Archive Explorer Tools

The following menus appear at the top of Archive Explorer:

  • File: Close Archive Explorer by clicking Exit from this menu.

  • Tools: Change the buttons that appear on the toolbar by clicking Customize from this menu. Change the time format from a standard 12-hour format (i.e., 4:17:35 PM) to a 24-hour format (i.e., 16:17:35) by selecting Use 24-Hour Format.

    NOTE: The initial setting of the time format respects your machine's settings. If your machine is set to a 24-hour format, clearing Use 24-Hour Format sets your times to the 12-hour format.
  • Window: Adjust the position and tabs that appear in the Archive Explorer application.

  • Help: View online help and version information for Archive Explorer.

The buttons on the Archive Explorer toolbar allow you to locate and view an incident, tag, or ground on the map. The following buttons appear on the toolbar by default:

  • Highlight: The incident symbology flashes three times on the map. If the symbology is not visible in the map display, you may need to click Zoom To first.

  • Zoom To: Zooms the ArcMap display to the selected incident.

  • Pan To: Move the ArcMap display to view the selected incident without modifying the current map scale.

  • Refresh: Refreshes the data.

The following buttons are not on the toolbar by default and must be added using Customize.

  • Build archive from history: Initially populate the Archive tables with data. This is usually a one-use feature. Once the initial data dump is complete, you can run Archive Services to automatically add all closed and cancelled incidents to the Archive tables. When the user clicks this button, the Build Archive window appears.

    Click Generate next to either Incidents by Date Range or Tags by Date Range, depending on need.

    If you select the Archive canceled incidents checkbox, cancelled incidents and features are archived and appear in Archive Explorer.

    If you select the Delete history after archiving checkbox, the incidents are removed from the Responder History tables and placed in the Responder Archive tables. If this field remains unchecked, the incident information resides in both sets of tables.

    IMPORTANT: Before building your archive and deleting the existing history, it is important to first back up the original history tables. This is especially critical when performing this task for the first time.

    After clicking Generate, the User Inputs window opens. Select a date range and click OK.

    Archive Explorer now queries the Responder History tables using the date range provided. It uses the Time of Outage value when querying by date. All incidents that fall within this range are copied into the Archive tables and are available for viewing in Archive Explorer. Incidents that already exist in Archive Explorer are not re-imported and the import continues without generating errors.

    NOTE: The Build archive from history tool has now been added as a standalone .exe that can also be run as a scheduled task.
  • Upgrade archive: Apply upgrades through the current release. Archive Explorer applies all upgrades available between the original install version and the current release. For example, if you are upgrading from 9.1 to 9.2, upgrades for all 9.1 Service Packs are included. For information about the upgrades performed, refer to the What's New page in the ArcFM Solution Configuration Guide for the version that you’re upgrading to.

  • Compute Tmed: Calculate an event threshold according to the standard set by IEEE Standard 1366-2003, section 4.5 and populate the appropriate Responder Archive table. The event threshold value is calculated using incident data in the Archive tables for the previous five years. It establishes a threshold for incident duration. Any incidents that exceed that threshold are considered "major events" and excluded from the Reliability Reports.

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