The Inspection Window is where surveys are performed. Once the camera system is in the pipe and ready to record video, the user simply presses the green Start Session button to begin recording. Observations are added clicking on one of 10 user defined hot buttons or by selecting the observation from the drop-down list.
The File Menu contains:
Open Intro Page: Closes the current session and opens the Main Screen for POSM.
Generate Report: Closes the session and opens the Report Generator.
Quick Print: Leaves the session open and opens a report to enable the user to quickly print the reports while still running the camera. This is used when users wish to keep the footage counter active while printing reports to save time while pulling the camera back.
Exit: Closes the session and exits out of POSM completely.
The edit menu contains:
Session Info: Reopens the Session Information window. When the user is finished, it will return to the Inspection Screen.
Comments: Open the comments dialog for the session. Session comments may also be edited from the Session Information page.
Preferences: Open the Preferences page.
Restart Video: Restarts the video feed.
Restart Overlay: Restarts the overlay device. ScanCam Whole Run: Initialize a ScanCam full pipe scan.
Show Status Line: Turn Overlay Off: Toggles the overlay off and on.
Clear Overlay: Clears the screen of text and repaints it. If the video signal is “spiked” the characters can sometime become garbled. Using a time base sync restore ensures that this happens as little as possible.
Print Snapshot: Saves a temporary BMP image and opens it up with MS Paint. Once opened the user can draw or type on the image. Note: Path to MS Paint needs to be set in Edit Preferences/Setup POSM Options.
Fault Code Editor: Opens the POSM Fault Code Editor to allow new observations to be added or changed while in a session.
Show Title Page: Opens the Title Page of the Report Generator in a new window.
Display Comments: Displays the comments from Edit/Comments on the overlay.
Display All Intro Pages: Displays all the Intro Pages that are marked to be shown in the Preferences.
Display One Intro Page: Will show a sub-menu of all the Intro Pages for a template. Clicking on a page to display it for the specified amount of time entered in the preferences.
Speak Remarks: The computer generated voice will speak text in the remarks field.
Show Distance Only: All overlay items except distance will be turned off.
Display Grid: Toggles on the calibration grid.
Show/Hide Water Level: Toggles the Water Level Graph. A tool that helps operators more accurately ascertain the water level in a pipe.
News Article: Introducing a New Feature: Water Level Graph.
Method 1: Select the Observation from the full list of codes with no filters
In this method every code will show up in the Observation drop down and the user would have to scroll down to RML - Roots Medium Lateral.
Method 2: Select a Category Filter
By selecting Roots from the Category Filter all of the codes with a Category of “Roots” will show up in the Observation list. The user can then scroll down and select RML - Roots Medium Lateral.
Method 3: Using a Category and Type Filter
By selecting a Category of “Roots” and Type of “Mainline” the user is given even fewer codes to choose from, making the selection process faster and easier.
Method 4: Type Filter only
By selecting a Type Filter of “Tap” only codes with a Type of “Tap” will be selected.
To add an Observation, select an Observation from the Observation Drop Down or select a Hot Button. If using a large code set, it is recommended that the user set up category and type filters. This allows the user to quickly filter the list of Observations. If any pink required fields appear for the Observation they must be filled out, any white fields may have data added to them as well. To add the Observation, click the pink Add Observation box. If take picture is enabled POSM will then take a picture from the current live video or digital video. If clips are enabled POSM will take a clip of the Observation. While adding a video clip a recording icon will appear under the video with a countdown timer. When the timer reaches 0 the clip will end. If the text overlay is setup properly, POSM will also display the Observation Name on screen. If text to speech is setup, POSM will speak the out the Observation Data.
To edit an Observation, right click on it from the Data Logging List and click Edit Observation. The Add Observation Button will change to Save Data and a Cancel Edit Button will appear. Change any of the data about the Observation required and the distance if necessary and click Save or Cancel. If the distance needs to be changed, change the text in the White Distance Box. While in edit mode, POSM will not look at the current distance of the system only the white distance box by the Edit Observation Button.
To delete an observation from the list, first select it by clicking on it from the data logging list. Then right click to open the menu, select delete observation. POSM will ask if you really want to delete this observation, choose yes or no.
Continuous Defects saves time by not having to re-enter information about something that continues along the pipe. Examples of this are cracks, roots, grease, and debris. To start a Continuous Observation select the Observation from the Observation drop down, enter all of data required for the Observation, then check the continuous box. In the text box next to the check box a SXX will appear, where the XX is 0 -99. When the end of the Continuous Observation has been found, simply right click on the Start Continuous Observation from the data logging list, and select Complete Observation. It will add an Observation with a FXX (0-99) continuous setting.
The Session Box allows the user to start and stop sessions, manually set the distance, show the session size, and camera speed. To manually set the footage of the system, click the Set Button and enter a value into the pop up box. The Session Size Box shows how large the digital files of this session are. If CDs are being used it is recommended that the session size not go over 650 MB, and in all cases a session should not be larger than 4GB. The camera speed shows the speed of the camera based off of the footage counter change. The Exit POSM button will exit POSM.