01 Introduction


What is VDV?

VDV is a comprehensive Data Management System for data collected from dataloggers. VDV loads the data into its powerful database and offers web service for most of its functions. This includes data visualization, alarm handling and reporting. Since its introduction 20 years ago VDV has been upgraded at regular intervals, always adding new powerful solutions to its portfolio and at the same time keeping up with new computer – and network development. This latest version of VDV is following this same path, adding new powerful features as well as new web access to most of its configuration tools, fulfill the need for data handling for traditional table-top and laptop users as well as users of newer tables and smart phones.

Benefits

By using the advanced and robust VDV the time to deployment will be shorter and the data handling operational cost lower. Most importantly, however, is the easy and quick access to sensor data presented in such a way that time to understanding and decision becomes shorter.

Who is using VDV?

VDV has become a standard tool for those who run data logging systems and need data management tool for their data. This includes consultants, contractors, researchers and educators. VDV is being used in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Management, Environmental Monitoring, Meteorological Systems and Wind Power projects, to name but a few.

02 Web Access


Each user is given a username and a password to log into the VDV web service. When logged in the user has access to Historical Data, specific data handling functions and Quick Reports. The layout of the web service and the available functions is affected by the user’s access rights.

 

Login

Type in User Name and Password and click on Login.

Note: Logout when finished. Information > Logout

03 User Interface


This chapter is about the User Interface and its many features and options. The VDV web service uses programming languages for web services like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. To ensure the use of VDV Web service on all platforms no Flash programming language is implemented.

The VDV web service is utilizing responsive design, meaning that it is possible to view its web pages on desktop browsers, tablets and on smart phones. Users using old PC hardware or older versions of web browsers should update their tools if the VDV web service does not work properly.

The user interface varies depending on the User Access right.

User Interface

 

At the top of the web page there is the main menu selection. It contains all functions the user has access to.

04 Viewing Data


VDV has multiple options for viewing data. This includes Historical data shown as Trend lines and graphs, Real-Time Displays for giving excellent overview of latest data on top of a map or a photo, Quick-View dashboard for grouping of all reports into a single intuitive interface and G-Map for displaying data on the well-known Goggle Maps interface. There are powerful reports for analyzing data in Time Series. Specialized data handling include displacement graph for displaying inclinometer data common in geotechnical projects, and wind-energy analyzing tool for wind generator data.

All in all, the VDV data viewing capability is powerful and extensive.

04.1 Historical Data


To access: Main Functions > Historical Data

Note: Click on any graph to enlarge it. Click on it again to return to all graphs.

Historical Data-with numbers

  1. When viewing data you may use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll back and forth in time and use the Scale selection to change the time period scale.
  2. The two indicators/buttons at the bottom right show number of Notes and Alarms associated with the data currently being displayed on the graphs. The + button at the bottom right opens reporting – and analyzing functions to use for the data being viewed. These functions include the table format, download data, Intensity Plot, Overlay Graph, Relative Plot, Diurnal Graph, Wind Rose, XY Graph, Sort-by-size and Histogram.
  3. At the left-hand side the Data View selection is categorized into Sites and Pages where each Site may include one or more Pages. Click on the Site Name to see expanded list of associated Pages.

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04.2 Dashboard


Dashboard was first introduced in Vista Data Vision 2016. The aim with the Dashboard feature was to create a good project overview for each Owner in the system.

The system can be configured so the Dashboard is the first things that opens when users log in. There you can have access to all the main things that are being monitored and observed.

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04.2.1 Basic buttons and controls


  1. Click on this button to hide the configurations and see how the Dashboard looks in Full Screen.
  2. Give the Dashboard a name.
  3. Select Owner for the Dashboard.
  4. Select height for the Dashboard. It is possible to select between Continuous and Ones Screen.
    Continuous means that it is possible to add as many rows as desired and the Dashboard will just extend in the vertical direction.
    One Screen means that the dashboard is limited to the monitor display so the number of rows are limited.
  5. Select the default scale for the dashboard. This scale will apply to all appropriate Dashboard components. When viewing the Dashboard it is possible to change the scale and scroll the data with the navigation buttons at the bottom.
  6. Select the refresh rate of the Dashboard. It is possible to select between 5 and 60 seconds.
    NOTE: The Dashboard does not refresh unless new data has been imported.
  7. Choose Background, Border and Header colors for the Dashboard. By clicking on the fields a color picker will pop up for choosing color and it is also possible to directly write in the hex color code.

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When adding a component to the Dashboard click on the big plus button to add a row and a component that will take 1/3 of the screen will be added.

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  1. Double click on the header and the component will fill out the rest of the row.
  2. Click on the x button to delete the component.
  3. Click on the plus button to add a component.
  4. Click the x button to delete the row.

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When component is selected and the mouse is hovered over the components bottom border an up and down arrow appears. When that arrow appear it is possible to hold down the left mouse button to increase the component height. The following field pops up and it is possible to manually pick in the exact height in pixels. If the mouse is hovered over the side border on selected component it is also possible to adjust the width.

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When viewing the dashboard those two buttons should appear in most of the components. The button on the left downloads the data from the component and the button on the right will put the component to Full Screen when clicking on it.

NOTE: The download button does not apply to all components.

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04.2.2 Alarm Overview


With Alarm Overview it is possible to get an quick overview of Alarms that are essential for the project.

  1. Select exactly what information is displayed in the Alarm Overview Table. For particular projects it is not necessary to display all options available so valuable space is not being wasted on the Dashboard.
  2. Select from what Owners and Sites Alarms are displayed:
    AlarmOverview-OwnerSites

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04.2.3 Distribution Wind Rose


Note: Wind Rose doesn’t show unless some variable on selected site has a Wind Direction (°) defined as a unit.

Wind Rose displays variables in context to wind direction.

  1. Select Site and Variable for Wind Direction.
  2. Select a variable that you want to compare.
  3. Select how many sectors the Wind Rose is divided into.
  4. Click the Legend check box to see the limits each sector is divided into under the Wind Rose
    Distribution Wind Rose

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04.2.4 Diurnal


The Diurnal Graph displays the average values hour by hour for all 24 hours of the day. If the time period is more than a single day then the graph shows the average value for every one hour period for those days. If the time period is 7 days then the graph will show a single trend line where the each hour bucket is the average for those 7 days. It is also possible to put many variables on the same graph and for every unit type on the graph a new y-axis follows.

  1. Check the legend check mark if you want to display the variables names under the graph.
  2. Selected variable that is displayed on the Diurnal plot.
  3. Click the plus button to add another variable to the graph.
    NOTE: If the scale on the Dashboard is smaller than 1 day this feature will not work properly as it shows daily hour average for selected variables.
    Diurnal

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04.2.5 Graph


The Graph option in the Dashboard feature valuable add on to VDV plotting possibilities.

