By exporting parameter and lookup table values to Excel, data can be separated from the model structure. In larger projects this separation is common, as model development usually is the responsibility of a different group of experts compared to the gathering of input data.
The Excel file format defines the data structure that must be used for MERLIN-Expo to be able to import values from Excel.
In the center of the window is a representation of an Excel file, with tabs for each Excel sheet. To the left is a listing of all parameters, lookup tables or options that can be exported. By using the arrow buttons to the right of the list, model parameters can be selected for each Excel sheet.
To the right of the window are fields that allow you to select the name of the Excel file as well as options for what data to export and how it will be formatted.
The list to the left of the window displays all blocks that can be exported. Below the list a field allows you to search for blocks with a specific name. By clicking the more button, more search options are shown.
Use the arrow buttons to move parameters to or from the currently visible sheet.
Click the … button to select a name and location for the Excel file. To save the file with a Office 97 format, use the extension .xls. To save the file with a Office 2003-2010 format, use the extension .xlsx.
The select options define how to link a parameter in the model with the value(s) in Excel. It is most often most convenient to use the ID.
Once you have selected a name and location for the Excel file, the Export button will be activated. Click the button to finalize the export and close the window.