Allegro MX User Guide - American Innovations

Allegro MX User Guide - American Innovations
American Innovations Allegro MX
Version 5.2
User Guide
Information in this document is subject to change without notice.
© 1999-2014 American Innovations, Ltd. All rights reserved.
American Innovations | www.aiworldwide.com | 12211 Technology Blvd | Austin, TX 78727
Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of American Innovations is strictly
forbidden.
The American Innovations logo and icon are trademarks of American Innovations, Ltd. Juniper Systems,
Allegro Field PC, and the company logo are registered trademarks of Juniper Systems, Inc. Allegro MX and
Allegro CX are recognized trademarks of Juniper Systems, Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Windows Mobile and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of
companies.
Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming
the marks and names or their products. American Innovations, Ltd. disclaims any proprietary interest in
trademarks and trade names other than its own.
Revised October 17, 2014
Part No. 122125-000, Rev. 5.2
Contents
Chapter 1
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Equipment List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Preparing the Allegro for Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Install the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Set Display Properties for a Monochrome Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Set Regional Settings, Time Zone, and Date/Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Install Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Windows 7/Vista: Install Windows Mobile Device Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Windows XP/2000: Install ActiveSync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Transfer Utility Files to PCS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Overview of the Allegro Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Connector Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Chainer/Stick Adapter Switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Overview of AI’s Allegro Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Touchscreen Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Realign the Touchscreen Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Keypad and Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Function Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Windows Mobile Icons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Al Allegro Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Contacting Technical Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Chapter 2
Digital Voltmeter (AiDvm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
DVM Graph Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Data Logger Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Chapter 3
Close Interval Survey (CeCi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Set Survey File Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Add Remarks and Test Point Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
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Export a Survey File. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Transfer a Survey File to PCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Survey File Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Chapter 4
DC Voltage Gradient (DCVG) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Survey File Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Add Remarks, Indication, and Test Point Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Export a Survey File. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Survey File Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Chapter 5
Annual/Periodic Survey (Periodic Survey) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Timed Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Set Auto-backup Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Transfer a PS Survey to PCS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Copy a PS Survey to a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
PS Survey Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Appendix A
Recommendations for Interrupted On/Off Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Appendix B
FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Appendix C
Utility Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
GPS Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
GPS Status Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
GPS Config . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
GPS Config Ublox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
GPS Pod Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Key Redirect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Bluetooth COM Setup Utility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Install Bluetooth COM Setup Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Set Up GPS Controller and GPS Status for Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
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Appendix D
GPS Receivers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Set Up a Holux GPS Receiver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Install GPS Controller Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Set Up GPS Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Export Control Classif ication Number . . . . . . . . . . .123
Software License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
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Getting Started
This guide explains how to set up and use American Innovations’ software installed on the
Allegro MX Field PC®. Topics in this chapter include those in the following list:
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Equipment List (page 1)
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Preparing the Allegro for Use (page 2)
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Overview of AI’s Allegro Software (page 13)
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Overview of the Allegro Hardware (page 10)
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Windows Mobile Icons (page 18)
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Al Allegro Documentation (page 20)
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Contacting Technical Services (page 21)
Equipment List
Your Allegro ships from American Innovations (AI) with the items in the following list.
Several optional add-ons are available for purchase, such as GPS (global positioning
system). For a complete list contact AI Sales at 1-800-229-3404.
Items provided in the box with the Allegro include:
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Rechargeable battery pack and AC charger
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USB cable
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Mini stylus and pen-style stylus
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Hand strap and shoulder strap
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Screen protector
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AI Allegro CD with copies of AI software, user guide, release notes, and upgrade
procedures
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Microsoft Getting Started CD with Windows Mobile Device Center and ActiveSync
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Juniper Systems CD with owner’s manual and quick start guide
Preparing the Allegro for Use
When you first receive the Allegro from AI, perform the following tasks to prepare the
device for service:
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Install the Battery Pack (see page 2)
•
Set Display Properties for a Monochrome Display (see page 4)
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Set Regional Settings, Time Zone, and Date/Time (see page 5)
•
Install Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync (see page 6)
•
Transfer Utility Files to PCS (see page 9)
Install the Battery Pack
Complete the following steps to install and charge the battery pack. Charge the battery
pack for at least six hours.
1
Push the sliding latches up on the sides of the Allegro to open the battery
compartment door (Figure 1-1).
Figure 1-1. Slide Latches
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Place the battery pack in the battery compartment with the small arrow pointing to
the right (Figure 1-2 on page 3). Push the battery pack down and then slide it to
the right to secure it in place.
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Figure 1-2. Install Battery Pack
3
Push the battery door closed until slide latches click into place. If slide latches are
not securely in place, the unit is no longer water tight.
4
Plug the battery charger into a wall outlet, then the Allegro (Figure 1-3). The Power
window (Figure 1-4) automatically displays after applying power.
Figure 1-3. Connect Battery Charger
5
Complete the following settings in the Power window (Figure 1-4):
•
Select Enter percentage and capacity.
•
Set Charge Percentage to 10% .
•
Set Battery Capacity to 4000.
Figure 1-4. Power
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Set Display Properties for a Monochrome Display
If the Allegro includes a monochrome display, complete the following steps to set display
properties:
1
Tap Start > Settings > Today icon to display the Today Settings window
(Figure 1-5).
Figure 1-5. Today
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In the Appearance tab, select High Contrast in Select a theme for your device.
Tap OK and then the Close icon (X ) to return to the Today screen.
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Set Regional Settings, Time Zone, and Date/Time
Regional settings specify the style that date/time, numbers, and currency are displayed.
After selecting a display style, set up the Allegro with your preferred time zone, date, and
time.
Complete the following steps:
1
Tap Start > Settings > System tab > Regional Settings to display the Regional
Settings window (Figure 1-6).
2
Set your preferred language in the Region tab. Use the remaining tabs to set the
display style for Number, Currency, Time, and Date. Click OK to return to the
Settings window.
Figure 1-6. Regional Settings
3
Tap the Clock & Alarms icon in the Settings window and complete the following
settings:
•
Set up the time zone, current time, and current date (Figure 1-7).
Figure 1-7. Time Zone and Date/Time
•
Tap OK to apply settings. Tap Yes to save settings and close the window. Tap
the Close icon (X ) to return to the previous screen.
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Install Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync
The Allegro communicates with a computer using either Windows Mobile Device Center
(for Windows 7 and Vista) or Microsoft ActiveSync (for Windows XP or 2000).
If your computer is not installed with Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync,
complete the following steps to install the software. View your computer’s Start Menu to
determine if the software is installed (Start > Program Files or Programs).
Windows 7/Vista: Install Windows Mobile Device Center
If your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows Vista, complete the following steps:
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Insert the Getting Started CD in the CD drive of your computer. The CD is included
with the Allegro. If you cannot locate the CD, please contact Technical Services at
allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com.
2
Plug the provided USB cable in the Allegro and your computer.
3
Download the Windows Mobile Device Center Installer to your computer by
clicking the download link that appears in the pop-up window.
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Select Run this program from its current location and click OK. Follow onscreen prompts to install the software.
5
Create a connection at anytime by connecting one end of the USB cable in
your computer and the other end in the Allegro. Windows Mobile Device
Center automatically opens (Figure 1-8). Click Connect without setting up
your device to create a connection.
Figure 1-8. Windows Mobile Device Center
Windows XP/2000: Install ActiveSync
If your computer is running Windows XP or Windows 2000, complete the following steps:
1
Insert the Getting Started CD in the CD drive of your computer. The CD is included
with the Allegro. If you cannot locate the CD, please contact Technical Services at
allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com.
2
Follow on-screen prompts to install ActiveSync.
3
To establish a sync connection with the Allegro and your computer, follow these
steps:
a
Connect the USB cable to your computer and the Allegro.
b
When Synchronization Setup Wizard displays, click Cancel when prompted
to create a sync partnership. Clicking Cancel allows you to create a Guest
connection instead (Figure 1-9).
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Figure 1-9. Synchronization Setup Wizard
A successful sync connection occurs when the following ActiveSync window
displays (Figure 1-10).
Figure 1-10. ActiveSync Connected
NOTE: If a successful sync connection does not occur and you also use a VPN (virtual
private network) software to establish a remote connection with a private network: (1)
Disable or disconnect the VPN software. (2) Recycle power to the Allegro and your
computer. (3) Click Cancel when Synchronization Setup Wizard displays. If a sync
connection has not been established, contact Technical Services at
allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com.
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Transfer Utility Files to PCS
If you use Pipeline Compliance System (PCS) with the Allegro, complete the following
steps to transfer two utility files from the Allegro installation CD to the PCS executable
directory on your computer. The utility files are labeled wToCmd.exe and CeFileXer.exe on
the Allegro installation CD.
IMPORTANT: To locate your PCS executable folder, search for either of the utility files.
Click the Windows Start button and then type wToCmd.exe or CeFileXer.exe in the
Search field to locate the utility files and PCS executable folder.
Complete the following steps:
1
Insert the Allegro installation CD in your computer’s CD drive.
2
Open Windows Explorer and view the contents of the CD folder labeled PCS Files
on the installation CD.
3
Drag the files wToCmd.exe and CeFileXer.exe from the installation CD to the PCS
executable folder on your computer (Figure 1-11).
Figure 1-11. PCS Executable Folder
4
Click Yes or Move and Replace to update existing files when Windows displays
the Move File message.
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Overview of the Allegro Hardware
The Allegro includes a connector panel, touchscreen display, keypad, and function keys
(Figure 1-12). Optional add-ons available for purchase include a GPS expansion pod with
GPS antenna and a Trimble GPS receiver. For a complete list of add-ons available for
purchase, contact AI Sales at 1-800-229-3404.
GPS Antenna (optional)
connects to GPS Expansion
Pod (not shown)
Connector Panel
(back of Allegro)
Touchscreen Display
Function Keys
Windows Task Manager
Touchscreen: Enable/Disable;
Backspace
Blue Shift Key
Keypad
Circular Navigation Keypad
Windows Start Menu
Orange Shift Key
Battery Latch
Power On/Off
Figure 1-12. Allegro Field PC
Connector Panel
The connector panel is located at the top of the Allegro (Figure 1-13). It supports
connections for items in the list below.
Mini Stylus
USB Port
Mini USB Port
AC Power Connection
DVM Red Positive (+)
DVM Black Negative (–)
GPS Expansion Pod
Figure 1-13. Allegro Connector Panel
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GPS Antenna
(optional add-on)
COM1 RS232
Serial Port
GPS Antenna Connector
Remote Trigger Connector
(3-pin connector)
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The connector panel supports the following connections:
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DVM positive and negative test leads
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Remote trigger for data cane or wire counter (3-pin connector)
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Communication ports with the following characteristics:
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USB port for connecting the Allegro to a computer
•
USB port for connecting to other USB devices
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One 9-pin serial communication port labeled COM1
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AC power adapter
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GPS expansion pod (optional add-on)
•
GPS antenna (optional add-on)
Chainer/Stick Adapter Switch
A hardware switch inside the Allegro must be set before taking survey readings. Use the
procedure below to set the switch in Stick Adapter mode if using a data cane to take
survey readings. If using a wire counter instead, set the switch in Chainer mode.
To set the Allegro in either Chainer or Stick Adapter mode, follow these steps:
1
If the Allegro is on, press the power button to turn Off the device.
2
If a GPS antenna cable is connected to the Allegro, disconnect the cable.
3
Use a coin or flathead screwdriver to loosen two screws securing the card slot door
on the back of the Allegro. Turn screws counter-clockwise ¼ of a turn to release
the door.
Figure 1-14. Open Card Slot Door
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Open the card slot door and set the switch in one of the following positions
(Figure 1-15). When you finish, close and fasten the door.
•
Chainer: if using a wire counter, select Chainer.
•
Stick Adapter: if using a data cane, select Stick Adapter.
(top view)
Chainer
Stick
Adapter
Switch
Figure 1-15. Set Chainer/Stick Adapter Switch Position
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Overview of AI’s Allegro Software
The Allegro ships from AI with the following AI Allegro software factory-installed. AI
Allegro software version 5 is compatible with PCS Axis as well as all version 6 and 7 PCS
software.
Digital Voltmeter (AiDvm)
Measures voltage and current.
Close Interval (CeCi)
Records potential readings
for close interval (CI) surveys.
DC Voltage Gradient (DCVG)
Periodic Survey
Records indications of pipeline
coating defects.
Records voltage readings for
annual and periodic surveys.
Figure 1-16. AI Allegro Software Overview
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Touchscreen Display
Use the provided stylus to tap the touchscreen and activate a software program or make a
selection. Several system icons are available for selection that allow you to navigate.
IMPORTANT: Avoid using sharp objects that may scratch or puncture the touchscreen
display.
The Allegro includes a high-contrast, pressure-sensitive display with an adjustable
backlight. When working in harsh conditions, such as a rainstorm or in high brush,
pressing the BLUE shift and TS buttons toggles the touchscreen on or off.
The monochrome version of the Allegro displays best when the device is set up with the
High Contrast theme. See Set Display Properties for a Monochrome Display on page 4
for instructions.
Realign the Touchscreen Display
If the touchscreen does not respond accurately to stylus taps, realign the touchscreen
manually using the following steps:
1
Tap Start > Settings > System tab > Screen.
2
Tap Align Screen (Figure 1-17) and then follow on-screen prompts to realign the
touchscreen.
Figure 1-17. Realign Touchscreen
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When the process completes, tap OK to close the window and then tap the Close
icon (X ) to return to the Today screen.
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Keypad and Shortcut Keys
The Allegro keypad is similar to a computer keyboard (Figure 1-18). The keypad provides
the following functionality:
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Alphanumeric and symbol keys for data entry.
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Tab, Enter, Spacebar, and Circular keys for moving the cursor.
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F1 through F5 keys perform softkey operations in certain software programs. These
keys perform special functions when used in conjunction with either the Blue or
Orange key.
F1–F5 Function Keys
Enter Key
Circular Key
Orange Key
Blue Key
Tab Key
Space Bar
Figure 1-18. Allegro Keypad
The table on the next page provides a list of global shortcut keys (Table 1-1, page 16). Use
the Allegro keypad to run any of the identified commands.
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Table 1-1. Global Shortcut Keys
Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Toggle Caps
<Blue><Caps Lock >
Toggles caps lock on and off
Display Backlight
<Orange><F3 >
Toggles backlight on/off.
Brighten/Dim Screen
Display
<Orange><F4 >
<Orange><F5 >
Press <Orange><F4> to dim
screen display.
Press <Orange><F5>to
brighten screen display.
Move between fields
<TAB>
Moves cursor between fields.
Left tab arrow moves cursor
forward one field; right tab
arrow moves cursor backward
one field.
Close Window
<Esc >
Close an open window.
Enable/Disable
Touchscreen
<Blue><TS>
Disable or enable the
touchscreen.
Task Manager
<Blue><Esc >
Displays the Task Manager.
Windows Start Menu
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Displays the Start Menu.
