DigiTrak DataLog/Log-While-Drilling Operator`s Manual for F5 and

DigiTrak DataLog/Log-While-Drilling Operator`s Manual for F5 and
™
and DataLog Software
for DigiTrak F5 and Eclipse
Operator’s Manual
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CONTROL
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Limited Warranty
All products manufactured and sold by Digital Control Incorporated (DCI) are subject to the
terms of a Limited Warranty. A copy of the Limited Warranty is included at the end of this
manual; it can also be obtained by contacting DCI Customer Service, 425-251-0559 or
800-288-3610, or at www.DigiTrak.com.
Important Notice
All statements, technical information, and recommendations related to DCI products are
based on information believed to be reliable. However, DCI does not warrant or guarantee
the accuracy or completeness of such information. Before using any DCI product, the user
should determine the suitability of the product for its intended use. All statements herein refer
to DCI products as delivered by DCI for use with horizontal directional drilling in the ordinary
course, and do not apply to any user customizations, third-party products, or any usage of the
DCI product outside of the ordinary course. Nothing herein shall constitute a warranty by DCI
nor will anything herein be deemed to modify the terms of DCI’s existing Limited Warranty
applicable to all DCI products. DCI may update or correct the information in this manual from
time to time. You may find the most recent version of this manual on DCI's website,
www.DigiTrak.com. Under Service & Support, click Documentation and select from the
Manuals drop-down menu.
Compliance Statement
This equipment complies with Part 15 of the Rules of the FCC and with Industry Canada
license-exempt RSS standards and with Australia Class License 2000 for LIPD (low
interference potential devices). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this
equipment may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this equipment must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. DCI is
responsible for FCC compliance in the United States: Digital Control Incorporated, 19625
62nd Ave S, Suite B103, Kent WA 98032; phone 425-251-0559 or 800-288-3610 (US/CA).
Changes or modifications to any DCI equipment not expressly approved and carried out by
DCI will void the user’s Limited Warranty and the FCC’s authorization to operate the
equipment.
CE Requirements
DigiTrak receivers are classified as Class 2 radio equipment per the R&TTE
Directive and may not be legal to operate or require a user license to operate in some
countries. The list of restrictions and the required declarations of conformity are available on
DCI’s website, www.DigiTrak.com. Under Service & Support, click Documentation and
select from the CE Documents drop-down menu.
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Dear Customer,
Thank you for choosing a DigiTrak locating system. We are extremely proud of the equipment
we have been designing and building in Washington State since 1990. We believe in
providing a unique, high-quality product and standing behind it with superior customer service
and training.
Please take the time to read this entire manual, especially the section on safety. Please also
register your equipment online at access.DigiTrak.com. Or, fill in the product registration card
provided with this equipment and either fax it to us at 253-395-2800 or mail it to DCI
headquarters.
Product registration entitles you to free telephone support (in the USA and Canada),
notification of product and instruction manual updates, and helps us provide you with future
product upgrade information.
Feel free to contact us if you have any problems or questions. Our Customer Service
department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. International contact information is
available on our website.
As the horizontal directional drilling industry grows, we’re keeping our eye on the future to
develop equipment that will make your job faster and easier. Visit us online any time to see
what we’re up to.
We welcome your questions, comments, and ideas.
Digital Control Incorporated
Kent, Washington
2015
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Table of Contents
Important Safety Instructions
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Introduction
1
System Components
2
Receiver .......................................................................................................... 2
Transmitter ...................................................................................................... 2
LWD Software ................................................................................................. 3
Bluetooth USB Adapter ................................................................................... 3
Understanding DataLog
4
Standard Transmitter Data .............................................................................. 4
Standard Transmitter Data with Fluid Pressure ............................................... 5
Fluid Pressure Data Without Drill Data ............................................................ 5
TensiTrak Pullback Force and Fluid Pressure Data ......................................... 6
Steering Tool (SST) Data................................................................................. 7
Receiver DataLog Menus
8
Drill DataLog Menu.......................................................................................... 8
Pressure-Tension (P-T) DataLog Menu ........................................................... 9
Recording Data
10
Creating a New Job ....................................................................................... 10
Recording Partial Rods ................................................................................. 14
Closing or Pausing a Job .............................................................................. 15
Appending to an Existing Job ........................................................................ 16
Viewing and Deleting Rods from the Receiver .............................................. 18
Measuring and Documenting the Last Rod (Optional)................................... 19
Adding a Drill DataLog Survey Point ............................................................. 20
Recording P-T Data
21
Recording with Drill Data ............................................................................... 21
Recording Without Drill Data ......................................................................... 22
Setting Data Flags ......................................................................................... 22
Installing LWD Software
23
Uploading Data to a Computer
23
Add F5 Receiver to LWD Bluetooth Device List ............................................ 23
Uploading Data from an F5 Receiver ............................................................ 25
Uploading Data from an Eclipse Receiver ..................................................... 25
Uploading Recommendations ....................................................................... 26
Deleting a DataLog Job ................................................................................. 26
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Using LWD
28
Starting LWD Program and Opening Files..................................................... 28
Components of an LWD Screen .................................................................... 29
Site Information ......................................................................................29
Job Information ......................................................................................30
Data Point List ........................................................................................32
Chart Area .............................................................................................32
Editing and Annotating Charts ....................................................................... 33
Drawing Shapes and Adding Captions ........................................................33
Editing Chart Properties ...........................................................................34
Data Points List .......................................................................................34
Editing Data Points ..................................................................................36
Profile Chart ...........................................................................................38
Pressure-Tension DataLog Features ............................................................. 39
Job Information ......................................................................................39
Data Point List ........................................................................................40
Pressure Chart ........................................................................................41
Pull Force Chart ......................................................................................43
Drill DataLog Data Points .............................................................................. 43
Saving, Printing, and Sending Your LWD Job................................................ 44
Saving Project Files .................................................................................44
Printing and Previewing Project Files ..........................................................44
Sending Project Files ...............................................................................45
Appendix A - DataLog Menu Symbols
46
Appendix B – Menus
48
Menu Bar and Toolbar ................................................................................... 48
File Menu ...............................................................................................48
Edit Menu ...............................................................................................48
View Menu .............................................................................................49
Window Menu .........................................................................................49
Help Menu ..............................................................................................49
LIMITED WARRANTY
Important Safety Instructions
Always operate your DigiTrak locating system properly to obtain accurate depth, pitch, roll,
and locate points. If you have any questions about the operation of the system, please
contact DCI Customer Service for assistance.
This manual is a companion to your locating system operator's manual, which contains a
more thorough list of warnings regarding the potential for serious injury and death, work
slowdowns, property damage, and other hazards and warnings regarding the operation of
horizontal drilling equipment. Please read and understand your system operator's manual
completely before operating the equipment described in this manual.
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Introduction
Drill and Pressure Data in DataLog; F5 and Eclipse Receivers
The DigiTrak DataLog System lets you collect and store drill data on an F5 or Eclipse
receiver and then upload it to a computer for storage and analysis using DCI’s Log-While
Drilling (LWD™) software. The DataLog system can measure and record the following types
of data:
 Depth
 Pitch
 Elevation change (surface topography)
 Fluid pressure (requires an F5 fluid pressure transmitter)
 Pullback force and fluid pressure (requires a TensiTrak transmitter)
 Transmitter heading information (requires an SST steering transmitter)
This manual covers the DataLog function primarily on an F5 receiver; while some instructions
for the Eclipse system are included, Eclipse users must also refer to the DigiTrak Eclipse
DataLog Mapping System Operator’s Manual available on DCI's website.
As mentioned above, the DataLog system works with TensiTrak and SST transmitters. For
complete information on the TensiTrak transmitter and SST steering system, please consult
the respective operator’s manual, available at www.DigiTrak.com.
The terms and techniques used in this manual are considered basic to the DigiTrak F5 and
Eclipse locating system. You must read and understand your system operator’s manual and
familiarize yourself with the various DataLog menus on your receiver before using the system
for a production drill. If you have questions, please call DCI Customer Service for assistance.
