When users open Simcenter Testlab, the Documentation worksheet is the first available tab.
One might wonder what purpose the Documentation worksheet (Picture 1) serves, and how to best use it.
Documentation Worksheet Purpose
The purpose of the Documentation Tab is to keep track of test details in a particular Simcenter Testlab project. It replaces the traditional Test Log Book, and it is an easy, convenient way to keep all the pertinent information about a test in one spot.
Let’s look at what each quadrant (Picture 2) of the Documentation Tab does.
Quadrant 1: User Attributes
Movie 1 (above): Creating User Attribute List in Documentation Worksheet
The User Attributes quadrant can be used for saving any information that may be used in a test – for instance, Test Location, Test Cell, Test Engineer, Revision Level, etc.
To create a field, right click anywhere within the User Attribute quadrant and select “Add New Attribute…”.
The user can then type a desired field in the “Name:” box and add it to the available attributes. The “Type” selection allows for the user to choose how the field is populated. The choices here include Text, Number, Date, and List.
Let’s create attributes using both the Text and List types:
User Attributes: Filtering, Sorting, Displaying
Movie 2 (above): Project attributes can be used with the columns to sort and filter data.
One benefit of the User Attribute field is that it can be used in Navigator worksheet as a selectable field for filtering. In order to take advantage of this feature, right-click in the center column of the Navigator pane and select “Select Columns”.
When the "Select Columns" menu (Picture 7 and 8) is opened by right clicking on the column headers of the middle pane in the Navigator worksheet, user attributes from a Simcenter project can be viewed. Set the "Origin" to "Testlab" and the "Type" to "Project". Information that was added in the User Attribute fields all begin with the letters "UA". It may be necessary to scroll down the list to find them.
By right clicking on the middle pane column headers, one can select "Filter -> Add Filter" to create a pulldown where project files can be selected or viewed via a pulldown meny (Picture 9).
User attributes can also be easily added to the legend in any display (Picture 10). Right click on the display legend and choose "Options..." and then the "Custom Content" tab. Set the "Origin" to "Testlab" and the "Type" to "Project". Scroll down the list. Any attributes that begin with "UA" are user attributes.
Press "OK" after adding the User Attribute to the selected area on the right side of the menu.
The user attributes are stored in a file called "UserAttributes.txt" in the directory "C:\LMS\UserConfiguration\login\Testlab XX\Configuration". This file can be moved between users and systems. The file can be opened with Notepad and edited to delete unwanted user attributes.
Quadrant 2: Notepad
The Notepad quadrant can be used to make notes about runs, the parts or structure, or whatever is being tested or done on the test.
The Notepad area is free form text. One can type anything in the Notepad area.
This information can be useful when sharing this project with a co-worker or referencing what was performed at a later date. The Notepad field, like other User Attribute fields, can be displayed on plots, searched upon across multiple projects, or displayed as a column in the Navigator worksheet.
Quadrant 3: Attachments
This particular section allows the user to attach documents or pictures to the project for reference. Simply click on “Import…” and choose a file to attach from an accessible directory.
Once a file (or files) is selected, it can be seen in the Attachment Preview section of the Documentation tab. These files are stored with the Simcenter project (*.lms file). In this way, the documentation is stored with the data, not separately, so it cannot get lost.
It is possible to extract these files from the Simcenter Testlab project to be used independently as well.
Quadrant 4: Attachment Preview
Movie 3 (above): Using the Attachment Preview in Simcenter Testlab Documentation worksheet
The Attachment Preview quadrant allows the user to see the attached files directly in Simcenter Testlab.
Similar to an email, when the user double clicks on this preview, the actual file will open and become accessible for edits. These edits can be saved and will remain with the attached document that is part of the Testlab project.
Let’s look at an attached test report for example.
The word document “lms57.doc” is selected in the Attachments quadrant and is displayed in the Attachment Preview quadrant.
Double-clicking on the previewed document will open word and allow for edits.
Once those edits are saved, they will then display in the Attachment Preview.
We hope you have found this post helpful.
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