All graphs in Outpost are initially created by following the instructions in this article - this guide will deal with how to create specific and commonly used graphs that relate to water meter monitoring
Summary graph displaying total daily usage and flow rate
Here are the common settings used to produce the 'Total' display, with the relevant section circled that shows how the data is defined as 'Daily' :
Same screen cap but for the 'Flow Rate' data series :
Daily, Weekly and Monthly Total graphs
The bar graphs display usage patterns and in the examples below the customer has selected historical date ranges of 14 days prior (Daily), 90 days prior (Weekly), and 12 months prior (Monthly)
Typical configuration settings for all these bar graphs are as follows :
Daily Bar Graph
Weekly Bar Graph
Monthly Bar Graph
Water Meter totalizer graph
This displays the estimated water meter reading as usage accumulates. It uses a historical manual meter read as a baseline and adds the usage measured by the logger to provide a 'live' meter read without the need to take another manual reading
In order to do so it needs two essential components :
1) someone to take a manual meter reading at site and input the reading into our site under the Meter Data tab, instructions here
2) a new input to be created to add water meter usage data to the most recent meter reading (from step 1 above)
- click on the spanner icon to access the configuration window
- Next to 'Other Inputs', click on 'Add'
- select 'Calculated Input (Meter Reading)' from the drop-down menu
- click on 'New Input' and rename it 'Meter Reading' and 'Save'
- click on '<NOT CONFIGURED>' and select the Client, Site, and Input, always in that order - the input will be whatever the Pulse Counter has been renamed as in the same configuration window ('C1' in the example below)
This new calculated input will then create an accumulated data set that keeps climbing with water usage
YTD Usage graph
Unlike the Meter Reading graph, the YTD (year-to-date) graph will display absolute total water usage over a defined period of time.
Follow the same steps as above but instead of selecting the Meter Reading option, select 'Calculated Input V2'
Rename 'New Input' to something like 'YTD Usage'
Click on '<NOT CONFIGURED>' and copy as paste the following VB Script into the text box :
If Inputs.C1.LogTime > cdate("01/01/2017") AndAlso Inputs.C1.LogTime < cdate("31/12/2017") Then
Return Inputs.C1.Value + If(PreviousValue.HasValue, PreviousValue.Value, 0)
text in red : the date range you wish to define
text in blue : the pulse input name - must exactly match what that input is called
Click in 'Test Script', then 'Update' then close the window
Calculated inputs like this can take some time to fill in so give it up to an hour to fully convert and display all data
Saving your graphs as templates for future use
To save time and avoid having to recreate these graphs every time, follow the instructions at the bottom of this article to save them as templates for future use within your login