help system is also available (it is identical to the integrated system).  In the remaining Units, if we want to draw your attention to something in the GoldSim documentation (and we often will), we will provide a direct link to the appropriate section in the web-based version of the Help system. It will look like this:

This Unit will discuss some of the fundamentals of working with elements in GoldSim.

Specifically, we will discuss the details of:

  • Creating elements;
  • GoldSim outputs;
  • Specifying dimensions and units;
  • Using Data elements;
  • Using Expression elements; and
  • Understanding influences.

This Unit also has the first in a series of Exercises.

This Unit has a total of 9 Lessons (including this overview and a summary at the end).