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Method for Smart Selection of Objects in Network Diagrams

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199044D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Sep-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Sep-09

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

Control Centers of Power Transmission and Power Distribution Networks are usually equipped with large screens mounted on the walls of the Control Center. These screens display online network diagrams of the customer's network as shown in Figure 1. Operators may select single objects, e.g. field devices, displayed in such a Network Diagram in order to view detailed information of the selected object, or to perform operations like acknowledging alarms. In many cases, the operators need to apply operations to a set of objects, not only to a single one. Such operations can be for instance: • Bulk acknowledging of alarms to a selected area. • Changing the colors for different voltage levels. The lines and the objects of the selected objects are then drawn with a different color by topological processing. • Applying markers to all selected objects such as Blocked markers, Test Mode markers and others. • Changing the access rights for all selected objects.

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Method for Smart Selection of Objects in Network Diagrams

Idea: Bernd Steiner, DE-Nürnberg

Control Centers of Power Transmission and Power Distribution Networks are usually equipped with

large screens mounted on the walls of the Control Center. These screens display online network

diagrams of the customer's network as shown in Figure 1. Operators may select single objects, e.g.

field devices, displayed in such a Network Diagram in order to view detailed information of the

selected object, or to perform operations like acknowledging alarms. In many cases, the operators

need to apply operations to a set of objects, not only to a single one. Such operations can be for

instance:
• Bulk acknowledging of alarms to a selected area.
• Changing the colors for different voltage levels. The lines and the objects of the selected

objects are then drawn with a different color by topological processing.
• Applying markers to all selected objects such as Blocked markers, Test Mode markers and

others.
• Changing the access rights for all selected objects.

For this purpose, the network diagrams provide usually rectangle selection. This allows an operator to

select a set of objects. An operator selects the desired objects, clicks the left mouse button, holds it

down and drags the mouse cursor, which spans a rectangle border, and then releases the left mouse

button. All objects within the selection are selected. The operator may now perform the desired

operations to the selected objects. Rectangle selection is a simple method to apply bulk operations to

a set of objects at once. However, it does not allow a flexible selection of areas which might be of

interest for the operator. For example the operator might change access rights for all selected objects

except for e.g. Sub049 and Sub050. Up to now, the operator might perform such a selection by

performing a rectangle selection. Then, he holds the Ctrl-key pressed and selects each object which is

not of interest by clicking. Or he performs the operations based on each Substation. The operator

would have to perform a rectangle selection of Sub048, apply the requested operation, the rectangle-

select Sub033, perform the requested operations and so on. Both solutions bring along a lot of manual

steps which are time-consuming and, last but not least, frustrating.

Therefore, a novel method for smart selection of objects (e.g. field devices) in network diagrams is

proposed. In the following, the idea is primarily described for network diagrams. However, it can be

applied to any kind of User Interface-Software which allows selection of objects. The proposed and so

called Smart Selection procedure works is described in the following:
• Smart Selection can be turned on and turned off by using for example hotkeys or other

methods.
• If the Smart Selection Mode is turned off, the selection behaves as usual. While holding down

the left mouse button and dragging the mouse pointer, a rectangle is spa...