Structure of the Graphical User Interface

The graphical user interface (GUI) of SDC, as it is displayed in the browser after successfully logging in, can be divided into the following areas (see screenshot). For the names of GUI elements used here and in the following sections, see also the Glossary, especially the Controls section:

  1. Header
    The header contains general functions and information, such as "Language", where you can select the language to be used for displaying labels and texts in the SDC web interface, or "Help", where you will find a link to this manual.
    In addition, the role of the user is displayed on the far right of this line. In the screenshot, this is "Super Administrator" (see User Roles). The (display) name of the currently logged-in user is also displayed.
    For further details, see Header.
  2. Menu
    The vertical menu bar consists of a series of shortcuts, i.e. buttons with special icons that can be clicked to quickly reach the most important views. Clicking on the green "hamburger button" at the top leads directly to the main menu, which is otherwise hidden (see below). The shortcuts that are displayed in the menu depend on the rights of the logged-in user and the type of licensing.
    For further details, see the Menu section.
  3. Navigation bar/Address bar
    The navigation bar shows you the hierarchical position at which you are currently located as a “path specification”, starting from the name of the project.
  4. Context menu
    For each element displayed in the data/workspace, an icon symbolizing that element is displayed in the upper right corner. The label below it identifies the element even more specifically, followed by a small black triangle. In the screenshot, the element is a folder.
    Clicking on either the name or the triangle opens a context menu with commands that can be applied to the item. Typically, this menu provides (among other things) a command to open the edit mode of the item, or to update the view.
    For more details, see the Context Menu section.


    1. Data/Workspace
      The main area of the interface whose content depends on the navigation element that is currently selected. Within the areas accessible by clicking on the tabs “Measuring points”, “Folders” and so on, lists of the corresponding objects are displayed in a table as an overview.
    2. Main menu (not visible in screenshot, because it is currently hidden)
      This menu - normally hidden - contains in particular the project tree (mentioned below), as well as a number of further text links for accessing frequently used views (analogous to the equivalent shortcuts in the menu; again dependent on the rights of the user). The main menu is opened by clicking on the green "hamburger button" . In doing this, a different menu is hidden. For more details, see the Main Menu section.

Edit mode: The above screenshot specifically shows the view of a folder, which merely displays its contents. The "Edit" command of the context menu explained above takes you to another, special *view for editing* the folder. This principle is also valid for all other (editable) elements in SDC like measuring points, devices or projects: in addition to a pure display mode, there is a special editing mode. This is hereafter usually referred to as the Edit mode, and can be accessed via the context menu of the object or by clicking on one of the “Edit” buttons that are displayed on the right side of each line of a list view of objects, such as the list of subfolders of a folder. However, the edit mode is only accessible to the logged-in user if they have the corresponding rights (as explained in more detail below). 

SDC works according to projects. The available/displayed data is always that of the currently selected project! (See the Important Terms section.)

Language of the SDC Interface

The language used for the display of labels and text in the graphical user interface of SDC can be set in the header via the menu item "Language".

SDC currently supports the following languages for the graphical user interface:

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Dutch

Icons Used


Menu. Can be highlighted green as "hamburger button" to open the main menu.

Project

Folder

Open folder

Dashboard

Measuring point

Device

User

User group

Alarm definition

Logbook (as of version 2.11)

Download license data (for privileged users only - see User Roles)

Further symbols used in SDC


New

Edit

Delete

Protocol / Log entries

Assignment of data to a measuring point

Settings

Upload

Download

Document template

Report template

Word document (e.g. used as document template for reports)

Excel document

PDF document

Update

Create report

Notification

Notify user group

Full screen, i.e. diagram is displayed in a separate browser tab

Full screen (from version 2.12)

Alarm

Vibration event (vibration measurement module)

SmartFilter settings

Input elements (from version 2.11)
Manage measuring points (from version 2.13)

Duplicate (clone) SDC elements such as measuring points, alert definitions or report templates

Split assignment

Show additional configuration controls (e.g. to configure evaluations)

Hide additional configuration controls (e.g. to configure evaluations)


Header

In SDC, the header is the top horizontal menu bar with a black background. It contains menu items for selecting general functions and retrieving information.

  • Under "Language", you can set the language used for displaying labels and text within the user interface of SDC. See Language of the SDC Interface.
  • Under "Help", you will find help with operating SDC along with contact information:
    • "Documentation": Link to this handbook
    • "Changes": Link to the SDC Changelog (also in this handbook)
    • "Contact": Contact data of Remolution Software GmbH and - if they have been entered in SDC - the contact data of the contact person specified for the current project.
    • "Privacy policy": Data privacy statement according to DSGVO (GDPR) for the use of SDC.


