When using a Campbell Scientific data logger to collect data from ShapeArrays (SAAs), it is necessary to use Campbell Scientific software to program the data logger and perform data collection. Campbell Scientific sells LoggerNet software as a comprehensive suit of applications for working with their data loggers.
NOTE: The instructions below are specific to the LoggerNet software. PC200W can also be used for this purpose. If you are using PC200W, please follow the guides located here.
Step 1 - Start the EZSetup Wizard
From the LoggerNet Main menu, click the Setup button.
Figure 1: The Main menu in LoggerNet
In the Setup Screen - EZ (Simplified) View window, click the Add button.
Figure 2: LoggerNet's Setup Screen - EZ (Simplified) View window
On the first page of the EZSetup Wizard, click the Next button.
Figure 3: The first page of the EZSetup Wizard
Step 2 - Begin Communication Setup
Select the appropriate Campbell Scientific data logger that will be used for this setup and enter a name for the data logger. It is recommended you choose a name that is memorable. Click the Next button to continue.
Figure 4: Selecting the data logger model and name
Step 3 - Continue Communication Setup - Connection Type
Select the mode of communication that will be used for this data logger and click the Next button to continue.
- Direct Connect - Selected when the data logger is communicating locally, using a PC and an interface device or cable connected to a PC’s RS232 port. (e.g. SAA232 or SAA232-5)
- Phone Modem - Selected when the data logger is communicating using a phone modem and a PC is connected to another phone modem (either internal or external modem)
- IP Port - Selected when a device at the data logger site accepts a static IP address and is connected to the internet. This device could be an NL100 or TCP/IP serial service interface
- RF95/RF3XX - Selected when RF95 or RF300 series modems are used for communication between a PC and the data logger. Repeaters are allowed in this configuration
- RF4XX (Non-PakBus) - Selected when RF400 series modems are used for communication between a PC and the data logger. (See LoggerNet Connection help for more details)
- MD9 - Selected when communication with the data logger is accomplished over an MD9 network. A base MD9 is connected to the PC, and a remote is connected to the data logger
Figure 5: Selecting the communication mode
Step 4 - Continue Communication Setup - COM Port Selection
Select the computer’s COM Port where the data logger is attached. The COM Port Communication Delay should be set to 0 seconds. Click the Next button to continue.
Figure 6: Selecting the COM Port and communication delay
Step 5 - Continue Communication Setup - Data Logger Settings
The data logger settings are unique to each setup. In most cases, the default settings are acceptable. Refer to the Settings Help button on the bottom left of the window and to the Measurand LoggerNet manual for more details. Contact Measurand for assistance. For Measurand communication devices like the SAA232 and SAA232-5, a high Baud Rate is acceptable. Click the Next button to continue.
Figure 7: Configuring data logger settings
Step 6 - Continue Communication Setup - Datalogger Settings - Security
This section of the wizard is only required if a security code was applied to the data logger itself. Click the Next button to continue.
Figure 8: Configuring data logger security is typically not required
Step 7 - Review the Communication Setup Summary
The Communication Setup Summary page in the wizard gives a synopsis of the data logger setup to this point. Click the Next button to continue.
Figure 9: Reviewing the communication configurations
Step 8 - Perform a Communication Test
To run a Communication Test, ensure the Yes option is selected and click the Next button to continue.
Figure 10: Click the Next button to test communication with the data logger
After the communication test is completed, click the Next button to continue.
Step 9 - Configure the Logger's Clock
On the Datalogger Clock page of the setup wizard, you can synchronize the clock on the data logger with the clock on your computer or apply an offset to the data logger's clock. Enter the desired offset in the Time Zone Offset field and click the Set Datalogger Clock button to change the clock on the logger to match your computer's clock plus or minus the configured offset. Once the clock has been set, click the Next button to continue.
Figure 11: Setting up the logger's clock
Step 10 - Send the Program to the Logger
On the Send Program page of the setup wizard, you can send the program file to the data logger. Before you can complete this step, you need to have a program file created with SAACR_FileGenerator as described in the SAACR_FileGenerator How-To Guide.
Figure 12: The Send Program page of the setup wizard
Click the Select and Send Program button navigate to and select the program file created with SAACR_FileGenerator and click the Open button. You will be warned that all data on the logger will be lost. Click the Yes button to continue. A progress bar will indicate the progress of the send operation. Once it is complete, another dialog indicating success will appear.
WARNING: Older versions of SAACR_FileGenerator created two files: a main program file and an SAA_Include file. If your version of SAACR_FileGenerator created two files, then Measurand highly recommends upgrading to the most recent version of the software. The latest version produces only a single program file that has many optimizations and bug fixes over programs created with earlier versions.
Figure 13: The various dialogs that will appear while you are sending the program to the logger
After the upload and compilation has completed successfully, click the Next button to continue.
Step 11 - Configure the Project Folder for Data File Storage
On the Data Files page, change the path and filenames in the Output File Name location field for each of the tables listed. It is important that you do not change the output table name. Only change the folder location. This should be done for the following tables:
- SAA#_DATA (there could be multiple SAA#_DATA tables listed if the logger is monitoring multiple ShapeArrays)
NOTE: ShapeArray project files must be saved to their own unique project folders. You should never save project files from multiple separate data loggers in the same folder. Measurand recommends creating unique project folders in the C:\Measurand Inc\SAA3D\logger_files folder.
Figure 14: The EZSetup Wizard's Data Files page
Step 12 - Configure Data File Options
Set the Data File Option to Append to File. The data logger keeps track of the last record that was successfully sent to the destination folder. If the output file already exists, then the new data will be appended to the end of the file. If the file does not exist or has been moved elsewhere, a new file will be created with all records that have not yet been recorded.
Note: Measurand recommends that the Output Format for data files be left at the default ASCII Table Data, Long Header (TOA5).
Before a new project begins, any data logger data files residing in the output file directory should be removed. Otherwise, data from the new project may get concatenated to the existing data file, causing abnormalities in the results.
For more information, please refer to the Collecting Data from the CS Data Logger section of the LoggerNet manual.