Parameters & Criteria

Parameters & Criteria - Overview

Tool Location: Tools > Reference Setup > Parameters & Criteria

The Parameter & Criteria Management form contains a master list of parameters.  Each parameter has two important properties.  The first is the criteria/objective (such as Drinking Water Objectives/Standards) that apply to the parameter.  This property is used when comparing data to regulatory criteria using the reporting functions.  The second property is the alternate name for each parameter, used during the importing of data into the database.  Both these properties are managed using the Parameter & Criteria Management form.

Parameters & Criteria - General Usage

The parameters form is shown below.

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Select a parameter type and name from the list to work with that parameter. Once a parameter is selected, all other data on this form pertain to the selected parameter. Scroll bars can be used for both the alias names and criteria to view/enter data.

Parameters & Criteria - Features

The parameter type, CAS# and abbreviation are entered in the upper right corner. Alternate names for the selected parameter are managed directly underneath that.

Defaults for Data Entry are used when the user is manually entering data into SiteFX. Adding a MDL and units here will make those values the default on the data entry form.

The Edit ParamTypes button is used to manage the main parameter groups.

The Criteria Groups button in the lower left corner toggles the form mode. When the button is pressed, Criteria Groups and Sub Groups can be managed.

Parameters & Criteria - View/ Editing Criteria

1.        Open the Parameter & Criteria Management form by going to Reference Setup > Parameters & Criteria.

2.        All parameters in the library will be listed alphabetically in the Parameter Type and Parameter Names lists.

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3.        Choose a parameter grouping from the Parameter Types list on the left side.  All parameters in the group will be listed alphabetically in the Parameter Names list.

4.        Existing parameter details (such as criteria values) can be edited by clicking on the parameter to be edited and either typing or selecting from a drop down list as appropriate.

Parameters & Criteria - Alternate Parameter Names

Alternate parameters can be added as follows:

1.        Open the Parameter & Criteria Management form by going to Reference Setup > Parameters & Criteria.

2.        Locate the parameter you wish to give an alternate name to and click on the parameter name.

3.        Type the alternate spelling in the blank row located under the Alternate Names box.

Note: To delete an alternate parameter name, click on the grey box to the left of the alternate parameter name you wish to delete. Pressing the delete key on the keyboard will cause a confirmation box to appear asking you to confirm deletion. Press Yes to delete the alternate name.

Parameters & Criteria - Adding New Parameters/ Criteria

1.        Open the Parameter & Criteria Management form by going to Reference Setup > Parameters & Criteria Tools.

2.        Select the parameter type to add a parameter to and press the Add button.  This will prompt the user to enter a name for the parameter.

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3.        Select the new parameter from the list and fill in the details as appropriate, by either typing or selecting from the drop down list box. Also, any alternate spellings can be added at this time.

4.        Press Refresh. The new parameter will be added.

Note: If the criteria group, criteria sub-group or parameter type is not listed, these can be added by using the Parameter Groups tools (see the section Guideline/ Parameter Group Management).

 

Parameters & Criteria - Deleting Parameters/ Criteria

1.        Open the Parameter & Criteria Management form by going to Reference Setup > Parameters & Criteria Tools.

2.        Locate the parameter you wish to delete and click on the parameter name.

3.        Press the Delete Parameter button. The parameter is deleted.

Parameters & Criteria - Criteria/ Parameter Group Management

Regulatory and/or internal guidelines can be added, edited and deleted using the Criteria Management tool, accessed by pressing the Criteria Groups button. The form is shown below (the bottom half).

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Criteria Management

Criteria, such as Drinking Water criteria, can be added and edited using the Add / Edit Criteria tab.  Existing criteria can be edited on this tab, and new criteria added by pressing the Add button and entering the new information.  Note that both the criteria long name (labeled as criteria name) and abbreviation is required.  The abbreviation will be printed on the report and displayed on the screen views of the data.

Sub Criteria Management

Many criteria also have sub-criteria, such as the aesthetic objectives for the Ontario Drinking Water Objectives, or commercial soil criteria for the GUCS-Table B criteria.

Sub-criteria are listed on the second tab, entitled Add Edit Sub-Criteria.  First select the required criteria from Selected Criteria box. New sub-criteria can be added through pressing the Add button.

Parameter Group Management

Parameter groups (such as metals or VOC) can be added or edited using the Parameter Groups box shown below.

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