Release Notes 3.0

Known Issues

  • Projects or Input Sets from ProVAL 2.x that are saved in a different region than your system can’t be opened by ProVAL 3.x. This is due to the different default number formats throughout the world.
  • Creation of the MS Excel Report may fail with long file and/or profile names since Excel imposes a limit of 31 characters on sheet names.
  • Installation requires elevated privileges on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • While not directly related to the software, you may encounter issues downloading pv3 or pv3at files when using MS Internet Explorer.

3.03.0094: October 15, 2010

Editor

  • Invalid values were allowed for the lead-in and lead-out.
  • The type of the first section could not be changed.

Charts

  • Saving the chart image to a file didn’t always work.
  • Crash when attempting to save the chart image to a file before the project had been saved.

3.03.0091: August 16, 2010

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • The Grinding analysis for MRI and RN would fail if the Comparison Plot was set to Raw Profile.

3.03.0090: July 30, 2010

Analysis – Profilograph

  • When more than one profile is selected, tables in the exported reports showed the same scallops for each profile.
  • The scallops chart was not being drawn correctly when a lead-in is defined.

Installation

  • Missing file may make ProVAL inoperable.

3.03.0087: June 25, 2010

Editor

  • The units in the filtering section are always in USCS.
  • Changing the lead-in or lead-out could cause the software to crash if a previously defined section is no longer ‘valid’.
  • The History did not record what values were changed from, only what they were changed to.

Viewer

  • Ampersands in file names were not being shown.

Ride Quality

  • When analyzing profiles of different lengths and/or starting locations in the Fixed Interval analysis, the software may crash.
  • Analyses that require left and right profiles (HRI, MRI, RN), now require all selections to have left and right profiles, not just at least one selection.

3.03.0084: June 11, 2010

Editor

  • An unintended consequence of build 73 is that changes in the Basic screen cannot be applied until a project is saved.
  • The Full section is no longer explicitly defined or visible in the Section view. Instead, the length of the Lead-In and Lead-Out are defined in the Basic screen. The profiles are now adjusted so that a distance of 0 corresponds to the first point after the Lead-In. If you have defined a negative offset to do this adjustment yourself, you should change the offset to 0.

File I/O

  • Dates and times from KJ Law files were not being imported correctly.
  • The sample interval in Ames files will now always be imported as in unit feet.

Misc

  • Improvements to startup performance.

Report

  • A majority of the numbers in the Excel report are now stored as numbers (i.e., you don’t have to convert from texts to numbers), though there are a few exceptions.

Viewer

  • The Data Information table in the PDF report was duplicating the values for each profile, instead of displaying once for the file.

Analysis – Rolling Straightedge

  • Distances were not displayed correctly when the Full section did not encompass the entire profile.

Analysis – Ride Quality

  • Creation of the Excel Report would fail if more than one profile was selected.
  • The Fixed Interval analysis was not giving a validation error if a Basis profile was not selected.

3.02.0078: March 18, 2010

Viewer

  • Dragging profiles onto the chart does not work correctly in 3.02.

File I/O

  • More fallout from the mils correction. Texas PRO files with two profiles had the wrong elevation unit.

Editor

  • If the file selected in the Editor was then removed in the Viewer, the Editor screens still showed the selected file.
  • After filtering, speed and temperature units of the new file were sometimes wrong.
  • The chart in the Basic screen was still showing the lead-in and lead-out data.

3.02.0077: February 26, 2010

Misc

  • Several performance enhancements.

File I/O

  • The RSP problem previously fixed reappeared.
  • Average vehicle speed is now calculated from RSP files that are recording velocity.
  • Vehicle speed from Ames file is now imported correctly.
  • Version 73 corrected a problem with mils, but introduced a problem when opening PPF saved with an elevation unit of mils.

Viewer

  • The lead-in and lead-out are no longer shown on the chart.

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • The chart sync feature did not work correctly in some circumstances. Please contact us if you still see issues after this fix.

3.02.0076: February 1, 2010

Installation

  • The installation is now digitally signed, so you should not see a warning about the software coming from “Unknown Publisher”. If you do, then you should contact your IT staff to get the latest Root Certificates from Microsoft Update.

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • Histogram inputs were not being saved in SAM for projects or templates.

3.02.0075: January 21, 2010

Misc

  • Fixed a multithreading bug that was preventing startup on some systems.

3.02.0073: January 15, 2010

Installation

  • .NET 2.0 SP2 and Windows XP SP 3 required now.

Misc

  • Various fixes to accomodate large fonts.

File I/O

  • Some RSP files could not be imported.
  • A progress form was not being shown for all combinations of opening projects and adding files. This is now addressed. A side effect of this new code is that currentlythere is no longer a requirement that a new project be saved immediately.
  • The Mils unit for elevation was not being handled correctly.

Home

  • Files can now be dragged to anywhere on the form, instead of the just the Recent and Unsaved Projects
  • The ProVAL Online has been fully implemented to show current news and upcoming workshops instead of just loading the web site.
  • Added a button to clear the Recent and Unsaved Projects.

Viewer

  • Changes made in the Editor were not immediately reflected in the Viewer.

Analysis – Power Spectral Density

  • Default chart is now Slope PSD (Wave Length).

Analysis – Precision and Bias

  • No validation message was shown if 11 profiles were not selected.

Analysis – Profile Certification

  • Analysis did not work with files that had only right profiles.

Analysis – Ride Quality

  • Threshold was not being applied from Templates.
  • Sometimes multiple thresholds were drawn on the Continuous chart.
  • For the fixed interval analysis, the 250mm filter was only being applied to the IRI Ride Quality Index.

