A Dakota project is a GUI-specific concept that allows users to group various files under one general heading that can describe a problem they are trying to study. For instance, a user may wish to include multiple Dakota studies in one project, as they all conceptually relate to the same simulation model. Alternately, a user may wish to include multiple simulation models in the same project if they wish to apply the same Dakota study to a variety of models.
To create a new Dakota project, you can use the Dakota Project Wizard. You can access it either through File > New > Project > Dakota > Dakota Project, or by clicking on the Dakota logo with a green plus next to it (located at the top of the Dakota Project Navigator view):
You may also import Dakota projects that the GUI is unaware of, either through File > Import Dakota Project, or by clicking on the Dakota logo folder icon (pictured above).
For new Dakota projects, the Dakota Project Wizard is fairly straightforward. A file browser immediately pops up, allowing you to choose the name and location of your Dakota project. You can name your project whatever you want. If you're following along with the example files provided with this tutorial, you might name it "Cantilever" or "Cantilever Beam Study."
After clicking "Save" on the file browser, you will be presented with the following simple wizard that allows you to change your chosen project name/location with the "..." button, or finish with the "Finish" button.
After doing this, you will notice that your new project has appeared in the Dakota Project Navigator view, and the Settings Editor is populated with controls for your project:
There are three main areas in a Dakota project – Simulation Models, Dakota Studies, and Analysis Drivers. This tutorial will create components for the Cantilever project in that order.