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2.7   Using the RapidVU Program

RapidVU is software that can be used to gather data directly from a Rapidlogger connected to the computer with an Ethernet cable.  With RapidVU, you can view a job’s progress, analyze previous jobs and generate automatic job reports for different types of jobs.  Although you can use the program at any screen resolution, RapidVU is set up to display best on screens that are 1280x1024 pixels or higher.

RapidVU can communicate with WITS and ModBus, or it can read data directly from a file.

Using the RapidVU Program

 

Installing and Starting RapidVU

You can install RapidVU on a personal computer with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.  The Rapidlogger device includes a disc with the RapidVU software.

 

To install RapidVU:

1.              Insert the Rapidlogger disc into your computer’s disc drive.

2.              Open the disc and double-click the setup.exe file.

3.              In the installer, follow the instructions on screen to complete the installation.

 

To start RapidVU:

                Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

 

TIP: If you use RapidVU frequently, create a RapidVU shortcut and place the icon on the Windows desktop. If you have a RapidVU icon on the desktop, double-click it to start RapidVU.

 

Periodically, the RapidVU software gets updated. You can download updates from the www.rapidlogger.com site.

 

To update RapidVU:

1.              Visit http://www.rapidlogger.com.

2.              Click Downloads.

3.              Click the RapidVu Data Acquisition Software link.

4.              In the File Download dialog box, click Save.

5.              In the Save As dialog box specify where to save the downloaded file and click Save.

6.              In the Download complete dialog box, click Run or click Open Folder and then double-click the *.exe file.

 

Setting Up RapidVU

The RapidVU software was developed as a data viewer for Rapidlogger.  You can also use it to view data collected with other devices.

Using RapidVU with Rapidlogger

There are several ways to use RapidVU with Rapidlogger:

                Direct Connection: Have the Rapidlogger device directly connected with an Ethernet cable to a computer with RapidVU installed.

                Data File: Have RapidVU read the data from the Rapidlogger’s SD card or from a text file of the data.

                Network: If the computer connected to the Rapidlogger device is on a network, users on other computers can access that data through the network.

To use RapidVU on a networked computer, you must know the IP address of computer directly connected to Rapidlogger and a password.  (Once you enter the network password, RapidVU remembers it.)

                Server: If Rapidlogger is connected to a router or server on a network that has DHCP server capabilities, users can access the data through the server.

To use RapidVU with a server, you must know the IP address of server or router directly connected to Rapidlogger and a password.  (Once you enter the server password, RapidVU remembers it.)  The first time you access Rapidlogger through a server, you must supply the Rapidlogger’s serial number.

To learn the IP address of a computer:

1.              On the computer, choose Windows Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet.

2.              Click View network status and tasks.

3.              Click Change adapter settings.

4.              Right-click the active computer and choose Status.

5.              Click Details.

NOTE: This procedure is for Windows 7. Other versions of Windows may have a different procedure.

WARNING: Only knowledgeable users and IT personnel should change network settings.  These settings should not be changed by users who are not familiar with Ethernet network settings.

To set up Rapidlogger as a direct connection to a computer with RapidVU installed:

1.              Connect one end of the provided Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the Rapidlogger device.

2.              Connect the other end to the computer’s Ethernet port.

3.              Turn on Rapidlogger.

4.              Start the computer.

5.              Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

By default, RapidVU is set up to work with Rapidlogger with a default IP address of 192.168.0.5.  To make adjustments to the IP address, see “Using RapidVU Tools” later in this section.

To receive data from a directly connected Rapidlogger device:

1.              Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

2.              In the RapidVU window, choose Data > From Rapidlogger.

RapidVU starts recording data from Rapidlogger.  To stop recording data, choose Data > Stop Recording.

You can save data from the Rapidlogger SD card or other devices and read the data in RapidVU.  To learn how to save data from the SD card, see “Using RapidVU Tools” later in this section.

To read data from a *.txt file:

1.              Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

2.              In the RapidVU window, choose Data > From File.

3.              In the Rapidlogger Data File dialog box, click Browse.

4.              In the Open dialog box, locate and select the file.

5.              Click Open.

6.              If necessary change the Data Rate value.

7.              Click OK.

RapidVU starts recording data from the data file.  To stop recording data, choose Data > Stop Recording.

