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Monday
Apr012013

PQView 3.75.5 Released

PQView® 3.75.5 is available for download. This version includes more than 150 changes that result in improvements in nearly all components of the PQView application, including the charting engine, PQView Launcher, PQView Agent, PQView Explorer, the Power Quality Data Manager, and the Power Quality Data Analyzer. Here are some highlights for this release:

PQView Editions: PQView 3 is now delivered in two editions.  If you were using PQView before, you will have access to download PQView Enterprise.  PQView Enterprise has no hard-coded limit on the number of sites that can be stored in a single PQView database, and measurements can be stored in a Microsoft SQL Server database or in a Microsoft Access database.  If you were using PQView Express before, you will have access to download PQView Professional.  PQView Professional is limited to build a PQView database with no more than 50 sites in a single database, and the PQView database can be stored in Microsoft Access format only.  Other than those two points, the two editions of PQView are identical. 

Folder Options: You can now use the options window in PQView Launcher to specify alternative locations for the following special folders: the PQView Temporary Files Folder, the PQView Application Data Folder, and the PQView Personal Folder.  Previous versions of PQView hard-coded these folders to defaults specified by Microsoft Windows itself.  However, some companies limit write-access to these special folders, requiring administrator or power-user permission to run PQView.  This new PQView version allows you to specify the location of these folders. 

Multiple Downloads by PQView Agent: PQView Agent now allows you to specify whether multiple dial-up remote access connections are allowed. This means that PQView Agent could be used to download measurements from more than one Dranetz InfoNode or DualNode by telephone modem at one time.  If you enable this feature, we strongly suggest that you use a different IP address for each remote InfoNode. 

Updated Data Handlers: We improved the data handlers for importing the following data store formats: Cooper CYMDIST Network and Equipment Databases, Dranetz ESS/InfoNode Server, Dranetz DDB Files, Electro Industries Log Databases, New York ISO System Load Data, NOAA Daily Geomagnetic Data, PJM Interconnection System Load Data, Qualitrol Q-Wave Information System (QIS) Databases, SATEC PAS Databases, Schneider Electric ION Enterprise Databases, SoftSwitching Technologies I-Grid Web Site, and the SCADA Database for APC. 

PQ Event Roll: We added new derived charts for displaying form factor and crest factor from waveform samples.  We also added check boxes for enabling the computation and display of point-by-point and cycle-by-cycle calculations for symmetrical components.  We improved integration of the PQ Event Roll and the Fault Viewer. 

Zoom Window on Interactive Charts: The zoom window introduced as a chart option in PQView 3.68.0 can now be toggled on or off by pressing the <Ctrl><Z> key combination when viewing an interactive PQView chart.  This zoom window appears at the bottom of interactive charts in the PQDM and PQDA. 

Fault Location Add-in Module: We updated the Fault Location Add-in Module to provide residual overcurrent (that is, zero-sequence overcurrent) and “subsequent event” detection and notification.  We updated the Fault Viewer in PQDA after working with numerous PQView users in the last few months, making many improvements based around usability.

Tuesday
Jul312012

PQView 3.73.0 Released  

PQView® 3.73.0 is available for download.

This release includes nearly 150 changes to PQView.  The changes result in improvements in all major components of the PQView application. 

Icons for PQView PQ Data Manager and PQView PQ Data Analyzer: The graphics for the program icons and splash screens for PQDM and PQDA were updated.  They now use the same theme used for PQView Agent.

Support for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012: We made more changes to allow PQView applications to open more quickly when used with databases hosted by SQL Server 2012.  Also, the PQView23.sql script shipped with PQView was modified slightly to be more compatible with RTM edition of SQL Server 2012.

PQView Database Library: We made more than nine changes to the PQView Database Library that is used by an increasing number of third-party software engineers to query measurements from a PQView database.  Some of the changes include the important bug fixes in the subroutines that return statistics.  We also added properties that allow you to filter steady-state samples and harmonic samples based on valid minimum and maximum values.  New methods were also added for determining compliance for rms voltage, line frequency, negative-sequence unbalance, voltage THD, voltage fluctuations, and individual harmonics.

PQView Agent: You can now use PQView Agent to send overdue data source e-mail notifications.  That is, a PQView Agent instance running on one computer can send an e-mail notification if the data source owned by another computer is overdue for import.

Data Handlers for IEEE PQDIF Files: We made many improvements in the IEEE Std. 1159.3 PQDIF data handlers, focusing on improving our support of more types of data that can stored in a PQDIF file, and on better handling of errors encountered in PQDM during import of PQDIF files that do not completely follow the IEEE 1159.3 standard.

