Trimble REF TEK Interface Software Suite (RTI)

Features
  • REF TEK Protocol Daemon (RTPD)
  • Archive Utilities
  • Data Utilities
    • RT Display
    • RT View
  • Data Clients:
    • REF TEK Standard Firmware (RTCC)
    • REF TEK Command Firmware (SMCC)
    • REF TEK Network Monitor(RTP Monitor)
Product Resources
  • Overview

  • REF TEK Protocol Daemon (RTPD)

  • Archive Utilities

  • Data Utilities

  • Control Utilities

The RTI software suite was developed for network station communication, command/control, real-time and interactive data viewing of Trimble REF TEK 130 Recorders over LAN/WAN. RTI is a multi-platform software suite and runs on Windows, Linux, or Solaris Notebook/Desktop computer.

 


The REF TEK Protocol Daemon (RTPD) is a cross-platform workstation program that provides error-corrected communications with Trimble REF TEK 130 Recorders over a variety of physical media. This is accomplished using REF TEK Protocol (RTP), a UDP-based error-correcting protocol developed by REF TEK. RTPD does not directly configure or control the media, but depends on the workstation’s OS and device drivers to provide network protocol support for the selected media. 

RTPD receives recording packets and stores them in a REF TEK data archive. RTPD allows client programs (data source modules) to receive the recording packets and to issue commands to a 130 Recorder and receive the responses. Multiple clients can attach to RTPD simultaneously. The 130 Recorder supports RTP over Ethernet and RS-232 serial links.
The REF TEK Archive Utilities are installed with RTPD. These utilities are required to create a data archive for RTPD to store incoming data. In normal operation, an archive is created by using Arccreate and filled by RTPD. Other utilities allow extraction of data and other maintenance of the archive.
Data Utilities includes RT Display, RT View and Data Conversion Utilities.
 

RT Display software program is a flexible, real-time data viewer that connects as a client to the RTPD protocol. It provides a real-time data time-series display of any number of user selectable channels that are being received by RTPD. The end-user can select and display as many stations and channels in the network as required at any time during the real-time data acquisition. Users can set various display options including remote DC offset, different colors of displayed fonts, labels, axes, background and traces, time range, amplitude units, amplitude scale, trace synchronicity, etc. RT_Display is available for Windows XP/Vista, Red Hat Linux and Sun Solaris OS.

RT_Display


RT View is the software for an interactive view of data stored in Archive. The RT_View program decodes packets and resends them in a readable format. It also scans the data file and presents a table of contents of packet types found. With a decoded packet displayed, the user has options available to move through the file displaying packets of the same type. Displaying the packets in its raw binary state is available. Event data and packets can be displayed in graphs as well. Users can see contents of packets, raw packets, data in ASCII format and graphical waveform by switching between appropriate tabs located at the bottom of the main screen.The end-user can perform many interactive manipulations with displayed waveform, including selection of indifferent channels, applying filtering, waveform zooming by highlighting the particular time window, etc.

RT_View


Data Converters: Several programs are available to convert recorded data such as SAC, SEG-Y and miniSEED.


Three programs are provided for command and control of the recorders: RTCC, SMCC and RTP Monitor

REF TEK Command/Control (RTCC)
is an interface for remote station(s) command/control using standard WEB browsers. RTCC is used to edit and program the acquisition of the 130 (either single or multiple units) via the LAN/WAN connection. RTCC can connect to remote stations either directly using TCP/IP communication over port 5000 or through RTPD using RTPD connection over the REF TEK port 2543.

Once connection is established through RTPD, the RTCC application can discover all remote stations in the network. After stations are discovered, the end-user can communicate with the remote 130 Recorder by clicking the Status/Control button of the chosen station unit ID. The Status screen information includes acquisition status, number of recorded events, RAM and disk usage, GPS status, main and backup battery voltage, time, temperature, network parameters, etc.

In addition to the State-of-Health information and recording parameters, the RTCC Status screen displays sensor information and hardware installed inside the 130 Recorder including: internal boards, their serial numbers, firmware code, etc. RTP status provides the information to the end-user regarding the connection status from the remote station to the RTPD server via Ethernet or Serial PPP connection.