  1.  Write in a name for the left Y-axis. The Auto Scale check mark is default checked and if it is unchecked two new fields appear where it is possible to select the Min and Max for the manual scale.
  2. Do the same for the right Y-axis.
  3. Uncheck the Legend check mark to hide the variable names under the Graph.
  4. After selecting a variable to display on the Graph the following options are available:
    Name: Default Station Name:Variable Name appears but it is possible to change the to whatever preferred.
    Type:  Line, Column or Area.
    Line Width: 1-5.
    Color: Click on the field to pick the color from color picker or manually write in the HEX code for preferred color.
    Marker: Select a Marker for each data point on the Graph. Default is None and it is possible to select 5 different symbols.
    Y-axis: Assign variable to either left or right Y-axis.
    Data: Select form Raw (Raw values from datafile), Relative Plot (First value on the scale starts at 0), Cumulative (Sums up the values on the scale) or Rate of Change (Where the RoC value = current raw reading – previous reading).
    Summary: Default is None but it is possible to select from Average, Sum, Max and Min.
    Time Period: If Average, Sum, Max or Min are selected in Summary this option appears an it is possible to select Hour, Day, Month or Year for those mathematical functions.
  5. Click the plus button to add another variable to the graph.
    Note: It is possible to have the same variable more than once on each graph and apply different graphing or mathematical option to it.
    Graph Options

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04.2.6 Histogram


Histogram is a graphical representation of the distribution of data.

  1. Select between Frequency (Each bin is displayed as percentage of the total samples on the Y-axis) or Occurrences (Each bin is displayed as number of occurrences of the total samples on the Y-axis).
  2. The bin width is default set to auto but is is possible to select preferred width.
  3. Selected variable for the Histogram. Click on the x to delete variable and select another.
    Histogram

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04.2.7 Numeric


Numeric indicators can be really clever way to notably display current value for important variables.

Font Size: Select the font size so the numeric indicator is well fitted into the Dashboard box.

Bold: Check this check mark to make the indicator bold.

Precision: select how many decimal points the indicator has.
Note: If the precision is higher than number of decimal points in the raw data zeros are just added to the number.

Show Unit: If unit has been assigned to the variable and this check box is checked it will be displayed behind the number.

Show Timestamp: If this check mark is checked the latest timstamp will appear in the bottom at the box.

Show Alarm: If alarm has been assigned to the variable and is being monitored the alarm status will be indicated in the background (green = OK, yellow = High or Low alarm and red = High High or Low Low alarm)

Numeric Indicator

 

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04.2.8 Photos


Adding photos to the Dashboard can be valuable for the project. Showing setup, instruments, location etc.

  1. Check the slideshow check mark and all the photos added to the Dashboard component will rotate carousel style.
  2. Photos that have been added to the Dashboard component. Click the x to delete photos.
  3. Add more photos.
    Photos

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04.2.9 Real Time Display


Real Time Display (RTD) is a great tool to give overview of large amount of data in an easy manner. RTD allows customization of the look and feel of the data display and data handling. Here it is possible to put RTD’s as component on the Dashboard.

  1. Give the RTD component a name.
  2. Choose Type as Real Time Display.
  3. Select the RTD to display on the Dashboard.

RTD

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04.2.10 Text


A Text Indicator is used to display text box on Dashboard. It is possible is to use any kind of HTML code in the Text Indicator in order to display customized layout and create hyperlinks to websites or use iframes by using the Link or Code View button:

  1. Uncheck the Header box to hide the Text box header. Hoover over the buttons to see what they do.

Text

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04.2.11 Update Overview


This table is able to show Sites that the user has access to and how long since last data was imported. If Site has been configured for Update Monitoring Alarm it will show red background if the alarm has been triggered.

  1. Select the information that it displayed in the Alarm Overview table. The  Show Active Sites Only check mark will only display Sites that are active in db.robot.c or Site Setup and Show Only Sites with Update Alarm does only show sites that have been configured for an alarm and the alarm has been triggered.
  2. Pick sites from one or more Owner to display in the table. It is possible to select all sites wit the All check mark from Owner or pick out individual sites to display.

Update Overview

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04.2.12 Webcam


Having Webcam of a work sites provides a great visual documentation. It gives also the possibility for users to see Work Site surroundings in the office

Select the webcam from the drop down list to display on the Dashboard. If there is no Webcam set up it is possible to do that through db.web.browser Configure > Web Site Setup > Webcam Setup.

Webcam

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04.2.13 Wind Rose


Wind Rose is a great tool to see how the wind direction has been distributed over the period that is being viewed.

  1. Select how many sectors the wind direction is devided into.
  2. Variable that has been selected to be displayed. It is possible to add as many wind direction variables as wanted.
  3. Add variable to the Wind Rose.

Wind Rose

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04.3 Real Time Display (RTD)


To access: Main Functions > Real Time Display

Real Time Display (RTD) is used to give a clear overview of latest data on a single page. Latest data is viewed as numerical indicators and as trend lines on graphs. Furthermore, Alarm Status and Data Update Monitoring of each variable is indicated by background color.

Note: In the bottom left corner there is a drop down box for direct access to all Real Time Displays the User has access to.

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RTD Examples

The first example is from Harbor Weather showing Wind Rose with its last 30 minutes and 60 minutes sectors. On the right hand side of the display are numeric indicators for various weather sensors. By clicking on the numeric readout a pop-up graph opens. The lower part of the page shows two graphs with one and two trend lines. By hovering the cursor over the trend lines the exact values pops up. The time stamp for these latest measurements is found in a separate indicator below the blue numerical indicators.

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The second example shows colored sensor boxes on top of a background image, in this case a floor plan. Data is shown as an indicator box indicating Alarm status of the sensor. Green is OK, Yellow indicates L or H alarm status and Red indicates LL or HH alarm status. When hovering over the sensor box an information box pops up showing sensor name and the latest sensor reading. Using RTD it is possible to quickly see the status of a large or small project at a glance.

Note: Click on a box to make it stay open. Click again to close it.

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04.4 Google Maps


To access: Main Functions > Google Maps

VDV Gmap toolkit allows users to publish their data onto Google Map. This feature gives the data accurate geographical position. By clicking on a Google Map flag marker its sensor data table pops up and users may see latest values as a table and as a trend line, save data as a text file and view the stations information text. Also a color code may be applied to the Gmap flag marker with green, yellow and red alarm codes for giving powerful overview of the sensor system´s current alarm status.

One use of the Gmap data presentation is to give the general public access to data that is categorized as public data. To bypass the login to the VDV data service a link from another web site may be configured to open the Gmap data page directly using the VDV Direct Login mechanism (read about VDV Direct Login in the VDV Web Browser help file).

Note: For configuration of Gmap read the chapter 5.9 Google Maps Setup

When the Gmap view has been configured the flag markers will show up at correct locations, similar to the example shown below, allowing the user to zoom in and use other map features.

