The EarthFX Data Centre pulls all of our software products together in an enterprise solution. In addition to remote SiteFX access, major web based modules include the Lab Integration, Sampling Program Admin, Temporal Data Graphing and Viewlog Mapping modules.
EarthFX provides several modules that can be plugged into the EarthFX Data Centre.
In the early stages of the EDC there was a focus on the need to allow collaboration and streamlining of aspects pertaining to sample collection. Details of how the EDC can be used to help manage sample collection and lab results can be found below.
The current practice of emailing the results files has several problems associated with it such as:
With the EarthFX Data Centre (EDC) in place, lab results are uploaded to the website. The above problems are eliminated, and the following takes place:
The steps required to process a results file are well known. The typical steps are:
The above steps can easily take a day or more of time, and this can typically spread over one to two weeks. This process also has the following disadvantages:
The EDC has been developed solely to eliminate the above steps as much as possible. With the EDC in place, these steps are entirely automated and the manager can receive email status reports. Main advantages are:
The EDC website is, in effect, a screening area for lab results and tasks that should happen as soon as lab results are provided all happen there (e.g., checking for exceedances).
If the EDC is hosted locally, the database will always be up to date. If hosted off site, the manager can simply pull down the lab result files off the website and add to the database using SiteFX when ready for analysis. Because the ‘immediate’ steps have been completed by the EDC, the manager can choose to pull down the files when it suits them.
By having a web-based approach, only one copy of the software needs to exiss on the webserver and all authorized users can access the features through any web browser (home, work, etc.).
A central log clearly identifies when users are working with the system, such as when a lab user uploads results. The time-stamped logs avoid problems of missing emails and file revisions.
If you have specific tasks or trigger events that need to happen, or other data sources that are required to be captured (e.g., water level data entry), EarthFX is open to customization of the web site.
Pricing information is listed alongside SiteFX pricing information as the base EDC includes remote SiteFX access.