Setting Time and Calendar
The correct time and date must be set on your F5 receiver before logging data. The option to
set the time and calendar is available on the Settings option on the Main menu. For additional
help on setting the time and date for your receiver, consult your operator’s manual.
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System Components
The DigiTrak DataLog system has four main components:
F5 or Eclipse
Receiver
A receiver (locator) with DataLog menus used to display and
record transmitter data
F5, F Series, or
Eclipse Transmitter
A battery- or cable-powered device located in the drill head with
sensors that continuously measure and transmit information
about the below-ground drill head or product pullback force. This
information is displayed on the F5 receiver.
LWD Software
The computer application used for downloading and working with
DataLog drill data from a receiver
Upload Adapter
A USB device required for the computer to download data from
an F5 receiver, or an infrared serial cable device required to
download data from an Eclipse receiver
Receiver
The receiver tracks the position and depth of the transmitter and records drill and pullback
data. The F5 receiver can record and store 50 jobs (runs) per type of DataLog file (drill or
pressure-tension data) before some or all jobs must be deleted or uploaded to a computer to
create room for new jobs. Each drill data job can have hundreds of data points. The number
of data points that can be saved on each pressure-tension DataLog job is dependent only on
the amount of memory available on the F5 receiver.
Eclipse: This manual gives instructions for using the DataLog functions on an F5 receiver; if
you are using an Eclipse receiver, refer to the DigiTrak Eclipse DataLog Mapping System
Operator’s Manual available on our website.
Transmitter
The DataLog function will record transmitter data from all F5, F Series, and Eclipse batteryoperated and cabled transmitters. This includes the F5 TensiTrak, which provides both fluid
pressure and product pullback force readings, and the SST steering tool, which provides
wireline heading guidance without a grid.
Standard drill data provided by a transmitter includes depth and pitch. A fluid pressure
transmitter (FPT) will also provide average, high, and maximum fluid pressure readings per
rod. To obtain a log including both drill and pressure data, you must record both a drill data
job and a pressure-tension (P-T) data job at the same time, as depth and pitch are not
recorded in a pressure-tension data file.
The transmitter and receiver must be compatible to record data. The F5 receiver is
compatible with both F5 and F Series transmitters (regional compatibility requirements apply).
The Eclipse receiver is compatible with Eclipse transmitters only.
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LWD Software
The Log-While-Drilling (LWD™) software is provided on a USB flash drive that also contains
this operator’s manual, the system operator’s manual, sample drill data, and Bluetooth
drivers.
LWD USB Flash Drive
The software requires a computer with the following minimum specifications:
 Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, or Microsoft
Windows 8 operating system
 USB port
 pointing device (mouse)
 printer (optional)
Bluetooth USB Adapter
The Bluetooth USB adapter (Amp’ed RF Model BT-210) plugs into your computer to allow
the receiver to upload data. Drivers for the Bluetooth adapter are provided on the LWD flash
drive and must be loaded before use; see Installing LWD Software on page 23.
Bluetooth USB Adapter
For Eclipse: An ACTiSYS infrared (IR) cable is required to upload data from an Eclipse
receiver. Place the IR reader over the receiver’s IR port and connect the serial plug to the
computer.
If your computer does not have a serial port, use the serial-to-USB adapter provided with the
IR cable. The "Prolific" driver required for this adapter is included on the flash drive.
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Understanding DataLog
The as-built report you view in the Log-While-Drilling program is dependent on what you
record on your receiver. The following sections describe the five types of reports DataLog can
generate in Log-While-Drilling.
Your receiver records most transmitter data using a Drill DataLog job. Fluid pressure and
TensiTrak pullback force are recorded separately in a Pressure-Tension DataLog job. To
view both sets of data on one graph, both recordings must be made concurrently.
Note
The DataLog feature must be enabled before a job can be started, stopped,
or appended to. From the Main menu, select Drill DataLog
and/or
Pressure-Tension DataLog
icon so it
turns green
menu.
, select the red Disabled…
(enabled), and select Exit
to return to the Main
Standard Transmitter Data
To record standard transmitter data like rod number, depth, and pitch, start a Drill DataLog
job (see Recording Data on page 10). This data will appear like this in the Log-While-Drilling
(LWD) program:
Menu bar
Toolbar
Data point list
Site
information
Job
information
Chart area
Status bar
Drill Data Only
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Standard Transmitter Data with Fluid Pressure
Select an FPT transmitter in the transmitter selection screen. When you access the Locate
screen, the receiver will automatically prompt to start a P-T DataLog job. After you start the
P-T job and return to the Locate screen, hold the trigger briefly and toggle right to begin a
concurrent Drill DataLog job (see Recording Data on page 10).
Depth
Fluid pressure
Drill Data with Fluid Pressure
Fluid Pressure Data Without Drill Data
To record fluid pressure only, start a Pressure-Tension DataLog job as discussed in the
previous section but do not begin a concurrent Drill DataLog job. Because no drill rod data
exists for the pressure data to be paired with, the resulting LWD graph will show raw, timebased fluid pressure data only.
Fluid Pressure Only
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TensiTrak Pullback Force and Fluid Pressure Data
To record fluid pressure and pullback force while using a TensiTrak  pullback transmitter,
start a P-T DataLog job. Because a pilot bore transmitter is not installed during product
pullback, TensiTrak graphs have the same jagged appearance as a fluid pressure job without
drill data.
Pressure
Force
TensiTrak Pullback Force and Fluid Pressure without Drill Data
For a complete discussion of how to use and record data for a TensiTrak transmitter, please
refer to the TensiTrak Operator's Manual available at www.DigiTrak.com.
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Steering Tool (SST) Data
Recording elevation, bore path profile, and left/right deviation with an SST Steering Tool
transmitter does not use the DataLog feature. Instead, it requires running the LWD software
live on a laptop connected to the drill rig while drilling.
Two-dimensional
view of bore
Left/right deviation
(bird's-eye view)
LWD Steering Tool (SST) Elevation and Course Data
For a complete discussion of how to use and record data for an SST transmitter, please refer
to the SST Operator's Manual available at www.DigiTrak.com.
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Receiver DataLog Menus
From the F5 receiver’s Main menu, toggle down twice to display the Drill DataLog
Pressure-Tension (P-T) DataLog
and
menu options.
Drill DataLog
Pressure-Tension (P-T)
DataLog
F5 Receiver Main Menu, Second Screen
Drill DataLog Menu
Use the Drill DataLog menu
to record pilot hole drill data.
Set up Drill DataLog job
Delete DataLog job(s)
Upload Drill DataLog job
to a computer
Add survey point
Enable/disable Drill
DataLog function
(green if enabled,
red if disabled)
View DataLog jobs
Description of
highlighted option
Drill DataLog Menu
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Pressure-Tension (P-T) DataLog Menu
Use the Pressure-Tension (P-T) DataLog menu
to record fluid pressure. When you
access the Locate screen, the receiver will automatically prompt to start a P-T DataLog job.
The “p” indicates a fluid
pressure transmitter is selected
Upload P-T DataLog job to
a computer
Enable/disable P-T DataLog
function (green if enabled,
red if disabled)
Delete P-T DataLog job(s)
Exit
Pressure-Tension (P-T) DataLog Menu
A Drill DataLog job records all transmitter data other than fluid pressure. A P-T DataLog job
records pressure and TensiTrak pullback force. To see Drill and P-T data on one report, both
jobs must be recorded at the same time for one bore. When you upload a Drill DataLog that
was recorded concurrently with a P-T DataLog, the LWD software automatically includes the
P-T data with the Drill data.
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Recording Data
To record pilot bore drill data, the receiver must be receiving data from a properly calibrated
transmitter, as described in your receiver operator’s manual.
Ensure the Drill DataLog and Pressure-Tension DataLog features are enabled as described
in the note on page 4.
Creating a New Job
Note
To include pressure/tension data with your Drill DataLog, select an FPT
transmitter in the transmitter selection screen and return to the Locate
screen, where the receiver will automatically prompt to start a P-T DataLog
job (see Recording P-T Data on page 21). When you return to the Locate
screen, continue below to begin a concurrent Drill DataLog job.