To record data from a Rapidlogger device on a network or server:

1.              Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

2.              In the RapidVU window, choose Data > From Network or Data > From Server.

3.              In the dialog box, type the IP address of the host computer.

4.              If necessary, in the Network Download Options dialog box, adjust the Port number.

In the Download From Server dialog box, type the serial number for the Rapidlogger device.

5.              If this is the initial connection through the network or server, type the Password needed to connect.

6.              Click OK.

RapidVU starts recording data from the Rapidlogger.  To stop recording data, choose Data > Stop Recording.

Using RapidVU with WITS

If you have devices that use the WITS 0 standard, RapidVU can read and interpret the data.  RapidVU assumes that any WITS device is connected to the first available COM port.  The COM port number can be changed from the pull down menu.

NOTE: By default, RapidVU shows most recently saved mapping in the Dialog dialog box.

To receive data from a WITS 0 device:

1.              Choose Windows Start > All Programs > Rapidlogger Systems > RapidVU.

2.              In the RapidVU window, choose Data > From WITS0.

3.              In the Dialog dialog box, specify the Baud Rate for the data.

4.              If you have a mapping saved, click Load Mapping. In the Open dialog box, locate and select the mapping file (*.wcg file).  Then click Open.

5.              If you don’t have a mapping saved, adjust the values in the dialog box for the data input.  (To change settings, double-click any cell in the white area except for the Var No column and edit the information.)

6.              Note that the Variable Name entered in the column “Field Name” must match exactly with one of the variables in the RapidVu.  If the variable name that is entered here does not match one of the RapidVu variable names or if there is a typing error then that variable will not be transmitted on the WITS data stream.

7.              The WITS table number and WITS DATA ID need to match the settings expected by the device receiving the WITS data stream.

8.              Click Start Acquisition.

To save an edited mapping to use again:

1.              In the Dialog dialog box, click Save Mapping.

2.              In the Save As dialog box, locate and open the folder for the file.

3.              Name the file.  (RapidVU appends the .wcg extension to the file name.)

4.              Click Save.

 

Viewing Data

 

By default, the main RapidVU window has two sections: the data acquisition section on the left and the data recording section on the right.

The main window, by default, also shows a status bar at the bottom.

 

The main RapidVU window

Data Acquisition Section

The data acquisition section has a gauge at the top showing the measurement that was set up in the Rapidlogger.  The round gauge shows the general value and the numeric indicator gives the specific value.  You determine which measurement shows in the gauge by using the Rapidlogger Setup Utility.  Above the gauge on the left, a green indicator shows that RapidVU is recording data. The indicator is red when not recording.

The variable boxes below the gauge show data from each sensor used with Rapidlogger.  (For example, you may have sensors for the pump pressure and the pump rate.)

If you click the value in a Var box, you can reset the value to zero, change the value or undo any change you’ve made.

RapidVU Data Acquisition Section

If you right-click a Var box, you open the Curve dialog box where you can specify options for showing that variable on a graph.  For example, you can change the line’s color, marker and thickness for representing that variable in the line chart. 

You can also specify the number of decimal places that appear for the value in its Var box by adjusting the Precision value. (For example, a Precision value of 1 shows one decimal place.)

To not view the variable’s data on a line chart, clear the Visible check box.

Data Recording Section

By default, RapidVU shows four line charts.  If there are more than four variables to display, you can have RapidVU show multiple lines on a specific chart (or track) to see plots of data from all sensors.

RapidVU Data Recording Section

NOTE: RapidVU also has an Advanced Graph view that consolidates the charts.  For details about viewing it, see “Using RapidVU Tools” later in this section.

At the bottom of the Data Recording section, you can use the buttons to control how you view the charts.

You use the commands on the Display menu to customize the Data Recording section.

Choosing 2 Charts on the Display menu replaces the four charts with just two.  To return to the four charts view, choose 4 Charts.  When you change the number of charts, you must restart RapidVU to have the change take effect.