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When clicking on a Gmap flag marker its sensor data table pops up. There are four tabs to choose from; Data, Graph, Download and Information. Three of these tabs have been configured in the example below. The Data tab shows the latest reading for all the variables that are associated with the flag marker.

Google Maps2

The Graph tab displays trend lines for the last 3 to 30 days. Additional trend lines may be added to the graph using the drop down button on the bottom left. To clear and start from scratch the Clear button clears all trend lines from the graph.

Google Maps3

The Download tab allows user to download the sensors time series. To download choose 7 or 30 days and click Save Data.

Google Maps4

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04.5 Displacement Graph


To access: Main Functions > Displacement Graph.

Displacement Graphs are used to display readings from In-Place-Inclinometer chain of sensors as displacement graphs or as cumulative displacement graphs. The Displacement Graphs are configured in the db.data.browser and may be viewed in the db.data.browser as well as in the VDV web interface using any Web Browser. A valid User Access for Displacement Graphs is needed for viewing.

An example of a cumulative displacement graph is seen below.

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Guidance for using the Displacement Graph user interface:

  1. From menu bar Main Functions, select Displacement Graphs
  2. This is the user interface for the displacement graph. Below the displacement graph there are controls to scroll data in time and to choose a specific date via the calendar button. Use the Scroll drop-down menu to set the scroll scale.
  3. Click on box upper right to view all displacement graphs simultaneously on a single page. Click again on the box to return to single displacement graph view.
  4. On the right-hand side, click on a trend line timestamp to hide the corresponding trend line. Click again to have the trend line to reappear.
  5. The default settings of the current single Displacement Graph may be adjusted using the Tool button at the lower right hand side of the display. The Dynamic Graph Presentation settings has the following options:
  • Set time interval between plots
  • Set number of plots to display
  • Set attributes, e.g. if sensor locations should show on display, if grid should be visible and which line width to use
  • The Baseline value may be modified temporary (see further text below)
  • Choose Graph Type as Displacement Graph (Cumulative or Incremental) or Deviation Graph (Cumulative or Incremental)

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To modify Click Change Baseline Value:

The Baseline value is the (first) fixed reading from the sensor and is set as default value when configuring a displacement graph. As the trend line on display is not displaying the actual sensor readings but rather the difference of each sensor reading from the baseline reading, then, during analyzing of the system behavior, it may be useful to use another baseline reading than the default one.

Displacement Graph3

This feature allows the user to change the baseline value as and the graph type on the fly.

This is the Baseline Value settings, here it is possible to see the current baseline selected as the first item in Measurement Reading. Press the Default button to revert the default reading.

Note: All changes made with the settings online will not be saved to the database.

By clicking the Multi Graph Button in the top right corner a window opens displaying every displacement graph available to the User on a single page.

Displacement Graph4

In the top right corner there is a dropdown menu to select only those graphs that are associated with that Owner.

The default settings of the multi-graph Displacement Graphs may be adjusted clicking the Tool button at the lower right hand side of the display and open the Dynamic Graph Presentation. This time a new setting is available, e.g. to set the number of Displacement Graphs to show simultaneously.

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04.6 Wind Energy XY Graph


To access: Main Functions > Wind Energy XY Graph

Note: Click In order to have access to the Wind Energy you need to purchase the Wind Energy Toolkit.

As wind generators and wind farms become more common, the VDV Wind Energy toolkit provides welcome addition to the data handling of wind data and wind energy data.

By using this toolkit an operator is able to estimate on beforehand the actual energy generation from a wind generator based on actual wind speed measurements and the wind generator’s power curve as provided by the wind generator’s manufacturer.

Then, when the wind generator has started operation the VDV Wind Energy toolkit will allow comparison of actual wind generator power curve to the designed power cure. By using the built-in filters the report of the wind generator’s performance becomes even more accurate.

The Wind Energy Toolkit is a powerful report tool for studying the expected outcome from a planned wind generator site as well as comparing wind turbine’s real performance to the design criteria.

Following is a step-by-step instruction of how to build this Report, starting with the Wind Turbine Power Curve Setup and continuing with the association to sensor values.

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04.7 Quick View


To access: Main Functions > Quick View

Quick View is new and powerful way of viewing data quickly and to group data from a site with the most useful displays and analyzing tools into a single overview. The text below explains the Quick View’s options for data presentation, reports and data view.

 

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04.7.1 Time Series


To access: Main Functions > Quick View àTime Series

The Time Series presentation organize variables in groups based on Units. There will be one graph for every different type of Unit. If a variable does not have a unit defined it will not be displayed on any graph. To define Units open the Configuration > Site Setup.Quick View - Time Series - numbers

  1. To select Site to view use the drop-down menu bar at top right corner.
  2. There is one graph with trend lines for every type of Sensor Units. Click on the Sensor Names to hide trend lines.
  3. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector

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04.7.2 Table


To access: Main Functions > Quick View àTable

The Table displays raw data as collected from a datalogger and stored in single dat file. Table also displays those Virtual Variables that are assigned to that dat file. It is also possible to scroll through time using the buttons at the bottom.

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  1. Change between Sites with the dropdown button.
  2. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector

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04.7.3 Download


To access: Main Functions > Quick View àDownload

See Chapter Download Data under Information.

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04.7.4 Diurnal


To access: Main Functions à Quick View > Plot >

Diurnal

The Diurnal Graph displays the average values hour by hour for all 24 hours of the day. If the time period is more than a single day then the graph shows the average value for every one hour period for those days. If the time period is 7 days then the graph will show a single trend line where the each one hour bucket is the result of average of resulting data is the average of the It is also possible to put many variables on the same graph and for every unit a new y-axis follows.

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  1. Select site with the dropdown button and below is the time period that the graph displays.
  2. Click the variable name to hide readings.
  3. There is one y-axis for every type of Sensor Units. Click on the Sensor Names to hide trend lines. To add variables from selected site click the Variables button. On the drop down button it is possible to select monthly instead of daily, then the graph shows the average value for every month for selected variable.
  4. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector

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04.7.5 Histogram


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Plot > Histogram

Histogram is a graphical representation of the distribution of data.Quick View - Histogram - Numbers

  1. Select site and below is the time period that the histogram displays.
  2. Choose variable to display
  3. Here it is possible to choose Frequency or Occurrences. When Frequency is chosen all the bars sum up to 100% but when Occurrences is chosen the y-axis shows how often a value was measured and logged.
  4. Choose the width of the bins on the x-axis.
  5. Choose the value that the x-axis starts on. Note that this option is only available with wind speed data.
  6. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector.

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04.7.6 XY Graph


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Plot > XY Graph

With scatterplot it is possible to compare variable with one or more variables to see how they relate together.

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  1. Select site with the dropdown button and below is the time period that the graph displays.
  2. Click the variable name to hide readings.
  3. Select variables to compare on the y-axis, Select variable to compare on the x-axis. Click on the Variable Names to hide dots displayed on the graph.
  4. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector.

