FAQ

What is UTOnline.org?

How do I get a copy of the UT?

Will the UT run on Windows 7?

Is there a UT version available for Apple computers?

How can I get another password?

Where can I get training materials?

How can I move project files between computers?


What is UTOnline.org?
The UT is software designed for the management and analysis of data from loggers and trend data from building management systems.

With its comprehensive import, graphing and analysis routines, the UT is ideal for large data sets from multiple sources. The software has time correction features, including the ability to synchronize data sets with different recording rates. The UT has various data filtering mechanisms and a comprehensive graphing tool. The software has the ability to generate post test channels to facilitate data analysis. In addition, the UT includes an analysis section that provides detailed statistical information.

A special timesaving feature of the UT is its ability to give you meaningful calculations in spite of inconsistent or flawed raw data. For instance, it reconciles data from loggers whose recording intervals differ, and it compensates for calibration errors. The UT also includes filter tools that allow you to look at just the data you need. The graphing tool includes features such as a standard graph, XY scatter plots and trend graphing. Analysis routines have been developed for equipment run-time, zone temperature variation, air-side economizers, plug load, lighting controls and set point analysis. For all these areas, you can view the data in a summary report or a graphic display. In addition, a routine that calculates detailed statistics for each data set is available. The UT also has the ability to export data to a transport file that makes data available for other UT users, or into a standard spreadsheet format that will fit smoothly into your spreadsheet. This can save you hours of extra effort.

The UT solves the real-world problems that often arise in data collection which then makes your original data set more useful.

Who Needs the UT?

The Universal Translator (UT) is for anyone who needs to work with “real world” data—in other words, data that has problems. Examples of problem data might be data that comes from different data loggers where the clocks are not synchronized or from data loggers that recorded at different intervals. Calibration errors might be another source of problems. Have you found yourself spending hours with a spreadsheet trying to take problem data and make it into something usable? If so, the UT could save you hours of work.

The UT also has additional analysis functions to help analyze your data. The analysis tools have been written for building energy maintenance. They include modules to analyze economizers, light and plug loads, equipment runtime and set point analysis.

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How do I get a copy of the UT?
Registered users can download the latest version of the Universal Translator.

To register:
Create a new account from the Home page. Click on the "Create new account" link, fill out the account information form, and press the "Create new account" button. An email will be sent to you containing your user name, a temporary password and additional information.

To download the Universal Translator Installer:
From the Home page log in with your new account. After you log in, click on the Downloads link in the "Primary links" menu. On the Downloads page click the link of the Installer you wish to download. You will be redirected to an article with information regarding the UT version you have chosen. Scroll to the bottom of the page. The installer file is an executable program, just click on it and begin the installation will begin.
Questions? Contact support@utonline.org

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Will the UT run on Windows 7?
Yes the UT will run in Windows 7, however, a work around is needed.

Windows 7 32- bit
• Right click on UT icon and “Run as administrator”

Windows 7 64-bit requires SQL Server to be installed separately (if SQL Server isn’t installed already).
• Manually install 64 bit compatible version of SQL Server 2005 Express SP2
• Install UT 2.5.115
• Right click on UT icon and “Run as administrator”
For more details on manually installing SQL Server view this article http://www.utonline.org/cms/node/94
For more details on "Run as Administrator" view this article http://www.utonline.org/cms/node/93)

2005 Express SP2
• Install UT 2.5.115
• Right click on UT icon and “Run as administrator”

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Is there a UT version available for Apple computers?
Currently there is only a Windows version of UT available.

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How can I get another password?
To create a new password choose Request New Password from the Home page. You will be asked for your Username or e-mail address. An e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on changing your password.

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Where can I get training materials?
There are several different ways to become familiar with the UT.
- Under the Help Tab you will find general help for the UT that includes a Tutorial and easy to follow Training Videos. These are a great place to start!
- The Pacific Energy Center (PEC) offers periodic training sessions on the UT. To find out more use the Contact Us tab and click on the PEC link.
- Under the Downloads tab you will also find a printable turtorial.

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How can I move project files between computers?
To move a UT project from one compuer to another use the Export Project as UT Project Transport File option under the File pull down menu. This will produce a .utp transport file which can be saved to a portable drive. To import the .utp file use the Import UT Project Transport File option, under the Tools pull down menu.

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