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Function Keys
If the Key Redirect shortcut is deleted from the Allegro Startup folder, F1 through F5 can
then be set up to start any AI software. Setting these keys in this manner allows you to
toggle from one software to another using a single key press. For more information about
deleting the Key Redirect shortcut, see Key Redirect, in Appendix C on page 105.
Complete the following steps to assign an AI software to any F1 through F5 function key:
1
Tap Start or the Windows logo icon
to display the Start menu (Figure 1-19).
Figure 1-19. Start Menu
2
Tap Settings > Buttons > Program Buttons tab.
3
Select any F1 through F5 function button listed in the Select a button field
(Figure 1-20).
4
Click the drop-down arrow in Assign a program and select an AI software from the
list (Figure 1-20).
Figure 1-20. Function Buttons (F1-F5)
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Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed. When you finish, click OK and then the Close icon
(X) to return to the Start screen (Figure 1-21).
Figure 1-21. Start Screen
Windows Mobile Icons
The Allegro uses icons and navigational text for shortcuts to provide an alternate method
for navigation during an Allegro session. Certain system icons regularly display when
running software. For example, the Windows logo icon, OK, Up, Menu, and keyboard
icons all display when running any software. Other types of system icons are used to notify
you of current operating status conditions, such as battery power status and software
currently running on the Allegro.
Table 1-3. Windows Mobile Icon Descriptions
Icon / Text
Description
Start bar: tap to display the Start menu.
Windows logo: tap to display the Start
menu.
Mini-USB Connection: status icon
indicating current connection status. When
connected to a computer it displays without
an X . When disconnected from the
computer, it displays with an X . Tap the icon
to display the Connectivity window, which
displays the connection status and provides
a link to the Settings window.
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Table 1-3. Windows Mobile Icon Descriptions (continued)
Icon / Text
Description
Speaker: tap icon to display the Volume
window and adjust the volume or turn the
sound on or off.
Alarm: status icon in the Start bar
indicating an alarm is set. If the icon displays
in the desktop, it indicates an alarm is set for
the current date. Tap the Alarm icon in the
desktop to display the Clock & Alarms
window and adjust settings in the Time ,
Alarms, and More tabs.
Charge Indicator: displays when device is
charging. Tap the icon to open the Power
Settings window to view or set up property
settings.
ActiveSync Remote Display (ASRDisp):
status icon(s) indicating the number of
initiated remote display sessions. Tap the
icon to display the CE Remote Display
window and adjust Settings , Disconnect ,
Hide , or Exit ASRDisp.
Today: icon displays in the Start menu.
When running certain software, such as CeCi,
tapping the Today icon displays the Today
screen (Allegro desktop).
Bluetooth Connection Status: icon displays
in the Today screen indicating when
Bluetooth is On or Off.
Other icons in the Start Menu display their respective software when selected. To set
which icons display in the Start Menu, tap Start > Settings > Menus . Software not
set to display in the Start Menu display in the Programs window instead (Start >
Programs ).
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Al Allegro Documentation
Included in the installation of the Allegro MX software is a PDF copy of this document and
the software release notes. Use Adobe Reader® on a laptop or desktop computer to view
or print the files.
To transfer AI Allegro documentation from the Allegro to a computer, follow these steps:
1
If the Allegro MX is not connected to your computer, connect the device and then
start Windows Mobile Device Center (for Windows 7 and Vista) or ActiveSync (for
Windows XP and 2000).
2
Using Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) or ActiveSync, open the
Documentation folder in the AI directory. The path to the documents is
\AI\Documentation (on the root drive).
3
Drag and drop the documents in a folder on your computer.
NOTE: Using a USB flash drive is another method for transferring the documents.
(1) Insert a USB flash drive in Allegro. (2) Drag and drop the documents from the
Allegro to the USB flash drive. (3) Remove the USB flash drive from the Allegro and
insert your computer. (4) Transfer the documents from the USB flash drive to a
folder on your computer.
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Contacting Technical Services
If you need assistance with the AI software or Allegro, or have a comment or suggestion
about this manual, contact Technical Services in any of the following ways:
Telephone:
E-mail:
Mail:
1-800-229-3404 (select 1, then press 1)
allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com
American Innovations, Ltd.
Attn. Allegro Technical Services
12211 Technology Blvd.
Austin, TX 78727
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Digital Voltmeter (AiDvm)
AiDvm measures voltage, current, and resistance as a fully functional digital voltmeter
(DVM) and as an integrated DVM to complement the following AI software: CeCi (close
interval), DCVG (direct current voltage gradient), and Periodic Survey (annual/periodic
survey).
You can view measurements either in the main window of AiDvm or as a waveform graph.
Optional settings are available for measuring current interrupter on/off potentials and
operating in GPS Sync mode when using GPS-synchronized current interrupters.
Information in this chapter explains how to set up and use AI’s digital voltmeter, AiDvm.
Topics include:
•
Safety Precautions (page 23)
•
Quick Start (page 24)
•
DVM Graph Overview (page 28)
•
Data Logger Overview (page 29)
•
Shortcut Keys (page 30)
Safety Precautions
Observe the following safety precautions when using AiDvm:
•
Follow safety procedures for the equipment being tested. Inspect test leads for
damaged insulation or exposed metal. Check test lead continuity. Damaged leads
should be replaced.
•
To avoid electrical shock and damage to the Allegro, do not use the Allegro when
working with voltages greater than that supported by the DAQ (data acquisition)
card or measuring current, except across a shunt.
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To avoid electrical shock and damage to the Allegro, remove test leads before
replacing the Allegro battery or connecting to a desktop or laptop computer. Set
up the Allegro with the correct test function and voltage range.
•
BEFORE MAKING ANY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT GREATER THAN 42 VOLTS
AC OR DC: Disconnect any cable from the Remote Trigger input and replace the
rubber cap before making voltage measurements using the red and black banana
jacks.
Quick Start
This section provides quick start procedures for setting up and using AiDvm. As a user you
will perform the following actions:
•
Connect test leads to the Allegro (page 24)
•
Set test function, voltage range, and sample rate (page 25)
•
Set properties to measure on/off potentials (page 25)
•
Set GPS properties (page 25)
•
Set properties to measure current across an external shunt (page 26)
•
Set data logger properties (page 27)
Connect test leads to the Allegro
1
Plug test leads in the red positive (+) and black negative (–) jacks on the Allegro
connector panel; positive to positive, negative to negative (Figure 2-1).
DVM
(–)
(+)
Figure 2-1. Allegro Connections Configuration for DVM
2
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Tap Start > AiDvm to display the main AiDvm window (Figure 2-2).
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Figure 2-2. AiDvm Main Window
Set test function, voltage range, and sample rate
1
Choose a test function by tapping Vdc, Vac , DC Amp, AC Amp , or AC mA .
2
Set the voltage range either manually by tapping the up or down arrow buttons or,
tapping Auto to use autoranging instead.
3
Tap Options. If using autoranging, tap the drop-down arrow in the Minimum
range field and select a minimum voltage range.
4
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Sample rate field and select either 50 Hz
(European Standard) or 60 Hz (US Standard). Click Ok to save settings and
return to the main DVM window.
Set properties to measure on/off potentials
1
Verify Vdc is selected in the main DVM window and then tap Options.
2
Tap the On/Off tab.
3
Tap Enable On/Off mode and then select HiLo or Gps-Sync in the Method field.
Select HiLo when using a non-GPS current interrupter(s) in an interrupted survey. If
using a GPS synchronized current interrupter(s), select Gps-Sync instead.
4
Set up remaining fields with the same settings as those used by the current
interrupter(s).
5
Tap Ok to save settings and return to the main DVM window.
Set GPS properties
1
Tap Options in the main DVM window and then tap the GPS tab.
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If using the Allegro GPS internal module (optional add-on), verify Comm Port is
COM3 (internal) and Baudrate is 9600.
The option Read PPS from Internal GPS is unavailable for selection when using
the Allegro internal GPS module. AiDvm automatically uses the PPS timing signal
received by the internal GPS module.
3
4
If using dual GPS (optional add-on), follow these steps to set up AiDvm:
a
Set communication parameters (Comm Port and Baudrate) for a second GPS
receiver connected in COM 1 of the Allegro.
b
If you want to use the PPS timing signal received by the Allegro internal
module instead of the second GPS receiver, tap Read PPS from Internal
GPS .
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the main DVM window.
Set properties to measure current across an external shunt
1
In the main DVM window tap DC Amp to measure DC current or AC Amp to
measure AC current.
2
Set the voltage range either manually by tapping the up or down arrow buttons or,
tapping Auto to use autoranging instead.
3
Tap Options > Amps Mode tab.
4
Complete one of the following steps:
a
Tap as R value and enter a shunt resistance value in the Resistance field.
-or-
b
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If you want AiDvm to automatically calculate shunt resistance, tap as Amp/
mV values and enter a shunt size in the mV and Amps fields.
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the main DVM window.
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Set data logger properties
1
Tap Options in the main DVM window and then the Data Logger tab.
2
Tap Enable logging.
3
Set a time interval by tapping the drop-down arrow in the first Update interval
field and selecting a value (1-50). Tap the drop-down arrow in the second Update
interval field and select a measurement of time (seconds, minutes, or hours).
IMPORTANT: When recording an hour or more of data, use the external AC power
adapter to prevent draining the Allegro battery. The automatic power-down
feature of the Allegro is disabled during data logging.
4
Tap Browse to display the Save As window and complete the following steps:
a
Type a name for the file in the Name field.
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Type field and choose a file format.
c
Tap OK to save settings and close the Save As window.
5
Tap Append to include all readings in the file with the most recent reading at the
end of the file.
6
Tap Timestamp to include a time stamp with each reading.
7
Tap OK to save settings and start a data logging session. DVM - Logging displays
in the AiDvm title bar. To stop the data logging session, tap Options > Data
Logger tab > Enable logging .
8
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the main DVM window.
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DVM Graph Overview
AiDvm displays the on/off interruption cycle in real-time as a waveform graph in addition
to the digital display in the main DVM window.
When using AiDvm during an on/off survey, tap Graph to view a waveform graph of the
interruption cycle (Figure 2-3).
Figure 2-3. DVM Graph
The graph includes a status line below the reading. The status line identifies the voltage
range, test function, and on/off method. If setup includes GPS Sync mode, the status line
also identifies the number of satellites in view.
For example, a status line of 25VDC DGPS (5) PZ indicates the following information:
•
25VDC: voltage range and test function
•
DGPS: differential GPS is available
•
(5): number of satellites in view
•
P: PPS time signal has been received
•
Z: ZDA message has been received
Other indicators that may appear in the status line include those in the following list:
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GPS (n): indicates GPS and the number of satellites in view
•
HiLo: indicates high/low readings
•
GPS (n HiLo): indicates GPS mode is selected but HiLo is used because the GPS
signal is unavailable. The lowercase n represents the number of satellites in view.
Data Logger Overview
Unless specified differently during setup, data logger files save in the DvmData folder by
default. To access the folder, tap Start > File Explorer > My Device > AI > DvmData.
The data logger file includes the following information (Figure 2-4):
•
log file date and time stamp
•
reading mode (on/off or single reading)
•
readings with date and time stamp
•
update interval and voltage range
If AiDvm is setup in GPS Sync mode, GPS status is included in the log file. Readings
include a lower case g next to the time stamp to indicate GPS time.
Figure 2-4. Data Logger File
To set up the data logger for use, refer to the Quick Start topic on page 27 entitled
Set data logger properties.
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Shortcut Keys
Shortcut keys are an alternate method for using certain commands in AiDvm instead of
menu commands. Use the Allegro keypad to run any of the commands identified in the
following table (Table 2-1).
Table 2-1. AiDvm Shortcut Keys
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Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
AiDVM Graph
<G> or <ALT ><G>
Displays AiDvm graph.
Copy / Paste
<CTRL ><C > to copy
<CTRL ><V > to paste
Copies a reading from the digital
voltmeter to paste into an Excel
spreadsheet file.
Option Window
<N> or <ALT><N>
Displays the Options window.
Voltage Range
<CTRL ><Up >
<CTRL ><Down>
<Alt><U> or <U>
Adjust the voltage range or select
auto ranging. To increase, select
<CTRL><Up>; to decrease
<CTRL><Down>; and to auto
range select <ALT><U> or <U>.
Vdc Test Function
<D> or <ALT><D>
Selects the Vdc test function.
Vac Test Function
<A > or <ALT><A >
Selects the Vac test function.
DC Amp Test Function
<CTRL ><D >
Selects the DC Amp test function.
AC Amp Test Function
<CTRL ><A >
Selects the AC Amp test function.
AC mA Test Function
<M > or <ALT><M >
Selects the Amp test function.
Enable/Disable
Autoranging
<U >
In the Options tab, press <A> to
move the cursor to the Auto-range
enable field and either enable or
disable the option.
Move Cursor to
Sample Rate Field
<S >
In the Options tab, press <S> to
move the cursor to the Sample rate
field.
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Table 2-1. AiDvm Shortcut Keys
Command
Shortcut Keys
Navigate DVM
Options Window
Description
The following are available for use
in all tabs of DVM Options:
<Tab >
<Up /Down Arrows>
<Enter>
<Ok > / <Cancel >
• Press <Tab> to move cursor
from one field to another.
• Press <Up/Down Arrows> to
move cursor in a drop-down
list. Press <Enter> to accept a
selection in a drop-down list.
• Move cursor to <Ok> and then
press <Enter> to apply
changes. Move cursor to
<Cancel> and then press
<Enter> to cancel changes.
Open Graph Remarks
Window and Add
Data
<Tab > <Save>
<Enter>
When viewing the DVM graph:
• Press <Tab> to move cursor to
<Save> button and then press
<Enter> to open graph remarks
window.
• Press <Enter> in graph remarks
window to add a new line.
• To save remark, press <Tab> to
move cursor to <Ok> button
and then press <Enter>.
• To cancel remark, press <Tab>
to move cursor to <Cancel>
button and then press <Enter>.
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Close Interval Survey (CeCi)
CeCi records pipeline potential readings for close interval (CI) surveys. The software
collects survey readings from a data cane or wire counter connected to the Allegro. CeCi
measures voltage using the digital voltmeter card inside the Allegro.
This chapter explains how to set up and use AI’s close interval software, CeCi. Topics
include:
•
Quick Start (page 34)
•
Set Survey File Options (page 42)
•
Add Remarks and Test Point Information (page 44)
•
View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site (page 45)
•
Export a Survey File (page 45)
•
Transfer a Survey File to PCS (page 46)
•
Shortcut Keys (page 49)
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Quick Start
Procedures in this section explain how to set up CeCi to record pipeline potential readings
for a close interval survey. As a user you will perform the following actions:
•
Connect test leads to the Allegro (page 34)
•
Set survey properties (page 37)
•
Set survey type and mode (page 38)
•
Set on/off survey type (page 39)
•
Set GPS properties (page 41)
•
Save survey file (page 41)
•
Record inspection readings (page 41)
WARNING: BEFORE MAKING ANY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT GREATER THAN 42
VOLTS AC OR DC: Disconnect any cable from the Remote Trigger input and replace the
rubber cap before making voltage measurements using the red and black banana jacks.