Data Handlers for IEEE COMTRADE Files: We improved the data source importing code for IEEE COMTRADE files, making it easier for PQDM to log problems with COMTRADE files noncompliant with IEEE Std C37.111-1991/1999. 

Data Handler for Dranetz InfoNode Servers: You can now specify the maximum number of PQDIF record chunks to download from an InfoNode server during an import session.  The default used to be 1000, but was upgraded to 5000 in PQView 3.70.0  Starting with this release, you can specify larger numbers of PQDIF chunks to download as an option. 

Data Handler for SoftSwitching Technologies I-Grid Web Site: We added options in the Data Source Setup that allow you to deselect import of Transient Events and Power Up Events. These options are not enabled for an existing data source, so be sure to mark them in your existing PQView database if you want to continue to import these characteristics.

Data Handler for ISO System Loads:  We added a new data handler to download and import data from the following Independent System Operators in North America: Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), ISO New England (ISO-NE), New York ISO (NYISO), Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM).

Photo Courtesy of NASAData Handler for NOAA Daily Geomagnetic Data: We added a new data handler for downloading and importing NOAA’s daily geomagnetic data file for A indices and K indices for the current quarter.  These "space weather" indices assess the current level of geomagnetic activity caused by solar storms.

Silver Spring Networks Integration: You can now import voltage, current, and energy data from Silver Spring Networks export files. Silver Spring Networks provides services for collecting and managing data from smart energy meters. 

Other Data Handlers: We improved other data handlers in this new PQView version as well, including the modules used to import from the following sources: BTECH Battery Validation Manager, Electro Industries Communicator Log, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories® (SEL) EVE Folders.

Compliance Reporting: The functionality associated with the Compliance Setup Window in PQDM, which began in 2007, is finally completed.  The window allows you to create a configuration file usable by PQDM to create XML and HTML compliance reports.  The compliance setup includes the ability to specify two compliance intervals, which would allow computation of special compliance indices like “precarious voltage” required by ANEEL in Brazil.  Also, the PQView PQ Data Manager can now produce a compliance summary report for rms voltage, negative-sequence unbalance, voltage fluctuations (Pst and Plt), voltage THD, and individual voltage harmonics.

Steady State Trends Window: You can now specify the list of specific harmonics to display using commas, semicolons, and hyphens.  For example, if you set the harmonic text box to the string “1,2,3,10-12;21-25”, then the following harmonics would be trended: 1,2,3,10,11,12,21,22,23, and 24.  You can also specify another code to display inclusive lists of just the odd harmonics or just the even harmonics.  Also, you  can now display numeric site property values from a drop-down list box on the trend, histogram, and profile chart as horizontal or vertical line annotations.

Tuesday
Mar062012

PQView 3.72.4 Released 

PQView® 3.72.4 is available for download.

This version includes 250 changes that result in improvements in nearly all components of the PQView application, including the charting engine, database schema, PQView Launcher, PQView Agent, PQView Explorer, the Power Quality Data Manager, and the Power Quality Data Analyzer.

Here are some highlights for this release:

Support for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012: We made changes that allow PQView applications to open more quickly when used with databases hosted by SQL Server 2012.

Data Handler for BTECH® Battery Validation Manager: We added a new data handler for PQView that can import voltage, current, temperature, and impedance measurements from databases managed by BTECH’s Battery Validation Manager software application.

Other Data Handlers: We improved the data handlers for importing the following data store formats:

  • IEEE® Std 1159.3 PQDIF Single File
  • IEEE® Std 1159.3 PQDIF Basic Folder
  • IEEE® Std 1159.3 PQDIF Annex C Folder
  • IEEE® Std 37.111 COMTRADE Folders with No Mapping
  • Dranetz® DDB Files
  • Electro Industries/GE® Communicator Log databases
  • GridSense PowerView CSV Folder
  • Qualitrol®/LEM Instruments Q-Wave Information System (QIS) databases
  • SATEC PAS databases
  • Schneider Electric® ION Enterprise® databases
  • Unipower PQ Secure databases.

Optional Capacitor Switching Analysis Answer Module: We completed changes in PQView to support the first version of an optional add-in module that allows automatic capacitor switching analysis.

Follow-On Fault Analysis: We completed many changes to PQView for single-event and follow-on fault analysis.  The updated module allows correlation of faults with voltage sags, voltage swells, overcurrents, temperature, time of day, and more.

Chart Units: You can now control the normalization of units shown in charts that show temperature and impedance.  For example, this version allows temperature time series to be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and impedance time series can be displayed in ohms, milliohms, or kilohms.

Phasor Charts: The phasors displayed in the PQ Event Roll will now be referenced to the first cycle of the voltage on Phase A no matter which phasors are selected for display.

Sunday
Nov132011

PQView 3.71.3 Released

PQView® 3.71.3 is available for download.

