Creating Basic Reports with PI Datalink - September 2016 - Introduce Yourself!

Discussion created by tmcquiston Employee on Sep 19, 2016
Latest reply on Sep 20, 2016 by kholstein

Welcome to the September 2016 Building Basic Reports with PI Datalink online course. I hope you are all as eager and excited as I am to get this course off to a great start! We have created this thread where all users who have registered for the April/May run of this course can introduce themselves and interact with each other.


Please know that this is your space! We encourage and welcome you to ask questions about Datalink and setting up reports.  Please familiarize yourself with using Data Archive (PI tags) as well as AF (attributes) data to demonstrate the flexibility of Datalink in working with your specific PI system.  More so than Processbook, in my opinion, Datalink has a great deal of material just beneath the surface, which can transform it from a useful tool to an essential one.  This material includes things like filter expressions, time filtered data, and element-relative reporting.


If you face any issues navigating the course on the OSIsoft Learning Web site, please leave your comment here, so we can respond to you faster. Otherwise, thanks again for signing up for this course and we hope you enjoy it!


But first, let me introduce myself.  My name is Todd McQuiston, and I am a Senior Field Service Engineer with OSIsoft.  Among my responsibilities are installing and upgrading  OSIsoft products for our customers, teaching classes (both online and classroom-based), and supporting and mentoring new Field Service engineers.  I have worked in the Specialty Chemical industry for 17 years before starting with OSIsoft (10 of those years were spent as my company's U.S. and Asia PI administrator), and have worked with the PI system since 1994.  PI Datalink is a key tool in making the best use of the PI System, and I look forward to helping you learn it.


Please introduce yourself in this thread so I can learn about you, your experiences with the PI System, and specific goals you have for this course. Additionally, please take advantage of this Community to share any thoughts or questions during this course. You can also contact me personally at


I look forward to working with you over the next few weeks!




Todd M. McQuiston