1. At the Locate screen, hold the trigger briefly and then also toggle right to display the
Drill DataLog Start Recording menu.
2. Select Create a New Job
.
Create a new job
Drill DataLog Start Recording Menu
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3. Enter the drill rod (pipe) length to be used for this bore on the keypad, then select
Enter
to set it as the drill rod length.
Enter
Keypad for Entering Pipe Length (Rod Length)
Ten feet (3.05 m) is the default rod length. The receiver remembers your last rod
length.
4. The 1st rod length input screen appears with a default value. This length is
automatically calculated as 70% of your pipe length. If this is correct for your bore,
select
to set this value and skip to step 5.
1st rod length
Select keypad to
enter different value
Set 1st rod length
to default value
1st Rod Length Input Screen
Note
If the drill head cannot be positioned so the slots are half above and half
below the ground due to tooling configuration (as shown in the preceding
and following illustrations), you can still illustrate this later in LWD on your
uploaded bore data by opening Job Information (under the Edit menu)
and entering a value in the Rel. Elev. (Relative Elevation) At Entry box.
For example, if the housing slots are four ft. below ground, enter a value of 4. See Survey Point Elevation Change on page 31 for more information on
this topic in the Log-While-Drilling software.
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To calculate a different 1st rod length value, measure from the make-up/break-out
clamps to the top of the rod when the drill head is positioned for the first data point. For
this measurement, the housing slots should be half above and half below the ground
(or a plane parallel to the ground if drilling into a pit). The elevation at the first data
point is the Zero Reference elevation, and is generally at the surface of the ground.
Select the keypad, enter the desired value, and select Enter
.
Top of rod
1st rod length
Make-up/break-out clamps
Surface of
ground
Drill carriage
Zero elevation
reference line
Slots in housing
Measuring the 1st Rod Length
5. When recording the first data point (rod 0), the only available option will be Record
Pitch Only
. With the receiver positioned within range of the transmitter (it does not
have to be at the locate line or front locate point), select
to record the data point.
Record pitch only
Drill DataLog Recording Options (Pitch Only)
The receiver beeps twice and returns to the Locate screen.
6. Advance the drill head to the end of the first rod and position the receiver over the
locate line (LL) or the front locate point (FLP).
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7. Hold the trigger and toggle right once to display the Drill DataLog Recording Options
menu, which now has all options enabled.
Record pitch only
Record a blank rod
Record depth/pitch
Drill DataLog Recording Options
8. Select one of the following:

Record depth/pitch

Record pitch only
to log only the pitch because you are unable to position
the receiver at the LL or FLP. This is also useful when drilling under rebar which
may decrease signal strength that can result in incorrect topography values in the
graph.

Record a blank rod
if you have no data because you cannot position the
receiver within range of the transmitter.
to log the depth and pitch information.
Click the trigger to record the second data point (rod 1). The receiver will beep several
times and return to the Locate screen.
9. Continue drilling, using the trigger/toggle right sequence to record data points at the
end of each drilled rod.
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Recording Partial Rods
The DigiTrak Log-While-Drilling (LWD) computer software requires data points to be recorded
at equally spaced intervals, such as at the end of each drill rod. However, when drilling with
long drill rods and/or making significant pitch changes, you may want to record data at partial
pipe length intervals to more accurately depict the bore profile and changes in topography.
The LWD function can accommodate quarter, half, three-quarter, and full pipe lengths. Partial
rods may only be recorded after rod 1 (second data point) has been recorded.
To record a partial rod:
1. Position the receiver at the FLP or over the head at the LL, if possible.
2. At the Locate screen, hold the trigger and toggle right once to view the Recording
Options screen.
Record pitch only
Record a blank rod
Record depth/pitch
Drill DataLog Recording Options (First Screen)
3. Toggle down and select Data at Partial Rod
on the second page.
Rod length (full, 1/4, 1/2,
3/4, or finish depending
on whether a full or
partial rod is selected)
View/delete rod data
Data at Partial Rod
Drill DataLog Recording Options (Second Screen)
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4. Select a partial rod length.
DataLog Partial Rod Screen
The display returns to the first recording options screen but the partial rod value (¼, ½,
¾, or finish rod) appears in place of “Full Rod” for the rod length (see image in step 2).
5. Select the option to record depth and pitch (or pitch only if you are not able to position
the receiver at the LL or FLP) and click the trigger to record the data point. The receiver
beeps several times and returns to the Locate screen.
6. Record another data point at the partial rod length or end of the rod.
The “Finish Rod” option appears if a partial rod was previously recorded.
Closing or Pausing a Job
Both drill and P-T jobs must be closed before they can be uploaded. Close a Drill DataLog
job after recording the last data point and documenting the last rod.
You can also pause a DataLog job so it remains open while you navigate menu options. All
DataLog jobs close automatically when the receiver powers off.
1. At the Locate screen, toggle down to open the DataLog Close/Pause Recording menu.
If both Drill and DataLog data are being recorded, the Drill DataLog Close/Pause
Recording menu will display first (shown below), followed by the P-T Close/Pause
Recording menu.
2. Select Close Job
to close the DataLog job. The job can now be uploaded to a
computer (see Uploading Data to a Computer on page 23) or added to later (see
Appending to an Existing Job on page 16).
-ORSelect Pause Job
to keep the job open. When you return to the Locate screen:
 Drill DataLog: your next data point will record on the same job
 P-T DataLog: data will continue recording automatically
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Close job
Pause job
Drill DataLog Close/Pause Recording Menu (same options as P-T)
To include landmark or utilities information with your drilling data, handwrite the depth,
description, rod number, and/or distance from the entry for each item. Add this information to
the drill data later using the LWD software on your computer.
Note
An F5 receiver can store a total of 50 Drill and 50 P-T jobs. The
receiver displays a warning at 45 saved jobs. Trying to save more than
50 jobs will return you to the Start Recording menu where you can
append to a job or exit.
Appending to an Existing Job
Use Append in the Start Recording menu to add data to a DataLog job that has been closed
or paused.
When the P-T DataLog function is enabled and a pressure sensing transmitter is in use, the
P-T Start Recording menu displays whenever the Locate screen is accessed. This menu lets
you create (start recording) or append to an existing job. This menu is the same for the Drill
DataLog function.
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1. At the Locate screen, hold the trigger and toggle to the right once.
2. Select Append…
.
Append to an existing job
Drill DataLog Start Recording Menu (same options as for P-T)
3. Select the job number to append to.
“L” displays for Drill
DataLog jobs; “PT”
indicates a pressuretension DataLog job
Sample DataLog Jobs Lists
4. Drill DataLog only: On the Drill DataLog recording options screen, select the
appropriate option to continue logging data points.
5. Continue recording drill rods or partial rods as described earlier in this section.
P-T data continues recording automatically.
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Viewing and Deleting Rods from the Receiver
1. At the Locate screen, hold the trigger and toggle right once to view the Recording
Options screen.
2. Toggle down and select View/Delete Rod Data
.
View/delete rod data
Drill DataLog Recording Options (View/Delete Rod Data)
3. In the View Rod Data List, the most recent rod data (the only one that can be deleted)
is highlighted in the top row. Click to select it (to return to the Locate screen without
deleting the data point, simply toggle left or right).
Data for most
recent rod
Survey point (appears
blank unless value is
entered under Survey
Point menu option)
View Rod Data List
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4. Click
to delete the last rod data point, or Exit
Locate screen.
to cancel and return to the
Delete most recent
rod data point
Exit
Delete Rod Screen
5. Continue these steps for each rod you need to delete, selecting the most recent data
point from the list shown in step 3 and then
to delete. When you are finished
deleting rods, toggle left or right in the View Rod Data List to return to the Locate
screen. Visually confirm that the number of rods used matches the View Rod Data list.
