4.1 Module overview

The Prepare Module allows the user to virtually design the experiment. An overview of some of the key features in the Prepare Module is provided in the next figure.

Overview of Prepare Module

3D mode vs List mode

The Prepare Module contains two modes: 3D Mode and List Mode. 3D Mode is centered around the 3D Viewer, with tab widgets on the right for the Item overview, Properties, Comments, Measurement Info and VP Quality. List mode allows for bulk editing of coordinates and orientations in a table that resembles working in for instance Excel.

DAQ and Export buttons

The Prepare Module has two buttons in blue with special functions. See also in the right upper corner of the figure above.

  • DAQ: this opens the measurement wizard, which is normally accessed from the Measure Module. In some cases, configuring a measurement system can be considered part of the preparation too. Also, when connected to an MKII, channel settings can be pushed to the MKII for instance to configure the system for operational testing.
  • Export: this opens the export wizard. Although all available export options are always shown, two exports are particularly useful here. The Excel option exports the instrumentation to Excel sheets, that can for instance be used to configure a data acquisition system, or write off-line instructions for setting up the measurement. The MATLAB option can be used to export all sensor and impact definitions, as well as all geometries in the project.

DIRAC-file as a measurement instruction

After successfully completing the steps in the Prepare Module, one should have made most critical decisions up-front that may otherwise have popped up in the lab, or even after measurement. The DIRAC-file containing this fully-prepared “design of experiment” is very well suited to hand over to other colleagues that may carry out (parts of) the measurement campaign. In order to open a DIRAC file in Prepare mode, only a “dir-prepare” license is needed.

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