2 TAKING A SINGLE-SHOT SURVEY Turn on the Ranger Controller by pressing the ‘Power’ button.2. Align the Infra-red window of the RC boot with the window of the RDI, ensuring that there is a direct line-of-sight between the two.3. Select the green ‘Connect To Tool’ button on the left hand side of the screen.4. A sequence of communication messages will be displayed while the RC and the RDI synchronize. Progress is shown in a green bar along the bottom of the screen.NOTE: At this point we will assume you have read Chapter 7 from the RANGER Discoverer Operator Manual..
3 TAKE CARE WHEN HANDLING THE RANGER SURVEY INSTRUMENT. 5. Scroll the icons located on the bottom of the Main Menu screen to the left or right until the Single Shot icon is located and tap it once. The icon will become centralized and will expand.6. Make sure the Infra-red windows are still aligned for communications, tap the icon once and wait for the next screen.WARNING:HARD KNOCKS RESULT INCOSTLY REPLACEMENT.TAKE CARE WHEN HANDLING THERANGER SURVEY INSTRUMENT.
4 7. When the Single Shot survey screen is displayed, the RC can be removed from the RDI. Assemble the RDI into suitable Ranger Running Gear and lower into the hole to the start point of the survey.NOTE: When the system is in position for the first survey point, ensure adequate time is allowed for the RDI to settle.8. Select the green ‘Take Shot’ button located in the top left corner of the screen. NOTE: If the button is greyed out, it means the RC is busy. Wait until the button is green before continuing.#Description138mm Spacer Bar (1.2m)238mm IrDA Top Sub338mm Bottom Sub438mm Brass Barrel5Ranger Discoverer Instrument638mm Bottom Sub Shock Assembly7Landing Collar (Spear Type)8Landing Collar (Box Type)
5 NOTE: A maximum of three shots are available when in Single Shot Mode. 9. Once you have pressed the button for the first time, the date and time of the recorded shot will be displayed in one of the three available windows at the bottom of the screen. Two more shots will be available for recording and will also be displayed at the bottom of the screen.NOTE: A maximum of three shots are available when in Single Shot Mode.10. Once satisfied with the recorded survey points, retrieve the RDI and disassemble the survey tool from the running gear. Ensure that the RDI and the RC Infra-red windows are correctly aligned before pressing the ‘Finish & Download’ button.All recorded surveys will be downloaded to the controller for analysis.
6 12. Press the ‘Return’ button to exit to the Main Menu. 11. Once the download is complete, the RC will automatically open the View Survey screen. Tap the ‘+’ tab on the right of the screen to view the survey data.12. Press the ‘Return’ button to exit to the Main Menu.To transfer the data to a USB mass memory device (also shown in more detail later in this course) :EXPORTING SURVEYS FROM RC TO FLASH DRIVEIf already connected to the RDI, to view a survey select the button in the main menu screen. Otherwise select the button from the Ranger Start Screen.2. Select surveys that are to be copied (to the USB stick) by clicking on the individual check boxes or select the ‘SELECT ALL’ box. This option allows you to select all the surveys in the RC without selecting them one by one.3. Once the required surveys are selected press the ‘COPY TO FLASH’ button.4. The transfer of files is completed when this message box appears. Press OK. The USB Flash Drive can now be removed.
7 TAKING A MULTI-SHOT SURVEY If it’s not already on, turn on the RC (Ranger Controller) by pressing the green ‘Power’ button.2. Align the Infra-red window of the RC boot with the window of the RDI, ensuring that there is a direct line-of-sight between the two.3. Using the Stylus, tap the green ‘Connect to Tool’ button on the left hand side of the Start Screen, or navigate the light blue selection box over the button using the keypad arrows and press the ‘Enter’ key.
8 4. A sequence of communication messages will be displayed while the RC and the RDI synchronize. Progress is shown in a green bar along the bottom of the screen.5. Using the stylus or the keypad, scroll through the icons at the bottom of the Main Menu screen. Select the Multi-Shot icon and either tap the enlarged icon again or press the ‘Enter’ key.NOTE: To scroll using the stylus, flick the icons either to the left or right.