RTCC

 

The Sensor Test available at the bottom of the Status screen allows the end-user to calculate a remote Offset and perform Sensor Control functions (Calibration Signal, Mass Re-Center, Lock and Unlock Sensor). The ANSS Test provides a calibration test. Data Monitor allows viewing of a selected channel of data. Another important feature of RTCC is remote setting or changing recording parameters based on the seismic situation at the remote site. A single Parameter setting screen allow the end-user to set or change recording parameters in a simple and friendly screen without toggling or switching to other various screens. If the end-user has the Sensor Control board (RT527) installed in the 130 Recorder, then he can perform different calibration functions to the broadband seismometer, including step function, sign wave, random noise input and sweep function with the frequencies defined by the end-user. Sensor calibration functions and sensor mass re-centering can be performed interactively from the central acquisition center or upon a time schedule. With the Sensor Control board the end-user can setup recording parameters for up to 6 (130S-01 models) auxiliary channels from different geophysical sensors.

REF TEK Command/Control (SMCC) is an interface for command-line remote station(s) command/control using standard WEB browsers. SMCC is used to edit and program the acquisition of the 130 (either single or multiple units) via the LAN/WAN connection. SMCC can connect to remote stations either directly using TCP/IP communication over port 5000 or through RTPD using RTPD connection over the REF TEK port 2543.


SMCC


Once connection is established through RTPD, the SMCC application can discover all remote stations in the network. After stations are discovered, the end-user can communicate with the remote 130 Recorder by clicking the Status/Control button of the chosen station unit ID. The Status screen information includes acquisition status, number of recorded events, RAM and disk usage, GPS status, main and backup battery voltage, time, temperature, network parameters, etc.

In addition to the State-of-Health information and recording parameters, the SMCC Status screen displays sensor information and hardware installed inside the 130 Recorder including: internal boards, their serial numbers, firmware code, etc. Network Parameters the 130 DAS network settings and method to change internal DAS network settings. RTP Status provides the information to the end-user regarding the connection status from the remote station to the RTPD server via Ethernet or Serial PPP connection.

The Modem Parameters section available at the bottom of the Status screen allows the end-user to define the command strings sent to a modem (internal or external).

Another important feature of SMCC is remote setting or changing recording parameters based on the seismic situation at the remote site. After discovering a DAS, the end-user can work with a DAS configuration by selecting the Parameters button for that DAS. The end-user can receive parameters from the Command Line 130 DAS and edit the DAS parameters. A single Parameter setting screen allow the end-user to set or change station, channel and trigger parameters in a simple and friendly screen without toggling or switching to other screens. Relay and Alert parameters can also be setup on this screen. Then the end-user can send parameters to the Command Line 130 DAS.

Use the Sensor Test and Senser Level Parameters section to do sensor tests and display results. The Relay Parameters on the status screen define how the relays are used. The Alert settings define events that will cause the DAS to callout.

 

REF TEK Network Monitor (RTPMonitor) is the HTTP plugin to RTPD. RTPMonitor serves up html pages that can be displayed in any standard web browser, including Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox, etc. RTPMonitor provides an up-to-date status report of a network of 130 Recorders to the user. RTPMonitor is a console program that connects to RTPD and requests status from all connected 130's. RTPMonitor also listens for incoming Client connections on a user settable port and acts as an html server on this port. RTPMonitor provides map and list overview as well as details for each particular 130DAS. 

 RTP Monitor

 

Most of the RTPMonitor Status Views provide easy to read, Green, Yellow, and Red indicators for quick station status checks. The Green, Yellow, and Red thresholds are all user editable allowing each user to customize the warning levels to meet their needs. The Unit Status screen shows an updated status report of settings for individual DAS units. Selecting the bold Stream field will display data stream trigger information. RTPMonitor also maintains a ring buffer on disk for the status of each 130. The ring buffer holds at least 3 days worth of status for each station. RTPMonitor can display this 3 days worth of status as a histogram plot.