CheX is mXrap’s new system for setup and support. It is a checklist-based website which helps users to follow step-by-step instructions to complete tasks such as setting up a root folder, applying a patch and doing a default backup. The login details for CheX are the same as those for mXsync (if you’re unsure what your details are, send us an email at email@example.com). Keep an eye out for CheX, as it could come in handy for you in the future!
CheX can be found at: https://mxrap.com/chex/
We have started rolling out a new version of the mXrap software and root folder. Software versions 5.9 and above include a few interface changes. The new version is available on the download site but DO NOT download it until someone from the mXrap team has upgraded your root folder. Several root folder changes need to be made simultaneously with the software upgrade. We will be in touch soon to arrange the upgrade (if we haven’t already).
From now on, when you open an app, all available windows are shown at the top of the screen as tabs. The old Windows menu, where extra windows for an app could be opened in separate windows, is now gone. The workspaces, reload data, and undo/redo/save buttons have also moved slightly.
Note there is different styling for folders. Folders can be expanded to a 2nd level with extra tabs.
Most of the apps have had a bit of a face-lift to adjust to the new window tabs. The Hazard Assessment app for example has been split into multiple windows, for easier workflow. We have added info pages to most apps to describe the app and point to relevant literature.
We also have a bit more control over panels, to show, hide and disable certain instructions and controls. We think this will further improve usability going forwards.
New and improved apps
Aside from the interface changes, the root upgrade has also got some new stuff we have been working on over the last 12 months. We will make separate blog posts on each of the new items to explain further. Training videos for the new additions are in progress.
Moment tensors in General Analysis. Moment tensors are now read in automatically with IMS event files. ESG sites can load individual data files they have received from ESG. Beach balls can be displayed in General Analysis with various decompositions and scaling. There is a separate window with stereonets and mechanism charts.
Short-term Response Analysis app. This is an upgrade to the old “Response to Blasting” window in the “Omori Analysis Tools” app. There are more spatial analysis options in this new version. There are also trigger assessment tools for large events and blasts. Previously only blasts could be chosen as a trigger.
Mine Geometry Models app. This is a new app to create 4D models of mine geometry from surveys. Models can be used in General Analysis to automatically display mine geometry and update based on the current time filters. Models can also be exported as Map3D .inp files.
Seismic Monitoring app. This app has been updated. There are now separate apps for event monitoring with and without exclusions. There is also a window to monitor activity rate.
Survey Format Converter app. New utility app to export surveys in a different format. Can also use the decimation tool to export decimated surveys. We’ve also recently made a DXF export option. DXF is an option in this app as well as the plane fitting and mine geometry models apps.
By now most of you have probably heard of mXsync. It has been installed at all the current sponsor sites and we did explain briefly as we went but there might still be some uncertainty about it.
mXsync is a piece of software installed separately to mXrap that facilitates the backup, restore and upgrading of the site root folder. We hope this new root folder management system will allow new and improved apps to flow more easily and more quickly to sites.
Right now we would like at least one person at each site to get to the point where they have mXsync setup on their computer and they are familiar with how to perform a backup. We’ve uploaded a video that gives a quick intro into mXsync and how to do a default backup. There are a few other videos on mXsync that show you some more operations that sites may need to do at some point.
For a few more details on mXsync, and some things that might be of importance for IT, please refer to the About mXsync page.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.