Measuring and Documenting the Last Rod (Optional)
When the drill head exits the ground, measure and document the length of the last rod, as it
does not get recorded with the drill data in the receiver. Enter this value manually in the LWD
software after the job is uploaded.
The last rod measurement is the pipe length minus the length of drill rod left on the rack. For
example, if the pipe length is 10 ft. and 6 ft. remain from the make-up/break-out clamps to the
top of the rod, the last rod measurement will be 10 – 6 = 4 ft.
Top of rod
6 ft. rod length left on rack
Ground surface
(topography)
Termination/
end point
Make-up/break-out clamps
Drill
Drill
head
Zero elevation
reference line
Pipe length
10 ft.
Slots in
housing
Drill rods
Last Rod Measurement
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Adding a Drill DataLog Survey Point
If there is a difference in elevation between the entry and exit of the bore, consider adding a
survey point to correct for any accumulated pitch variance that may affect the profile graph.
This provides a more accurate graph of the bore and terrain in the LWD software.
From the Main menu, select Drill DataLog, then Add survey point. The survey point can
also be entered later in the Log-While-Drilling software after data upload (see Survey Point
Elevation Change on page 31).
1. In the Drill DataLog menu
, select Add survey point
.
2. From the list of existing drill jobs displayed, select the job to add the survey point to.
3. Select the keypad.
Open keypad to
enter known
elevation difference
Set survey point back to
unknown (the LWD
software will calculate the
elevation difference)
Survey Point Menu
4. Use the onscreen keypad to enter the surveyed value for the difference in elevation
between the entry and exit of the bore.
This keypad includes a “+/-” button, since the elevation difference can be positive or
negative. The keypad assumes the value will be positive, meaning the exit has a higher
elevation than the entry. Use the +/- button to change as needed.
5. Select Enter
to set the displayed value as the survey point value. The screen
returns to the DataLog menu.
Note
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A survey point can be added to the job later in the Log-While-Drilling
software. See Survey Point Elevation Change on page 31.
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Recording P-T Data
Select an FPT transmitter in the receiver transmitter selection screen and when you access
the Locate screen, the receiver will automatically prompt to create a Pressure-Tension (P-T)
DataLog job.
Recording with Drill Data
1. At the P-T DataLog Start Recording menu, select Create a new job
number displays at the bottom of the screen.
. The new job
Create a new job (opens
Locate screen; data will
be recorded under indicated job number)
Exit (returns to locate
mode screen; no data is
recorded)
P-T DataLog Start Recording Menu
The receiver returns to the Locate screen and P-T data begins recording, as indicated by the
recording icon next to the roll indicator.
P-T Data Recording Icon
At the Locate screen, hold the trigger briefly and then also toggle right to begin a concurrent
Drill DataLog job (see Recording Data on page 10).
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Recording Without Drill Data
To record Pressure-Tension data only, start a P-T DataLog job as described in the previous
section but do not begin a concurrent Drill DataLog job when you return to the Locate screen.
Because no drill rod data will be recorded, the resulting LWD graph will show raw, time-based
fluid pressure data only.
Setting Data Flags
Only use data flags with TensiTrak, or when recording fluid pressure without a concurrent
Drill DataLog. Data flags help match data points to a specific point along the bore path.
The Flag Recording menu is available only when a P-T job is already running and the
receiver is at the Locate screen. DCI recommends that you record flags at significant points
along the bore path, such as before and after crossing under a roadway or stream, to help
correlate physical locations along the drill/pullback path with the P-T file data points.
1. At the Locate screen, toggle right to display the Flag Recording menu.
Set a flag (records flag
number indicated on
Locate screen)
Exit (returns to Locate
screen without recording
a new flag)
DataLog Flag Recording Menu
2. Select Set a flag
to record a flag. Once a flag is recorded, it cannot be deleted
from the P-T data file.
3. Keep notes of flag numbers and details of the location where each flag was recorded,
such as “entering under road” or “far edge of streambed”. Add this information to the
P-T data file after it is uploaded to your computer.
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Installing LWD Software
Minimum system requirements for use of LWD software on a computer can be found on
page 3.
The default location for the LWD program files is c:\Program Files\DCI\DigiTrakLWD. LWD
data files and sample data files will be placed in My Documents\DCI. You can change both of
these default locations during installation.
1. Close any open applications.
2. Insert the LWD flash drive into a USB port and view the contents of the drive.
3. Open the LWD Kit folder and double-click Drivers for LWD to install drivers.
4. Open the Bluetooth Driver folder and double-click the *.exe file to install Bluetooth
drivers (if you don’t see file extensions like .exe, double-click the file of type
Application).
5. Open the DigiTrak LWD Software folder and double-click on the setup file (setup.exe)
to install the LWD software.
After these drivers and software have been installed, the LWD shortcut icon
your desktop.
appears on
Uploading Data to a Computer
Uploading DataLog jobs from the F5 receiver to your computer involves adding the F5
receiver to the LWD software’s Bluetooth device list and then uploading the files to the
computer over the Bluetooth connection.
For Eclipse: Skip to Uploading Data from an Eclipse Receiver on page 25.
Add F5 Receiver to LWD Bluetooth Device List
An F5 receiver must be added to the Bluetooth device list in the LWD software prior to first
use.
1. Power on your computer and insert the Bluetooth USB adapter (Amp’ed RF Model
BT-210) into a USB port.
2. Power on the F5 receiver and select System Info
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3. Keep this screen open, or write down the receiver ID number and the Bluetooth device
address.
Bluetooth device
address
Receiver ID number
Receiver System Information Screen
4. Open LWD by double-clicking the LWD icon
on your desktop.
5. Click Bluetooth
(menus View > Bluetooth Device List) to open the Bluetooth
Device List dialog box.
6. Enter your Bluetooth Device Address in the specified field.
Bluetooth Device List Dialog Box
7. In the Bluetooth Device Name field, enter your receiver ID number.
8. Click Add.
9. Click OK. The device appears in the Bluetooth device list.
You are now ready to upload job data.
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Uploading Data from an F5 Receiver
DCI recommends uploading data to a computer following every DataLog job.
1. Open the DataLog menu for the type of job file you are uploading: drill data
pressure-tension
2. Select Upload job
or
.
.
3. Select the job to upload.
Note
Data must be communicated to the computer within 15 minutes or the
receiver will power off due to inactivity.
4. Open LWD by double-clicking the LWD icon
5. Click New
on your desktop.
(menus File > New).
6. Select the type of file to upload (drill data or pressure-tension) and click OK.
7. On the blank form that displays, click Connection
(menus File > Upload Control).
8. On the Upload Control dialog box, select Bluetooth.
9. In the Serial Port Connection drop-down list, select Silicon Labs CP210x USB to
UART Bridge (COM#).
10. Select your receiver’s name from the Bluetooth drop-down list.
11. Click the Connect to Device button to begin uploading.
12. After the data has been transferred, the DataLog Job Information dialog box will
appear. You may enter the requested details now or later.
13. Click OK.
The new job data displays in the information fields and chart areas in the LWD application
window.
Uploading Data from an Eclipse Receiver
Upload data from an Eclipse receiver requires the ACTiSYS IR cable provided with the
Eclipse DataLog system and, if you do not have a serial port on your computer, the USB-toserial adapter.
1. Plug the ACTiSYS IR cable into the serial (COM) port on your computer (or USB port, if
using the USB-to-serial adapter).
2. Power on the computer and receiver.
3. Open LWD by double-clicking the LWD icon
4. Click New
on your desktop.
(menus File > New).
5. Select the type of file to upload (drill data or pressure-tension) and click OK.
6. On the blank form that displays, click Connection
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7. On the Upload Control dialog box, select Infra-Red.
8. In the Serial Port Connection drop-down list, select the communication (COM) port
assigned to the IR cable.
9. From the Main menu, toggle right and select DataLog.
10. Select Send Data.
11. The receiver displays the last job logged. Select the correct job to upload.
12. Align the IR reader on the end of the cable with the red IR port on the left side of the
receiver’s display window, then click the trigger to begin uploading.
The drill data will appear immediately on the computer screen if the upload is successful.