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04.7.7 Wind Rose


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Plot > Wind rose

Note: Wind Rose doesn’t show unless some variable on selected site has a degree (°) defined as a unit.

Wind Rose displays variables in context to wind direction.Quick View - Wind Rose - numbers

  1. Select site with the dropdown button and below is the time period that the Wind Rose displays.
  2. Click the range color hide readings.
  3. Select Distribution Wind Rose or Wind Rose. Wind Rows only shows how wind direction are typically distributed.
  4. Select variables to see how they are distributed compared to wind direction.
  5. Sector splits the circle into bins. The sectors available are 5°,10°,15°,30° and 45°. For example if 45° are chosen the circle will be split into 8 bins.
  6. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector.

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04.7.8 Relative Plot


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Plot > Relative Plot

Relative Plot shows how data is changing from the first value of the time period that is being displayed so the Relative Plot always starts at zero.

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  1. Select site with the dropdown button.
  2. Click on plus button to add variables to the plot, click on arrow button to download selected data.
  3. Click on the variables name to hide readings.
  4. To scroll data in time use the navigation buttons at the bottom, to change time period to display use the Scale selector, to select starting and ending time of the data to display use the calendar button and to choose how far to scroll with each click use the Scroll selector.

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04.7.9 Alarm Overview


To access: Main Functions à Quick View > Alarm > Alarm Overview

See chapter Alarm Overview under Alarms

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04.7.10 Alarm Log


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Alarm > Alarm Log

See chapter Alarm Log under Alarms

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05 Configuration


In the web interface are multiple items that can be configured on the fly. Some items cannot be configured online and the hosting provider needs to assist.

Mostly it is the Real Time Display and Reports that are not created online. Contact hosting provider to assist with changes.

05.1 User Setup


To access: Configuration > Contact Setup

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV

Here it is possible to create, edit and delete users.

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  1. Create new user.
  2. Edit user, delete user and statistics for user.

When New or Edit Site is selected the following menu pops up:

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1. Fill out the User Name, Full Name, Password and Re-Enter Password. Note that User Name and Password must be at least 4 letters. Select a User Logo for the user.

Select an Owner for the User. The Owner property is used to manage access control and group together Users, Sites, Real Time Displays, Contacts, Contact Groups, User Role and Webcam. Note: Users must have access to the relevant features to see what the Owner has access to.

Select User Role (optional). User Role is predefined user access which is useful when creating many users with the same or similar user access.

Select User Localization. It is possible select predefined Localization that have different presentation on Name, Date Format, Decimal Point, Delimiter, File ending, Paper size (currently not active), and 24 or 12 hour time period.

Select a Contact Group for the User. The Owner property is used to group contacts together. A User can only Edit and Delete Contacts over the Web who have the same Contact Group as he.

Select a Language for the user. The user will view the VDV web in the Language selected.

Enter a Description for the user.

Next Select the Sites that the User has access to. If the User should always have access to all Sites, even when new Sites are added later, then check the All Sites box.

2. Next Select the Functions the User has access to.

Display Welcome Page If unchecked then the user is taken directly to the first Page on login rather than the Welcome Page.

Function

Scroll: Allows the User to Scroll to view older data. The default view only displays the latest 2 days of data, if the user does not have access to Scroll Data then he can only view those 2 days.

Save Data to text file: Allows the User to save data to his computer.

Table Gives user access to table that displays all the raw data.

XY Graph: Allows the User to view the XY Graph.

Distribution Wind Rose: Allows the User to view the Distribution Wind Rose.

Filter Wind Rose: Allows the User to view the Filter Wind Rose.

Histogram: Allows the User to view the Histogram Graph.

Page Information: Allows the User to view Page Information.

Overlay Graph: Allows the User to view the Overlay Graph.

Intensity Plot: Allows the User to view the Intensity Plot.

Diurnal: Allows the User to view Diurnal Plot.

Relative Plot: Allows the User to view Relative Plot.

Quick View: Allows the User to view Quick View.

Real Time Display: Gives the user access to view Real Time Displays.

Web Map Links: give user access to Web Map Links. Web Map Links are created in db.web.browser and gives user the ability to access Historical Graphs directly from Real Time Displays.

Manual Collect

View Log: Allows the User to View the Log messages for Sites he has access to.

Google Maps: Allows user to access the Google Map view. User can see all sites that he has access to and are configured to show on the Map.

Wind Energy: Allows the User to view the Wind Energy Control.

Wind Energy XY Graph: Allows the User to view Wind Energy XY Graph.

Displacement Graph: Allows the User to view Displacement Graph. Access to Displacement Graphs is linked to Owner. The User can view all Displacement Graphs that have the same Owner as the User.

Auto Refresh: Allows the User to automatically refresh the data in the web browser, thus always displaying the latest data.

Google Maps Site Setup: Allows users to configure Sites to show on the Map.

Site Setup: Allows user to change Site Setup. User can change Site name, toggle Site Active status, change its owner and change Variable alias and Variable Units.

Validation Setup: Allows user to configure Validation.

Download Data File Format: Allows User to download data and control the file format on the data.

Export Task Setup gives User access to Export Task Setup.

Virtual Variable Setup givers User access to set up Virtual Variables.

Page Setup gives User access to Page Setup.

Month Overview: Allows user to view Month Overview.

Completeness: Allows user to view Completeness.

User Control

Create User: Allows the User to create new Users. It is not possible to give a new User more rights than the current User has.

Edit User: Allows the User to Edit users. If the User is connected to an Owner then he can only Edit those users who are also connected to that same Owner.

Delete: Allows the User to Delete users. If the User is connected to an Owner then he can only Delete those users who are also connected to that same Owner.

Contact Setup

Contact Setup: Allows the User to create, edit and delete Contacts and Contact Groups. If the user has access to only one Contact Group then he only has access to contacts in that Contact Group.

Note: The Contact function is only visible if the Alarm Toolkit or the Report Toolkit has been purchased

Alarm Control

Alarm Overview: Allows the User to see a list of Active Alarms

Alarm Setup: Allows the User to alter the Alarm Setup for Sites he has access to.

Alarm Confirm: Allows the User to Confirm Alarms belonging to Sites he has access to.

Update Overview: Allows the User to see a list of Sites he has access to and the last update time for those sites.

Note: The Alarm functions are only visible if the Alarm Toolkit has been purchased.

Webcam

Webcam: Allows the User to view webcam.

Comments: Allows the User to add a comment to webcam pictures.

Manual Input

New: Allows the user access to add new Records to Sites that he has access to and have been configured to allow Manual Input.

Update: Allows the user access to update values for Sites that he has access to and have been configured to allow Manual Input

Delete: Allows the user access to delete Records for Sites that he has access to and have been configured to allow Manual Input.

Note: For Manual Input the User must have access to the Manual Input function and also the Site must be configured to allow Manual Input. Sites are configured for Manual Input in db.robot.c, please refer to the help file for db.robot.c for more information.

