This guide will give you an overview of the process that's required to set up your CT Live Course to get it ready for scoring. Each section will give a brief explanation of the "why", and then a link to the relevant article in each section will give you a detailed look at the "how".
The first step of Course Configuration actually starts on the Event tab with creating your Races. When you create a Race, you determine the overall distance of the course, the type of race (running, biking, multisport, etc), and other settings that influence how the Race is scored.
For each different course distance in your event, you have to set up a different Race in CT Live. If there are multiple type of the same Race distance (Male/Female Only, Relay, etc), you'll add a race for each of those, even if its distance is the same as the others.
Click HERE for more on creating Races.
Adding Timing Points and Intervals
Once you've created all the Races you'll need, you can go to the Scoring > Course tab and start to set up the Course.
Setting up the Course is how you tell CT Live where each timing line in the race is located, how your equipment will be configured, and how each Point should be calculated in relation to the other Points.
The first step of setting up any Course is to add a Timing Point and Interval for each split point you will have in your event, if any. Start and Finish Points will be added to your Course automatically, so if your race has only a Start and Finish, you can skip this step entirely.
When you add a split Point, you'll determine the distance from the start to that point, decide how much time should pass before reads at that point can be counted as valid reads, and set up an interval for each Point that tells CT Live how to score each point.
Click HERE to see how to add Timing Points and Intervals.
Adding Timing Devices
Timing Devices act like digital containers for tag reads you stream to your event. Each Point needs to have a Timing Device attached to it so that it can pull reads from the Device to allow CT Live to calculate athlete times.
Even though you may have more than one controller at a timing line, you may only need to set up one Timing Device to which to stream the data from all controllers at the point. This would make sense if you were using an over/under Line Configuration.
Click HERE for more on Timing Devices.
If you've got a timing line that athletes will cross more than once as part of a lap, you would set up a Point for each time they cross the line, but you'd only have to add one Device for both points, like in the image above. If you've got a Course like this, you'll need to set up MID - Minimum Interval Duration. MID tells CT Live how to handle one read occurrence and the next when the same Timing Device is associated with different Timing Points.
Click HERE for more on MID.
Adding Camera Devices
The last step of Course Configuration is to add Camera Devices to the Course. If you plan to take pictures or video at the Finish line or a split Point and post them with results, you'll need to add a Camera Device for each camera to be used in your event. In the example image below, two camera devices have been added to the Finish - one for each photographer who will be taking pictures at the event. Since CT Live uses an automatic algorithm to assign photos and videos to athletes based on the time stamp on the photo or video, every camera used in the event MUST have its own Camera Device.
Click HERE for more on Camera Devices.
If you have multiple Races with the same distance and line setup, you can easily copy the Course setup from one Race to Another.
You can only duplicate a course to another course of the same distance that doesn't yet have any new Timing Devices, Timing Points, or Intervals.
To do this, click the Duplicate Course button at the top right corner of the Course window.
In the window that appears, select the Course you'd like to duplicate to, then click Continue, then confirm the copy on the next page.