California Air Resources Board
Mobile Source Emissions Inventory Program
User’s Guide for
is a software package used to generate emissions inventory data for off
road mobile sources. This document presents basic in
formation about obtaining,
installing, and running the software, presented in these sections:
Obtaining the Software
For more detailed information about using the software, the W
eb site provides technical
memos and materials from training workshops:
This is the first public release for
oftware package will run on most Pentium
based Windows PCs:
Pentium or later
256MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
, Windows 2000,
The software package requires less than 20 MB of hard drive space
space required for running the model depends on the number and type of cases you
intend to run.
These support packages are used by the software.
If not already installed, the setup
program will direct you to download and install thes
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
OBTAINING THE SOFTWARE
You can download the installation package from the California Air Resources Board
Mobile Source Emissions Inventory
Web site. Open the MSEI home page at the followi
URL, and follow the “
The Web page provides downloads for a single Zip file that contains installation software
After downloading the Zip file from the Web site, unzip the contents to a temporary
folder. The Zip archive includes support documentation and two files needed for
If you are REINSTALLING the softw
are, you must uninstall any previous versions first,
by using the “Add and Remove Programs” utility from the Control Panel.
Start the installation program by opening the setup program,
The setup program will check that some prerequi
site packages are installed, and will
offer to install them from the Web if they are needed. This includes
nd Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, as described below:
If your system requires the installation of the Microsoft installer to pr
web browser will be opened to the appropriate web page. Click the download
button to save the installation package to a folder on your local PC. Next, navigate
to the same folder, and double
click on the file you downloaded to continue. You
need to reboot your computer afterward. If you like, you may also download
and install the Microsoft installer package directly
the links below.
Please note that Microsoft Installer 2.0 is already present on Windows XP
machines; no further up
dates are required.
If your system requires the installation of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, your web
browser will be opened to the appropriate web page. Click on “Download x86
version” under the
.NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package
save the installation package to a folder on your local PC. Next, navigate to
the same folder, and double
click on the file you downloaded to continue. You will
need to reboot your computer afterward.
If you like, you may also download and
install the .NE
T Framework 2.0 package directly by following this link:
After verifying the prerequisites, the setup process will install
most software installations, you can verify the destination folder and control installation
of Start Menu and Desktop links.
By default, the software installs in a folder under the Windows default program location:
In this location you will find three subfolders:
Program binaries (.exe and .dll files) and configuration files.
Data files required to run cases.
User input and output files.
You can start the program from the Start/Programs/
menu, from the
link on the desktop, or by opening the
the “Bin” folder.
uses a front
end architecture. The front end
to open, edit, save, and run input files. The back end
runs the input files and
generates report files. Generally, all user interaction is with the
ways in one of two states, either
When the program first starts, you can immediately begin editing a new input file. Use
the File menu to open an existing input file to modify.
editing input, click on
any of the tabs across the top (Episode, Reporting, Area,
Fuel and HP, or Data Files) to select a category of input parameters.
When you have finished with an input file and saved it, you can use the Run menu to
start the back end
is running a case, you can review the inputs
using the GUI
but you will not be able to modify them.
After a case has been run, the output (report) files are located in the Run folder. Look at
for warnings, error messages,
and a complete echo of all input
output file (report) generated
contains a single “table.” The files all begin with a
header that names all the columns, followed by rows of tab