Uploading Recommendations
DCI recommends that you upload data for each run twice, saving each with a different name.
This ensures that no matter how many changes you make to the file in LWD, you will still
have an original backup to refer to.
If you recorded a data point using the pitch-only or blank rod option, that data point will
appear to be missing data. The LWD software will make assumptions to fill in the missing
data or you can enter your own data.
Deleting a DataLog Job
1. In the Drill DataLog menu
, select Delete DataLog job
2. Select the button to delete one
or all
.
jobs.
Delete all jobs
Delete one job
Delete DataLog Jobs Menu
3. If deleting one job, select from the list of available Drill and P-T DataLog jobs.
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4. At the confirmation screen, select Confirm
to delete or Exit
to cancel.
Exit without
deleting job
Confirm job deletion
Confirm Job Deletion Screen
A deleted job cannot be recovered. Ensure you have uploaded jobs you want to save to a
computer before deleting them from the receiver.
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Using LWD
Starting LWD Program and Opening Files
Start the Log-While-Drilling (LWD™) program by double-clicking the LWD icon
on the
desktop. Click New
(menus File > New) to start a new DataLog job file and select the
type of job file to start: drill data, pressure-tension, or steering.
A new drill data form will be blank; an LWD form with data will look like this:
Menu bar
Toolbar
Data Point List
Site
Information
Job
Information
Chart Area
Status bar
LWD Drill Data Window
Click Open
(menus File > Open) to open an existing DataLog file. You can also open a
DataLog file directly from Windows Explorer by double-clicking a *.dl5 Drill DataLog or *.tt5
pressure-tension file.
The LWD Help menus are an excellent source of in-program information. Detailed information
on reading and editing the data fields are provided in the Help
Helper
files. With the Tooltip
, click on a screen element for help with that function.
Many of the LWD menu commands are similar to those used in other Windows programs,
and some have associated icons on the toolbar. Point the cursor at any icon in LWD for a
tooltip describing its function. Icons or menu items that are grayed out do not pertain to the
current DataLog file type. See Appendix B – Menu on page 48 for a complete list of menu
options and their corresponding menu bar buttons. For example, click Display Units
(menus Edit > Display Units) to change units of measurement between decimal feet (ft.) or
meters (m).
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Components of an LWD Screen
Site Information
Click Site Information
, or in the menus select Edit > Site Information, or double-click
in the Site Information area shown below to edit this information.
Site Information on Screen (left) and Dialog Box
All the address and contact information for the job, client, and contractor are listed on the
printed report (see Saving, Printing, and Sending Your LWD Job on page 44 for more
information).
Note
Site information remains from job to job to reduce the need for
reentering identical data. If this information doesn't save from job to
job, particularly for versions after Windows XP, try this: exit LWD,
right-click the desktop LWD icon, select Properties, select the
Compatibility tab, check the box for "Run this program as an
administrator", and click OK.
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Job Information
Click Job Information
, or in the menus select Edit > Job Information, or double-click in
the Job Information area shown below to edit this information.
Job Information on Screen (left) and Dialog Box
The Job Information section displays statistical information about the job. Some fields may
not be changed.
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Date
For an F5 receiver, the date corresponds to the first uploaded
data point; for an Eclipse receiver, it’s when the job was
uploaded; for imported Eclipse files, it’s the date the file was
imported into the LWD application.
Serial Number
ID or serial number of the receiver
Job ID
Number assigned to the job in the receiver
Data Points
Number of data points collected (includes manually inserted
data)
Typical/Default Rod
Length
Length of the rods in use.
Depth
Measurement units being used for depth, feet (ft.) or meters (m)
Pitch
Measurement units being used for pitch, percent (%) or degrees
(°)
Pressure
Measurement used for pressure, pounds per square inch (psi) or
kilo-Pascals (kPa) (not shown above)
Entry
Entry position relative to the (0, 0) coordinates on the charts
(positive or negative distance on the profile view chart and left
(L) or right (R) position on the plan view chart)
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Rod Length Information
Typical/Default Rod
Length
Rod length data is included in F5 receiver uploads, but can be
1
changed here if it was entered incorrectly on the receiver.
First Rod Length
The rod length for the first data point (rod 0), which is usually a
partial rod. This value is determined by measuring the amount of
drill rod left in the rack from the make-up/break-out clamps to the
top of the rod when rod 0 is recorded.
Last Rod Length
The rod length for the last data point, which is usually a partial
rod. This value is determined by measuring the length of the drill
rod left on the rack from the make-up/break-out clamps to the top
of the rod and then subtracting this distance from the rod length.
For example, if the length of rod left on the rack is 6 ft. 1.8 m,
and your rod length is 10 ft., the last rod will measure 4 ft.
(10 ft. – 6 ft.).
Survey Point Elevation Change
Do Not Use Reference
Elevation
Reference Elevation
Select if the entry and exit are at the same elevation. Clearing
this check box enables the Reference Elevation field below it.
The elevation of a reference geographical survey point near the
bore. If a reference elevation is not required, select the Do Not
Use Reference Elevation box to disable this field. The terrain
surface at the drill head's entry will be the zero elevation
reference on the chart and the data point list. When a reference
elevation is used, its value becomes the zero reference on the
chart and the data point list.
Relative Elevation at Entry The vertical distance from the zero elevation reference line to the
point where the bore penetrates the ground. In most cases, the
entry is at the terrain surface. When using an entry pit, this point
is at the bottom of the pit.
Do Not Use Exit Survey
Point
Select this box if there is no elevation difference between the
entry and exit. The exit will then be calculated based on the
pitch, rod, and depth data only.
Rel. Elev. at Exit
1
The positive or negative difference between the entry and exit
elevations. Enter a negative value if the exit is lower than the
launch; do not use a + symbol for a positive value. This
information can be captured on the F5 receiver by setting a
Survey Point.
For Eclipse receiver uploads, set the default rod lengths by clicking the Set Defaults button. This setting will then
be used for all new Eclipse uploads. Changes made to the settings of an individual file will stay with the saved file.
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Note
If using an entry pit, include the depth of the pit in the value for Rel.
Elev. At Entry. Rod 0 must be edited to show the depth of the pit
below the reference elevation. If a reference elevation is not used, edit
rod 0 to show the depth of the pit as the relative elevation at entry.
Data Point List
The data point list is a table displaying all data points in the job. Within this table you can
insert, edit, delete, hide, or remove individual data points. The columns included in the table
depend on the type of DataLog file open. See Components of an LWD Screen on page 29
and Pressure-Tension DataLog Features on page 39 for more information.
Chart Area
The chart area provides a graphical display of the data contained in the data point list. Hidden
or deleted data points will not display in the chart area. The type of data displayed depends
on the DataLog file type and the data recorded. Drill data files show a profile chart and, if an
FPT is used, a pressure chart; pressure-tension files show a pressure chart and, if a
TensiTrak transmitter is used, a force chart; steering files (not addressed in this manual)
include profile and plan view charts.
The common features of chart areas include:
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Data Points
Data points that have not been hidden or deleted
Values
Value of the points contained in the chart area
Cursor Coordinates
Place the cursor anywhere on the chart area to see the value of
the coordinates at that point. Place the cursor on a data point to
display data values recorded at that point.
Zoom
Hold the Control key and drag the pointer through an area to
zoom in. To return to normal scaling, Control-click anywhere in
the chart area.
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Editing and Annotating Charts
Profile, pressure, and force charts can be edited and annotated in a number of ways. For
example, under the Edit menu, use the Annotations commands to draw shapes and captions
directly on charts to describe job site conditions and other points of interest, or use the
Properties commands to change boundaries of charts.
Drawing Shapes and Adding Captions
To draw shapes and enter information to be included on the chart and the printed report, hold
the Shift key and draw a box where you would like a shape to appear on the chart. This
opens an annotations dialog box that includes the Location coordinates of the box.
Annotations Dialog Box
Alternatively, click Profile
, Pressure
, or Force Chart Annotations
the Edit menu) and enter Location coordinates manually.