Connect test leads to the Allegro
CeCi software records potential readings using the Allegro digital voltmeter and either
a data cane or wire counter connected to the red and black jacks on the Allegro
connector panel.
To get started, complete the following steps:
1
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Plug test leads in the red positive (+) and black negative (–) jacks on the Allegro
connector panel; positive to positive, negative to negative (Figure 3-1).
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Figure 3-1. Allegro Connections Configuration for CeCi
2
For Flagged survey using both data canes as triggers, use a Y-connector to plug
each data cane’s 3-pin connector into the Remote Trigger connection on the
Allegro connector panel (Figure 3-2).
Figure 3-2. Allegro Connected to Data Canes as Two Triggers
NOTE: If using only one data cane as a trigger, plug one connector to the Remote
Trigger connection on the Allegro (Figure 3-3).
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Figure 3-3. Allegro Connected to Data Canes as One Trigger
NOTE: If using a survey tray with data canes, connect the survey tray’s 3-pin
connector into the Remote Trigger connection on the Allegro. Connect the data
canes’ 3-pin connectors to the survey tray junction box (Figure 3-4).
Figure 3-4. Allegro on Survey Tray
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NOTE: For Fixed Increment survey, connect data canes and hip pack (chainer) as
shown in Figure 3-5.
Figure 3-5. Allegro with Hip Pack (Chainer)
3
Tap Start > AI > CeCi to display the main CeCi window (Figure 3-6).
Figure 3-6. CeCi Main Window
Set survey properties
1
Tap File > Properties to display the Survey tab.
2
Provide information in the following fields of the Survey tab:
•
Segment: Enter the name of the ROW (right-of-way) in this required field. You
can enter up to 100 characters.
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If you plan to transfer the survey file to PCS, Segment name must match ROW
Code in PCS. If these fields do not match, PCS creates a new ROW Code and
folder labeled Unknown in the hierarchy of PCS.
•
Pipe: Enter a pipeline code in this optional field.
If you plan to transfer the survey file to PCS, Pipe in CeCi is equivalent to
Pipeline Code and Pipe in PCS. If the ROW Code entered earlier in the
Segment field includes multiple, parallel pipelines with different pipeline
codes, enter the appropriate pipeline code. If pipeline codes have not been
created in PCS, leave this field empty.
•
Tech: Enter the surveyor’s name in this optional field. If you plan to transfer
the survey file to PCS, the surveyor’s name populates the Surveyor field in the
Indirect Survey Manager (ISM) module.
•
Run: Enter a unique survey name in this optional field. If transferring the
survey file to PCS, data in this field creates a new CI survey folder in ISM.
Examples of a unique survey name are: station number, milepost number, date,
or a combination of date and station or milepost number.
•
Date: Enter a date or use the one automatically entered by CeCi.
Set survey type and mode
1
Tap the Type tab. Click the drop-down arrow in the Survey Type field and select
either AC Survey or DC Survey.
Once you begin the survey, Survey Type cannot be changed.
2
Tap the Modes tab. Click the drop-down arrow in the Mode field and select either
Flagged or Fixed increment .
3
Depending on the survey mode selected earlier, continue with the next procedure
or Set fixed increment mode properties (page 39).
Set flagged mode properties
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1
If using a metric data cane to trigger reads, tap Metric to record readings in
meters.
2
Enter the distance between flags or station markers in the Flag distance field.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Direction field and select Ascending or
Descending to indicate how station numbers increment in the survey file.
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If using Flagged mode and you want to take timed readings using a data cane, tap
Enable Timed Readings and then enter the number of reads per minute in the
Readings/minute field.
NOTE: Double-click detection must also be enabled in the Misc tab of Options
(View > Options > Misc tab). Double-clicking the data cane marks a survey record
with an F flag; triple-clicking will pause or resume timed readings. Pressing F5 or
<Ctrl>+<P> on the Allegro keypad will also pause or resume timed readings.
5
If using Flagged mode and you want to monitor the number of reads per flag, tap
Monitor record count per flag and then click the drop-down arrow in the Warn
at above average field and select a percentage value. The Allegro beeps 3 times
as a warning when the number of reads for the current flag session is more than
the average percentage of reads taken for previous flag sessions.
6
Continue with Set on/off survey type (page 39).
Set fixed increment mode properties
1
If using a metric wire counter (chainer) to trigger reads, tap Metric to record
readings in meters.
2
Enter the distance between reads in the Increment field. The distance should be in
increments of 2.5 feet or 1 meter for metric mode.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Direction field and select Ascending or
Descending to indicate how station numbers increment in the survey file.
4
Tap Use wire counter if survey readings will be taken using a wire counter
(chainer).
Set on/off survey type
1
Tap the On/Off tab.
2
If you are taking an uninterrupted survey, tap the drop-down arrow in the Survey
Type field and select On (single reading). An interrupted survey includes an on,
native, static, or depolarized survey.
3
If you are taking an interrupted survey using non-GPS synchronized interrupters,
complete the following steps:
a
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Survey Type field and select On/Off
High/Low.
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b
Enter the same on/off times as set up for the current interrupter in the ON
time and OFF time fields.
c
Enter an on delay time in the On Delay field and an off delay time in the Off
Delay field.
On Delay is the time after the off-to-on transition when a reading is not
recorded. Off Delay is the time after the on-to-off transition when a reading is
not recorded. If a reading is recorded during these transition times, the last
available reading before the transition is recorded.
4
If you are taking an interrupted survey using GPS synchronized current
interrupters, complete the following steps:
a
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Survey Type field and select On/Off GPS
Sync or On/off GPS Real-time.
On/Off GPS Sync works best for short cycle surveys when the on and off
interval is 1 second or less. On/Off GPS Real-time works best for long cycle
surveys when either the on or off cycle is greater than 1 second. For suggested
on/off settings, see Appendix A (page 81).
b
Enter the same on/off times as set up for the current interrupter in the fields
labeled ON time, OFF time, and Cycle begins with.
c
For an On/Off GPS Sync survey, enter a setup time in the On Setup field and
an off delay time in the Off Delay field.
On Setup is the time before the off-to-on transition when a reading is not
recorded. Off Delay it the time after the on-to off transition when a reading is
not recorded. If a reading is recorded during these transition times. the last
available reading before the transition is recorded.
d
For an On/off GPS Real-time survey, enter an on delay time in the On Delay
field, an off delay time in the Off Delay field, and a setup time in the GPS-RT
Setup Time field.
•
On Delay is the time after the off-to-on transition when a reading is not
recorded.
•
Off Delay is the time after the on-to-off transition when a reading is not
recorded.
•
GPS-RT Setup Time is the time before the transition when a reading is not
recorded.
If a reading is recorded during these transition times, the last available
reading before the transition is recorded.
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Set GPS properties
1
If you are taking an On/Off GPS Sync or On/off GPS Real-time survey, tap the
GPS tab to set up GPS properties.
2
Tap Record GPS Location to include coordinates with survey readings. Tap the
drop-down arrow in the Record GPS Location field and select an interval option
that identifies how often coordinates are included with readings.
3
Tap Record time of reading to include a GPS time stamp with readings.
4
If you are using a second GPS receiver (dual GPS), complete the following steps:
5
a
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Comm port field and select the COM port
the GPS receiver is connected to.
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Baudrate field and select a baud rate
supported by the GPS receiver.
c
If you want the Allegro to synchronize with current interrupters using the
satellite PPS signal (pulse-per-signal), tap Read PPS from Internal GPS .
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
Save survey file
Tap the Save icon
or tap File > Save . The Save As window displays when working
with a new survey file that has not previously been saved. Enter a name for the new
survey file in the Name field and then tap OK .
NOTE: When you save a file, the survey (.svy) and backup (.bak) files are saved to
the root drive under the AI\CiData folder. The survey file is also saved to the SD
Card or Storage folder (depending on how the Allegro is set up). The backup (.bak)
file is not saved to the SD Card or Storage folder.
Record inspection readings
If using a data cane, press Enter on the Allegro keypad or single-click the data cane to
record readings in the survey file. If using a wire counter (chainer), each pulse from the
wire counter automatically records a reading in the survey file.
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Set Survey File Options
To set optional features in CeCi, tap View > Options. Topics in this section include those
in the following list:
•
Set audio and double-click properties (page 42)
•
Set Auto-backup and skip mode properties (page 42)
•
Set GPS properties (page 43)
•
Set color properties (page 43)
•
Set graph properties (page 43)
Set audio and double-click properties
1
Tap the Misc tab and select Beep on every Reading if you want the Allegro to
beep each time a reading is taken.
2
If you want the Allegro to beep when the voltage is more positive than the warning
value you specify, tap Beep for voltages less negative than this value, and
enter a warning value in the Voltage level field.
3
Tap Beep when overwrite existing data if you want the Allegro to beep when a
survey reading is overwritten.
4
If you want to double-click the data cane to mark a record with a flag in CeCi, tap
Enable double-click detection.
5
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
Set Auto-backup and skip mode properties
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1
Tap the File tab and select Enable Auto-backup.
2
Enter a time interval in the Interval (minutes) field to have CeCi automatically
save a survey file at regular time intervals.
3
Tap Retain Skipped records in Skip mode if you want CeCi to keep the reading
for the current record when skipping to another record during Skip mode.
4
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
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Set GPS properties
1
Tap the GPS tab.
2
If you want CeCi to remove existing GPS coordinates when updated coordinates
are unavailable after a specified amount of time, tap Clear GPS location after
and enter the number of seconds in the seconds without updates field.
When GPS coordinates are older than 30 seconds, CeCi displays the time since the
last GPS update. When GPS coordinates are older than 15 seconds, CeCi inserts an
asterisk (*) after the coordinates.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in GPS display Format and select either Degrees and
Decimal minutes or Decimal degrees.
4
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
Set color properties
1
Tap the Colors tab and select Enable color.
2
Select an option in the list and then a color in the color grid. Repeat this step for
each item in the list you want to assign a color.
For example, to have readings display in red text in the survey file when readings
do not meet criteria, select Invalid Value and the color red in the color grid.
3
Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
Set graph properties
1
Tap the Graph tab and select Show Graph .
2
Set upper voltage by entering a value in the Upper value field or tapping the up/
down arrows.
3
Set lower voltage by entering a value in the Lower value field or tapping the up/
down arrows.
4
Indicate how much data to display by entering a value (in feet) in the Width field
or tapping the up/down arrows.
5
Tap OK to close the window and return to the survey file.
6
Tap the save icon
.
Double-tapping inside the graph displays the Graph tab, as well as tapping View >
Options > Graph tab.
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Tap Ok to save changes and return to the survey file.
Add Remarks and Test Point Information
The Remarks and Test Point Information windows allow you to add additional
information in the remarks field of a survey record. For example, add a geographical
reference or the type of test point.
Add a remark
1
Select a survey record and then tap Remark in the main menu.
2
Double-tap a remark or enter the remark’s code number. CeCi inserts the remark in
the remarks field of the currently selected record. You can also enter your own
remark in the remarks field.
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1
Select a survey record and then tap View > Test Point Info.
2
Double-tap a test point and enter required values when prompted.
3
Tap OK to enter the information in the survey record and return to the survey file.
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View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site
You can view survey records either as a list or single record. Tap View > Single record or
List.
When viewing a single record with GPS coordinates, double-tap the GPS field to display
the Site Locator window. Tapping View > Show bearing to site also displays the
window (Figure 3-7).
The Site Locator window shows bearing and distance to a target location. Bearing is blank
when the Allegro is not receiving a valid GPS fix. The message Out of Range displays
when the following conditions occur:
• The difference in latitude and longitude is more than 5 degrees.
• Latitude is above 85 degrees north or below 85 degrees south. Also expressed as 8590N degrees latitude (northern hemisphere) and 85-90S degrees latitude (southern
hemisphere).
Figure 3-7. Site Locator
Export a Survey File
You can export CeCi survey files as a dBase file (.dbf) or comma separated file (.csv) for use
with other software applications, such as Microsoft Excel.
To export a survey file, follow these steps:
1
Tap File > Export.
2
Tap the Type field and select an export format from the list of options.
3
Tap OK to close the window.
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Use Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync to move a copy from the Allegro
CiData folder to your computer (Start > File Explorer > My Devices > AI >
CiData).
Transfer a Survey File to PCS
Utility files labeled wToCmd.exe and CeFileXer.exe must be updated for the current
release of Allegro software in order for survey files to transfer properly from the Allegro to
PCS. For more information, refer to Transfer Utility Files to PCS (page 9).
To transfer a CeCi survey file to PCS Axis or PCS:
1
Connect the provided USB cable to your computer and the Allegro. If you are using
a USB power dock, connect the USB cable to the power dock and your computer.
2
At your computer, start WMDC or ActiveSync. Follow on-screen prompts to
establish communications. For ActiveSync users, click No when prompted to create
a Partnership. Clicking No allows you to create a Guest connection instead.
3
To transfer a survey file to PCS Axis, follow these steps:
a
Click Field Computer > Receive to open the Field Computer Receive Data
window.
b
Click the options Receive Cis Data and Allegro .
c
Click Retrieve File(s) to display a list of CeCi survey files available for transfer.
d
Click the check box for each survey file you want to transfer. A check mark
inside a check box indicates a selection. To remove a selection, clear the check
mark by clicking the check box again.
e
Click Import to transfer survey files from the Allegro to PCS Axis.
f
When the Mark Native dialog box opens, click the check box for any Native
Data survey files and then click OK to continue the transfer.
The Field Computer Receive Status window opens showing the status of the
file transfer. Refer to online help in PCS Axis for information about viewing and
managing survey data in ISM.
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To transfer a survey file to any version of PCS 7, follow these steps:
a
Click Field Computer > Receive Data.
b
Click Receive CIS Data and From Allegro
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Click Retrieve File Listing and select the survey files you want to transfer.
d
Click Receive and then click OK when the message Processing file completed
displays. Refer to the PCS manual for information about viewing and
managing survey data in ISM.
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Survey File Features
The following example (Figure 3-8) shows the type of information that displays in a survey
file.
Figure 3-8. CeCi Survey File Features
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Shortcut Keys
Shortcut keys listed in the following table (Table 3-1) are an alternate method for using
certain commands in CeCi. Use the Allegro keypad to run any of the following commands.
Table 3-1. CeCi Shortcut Keys
Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
New
<Ctrl><N>
Opens a new survey.
Open
<Ctrl><O>
Displays the File Open window.
Save
<Ctrl><S>
Saves the survey.
Flag Marker
<F >
Inserts a flag marker.
Gap Marker
<G >
Inserts a gap marker in Flagged
mode.
Capture Reading
<Enter>
Captures a reading.
Go to first record
<CTRL ><Home >
Moves the cursor to the first
record
Go to last record
<CTRL ><End>
Moves the cursor to the last
record
Go To…
<Ctrl><G>
Displays the Go To Location
window.
Skip
<Ctrl><K>
Displays the Skip Distance
window (only in Fixed
Increment).
Insert Record
<CTRL ><Ins>
Inserts a new record.
