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Creating a Project Template

When Actix is initially opened, the user will be provided the option to open Actix Classic or Actix Spotlight. Choose the option that allows the user to open Actix Spotlight when the following screen appears, Figure 1.

Figure 1: Choosing An Engineering Process

After choosing Actix Spotlight, the following screen will appear as shown in Figure 2. All previously created projects will be visible as well as the ability to create a new one. Hence, select the New Project button.

Figure 2: Creating A New Project

Spotlight comes standard with several templates available. In addition, a user can create a new template using an existing one as a base. The following procedure describes the

process of creating a new Template. Select the New Template button as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Creating A New Project Template

The New Project Template Step 1 screen gives the user a chance to create a name for the new template and to select an existing template to base it on. Type in a new name in the Template Name field, and select UMTS Voice from the drop-down menu. Note that other templates are to start from if appropriate (e.g. GSM UMTS Voice) if required. This procedure assumes only UMTS data is being processed. Once finished, click the Next button as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Naming The New Project Template

After creating a name for the new template, Step 2 allows the devices that will be processed to be selected. This option allows the user to define which devices will be loaded for the Spotlight analysis. For example, if the user is only interested in analyzing scanner data, and excluding all other devices, this could be achieved by clicking the Add Device button and creating the appropriate filter. This may be useful in reducing the processing time if the log files contain data from multiple devices. The default setting is All devices and is generally recommended to insure that all data is loaded. After creating the appropriate filter click the Next button.

Figure 5: Select Devices For Template

The next step is to define the KPIs that will be analyzed, and the Reports that will be created. Based on these selections, Spotlight will create a dashboard that reports on different types of events. To investigate the full range of UMTS/HSDPA failures, ensure that the checkboxes are selected as shown in Figure 6. After making the appropriate selections, click the Next button.

Figure 6: Selecting KPIs And Reports

Now that the various KPIs have been chosen, Step 4 allows Attributes to be added (see Figure 7). The base template that was selected comes with several Binned Data Queries that include default attributes. These attributes will be available for viewing in Spotlights dashboard. In addition, other attributes of interest can be added. For example, to add the Average HSDPA CQI attribute, select the UMTS UE Binned Data query to list the currently selected attributes. Next, select the attribute from the Attribute Picker (i.e. 3G UMTS > Downlink Measurements > 3G HSDPA > Uu_HSDPA_CQI_Average).

Figure 7: Adding An Attribute To A Binned Query

Included in Step 4 is the data binning options which is illustrated in Figure 8. Typically, area binning will be used when Pilot Pollution and Neighbor List analysis is required. Select the meters radio button as the Units of Measurement, and enter the X and Y bin size. The bin size utilized should be based on the binning that was used by Asset 3G during the design phase. For example, if 5 meter bins were used for the Manhattan design, then the same bin size should be used for the Spotlight analysis. Finally, select Conformal Project (USA) from the Projection drop down box, and click the Next button.

Figure 8: Binning Options

The final step in the process is to define Global Filters. This is typically left unchanged. Complete the template creation process by selecting the Done button as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9: Template Completion Creating a Spotlight Project Now that a template has been created, it can be used to process files for the Spotlight Project. From the Actix Spotlight main screen, click the New Project button. The first step in creating a project is to create a Project Name and select the appropriate template (see Figure 10). Once this is completed, click the Next button to proceed to the next step.

Figure 10: Selecting A Project Name & Template

The next step is to define the appropriate site data base, or Cellref file. It is imperative that an accurate Site database is used. This site data base must match the state of the network at the time the drive test data was collected. This is especially true for scrambling code and neighbor list data. The procedure for creating this Actix formatted cellref file is not included in this document. It is assumed that this file will be provided to the user. Currently, the Actix Cellref file is scheduled to run daily at 8:15am EST. The daily file can be retrieved from the following location: As illustrated in Figure 11, click the Browse button to navigate to the appropriate cellref file and select it.

Figure 11: Selecting A Celref File

In addition to selecting the correct celref file, Step 2 also allows advanced options to be configured via the Setting and Thresholds links highlighted in blue. Clicking the Settings link opens the Change Preferences window as shown in Figure 12. Most of the advanced options in this window are either configured by the project template, or the default settings are sufficient. However, it is suggested that the WCDMA Neighbor List settings are

confirmed. These settings can be changed after the Spotlight project is created, but the follow setting will serve as a good starting point.

Figure 12: Change Preferences

At this point, click the Thresholds link to open the Thresholds Editor (see Figure 13). In most cases, default setting will be appropriate (defaults can be restored by clicking the Restore Defaults button). However the Uu_CallSetupFailure_Num_RRCConnReq threshold (expand UMTS > Event Control) should be set to 5 to match the recommended value for the configurable RNC parameter N300. In addition, confirm that the threshold Uu_Scan_TooManyServersThreshold (expand UMTS > Scan_Coverage) is set to 5. Lastly, the SL_Overspill_Dist_Threshold (located in the Spotlight folder) should be adjusted based on the morphology and site density of the area to be analyzed. For example, Manhattan will require a lower value (e.g. 500 meters) while North Dallas may only require 2000 meters. This threshold will help identify over propagating (Boomer) cells. Alternatively, this threshold can be configured on a per cell basis by means of the cellRef file, which is the better option. Once the thresholds have be modified and confirmed, click the OK button to exit and save the threshold changes. At this point click the Next button to move to step 3.

Figure 13: Threshold Editor

The final step is to select the files to be processed. Click the Add Files button as shown in Figure 14. Optionally, all files in a folder can be added by selecting the Add Folder button. Navigate to the appropriate folder, select the files or sub-folder, and click Open.

Figure 14: Adding Log Files

After all files have been selected (see Figure 15), click the Done button to begin processing the selected log files. At this point, a status bar appears indicating the status of the data processing.

Figure 15: Selected Files

After the log files have been loaded and processed, a Data Processing Summary window appears indicating how many files loaded, and how many files failed to load. In some cases, not all files initially load due to computer limitations (e.g. processing capability and limited memory). If files fail to load, reselect the files and attempt to load them again. If files fail to initially load, however successfully load on repeated attempts, consider reducing the amount of data loaded during each attempt. On the other hand, if a specific file continuously fails to load, it may be corrupt. Once the Data Processing Summary window is closed, the Spotlight Summary Dashboard appears (see Figure 16). At this point, additional log files can be loaded by clicking the Add Data link. Before proceeding with the analysis phase, confirm that all log files have been loaded. The Repository Summary indicates the number of log files loaded. This number should match the number of log files that were intended to be loaded (less any corrupt files).

Figure 16: Spotlight Summary Dashboard