9 Ranger Multi-Shot Running Gear 6. A list of messages will be shown while communications are established between the RC and RDI.NOTE: It is now time to assemble the RDI into the configured Running Gear, suitable to be attached directly onto the Core Barrel Inner Tube Assembly after removing the Core Lifter Case. Once dry released into the drilling fluid and assembly has located in the core barrel Outer Assembly, surveying can commence at the bottom of the hole during each rod removal from the drill string.Ranger Multi-Shot Running Gear#Description138mm Spacer Bar (1.2m)2HQ Inner Tube Box to E‒Pin Sub338mm IrDA Top Sub438mm Brass Barrel5Ranger Discoverer Instrument638mm Bottom Sub738mm Bottom Sub Shock Assembly
10 8. Select whether the survey is an ‘IN RUN’ 7. Once the Create Survey screen is displayed, you are ready to create a survey.8. Select whether the survey is an ‘IN RUN’(Surveying while entering the hole) or an ‘OUT RUN’(Surveying while being withdrawn from the hole).Enter the correct details for ‘SURVEY’, ‘SURVEYOR’, ‘LOCATION’, ‘START DEPTH’ and ‘DEPTH INT’ by selecting the textbox you want to edit and pressing the keyboard activation button. As changes are made, the textbox color will change from light blue to gold. To hide the keyboard, press the keyboard activation button again.NOTE: “START DEPTH” and “DEPTH INT” values must be strictly numeric with a maximum of one decimal point. Previous survey details will be set as the default values for new surveys.
11 NOTE: The RDI must be kept still while taking a survey reading. 10. Once the data is finalized, press the ‘Create Survey’ button.Once the Take Shot screen is displayed, you are ready to take the first shot.12. When the RDI is in position for surveying, select the ‘Take Shot’ button.The ‘Recording’ button replaces the ‘Take Shot’ button until the data of that particular survey point is successfully recorded.Once the shot has been recorded, the disabled button replaces the original button until the RDI is ready to take a new shot.NOTE: The RDI must be kept still while taking a survey reading.
12 13. Once the RDI has completed taking a survey shot, the ‘DEPTH’ will change to indicate the depth of the next survey point. The ‘DEPTH’ value is directly proportional to the ‘DEPTH INTERVAL’ value, which can be changed between surveys.14. During the surveying of a hole, the ‘DEPTH’ and ‘DEPTH INTERVAL’ can be changed between each survey point by selecting the desired textbox, followed by the keyboard icon and then entering the new values.
13 15. Once the survey point has been recorded, move the RDI to the next depth interval and repeat steps 12 to 14 as necessary.16. When surveying is completed, disassemble the survey tool from the running gear and re-establish the link between the RDI and RC using the Infra-red window. Ensure there is direct line-of-sight between the RC and the RDI, before selecting the ‘Finish & Download’ button.NOTE: The current survey can be stopped and a new one started by selecting the ‘Finish & Start New’ button.All previous surveys including the current one are then available for download using the ‘Finish & Download’ button.
14 17. When the Downloading Data screen is displayed, a sequence of communication messages will appear while the survey data is downloaded. Progress is shown as a green bar along the bottom.18. Once the download has successfully completed, the screen will automatically change to the Main Menu screen where the ‘View Surveys’ icon can be selected to view all the downloaded surveys, including the latest survey.WARNING: To preserve the battery life of the RDI download your survey immediately after retrieving the RDI from the drill hole. Once the download is complete the RDI will go into low battery mode thus preserving the battery life.WARNING: Data may be lost if surveys are not downloaded and the RDI battery is left to discharge. If a new battery is not connected within 5 minutes of removing the flat battery, the RDI’s residual energy will be drained and data will be lost.
15 VIEWING A SURVEY ON THE RC If already connected to the RDI, to view a survey select the ‘View Surveys’ button from the Main Menu screen.Otherwise, select the ‘View Existing Surveys’ button from the Ranger Start screen.NOTE: The RDI does not need to be synchronized with the RC to view surveys.2. A list of surveys will be displayed including the survey name, date, and time. Select the required survey from the list of surveys.NOTE: The last survey that has been taken is displayed first in the list as item #1.If a large number or surveys are listed, scrolling is possible by flicking the list in the up or down direction.
16 3. Press the expansion button on the right hand side of the survey item to view the location of the survey. Once the item is expanded, press the button to collapse the item again.4. Once the correct survey has been selected, press the ‘Load Survey’ button to view the data of each survey shot.5. A scrolling list of all the shots taken for the selected survey will be displayed.
