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rMetrix 1.5 Release Notes

New features include:

  • The accelerometer buttons on graph toolbar include the accelerometer location in the ToolTip text.
  • The accelerometer location is editable during an inspection or after an inspection is complete. (In previous versions, the accelerometer location could only be set at the time an inspection was started.) Navigate to Inspection→Inspection Information and select Accelerometers on the left-hand side. A list of all the inspection accelerometers and their locations are presented. To modify the location, select a new location from the pull-down options or type in a custom location. If you click OK, the new accelerometer locations are saved. If you click Cancel, the new accelerometer locations are discarded, and the original accelerometer locations are used. The accelerometer buttons on the accelerometer and graph toolbars include the accelerometer locations in the ToolTip text.
  • The ISO2631 Ride Comfort and Ride Health reports are now based on the Inspection Information’s accelerometer locations. (In previous version, the accelerometer location for these reports had to be manually set in the report’s settings dialog). These reports’ weighting curves and K factors are based on the following ISO2631 accelerometer locations: Seat Surface, Seat Back, Floor – Sitting, Floor – Standing, and Other. The rMetrix accelerometer locations are mapped to these ISO2631 locations as such:
  • rMetrix Accelerometer Locations

    ISO2631 Accelerometer Locations

    Floor

    Floor – Sitting

    Floor – Sitting

    Floor – Sitting

    Floor – Standing

    Floor – Standing

    Seat

    Seat Surface

    Seat Surface

    Seat Surface

    Seat Back

    Seat Back

    Dash

    Other

    Table

    Other

    Truck

    Other

    Other

    Other

    Custom User Location

    Other

 

  • Files (pictures, documentation, worksheets, notes, etc.) can be attached to running or loaded rMetrix inspections. Navigate to Inspection→Inspection Information and select Attachments on the left-hand side. Click on the Attach button to select a file to attach to this inspection. A copy of the file is placed in the inspection directory. You can include as many attachments as necessary, and there are no limits to the types of files you can use as an attachment. Clicking on the attachment name will open the attachment on the computer as a separate process, provided the computer understands how to open it. Attachments can also be deleted by selecting the attachment (using the Select checkboxes next to the attachment name) and clicking on the Delete button. If you click the OK button, all of the new and deleted attachments are saved; if you click the Cancel button all of the new attachments are discarded, and the deleted attachments are restored.
  • The Upload Inspection capability of rMetrix has been modified. In previous versions, each inspection file was uploaded individually to the FTP server. This often led to missing or incomplete inspection files. In this version, the entire inspection (including attachments) is compressed into a single file. This single compressed file is then uploaded to the designated FTP server. Both the compression and FTP upload operations have the potential to run for a significant amount of time; therefore, the progress bars for these operations now include a Cancel button for the user to cancel the operations, should the need arise. The Cancel action may not respond immediately; it will only occur when it is safe to do so, which may be several seconds later.
  • Files (pictures, documentation, worksheets, notes, etc.) can be attached to rMetrix exceptions while an inspection is running or loaded. During either a live inspection or a previously recorded inspection, use the Exceptions Data Window to add or delete attachments to/from an exception. Click on the +ATT button to select a file to attach to the currently selected exception. A copy of the file is placed in the inspection directory. You can include as many attachments as necessary, and there are no limits to the types of files you can use as an attachment. Clicking on the attachment name will open the attachment on the computer as a separate process, provided the computer understands how to open it. Attachments can also be deleted by clicking on the –ATT button. This will display a check list box from which exception attachments can be selected for deletion.
  • The CSV Export Report may be a time-consuming operation depending on the size of the inspection. The operation may now be cancelled by the user at any time.
  • The Accelerometer Calibration Data form now includes a Delete Calibration Data Set button. Select a row, click on the Delete Calibration Data Set button, and click on Save. (In previous versions, users would have to select a row, and click the Delete button on the keyboard. This is still a valid way to delete calibration data sets.)
  • The Hot Key Exception Data form now includes a Delete Hot Key button. Select a row, click on the Delete Hot Key button, and click on Save. (In previous versions, users would have to select a row, and click the Delete button on the keyboard. This is still a valid way to delete hot key data.)
  • The user can define metadata by navigating to Edit->MetaData Template Editor. The system ships with a train-based MetaData Template, but it can be modified to work with any industry/user-specific requirements. MetaData is defined in terms of groups and fields. Groups and fields can be added, deleted, and re-ordered. They cannot be renamed. (An alternative for renaming would be to delete the old group/field, and add in the new group/field.)
    • A field is a single metadata entry. Each field consists of:
      • Name – The name of the metadata field.
      • Type – The field can be of type string, memo, number, date, true/false, or lookup. If lookup, the user can define which values are available for selection via a drop down box. The user can also specify whether or not a lookup value has to be used, or a custom entry can be entered.
      • Default Value – The default value of the field. This value can be blank. If it is not, the field will automatically populate with this value upon a new inspection.
    • A group contains multiple fields.
  • Inspection information not present in the MetaData Template will be displayed in red in the Inspection Information form. Users can delete this information by clicking on the group or field name.
  • The Inspection Information section of reports does not consider the MetaData Template. This section will report on the inspection information as-is.
  • When starting a new inspection, users can now click on the “Click here to redetect GPS” link to restart the GPS auto-detect process.
  • After an inspection has ended, or while reviewing an older inspection, users can now click the GPS Connect toolbar button on the GIS toolbar. When clicked, the software will attempt to communicate to a connected GPS. If no GPS is connected, the software will inform the user that no GPS is connected. If a GPS is connected, but there is no fix, the tooltip text of the button will inform the user that there is no fix, and no changes will be made to the GPS Data Window. If a GPS is connected, and there is a fix, the GPS Data Window will display navigation information from the GPS as a series of blue dots. The GPS Data Window will auto-center based on the latest GPS data. The GPS Data Window will only display the latest hour’s worth of GPS information. If the user re-clicks the GPS Connect button, the GPS trail will be removed, and the GPS Data Window will not auto-center.
  • The Inspection Information form now contains a Populate button. The Populate button allows you to select another inspection whose metadata will be used to populate the current inspection’s metadata. This feature will not impact the Accelerometer or Attachments sections of the Inspection Information form.
  • The user can now add notes to rMetrix Inspections. Notes act similarly to Manual Exceptions; however, Notes are not used in reports or analysis. Notes can be added in the GPS Data Window or the Accelerometer Data Window. Notes can be deleted in the Exception Data Window. The user can snap to Notes. The user can add/remove attachments from Notes. Notes are displayed as bright green squares in all of the data windows. The color of Notes can be changed in Edit→Preferences.
  • Each exception presented in the Detailed Exceptions Report now contains a cross-street snapshot.
  • Each exception presented in the Detailed Exceptions Report now contains a graph snapshot.

