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Rohan Vettiankal08 Feb, 2021

PI Vision 2020 FAQs

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With the recent release of PI Vision 2020, PI System users can see their data in a whole new way, literally.  Since the release, we’ve hosted a number of Q&A sessions, covering everything from what’s changing to what’s staying the same. We’ve compiled some of the most-asked questions below:

Q: How can I easily see summary data within my PI Vision 2020 displays? 

A: PI Vision 2020 brings two exciting new ways for users to access summary data:

PI Vision Calculations

In addition to giving you the power to perform simple ad hoc calculations within a display, PI Vision Calculations include the capability to perform summary calculations like min, max, avg, and more, making ad-hoc analysis easier than ever!

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Summary traces in the Ad Hoc Workspace 

PI Vision 2020 brings enhancements to the Ad Hoc Workspace, allowing you to take min, max, and avg values from the summary table and add them in to the workspace as summary traces with customizable intervals.

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Q: How do PI Vision Calculations compare to Datasets in PI ProcessBook? 

A: PI Vision Calculations have all of the same capabilities as PI ProcessBook datasets. Your datasets will migrate fully to PI Vision when you migrate your PI ProcessBook displays. All PI ProcessBook dataset calculations will convert fully to PI Vision Calculations.

Q: After the migration from PI ProcessBook to PI Vision, will we be able to make modifications to the displays as if they were created from PI Vision?

A: Yes! Once migrated, the PI ProcessBook displays are converted into fully editable PI Vision displays. 

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Q: What other data visualization enhancements were made in PI Vision 2020?

A: In PI Vision 2020, we’ve made quite a few configuration changes to our most popular features helping to enhance the PI Vision user experience.

Trend formatting

Trends have been upgraded! With new capabilities to add in multiple scales and grid lines, configure trace options, and customize titles and data item labels, PI Vision 2020 makes trends clearer than ever.

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Multistate formatting

Multistates help you see what you need to see, when you need to see it. In PI Vision 2020, we are introducing three new formatting options to help you do just that:

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Q: If I have PI Vision 2019, how can I upgrade to PI Vision 2020?

A: Upgrading to PI Vision 2020 involves running the PI Vision 2020 install kit and upgrading the PI Vision SQL database. In addition, because PI Vision 2020 no longer depends on PI Web API, we recommend removing the PI Web API if you do not have other applications that require it on your PI Vision server. For detailed information, please see the following documentation on upgrading.

Q: Where can I go to learn more about PI Vision 2020?

A: We have plenty of resources available to learn more about PI Vision 2020!

Follow along in a walk-through of the PI Vision 2020 release in the following webinar: PI Vision 2020: Through the looking glass
Watch detailed videos on individual features from the release on our YouTube Learning Channel
Check out our documentation library to access documentation and installation/upgrade guides
Rohan VettiankalProduct Marketing ManagerRohan Vettiankal is a Product Marketing Manager at AVEVA and focuses on on-premises cloud visualization within AVEVA’s Information Management portfolio. Rohan started off in the support department in 2018 and transitioned to the PMM role in 2020 to help customers gain more value from AVEVA products. He is originally from Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
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