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This article explains how to retrieve and manage your locator usage logs (RD8200G and RD8200SG).

Usage-Logging screen


RD8200G and RD8200SG Locators are equipped with an internal usage-logging system which records critical locate parameters once per second.
Models with built- in GPS models also include positional data when the internal GPS module is active and locked.
The Usage Logging screen is available by default and does not require the user to be signed in.


Usage Logging screen

The usage logging screen is split into 2 windows, the Locator window on the left and the PC window on the right:

The locator window shows the list of logs, sorted by date, that exist on the connected locator, and which are available for transfer to the PC.

Available commands:

  • Transfer: To transfer all/or selected logs to the PC
  • Clear: To delete the locator’s internal logs (*Privileged users only)

The PC window shows all the logs, sorted by date, which are already stored in the PC.

Available commands:

  • View: Provides a view of the currently selected logs.
  • Delete: Deletes the currently selected logs from the PC
  • Serial Number: Selects which locator to view Usage Logs for on the PC


Retrieving usage logs

Follow these steps to retrieve your locator usage logs:

1. Ensure your locator is off
2. Start the RD Manager Online program
3. Connect the locator using the USB C lead
4. Turn on the locator
5. Select the Usage Logging tab
6. In the Locator window select the logs you want to transfer into your PC
7. Transfer your data:
Press the Transfer button to transfer the locator records. If no logs are selected in the locator window, all the logs will be transferred to the PC, otherwise only the selected logs will be transferred.
Use your mouse to drag the selected records into the PC window

Data transfer


NOTE: The duration of the data transfer depends on the number of records transferred. Regular transfers of new records only is recommended.

Deleting the Locator memory

The locator’s internal usage-logging memory is capable of storing at least one year’s worth of data.
Erasing the locator’s usage logging internal memory is a restricted operation: only *privileged users that are signed in to their account can perform this operation.

To erase the locator’s usage log memory:

1. Ensure your locator is off
2. Start the RD Manager Online program
3. Sign in
4. Connect the locator using the USB C lead
5. Turn On the locator
6. Select the Usage Logging tab
7. Select Clear from the Locator window

Caution: Erasing the locator’s internal usage logging memory is an irreversible operation.

When the memory is full the unit will start over-writing older records.

*Privileged users - refer to the Privileged Users - article


Reviewing usage logs

Selecting locators

RD Manager Online can be used to manage multiple logging locators.
Use the Locator Selector pull down menu, to select usage logs belonging to a specific locator.

Locator serial numbers, printed on the label next to the battery compartment, are used to catalog and store usage logs in RD Manager Online.
If you have a unit connected the Locator Selector menu, will display the unit’s serial number and the all existing usage logs for this unit will be displayed.



PC window –Locator Selector pull-down menu - 


NOTE: If you connect a unit for which no usage logs are present in RD Manager Online the PC pane will be empty. Please check the Locator pane for the dates of Usage Logs which can be transferred to the PC from the connected locator.


Viewing usage logs for a specific locator

Once you have selected a specific locator, the RD Manager Online PC window will show all the usage logs associated with the unit sorted by date in ascending order.



PC window with usage logs


To review usage logs associated with specific dates, select these and press the View button.

The Data Collector window will open up, 

You can use this window to quickly review the logs, within the selected dates.

Data Collector window


Using the Data Collector

The Data Collector is used to review and export usage logs.

Available commands:

Select All: Select all usage logs present in the viewer
Reference: Lets you change the Reference associated with the selected logs. The number in brackets is the number of selected rows
Export: Exports the selected logs to CSV format. The number in brackets is the number of selected rows.


Select All

Choose Select All to highlight every line of data.

After making your selection you can also click on Unselect to deselect the data.

Usage Logs - Select All 


Usage log reference

To add or modify a Usage Log Reference associated with a range of logs, follow these steps:
1. Select the log range to be referenced
2. Press Reference
3. Add or edit the Reference text

Editing the Usage Log Reference



Exports the selected logs into a CSV file format. The number in brackets is the number of selected rows.

  1. Click on the Export button
  2. Choose Export to CSV
  3. Choose file name and click Save.
  4. The CSV file will populate and open.


Deleting usage logs on a PC

You can delete usage logs stored on your PC, associated to a specific locator:
1. Select the logs you wish to delete
2. Press Delete



CAUTION: Deleting usage logs cannot be undone

4. Press the X key to clear the text
5. Press the green box to apply your changes or click anywhere else on the screen to exit