You can also switch to full screen mode by choosing Display > Full Screen or by pressing F1.  Full screen mode removes the Windows title bar, the menu bar, the status bar and the scroll bar.  To return to normal display mode, press Esc.

To clear the data from all charts, choose Display > Clear Chart.

To refresh all charts, choose Display > Refresh Chart.

You use the options on the Axis tab in the Chart Options dialog box to customize the appearance of the charts.  RapidVU automatically lists all sensor variables that it reads and assigns a color and a track for each sensor on the right side of the Axis tab.

RapidVU Chart Options

 

To customize the y axis for all charts:

1.              Choose Display > Chart Options.

2.              In the Chart Options dialog box, on the Axis tab, specify whether to set the y axis for the charts based on time (Plot vs Time) or depth (Plot vs Depth).

3.              To specify the range for plotting the data, clear the Auto Range check box.  (By default, RapidVU automatically determines the range.)

4.              To adjust the calibration, change the Scale.

5.              If you cleared the Auto Range check box, specify the Min and Max values to be plotted.

6.              Click OK.

To customize the x axis for individual charts:

1.              Choose Display > Chart Options.

2.              In the Chart Options dialog box, on the Axis tab, click the tab for the track to customize.  (The charts in the Data Recording section show tracks 1-4 from left to right.)

3.              To have RapidVU determine the minimum and maximum range to display, select the Auto Range check box.

To manually specify the minimum and maximum values, clear the check box.

4.              If you cleared the Auto Range check box, type the minimum and maximum values for that track’s x axis.

If you selected the Auto Range check box, adjust the Scale value as needed.

5.              To show or hide Wellbore information, select or clear the Display Wellbore check box.

6.              Click OK.

Underneath the axis options, you can determine whether the data in the Var boxes shows in a default size or in a larger size by clearing or selecting the Large Variable Displays check box.

On the right size of the Axis tab, you can customize how each variable appears on the charts.

To customize how RapidVU plots a variable:

1.              Choose Display > Chart Options.

2.              In the Chart Options dialog box, on the right side of the Axis tab, to change the color for a variable, click the color box.  Specify a different color and click OK.

3.              To not display a variable, clear its check box.

To show a variable, select its check box.

4.              To adjust an offset, select the Offset value and type a new value.

(This can be useful if you have multiple variables showing on one line chart.  You can separate similar values by assigning offsets to one or more.)

5.              To adjust the thickness of the plotted line, select the Thickness value and type a new value.

6.              To specify the track for a variable, click the Track list and select a different number.

(You may want to assign variables to tracks that have relevant minimum and maximum values.)

7.              Click OK.

In the Chart Options dialog box, you can also customize the Advanced Graph view, adjust the running average, and specify an overlay file.  For information about the Advanced Graph view, see “Using RapidVU Tools” later in this section.

Status Bar

A status bar appears at the bottom of the RapidVU window.  On the right side of the status bar, a green indicator shows that RapidVU is recording data. The indicator is red when not recording.  To the left of the recording status indicator, the status bar shows the IP address and other information about the most recent data recording.  The left side of the status bar shows RapidVU’s status.

Switching Job Types

Rapidlogger and RapidVU provide four different job types: Cementing, Slickline, Pumping and Coiled Tubing. See sections 2.1 – 2.4 in this chapter for information about these Rapidlogger modes.  RapidVU automatically determines the job type from Rapidlogger.  You may need to adjust the job type before generating a report.

To change the job type, choose Job Type > the job type.

Adding Comments

With RapidVU you can add one or more comments to a chart at any point.  RapidVU provides a range of default comments that you can add, such as “Bump Closing Plug” or “Change Mud Weight,” but you can add your own comments if you wish.

NOTE: The default comments are common for Rapidlogger and RapidVU. You can specify default comments directly with the hardware.  See Section 2.6 in this chapter for a list of default comments.

With RapidVU you can add default comments, add custom comments, edit existing comments or remove comments.

RapidVU Comments Window

To add a comment:

1.              Double-click the chart where you want to add the comment. 
For adding a comment to all charts at the current time, click the
Comment button next to the gauge or choose Report > Comment.

