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Professional Motorsport Data Analysis: Initial Configuration

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Initial Configuration


00:00 - Up to this point in the course, we've been looking at the detailed technical aspects of data analysis.
00:06 Now it's time to introduce a step by step process that will help you take all that detail and make the most of the analysis techniques we'e been learning.
00:15 This builds on the RaceCraft 6 step process that was introduced in the Data Analysis Fundamentals course, adding more ideas into the mix and delving deeper into the processes involved.
00:26 As always, if at any point in this guide, you feel like you don't have a complete grasp on what's being discussed here, it's always best to stop, take a minute and jump back to the relevant module for another look.
00:39 The initial configuration step is one that for the most part won't need to be repeated very often.
00:45 Typically only when you set up your system for the first time.
00:49 This is where we spend time properly setting up our logger, the data storage and data analysis project.
00:56 All of this needs to be done long before heading to the track because it needs to be gone through in a calm and methodical way without rushing any steps.
01:05 Configuring the logger is first on the list.
01:08 Much of which was already covered in the Data Analysis Fundamentals course.
01:12 This initial configuration may need to be carried out because you've just bought a new logger or because you're spending the time to set up an existing one in more detail.
01:21 Calibration of all the sensors is the first step in configuring the logger.
01:25 Once calibrated, you can then zero applicable sensors.
01:29 For some sensors, this means inputting data from the spec sheet, for others, individual calibration on the car will be required.
01:37 Next we need to define which channels we wish to log and at which rate.
01:42 You should consider your particular situation when deciding the suitable logging rate for each sensor.
01:48 If you aren't sure, use the suggested logging frequencies document that's included as an attachment below this video.
01:54 Many logging systems will tell us how much logging time we have available, based on the current logging configuration and chosen logging frequencies.
02:02 The type and format of racing you're doing and how often you'll be downloading the data will determine the minimum logging time that's suitable for your situation.
02:13 When setting up the channels to be logged, be sure to follow a consistent naming convention.
02:17 This not only keeps things tidy but it also makes things easier to find later.
02:22 Set up any internal logging maths that you want to do inside the logger in real time.
02:28 Such as brake lock lights for the driver.
02:31 Also make sure to use an automatic logging start and stop condition that makes sense for your use case so that you're both capturing all useful data and also minimising recording non useful data.
02:43 Taking some time to set up an organised file structure for your logged data is also worthwhile.
02:49 Regardless of the storage location used, I find it helpful to break data down by circuit, season and event where the circuit is the top level, moving down to the season and then the event.
03:02 I find using a structure like this helps me find specific data I'm looking for when I want to go back and review something.
03:08 Next you can move onto setting up your data analysis project.
03:12 Now that your logger is properly configured, I suggest downloading some data, even if this isn't from the car being run on track.
03:20 This way, you can spend the time setting up your project using all the correct channel names.
03:25 Go through and set up the sign and colour conventions, math channels, and displays that are applicable to your application.
03:33 As we discussed earlier in the course, each data analysis system allows you to organise the project a little differently.
03:39 If possible, I suggest breaking your project's workbooks down into sections like driver, powertrain, chassis and reporting at the very least.
03:49 Within each of these workbooks, you can set up the worksheets and displays applicable to you.

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