Seeq R50 includes various features to empower new and existing users to easily analyze their data.
The big changes in R50 include home screen modifications, more administrative capabilities, and an improved analytical workflow that includes tool enhancements.
Home Screen Redesign
Improved Item Organization
The new home screen enables users to access their content quicker than ever. Immediately upon logging in, users can now see the workbooks they have recently opened or pinned. Additionally, enhancements to searching and improvements to performance allow users to browse additional content efficiently and with ease.
- Home: Access workbooks you have recently opened or pinned without having to search for the workbook again
- My Items: Access workbooks you own that are not located in another category
- Shared: Access workbooks owned by others, either shared with you specifically or shared with a group you are a part of
- Corporate: Access workbooks meant to be shared across your organization without specific access controls
Users can navigate nested folders through the left-hand menu similar to Windows Explorer. Additionally, users now have the power to duplicate folders. This function duplicates not only the workbooks contained within the folder, but also their relationships. For example, a duplicated Organizer Topic will have content that references the newly duplicated Workbench Analysis.
Integrating External Links
New right-hand sidebars provide the Seeq user with quick access to a variety of content. In the Helpful Links sidebar users can find Seeq hosted resources, the newest of which are Interactive Training and Office Hours. In Interactive Training, users can take hands-on, self-paced training to grow their Seeq analytics skillset. In Office Hours, Seeq Analytics Engineers are available daily for live assistance.
Beneath the Helpful Links sidebar, administrators can add company specific links and information. These links can be internal websites pertinent to their Seeq users such as SharePoint and internal wikis.
Improved Analytical Workflow
The Import CSV Files tool has been significantly improved to address the various needs of users to incorporate CSV data into their analyses. Users can now:
- Import multiple signals from one CSV at once, without needing to execute the tool multiple times
- Import different CSV file formats based on the column delimiter and date format
- Ingest metadata such as the description and units of measure to help contextualize the signals or condition being imported.
- Append or replace existing imports in Seeq Workbench with new CSV data
- Users can quickly rectify an error associated with the import due to improved error messaging detailing the issue and where it occurs in the CSV
Additional Tool Improvements
Other tools that were improved or added were:
- Value Search
- Combined with Deviation Search to reduce the number of tools users need to employ
- Ignore Signal Gaps checkbox to address signals with invalid data
- Scorecard Metric
- Change the color of thresholds while maintaining the server priority settings
- Include strings as thresholds to enable scorecards based on string signals
- Scatter Plot Selection
- Allow users to make a condition based on a rectangular area highlighted in Scatter Plot
Organizer Topic Additions
Organizer Topic has also undergone a redesign to facilitate report generation. Users can now:
- See the State of a topic to determine if they went offline or if their topic is outdated and they need to refresh their screen
- Bulk Editing Modal: Allow users to modify the properties of multiple pieces of content displayed in Organizer
- Font Size: Change the font size of content to allow for easier viewing
- Update Content to Current Version: Revert content to match current state of source analysis
- Summarization: Apply a visual fixed average across all trends without modifying calculations
- Scheduled Reporting
- Users can now have their topic documents update at set intervals in case reports need to be generated at a certain cadence
- The options available are Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Live for a constantly updating dashboard
We’re offering new ways to expand Seeq’s analytical capabilities and empower customers to tailor their Seeq experience. Please consult with Seeq when trying to implement these options.
- External Tools
- Integrate with external web apps or Seeq Data Lab AppMode notebooks within Seeq Workbench through a custom tool panel widget. This can be used to address different workflows such as generating asset trees to build calculations and analyses at scale.
- Extensible Workbench
- Create interactive visualization plugins that appear in the Seeq Workbench trend pane (like Scatter Plot and Treemap)
- Integrate with the details pane and display/investigation ranges for a seamless experience
- User Defined Functions (UDFs)
- Simplify common complex formula usage by creating, packaging, and sharing custom Formula functions
- Configure UDFs with searchable documentation and overview pages
- Apply access control to UDFs to restrict access
Besides the Home Screen, the Seeq User experience has been improved to allow users to easily find items.
