4.4. Customization of the data model

This chapter describes the possible customization to the data model.

4.4.1. Introduction

The data model is versioned and updates are achieved using Postgres Updates Manager (aka PUM). The views required to edit the data are automatically generated using Pirogue library.

The combination of both allows to introduce small customizations of the data model such as adding fields to existing base tables or extending views by joining additional tables.

Before going further, we strongly recommend to ask the community if you have any doubts about how to store any information in the database. QGEP complies with SIA 405 Waste Water and VSA-DSS datamodel.

If QGEP data model is not able yet to hold some data, please let us know what kind and how it should be handled. QGEP data model is a standard proof adaptative model and could follow your needs.

If a customization is still required, the following explanations and rules explain how to adapt QGEP data model to your specific needs.

4.4.2. Adding fields

It is allowed to add additional fields to tables by naming them as usr_….

If added in base tables, these additional fields will be automatically added to the views, being an editable field. The views can be re-generated any time using the following command:

./view/create_views.py --pg_service pg_qgep --srid 2056


When running data model upgrades using PUM, it will be required to use the additional option --exclude-field-pattern 'usr_%'

4.4.3. Joining additional tables

It is possible to join additional tables to the two main views (vw_qgep_wastewater_structure and vw_qgep_reach). This is done by using a YAML definition file for each view and defining a list of joined tables. Fields of these tables will be joined as read-only fields as they are discarded in edit triggers. For joining a table to qgep_od.wastewater_structure, here is an example:

    table: qgep_od.my_table
    alias: mt
    prefix: mt_
      - field_1
      - field_2
      field_3: my_renamed_field
    join_on: mt.fk_ws = ws.obj_id

table and join_on are mandatory keys, all the others are optional.

This YAML file should be given as a file path when running the script:

./view/create_views.py --pg_service pg_qgep --srid 2056 --qgep_wastewater_structure_extra /path_to/extra_ws.yaml

And similarly for vw_qgep_reach view, by specifying qgep_reach_extra variable to the corresponding YAML file path.

4.4.4. Creating custom views

It is possible to create custom views and add them to the data model.

In order to allow upgrades of the data model, one should provide a script to create them and one to delete them. These scripts (SQL or Python) should be placed in a specific path and name them as pre-all.{py,sql} and post-all.{py,sql}. This path shall be given as argument to PUM when upgrading the data model as a delta directory (see PUM documentation).

If one wants to have these views automatically updated when fields are added the data model, Pirogue can be used to dynamically generate the views. You can take example of the creation of the views in the data model.