2.              In the Enter Comment dialog box, select a default comment in the list. 
Alternatively, type a custom comment in the
Comment box.

3.              Click OK.

To edit or remove a comment:

1.              Double-click the comment on the chart.

2.              To replace it with a default comment, in the Enter Comment dialog box, select the default comment to use.

3.              To adjust the existing comment, edit the contents of the Comment box.

4.              To remove a comment, delete the contents of the Comment box

5.              Click OK.

Generating Reports

RapidVU creates reports based upon the recorded data, the information in the Job Information dialog box and the active chart view (the main window or the Advanced Graph window).  Each report is a Microsoft Word *.docx file with a name based on the specified job type and the current date (for example, Cementing-02062014.docx).  RapidVU saves each report in the Documents/RapidVu/Reports folder.

NOTE: A RapidVU report is compatible with Microsoft Word 2007-2013 (*.docx files).

In addition to the *.docx file generated as a report, RapidVU automatically saves the recorded data in a CSV file (comma-separated value file) in the Documents/RapidVu/Data folder.  You can use this CSV file to import data into Microsoft Excel (or any spreadsheet program that reads CSV files) for advanced plotting and analysis.  RapidVU names the data file with the current date (for example, 02072014.csv).  If there are multiple data files with the same date, RapidVU appends a number (-n) to the file name.

RapidVU Job Information Window

To enter new information about a job:

1.              Choose Report > Job Information.

2.              In the Job Information dialog box, on the Information 1 tab, enter the information about the location and the crew.

3.              Click the Information 2 tab.

4.              Supply information about the Completion String and the Toolstring.

5.              Click Information 3 tab.

6.              Supply information about the Well, Pressure Control and Operation.

7.              Click Information 4 tab.

8.              Supply information about each Wellbore Completion Item as needed.

9.              To save this job’s information, click the Information 1 tab.  Click Save.  In the message box, click OK.

10.           Click OK.

NOTE: RapidVU saves job information in the Documents/RapidVu/Data folder. These files are *.rlg files.

To re-load existing job information for a report:

1.              Choose Report > Job Information.

2.              In the Job Information dialog box, on the Information 1 tab, click Load From File.

3.              In the Open dialog box, select the job file.
(By default,
RapidVU automatically shows the *.rlg files in the Data folder.)

4.              Click Open.

5.              Verify that the correct information appears in the Job Information dialog box.

6.              Click OK.

To generate and view a report:

1.              Verify that the correct job type is active.

2.              Verify that the correct job information is active.

3.              To include the Advanced Graph view of the data, click the Advanced Graph button or choose Tools > Advanced Graph.

4.              If the Advanced Graph window is active, click the main RapidVU window to make it active.

5.              Choose Report > Report Generate.

6.              In the message box, click OK.

7.              To view the report, switch to Microsoft Word on the Windows taskbar.

RapidVU Sample Report

Using RapidVU Tools

The Tools menu has commands for interfacing with Rapidlogger, for viewing consolidated charts and for using special utilities (Rapid VQI and Rapidlogger Setup Utility).

Adjusting Rapidlogger

After you have downloaded data from Rapidlogger, you should erase the internal SD card periodically to keep space available for new job recordings.  In general the SD memory card should be erased with RapidVU (or from the front panel menus on Rapidlogger) at least once every 10–20 jobs.  Erasing the SD card ensures that sufficient space is available and can prevent data corruption or loss.

By default, the Rapidlogger System Hardware dialog box shows an IP address of 192.168.0.5 for Rapidlogger. If, for some reason, that is not the IP address for Rapidlogger, you can adjust the IP address in the Host box.

Rapidlogger System Hardware Sialog Box

To erase the SD card:

1.              Choose Tools > Rapidlogger System Hardware.

2.              In the Rapidlogger System Hardware dialog box, click Erase SD.

3.              In the confirmation message box, click Yes.

4.              Click OK.

Occasionally, when actively recording, Rapidlogger may get out of sync with RapidVU.  To re-synchronize Rapidlogger, click the Sync Time button in the Rapidlogger System Hardware dialog box.

