Meet Tool Tracker 3

Meet Tool Tracker 3

February 4, 2014

TT3IconThe mantle has been passed–Tool Tracker 3 will soon set the standard for MWD data analysis. At its core, Tool Tracker 3 is still the same incredibly powerful application that you have come to depend on. But it is now much easier to use, allowing you to access just the right graph or report in even less time.

If you are a power user, you’ll feel right-at-home navigating the new interface, but now with even more enhancements and capabilities at your disposal. The beauty of the new interface lies in its simplicity.  Many of the major commands are now identified by an icon, conveniently located in a horizontal array above and just below the main screen. With minimal dropdown menus and no cluttered panes to wade through–from the get-go everything is found in a logical and easily-accessible location. Even the menu bar has been revamped: besides providing standard commands, such as save and print, it now allows you to send an inquiry directly to Tolteq with all of your Tool Tracker data files included!

If you are new to Tool Tracker, just follow along as we cover several commands; if you are an experienced user we think this overview will be just what you need to get your bearings straight and get right to work.



The screen you see upon connection, Home displays general information about your tool’s various jobs, such as when it went downhole and what other tools it was connected to. The information you see here builds up over time, as it includes the archived data from all of the tools that you have connected to Tool Tracker. You can even click on a specific tool in the More column to get a more detailed look. In addition, you now have the power to quickly search for specific tools, or any combination of tools, to locate matching jobs and tools.



Double-clicking on a specific tool (or string) from the Home list takes you to this new screen, Analysis. Here, Tool Tracker analyzes the archived data and automatically generates a Data Analysis Summary that  pinpoints significant events and makes recommendations for evaluation and maintenance.



The Charts screen displays charted information about the selected tool. Tool Tracker 3 will use default variables to create the chart. You are also free to select or modify these variables, and even create new combinations to quickly chart the desired data. To compare and contrast the data, multiple charts can be created and viewed simultaneously. This image shows multiple high shock events as experienced by the connected directional module. Charts that are used frequently can also be saved for quick access.



A carryover from version 2, the Notepad command allows you to keep detailed notes on all of your tools. These notes, including those recorded automatically by the firmware updater, will build-up over time, just like the data in the Home screen.



The Operational History screen presents a summary of the accumulated lifetime data for that tool. You will see bar graphs for your chosen parameters, such as total hours, flow on hours, maximum temperature, pulses, and so on. This screen especially comes in handy when making decisions related to tool maintenance.


Log Data

The Log Data screen provides a detailed report of all of the user-archived data recorded by your tool during its downhole sessions. Like the Home screen, this information is archived and can be accessed at any time.



The Log Data Configuration command allows you to review the configuration settings for all of your tools, though the options vary by tool as well. If you have a directional module connected, as in the example below, you can set a battery 2 switch, bus voltage warnings, and time interval for the various logs. In addition, a handy calculate feature allows you to change the settings, and see what effect those changes have on your downhole recording time.


Live Data

In addition to logged data, you can also view actual live data for your connected tool. This command is especially useful when you want to see the battery power, as shown in the image.