(all also in
Double-click an existing annotation to change its properties (captions cannot be edited in this
manner, only objects).
Select a Shape to add from the drop-down box. Adjust the Line Weight and Font Height as
needed. Use the check boxes and double-click the ellipses in the Draw Shape section to set
shape properties and colors.
Select the Draw Caption check box to activate the Caption section. A caption does not
require a shape. Captions appear centered in the shape by default. To change the location or
orientation of caption, use the Top - Left and Text Slope fields.
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Editing Chart Properties
To edit properties such as chart boundaries and scaling, click Profile
Force Chart Properties
, Pressure
, or
(all also in the Edit menu).
Profile Chart Properties Dialog Box
To enter different coordinates for chart boundaries, clear either or both of the Auto Scale
check boxes and enter new values.
Data Points List
The data points list is a table displaying all data points in the job in sequential order, along
with their associated data. Depth and pitch units are displayed in the job information box. The
columns in the table are as follows:
Rod ID
Rod number and status of the data point. A colored flag is
displayed to indicate the status of the data:
 Red Flag: Pitch missing; enter pitch for the bore path to be
calculated correctly.
 Magenta Flag: Depth missing; highlights pitch-only data
points for the operator. Open the Edit Data Point dialog box
and click OK to restore this flag to either blue or green
depending on the data entered by the operator for depth.
 Blue Flag: Data point has been edited
 Gray Flag: Data has been hidden or removed
 Green Flag: Overwritten data
 Black Flag: Original data
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Rod Len.
Length of the rod
Bore Len.
Length of the bore (sum of all the previous rod lengths plus the
current rod length)
X Dist.
Horizontal distance from the entry
Pitch
Pitch value recorded at the specified data point
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Terrain Surface
(Topography)
Drill
Rel. Elev.
Depth
Rel. Depth
Entry
Drill Rods
Rod Length
Zero Elevation Line
Drill Head
Rel. Depth
The depth of the drill head below the zero elevation line.
Depth
The distance from the drill head to the terrain surface. This can
be measured, entered manually by the user, or interpolated by
the LWD software based on inserted or missing data.
Rel. Elev.
The positive or negative difference from the Zero Elevation Line.
Date/Time
The date and time the specified data point was recorded. This
information will not appear on the printed report.
Type
Information regarding the type of data recorded at the data point:
 BL: Blank (no pitch or depth data recorded with data point)
 PO: Pitch Only
 LL: Locate Line
 FLP: Front Locate Point
 IN: Inserted data point. Pitch and depth defaults are
interpolated from adjacent data and not displayed by default.
This data can be modified if required by overwriting the
default values listed. The new data point is listed
alphabetically (such as, the first point manually inserted after
rod number 2 is listed as 2-A, the second as 2-B, etc.).
RawDepth
The projected depth displayed on the receiver.
RawDist
The horizontal distance from where a data point was taken at
either the FLP or the LL to point directly above the transmitter.
Comment
Any comments on individual data points can be added to show in
this column (see Edit Rod/Data Point below).
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Symbols in the data point list identify different types of data:
o
data overwritten manually
e
rod length edited
i
data interpolated
f
data filled in; data missing in original upload
h
data hidden
x
pitch data missing
Editing Data Points
Right-click a data point in the table to open a pop-up menu with the options to Edit, Insert,
Delete, Hide, and Remove.
Data Point Table Shortcut Menu
Edit Rod/Data Point
Right-click the data point and select Edit, or simply double-click a data point in the list or on
the chart. Edit the data or add comments as required. Click OK to save changes, or Cancel.
Rod length in same units
as depth measurement
Box is automatically
checked if blank rod is
inserted
Box is automatically
checked if blank or pitchonly rod is inserted
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If a blank data point exists, the Pitch is Missing/Unknown check box is selected by default.
If you don’t enter the correct pitch value and uncheck the box, there will be a gap in the data
line on the chart. The missing data point will be emphasized on the chart.
If a new rod is inserted or a blank or pitch-only data point is recorded, the Depth is
Hidden/Unknown check box is selected by default. If you don’t enter the depth value and
uncheck the box, there will be a gap in the data line on the chart and the missing point will not
be shown.
To restore original recorded data, click the Restore Default button next to the data to be
restored.
Insert Rod/Data Point
Right-click the data point prior to where the new data point is to be inserted and select Insert.
A new data point appears in the data list and on the chart.
The new data point will be numbered the same as the one prior to it with a letter appended.
For example, the first point manually inserted after rod 2 will be listed as 2-A, the second as
2-B, and so on. The values listed for pitch and depth are interpolated from adjacent data, and
depth is hidden by default. The rod type will be listed as IN for inserted data. You may
change data values as needed. To restore original interpolated data values, click Restore
Default under the corresponding data field.
Delete Inserted Rod/Data Point
Right-click the data point to be deleted and select Delete. The data point is removed from the
data point list and from the chart.
Original data cannot be deleted. If a rod is unintentionally recorded twice, select Remove to
remove that data point.
For Eclipse: Eclipse receiver data is imported, considered original data, and cannot be
deleted.
Hide
When this option is selected, the data point still appears in the data list but it is hidden on the
chart. The data is still included in the calculations. A checkmark is placed next to the option
on the pop-up menu.
Remove
Select this option to remove the data point from the list, chart, and calculations. Use this
option on original data that was unintentionally recorded twice.
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Profile Chart
The profile chart is a visual representation of the DataLog data.
Drill Data Profile Chart
Data Points
Data points on the profile chart display as blue dots. Hover over a data point to display data
recorded at that point. Click a data point on the profile chart to display its corresponding row
in the data points table. Gaps in the data points indicate missing data.
Highlighted data points (points with gray circle behind them) indicate a rod has been inserted
or the pitch has been edited.
Green terrain points can only be edited for depth, after which they will also be highlighted.
Sometimes hiding a data point on the chart is helpful to allow other elements to display, such
as a utility flag. A data point hidden on the profile chart will still display in the data points list.
Utility Flags
Use utility flags to show the location and type of utilities on the chart and printed report. To
add or edit utility flags, click Edit Utility Flags
(menus Edit > Utility Flags) to open the
Utility Flags dialog box. Or, Shift+click a chart data point to open the dialog box with the
location of a new flag automatically specified at that point.
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The fields on the Utility Flags dialog box are as follows:
Type
Select from the drop-down list. The flag will appear on the chart
as a circle using APWA (American Public Works Association)
recommended colors.
X Dist (Distance)
The horizontal length on the surface of the ground from the entry
to the utility
Depth
The vertical length from the surface to the utility
Comment
The default caption is the type of utility; enter a comment to
create a new caption.
Text Slope
The angle of the caption text on the chart
Don’t confuse Utility Flags with Data Flags in pressure-tension files, which are added by the
receiver operator as data is recorded.
Pressure-Tension DataLog Features
In addition to the features described in the beginning of the previous section, PressureTension files contain information and controls specific to the logging of fluid pressure
(provided by a pressure-sensing transmitter) and pullback force (provided by a TensiTrak
transmitter).
Remember: record a Drill DataLog concurrently with a P-T DataLog to refine your fluid
pressure data with regular transmitter data and create a more typical line chart as shown on
page 5.
Job Information
To add and edit job information to be included on the printed report—such as pressure or
tension limit thresholds allowed for the job, product type installed for a TensiTrak job, and
direction of graphed data—click Job Information
double-click the Job Information box.
(menus Edit > Job Information) or
Pressure-Tension Job Information Dialog Box
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Design Limit Thresholds
Allows you to enter limits for acceptable pressure and/or tension (pullback force) values
recorded during the bore and/or product installation. The design limit thresholds displays on
the printed report.
Use Tension Design Limit Select to enter a value for the maximum pullback force allowed
for the project.
Use Pressure Design Limit Select to enter a value for the maximum fluid pressure allowed
for the project.
With a design limit threshold, data points in the list and chart area will be yellow or red as the
design threshold limit is approached or exceeded.