If you have changed the IP address for the Rapidlogger in the Host box, you may need to click the Find button for RapidVU to connect to the Rapidlogger.  RapidVU indicates whether the Rapidlogger responds or not to the provided IP address.

By default, RapidVU saves data to the Data folder. You can change the default folder if you wish.

To change the folder for storing the Rapidlogger data:

1.              Choose Tools > Rapidlogger System Hardware.

2.              In the Rapidlogger System Hardware dialog box, click Browse.

3.              In the Browse for Folder dialog box, locate and select the folder to use.

4.              Click OK.

5.              In the Local Directory box, verify that the correct directory’s path appears.

6.              Click OK.

You can use RapidVU to download job data from the Rapidlogger SD card.  When you download data from the SD card, RapidVU saves the data as a *.txt file in the default folder.

To download data from the Rapidlogger SD card with Rapidlogger connected:

1.              Choose Tools > Rapidlogger System Hardware.

2.              In the Rapidlogger System Hardware dialog box, click Get Directory.

3.              In the Remote Directory box, select the file.

4.              Click Get File.

5.              Click OK.

6.              To load the file, choose Data > From File.  In the Open dialog box, locate and select the file in the Data folder. Click Open.

Viewing Advanced Graphs

The Advanced Graph window shows a consolidated chart of the data that appears in the Data Recording section of the main RapidVU window. By clicking Advanced Graph next to the gauge or by choosing Tools > Advanced Graph, you can view this consolidated graph of the data.

Rapidlogger Advanced Graph Window

 

The Advanced Graph window has buttons above the title to adjust your view.

To close the Advanced Graph window, click the window’s close box.

You can customize the Advanced Graph window if you wish.

Rapidlogger Advanced Graph Window Options

To customize the Advanced Graph window:

1.              Choose Display > Chart Options.

2.              In the Chart Options dialog box, click the Advanced Graph tab.

3.              To add a title under Rapidlogger Systems text in the window, type the custom title in the Sub Title box.

4.              To specify start and end points for the X axis, type values in the Start and End boxes.

5.              To not have the axis scaled automatically, clear the Auto Scale check box.

6.              To add a title to a track, type a title in the appropriate Track n: Title box.

7.              Click OK.

Using Other Tools

The Rapid Volumetric Qualitative Index (Rapid VQI) Control System has its own manual.  See its manual for how to use the Rapid VQI tool in RapidVU.

The Rapidlogger Setup Utility has its own chapter in this manual.  See the next section for information about using the Rapidlogger Setup Utility with RapidVU.

2.8   Using the Rapidlogger Utility

 

The Rapidlogger Utility is a program that can be run on a PC and allows the user to make changes to the Rapidlogger setup and configuration.  It is not used in normal operation but only when there is a need to reconfigure some aspect of the Rapidlogger setup.  This program has to be run on a PC that is on the same Ethernet network as the Rapidlogger Unit.  It can be used to configure variables and system settings on the Rapidlogger unit.

 

To begin using the utility, click the button labeled “Find Rapidlogger”, after entering the unit’s IP address.  If the correct IP address is entered then the presence of the unit at that address is confirmed by the software.

 

Using the Rapidlogger Utility Main Screen

Changing System Settings

 

To begin changing system settings, click the button labeled “System Setup” to access the System Setup dialogue.  In order to begin changing settings, the unit’s current settings must be retrieved by clicking the button labeled “Retrieve from Unit” button.  Note that the dialog updates to reflect the Rapidlogger’s current settings.

 

Using the Rapidlogger Utility Setup Screen

The options available from this dialogue are:

 

Number of LCD Display Variables – Choose how many variables the Rapidlogger unit will display on its LCD front panel.

 

Operating Mode – Change the Rapidlogger’s operating mode between Cementing, Slickline, Fracturing, N2, and CT.

 

Recording Period – Set the frequency at which the Rapidlogger writes data to its job file.  The options are data recording every 1, 5, 10, and 60 seconds.

 

Dial Variable – Choose the variable that will be displayed on the analog dial in the Rapid VU program.

 

Dial Lower/Upper Limit – Set the range that the Rapid VU dial will cover.

