Specimen Authoring Tool - Organizing and Editing Sensors

by Rachelle Howell, George A. Howlett

Once you’ve loaded a data file into the Specimen Authoring Tool (tutorial located here), the next step is to finish the mapping by creating sensor groups, adding specimen views, and specifying sensor information.

Grouping Sensors

When a data file is opened in inDEED the sensors are categorized into groups. These groups are creating during the mapping process. You should try to group the sensors in a way that helps users interpret your data (e.g., based on location or sensor type).

You can create groups via the Group > Add Group menu option, and the group name and description can be set in the group properties panel located in the bottom left corner of the tool.


Use the cut and paste functionality (right-click menu or the Sensors menu) to move the sensors into their respective groups. Mapping2.jpg

Adding Specimen Views

Specimen views are added at the group level via the Group > Load Specimen View menu option. You can load image files that are located in your NEEShub home directory, the project warehouse, and the group dropboxes, or you can import a file from your desktop (the locations from which an image file can be loaded are identical to the data file load locations covered in this tutorial).


Once a specimen view is added, you should position your sensors on the image. Initially the sensors will all be located in the middle of the image (stacked on top of one another). You can drag and drop each sensor to its appropriate location. The information for each sensor marker will appear if you hover your mouse over the marker. The markers are color coded based on their sensor type (in the image below, the sensor types have not yet been specified and all of the markers are the same color).


Specifying Sensor Information

The final step is to specify the sensor type, measurement units, etc. for each sensor. This information may already be specified if it was contained in the header information of the data file that you imported. If it was not in the header information, you will need to set these properties manually. The sensor properties are specified in the sensor properties panel located in the bottom left corner of the tool. You can use the multi-select functionality to set the properties for several sensors at once. For example, if you have a group of displacement transducers, you can select all of these sensors and specify the sensor type, measurement type, sensor units, etc. for the entire set of sensors at one time.


Save the Mapping

After you have grouped your sensors, uploaded specimen views, and specified the sensor information, you are ready to save your mapping. This tutorial describes the different options you have as to where to save your mapping file and describes how you would upload the mapping file into the Project Warehouse from each location.

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