In addition, the (display) name of the currently logged-in user is displayed on the far right of the header. If this user is a so-called privileged user, their role is also displayed. In the screenshot, this is "Super-Administrator" (see User Roles).
Clicking on the name opens a context menu with commands for managing your own user account and for logging out.

Menu

The menu is the vertical menu bar. It contains several buttons with icons, which can be used to access the most important views and functions of SDC ("shortcuts").

Note: The rights of the currently logged-in user determine which of the buttons described below are displayed. More precisely, it is the user group, to which the user belongs, and the license, that determines this. Contact your system administrator if you require access to buttons that are currently hidden.

Crucially, the green "hamburger button" is located here at the very top. This button allows you to expand and collapse the main menu of the current project. See also the "hamburger button" entry in the Glossary.

The other buttons available here (also referred to as "Shortcuts" in the following sections, because they offer quick access to the respective view) are arranged in an upper and a lower group:

Buttons leading to project specific views/functions (upper group)


(from version 2.11)

Indicates that alerting is disabled for the current project (will only be shown if this is the case) 


Buttons leading to global views/functions (lower group)


Note: You can always display the meaning of an icon or the function behind it as a short Tooltip. Position the mouse over the button (without clicking).

Main Menu

The main menu, which is accessed via the green "hamburger button" , contains

  • the project tree, with which you can navigate within the project
  • in the upper area, project-specific functions
  • in the lower area, cross-project or global functions.

To open the main menu, click once on the hamburger button. The main menu will open and the entire menu bar will be moved to the right.
To close the main menu again, click the hamburger button again. The main menu will collapse.

By default, the main menu is hidden in order to have more screen space for the data/workspace, which is especially useful when working with SDC on small screens.

Among the project-specific functions are e.g. access to the dashboard,, the devices of the current project, user groupsalert definitions etc., as well as access to document templates etc. which can only be found here.

The global functions available here are access to the project management, the user management, as well as Setup and Status.

Project Tree

The project tree of the current project is displayed when you click on the "hamburger button"  in the menu.

The hierarchy of folders created in SDC to structure a project, as well as the measuring points placed in it, form a "tree". The project folder is at the "root", subfolders and sub-subfolders form the "trunk" or "branches". Finally, the measuring points (and even "empty" subfolders, i.e. folders which don't (yet) contain subfolders and/or measuring points) form the "leaves". This hierarchical structure of the current project is called the project tree and can be viewed in the main menu. This is the same concept as in the navigation area of Windows Explorer, or in the list view of the Finder in macOS, for example, where the hierarchical structure of the file system of a computer with folders, subfolders, sub-subfolders etc. and files can be visualized:

  • The project folders are displayed in the project tree with the symbol  (closed folder) or  (open folder) followed by the name of the folder. Different icons are used because it can, for the sake of clarity, be helpful to hide items in the project tree by default after a certain level. This is indicated by the closed folder icon (from version 2.12). These folder symbols can be opened at any time by clicking on them, in order to display its contents (if available; see Project Properties for the corresponding project setting).
  • The measuring points of the project are displayed in the project tree with the symbol , followed by the name of the measuring point.


Note: It is possible to generally exclude (hide) measuring points from being displayed in the project tree. Such hidden measuring points are only listed in the folder view (with a unique symbol; see Measuring Point Properties for the corresponding "Display in project tree" setting).

Global Functions

The global functions described here are only available to privileged users (super administrators or administrators, see User Roles). Some functions can also be accessed via the corresponding icon in the menu.

Projekte

This function opens the project management view of SDC. Here, new projects can be created, existing projects can be edited, and archived or deleted if necessary.
It is only available to privileged users (super administrators or administrators, see User Roles and users with the appropriate rights). This means that the "Projects" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in with the required privileges.

"Projects": Clicking this link opens the Project Management (corresponds to clicking  in the menu).

Users

This function opens the user management view of SDC, where new SDC users can be created, existing ones edited, and deleted if necessary.
This function is only available to privileged users (super administrators or administrators, see  User Roles). This means that the "Users" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in with the required privileges.

"Users": Clicking this link opens the user management (corresponds to clicking  in the menu).

Devices (All Projects)

This function opens a view in which all devices created in the SDC are listed in an overview (available from version 2.12).
For details, see Cross-Project Device Overview.

"Devices (All Projects)": Clicking on this link opens the device overview for all projects (there is no icon in the menu).

This function requires a separate licensing and is only available to privileged users (super-administrators or administrators, see User Roles). The "Devices (All Projects)" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in with the required privileges.

Setup

This function opens a view that is used to configure {SDC}. This is usually done by your system administrator/sales partner when setting up SDC.