 

Analog Inputs Calibration Factor – Set the calibration multiplier for the Rapidlogger’s analog inputs.  This option should be used with care.  In order to recalibrate the analog inputs on a Rapidlogger Unit a precision calibrated current source is required.  To prevent unintentional re-calibrations this option has have no effect unless the calibration mode is explicitly enabled on the Rapidlogger unit from the front panel.

 

The configuration of the two quadrature inputs on the Rapidlogger unit can be modified based on the application.  In the normal mode these inputs are used to read the quadrature (A and B channels) from a quadrature or depth encoder.  However by checking the option "Quadrature as Frequency mode" these two quadrature inputs can also be used as two high-speed frequency inputs.  This is useful for interfacing to devices such a micro-motion and Endress-Hauser densitometers and flow computer.

 

The other settings on this page pertain to Modbus communication and are discussed in more detail in the Modbus section.

 

 

Creating and Configuring Variables

All of the Rapidlogger data is based on calculations performed on input data.  The results of the calculations are stored in the system variables.  The settings of the input variables can be viewed and edited from the front panel and by using the PC based Rapidlogger Utility. 

 

From the main screen, the following options for variable configuration are available:

 

Read One / Read All From Unit – These buttons control the loading of variables from the Rapidlogger.  Typically, the Read All From Unit button is clicked before making any changes, as this allows the user to retrieve and review the configuration of all variables on the Rapidlogger from within the Rapidlogger Utility.

 

Write One / Write All To Unit – These buttons allow new variable setups to be exported to the Rapidlogger unit.  Typically, each variable will be written one at a time as it is configured, although if the user is confident in their setup, all variables may be written at one time.  Note that it may take several seconds for the unit’s front panel to reflect a change in the variable setup.

 

Sync Time – Updates the Rapidlogger’s internal clock to reflect the time on the PC running the Rapidlogger utility.

 

Write Vars File – Save the current variable configuration to a location on the PC running the Rapidlogger utility.  The vars file can be used to save a complex setup for later use or back up the current variable configuration.  Note that writing the current configuration to a vars file does not affect the Rapidlogger unit in any way.

 

Read Vars File – Load a variable setup from a previously-written vars file.  Note that reading a vars file does not affect the Rapidlogger unit in any way – the variables must still be written to the unit.

 

Variable Number – Controls which variable is currently being edited.

 

Variable Name – Sets the name that identifies the variable on the Rapidlogger front panel and in the Rapid VU program.

 

Variable Units – Determines the units (lbs, bpm, etc) that the current variable is measured in.  Note that the units are a label only – the Rapidlogger unit does not automatically perform the any calculations to convert sensor data from one unit system to another.  Those calculations must be set up manually using the Multiplier and Offset options.

 

Decimal Places – Controls how many decimal places are displayed on the Rapidlogger front panel and the Rapid VU program.  Note that this setting does NOT affect the precision with which data is recorded and calculated. 

 

Input Type – Choose what type of input this variable accepts.  Most variables will be Analog, Frequency, or Frequency Total.  The choice of variable type depends on the physical sensor that is being used, and affects the remaining options displayed in the Rapidlogger Utility.  Other more advanced, or computed variable types are also available.

 

Analog Variables

            Input Number – Choose which analog input channel this variable will use.

            Multiplier – Change how the analog input is scaled to correspond to a certain reading in the chosen units.

            Offset – Change the shift applied to analog input to correspond to a certain reading in the chosen units.

 

Frequency and Frequency Count Variables

            Input Number – Choose which frequency input channel this variable will use.  Typically, both a Frequency variable and a Frequency Count variable will be assigned to the same channel.

            Multiplier – Change how the variable is scaled into the chosen units.  Note that the multiplier will typically be off by a factor of 60 between a Frequency variable and its associated Frequency Count variable.

            Offset – For Frequency type variables, this will almost always be 0.

 

2.9   Possible Misuse

 

While the utmost care has been taken in creation of the variable setup and configuration program it is possible to improperly setup the unit causing data to be incorrectly recorded and displayed.  Note that this can be avoided by using the factory supplied setup files and making modifications to the calibration coefficients only as defined in the manual.

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