Product Information
Material
Details about the material installed for a TensiTrak job
Length
Total length of product installed during the product pullback
Diam
Diameter of the product installed
Right to Left or
Left to Right
The direction the data displays on the graph area. The data
should be displayed relative to the direction of the pilot bore
profile chart for accurate comparison. Select Right to Left when
product is pulled in from the pilot bore exit. Select Left to Right
when the pressure and/or tension data is recorded starting from
the entry of a pilot bore.
Data Point List
The data points list is a table displaying all data points in the job in sequential order, along
with their associated data. Pressure and force units are displayed in the job information box.
The columns in the table include:
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Data Point
The number and status of the data point
Force
The force value recorded by the receiver at the specified data
point. An “x” indicates no data.
Max F.
The maximum force value recorded by the receiver at all data
points up to the one indicated. An “x” indicates no data.
Pres.
The pressure value recorded by the receiver at the specified
data point. An “x” indicates no data.
Max P.
The maximum pressure collected during the job up to when the
data point was recorded
Data Flag
Marked if a flag was recorded on the F5 receiver at a specified
data point
Date/Time
The date and time the specified data point was recorded. This
information does not display on the charts or printed report.
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Removing Data Points
Click on the graph where you want to remove data points. The data points list adjusts to show
the group of data points near that location.
 To select a range of data points in the list, click on the first data point, then Shift+click the
last data point to include all points in between.
 To select multiple data points that are not in a continuous range, Control-click each data
point.
Right-click in the selected data points and select Remove. The data points list will indicate
the points have been removed from the chart.
Pressure Chart
The pressure chart shows the downhole fluid pressure recorded every four seconds, with the
data at the end of each rod shown as a green dot . If a pressure limit threshold was set, data
points will be magenta or red as the pressure threshold is approached or exceeded. In this
case, the pressure limit threshold was set to 150 psi (see Job Information on page 39).
Fluid Pressure Chart
Fluid pressure from a P-T DataLog graphs in the somewhat jagged manner shown above; for
a smoother representation, record a Drill DataLog concurrently (see Recording P-T Data on
page 21).
Data Points
Blue
Normal data points
Red
The point exceeded the maximum design pressure or force limits
Magenta
The point is within 5% of the entered design pressure or force
limits. Edit design limits in the Job Information dialog box shown
on page 39.
Orange
The maximum pressure (force) recorded up to that data point
Data points within 15% of the maximum or high pressure are automatically selected for
printing. To change this selection, right-click a data point in the list and selecting Print or
Don't Print.
Select multiple data points as noted in Removing Data Points on page 41.
While you can remove data points on the charts, they will still display in the data points list
marked as “-X” . This can be useful in cases where data was being collected while the
machine was idle. The data can be restored to the chart at any time.
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Data Flags
Highlighted data points—points with a green circle behind them—had a data flag added by
the receiver operator. Edit the color, label, and location of data flags in the Pressure-Tension
Data Flags dialog box by clicking Data Flags
(menus Edit > Data Flags, or right-click
the data point in the list and select Add Data Flag, or double-click an existing data flag).
Location data point will
appear on chart
Checked box indicates
respective flag will not
display on chart
Pressure-Tension Data Flags Dialog Box
When a fluid pressure transmitter is used during a pilot bore and the drill data file is also
recorded, as shown above, a data flag is recorded with every new or deleted rod and marked
as “NewRod” or “DelRod”, respectively. You can hide or display data flags for new and
deleted rods on the pressure chart.
Data flags manually added by the receiver operator, whether during a pilot bore or product
pullback, are identified on the chart with the flag number that displayed when it was recorded,
as shown on the pull force chart in the following section.
Data flags added in LWD are called user flags. You can add comments to user flags and
flags recorded during data collection. Flags recorded by the operator during data collection
cannot be deleted.
Note
Don’t confuse data flags with utility flags. Utility flags do not apply to a
pressure-tension file.
Fields on the Pressure-Tension Data Flags dialog box include:
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Raw DP Index
The data point number in the list of all data points; cannot be
edited
Show At Pressure
The pressure at which the data flag will display; if the check box
is cleared, the flag is not displayed on the chart
Show At Force
The force at which the data flag will display; if the check box is
cleared, the flag is not displayed on the chart
Draw Flag
Use the check boxes and double-click the ellipses in the Draw
Flag section to set shape properties and colors.
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Click Change to save changes to the file, then OK to exit. Just clicking OK closes the dialog
box without saving changes.
The edited flag appears on the chart as a circle using the color chosen in the Draw Flag
section.
The default caption consists of the number and type of the data flag. Enter a different caption
in the Comment field, and change the caption angle using the Text Slope field.
By default, the data flag displays at the pressure (force) that was measured when the flag
was recorded or added. Use the Show At… check boxes to move the marker away from the
measured data, if needed.
Pull Force Chart
The pull force chart only displays for TensiTrak jobs. It shows the product pull force
measured at each data point. Data points will be yellow or red as a force threshold is
approached or exceeded. In the case below, the force limit threshold was set to 40,000 lbf.
(1915 kPa).
Pull Force Chart
Data points and data flags on the force chart can be manipulated using the same methods as
for the pressure-tension chart (see previous section).
See the DigiTrak F5 TensiTrak Operator’s Manual for complete instructions on using LWD
software with the TensiTrak system.
Drill DataLog Data Points
Hover over a data point to display data recorded at that point. Click a data point on the profile
chart to display its corresponding row in the data points table. Gaps in the data points
indicate missing data.
The colors and types of data points are as follows:
Green Data Points
The average pressure recorded during that rod and any rods
previously recorded and deleted
Blue Data Points
The high pressure recorded during that rod and any rods
previously recorded and deleted. This is the average plus 1
standard deviation—this includes 84% of the pressure readings
(assuming a normal distribution). Statistically, there will have
been occasional spikes above this pressure.
Gold Data Points
The maximum pressure recorded during the rod and any rods
previously recorded and deleted
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Highlighted Data Points Points with a green circle behind them indicate that rods have
been deleted during the data collection process.
Pressure data cannot be deleted. If an overpressure event was recorded during a rod that
was subsequently deleted, it will be merged into the data of the next recorded rod. Identifying
the location of the overpressure event would require having recorded the pressure log and
uploading it as a pressure-tension file, which would contain flags marking all recorded and
deleted rods.
Saving, Printing, and Sending Your LWD Job
Saving Project Files
To save your project, click Save
(menus File > Save). If the file has already been saved,
it will re-save under its current file name and location. If the file has not yet been saved, name
the file and select the save location in the Save As dialog box, then click Save.
The default file name is DrillData#.dl5 for drill data files and Pressure-Tension#.dl5 for
pressure-tension files. In both cases, “#” represents a number that starts at 1 and advances
automatically as files are saved.
To save an open file with a different file name or location, select File > Save As. Change the
file name and location as desired, then click Save.
To export a comma-separated value (*.csv) Unicode text file for use in a spreadsheet, click
Export Spreadsheet
(menus File > Export Spreadsheet).
DCI recommends saving a copy of each final job file in a separate folder as a backup.
Printing and Previewing Project Files
To print job data, click Print
(menus File > Print). DCI recommends selecting Landscape
orientation using the Properties button.
To preview pages before printing, click Print Preview
(menus File > Print Preview). On
the preview window, click Print to reach the print dialog box or Close to return to the file.
To edit printing properties such as the printer, paper size, and paper orientation, click Print
Setup
(menus File > Print Setup).
Page one of the print job contains job information such as location, client, and contractor
information, along with the statistical data about the job and job comments. Page two
contains profile and plan view charts. Page three and beyond list topography survey data and
drill data. Deleted data points will not display.
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Sending Project Files
Your LWD project file can be opened by anyone who also has the DigiTrak LWD software.
To send a report to a customer who does not have the LWD software, install a PDF print
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driver , then print to this “printer” to create an electronic report viewable on any PDF reader.
As an option to PDF, Microsoft Windows systems include a “Microsoft XPS Document Writer”
in the list of available printers. Your customer will require Microsoft Internet Explorer to read
this encapsulated postscript (XPS) format without an XPS reader. Please refer to
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Print-to-the-Microsoft-XPS-DocumentWriter for additional information on using this format.