Notes

View Type: There are 4 types of access that can be given to a User. No Access, the User cannot view Notes. View, the User can only View Notes. Edit, the User can view Notes and also create new Notes and Edit notes that he has created. Admin, the User can view Notes and create new Notes, he can also Edit all Notes.

Documents

View Type There are 4 types of access that can be given to a User. No Access, the User cannot view Documents. View, the User can only View Documents. Edit, the User can view Documents and also create new Notes and Edit Documents that he has created. Admin, the User can view Documents and create new Documents, he can also Edit/Delete all Documents.

Note: User will see all Documents that are connected to the same Owner that he is connected to as well all Documents that are connected to Sites that he has access to.

3. Sites Give User access to specific sites by selecting them or select All Sites to give user access to all sites even sites that will be added later on.

4. Real Time Display Give User access to specific Real Time Displays by selecting them or select All Web Maps to give user access to all RTD even those that will be added later on.

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05.2 User Role


To access: Configuration > Contact Setup

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV

With User Role administrators can create predefined Roles that can be applied to relevant user in seconds. In the user setup there are over 60 features that is possible to give user access to. With User Role VDV users don’t have to hand pick everything for each user.

User Role

  1. Give the User Role a name, select which owner this role has access to and select which features you want users with this role have access to. To see what each feature check mark gives access to read through the User Setup chapter here above.
  2. The button to the left enables users to edit the Role and the red x button deletes the Role.

 

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05.3 User Log


To access: Main Functions > User Setup > User Log

The user log can be used to review what specific users have been doing on Vista Data Vision.

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It is possible view the log for the admin by pressing the log button next to the delete button.

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This is an example of how a User Log could look like.

There are few options and they are all available at the top of the page: Owner, User and Categories year as well as Month.

The downward arrow button is used for downloading the data that is currently selected.

Note: Month only shows up when a specific year is selected and Pagination on the bottom shows up only when there are more than 50 log messages showing up at the same time.

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05.4 User Localization


To access: Configuration > User Localization

User Localization gives VDV users the option to customize how the data, date and time is presented.

User Localization

  1. Create a new Localization. In User Localization the user can decide the Name, Date Format, Decimal Point, Delimiter, File ending, Paper size (currently not active), and chose between 24 or 12 hour time period.
  2. The button to the left edits current Localization and the button to the right deletes them.

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05.5 Contact Setup


To access: Configuration > Contact Setup

Create or edit contacts which will receive Alarms and Reports. Contacts are automatically saved into specific contact group which is used when configuring Alarms.

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Add Name, Email, Cell Phone and Company name.

Note: Alarms are not sent out as text message and Cell Phone filed is not used.

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05.6 Contact Group


To access: Configuration > Contact Group Setup

After a user has been created add it to a contact group. Also possible to remove contacts from the contact group or make the unactive.

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Note: Alarms are not sent out as text message unless there is mobile modem connected and configured with the server/computer and mail server must be configured to send out alarm emails.

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05.7 Google Maps Setup


To access: Configuration > Google Maps Setup

To add Site to Google Maps click the edit Google Maps Setup1 button for selected site.

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1. It is important to check Display Site on Map to display Site on Gmap. Allow Data Scroll allows users to scroll back and forth in time when viewing Graphs. Allow Data Download allows users to download data from last 7 or 30 days. Display Units displays units after values in the table. Site Description information about the Site that users can read while exploring the data. Display Alarms Google marker changes color depending on alarm status:

Google Maps Setup3

2. It is possible to select all Variables to be displayed in Gmap by checking Display all Variables or select specific variables to display by checking the box in the display column next to the variable. The Precision drop down button configures the decimal points on the variables.

3. Click and drag the marker on the world map to desirable location. To zoom in and out on the map use the Google Maps Setup4 button in the top left corner or use the scroll wheel.

When the configuration are finished click Save Configuration and the marker will appear on the Gmap.

To access: Main Functions > Google Maps

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05.8 Manual Input


To access: Configuration à Manual Inputs

If the following message displays the sites must be defined in db.robot.c.

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When Sites are configured click on the site and then click Edit Data. There it’s possible to edit the logged data and put in new record manually.

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  1. The first two buttons scroll the data by one day every click. Next button goes to the end of the data and the last button is to pick a date from calendar.
  2. Here it is possible to edit the logged data. Either put manually in new number and click the green check button or hit the red x button to delete the data.
  3. Click the red x button to delete the entire record for selected time stamp.
  4. When manually putting in new record the following line will pop up. Click the small calendar logo to put in the timestamp. Select year, month, day, hour and minute. Write the new readings in the white empty boxes and then click safe.

Manual Input3

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05.9 Site Setup


To access: Configuration > Site Setup

When data file is added to Vista Data Vision then variable names are used as they appear in the header of the data file. Also units are not configured. Creating Alias names for each variable and configuring Units can be done online.

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Type in an Alias name which will appear everywhere (Graphs, Alarms, Reports etc.). Select Unit from the menu.

At the top it is possible to change the Site name if needed.

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05.10 Validation Setup


To access: Configuration à Validation Setup

Note: In order to have access to the Validation process the Data Service Toolkit is needed.

To set the Validation Configuration for a Site click the edit Google Maps Setup1 button for the corresponding site.

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  1. The Active button must be checked for the validation to be active.
  2. Limits Select a lower and upper limit for each variable, the default Lower Limit is -6000 and the default Upper Limit is 6000. The Min and Max value for each variable is displayed to give a better understanding of the data already in the database.
  3. Gap Size The Gap Size is an important variable. When db.robot.c validates data it first checks if the value is within the legal data range, if it is not within the legal limit it next checks if the number of consecutive values out of the legal data range are lower or equal to the Gap Size, if they are lower or equal to the gap size then the values are changed to the last legal value before, else no action is performed. For example: If the data values for a variable are “23.15; -100; 24.21; 23.98; -6999; -6999; -6999; 24.37; 25.14; 26.73;” and the lower limit for the variable is set to -50 and the upper limit is set to 150 and the Validation Method is Last Legal Value. If the Gap Size is set to 4 then after the validation process those same values would be: “23.15; 23.15; 24.21; 23.98; 23.98; 23.98; 23.98; 24.37; 25.14; 26.73;”. If the Gap Size had been set to 2 then after the validation process those same values would be: “23.15; 23.15; 24.21; 23.98; -6999; -6999; -6999; 24.37; 25.14; 26.73;”.
  4. Filter easily filters the variables. It is possible to write the name of the variable, part of a name or unit.
  5. Changes all the boxes at the same time. If there is a Filter on, this button only validates the variables that are Filtered.
  6. There are 3 different Validation methods that can be used.

Last Legal Value: Replaces validated values with the last legal value.

Linear Interpolation: Does a Linear Interpolation over the gap that is validated.

Replace Validated Values with NULL: This method replaces validated values with NULL resulting in a gap in the graph when plotted.

