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Knowledge Base Files & Data

Workbooks & Workspaces HIDE

The FlashTrack Workbook is the project file that holds all of the arc flash data that you collect. FlashTrack only allows one Workbook to be open at a time. Opening another Workbook will close the currently open Workbook and all of its corresponding Workspaces.

FlashTrack uses the *.FTDX mime type for Workbook files. Some older collection projects may have been performed using the deprecated *.FTD that did not support multiple Workspaces. These project files will automatically be upgraded to the *.FTDX Workbook format and can only hence forth be saved using the new format.

The Workspace holds electrical icons and other objects that make up a one-line diagram. You will most probably spend most of your time within this area of the UI.

The allowed Workspace area is fairly large in size (10,000 x 10,000 pixels). You should pre-plan how much space you may need before beginning to place electrical icons within the Workspace. If there ends up not being enough space, you can move the icons at a later time by using the Select All command. You can additionally move icons to the beginning of the Workspace if too much space was originally provisioned (e.g. you started placing icons at the center of the Workspace).

Data Extraction & Conversion HIDE

After you have finished with the data collection portion of the process you can use the Send To FlashTrack command located within the Backstage view to send the data for processing and analysis. At this point FlashTrack will upload your Workbook and any associated Snapshot images to the FlashTrack server.

The FlashTrack team will then convert the data using our unique and proprietary FlashTrack Converter and FlashTrack Reports tools into multiple different formats such as one-line diagrams, spreadsheets and a Label Installation Report. When you get the extracted data back there will be several files, all of which start with the name of your Workbook.

The directory structure of the extracted data is based on the Workbook’s file name and looks like the following:
C:\MyDocuments\MyProjectWorkspace (MM-DD-YYYY\

The originally extracted data in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) file format for each Workspace:

The data in Microsoft Excel 2007-2013 (XLSX) file format using tabs to separate the data:

A one-line diagram of each extracted workspace in Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format:

A Label Installation Report in Adobe PDF format:

Note: When you take a Snapshot, the actual images are stored within the “C:\FlashTrack Documents\MyProjectFileName\” folder and are named using the MM-DD-YYYY_HhmmPM-XXX.jpg convention where X stands for a random number. If these images are moved or damaged then they will not be uploaded with your project when you Send To FlashTrack.

Note: The Regional Settings option for the decimal delimiter within your Microsoft Windows account as well as within Microsoft Excel should not be set to use the comma character. Doing so may cause CSV documents to render incorrectly within certain versions of Microsoft Excel. Hence as an example, using "103,82" as opposed to the standard of "100.82" as the decimal delimiter has been known to cause issues with cell layout while viewing or saving CSV documents since the cell delimiter itself is usually a comma character.