Bug fixes include:

  • In Version 1.4, when a hotkey was pressed during an inspection, the Exceptions Data Window would not always update the Memo field correctly. (Workaround: Select another exception. Then reselect the original exception.) This behavior only occurred in subsequent new inspections created in the same running instance of rMetrix. The first new inspection did not experience this bug. This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, when a hotkey was pressed during an inspection, an error box would sometimes appear. (Workaround: Click the Ignore button in the error box.) This behavior only occurred in subsequent new inspections created in the same running instance of rMetrix. The first new inspection did not experience this bug. This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, when a button on the accelerometer toolbar was pressed, an error window would sometimes appear. (Workaround: Click the Ignore button in the error box.) This behavior only occurred in subsequent new inspections created in the same running instance of rMetrix. The first new inspection did not experience this bug. This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, if a new sound file for audible exception alerting (Level 1 and Level 2) was selected in Edit→Preferences→Exceptions, the new sound file would not be saved. (Workaround: Name the new sound file level1.wav or level2.wav and overwrite the corresponding audio file in C:\Program Files\dFuzion\rMetrix). This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, warning text in reports is black. In previous versions, warning text in reports was red. This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, if the x pane in the Accelerometer Data Window is toggled on and/or off, and zooming actions were performed, it is impossible to reset the Accelerometer Data Window to the original zoom levels. (Workaround: The software will continue to record the data correctly, even though the Accelerometer Data Window may not be displaying the data. Finish the inspection, and reload it. The data should be visible at this point.)
  • In Version 1.4, Windows XP and 7 users with limited rights encountered an error whenever a report was generated. (Workaround 1: Move the report logo file to the user’s desktop and update the rMetrix preferences to reflect the new location of the report logo file. Workaround 2: Have the administrator grant all users read/write access to the rMetrix application directory, typically C:\Program Files\dFuzion\rMetrix.) This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.
  • In Version 1.4, if an exception occurred on a sensor, and those sensor’s exceptions were not visible based on the accelerometer toolbar’s settings, the exception number would still appear in the Accelerometer Data Window. Additionally, the Exception Data Window would also display the exception information. This bug is fixed in Version 1.5.


 
 
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