17 6. Press the expansion button on the right hand side of the survey point. The survey point will expand and display all relevant shot data. To view gauge interpretations of the data, flick the table format to the left. Once expanded press the button to minimize.
18 7. Survey points can be scrolled up or down the screen depending on how many surveys and survey shots there are, even when in expanded mode. If the survey shots roll of the screen, they can be viewed by flicking the scroll in the up or down direction.8. While viewing the survey data, the ‘SURVEY NAME’, ‘TOOL ID’ and the ‘# of SHOTS’ can be also viewed and confirmed at the top of the screen.
19 9. The expanded survey data also displays the battery status of the RDI when the shot was taken. A green battery indicates that the RDI battery is in good condition, as shown in the image on the right.A red battery indicates that the battery life of the RDI is close to, or has already reached, its minimum capacity for correct operation, and as a result survey readings may be inaccurate.At this stage replacement of the depleted battery with a fully charged RDI battery pack is recommended.WARNING: Data may be lost if surveys are not downloaded and the RDI battery is left to discharge. Also, if a new battery is not connected within 5 minutes of removing the flat battery, the RDI’s residual energy will be drained and data will be lost.
20 EXPORTING SURVEYS FROM RC TO FLASH DRIVE If already connected to the RDI, to view a survey select the ‘View Surveys’ button from the Main Menu screen.Otherwise select the button from the Ranger Start screen.2. Select the surveys that are to be copied (to the USB stick) by clicking on the individual check boxes, or by checking the ‘SELECT ALL’ box. This option allows you to select all the surveys in the RC without selecting them one by one.
21 3. Once the required surveys are selected, press the ‘Copy To Flash’ button. The transfer of files is completed when the ‘SUCCESS’ message box appears.Press the ‘OK’ button.The USB Flash Drive can now be removed.
22 EXPORTING FILES FROM FLASH DRIVE TO PC 1. Insert the Flash Drive into a free USB slot on your PC.2. A connection sound will be heard and the AutoPlay tab should be seen on the bottom Windows toolbar.3. Open the AutoPlay tab and select ‘Open folder to view files’.
23 4. Open the ‘RANGER’ folder… …followed by the ‘DATA’ folder.
24 5. Open the folder representing the Tool ID number of the RDI that the survey was taken with, followed by opening the “Downloaded” folder.6. Single shot surveys are distinguished by the date and time that the survey was taken. While Multi-shot surveys are distinguished by their names as well as by the time and date of the taken survey.Each survey will have both a CSV and XML file format. The CSV file can be opened using Microsoft Excel to view survey results, while the XML format is needed when importing the survey data into the RANGER SAS software for further survey analysis.7. To view survey data in excel format, double click the survey file with the correct CSV extension at the end of it. This will automatically open Microsoft Excel and display the survey data.
25 During the transfer of files from the RC to the Flash Drive (USB STICK), a number of error messages may appear if correct conditions are not met during the file transfer process. These error messages will be triggered with the following actions:1. Attempting to copy a survey from the RC to a Flash Drive without the Flash Drive being connected to the RC.Make sure that the USB stick provided with the RC has been inserted into the correct slot (USB host) at the bottom of the RC boot, as shown to the right.
26 During the transfer of files from the RC to the Flash Drive (USB STICK), a number of error messages may appear if correct conditions are not met during the file transfer process. These error messages will be triggered with the following actions:2. Attempting to copy a survey file from the RC to the USB Flash Drive when a file with the same name already exists on the flash drive.The message box will inform you that a survey file with the same name already exists. It will then ask whether you wish to overwrite the existing file with the new survey file by selecting YES or to leave the original one by selecting NO.
27 VITAL POINTS TO BE AWARE OF: BRASS BARREL HAS IDENTICAL THREADS AT EITHER END TO ENABLE IT TO BE REVERSED; THIS OPTIMISES ITS WORKING LIFE.Only use minimal amounts of a petroleum jelly or O-ring grease on O-rings and threads.Do not use pipe wrenches on brass barrel joints.O-rings have a dual function. In addition to their retaining action, they seal the barrel from ingress of drilling fluid. Continually check O-ring condition.Always use correct barrel size for your specific drilling conditions. If you’re in doubt about size to use contact your RANGER distributor.