Delete Record
<CTRL ><Del>
Deletes a record.
Skip/Lock/Normal
<Ctrl><Z>
Toggles between Skip/Lock/
Normal in Fixed Increment
mode.
Pause
<Ctrl><P>
Pauses timed readings.
Test Point Info
<Ctrl><T>
Displays the Test Point
Information window.
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Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Open File Menu
<Alt><F>
Opens File menu.
Open Move Menu
<Alt><M >
Opens Move menu.
Open Remark
Window
<Alt><R>
Opens Remark window.
Ok / Cancel
<Ok > / <Cancel>
Tap <Ok> to apply changes or
<Cancel> to cancel changes.
Navigate Open and
Save As Windows
<Tab>
Press <Tab > to move cursor
between fields.
<Up/Down Arrows > and
<Home/End Arrows>
Navigate GPS Tab
Performs the following functions
in the GPS tab of Options:
<C >
• Press <C> to enable or
disable Clear GPS Location
After.
<S >
• Press <S> to move cursor to
Seconds Without Updates.
<G >
Navigate Graph Tab
Press <Up/Down and Home/
End Arrows > to navigate list of
files.
<G >
• Press <G> to move cursor to
GPS Display Format.
Press <G> to enable or disable
Show Graph in Graph tab of
Options.
With Show Graph enabled:
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<U >
• Press <U> to move cursor to
Upper Value.
<L >
• Press <L> to move cursor to
Lower Value.
<W >
• Press <W > to move cursor
to Width.
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Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Navigate Colors Tab
<E >
Press <E> to enable or disable
Enable Color in the Colors tab of
Options.
With Enable Color enabled:
<Tab>
• Press <Tab > to move cursor
between field selection list
and color grid.
<Up /Down Arrows>
• Press <Up/Down Arrows >
to navigate field selection
list.
<Home /End Arrows>
• Press <Up/Down Arrows >
or <Home/End Arrows > to
navigate color grid.
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DC Voltage Gradient (DCVG)
DCVG locates indications of pipeline coating defects. The software records the voltage
gradient and GPS location for further review and analysis later. DCVG collects data from a
data cane connected to the Allegro.
This chapter explains how to set up and use AI’s DCVG software. Topics include those in
the following list:
•
Quick Start (page 53)
•
Survey File Options (page 59)
•
Add Remarks, Indication, and Test Point Information (page 60)
•
View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site (page 62)
•
Export a Survey File (page 63)
•
Shortcut Keys (page 65)
Quick Start
Procedures in this section explain how to set up the DCVG software to measure and record
direct current voltage gradients for a DCVG survey. As a user you will perform the
following actions:
•
Connect data canes to the Allegro (page 54)
•
Set survey properties (page 55)
•
Set survey mode (page 56)
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Set on/off survey type (page 57)
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Set DCVG properties (page 57)
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Set GPS properties (page 58)
•
Save survey file (page 58)
•
Record inspection readings (page 58)
WARNING: BEFORE MAKING ANY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT GREATER THAN 42
VOLTS AC OR DC: Disconnect any cable from the Remote Trigger input and replace the
rubber cap before making voltage measurements using the red and black banana jacks.
Connect data canes to the Allegro
DCVG collects data using two data canes connected to the red and black jacks on the
Allegro connector panel. When an indication is detected, you can then define the size
of the indication.
Complete the following steps:
1
Plug data canes in the red positive (+) and black negative (–) jacks on the Allegro
connector panel; positive to positive, negative to negative (Figure 4-1).
DCVG
Figure 4-1. DCVG Main Window
2
Tap Start > DCVG to display the main DCVG window (Figure 4-2).
The reading area at the top of the DCVG window displays the IR gradient (on
reading minus the off reading); millivolt reading (shown as 1 mV in the next
example); and polarity if enabled in the DCVG tab of Properties. The polarity arrow
displays when readings are greater than 3mV or less than –3mV.
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Figure 4-2. DCVG Main Window
Set survey properties
1
Tap File > Properties to display the Survey tab.
2
Provide information in the following fields of the Survey tab:
•
Segment: Enter the name of the ROW (right-of-way) in this required field. You
can enter up to 100 characters.
If you plan to import DCVG data in PCS Axis using Bridge, Segment name
must match ROW Code in PCS Axis. The same is true if you are using any
version of PCS 7. If these fields do not match, a new ROW Code and folder is
created labeled Unknown in the hierarchy of PCS Axis and PCS 7.x.
NOTE: PCS Axis and PCS do not currently support direct import of Allegro
DCVG survey files (Field Computer > Receive Data). However, you can use
Bridge to import data in PCS Axis and PCS. See the PCS Axis or PCS User Guide
for more information.
•
Pipe: Enter a pipeline code in this optional field.
If you plan to import DCVG data in using Bridge, Pipe is equivalent to Pipeline
Code in PCS Axis and PCS. If the ROW Code entered earlier includes multiple,
parallel pipelines with different pipeline codes, enter the appropriate pipeline
code. If pipeline codes have not been created in PCS Axis or PCS, leave this
field empty.
•
Tech: Enter the surveyor’s name in this optional field.
If you plan to import DCVG data in PCS Axis or PCS using Bridge, the
surveyor’s name populates the Surveyor field in the Indirect Survey Manager
(ISM) module.
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Run: Enter a unique survey name in this optional field.
For example, include station number, milepost number, date, or a combination
of station number and date, or milepost and station number. If you plan to
import DCVG data in PCS Axis or PCS using Bridge, data in this field creates a
new CI survey folder in ISM.
•
Date: Enter a date or use the one automatically entered by DCVG.
Set survey mode
1
Tap the Modes tab. Tap the drop-down arrow in the Mode field and select either
Flagged or Fixed increment .
2
Depending on the survey mode selected earlier, continue with the next procedure
or Set fixed increment mode properties (page 56).
Set flagged mode properties
1
Tap Metric if you want readings recorded in meters instead of feet.
2
Enter the distance between flags or station markers in the Flag distance field.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Direction field and select Ascending or
Descending to indicate how station numbers increment in the survey file.
4
If you want to monitor the number of reads per flag, tap Monitor record count
per flag and then tap the drop-down arrow in the Warn at above average field
and select a percentage value. The Allegro beeps 3 times as a warning when the
number of reads for the current flag session is more than the average percentage
of reads taken for previous flag sessions.
5
Skip the next section and continue with Set on/off survey type (page 57).
Set fixed increment mode properties
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1
Tap Metric if you want readings recorded in meters instead of feet.
2
Enter the distance between reads in the Increment field.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Direction field and select Ascending or
Descending to indicate how station numbers increment in the survey file.
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Set on/off survey type
1
Tap the On/Off tab.
2
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Survey Type field and select one of the following
survey types:
•
On/Off High/Low : Select this survey type for interrupted surveys using nonGPS synchronized interrupters. Enter the same on/off times as set up for the
current interrupter in the ON time, OFF time, On Delay, and Off Delay fields.
•
On/Off GPS Sync : Select this survey type for an interrupted survey using
GPS synchronized current interrupters. Enter the same on/off times as set up
for the current interrupter in the ON time, OFF time, On Setup, Off Delay,
and Cycle begins with fields. This survey type requires that you also set up
properties in the GPS tab.
Set DCVG properties
1
Tap the DCVG tab.
2
Measure and enter the on reading taken at the beginning and end of the survey in
the P/S On, Begin and End fields.
3
Measure the Off reading taken at the beginning and end of the survey in the
P/S Off, Begin, and End fields. Tap the V button to view a live voltage reading
and then press Enter on the Allegro keyboard to save the voltage reading.
4
Take readings at the beginning and end of the survey. Enter the difference in the
Half-cell calibration Begin and End fields. Tap the V button to view a live voltage
reading for either of these fields.
5
Tap Show DCVG Polarity if you want a directional arrow to display in the main
DCVG window indicating the polarity of the reading during the survey.
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Set GPS properties
1
Tap the GPS tab.
2
Tap Record GPS Location to include coordinates with survey readings. Tap the
drop-down arrow in the Record GPS Location field and select an interval option
that identifies how often coordinates are included with readings.
3
Tap Record time of reading to include a GPS time stamp with readings.
4
If you are using a second GPS receiver (dual GPS), complete the following steps:
5
a
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Comm port field and select the COM port
the GPS receiver is connected to.
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Baudrate field and select a baud rate
supported by the GPS receiver.
c
Tap Read PPS from Internal GPS if you want the Allegro internal GPS
receiver to provide a time stamp for readings.
Tap OK to close Survey properties.
Save survey file
Tap the save icon
or File > Save. The Save As window displays when working with
a new survey file that has not previously been saved. Enter a name for the new survey
file in the Name field and then tap OK .
Record inspection readings
Press Enter on the Allegro keypad or single-click the data cane to record readings in
the survey file.
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Survey File Options
To set optional features in DCVG, tap View > Options . Topics in this section include those
in the following list:
•
Set optional audio and double-click properties (page 59)
•
Set optional Auto-backup properties (page 59)
•
Set optional GPS properties (page 60)
•
Set optional color properties (page 60)
Set optional audio and double-click properties
1
Tap the Misc tab if it is not visible (View > Options > Misc tab).
2
If you want the Allegro to beep when the voltage is above an absolute value you
specify, tap Beep for voltages above this absolute value , and enter a warning
value in the Voltage level field.
3
Tap Beep when overwrite existing data if you want the Allegro to beep when a
survey reading is overwritten.
4
If you want to double-click the data cane to mark a survey record with a flag, tap
Enable double-click detection.
Set optional Auto-backup properties
1
Tap the File tab (View > Options > File tab).
2
Tap Enable Auto-backup.
3
Enter a time interval in the Interval (minutes) field. This allows DCVG to
automatically save a survey file at regular time intervals based on the Interval
(minutes) you specify.
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Set optional GPS properties
1
Tap the GPS tab (View > Options > GPS tab).
2
If you want DCVG to remove existing GPS coordinates when updated coordinates
are unavailable after a specified amount of time, tap Clear GPS location after
and enter the number of seconds in the seconds without updates field.
When GPS coordinates are older than 30 seconds, DCVG displays the time since
the last GPS update. When GPS coordinates are older than 15 seconds, DCVG
inserts an asterisk (*) after the coordinates.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in GPS display Format and select either Degrees and
Decimal minutes or Decimal degrees.
Set optional color properties
1
Tap the Colors tab (View > Options > Colors tab).
2
Tap Enable color.
3
Select an option in the list and then a color in the color grid. Repeat this step for
each item in the list you want to assign a color. For example, to have readings that
do not meet criteria display in red text, select Invalid Value and the color red in
the color grid.
Add Remarks, Indication, and Test Point
Information
The Remarks and Test Point Information windows allow you to add additional
information in the remarks field of a survey record. For example, add information for an
indication in Test Point Info or additional geographical references in Remarks.
Topics in this section explain how to:
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Add a remark (page 61)
•
Add indication information (page 61)
•
Add test point information (page 62)
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Add a remark
1
Select a survey record and then tap Remark in the main menu.
2
Double-tap a remark or enter the remark’s code number. DCVG inserts the remark
in the remarks field of the currently selected record. You can also enter your own
remark in the remarks field of the survey file.
Add indication information
1
Tap View > Test Point Info when an indication is found during the survey.
2
Double-tap Indication to display an indication sizing window.
3
Enter information about the indication in the following fields of the Summary tab:
a
ID: Enter an identification number for the indication.
b
Type: Tap the drop-arrow in the Type field and select the type of indication.
Options include Unknown, Cathodic/Anodic, Anodic/Cathodic, Anodic/
Anodic, and Cathodic/Cathodic.
c
Signal Strength: Enter the signal strength of the indication. DCVG
automatically calculates and enters values in the Total IR and % IR fields.
Signal strength is the pipe-to-soil On reading minus the pipe-to-soil Off
reading (P/S On – P/S Off).
4
Tap the IRGradient tab and complete the following steps:
a
Take readings at the indication site until you reach remote earth. Press the data
cane button to capture readings in DCVG, or press Enter on the Allegro
keypad. DCVG automatically calculates Total IR.
NOTE: When GPS is available, tapping the GPS Loc button records the current
GPS location. The GPS Loc button is disabled and unavailable for use when
GPS is unavailable.
b
Tap OK to return to the survey file.
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Add test point information
1
Select a survey record and then tap View > Test Point Info.
2
Double-tap a test point and enter required values when prompted.
3
Tap OK to enter the information in the survey record and return to the survey file.
View Survey Records and Show Bearing to Site
You can view survey records either as a list or single record. Tap View > Single record or
List.
When viewing a single record with GPS coordinates, double-tap the GPS field to display
the Site Locator window. Tapping View > Show bearing to site also displays the
window (Figure 4-3).
The Site Locator window shows bearing and distance to a target location. Bearing is blank
when the Allegro is not receiving a valid GPS fix. The message Out of Range displays
when the following conditions occur:
• The difference in latitude and longitude is more than 5 degrees.
• Latitude is above 85 degrees north or below 85 degrees south. Also expressed as 8590N degrees latitude (northern hemisphere) and 85-90S degrees latitude (southern
hemisphere).
Figure 4-3. Site Locator
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Export a Survey File
You can export DCVG survey files as a dBase file (.dbf) or comma separated file (.csv) for
use with other software applications, such as Microsoft Excel.
To export a survey file, follow these steps:
1
Tap File > Export.
2
Tap the Type field and select an export format from the list of options.
3
Tap OK to close the window.
4
Use Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync to move a copy from the Allegro
CiData folder to your computer (Start > File Explorer > My Devices > AI >
CiData).
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Survey File Features
The following example shows the type of information that displays in a DCVG survey file
(Figure 4-4).
Figure 4-4. DCVG Survey File Features
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Shortcut Keys
Shortcut keys listed in the next table (Table 4-1) are an alternate method for using certain
commands in DCVG. Use the Allegro keypad to run any of the following commands.
Table 4-1. DCVG Shortcut Keys
Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
New
<Ctrl><N>
Creates a new survey.
Open
<Ctrl><O>
Displays the File Open window.
Save
<Ctrl><S>
Saves the survey.
Flag Marker
<F>
Enters an F in the record to
show a Flag.
Gap
<G >
Enters a G in the record to show
a Gap.
Capture Reading
<Enter>
Captures a reading.
Go to first record
<CTRL ><Home >
Moves the cursor to the first
record
Go to last record
<CTRL ><End>
Moves the cursor to the last
record
Go To…
<Ctrl><G>
Displays the Go To location
window.
Skip
<Ctrl><K>
Displays the Skip Distance
window (only in Fixed
Increment).
Insert Record
<CTRL ><Ins>
Inserts a new record.
Delete Record
<CTRL ><Del>
Deletes a record.
Test Point Info
<Ctrl><T>
Displays the Test Point
Information window.
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Annual/Periodic Survey (Periodic
Survey)
Periodic Survey (PS) measures voltage readings for annual and periodic surveys. The
software collects survey readings from test leads connected to the Allegro. PS is used in
conjunction with AI’s PCS software. Facility and inspection fields are established in PCS,
and then transferred to the Allegro. After completing a survey, data is then transferred
from the Allegro back to PCS.