For example if the upper limit is 6000 and the lower limit is -6000, a sequence of: 10, 20, 6999, 6999, 50, with Gap Size 4 would be validated as:

  • 10, 20, 20, 20, 50 using Last Legal Value.
  • 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 using Linear Interpolation.
  • 10, 20, NULL, NULL, 50 using Replace Validated Values with NULL.

When Lower and Upper Limit for all variables have been configured click the save button.

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05.11 Page Setup


To access: Configuration > Page Setup

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

Data is categorized into Sites and Pages where each Site can contain multiple pages. Its possible think of Site as a project and data for that project is categorized into couple of pages. With this way it is easy to find correct data.

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First is a list of all Sites user has access to and represent all data files he has in the system. Add a new Page to the Site and then Graph to that page.

Note: Recommended is that users do not create new Site unless they have multiple data file in one project and they want to access all data from single Site.

When creating a new graph users can add variables from different Sites to the same graph. Layout of each variable on the graph can be configured and the whole graph as well. Up to 50 variables can be added to the same graph.

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  1. This box contains options that applies to each variable. Click on each variable to configure this. Change the color of the plot and select which Y-Axis the variable should use. Note: Show Alarm Limit will show Yellow and Red lines on the graphs as the Alarm Setup is configured for that variable. Only one variable on each graph can have this active.
  2. General configurations for the graph in general. Select Manual or Auto scale on Y-axis and Axis label.

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05.12 Virtual Varialbes


To access: Configuration > Virtual Variables

Virtual Variables are used to create new calculated variables that are a mathematical function of one or more measured variables. Virtual Variables are useful to rescale as well as to calculate results that were not calculated in the datalogger. It is easy to create a formula that has sensor readings from one or more dataloggers as input.

Virtual Variables are calculated on the fly and can be added to Graphs, Reports and configured for an Alarm.

Note: If formula is created using more than one sensor reading, then the result will only be calculated when all sensor readings have the same time stamp. This means that if one (or more) sensor reading is missing then no result will show for those missing readings.Virtual Variable1 - crop

List of all Virtual Variables. Simple is to delete and edit each variable by clicking the icons.

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Note: Click on the information icon to see information about what mathematical functions are allowed.

Here is Cabin Temp converted from Celsius to Fahrenheit. At the bottom the formula was tested to make sure it works as expected.

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05.12.1 Rate of Change


Rate of Change

Rate of Change is used to calculate how fast a sensor value is changing. This might be useful in order to indicate a flood or a landslide or any sudden movement that is otherwise hard to detect. RoC for a sensor value may be plotted just like the sensor value itself.

Sometimes it is of interest to plot both a sensor value and its RoC which gives clear picture of how RoC behaves. In order to plot both the sensor value and its RoC value, create a virtual variable of the sensor value and then choose to plot one of the two as normal trend line and the other as RoC.

Further: Rate of Change (RoC) is used to calculate the difference between the current sensor value and the sensor value X Time Interval (seconds, minutes, hours or days) ago. RoC may be calculated both for a single variable and a virtual variable.

The RoC Time Interval can be in Minutes, Hours or Days; RoC is calculated for this Time Interval.

To set the RoC for a specific Time Interval keep the Time Unit the same as Time Interval, see next paragraph.

RoC Time Unit can be in Seconds, Minutes, Hours or Days. The RoC Time Unit allows to plot the average difference for specific time unit for the RoC. For Example if calculating RoC for 24 hr and have RoC Time Unit set to 1hr that will be plotting average difference per hour for those 24 hours. In other words, dividing the whole difference with 24 so the change per hour.

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05.12.2 Equation Constants


Create Equation contestant if the following applies. Using Constants gives better formula overview and it is easier to read the constants and make sure they are all correct.

  • Large constant in formula then using constant can make the formula easier to read. Better overview of contents.
  • Same constant used more than once in the formula.
  • Large equation with one ore more constants.

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05.12.3 Equation Datum


If needed to add specific value for any variable use Equation Datum to locate that value. This could for example be first value reading to calculate variable change from the beginning.

Equation datum1

Highlight the reading (in this case the oldest) and click Select. Now it is possible to add this value to the formula by typing in datum in the Equation.

Equation datum2

Here the first reading is subtracted from each reading to calculate change from the beginning.

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05.13 Displacement Graph Setup


NOTE: In order to have access to the Displacement Graph you need to purchase the Displacement Graph Toolkit.

Displacement Graphs are used to display readings from In-Place-Inclinometer chain of sensors as Graphs. In order to view the Displacement Graph Setup the user must have access to that feature in the User Setup.

To access: Configuration > Displacement Graph Setup

Displacement Graph Setup

  1. Click the “New” button to create new displacement graph from site that has been imported by system administrator.
  2. To make changes on a Displacement Graph click the edit button. To delete a Displacement Graph click the red button.
  3. Filter the graphs. The Filter reads whole and partial words in all of the columns.

 

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05.14 Real Time Display Setup


Real Time Display (RTD) is a portfolio of solutions to display data in Dash-board like manner. RTD allow creation of display that includes numeric indicators, alarm indicators, graphs, pop-up graphs, navigation buttons, text messages, web links and documents as well as layered organization of RTDs. RTD is a great tool to give overview of large amount of data in an easy manner. RTD allows customization of the look and feel of the data display and data handling. Furthermore, the User Access may be set for opening VDV web service directly on a selected RTD.

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05.14.1 General


Give the RTD a name and select a owner. It is also possible to select the font type for the Display.

Popup Graph:

When user clicks the variable value on Data Groups it is possible to see a 1-7 day popup graph for that variable. To enable that feature check the Show Popup Graph checkbox and select the how many days the graph should span.

Lates non NaN value:

Sometimes sensors get bad readings and produce NaN values to the data file. By clicking this checkbox Data Groups and Numeric Indicators will not show NaN values but in stead the last legal value is displayed.

Display Description

Write a description about the RTD and select the Box Width. To add description to the RTD click the add button and then click the graph. Where the user clicks will be the top left corner of the description box and the height is determined with the amount of text.

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05.15 Export Task


To access: Configuration > Export Task

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

With Export Task feature it is easy to export data from VDV database to a file format of choice. This process can be configured to run as a Schedule, meaning that data can be exported regularly automatically and saved on a network drive and or to a FTP site.

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List of all Export Tasks, it is simple to delete and edit each variable by clicking the icons.

Click the New button in the top right corner and fill in the information needed.

Export Settings:

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Things to notice:

If File Name does not include any Variables (e.g. %Y, %m, %H) the File will be overwritten every time the Task runs.

Header Line is whether an Information Line will be at the top of the File. This line is created in the Variable & Fixed Lines/Columns tab.

If Accumulate Export Data is checked then the Export Task will add new data to the same file if the file size is lower than Max File Size. If the file size is larger it will delete that file and create a new one. If Accumulate is Checked then all File Name Variables (e.g. %Y, %m, %H) will be disabled so all data will be saved to the same file.