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • Templates were not being applied or saved correctly if the Ride Quality grid was being edited.
  • Grinding Strategies were not being applied or saved correctly if the grid was being edited.
  • Sometimes multiple thresholds were drawn on the Continuous charts.
  • Added the Butterworth Band-pass and High-pass filters to the Comparison filter.
  • The profile selector was allowing multiple selections.
  • The 250mm filter was not being applied for the fixed interval analysis.

3.01.0063: November 24, 2009

Installation

  • The installation tries to install Microsoft .NET 2.0 SP1 if it is not installed, even though SP2 is installed.
  • The background images did not look correct when using Large Fonts.

File I/O

  • Text files such as ERD were being imported using the computer’s Regional Settings. This causes problems if the file was written using a different Regional Setting.
  • PPF Files (and thus Projects) may not be openable if the computer’s Regional Settings were not set to the US.

Analysis – Ride Quality

  • For the “MRI and IRI” ride quality index, the column headers were out of order. MRI was listed last and should have been first.

Analysis – Rolling Straightedge

  • The layout of the results grid is wrong. Sometimes is not possible to see all the results.

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • The layout of the Histogram results grids is wrong. Sometimes is not possible to see all the results.
  • Added legend for the Fixed Interval chart.
  • HRI – The original profile was being used for the after grinding comparison.
  • Editing grinding locations could cause the software to get ‘stuck’.

Misc

  • Various cosmetic changes.
  • Better remembering of the last directory used for file dialogs.
  • Added the ability to copy most grids to the clipboard using the right mouse button or the context menu key. This feature will be fine-tuned in future builds.

3.00.0059: October 22, 2009

File I/O

  • Improved performance when importing some ERD text files.
  • The PPF reader was incorrectly requiring files to have the Channel Type tag defined.

Editor

  • Adding or removing a section was not automatically reflected in the Analysis profile selectors.

Reports

  • The extension for Excel reports was changed to XLS, as Office 2007 shows a warning when using a TMP extension.

Misc

  • Milepost precision changed to 3 decimal places.
  • Various cosmetic changes.
  • Various changes in the software and installer to support Large Fonts.
  • Added unit text to the Sample Interval column in Analysis profile selectors.
  • Certain circumstances could cause the Text and Excel Report buttons to be disabled.
  • Input Sets from ProVAL 2.7 were not being imported correctly, if at all.
  • Software was sometimes unusable when the operating system’s Regional Options was not set to English.

Viewer

  • Files than contained more than 3 profiles were cut off in the selector.

Analysis – Cross-Correlation

  • The profile selector did not prevent selection of more than 2 profiles.

Analysis – Profile Certification

  • Automatic assignment of Run Numbers has been improved. In particular, you can now enter numbers in the order you want, including skipping numbers.
  • Result display was greatly improved. Run numbers should always be in order, grids should not be cut off, and unit text was added to the Offsets grids.
  • Fixed a crash when left and right comparison profiles were selected, but only one basis profile (left or right) was selected.
  • The Statistics table did not always match the results in the Repeatability table due to Repeatability being rounded to integers before display, and the Statistics calculated before rounding.

Analysis – Smoothness Assurance

  • Changing the Comparison filter did not reset the analysis.
  • Changes in the Editor that affect the analysis results will force the SAM view to Inputs. Previously, the view was “stuck” in one of the analysis views.
  • The Fixed Results table did not always show the Grinded column.
  • The Navigation button would disappear when the window was too small or when using Large Fonts.
  • Area charts for Continuous results have been reverted back to line charts. The area charts do not do a good job showing peaks when there is a large number of points.

3.00.0051 – RC 3: August 18, 2009

General

  • Miscellaneous cosmetic fixes.

File

  • Changed the Profile selector back to allow the analysis of Exclusions.

Editor

  • Adding a section or event to a profile running in the direction did not work correctly.
  • Files that did not have the Left or Right profiles selected, would not always correctly show “(None)” as the current selection. This was a display issue only.

Reports

  • A warning will show if an Excel report will exceed the ~65K row limit.
  • The specified path to the spreadsheet program will be checked each time the software opens.

Analysis Templates

  • Wavelength filter inputs may not have been saved correctly.
  • Improved applying and saving templates, esp. for Cross-Correlation.

Analysis: Ride Quality (Fixed)

  • Chart values did not match the table in a certain circumstance.
  • PDF report was not working.

Analysis: Smoothness Assurance

  • AutoGrinding did not work with Sections correctly.

3.00.0048 – RC 2: June 12, 2009

General

  • Installation on x64 systems should no longer be an issue.
  • Reset charts when opening a project after closing one.
  • New About form.
  • Several fixes related to Sections in Analyses, particulary SAM.

File

  • ERD – Negative sample intervals are changed to positive and assumed to be going in the reverse direction.
  • A warning will be shown anytime a profile cannot be imported.
  • Exclusion sections cannot be selected for analysis.
  • Improved remembering of the most recent file path when showing file or folder dialogs.

Editor

  • Added icons for the Section page, the Info page, and the Add/Remove Property buttons.

Reports

  • Excel and Text reports are disabled until an analysis has been run.

Analysis: Cross-Correlation

  • Shifted profile charts were not drawn correctly for profiles with offsets.

Analysis: Ride Quality (Continuous)

  • Analysis would sometimes fail when using sections.

Analysis: Smoothness Assurance

  • Grinding failed when using the MRI Ride Quality index.