NOTE: The PCS survey file includes information and reading fields for ROW (right-of-way)
facilities to be surveyed. For information about how to build and transfer a survey file to
the Allegro, refer to online help for PCS Axis or the PCS v7 User Guide.
Topics in this chapter include those in the following list:
•
Quick Start (page 68)
•
Timed Readings (page 74)
•
Set Auto-backup Properties (page 74)
•
Transfer a PS Survey to PCS (page 75)
•
Copy a PS Survey to a Computer (page 76)
•
PS Survey Features (page 77)
•
Shortcut Keys (page 78)
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Procedures in this section explain how to set up the Periodic Survey software to record
readings for an annual or periodic survey. As a user you will perform the following actions:
•
Connect test leads to the Allegro (page 68)
•
Set on/off survey method (page 69)
•
Set GPS properties (page 70)
•
Add or delete a site (page 70)
•
Change font properties (page 73)
•
Save survey file (page 73)
•
Record inspection readings (page 73)
NOTE: The PS application handles up to 1,000 facilities.
WARNING: BEFORE MAKING ANY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT GREATER THAN 42
VOLTS AC OR DC: Disconnect any cable from the Remote Trigger input and replace the
rubber cap before making voltage measurements using the red and black banana jacks.
Connect test leads to the Allegro
PS records facility inspection readings using the Allegro digital voltmeter and a data
cane connected to the red and black jacks on the Allegro connector panel.
Complete the following steps:
1
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Plug test leads in the red positive (+) and black negative (–) jacks on the Allegro
connector panel; positive to positive, negative to negative (Figure 5-1).
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Rectifier Reading
(–)
Test Point Reading
(+)
(–)
(+)
Figure 5-1. Allegro Connections Configuration for Periodic Survey
2
Tap Start > PeriodicSurvey to start the software (Figure 5-2).
Figure 5-2. PS Survey
3
Tap File > Open. Select a survey file in the Open window and then tap OK.
Set on/off survey method
1
If you plan to take on/off potential readings, tap View > Options to display the
On/Off tab.
2
Tap the drop-down arrow in the On-Off Method field and select one of the
following survey methods:
•
High/Low : Select this survey method for an interrupted survey using non-
GPS synchronized interrupters. Enter the same on/off times as set up for the
current interrupter in the ON time, OFF time, On Delay, and Instant Off
Delay fields.
•
GPS Sync : Select this survey method for an interrupted survey using GPS
synchronized current interrupters. Enter the same on/off times as set up for
the current interrupter in the ON time, OFF time, Instant On Setup, Instant
Off Delay, and Cycle begins with fields. This survey type requires that you
also set up properties in the GPS tab (View > Options > GPS tab).
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If on/off time settings are incorrect for either High/Low or GPS Sync, an error
message displays with suggested settings. The error message includes a
suggested setting with a calculated minimum value inside parentheses.
NOTE: The Disable option in the On-Off Method drop-down list disables the
commands Insert GPS in the Edit menu and Turn ON in the Edit > GPS
submenu.
Set GPS properties
1
If you want to include GPS coordinates with readings, tap Edit > GPS > Turn ON.
2
Set GPS Display Format and enable Show Bearing-distance to site using the
following these steps:
3
a
Tap View > Options > GPS tab.
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Display Format field and select either
Degrees and Decimal minutes or Decimal degrees. Tap OK to close the
window.
c
Tap the Misc tab and then tap Show Bearing-distance to site. Tap OK to
close the window.
If you are using a second GPS receiver (dual GPS), complete the following steps:
a
Tap Edit > GPS > Gps Settings to display the GPS Port Settings window.
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Comm port field and select the COM port
the GPS receiver is connected to.
c
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Baudrate field and select a baud rate
supported by the GPS receiver.
d
Tap Read PPS from Internal GPS if you want the Allegro internal GPS
receiver to provide a time stamp with readings.
Add or delete a site
Complete the following steps to add or delete a site. New sites added on the Allegro
are marked with a bullet (•) in the Site List and can be deleted. The survey file must
also be set up in PCS to allow for adding and deleting sites.
Complete the following steps:
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Tap View > Site List.
2
Tap Options and complete the following steps to set up Site List display
properties:
3
a
Tap the arrow in Order site by and select either Normal order or GPS
proximity.
b
Tap the arrow in Show and select either All sites or Only unsurveyed sites.
Tap OK to return to Site List.
To add a new site:
a
Tap Add site .
b
Tap a facility type in the list to select a template for the new site.
c
Tap OK to close the window and return to the survey file.
d
Tap the drop-down arrow in the ROW Code field. Select a ROW code or select
Other and then enter a new ROW code.
If you selected Other, complete the following steps to prevent entering an
incorrect ROW code:
1) Highlight an existing ROW code by pressing <Shift> <Blue > <End> on
the Allegro keypad, and then press <Ctrl> <C>.
2) Tap the ROW code field of the new site and press <Ctrl> <V>. Edit the
ROW code of the new site as needed.
e
Tap OK to return to the survey file.
IMPORTANT: If the ROW Code field is empty when the survey is transferred
to PCS, a new ROW code is created in the PCS hierarchy labeled From Allegro.
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f
Tap the Milepost field and enter the new site’s milepost number.
g
Enter data for the new site in the Information fields. Information and Reading
fields are separated with a horizontal line. Information fields are above the line
and Readings fields are below the line.
To delete a site added on the Allegro:
a
Tap View > Site List .
b
Tap a site marked with a bullet (•) and then tap Delete .
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Tap Yes when the message Delete this site? displays.
Select a value for a field with a multi-select picklist
If a field was set up in PCS to include a picklist (similar to a drop down list), complete
the following steps to select one or more values for that field.
1
With the cursor in the field, double-tap in the field or press Enter to open the
multi-select page (Figure 5-3).
Figure 5-3. Multi-select Page
2
Tap the value or values to add to the field. A value is highlighted to show that it is
selected. You can select more than one value.
3
If available, tap Other and then enter a value in the Other field to add a value that
is not on the list.
NOTE: The Other option is set up from PCS.
4
To de-select a highlighted value, tap the value to remove the highlight.
5
Tap OK to add the selected values to the field, or Cancel to return to the survey
file without making changes.
The selected values display in the field (Figure 5-4).
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Figure 5-4. Multiple Selection Field
Change font properties
1
Tap View > Options > Fonts .
2
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Item field and select Site List, Edit caption , or
Edit field.
Site List is a list of templates for adding a new site in the survey file (View > Site
List). Edit caption refers to field names and Edit field refers to data entered in
fields.
3
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Font field and select a font type.
4
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Size field and select a font size.
5
Repeat steps 2 through 4 to change font properties for another item. When you
finish, tap OK to return to the survey file.
Save survey file
Tap the save icon
or tap File > Save to save changes in the survey file.
Record inspection readings
Select a reading field and then press Enter on the Allegro keypad to activate the digital
voltmeter. Press Enter again or single-click the data cane to capture the reading in the
survey file.
NOTE: The PS application handles up to 1,000 facilities.
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Timed Readings
When the survey is set up in PCS with Allegro prompts for the following fields, these
same fields are available in PS for timed readings: Min P/S, Max P/S, Average P/S, and
P/S Sample Time.
To take timed readings, follow these steps:
1
Select one of the following fields and then press Enter on the Allegro keypad:
Min P/S, Max P/S, Average P/S, and P/S Sample Time (Figure 5-5).
Figure 5-5. Timed Reading Fields
2
When the Averaged Reading Survey window displays, tap the arrow in the
Duration field and select the length of time the Allegro should take timed
readings.
3
Tap Start to begin timed readings. When timed readings finish, tap OK to return to
the survey file.
Tapping Stop anytime during the cycle stops timed readings.
Set Auto-backup Properties
PS provides an Auto-backup option that automatically saves the survey file at regular
intervals. To set Auto-backup properties, follow these steps:
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Tap View > Options > Misc tab.
2
Tap Enable Auto-backup and select a time interval in the Interval (minutes)
field.
3
Tap OK to close the window and return to the survey file.
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Transfer a PS Survey to PCS
Utility files labeled wToCmd.exe and CeFileXer.exe must be updated for the current
release of Allegro software in order for survey files to transfer properly from the Allegro to
PCS. For more information, refer to Transfer Utility Files to PCS on page 9.
To transfer a PS survey file to PCS, follow these steps:
1
Connect the provided USB cable to your computer and the Allegro. If you are using
a USB power dock, connect the USB cable to the power dock and your computer.
2
At your computer, start WMDC or ActiveSync. Follow on-screen prompts to
establish communications. For ActiveSync users, click No when prompted to create
a Partnership. Clicking No allows you to create a Guest connection instead.
3
Start PCS and open any module other than Indirect Survey Manager (ISM). For
example, click Module > Cathodic Protection Data Manager (CPDM).
4
To transfer a PS survey file to PCS Axis, follow these steps:
5
a
Click Field Computer > Send to open the Field Computer Send window.
b
Click the option Select ROWs, Route, or Schedule and then set up options
as needed, such as a prompt, layout, sorting theme, and so on. For detailed
information, refer to online help in PCS Axis.
c
Click Customize to set up Allegro prompts as needed. If needed, see online
help in PCS Axis for detailed information.
d
Click Refresh and then click Send to transfer the survey to the Allegro. When
a message displays confirming the send process is complete, click OK to close
the message.
To transfer a PS survey file to any version of PCS 7, follow these steps:
a
Click Field Computer > Receive Data to display the Receive Allegro Data
window.
b
Click Receive Facility Data > From Allegro > Retrieve File Listing .
c
Select the survey file(s) you want to transfer to PCS and then click Receive.
When the window Options for Receiving Data displays, choose an option to
assign a survey to Allegro data and then click Continue.
d
Click OK when the message Receive Allegro Data displays stating the process
is complete.
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Copy a PS Survey to a Computer
Complete the following steps to copy one or more PS survey files to a computer:
1
Connect the provided USB cable to your computer and the Allegro. If you are using
a USB power dock, connect the USB cable to the power dock and your computer.
2
At your computer, start WMDC or ActiveSync. Follow on-screen prompts to
establish communications. For ActiveSync users, click No when prompted to create
a Partnership. Clicking No allows you to create a Guest connection instead.
3
In WMDC, point the mouse at File Management and then click Browse the
contents of your device.
In ActiveSync, click the Explore icon in the tool bar to display the contents of the
Allegro in Windows Explorer.
4
Click the AI folder (located at the root drive \AI\).
5
Double-click the PsData folder. Click the Name column in Windows Explorer to
sort files by name.
6
Select and drag the .dat, the matching .vls, as well as the .ndx files to your
computer.
NOTE: PS survey routes use two files; one with a .dat extension and the other with
a .vls extension. Both are labeled with the same filename.
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PS Survey Features
A PS survey includes three main areas of information as shown in the next example
(Figure 5-6).
Figure 5-6. PS Survey Features
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Shortcut Keys
Shortcut keys listed in the following table (Table 5-1) are an alternate method for using
certain commands in PS. Use the Allegro keypad to run any of the following commands.
Table 5-1. PS Shortcut Keys
Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Record Reading
<Enter>
Records a reading. Options
include:
• Select reading field and
press <Enter> to activate the
digital voltmeter. Press
<Enter> again to record the
reading.
• Select timed reading field
and press <Enter> to set up,
start, stop, or cancel timed
reading mode.
Record GPS
Coordinates
<CTRL ><G>
Records GPS coordinates when
cursor is in a reading field.
Insert GPS
Coordinates
<CTRL ><I >
Insert GPS coordinates when
cursor is in a reading field and
GPS status is running in the
background.
Select Data in a Field
<Shift><Blue ><Home>
Select data from the current
cursor location to the end of the
field.
<Shift><Blue ><End >
Copy, Cut, Paste
<CTRL ><C >
Copy selection to the clipboard.
<CTRL ><X >
Remove selection and copy to
clipboard.
<CTRL ><V >
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Select data from the current
cursor location to the beginning
of the field.
Paste data from clipboard.
Undo
<Ctrl><Z>
Undo last change.
Open
<Ctrl> <O >
Opens the File Open window.
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Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Save
<CTRL > <S>
Save survey file.
Next Page
<Ctrl> <Down>
Display next page of a multipage site.
Previous Page
<Ctrl> <Up >
Display previous page of a
multi-page site.
Previous Site
<Shift> <Up Arrow>
Display previous site.
Next Site
<Shift> <Down Arrow >
Display next site.
Open File Menu
<Alt> <F>
Opens File menu.
Open Edit Menu
<Alt> <E>
Opens Edit menu.
Open View Menu
<Alt> <V>
Opens View menu.
Navigate
Information and
Reading Fields
<Alt> <U>
Moves cursor between
information and reading fields.
Navigate any
Window or Tab
<Tab>
• Press <Tab> to move cursor
from one field to another.
<Up/Down Arrow >
• Press <Up/Down Arrows> to
move cursor in a drop-down
list.
<Enter>
<Ok > / <Cancel >
• Press <Enter> to accept a
selection in a drop-down list.
• Move cursor to <Ok> and
then press <Enter> to apply
changes.
• Move cursor to <Cancel>
and then press <Enter> to
cancel changes.
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Recommendations for Interrupted
On/Off Settings
This chapter provides recommendations for on/off settings in an interrupted survey set up
in AiDvm, CeCi, or Periodic Survey.
When a survey file is set up in On/Off GPS Sync or On/Off GPS Real-time mode, AI
recommends the survey file also be set up with On/Off High/Low settings. This serves as
a backup if the satellite signal is lost. The Allegro defaults to On/Off High/Low survey
mode until the satellite signal is re-acquired.
Table A-1. Suggested On/Off Settings
On/Off High/Low setup for 1 second cycle
A minimum/maximum reading from a sample of readings. Of the remaining 45
readings, the most negative reading is equal to the on reading and the most positive
reading is equal to the off reading.
60 readings per cycle (60 readings per second):
0.7 on
200 mSec On Delay
Filters out 12 most negative readings
0.3 off
50 mSec Off Delay
Filters out 3 most positive readings
0.8 on
200 mSec On Delay
Filters out 12 most negative readings
0.2 off
50 mSec Off Delay
Filters out 3 most positive readings
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Table A-1. Suggested On/Off Settings (continued)
On/Off High/Low setup for greater than 1 second cycle
A minimum/maximum reading from a sample of readings. Of the remaining 99
readings, the most negative reading is equal to the on reading and the most positive
reading is equal to the off reading.
120 readings per cycle (60 readings per second):
1.5 on
250 mSec On Delay
Filters out 15 most negative readings
0.5 off
100 mSec Off Delay
Filters out 6 most positive readings
On/Off GPS Sync setup for 1 second cycle
A minimum/maximum reading from a sample of readings. Of the remaining 99
readings, the most negative reading is equal to the on reading and the most positive
reading is equal to the off reading.
A snapshot of readings in a certain time period:
0.7 on
200 mSec On Setup
Takes reading 200 mSec before the off cycle.