"Setup": Clicking on this link opens the "Setup" view (there is no icon in the menu).

This view is only available to super-administrators (see User Roles). The "Setup" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in as such.

Status

This function opens a view for displaying the current status of the {SDC} (status information concerning the server; status of services; from version 2019.1, the licensing status is found in a separate license view). It also provides access to log files. It is normally only used by your system administrator/sales partner, if required.

"Status": Clicking on this link opens the "Status" view (there is no icon in the menu).

Logo of the view (upper right):

This view is only available to super-administrators (see User Roles). The "Staus" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in as such.

License

This function opens a view of the current licensing status (from version 2019.1). It is normally only used by your system administrator/sales partner, if required.

"License": Clicking on this link opens the "License" view (there is no icon in the menu).

Logo of the view (upper right):

This view is only available to super-administrators (see User Roles). The "License" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in as such.

Usage Statistics

This function opens a view of the current usage statistics. It is normally only used by your system administrator/sales partner, if required.

"Usage Statistics": Clicking on this link opens the "Usage Statistics" view (there is no icon in the menu).

  • Storage requirement and amounts, displayed separately according to application/object
  • Notifications sent by SDC, either by email or SMS

This function requires a separate licensing and is only available to privileged users (super-administrators or administrators, see User Roles). The "Usage Statistics" link is only displayed in the main menu if you are logged in with the required privileges.

Project-Specific Functions

The following project-specific functions/views are accessible via links in the main menu. Some of these links correspond to the respective shortcuts (buttons with icons) in the menu. For details about these views please follow the links below:

Note: The rights of the currently logged in user determine which of the buttons described below are displayed. More precisely, it is the user group, to which the user belongs and the licensing that determines this. Contact your system administrator if you require access to links that are currently hidden.

“Dashboard”: Dashboard (corresponds to  in the menu)


“Devices”: Device Management (corresponds to in the menu)


“User Groups”: User Group Administration (corresponds to in the menu)


“Alert Definitions”: Alert Definitions (corresponds to in the menu)


“Document Templates”: Document Templates (without a shortcut in the menu)

Data/Work Area

The "data area" or "work area" is the main part of the user interface of SDC (the section to the right of the menu bar). Depending on the currently selected view/function, different contents are displayed. This could be the data of a specific measuring point . (tables, diagrams, etc.) that was selected, or the properties of a device that was called up in Device Management, etc.

  • This area is primarily used for *purely displaying* the data or properties of the currently selected element.
  • If useful for the currently displayed element, a separate Edit mode can be called up here, in order to change (and save) the properties of the element. In order to access this edit mode, please execute the *"Edit "* command in the context menu of the element. In list views of elements (e.g. the list of measuring points of a folder or devices (i.e. the Device Overview) there is also a special "Edit" icon . Clicking on this icon in a line of the list opens the edit mode of the element in this line.

For example, in the edit mode of a measuring point, the properties of this measuring point, such as assignmentsreference measurementsevaluations, etc. have to be defined. This ultimately determines the data displayed in the pure display mode and how it is presented.

In other words, actually working with SDC takes place predominantly in this area, while menus and navigation areas are used to select a particular element. This helps to explains the name.

Typically, the data displayed here - as long as it is time-stamped (especially the measurement data, see General Remarks on Measurement Data) - can be temporarily restricted with the so-called “SmartFilter” functionality.

Navigation Bar

The navigation bar is a text line that is displayed at the top of the data/work area  and which depicts the "path" to the current view as a "path of objects" (so-called "breadcrumb navigation". See Glossary). It shows you at a glance the current position of the element whose data is currently displayed in the folder hierarchy, and thus simplifies the orientation, especially in a folder or a measuring point view (see project tree)
In addition, you can click on one of the components of this path to go directly and conveniently to the corresponding level, so that the corresponding contents are then displayed.

For example, a line like "Magistrale für Europa / Rheinbrücke Neuburgweier / Tachymeter / Widerlager Ost" shows that you are currently working in the "Magistrale für Europa" project, and that you are in the "Tachymeter" (sub-sub) folder in the "Widerlager Ost" measuring point. Clicking on "Tachymeter", for instance, opens the view of this folder, so that you can see (and call up) other measuring points that may be defined here.

The following rules apply to the creation of these path specifications:

  • For project-specific views, the path begins with the name of the project or the project folder
    • for a folder view, this is followed by the names of the folders and subfolders in which the measuring point is located and completed with the name of the current folder
    • for a measuring point view, it is analogous to the path of a folder view, but is here terminated with the name of the measuring point
    • in the device management, it is followed by the name of this view (or here shorter the word "Devices"), etc.
  • For the global views, the project management and the user management, the navigation bar only consists of the name of the view (and cannot be clicked either - which is not helpful here).