This version includes more than 180 changes that resulted in improvements in nearly all components of the PQView application, including the installation program, database schema, SQL Server scripts, PQView Launcher, the Power Quality Data Manager, the Power Quality Data Analyzer, and PQView Agent.

Here are some highlights for this release:

Installation Program: This version of the installation program restores shortcuts to the Power Quality Data Manager and Power Quality Data Analyzer in the PQView 3.0 program group under the Microsoft Windows Start Menu.  These shortcuts had been removed in PQView 3.65.0 as part of changes to support Microsoft Access 2007 and Access 2010.

Digital Signatures: Beginning with this release, the executable files for PQView Agent, PQView Launcher, and PQView Agent each are digitally signed by Electrotek.

Default Site Properties: It is now possible to specify default values for site properties of new sites added to a PQView database during data source import.

PQView Database Library: Many new functions were added to the PQView Database Library (pqview.dll) and several existing functions were optimized for speed.  This library is used by many third-party applications designed to work with a PQView database.

PQView Agent: We completed many changes to make PQView Agent more reliable and easier to set up as an application for managing more than one PQView database on a single computer.  Also, changes were made in the PQView PQ Data Manager that increase its awareness that an instance of PQView Agent is running.  We need to remind you that PQDM and PQView Advisor can determine if each other is running only if your computer is Windows XP or later, which would be a reason for upgrading your computer from Windows 2000.  Note that Windows 2000 is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Data Handler for Dranetz DDB Files: We made more than ten changes to the data handler, which was the first time it was revised since 2003.  The changes focused on reducing memory needed during import, making the data handler more responsive to user cancellations, and handling incomplete or invalid data blocks better.

Other Data Handlers: We modified the modules used to import from the following data sources: CYMDIST Network and Equipment Databases, Dranetz ESS/InfoNode, ION Enterprise Databases, Electro Industries Communicator Logs, Qualitrol Q-Wave Information System (QIS) Databases, and Unipower PQ Secure Databases.

New Data Handlers: We added new data handlers for importing from General Electric Communicator Logs and from the AMR Database used at Provincial Electric Authority (PEA) in Thailand.  We also added a window for importing waveforms from Microsoft Wave Sound Format (WAV) Files.

EDMI Data Files: We updated the module that allows import from EDMI text files.  It now allows import of measurements from new meters without first adding a serial number for the PQView database as a site property.  As part of the change, you can specify a default value for nominal frequency and nominal voltage for new sites.

Chart Copy to Clipboard: You can now specify the format copied to the Windows Clipboard or to Microsoft Word from interactive charts.  You can choose between five formats: metafiles, enhanced metafiles, enhanced plus metafiles, bitmap files, and JPEG files.  The default is enhanced plus metafiles (EMF+).  These advanced types of metafiles better support display of languages other than English.  EMF+ plus files also can include Greek characters common in power systems analysis such as Δ, Ω, and σ.

PQ Event Roll: Several new charts were added to the PQ Event Roll: Second Derivative, Third Derivative, Rapid Voltage Change Analysis, Mean Values (PPC) and RMS Values (PPC).  You can now export measurements directly from the PQ Event Roll to the Event Roll, which allows you to view digital channels loaded with the event as thin and thick lines.  Additionally, you can now add, edit, or delete a text description of each event using the key combination <Ctrl><N>.  The event description text will appear at the bottom of each event chart if the “Show Event Desc” check box is marked in the PQDA Options window.

Steady-State Trends Window: We added two new derived charts.  One shows the minimum value of the subsets displayed in the chart, and a second displays the maximum value.  These complement the derived charts that were available in previous versions of PQView for showing the average and sum.

Rapid Voltage Changes: We updated the rules for compliance with Rapid Voltage Change limits to reflect current Norwegian NVE 1157 regulations.  Previous versions of PQView evaluated Maximum Voltage Change (ΔUmax) only.  This version of PQView evaluates an additional parameter: Steady State Voltage Change (ΔUss).  The Maximum Voltage Change is the difference between maximum and minimum rms values of a voltage change characteristic.  The Steady State Voltage Change is the difference between two adjacent steady state voltages separated by at least one voltage change characteristic.

Thai Support: We completed many changes in this version of PQView in order to better support computers configured with a Thai locale setting or Thai character set.

Requests from the Fall 2011 Users Group Meetings: We added many of the requests made by users at the 2011 North American and 2011 European PQView Users Group Meetings.

Tuesday
Nov012011

2011 Boston User Group Meeting Presentations

The 2011 North American PQView Users Group Meeting was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on September 15 and was attended by twenty people from Canada and the United States.  Presentations from the meeting and associated workshops are available online.