Optional is to send the file to a FTP site. Check the FTP Export File checkbox and type in FTP Path, User and Password.

Note: that the FTP Path should not include ftp:// in front of the URL.

Example: If the FTP site URL is ftp://mySite.com then FTP Path should be mySite.com but not ftp://mySite.com

Passive mode is generally used in situations where the FTP server is not able to establish the data channel. One of the major reasons for this is network firewalls where Passive mode works through any kind of firewall. Active Mode needs to have port 20 and 21 open in the Firewall. Advise with IT department which option the FTP server supports or try which one works.

Variables:

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There are three option on selecting variables to export, double click variables to export, click the variable to export and press the right arrow button (for multiple variables use the shift or ctrl modifier to select multiple variables at a time to add to export list) or select/deselect all of the variables by using the lower button set.

Note: A site has to be chosen in the Export Settings tab for any variable to show up on this tab.

Fixed Lines:

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In the last tab there is option to add a Fixed Column and Fixed Header Lines to the file.

Fixed Header Lines will appear at the top of the File.

Note: Check the Include Header Line Check box in the Export Settings tab.

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06 Alarms


Alarms are a very powerful feature that will simplify the operation of a network of dataloggers and ease the workload of the operators.

Alarms have twofold purpose:

  • Monitor new data entered into the database and send alarms if value of a variable cross pre-defined limits.
  • Monitor the age of data files. If the data file is not updated Alarm will be sent

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Alarm Overview shows list of all active and un-active alarms.

Alarm Log shows all alarms for Sites and Variables

Update Overview lists up station data age and shows alarms if stations are not being updated.

Displacement Graph is overview of Displacement graph alarms.

Alarm Setup is where Alarm for each variable is configured.

Data Update Setup is where sites are configured for Update monitoring.

06.1 Alarm Overview


To access: Alarms > Alarm Overview

Alarms are shown as Active Alarms and Unactive Alarms. Active alarms are all alarms that are currently active. They need to be confirmed by clicking the Confirm button. Once the Alarm goes to OFF mode it is move to the Unactive table (if it has not been confirmed). After the alarm has been confirmed it is moved out of the Unactive table.

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06.2 Alarm Log


To access: Alarms > Alarm Log

Select Site to see all alarms for that Site and select Variable to only view alarms for that single variable.

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Click on the zoom icon to view what was happening when the alarm was triggered.

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06.3 Update Overview


To access: Alarms > Update Overview

This table shows all Sites user has access to and how long since last data was imported. If Site has been configured for Update Monitoring Alarm it will show red background if the alarm has been triggered.

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Active alarm shows with a red background color.

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06.4 Displacement Graph


To access: Alarms > Displacement Graph

Introduction: Alarm Indication Line(s) are visual markers added to a Displacement Graph to indicate the current alarm thresholds. If any displacement lines cross an Alarm Indication Line then an alarm is issued. Typically an Alarm Indication Line is added both to the left and right of the center line. There may be more than one Alarm Indication Lines each with its own settings.

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  1. Alarms are shown as Active Alarms and Unactive Alarms. Active alarms are all alarms that are currently active. They need to be confirmed by clicking the Confirm Once the Alarm goes to OFF mode it is move to the Unactive table (if it has not been confirmed). After the alarm has been confirmed it is moved out of the Unactive table. In this case there is no Active Alarm so there is no table for that.
  2. It is possible the filter the all the logged alarms. In the first drop down button the site is selected. Then the type of Alarm is selected, NEW, OFF or Confirm. The date button is used to select from what date the alarms are filtered and the last drop down button is to select how many alarms to display per page.
  3. Displays all the alarms logged in time order from the newest to the oldest.

Alarms - Displacement Graph2

The red lines are alarm limits for the Displacement Graph. If the graph exceeds the red lines an alarm will be triggered.

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06.5 Alarm Setup


To access: Alarms > Alarm Setup

All variables that are imported into the system can be configured for an alarm.

The Alarm Site Setup is the process of configuring the thresholds for alarm conditions. The thresholds are LowLow (LL), Low (L), High (H) and HighHigh (HH). If the reading of a sensor/variable cross the threshold set then a alarm condition becomes active which will result in sending of alarm message, blinking of indicators and so on.

Click on Edit icon to configure the alarms for that Site.

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Note: If clicked on the Edit icon next to the Filter input field then all visible variables are configured the same. This is great way to save time when multiple variables have the same configuration. For Example if 2 variables are filtered are out then only they are configured.

Also, only items that are changed configured. Meaning if only Monitor check box is checked then all visible variables will get the monitor check box checked but other configurations are not changed. This is great for changing one item on multiple variables who do not have the same configuration.

  • Monitor: To monitor the variable for Alarm Status check the Monitor check box.
  • Low Low: Set the Low Low limit for the Variable.
  • Low: Set the Low limit for the Variable.
  • High: Set the High limit for the Variable.
  • High High: Set the High High limit for the Variable.
  • Send Low & High Warning: Choose where to send the alarm message if the variable goes outside of the Inner Limits (Low & High). The options are Client, Maintenance, Both and None.
  • Send LowLow & HighHigh Warning: Choose where to send the alarm message if the variable goes outside of the Outer Limits ( LowLow & HighHigh). The options are Client, Maintenance, Both and None.
  • Deadband: Adjust how much the Value has to change to consider the alarm status as changed. For example if the High limit is 10 and the HighHigh limit is 100 and the deadband is 10%, then once the Value gets to 10 then the value has to go below 9 (10-(10*0.1)=9) for the alarm to be considered as off and a message to be sent out. The same goes for the HighHigh limit, once the value gets to 100 then the value has to go below 90 (100-(100*0.1)=9) for the alarm to be considered as off and a message to be sent out. Deadband is used to eliminate constant sending of alarm messages for fluctuating values.
  • Delay (minutes): Choose a delay in minutes that the alarm must be active until an alarm is triggered. The delay is only used when an alarm goes from the OFF position to ON position (LowLow, Low, High, HighHigh), there is no delay when an Alarm goes off or when an Alarm changes between Alarm Levels (Low to LowLow or HighHigh to High). For example if the Time Period for a data table is 10 minutes and a delay of 30 is entered then the alarm must be active for 4 consecutive records before an alarm is triggered (the alarm triggers on the fourth record.
  • Repeat (minutes): Choose Repeat time to have an alarm repeated until confirmed. The Repeat time is the time in minutes before resending Alarms as email and/or SMS.
    • Send to all Contacts will send the Alarm to all contacts every Repeat minute until the Alarm has been confirmed.
    • Send to Contacts in Sequential Order will send the Alarm to the contacts in the contact group in Sequential Order starting with the contact at the top in the list. If the alarm situation has not been confirmed before Repeat minutes the alarm is re-sent, this time to contacts 1 and 2 in the contact group and so on until the Alarm has been confirmed. The order of the contacts in the contact list may be re-arranged both online and in db.robot.c by dragging the contact lines up or down the list.

