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Configuring Dashboards

Andres Andresson Updated by Andres Andresson

Dashboards have endless possibilites when it comes to conigure them. Typically each project has one Dashboard that shows key information.

Basic Control

Setting up a new Dashboard

To create a new Dashboard go to Setup > Dashboard and click on the icon.

Give the Dashboard a name, an owner, and select if the height of the dashboard should be continuous or one screen. Set the Width to auto or predefined sizes and select the scale needed (this can be changed when viewing the dashboard.

Select the icon to view the dashboard in full screen.

When adding a component to the Dashboard click on the big plus sign and select the type of component needed.

The component will automatically take up 1/3 of the row and can be adjusted in size with by dragging the component as seen below.

To delete a component simply click on the X in the top right corner of the component and accept.

Components available on the Dashboard.

Alarm Overview
  1. Select exactly what information is displayed in the Alarm Overview Table. For particular projects it is not necessary to display all options available so valuable space is not being wasted on the Dashboard.
  2. Select from what Owners and Sites Alarms are displayed
Distribution Wind Rose

Note: Wind Rose doesn’t show unless some variable on selected site has a Wind Direction (°) defined as a unit.

Wind Rose displays variables in context to wind direction.

Select how many sectors the Wind Rose is divided into and click on the legend check box to see the limits each sector is divided into under the wind rose.

Add variables by clicking on the + icon.

Cumulative Sum Graph

The cumulative sum graph allows the user to compare cumulative sum of a variable for the current year in relation to the year or years before.

To set up a Cumulative graph on the dashboard select Cumulative Sum Graph under type

To add in a variable click on the + icon for the variable selector menu

Under Options the user can select how many years to compare and if the graph should have legend values or %.

This is only possible if VDV has some data values for the previous year.

The Diurnal Graph displays the average values hour by hour for all 24 hours of the day. If the time period is more than a single day then the graph shows the average value for every one hour period for those days. If the time period is 7 days then the graph will show a single trend line where the each hour bucket is the average for those 7 days. It is also possible to put many variables on the same graph and for every unit type on the graph a new y-axis follows.

Check the legend check mark if you want to display the variables names under the graph.

Click the plus button to add variables to the graph.

NOTE: If the scale on the Dashboard is smaller than 1 day this feature will not work properly as it shows daily hour average for selected variables.

Gauge Compass

To add Compass Gauge to the Dashboard go to Setup > Dashboard and create new or edit existing Dashboard.

Create new box on the Dashboard by clicking the plus button.

Select the type Gauge Compass > Select Variable

NOTE: Any variable that has value lower then 360 can be selected but this Gauge is made for direction variables that range from 1-360

Gauge Needle

To add Compass Gauge to the Dashboard go to Setup > Dashboard and create new or edit existing Dashboard.

Create new box on the Dashboard by clicking the plus button.

Select the type Gauge Needle > Select Variable

It is possible to select between 3 types of Needle Gauge:


Semi Circle:

Semi Circle Vertical:

Select the Min and Max values for the gauge

Gauge Progress

To add Compass Gauge to the Dashboard go to Setup > Dashboard and create new or edit existing Dashboard.

Create new box on the Dashboard by clicking the plus button.

Select the type Gauge Process > Select Variable

The process Gauge has Styles, Arch, Semi Circe and Circle. The process Gauge always starts at zero and then the Max value can be set.


Gauge Linear

To add Compass Gauge to the Dashboard go to Setup > Dashboard and create new or edit existing Dashboard.

Create new box on the Dashboard by clicking the plus button.

Select the type Gauge Linear > Select Variable

With Linear Gauge it is possible to show values linear like on a classic thermostat. It is possible to select the Min and Max values, select specific colors for the gauge and to highlight parts of the gauge.


The Graph option in the Dashboard feature valuable add on to VDV plotting possibilities.

  1. Write in a name for the left Y-axis. The Auto Scale check mark is default checked and if it is unchecked two new fields appear where it is possible to select the Min and Max for the manual scale.
  2. Do the same for the right Y-axis.
  3. Uncheck the Legend check mark to hide the variable names under the Graph.
  4. After selecting a variable to display on the Graph the following options are available:
    Name: Default Station Name:Variable Name appears but it is possible to change the to whatever preferred.
    Type:  Line, Column or Area.
    Line Width: 1-5.
    Color: Click on the field to pick the color from color picker or manually write in the HEX code for preferred color.
    Marker: Select a Marker for each data point on the Graph. Default is None and it is possible to select 5 different symbols.
    Y-axis: Assign variable to either left or right Y-axis.
    Data: Select form Raw (Raw values from datafile), Relative Plot (First value on the scale starts at 0), Cumulative (Sums up the values on the scale) or Rate of Change (Where the RoC value = current raw reading – previous reading).
    Summary: Default is None but it is possible to select from Average, Sum, Max and Min.
    Time Period: If Average, Sum, Max or Min are selected in Summary this option appears an it is possible to select Hour, Day, Month or Year for those mathematical functions.
  5. Click the plus button to add another variable to the graph.
    Note: It is possible to have the same variable more than once on each graph and apply different graphing or mathematical option to it.

Histogram is a graphical representation of the distribution of data.

  1. Select between Frequency (Each bin is displayed as percentage of the total samples on the Y-axis) or Occurrences (Each bin is displayed as number of occurrences of the total samples on the Y-axis).
  2. The bin width is default set to auto but is is possible to select preferred width.
  3. Selected variable for the Histogram. Click on the x to delete variable and select another.
Intensity Plot

Intensity plot uses color to display 3D data on a 2D plot, this can be useful when plotting temperature or sun radiance along with many other variables where the intensity is what is of interest.

To plot this select Intensity Plot under Type for dashboard components.

To add a variable to the intensity plot select the + sign and the variable menu will pop up allowing the user to select what variable should be on the intensity plot.


Table is a numeric list of the variable value over time.

Select the Data type (Raw data or summary data) and the table limit from the drop down list. Add the variable/s by clicking on Select Variable and select from a list in the popup window.

It is possible to make the table compact by selecting it.


Numeric value is simply a numeric representation of the latest value read by VDV

Add the Variable needed by selecting the + sign under Variable.

Update Overview


Scatter plot

Year Graph

View current data in reference to historical data.

This is a great tool to see how current values compare to previous data. Allowing users to instantly see if current data is within historical limits of data or if the readings are possibly abnormal.

  • Select the summary type for the data, options are average, max, min & sum. Data is summarized to daily values.
  • Choose the starting month for the graph.
  • Select number of previous years to include in historical data.
  • Show average/median values.
  • Show previous year.
  • Show percentile values. Select the ranges to show on the graph.



Simply start with selecting Webcam from the drop down list. You can then add any Webcam that you have access to. It is possible to have multiple Webcams on the same Dashboard.

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