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BERTA TestDrive Menus

TestDrive has a standard menu bar with the options described in the table below. Most of these are single-action commands. Some options open windows requiring further commands. Those options are described separately after the table.

Main Menu

Menu Options





Logs the user out, closes TestDrive and returns to the Login window


Closes TestDrive


Saves the current configuration and any changes made during the session.

Note: The parameters from the simulation control interface cannot be saved using this command. These parameters are defined during compiling. However, they can be saved and retrieved using a Python script. These parameters are calibration gains and offsets of the analog I/O channels, the current and voltage scaling gains and the test AC generator parameters.    

Save As

Saves the current configuration as a new file

Save For Run Mode

Prepares the current configuration for Run Mode. The Run Mode allows TestDrive to run faster but does not allow to change the current configuration (assignments, aliases, etc.).


Creates a compressed (zip) file of the current configuration (see “Pack”)


Extracts a compressed file to use with TestDrive (see “Unpack”)


Closes TestDrive


Refresh Signals

Refreshes the list of the Dynamic Signals in the Signal Tree (the dynamic signal list can be edited from the Probe Control)

Show Acquisition Group


Shows the Acquisition group (from 1 to 24)

Show Signal Tree

Shows all the signals and parameters of the

TestDrive model and switches for the Assign


Show Module Config

Disabled - not used

Show Panels

Disabled - not used

Show Primary Chassis

Disabled - not used

Show Secondary Chassis

Disabled - not used

Main Menu

Menu Options




Release Signal Control

If selected, TestDrive will stop controlling the value of the signals and parameters, allowing other applications to change these values. Note that this is automatically used when running a Python Script through the TestDrive interface.

Auto-Generate Aliases

Automatically adds an alias to every signal and parameter of the current model

Reload Latest Default Parameter Values

Reverts to last saved model values, before any unsaved changes that were applied to the parameters (i.e. reloads the .param file associated to the current configuration) – See Make Current

Parameter Values Default menu

Reload Model’s Default Parameter Values

Replaces all parameter values with the values defined in the Simulink model (i.e reloads the default .param file of the model)

Make Current Parameter Values Default

Saves all parameter values to a .param file that may be reloaded later – See Reload Latest Default Parameter Values.

These values will also automatically be applied whenever this configuration is loaded.

Make Current Script Default

Makes the last executed Python script the default script for this configuration: each time this configuration is loaded, this script will be available directly from the Run Script button.



Opens a LabVIEW panel from the file system.

Set Current As Default

Currently opened panel will automatically be opened next time this configuration is loaded.

Panel Components

Disabled - not used

Recently Loaded Panels

Disabled - not used



Parameter Control Probe Control

Though accessible, it is not recommended to use these menu options (which open the RT-LAB Parameter and Probe Control services).

Configure System

Disabled - not used

Primary Chassis

Disabled - not used


Opens the Preference window (see Preferences)


Opens the Options window

Unassign All

Disabled - not used


Show Context Help

Opens a small pop-up window to display the help page associated to the currently hovered item

Online Help - User Guide
Disabled - not used
Online Help - Quick Reference Guide
Disabled - not used
Online Help - System Administration Guide
Disabled - not used
About TestDrive

Opens the About window that displays information about the TestDrive version.

File Menu

Most of the options in this menu are single-action commands. The Pack and Unpack options open windows allowing to compress or extract files.


Saves all the directories and files required to compile and run a BERTA application in real-time for a given configuration in a compressed file (.zip).

Click File and select Pack to open the Configuration Packing window.

Configuration Packing Window

The Profile and Configuration options default to the current profile and configuration. However, you can make a selection from the profiles and configurations available.

You can also specify what types of files to include (choices available depend on the configuration being compressed).


Extracts compressed configurations used with a BERTA application.

Click File and select Unpack to open the Configuration Unpacking window.

Configuration Unpacking Window

The file location window automatically opens to select which file to unpack.

Click Open to load all the configuration files.

Make sure that all file paths listed are correct, and click Extract to decompress the configuration.

Tools Menu

Most of the options in this menu are single-action commands. However, the Preferences and Options choices open windows that require further action.


Opens a window with four tabs used to change TestDrive preferences.

Preferences Window

User/PasswordChanges user profile and password.
PathsChanges file access paths.
OthersSelects automatic activation of pop-up windows.

Selects whether to display a warning message for unsaved parameter changes when leaving the application.


Opens a window providing four tabs used to set configuration parameters.

Options Windows


Specifies whether to automatically or manually reset the model.


Specifies which panels to display in the main TestDrive screen.

AssignmentsSelects whether to display captions when signals are assigned or unassigned.
TargetsAdds new targets or assigns targets to your configurations.

Control and Command Toolbars

In addition to the menu bar at the top left, TestDrive provides toolbars with buttons allowing users to change displays and parameters and send commands to the model.

These toolbars are found in the  Control panel (left side of screen) and the Command panel (right side of screen).

Control Panel Toolbar

The Control panel toolbar is part of the main screen and controls the execution of a BERTA application. The top section is common to all applications.

The Panels section in the middle is specific to each application and selects the panels to display. The options available depend on the application executed and display type.

Control Panel Toolbar

Toolbar Buttons


Mode. Displays the Signal Tree structure

Run/Stop script. Click Run to start a script. Click Stop to stop a script.

Edit Script lets you edit the scripts: only available if the Python software is installed on your workstation.

Load Script. Lets you load an existing Python script.

*Opens the Graphs 1 to 5 panel.

*Opens the Graphs 6 to 10 panel.

*Opens the Graphs 11 to 15 panel.  

*Opens the Graphs 16 to 21 panel. 

*Opens the Controller panel.

*Opens the Interface panel.

*Opens the Islanded Units panel.

*Opens the Islanded Loads panel.

*Opens the Virtual Grid panel.

Load Panel. Allows loading other Labview panels.

Current Pop-Up panel. Lets you undock the current panel from the main screen.

NOTE: Once undocked, the panel cannot be redocked to its original docking point. To do this, you must close the panel.

* These buttons are from the BERTA On-Site Tests application

Command Panel Toolbar

Table 2 shows an example of the Command panel toolbar. It displays parameters common to the simulation executed and lets users perform command functions. The toolbar shown has buttons and fields available with the BERTA On-Site Tests application. The options depend on the application executed and display type.

Command Panel Toolbar

Toolbar Buttons


GO Acquis

Starts signal acquisition. Click once to start (bright green indicator) and click again to stop (dark green indicator)

GO Disturbance

Starts to insert a disturbance. Click once to start (bright green indicator) and click again to stop (dark green indicator)

Reset dFreq Sim

Resets the simulated frequency error and returns to initial conditions of the virtual AC generators, if necessary. Click to reset (bright green indicator during reset)

GO BERTA switch

Click to turn on the switch (changes from red to green)

Mean P S values

Sets the mean values for power and main servomotor position during the period defined in the Period P S field

Mean speed value

Calculates the mean value of the rotation speed during the period defined in the Period Speed field

Period P S.

Used with Mean P S values to set the computing period required

Period speed

Used with Mean speed value to set the computing period required

Toolbar Fields


Test No.

Increments the test number by one every time GO Acquis is disabled

File status

Shows the file status where the tests are being saved.


Increments each time the total processing time is longer than the time step.

Computing Time

The time required by the workstation to make all the calculations within the one-time step.

Idle Time

Period of time between each time step and total computing time, in microseconds.

Time Step

50 microseconds

Acquisition Time

Displays the acquisition time

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