0.3 off
150 mSec Off Delay
Takes reading 150 mSec into the off cycle.
0.8 on
200 mSec On Setup
Takes reading 200 mSec before the off cycle.
0.2 off
100 mSec Off Delay
Takes reading 100 mSec into the off cycle.
On/Off High/Low setup for 1 second cycle
A minimum/maximum reading from a sample of readings. Of the remaining 45
readings, the most negative reading is equal to the on reading and the most positive
reading is equal to the off reading.
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1.5 on
250 mSec On Setup
Takes reading 250 mSec before the off cycle.
0.5 off
250 mSec Off Delay
Takes reading 250 mSec into the off cycle.
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Table A-1. Suggested On/Off Settings (continued)
On/Off GPS Real-time setup for greater than 2 second cycle
8.0 on
200 mSec On Delay
Starts reading 200 mSec into on cycle (off-to-on).
2.0 off
250 mSec Off Delay
Starts reading 250 mSec into off cycle (on-to-off).
GPS-RT
Setup
Time
50 mSec
No readings 50 mSec before off cycle to Off
Delay.
No readings 50 mSec before on cycle to On
Delay.
Recommended GPS-RT Setup Time is 50 mSec for Mercury switches and 30 mSec for
solid state switches.
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FAQs
This chapter provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Allegro
Field PC and AI Allegro software. If you have a question not covered in this chapter,
contact Technical Services at allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com.
How do I determine which version of software is installed on the Allegro?
For Allegro software versions 5.1 and later, the software version is shown on the title bar
for each AI software application. For example, start CeCi. The title bar identifies the
software as well as the software version as shown in Figure B-1.
Figure B-1. Main CeCi Window
For older versions of Allegro software, the version number can be found on the About
window. To open the About window (Figure B-2), open the application and then tap View
> About .
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Figure B-2. About Window
How do I get the latest version of software available for the Allegro?
Contact Technical Services at allegrotechservices@aiworldwide.com for a User Name and
Password to access files for download.
How much storage space is on the Allegro?
The Allegro MX is available with different sizes of internal SD memory cards, up to 32GB in
size. The Allegro MX also supports a USB flash drive. Plug the USB flash drive in the USB
port if you want to transfer files to and from the Allegro.
How do I install a DVM (digital voltmeter) card in the Allegro?
Complete the following steps:

Press the On/Off power button
to turn off the Allegro.

If present, disconnect the GPS
patch antenna.

Use a coin or flathead
screwdriver to loosen two
screws securing the card slot
door on the back of the
Allegro.

Disconnect the cable
connected to the old DVM
card.
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Insert the new DVM card making sure the release switch snaps in place.

Reconnect the cable in the new DVM card.

Close the card slot door. Tighten screws to secure the door in place.

If present, reconnect the GPS patch antenna.

Turn On the Allegro and then tap Start > AiDvm. Verify a live DVM reading displays.
If an error message displays instead, repeat the previous steps to remove and then
re-install the DVM card making sure it snaps in place. If the error message
continues to display, contact Technical Services for assistance.
WARNING: BEFORE MAKING ANY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT GREATER THAN 42
VOLTS AC OR DC: Disconnect any cable from the Remote Trigger input and replace the
rubber cap before making voltage measurements using the red and black banana jacks.
What can I do if the Allegro will not power up?
If the Allegro will not power up, try the following solutions:
•
Check the battery and charger.
Verify the battery has enough charge to power up the Allegro. Also verify the
charging cable or docking station provides sufficient power to charge the Allegro.
Use a voltmeter to verify the voltage output of the battery is at least 3.6 volts. If the
voltage output is less than 3.4 volts, you may need to purchase a replacement
battery. To help maintain the battery, plug the Allegro (or power dock) in a power
source when not in use, such as each night and weekend.
•
Reset the software (warm reboot).
To perform a warm reboot, press and hold the On/Off power button for 5 to 7
seconds. Press Reset when the Power window displays.
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Reset the hardware and restore the software (cold reboot).
To perform a cold reboot, press and hold the On/Off power button for 20 seconds.
When the Power window displays, continue pressing the power button until the
Allegro resets automatically. The display will then flash and the Allegro will begin
reloading the operating system.
If a cold reboot does not solve the problem, turn off the Allegro and then
disconnect it from any external power source (wall charger or power dock).
Remove the battery pack inside the Allegro. After at least 30 minutes, reinstall the
battery pack and then plug the Allegro in an external power source. Charge the
battery for at least five minutes and then turn on the Allegro.
What is the best power-saving method for the Allegro?
The following power options are available with the Allegro:
•
Suspend Mode: Press the On/Off key on the Allegro keypad to place the Allegro
in suspend mode. Use this power option during the majority of day to day
operation. The Allegro uses a small amount of power during suspend mode, even
when the touchscreen is off. When the Allegro is turned back on, suspend mode
returns to the most current state.
•
Power Off: To turn the Allegro off and stop the battery from discharging power,
press and hold the On/Off key for two seconds. When the Power window displays,
tap Power Off. Use Power Off when the Allegro is not in service for an extended
period of time.
What can I do if the Allegro battery drains completely?
•
Reset the Allegro.
To reset the Allegro, press the power button for 8 seconds to display the Power
Button window and select Reset. This applies default settings to the Allegro,
including GPS Pod Setup. Run GPS Pod Setup to re-configure GPS communication
settings. Resetting the Allegro can also clear any other problems, such as
unresponsive software.
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Tapping the power button once places the Allegro in sleep mode. Tapping the
button again turns on the Allegro. Use this method frequently to conserve battery
power.
•
If you plan to store the Allegro for a month or more, press the power button for 8
seconds to display the Power Off window and select Power Off.
How do I enlarge the font size or change the touchscreen brightness and
contrast settings?
To increase or decrease the font size
1
Tap Settings > System tab > Screen > Text Size tab.
2
Move the slider to increase or decrease text size. To change text size and font in a
PS survey file tap View > Fonts.
To change the backlight brightness
1
Tap Settings > System tab > Backlight > Brightness tab.
2
Press <Orange > <F5> keys simultaneously to increase the contrast and
brightness. To decrease the contrast and brightness, press <Orange> <F4> keys
simultaneously.
How do I find the version number of the DVM card?
To determine the version of the DAQ card:
1
Run any of the AI Allegro software. For example, tap Start > AIDvm.
2
Tap Options > About tab to display the About window and view the DAQ card
version. The voltage range supported by the various DAQ card versions is
identified in the following list:
•
150V maximum: DAQ FF and DAQ 0B
•
250V maximum: DAQ 08, DAQ 09, and DAQ 0A
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Based on the version of the DAQ card,
AI Allegro software reads and sets the
maximum voltage as 150V or 250V.
Can I start AI software using the Allegro keypad instead of the Start
menu?
After deleting the Key Redirect shortcut in the Allegro Startup folder, you can then map
any AI software to any of the F1 through F5 function keys. Using these function keys in this
manner allows you to start an AI software with a single button press. See Appendix C
(page 97) for more information.
I programmed Allegro MX function keys to open AI software, now they do
not work.
Delete the Key Redirect shortcut in the Allegro Startup folder to restore functionality to F1
through F5.
To delete the Key Redirect shortcut, follow these steps:
1
Tap Start > File Explorer > Windows > Startup .
2
Tap and hold the KeyRedirect shortcut to display a shortcut menu, and then tap
Delete.
Figure B-3. Key Redirect
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NOTE: Key Redirect reprograms the F1 through F5 keys. The Allegro ships with Key
Redirect factory-installed. See Appendix C (page 97) for more information.
How can I verify interruption or make timing adjustments to ensure the
Allegro is capturing the correct Structure P/S and Structure IRF at the
correct time?
Start AiDVM to complete the following steps:
1
Tap Options > On/Off tab > Enable On/Off mode.
2
Set up on/off settings and then tap OK .
3
Tap Graph to view a waveform of on/off readings as shown in the next example.
For more information, see DVM Graph Overview (page 28).
Figure B-4. DVM Waveform
What can I do if I cannot get a GPS satellite fix?
Verify the following settings are correct:
•
Run the GPS Status software and verify COM port settings are correct.
•
Run the GPS Pod Setup software and verify settings are correct. All software must
be closed before viewing settings in GPS Pod Setup.
•
Verify the GPS antenna has a clear view of the sky and is securely connected to the
Allegro.
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Why are GPS coordinates not recording in my Periodic Survey file?
Verify the cursor is in a reading field in the bottom pane of the survey file. Tapping a
reading field places the cursor in the field.
Why is the Insert GPS command unavailable for selection in the Periodic
Survey software?
Verify the GPS Status software is running and the cursor is in a reading field in the bottom
pane of the survey file. Tapping a reading field places the cursor in the field.
Why does CeCi switch to Hi-Lo mode when my survey file is set up with
GPS Sync or GPS Real-Time mode?
CeCi automatically switches to Hi-Lo mode when the Allegro loses the internal GPS time
signal. When setting up a survey file in GPS Sync or GPS Real-time mode, AI recommends
that you also set up the survey file in Hi-Lo mode.
Why do on/off readings look incorrect in CeCi?
•
Run the AiDvm software and view the waveform graph. Use the graph to verify
satellite communication and on/off settings are correct.
•
View the AiDvm waveform graph several times before taking survey readings. This
allows you to change on/off delay times as needed to get the best on/off capture.
How do I include Remarks and GPS coordinates in a CeCi survey file when
using Skip/Lock/Normal mode?
The following procedure applies to a CeCi survey set up in Fixed Increment mode. If you
want to view the center line (CL) in a skipped section, verify the survey file is also set up
with the option Retain Skipped records in Skip Mode (View > Options > File tab).
Complete the following steps:
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Place the cursor in the pipe-to-soil (P/S) field and then press <Ctrl> <Z> or tap
Move > Skip/Lock/Normal .
Pressing <Ctrl> <Z> toggles Skip, Lock, and Normal modes. In Skip mode, CeCi
inserts (SKIP) in the Remarks field of the selected survey record (Figure B-5).
Figure B-5. Skip Mode
2
Move the cursor to the Remarks field (Figure B-6) by tapping the field or pressing
the Tab button (right arrow).
Figure B-6. Remarks Field
3
Tap Remark to open the Remarks window (Figure B-7). Select and then double-tap
the remark to insert it in the survey record and close the window.
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Figure B-7. Remarks Window
4
Press Enter to move the cursor to the P/S field (Figure B-8).
Figure B-8. P/S Field
5
Press the down arrow to move the cursor to the next station number (SN).
Continue to survey to the other end of the SKIP (such as a road crossing, railroad
crossing, exposed pipe, and so on).
Figure B-9. Moving to Next Station Number
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Figure B-10. Remarks Field
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Press Enter and then the down arrow to move to the next SN and take a reading
(Figure B-11).
Figure B-11. Skip Section
The survey file contains information shown in Figure B-12, including GPS coordinates
when using GPS.
Figure B-12. Survey File Data
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Utility Software
Information in this chapter explains how to use and set up the following utility software:
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GPS Status (page 97)
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GPS Config (page 102)
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GPS Pod Setup (page 104)
•
Key Redirect (page 105)
•
Bluetooth COM Setup Utility (page 107)
GPS Status
Use GPS Status (Figure C-1) to perform any of the following tasks:
•
View current GPS data, such as number of satellites in view, GPS coordinates,
amount of time since the last GPS fix, and current GPS time.
•
Enable the Offset option to view the distance between two points.
•
Enable the Beep option if you want the Allegro to beep when GPS readings update.
•
Set a Display Format for GPS coordinates (degrees and minutes or decimal
degrees).
•
Change COM port and baud rate settings for a second GPS receiver (dual GPS).
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Set up the Allegro to use the PPS timing signal received by the internal GPS
module instead of a second GPS receiver.
•
Copy GPS coordinates to the system clipboard or an opened Excel spreadsheet file.
To start GPS Status, tap Start > GpsStatus to display the Gps Status window shown
below. See Table C-1 on page 98 for additional information.
NOTE: If the Allegro is unable to open the COM port, the message Unable to open GPS
port COM3 (-2,317) displays. Exit and then restart GPS Status to allow the Allegro to open
the port. The value shown in parentheses is an internal code used by AI for
troubleshooting purposes.
Figure C-1. GPS Status
Table C-1. GPS Status Field Descriptions
Field
Description
Satellites
Current number of satellites tracked by the GPS receiver display
in this status line. If using dual-GPS, status line displays the
number of satellites as #/# Satellites in view. The first number
applies to the external GPS receiver, the second number applies
to the internal GPS receiver.
Three (3) satellites are required for coordinate calculations. Four
(4) satellites are required for calculating a 3D position (latitude,
longitude, and elevation). The more satellites tracked, the
higher accuracy of the GPS receiver.
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Table C-1. GPS Status Field Descriptions (continued)
Field
Description
GPS status
Status line may include any of the following messages:
• Receiving GPS
• Initializing
• Waiting
Information about the serial connection displays in parentheses
during the startup process, such as Initializing (V 236). It
shows a GPS status byte (V or FF) and the number of received
characters. GPS status bytes (V and FF) indicate whether or not
the receiver is receiving GPS packets. V indicates valid GPS
packets received and FF indicates no GPS packets received.
If received characters is zero (0) or does not increase, verify the
GPS receiver is securely connected to the Allegro and
communication settings are correct (COM port and baud rate).
GPS coordinates
Shows longitude, latitude, and elevation coordinates received
from a minimum of 3 satellites.
Coordinates update every second. With a clear view of the sky,
GPS accuracy without differential correction is about 10 meters
(32.8 feet). Sub-meter accuracy is reported after applying
differential correction when using a second GPS receiver (dual
GPS), such as the Trimble GPS Pathfinder Pro XR.
DOP values
DOP (dilution of precision) values identify the accuracy of GPS
readings. When a DOP value is zero (0), the GPS receiver does
not report the value. When the value is between 1 and 3, GPS
accuracy is good.
PDOP refers to position dilution of precision; VDOP refers to
vertical dilution of precision; HDOP refers to horizontal dilution
of precision; and TDOP refers to time dilution of precision.
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Table C-1. GPS Status Field Descriptions (continued)
Field
Description
Age of fix
Shows the time since the last GPS satellite fix. Age of fix
appears only when the GPS satellite signal is lost. It appears ten
seconds after losing the satellite signal. Information displays in
the following manner:
• When age is less than 10 seconds, field is empty.
• When age is less than 1 minute, number of seconds
display as nn sec, such as 35 sec.
• When age is less than 60 minutes, number of minutes
and seconds display as mm:ss, such as 12:14.
• When age is undetermined, an asterisk (*) displays.
GPS time
GPS time displays when a GPS time signal is received and the
Offset option is disabled.
Updates display every second when GPS time is available. GPS
time displays in 24-hour format and may include the suffix
letters P and/or Z. P indicates a PPS (one pulse-per-second)
time signal is being received. Z indicates a GPS time packet is
being received.