Context Menu

At several places within the user interface of SDC there are further (initially hidden) dialogs behind the name of an element which are displayed after clicking (or tapping) on the name. They present a selection of element-specific commands for the element currently displayed in the data/work area.
Since the choices displayed here depend on the specific object, these menus are referred to as context menus. For more information, see Context Menus.


SmartFilter

The filter option known as SmartFilter in SDC is available in a number of different views. It allows you to filter the data or entries to be displayed in the data/work area according to certain time criteria, provided they have a timestamp. This is especially the case for measurement data (see General Remarks on Measurement Data) and for log entries.
For example, you can narrow down the measurement data to be displayed in a measuring point view or a devices channel view , or you can narrow down the log entries to be displayed when displaying logs, according to the time period currently of interest/relevance to you.


The currently valid SmartFilter time interval is displayed in the views that offer this functionality, in the top left corner, under the name of the displayed object (e.g. the measuring point name), see the following screenshot (measuring point name "Büro Rheinstetten"):


You can view and change the currently selected SmartFilter settings at any time by clicking or tapping on the "SmartFilter" (or "Funnel") symbolto the right of the displayed SmartFilter time interval. Make your changes here and then click on the "Update" button to make the settings you have made effective. The properties that can be specified in the SmartFilter settings are explained in more detail below.


SmartFilter Properties


The setting options of the SmartFilter contained in the SmartFilter dialog are subdivided into

  1. the selection of a "main mode" - the *interval mode* -, and depending on the mode selected here
  2. the further selection of different "sub-modes" which determine further input options.

What sounds somewhat complex here is essentially self-explanatory. Basically, this is about intelligently specifying the time period for which the respective timestamped sizes/objects are to be filtered and displayed (as it would be the only possibility to directly (absolutely) specify the start and end time of the desired time period).


In detail, the selection of the interval mode is made in the top dropdown menu. Here are the choices:

  • Fixed period
  • Relative period
  • Last available data

The further setting options are explained in detail below.

Interval mode "Fixed time period

Available options:

  • User defined
    Specification of the time interval by specifying an (absolute) "start time" and "end time" by means of a date selection element ("datepicker") or by editing.
  • Calendar week
    Specification of the time interval by specifying "year" and "calendar week" of the selected year via corresponding drop-down menus.
  • Month
    Specification of the time interval by specifying "Year" and "Month" of the selected year via corresponding dropdown menus.

Interval mode "Relative period" / "Show data of the last...".

Specification of the time interval by selecting a time unit (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months) and a number of this unit relative to the current date.
For example, for the setting "Show data of the last 7 days", the time interval includes the data of the previous week (from today).

Interval mode "Last available data" / "Show last available data and additionally...".

Specification of the time interval by selecting a time unit (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months) and a number of this unit relative to the time of the last measurement of the channels to be displayed.
If, for example, the last data was measured a week ago and the setting "Show last available data and 7 days" was selected, the time interval includes the data of the week before last.

Note: SmartFilter settings are valid for entire sessions! They are therefore always valid in SDC views that have been opened in parallel opened browser windows or tabs (until they are changed in any view). However, this also means that the SmartFilter settings were terminated at the end of the session (by logout or timeout), so that they may have to be repeated after starting a new session.

Context Menus

A context menu is a menu with _element-specific commands_ for the element currently displayed in the data/work area. Typical commands are

  • "Update" - the currently displayed content is updated if this command is executed
  • "Edit" - another view is presented where the properties of the currently displayed element can be edited
  • "Show Log" - the log for the element is displayed
  • "Delete" - a delete dialog is opened for the current element (and a confirmation dialog is usually presented before the element is actually deleted)

The context menu is reached by clicking or tapping the element name below the element icon displayed in the _top right_ of the data/work area:

  • Mouse control: Move the mouse over the element name or the small black triangle beside it until the mouse pointer changes to a hand icon and click once to open the context menu.
    Then hover the mouse over the menu command until the desired command is highlighted (i.e. selected) and click again to execute that command.
  • Gesture control (Touchscreen): Tap once on the element name or the small black triangle beside it. In the context menu that opens, tap the desired menu command to execute that command.

An example of an opened context menu of a tachymeter measuring point is shown in the following screenshot (unfortunately taken with German language settings):

Note: Depending on the element and command, the appropriate permissions are required to execute the command. See User Groups. If permissions are not given for a particular command, a red "Forbidden" icon is displayed instead of the mouse pointer as soon as you hover the mouse over a currently prohibited command.

Attention: These context menus in SDC have nothing to do with the right-click context menu of the browser. The commands offered there are rarely useful in SDC!