How to improve filtering with Data Extractor Utility?

I’m looking to extract accurate CALC data over a given time range from OpenHistorian archives (a damping ratio calculated by MANTRA WSU modules). These calculated data are generated on an ad hoc basis (and not at a fixed frequency such as 30 fps). This is why I think that the ‘OH Data Download’ plugin does not work under Grafana with this type of data (for example I have to specify ‘interval 0’ in the request to display them as a simple graph ; which does not seem to be supported by the download plugin).
So I tried to get them directly with the Data Extraction Utility Tool; by specifying the desired time range and ‘CALC’ category. However I can’t filter this data more accurately because the ‘Device’, ‘Points’ and ‘Summary’ tabs just show the ‘Coming soon’ message.

I save a lot of calculated data; and performing the sorting a posteriori from the csv file produced is complex because over a very short period of time I obtain files of several GB (many text editors reject those files due to their size).
Is there’s a way to have the Device and Points tabs working in order to pre-filter the data we finally want before launching the export ?

In addition : is there’s a way to have the Grafana OH Data Download plugin working with CALC data that would not be stored with a fixed framerate ?

Thank you very much for the attention and the help you could provide to this request,

Best Regards


Have you tried the GEPDataExtractor.exe? You can find it in the openHistorian installation folder, many people like this tool better for the finite control it provides on data extractions. Something you can try at least.

If this also does not suite your needs, we can try a more programmatic approach using a .NET and/or Python script.


Hello Ritchie,
Thank you very much for your quick reply.
GEP Data Extractor is exactly what I was searching for. I didn’t see it because it mentioned ‘GEP’ and I’m using STTP for the streams ; didn’t noticed that it could using the GEP protocol to extract data.

However, I still have a problem using the tool :
In the TIME RANGE tab I specify my time range to extract, the data type (CALC) and the desired device (WSURESULTS which is a virtual device which groups together all the data calculated by the WSU custom adapters.
In the DATA SELECTION tab, I specify that I only want to extract a precise measurement, filtered by its pointag (FILTER ActiveMeasurements WHERE POINTAG = ‘OPDC-01.001-PROD!WSU.DAMP.MODE1.DAMPRATIO’).
Finally in the SETTINGS tab I specify the following values:

I then launch the export in CSV and obtain an output file. The problem is that this file contains in the header line the list off all the Pointags (24978 !!) calculated values ​​of the requested Device. Effectively for those that I did not specify in the query of the ‘DATA SELECTION’ tab I have no value; and I have some for the PointTag I’m looking for. However wouldn’t it be possible to have in the CSV output file only the timestamp and PointTags that we filtered in the ‘DATA SELECTION’ tab?
A csv file with 24978 columns of data (even if the great majority is empty) is rather complicated to work with in Excel; not to mention the much larger file size than expected given the number of data sought.

Maybe there is a switch somewhere to specify including in the csv file only the data that we have filtered. If this is not the case, it could be a very interesting option to have only the ‘useful’ data in output.

Best Regards.


EDIT : I’ve tried with another more standard CALC value (FILTER ActiveMeasurements WHERE Device IN (‘OPDC-1.5-PROD!CHURCHTOWN’) AND SignalType IN (‘CALC’) AND PointTag = ‘RTE_OPDC-1.5-PROD!CHURCHTOWN-IA-MVA:CALC’) . The output csv file contains all the CALC data values for the specified Device ; not only the one I specified. I think that the filter request specified in the ‘Data selection’ tab is not correctly applied to the extract.
The version of GEPDataExtractor.Exe is 2.3.446.0.