Selecting to load from the database at start-up
When the analysis program first starts up you are prompted with the following:
Note: Depending on the configuration, some options might be disabled.
Selecting the “Load data from the database”, brings up the following window:
The Runs are shown in an “explorer tree” format, the order which the runs are displayed in is controlled by the drop down box at the top. The runs can be ordered by the following criteria:
Note that if you select to list the runs by driver, location, vehicle or logger serial number then within that category they are listed in date order.
To select a run, simply click on the name of the run so that it is highlighted in bold upto about 10 runs can be selected at any one time. For example:
Once you have selected 1 or more runs to load, there are more options with regards what other files are loaded with the data. The form changes to look something like this:
Note that the look of this form is slightly different if you only have 1 run selected, or if you have more than 1 run selected.
There are 2 types of file that can be loaded at the same time as the run data:
1. Settings by run:
This includes the vehicle configuration settings and the simulation setup. These settings are set in the software for each run that is loaded to allow data from different cars to be compared. For example you might have:
- “run1” loaded with vehicle configuration coming from “elise1.car”, and simulation setup from “elise240hp.sim”
- and also “run2” loaded with configuration from “elise2.car”, and simulation setup from “elise210hp.sim”
In fact there are a number of options for loading in these “vehicle specific” settings:
- you can select a single car and sim file for all the runs currently loaded, for a typical user this is the most common choice
- you can automatically load in the car and sim file based on the serial number of the unit that was used to do the logging. This is a popular choice with race series where maybe the units are mounted in different orientations and there are different car files defined. To use this function the database must include car and sim files called “1234.car” or “1234.sim” where the “1234” refers to the serial number of the logger. If this option is selected, but there is no matching file found then the default settings are used instead.
- Finally if you have several runs selected then it’s possible to manually set up a different car and sim file for each run file.
When setting the car or simulation file manually, there are a number of options:
- “use current default”, this is the simplest option which simply uses whatever settings are currently in the software
- “select from list” allows the user to select any of the files that are currently stored in the database. Note the default settings are not affected, they are not replaced with the specified file.
- “load config that was last used form the run” will set up the software to simply load whatever car details that were last used when this run was saved to the database. Note the default settings are not affected, they are not replaced with the specified file.
This include the variable information, screen layout, track markers and sectors and general options. These settings apply to all runs that loaded, so for example if we have 2 runs loaded then it’s not possible to have 1 screen layout associated with 1 run, and another screen layout with another run. Because we only can have one of these files loaded at any one time, the operation is somewhat simpler than in the case of the “settings by run”.
If we just have 1 run selected to load from the database then there is the option to “load config that was last used with run”, however when we have more than 1 run selected to load, then this option is hidden.
Once all the selection of runs and the associated configuration files then by clicking “OK” will load everything and proceed to normal program operation.
If it’s required to load run files from the database once the analysis program is in operation, please read this.
If it’s required to load configuration files from the database once the analysis program is in operation, please read this