- Searches can be sorted based on item names or descriptions
- Non-asset items such as signals and conditions within an asset tree can now have children items beneath them to allow for easier navigation
- Tools are now grouped by the analytics area they address in Seeq
Some ways users can customize their visualizations in Workbench are:
- Gridlines can be displayed behind trends
- Signal summarization is available not only in Organizer but also in Workbench
- Capsule properties can be displayed in the capsules of trend view
- In Capsule Time, trends can be colored based on capsule properties. The coloring options are
Rainbow:Apply a distinct color based on the capsule property to every signal trended within capsules such that two or more different signals in similar capsules can be easily determined
Gradient: Apply a gradient of the signal’s color such that the capsules closer to the beginning of the sorted property appear lighter while capsules appearing towards the end appear darker
Gradient By Condition: Apply the conditions’ colors in the Details Pane to the signals while maintaining similar functionality to the Gradient option
Empowering View-Only Mode Users
In View-Only mode, users have new ways to interact with Seeq analyses
- Workbench Analysis
- Users have full access to the Data Pane to trend additional items and perform asset swapping of calculations. (Note: these changes do not persist to the original analysis)
- Users have access to the Item Properties of an item, including a modifiable Description field and Formula Parameters
- Analysis Creators can add more context to a calculation through its description
- View-Only Users can see what inputs go into a calculation to better understand how it works
- Organizer Topic
- Documents can now be downloaded as a PDF while in View-Only Mode
Some other improvements to the user experience are
- Better default duplicate naming: Duplicates now increment from the original item’s name
- Multi-Level Asset Swapping: Users can now swap across assets that are not symmetrical.
Administrators now have more options for customizing the Seeq experience for their users. A number of these options are available through the Seeq Administration Page, reducing the need to access the Seeq Server directly.
- Datasource Tab: Admins can now see all of the data sources connected to a Seeq server and interact with them. In the tab they can disable the data source, configure who has access to it, or cancel all requests going to it.
- Export Tab: See every export performed. This can be especially useful to see the active Live OData Exports and delete ones that are no longer used
- Configuration Tab: Allows admins to configure Seeq server parameters. Below are a few of the common parameters modified
- System Wide Messaging to All Seeq Users
- Home Screen Sidebar Customization
- Scatterplot Resolution
- Templates for New Organizer Topics and Journals
- Color Properties Used in Scorecard and Treemap
- Request Reprioritization to allow Seeq to serve other requests while there are long requests in progress (Consult with Seeq for assistance)
Administrators can now expand Seeq Cortex, Seeq’s middle layer for querying data sources, by adding new connections. Below is a list of the new connections that now come with Seeq.
- Honeywell DAS
- OSIsoft AF Event Frames
- Siemens XHQ
- GE Proficy
- OPC UA
- Azure Data Explorer
Seeq can now be audited to ensure cGMP customers meet compliance. The items that can be audited are Assets, Calculated Signals, Conditions and Scalars, Scorecards, Histograms, Users, and User Groups. Items being audited will have every change made to them recorded. This will include when the change was made, who made it, and what change was made.
Our formula consistency has been improved to simplify Formula while several new functions have been added to address numerous use cases.
Comparison Symbols now align with Python comparison logic. This allows for English phrases to be used rather than programming operators that not all users are familiar with. For example, “&&” becomes “and” while “||” becomes “or”.
The names of our functions are being modified to simplify the number of functions users must remember. Similar functions are being condensed into one function. Some examples of this are:
- standardDeviation() à stdDev()
- standardDeviation was used before to aggregate over a particular capsule while stdDev was used to aggregate over the capsules in a condition. Now only stdDev() will be used
- delay() à move()
- delay() was used to shift a signal while move() was used to shift capsules in a condition. Now move() is used.
forecastLinear(): Linearly project a signal into the future using the slope of the signal during a window of time relative to now
keep(): Filter a subset of capsules or samples in a condition or signal based on some logic. Filtering is commonly performed on capsule properties or sample values
exponentialFilter(): Smooth a signal by applying a first order exponential moving average. This filter can account for physical lags in the process to address uses cases such as simulating dynamic response, updating differential models with lab results, and performing what-if analyses.
derivative(): The derivative function now has different parameters that can be passed into it to modify its output
derivative ('time unit'): Output a derivative where the time unit is based on a time unit other than seconds. This enables users to specify units as desired, to view the derivative in appropriate units (magnitude of numerical values), without having to modify the units in subsequent functions.
- derivative ('keyStat') : Change the placement of the derivative. By default, derivative samples are placed in between the two samples they are based on but this can be modified