NOTE: To activate the Alarm Repeat select either, Send to all Contacts or Send to Contacts in Sequential Order at the bottom of the screen.

  • Disable OFF Alarm: Select if no alarm (Email or SMS) is to be sent when an Alarm goes OFF. Notice that the event is still logged.
  • Disable NaN/NULL alarms: If this is selected then there will no alarm sent if new values are NaN or NULL for this site. This option may be important if sensor reading is unstable and the sensor reading device (the datalogger) returns invalid results like NaN or NULL (NaN = not a number, NULL = ascii character for no character).

Custom Alarm text is the pencil icon at the end of each variable line. This is a custom text that will be sent out with the alarm if it is triggered.

 

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06.6 Data Update Setup


To access: Alarms > Data Update Setup

The Data Update Setup function will indicate if there is any problem with data collection or data file storage. If data file is not being updated it could indicate problem with the datalogger, the communication link, the data collection application, the name of the file or a disk drive.

For each dat file being monitored by db.robot.c, Alarms can be set to monitor the age of its latest data. If dat file does not get updated in time with db.robot.c Alarms will send an update notification email and/or SMS to a group of recipients.

Data Update Setup

  1. Filter easily filters the sites. It is possible to write the name of a site, part of a name or unit. Filter searches in all columns.
  2. Changes all the boxes at the same time. If there is a Filter on, this button only changes the sites that are Filtered.

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  1. Monitor To monitor the age of the latest data for selected site check the box.
  2. Data Update Limit Set how old the latest data in the database may get until an alarm message is sent out.
  3. Contact Groups Select the contact group that should receive the alarm message if the latest data for selected Site does not update before the selected Data Update Limit.

Note: When a new Site is added to the db.robot.c it is not monitored by default.

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07 Information


Under the information menu users have access to additional data information such as Notes, Documents and Webcam. As well are access to Download Data and System log.

07.1 Notes


To access: Information > Notes

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

Notes is a feature that allows users to store diary records and connect them to Sites and Variables. Users must have access to Notes in order to view them and edit them. Go to Configuration > User Setup for more information.

Users can only view/edit/delete Notes that are connected to Sites that they have access to. To view Notes go to Information > Notes.

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  1. Site: Select a Site to connect this Note record to.
  2. Variable: Optionally also select a Variable to connect the Note record to.
  3. Type: Select a Note Type for the Note record. When viewing Notes the Note Type can be used to filter Notes.
  4. Time: Select a timestamp for the Note record.
  5. Time End: Optionally select a end timestamp for the Note Record.
  6. Heading: Enter a heading for the Note record.
  7. Note: Enter a text for the Note record.
  8. Picture: Optionally select a picture to store with the Note record.
  9. Resize Picture: If a picture is selected check the Resize Picture checkbox to resize it so that height and width are not larger than 640 pixels.

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07.2 Webcam


To access: Information > Webcam

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

Picture from a site may be just as informative as a sensor reading. By adding web cam to a site and have the camera to catch images at regular interval and forward to an ftp site the user of VDV will have important addition to trend lines and other data.

Webcam means that the camera will forward a picture at regular intervals to VDV, like 1 picture every 1 minute, or 1 picture every 1 hour. When viewing in VDV, It’s possible to see the latest picture, browse through older pictures and associate pictures with time and trend lines.

Having Webcam of a work sites provides a great visual documentation. It gives also the possibility for users to see Work Site surroundings in the office. The images may also be used in other project documentation.

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07.3 Documents


To access: Information > Documents

Documents is very useful feature to upload documents regarding projects or sites.

Note: It is only possible to load documents that have the correct file endings. It is possible to add file endings in db.web.browser under Configure > Web Documents > Web Documents Types.

Documents

  1. a: Click Choose file and locate the file to upload.
    b: It is possible to rename the file that is being uploaded (optional).
    c: Select the directory that the uploaded file belongs to.
    d: Select the site that the document belongs to (optional).
    e: Write a description of the document (optional).
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  2. The button on the left is to edit document file name, owner, site and description and the button on the right is to delete the document.
  3. Filter documents. Note: The filter does not detect partial words.

Note: It’s not possible to delete documents unless being logged in as the user witch uploaded the document or have admin access over documents.

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07.4 View Log


To access: Information > View Log

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

View Log logs every activity done on the web. It is possible to filter those logs with the Site dropdown button, Log Type dropdown button and by selecting a date so the logs displayed will not be older than that date.

View Log

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07.5 Download Data


To access: Main Functions > Quick View > Download or Information > Download Data

In Download it’s possible to download the raw data. It’s easy to select only one or more variables and specific time period.

Download Data

  1. Select a Site to download from. It is possible to download variables from more than one site but it may take a little longer time.
  2. Choose time period by clicking on the calender buttons.
  3. Select Raw or Summary data. If Summary is selected it is possible to only get average data for every hour, day, week, month or year and also get the max and min value for selected period.
  4. Select the variables to download. There are two ways to select variables: 1. Double click on the variable. 2. Select one and use the right arrow button to select. For multiple variable selection hold down the Ctrl button and select two or more or hold down the shift button and select one then select another and all the variables in between will be selected, then use the right arrow button to select the variables. To deselect variables use the left arrow button.
  5. This is the file format on the data that will be downloaded and it is also possible to change it with the drop down buttons. For the Time Format %Y=year, %m=month, %d=day, %H=hour (0-24) ,%h=hour (0-12), %i=minute, %S=seconds and %p for AM/PM.

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07.6 Month Overview


To access: Information > Month Overview

Month Overview reporting tool displays the average values of a sensor readings for each hour of every day for all the days of a month. User selects the sensor using the Station and Variable selections, and the month and year of the data to be reported.

The total average, maximum and minimum is calculated for each day of the month. Also, the total average, maximum and minimum is calculated for, each hour and also for the total number of values.

At the very bottom of the report there is information of the total hours of the month, the number of good hours (hours with data), the number of missing hours (the hours with no data) and the data capture in percentage.

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  1. Select Station, Variable, Year and Month
  2. Download the data to a text file

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07.7 Completeness


To access: Information > Completeness

Completeness reporting tool displays the percent of valid data readings collected compared to the expected number of valid data readings in each month. Completeness is a great reporting tool for the quality of the data logging system.

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  1. Select Station, Year and Month (or all months)
  2. Select details to see the number of total and valid data rows
  3. Download the data to a text file

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07.8 User Access


To access: Information > User Access

Note: This feature is only available in the Premium version of VDV.

User Access is used to view Logins/logouts of every user that is available for viewing. The Data is represented on a histogram as well as a table for easy look up. There are controls to switch between users, owners and time (Year and Month). There is also the option of downloading the data that is currently selected.

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  1. Select Owner
  2. Select User
  3. Select Year or download data with the down arrow.

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