Once you have your preferred PDF writer installed (or if you are using the XPS writer):
1. Click Print
(menus File > Print).
2. Use the Name drop-down list to select your PDF writer or Microsoft XPS Document
Writer.
Select printer
driver from this
drop-down list
Select Landscape
orientation here
3. Click Properties, select landscape orientation (recommended), and click OK to save
the orientation and close the Properties dialog box.
4. Click OK to print (generate) the file.
5. Choose the folder where you want to save the file and enter a File Name.
6. Click Save.
Depending on your print settings, you may automatically see the generated PDF file, or you
may need to find and open it to see it. Most users will find it convenient to send the PDF file
to their customer as an attachment to an email.
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Appendix A - DataLog Menu Symbols
The following menu options perform identically for both the standard Drill DataLog and
pressure-tension (P-T) DataLog functions. Page numbers below refer to the first page the
button is mentioned in this manual.
Buttons are listed alphabetically.
Append to an Existing Job – Continues adding data to an existing DataLog job.
Select the job number from the list. Page 16.
Confirm Delete – Appears after a request to delete jobs to confirm the deletion.
Select to confirm deletion or select Exit to cancel deletion. Page 27.
Create a New Job – Starts a new DataLog job. With the Drill DataLog function, you
will be prompted to set up the job with rod lengths. With the pressure-tension
DataLog function, the Locate screen will appear and logging will begin. Pages 10
(drill) and 21 (P-T).
Delete All Jobs – Deletes all jobs stored in the receiver. Page 26.
Delete Job – Deletes the selected DataLog job(s) from the receiver. Also used in
the Delete Job menu to select one job to delete. Page 26.
Enable / Disable DataLog – When “Enabled, click to disable” shows, the icon is
green, the DataLog function is enabled, and you can access DataLog menu options
at the Locate screen. When “Disabled, click to enable” shows, the icon is red, the
DataLog function is disabled, and no logging will occur. Page 4.
Pause Job – Opens the receiver’s Main menu but keeps the job open with no data
recording. Data continues recording on the current job number when you re-enter
the Locate screen without powering the receiver down. Page 15.
Set a Flag – Records a flag while a P-T DataLog job is running. Flags can be
recorded at fixed intervals or at specific points along the bore path to help correlate
physical locations with recorded data points. Page 22.
Close Job – Saves and closes a DataLog job. A job can be viewed, appended to,
and uploaded until it is deleted from the job list. Page 15.
Upload Job – Uploads DataLog jobs to a computer with DigiTrak LWD software
installed. The receiver can store a maximum of 50 DataLog jobs per file type (drill
data or pressure-tension). Page 25.
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The following menu options apply specifically to the Drill DataLog function.
Add Survey Point – Records a surveyed value for the difference in elevation
(reference elevation) between the start and end of the bore. This value will help
provide a more accurate profile graph in the LWD software. Page 20.
Record a Blank Rod – Logs a data point with no pitch or depth information; use
when the receiver cannot be positioned within range of the transmitter. Page 13.
Record Depth/Pitch – Logs the depth and pitch information at a front locate point
(FLP) or locate line (LL) data point. This option is unavailable at the first rod data
point and when pitch or depth information is not available. Page 13.
Data at Partial Rod – Logs a data point after finishing a partial rod. Recommended
when using long drill rods during significant pitch changes or to accurately plot small
changes in topography. Page 14.
Record Pitch Only – Logs only the pitch information at a data point; use when the
receiver cannot be positioned over the FLP or LL. This option will be unavailable if
pitch information is not available, in which case you must record a blank rod.
Page 12.
Set Up Job – Sets up a new job or appends data to an existing job. Only accessible
when DataLog is enabled. If no Drill DataLog job has been started, this option can
also be accessed from the Locate screen by holding the trigger and toggling right.
View DataLog – Displays data for a specific job. Page 8.
View/Delete Rod Data – Shows all logged data points; lets you delete the last
logged data point. Page 18.
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Appendix B – Menus
Menu Bar and Toolbar
Many of the LWD menu commands are similar to those used in other Windows programs,
and some have associated icons on the toolbar. Point the cursor at any icon in LWD for a
tooltip describing its function. Icons or menu items that are grayed out do not pertain to the
current DataLog file type. Page numbers below refer to the first page the command is
mentioned in this manual.
File Menu
Command
Icon
Description
New
Create a new job (drill data, pressure-tension, or steering). Once a
selection is made, a new blank job screen appears. Page 25.
Open
Open an existing job. Page 28.
Save
Save an open job. If job has not yet been named/saved, this opens the
same dialog box as Save As. Page 44.
Save As
Save the current job to a specified file name and folder. Page 44.
Print
Print the job. Page 44.
Print Preview
Display the job onscreen as it will appear printed. Page 44.
Print Setup
Select options such as a printer, paper size and orientation. These
options are usually also available on a Windows Print dialog box under a
button called Properties. Page 44.
Import Eclipse
Data
Import an Eclipse DataLog file (*.dld) or Eclipse TensiTrak file (*.ttd).
Export
Spreadsheet
Export a comma-separated value (*.csv) text file for use in spreadsheet
software. Page 44.
Upload Control
Link to a DigiTrak receiver to upload files. Page 25.
File 1, 2…
Open a recently opened file.
Exit
Exit the DigiTrak LWD program.
Edit Menu
Command
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Icon
Description
Site
Information
Enter and edit the location, contact information, and comments that
display in the Site Information box in the upper left corner of the program.
Shortcut: double-click the site information box. Page 29.
Display Units
Select the depth, pitch, temperature, and force/pressure units displayed
on the LWD charts. The depth unit setting in the receiver will determine
the units displayed. Page 28.
Job
Information
View and edit job details including rod length, survey point information for
drill data files, and information about the product being installed for
pressure-tension files. This dialog box displays immediately after
uploading a DataLog file. Shortcut: double-click the Job Information box.
Page 30.
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Command
Icon
Description
Profile
Chart
Annotations
Make comments and insert drawings to appear on the profile chart.
Shortcut: Shift+drag a box on the chart. Page 33.
Pressure Chart
Annotations
Make comments and insert drawings to appear on the pressure chart.
Shortcut: Shift+drag a box on the chart. Page 33.
Force
Chart
Annotations
Make comments and insert drawings to appear on the force chart.
Shortcut: Shift+drag a box on the chart. Page 33.
Profile
Chart
Properties
Adjust the scaling of the Profile Chart. Page 34.
Pressure Chart
Properties
Adjust the scaling of the Pressure Chart. Page 34.
Force
Chart
Properties
Adjust the scaling of the Force Chart. Page 34.
Utility Flags
Add, change, or delete flags and data regarding utilities. Page 38.
Data Flags
Change or delete P-T data flags. Page 42.
View Menu
Command
Icon
Description
Toolbar
Show or hide the toolbar.
Status Bar
Show or hide the status bar.
Bluetooth
Device List
Show a list of registered Bluetooth devices. Page 24.
Window Menu
Command
Icon
Description
New Window
Open the current file in a new window.
Cascade
Arrange windows in an overlapped fashion.
Tile
Arrange windows in non-overlapped tiles.
Arrange Icons
Arrange icons of minimized windows.
Window 1, 2…
Go to specified window.
Help Menu
Command
Icon
Description
Help Topics
An index of Help topics. Page 28.
About DigiTrak
LWD
Displays the version number of the DigiTrak LWD software.
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Product demonstrations
DCI personnel may be present at a jobsite to demonstrate basic usage, features, and benefits of DCI products. User acknowledges that DCI
personnel are present only to demonstrate a DCI product. DCI does NOT provide locating services or other consulting or contracting
services. DCI does not assume any duty to train User or any other person, and does not assume responsibility or liability for the locating or
other work performed at a jobsite at which DCI personnel or equipment are or have been present.
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DigiTrak DataLog/LWD™ Operator's Manual - Warranty
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