When GPS time is unavailable or the GPS time signal is more
than 10 minutes old, this area of the GPS Status window is
empty. When Offset is enabled, offset values (such as 2, 1, 5) or
asterisks (*, *, *) display instead of GPS time.
Offset
Offset shows the distance between two points. To use Offset,
tap Offset and then move to a different location. Offset values
display inside parentheses and are calculated as feet or miles.
For example, with an offset of (1, 2, 3):
• 1 is the east-west offset (W positive).
• 2 is the north-south offset (N positive).
• 3 is the vertical offset.
An offset distance higher than 0.1 degree (about six miles)
displays as asterisks inside parentheses (*,*,*). When Offset is
enabled, GPS time does not display.
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Table C-1. GPS Status Field Descriptions (continued)
Field
Description
Beep
If you want the Allegro to beep each time GPS readings update,
tap Beep to enable the option.
u-blox WGS84
Status line showing the current datum setting for a u-blox
compatible GPS receiver. This status line does not display for all
other GPS receivers, such as a Trimble GPS receiver.
Copy
Tap Copy to copy coordinates to the system clipboard or an
opened Excel spreadsheet file.
GPS Status Shortcut Keys
Shortcut keys listed in the following table (Table C-2) are an alternate method for using
certain commands in AiDvm. Use the Allegro keypad to run any of the following
commands.
Table C-2. AiDvm Shortcut Keys with Touchscreen Disabled
Command
Shortcut Keys
Description
Navigating GPS
Status Software
<Tab>, <Enter>, and
<Up/Down Arrows>
Press <Tab> to move cursor from
one field to another.
Press <Enter> to open or close a
drop-down list.
Press <Up/Down Arrows> to move
cursor in a drop-down list; press
<Enter> to select an option in a
drop-down list.
Enable/Disable Read
PPS from Internal
GPS
<P>
Move cursor to Read PPS from
Internal GPS in Options and then
press <P> to enable or disable the
option.
Apply / Cancel
Changes
Ok / Cancel
Move cursor to <Ok> or <Cancel>
and then press <Enter>. Ok
applies changes, Cancel cancels
changes.
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GPS Config
Use the GpsConfig utility to change the default datum for a Trimble GPS receiver. If you
use a u-blox compatible GPS receiver instead, see GPS Config Ublox (page 103).
GPS Config allows you to change the default datum selection (WGS-84) and default
acquisition method (Compromise) used by the internal GPS modem to acquire a GPS
satellite fix. WGS84 is considered the worldwide standard and is typically the default
setting for most GPS receivers. If you are uncertain which datum to select, contact
Technical Services for assistance.
The following list provides a description of the acquisition methods available for selection:
•
Accuracy: This method requires better satellite positioning and strong signals.
Position fixes are more accurate however satellite fixes occur less often.
•
Signal Acquisition: This method provides satellite fixes in a wider range of
conditions. It accepts a higher level of position uncertainty to provide satellite fixes
more often.
•
Compromise: This method compromises between Accuracy and ease of Signal
Acquisition.
Complete the following steps to set the GPS datum and signal acquisition method:
1
Tap Start > File Explorer > My Device > Program Files > GpsConfig to
display the Gps Configuration window.
Figure C-2. GPS Configuration
2
Click the drop-down arrow in the Datum field and select an option in the list.
3
Click the drop-down arrow in the Configure for field and select an option in the
list (Accuracy, Signal Acquisition, or Compromise).
4
Click OK to close the GPS Configuration window.
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GPS Config Ublox
Use the GpsConfigUblox utility to change the default datum for a u-blox compatible GPS
receiver.
NOTE: WGS84 is considered the worldwide standard and is typically the default setting
for most GPS receivers. If you are uncertain which datum to select, contact Technical
Services for assistance.
To change the datum, follow these steps:
1
Tap Start > File Explorer > My Device > Program Files > GpsConfigUblox to
open the Configure GPS for Ublox window (Figure C-3).
2
Click the drop-down arrow in the Datum field and select an option in the list.
3
Click Select. Then click OK to close the window.
Figure C-3. GpsConfigUblox
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GPS Pod Setup
When a Power Reset is performed on the Allegro, the internal GPS pod loses factory
settings for communication with AI applications. AI provides two utilities that allow you to
reset the communication parameters of the internal GPS pod. If you use a u-blox
compatible GPS receiver with the Allegro, reset communication parameters using the
AMXU GPS Pod Setup utility. For all other GPS receivers (such as a Trimble GPS receiver),
set communication parameters using the GPS Pod Setup utility.
Complete step 1 or 2 to reset the communication parameters of the internal GPS pod:
1
If you use the u-blox compatible GPS receiver with the Allegro, complete the
following steps:
a
Tap Start > Programs > AMXU Pod Setup to open the AMXU GPS Pod
Setup window.
b
Tap the AI button to apply the correct settings for AI applications. Settings are
as follows and should match those in Figure C-4:
•
On is the default setting for GGA, GSA, and ZDA. These are minimum
settings for AI applications.
•
On is the default setting for SBAS/WAAS.
•
Off is the default setting for GPS always on.
Clicking a check box toggles a setting on and off. A check mark inside the
check box indicates the setting is on. An empty check box indicates the
setting is off.
c
Verify the message Settings Saved displays in the Status box. If the Status
box is empty, tap the AI button again to display the message.
d
Tap OK to close the utility.
Figure C-4. AMXU GPS Pod Setup
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If you use a Trimble GPS receiver with the Allegro, complete the following steps:
a
Tap Start > Programs > GPSPodSetup to open the GPS Receiver Port
Settings window.
b
Tap the AI button to apply the correct settings for AI applications. Settings are
as follows and should match those in Figure C-5:
c
•
Baud: 9600, Parity: None, Stop Bits: 1
•
GPS Data Format: NMEA, GGA, GSA, ZDA
Tap Apply Settings and then the Close icon (X).
Figure C-5. GPS Receiver Port Settings
Key Redirect
Key Redirect reprograms the F1 through F5 keys. The Allegro ships with Key Redirect
factory-installed. See Table C-3 for a description of how these keys function.
Table C-3. F1-F5 Functionality with Key Redirect
F1 – F5
CeCi
Periodic Survey
F1
No function.
No function.
F2
When CeCi is set up in
Flagged mode, press F2 to
display the Insert Record
menu and insert a new record
in the survey file.
No function.
F3
When CeCi is set up in Fixed
increment mode, press F3 to
toggle Skip, Lock, and Normal
in the currently selected
survey record.
No function.
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Table C-3. F1-F5 Functionality with Key Redirect (continued)
F1 – F5
CeCi
Periodic Survey
F4
Press F4 to display the
Remarks list and select a
remark to insert in the
remarks field of the currently
selected survey record.
Press F4 to run the Record
location command and
update or insert GPS
coordinates in the currently
selected survey record.
F5
When CeCi is set up in
Flagged mode with Timed
Readings enabled, press F5 to
toggle between Pause and
Resume when taking survey
readings.
Press F5 to run the Insert GPS
command and insert GPS
coordinates in the currently
selected survey record.
As an option you can delete the Key Redirect shortcut in the Allegro Startup folder to
restore original functionality to F1 through F5. Deleting the shortcut allows you to assign
any AI software to any of the F1 through F5 keys for quick access.
To delete the Key Redirect shortcut, follow these steps:
1
Tap Start > File Explorer > Windows > Startup .
2
Tap and hold the KeyRedirect shortcut to display a shortcut menu, and then tap
Delete.
Figure C-6. Key Redirect
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Bluetooth COM Setup Utility
This section provides information about the Bluetooth COM setup utility. Topics include:
•
Install Bluetooth COM Setup Utility (page 107)
•
Set Up GPS Controller and GPS Status for Bluetooth (page 110)
Bluetooth COM setup utility is typically used when setting up dual GPS. Use it in place of
the Allegro MX Bluetooth manager for any of the following conditions:
•
GPS receiver does not include an outgoing port for Bluetooth communication.
•
GPS receiver is unable to communicate with GPS Status or GPS Controller
software using a Bluetooth connection.
For more information about the Bluetooth COM setup utility, visit the following website:
http://www.junipersys.com/Juniper-Systems/support/Downloads/Allegro-Field-PC/
Allegro-MX/Bluetooth-COM-Setup-Utility
Install Bluetooth COM Setup Utility
Complete the following steps:
1
Establish a connection with the Allegro and your computer.
2
Insert the AI Allegro installation disk in the CD drive of your computer.
3
At your computer, view the contents of the installation disk using Windows
Explorer. Open the Utilities folder and locate the CAB file labeled BluetoothCOM.CAB.
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Copy the Bluetooth-COM.CAB file from the installation CD to the Allegro in the
My Device > Storage (or SD Card) folder (Figure C-7).
Figure C-7. Bluetooth COM Setup Utility
5
At the Allegro, tap Start > File Explorer > Storage (or SD Card , if available) >
Bluetooth-COM to begin the installation (Figure C-8).
Figure C-8. Install Bluetooth COM Setup Utility
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When the message Choose a location to install displays, tap \Storage (or SD
Card) > Install (Figure C-9).
Figure C-9. Install Bluetooth COM Setup Utility
7
Tap OK when the message Restart Required displays (Figure C-10).
Figure C-10. Restart Required
8
Tap OK again when a message displays stating the installation was successful. Tap
the Close icon (X) to return to the Today screen.
9
Complete the installation by restarting the Allegro. Press the power button for
two seconds and then select Reset when the Power Button window displays
(Figure C-11).
Figure C-11. Restart Allegro
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Set Up GPS Controller and GPS Status for Bluetooth
1
Connect the GPS receiver to the Allegro.
2
Start GPS Controller. Tap Start > File Explorer > My Device > Program Files >
GPS Controller.
3
Tap Skyplot > Setup > GPS Settings.
4
Tap the down arrow in the GPS Receiver Port field and select the COM port the
GPS receiver is connected to (Figure C-12).
Figure C-12. Select COM Port
5
Scroll down to NMEA Output, click the wrench icon, and then complete the
following settings:
a
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Output Interval field and select 5s
(Figure C-13)
b
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Receiver Port/Primary field and select
Bluetooth 2 (Figure C-13).
c
Exit GPS Controller.
Figure C-13. NMEA Output Settings
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Start Bluetooth COM. Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Bluetooth
COM.
7
Tap Discover Devices. Select the GPS receiver using COM7 (corresponds to
Bluetooth 2 setting in GPS Controller).
8
Tap Connect (Figure C-14) and then exit Bluetooth COM.
Figure C-14. Bluetooth Discover Devices
9
Start GPS Status and display the Options window. Tap Start > GPS Status >
Options (Figure C-15).
10 Tap the down-arrow in the Port field and select COM7 (Figure C-15). When you
finish, exit GPS Status.
GPS Status and GPS Controller are now setup for Bluetooth communication with
the GPS receiver.
Figure C-15. GPS Status
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GPS Receivers
Information in this chapter explains how to set up a Holux and Trimble GPS receiver for use
with the Allegro. Topics include:
•
Set Up a Holux GPS Receiver
•
Install GPS Controller Software (page 114)
•
Set Up GPS Receiver (page 115)
Set Up a Holux GPS Receiver
The following procedure explains how to use the GPS Status software to set up a Holux
GR213 receiver modified by Juniper Systems for use with the Allegro.
Complete the following steps:
1
Connect the Holux receiver in COM 1 of the Allegro using the cable provided with
the receiver.
2
Press the Allegro power button to turn on power.
3
Tap Start > GPS Status > Options.
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Tap the drop-down arrow in the Port field and select COM1 (Figure D-1).
Figure D-1. GPS Status
5
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Baud field and select 4800.
6
Tap Read PPS from Internal GPS to enable the option and place a check mark
inside the option box.
7
Tap the drop-down arrow in the Display Format field and select either Degrees
and Minutes or Decimal degrees .
NOTE: The data format output by the Holux receiver is NMEA at 4800 baud, 8 data
bits, no parity, and 1 stop bit. The receiver uses the WGS84 Datum.
Install GPS Controller Software
The installation CD provided with the GPS receiver includes a copy of Trimble’s GPS
Controller software. You can also download a copy from the Trimble website at
http://www.trimble.com.
NOTE: GPS is an acronym for Global Positioning System.
Complete the following steps to install GPS Controller on the Allegro:
1
Connect the Allegro to your computer using the provided USB cable.
2
Start Windows Mobile Device Center or ActiveSync. If using ActiveSync, click No
when prompted to create a Partnership. This creates a Guest connection instead.
3
Insert the Trimble installation CD in the CD drive of your computer.
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Double-click the file labeled GPSControllerWMSetup.exe to begin the software
installation.
5
Follow on-screen prompts to install the software. When prompted to choose a
location to install the software on the Allegro, select \Storage (or SD Card) and
then tap Install. When the installation completes, tap OK to return to the Today
screen.
Set Up GPS Receiver
The procedure in this section explains how to set up any of the following Trimble GPS
receivers using the GPS Controller software:
•
GPS Pathfinder XB
•
GPS Pathfinder ProXH Receiver
•
GPS Pathfinder ProXRT Receiver
•
GPS Pathfinder ProXT Receiver
NOTE: If the GPS receiver uses Bluetooth for communication, also refer to
Bluetooth COM Setup Utility on page 107 for additional information.
Complete the following steps:
1
Connect the GPS receiver in COM 1 of the Allegro using the serial cable provided
with the receiver.
2
Press the power button on both the Allegro and the GPS receiver to turn On the
devices.
3
Complete the following steps at the Allegro:
a
Tap Start > GpsStatus > Options and select COM1 in the Port field and
9600 in the Baud field. Tap OK to close the window. Tap OK again to return to
the Today screen.
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b
Tap Start > Programs > GPS Controller icon to display the Skyplot window
(Figure D-2).
Figure D-2. Skyplot
4
Tap Skyplot > Setup > GPS Settings (Figure D-3).
Figure D-3. Setup Options
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Tap the drop-down arrow in the GPS Receiver Port field and select COM 1
(Figure D-4). Scroll down the window and set up the following fields as follows.
When you finish, tap Done to return to the Setup window (Figure D-3).
•
Receiver Power Output: On
•
NEMA Output: On
Figure D-4. Setup GPS Settings
6
Tap Options > Connect to GPS. When the Allegro emits an audible sound and a
satellite icon displays near the Setup menu, the GPS receiver has connected to the
satellite (Figure D-5).
Figure D-5. Setup Options
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Tap GPS Settings and then scroll to the bottom of the window. Tap the wrench
icon in the NEMA Output field to display the Setup NMEA Output Settings
window (Figure D-6).
Figure D-6. Setup NMEA Output Settings
8
Set up fields in the Setup NMEA Output Settings window using information in the
next table (Table D-1). When you finish, tap OK . Tap OK again to return to the
Setup Options window (Figure D-5).
Table D-1. NMEA Output Settings
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XRT
XB
XH
XT
Output Interval
1s
1s or 5s
1s or 5s
1s or 5s
Primary
Port 1
Bluetooth
Serial
Serial
Secondary
Port 2
None
Bluetooth
or None
Bluetooth
or None
Baud Rate
9600
9600
9600
9600
Data Bits
8
8
8
8
Stop Bits
1
1
1
1
Parity
None
None
None
None
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Tap Real-time Settings to display the Setup Real-time Settings window
(Figure D-7).
Figure D-7. Real-time Settings
10 Set up fields in the Setup Real-time Settings window using information in the
next table (Table D-2). When you finish, tap OK to return to the Setup Options
window (Figure D-5).
Table D-2. GPS Real-time Settings
Field
Setting
Choice 1
Integrated Beacon
Choice 2
Use uncorrected GPS
Real-time Age Limit
15 seconds
11 Click Setup > Skyplot to view GPS satellite information (Figure D-8).
Figure D-8. Skyplot Example
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12 Tap Skyplot > Setup > Options > Disconnect from GPS . Tap Yes when the
following message displays: Are you sure you want to disconnect from the GPS
receiver?
13 Tap the Close icon (X) to exit the GPS Controller software.
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Index
A
Compromise 102
AC charger 1
Connector panel 10
Accuracy 102
ActiveSync 2, 7
Add new site 70
Add remark 44
Add test point information 44
Age of fix 100
AI software
overview 13
Allegro
connector panel 10
equipment list 1
function keys 10
sync connection 8
Allegro hardware 10
D
DAQ card
data acquisition 23
DAQ card version 89
Data cane
stick adapter 12
Data logger
battery usage 27
Date and time 2
Date/time
settings 5
Datum 102
DC voltage gradient 53
DCVG 53
B
Battery pack 1
charging 3
install 2
settings 3
Blue shift key 10
C
Calibrate touchscreen 14
CD 2
Chainer
wire counter 12
CI survey
test leads 34
CI survey file
color settings 43
graph settings 43
CI survey mode 38
Close interval software 33
COM port
unable to open 98
add indication 61
add remark 61
export file 63
gps loc button 61
GPS settings 58
IR gradient 61
on/off survey 57
options 59
show bearing to site 62
show polarity 57
survey mode 56
V button 57
DCVG voltage
V button 57
Delete new site 70
Digital voltmeter 23
safety precautions 23
Disable touchscreen
TS button 14
Display
monochrome 2
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DOP value 99
receiver 10
recording coordinates 41
Double-click detection 39
DVM
Amp 25
autorange 25
DAQ card 89
data logging 27, 29
Diode 25
European sample rate 25
GPS settings 25
measuring current 26
negative jack 10
Ohm 25
on/off potentials 25
on/off settings 25
positive jack 10
shortcut keys 30
test function 25
test leads 23, 24
U.S. sample rate 25
Vac 25
Vdc 25
voltage range 25
waveform 28
waveform graph 28
DVM data logger
battery usage 27
E
GPS config
accuracy 102
compromise 102
signal acquisition 102
GPS controller software 114
GPS coordinates 99
GPS datum 102
GPS loc 61
GPS offset 100
GPS pod setup 104
GPS receiver
Holux 113
Trimble 115
GPS receivers 113
GPS status 97
error message 98
GPS time 100
GPS-RT setup time 40
Graph settings 43
H
Hardware
Allegro 10
HDOP value 99
Holux GPS receiver 113
Export CI survey file 45
External shunt 23
I
Icons
alarm 19
bluetooth 19
description 18
mini usb 18
speaker 19
start bar 18
today 19
Windows logo 18
F
Fixed increment CI survey 39
Flagged CI survey 38
Function 24
G
Global positioning system 114
GPS 114
antenna 10
DCVG GPS loc 61
dual-GPS 26
expansion pod 10
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K
Key redirect 105
Keypad buttons 15
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L
Stick adapter
data cane 12
Language
regional settings 5
Stylus 1
Survey file
M
Monochrome display 2
setting 4
options 42
Survey mode
CI survey 38
Survey type
O
Off delay 40
Offset 100
on/off high/low 39
Switch
chainer/stick adapter 11
On delay 40
Orange shift key 10
T
TDOP value 99
P
Technical services
PCS
CeFileXer.exe 9
software compatibility 13
transfer file 46
wToCmd.exe 9
how to contact 21
Test function 24
Test leads
CI survey 34
connecting 34, 54, 68
DVM 24
PCS utility files 9
PDOP value 99
Periodic survey software 67
Power on/off 10
PS
add new site 70
copy survey file 76
GPS settings 70
on/off settings 69
timed readings 74
transfer file to PCS 75
Test point information 44
Time zone 2
settings 5
Timed readings 74
Today screen 18
Today screen (desktop) 19
Touchscreen
calibration 14
disable 14
Touchscreen display 14
R
Range 24
Remote trigger 10
Transfer to PCS 46
Triple-click detection 39
TS button
disable touchscreen 14
S
Satellites in view 98
Screen protector 2
Show bearing to site 45, 62
Shunt
external 23
Signal acquisition 102
Start menu 19
U
USB cable 1
Utility files
transfer to PCS 9
Utility software
GPS config 97
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GPS pod setup 97
GPS status 97
Key Redirect 97
Save system 97
Set DAQ registry 97
VDOP value 99
W
Waveform graph 28
Windows Mobile Device Center 2, 6
V
V button
dcvg reading 57
128 Index
voltage 57
Wire counter
chainer 12
American Innovations Allegro MX Keyboard Shortcuts
Global Shortcuts
AiDVM
Caps Toggle
<Blue><Caps Lock>
Toggles caps lock on and off.
Display Backlight
<Orange><F3>
Toggles backlight on and off.
Display
Brighten/Dim
<Orange><F4>
<Orange><F5>
Brightens or dims the screen
display. Select ORANGE shift
key then F4 to dim, or F5 to
brighten.
Move Between
Fields and Buttons
<TAB>
Move cursor between fields
and buttons. Left tab arrow
moves cursor backward; right
tab arrow moves cursor
forward.
Move from One Tab
to Another
<Ctrl><TAB>
Open Drop-down List <Alt><Down Arrow>
Press <Alt> and down arrow to
open drop-down list.
<Blue><TS>
Task Manager
<Blue><Esc>
Open Task Manager.
Close Window
<Esc>
Close an open window.
Enable or disable touchscreen.
Open Start menu.
AiDVM
Graph
Copy / Paste
Option Window
Voltage Range
<G> or <Alt><G>
Enable or Disable
Autoranging
<A>
Press <A> to enable or disable
autorange option in DVM
Options window.
Move Cursor to
Sample Rate Field
<S>
Press <S> to move cursor to
Sample Rate field in DVM
Options window.
Display Graph
Remarks
<Tab>
<Enter>
Move from one tab to another
in a window with multiple tab
pages.
Touchscreen
Windows Start Menu
CeCi
Copy current DVM reading.
<Ctrl><V>
Paste DVM reading in an open
file, such as Excel.
<N> or <Alt><N>
Open Options window.
<Ctrl><Up Arrow>
Increase voltage range.
<Ctrl><Down Arrow>
Decrease voltage range.
Press <Enter> in graph
remarks window to add a new
line; press <Tab> to move
cursor to Ok or Cancel and
then press <Enter>.
CeCi
New
<Ctrl><N>
Create new survey file.
Open
<Ctrl><O>
Open File Open window.
Save
<Ctrl><S>
Save survey file.
Flag Marker
<F>
Insert flag marker in flagged
mode.
<Alt> <V>
Press <Alt> <V> to open View
window.
Open Remark
Window
<Alt> <R>
Press <Alt> <R> to open
Remark window.
Navigating Misc Tab
in Options
<B>
Press <B> to enable or disable
Beep on every Reading.
<V>
Press <V> to move cursor to
Voltage level.
<W>
Press <W> to enable or
disable Beep when overwrite
existing data.
<D>
Press <D> to enable or disable
Enable double-click detection.
Navigating File Tab in <A>
Options
Press <A> to enable or disable
Auto-backup.
<I>
Press <I> to move cursor to
Interval (minutes).
<R>
Press <R> to enable or disable
Retain Skipped records in Skip
mode.
Navigating GPS Tab in <C>
Options
Press <C> to enable or disable
Clear GPS Location After.
<S>
Press <S> to move cursor to
Seconds Without Updates.
<G>
Press <G> to move cursor to
GPS Display Format.
Reset Flag Count
<Ctrl> <F>
Reset flag count.
Gap Marker
<G>
Insert gap marker in flagged
mode.
Capture Reading
<Enter>
Capture a reading.
First Record
<Ctrl><Blue><Home> Move cursor to first record.
Last Record
<Ctrl><Blue><End>
Move cursor to last record.
Go To
<Ctrl><G>
Open Go To Location window.
Skip
<Ctrl><K>
Open Skip Distance window in
Fixed Increment mode.
Insert Record
<Ctrl><Ins>
Insert new record.
Delete Record
<Ctrl><Del>
Delete selected record.
Skip/Lock/Normal
<Ctrl><Z>
Toggles Skip, Lock, and Normal
in Fixed Increment mode.
<Tab>
• Press <Tab> to move cursor
between field selection list
and color grid.
• Press <Up/Down or Home/
End arrows> to move cursor
in field selection list or color
grid.
Open graph.
<Ctrl><C>
Press <Tab> to move cursor to
Save button in DVM graph
window, then press <Enter> to
display graph remarks window.
Open View Menu
Navigating Graph Tab <G>
in Options
With Show Graph enabled:
<U>
Press <U> to move cursor to
Upper Value.
<L>
Press <L> to move cursor to
Lower Value.
<W>
Press <W> to move cursor to
Width.
<U> or <Alt><U>
Select autoranging.
VDC Test Function
<D> or <Alt><D>
Select Vdc test function.
VAC Test Function
<A> or <Alt><A>
Select Vac test function.
DC Amp
<Ctrl><D>
Select DC Amp test function.
AC Amp
<Ctrl><A>
Select AC Amp test function.
Remark
<Alt><R>
Open remark window.
<Up/Down Arrows>
AC mA Test Function
<M> or <Alt><M>
Select Amp test function.
Pause/Resume
<Ctrl><P>
<Home/End Arrows>
Move Cursor Between <TAB>
Fields
Press <TAB> to move cursor
from one field to another in
DVM Options window.
Pause or resume timed
readings.
Test Point
Information
<Ctrl><T>
Open Test Point Information
window.
Move Cursor in Drop- <Up/Down Arrows>
down List
Press up/down arrows to move
cursor up and down in a dropdown list in DVM Options
window.
Open File Menu
<Alt> <F>
Press <Alt> <F> to open File
menu.
Open Move Menu
<Alt> <M>
Accept Selection in
Drop-down List
Press <Enter> to accept
selection in a drop-down list in
DVM Options window.
Press <Alt> <M> to open
Move menu.
<Enter>
Press <G> to enable or disable
Show Graph.
Navigating Colors Tab <E>
in Options
Press <E> to enable or disable
Enable Color.
With Enable Color enabled:
Navigating Open and <Tab>
Save As Windows
<Up/Down Arrows>
Press <Tab> to move cursor
between fields.
Press <Up/Down Arrows> to
navigate list of files.
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American Innovations Allegro MX Keyboard Shortcuts
Annual / Periodic Survey
DCVG
GPS Status
Open
<Ctrl> <O>
Open File Open window.
New
<Ctrl><N>
Create new survey file.
Save
<Ctrl><S>
Save survey file.
Open
<Ctrl><O>
Open File Open window.
Copy, Cut, Paste
<Ctrl><C>
Copy selection to clipboard.
Save
<Ctrl><S>
Save survey file.
<Ctrl><X>
Remove selection and copy to
clipboard.
Flag Marker
<F>
<Ctrl><V>
Paste content from clipboard.
Insert flag marker in flagged
mode.
Reset Flag Count
<Ctrl> <F>
Reset flag count.
Gap Marker
<G>
Insert gap marker in flagged
mode.
Capture Reading
<Enter>
Capture a reading.
First Record
<Ctrl><Blue><Home> Move cursor to first record.
Select Data in a Field
<Shift><Blue><Home> Select data from the current
cursor location to the end of
the field.
<Shift><Blue><End>
Select data from the current
cursor location to the
beginning of the field.
Undo
<Ctrl><Z>
Undo last change.
Last Record
<Ctrl><Blue><End>
Next Page / Previous
Page
<Ctrl><Down Arrow>
Display next page of a multipage site.
Go To
<Ctrl><G>
Open Go To Location window.
<Ctrl><Up Arrow>
Display previous page of a
multi-page site.
Skip
<Ctrl><K>
Open Skip Distance window in
fixed increment mode.
Insert Record
<Ctrl><Ins>
Insert new record.
Move cursor to last record.
Next Site / Previous
Site
<Shift><Down Arrow> Display next site.
<Shift><Up Arrow>
Display previous site.
Delete Record
<Ctrl><Del>
Delete record.
Record GPS
Coordinates
<Ctrl><G>
Records GPS coordinates when
cursor is in reading field.
Remark
<Alt><R>
Open remark window.
Insert GPS
Coordinates
<Ctrl><I>
Inserts GPS coordinates when
cursor is in reading field.
Test Point
Information
<Ctrl> <T>
Open Test Point Information
window.
Capture Reading
<Enter>
Capture a reading. Options
include:
Navigating GPS
Status Window
<Tab>
Press <Tab> or <Up/Down
Arrows> to move cursor
between fields.
<Enter>
Press <Enter> to open or close
a drop-down list. Press <Up/
Down Arrows> to navigate
options in drop-down list and
then press <Enter> to select an
option.
<Up/Down Arrows>
Press <Up/Down Arrows> to
navigate list of files.
Open Options
<O>
Press <O> to open Options.
Enable/Disable Read <P>
PPS from Internal GPS
Press <P> to enable or disable
Read PPS from Internal GPS.
Apply / Cancel
Changes
<Ok> / <Cancel>
Press <Ok> to apply changes
or <Cancel> to cancel changes.
Navigating GPS
Status Window
<Tab>
Press <Tab> or <Up/Down
Arrows> to move cursor
between fields.
<Enter>
Press <Enter> to open or close
a drop-down list. Press <Up/
Down Arrows> to navigate
options in drop-down list and
then press <Enter> to select an
option.
<Up/Down Arrows>
Press <Up/Down Arrows> to
navigate list of files.
• Select reading field and
press <Enter> to activate
digital voltmeter. Press
<Enter> again to capture
reading.
• Select timed reading field
and press <Enter> to set up,
start, stop, or cancel timed
reading mode.
Navigate Information <Alt> <U>
and Reading Fields
Move cursor between
information and reading fields.
Open File Menu
<Alt> <F>
Open File menu.
Open Edit Menu
<Alt> <E>
Open Edit menu.
Open View Menu
<Alt> <V>
Open View menu.
Cancel/Apply
Changes
<Esc>/<Cancel> and
<Enter>/<OK>
Cancel changes: press <Esc>
or move cursor to <Cancel>
button and press <Enter>.
Apply changes: press <Enter>
when in a drop-down list or
move cursor to <OK> and
then press <Enter>.
Move Cursor in Drop- <Up/Down Arrows>
down List
Press up/down arrows to
move cursor in a drop-down
list.
Release Date: December 2013
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