Electronic Data Collection and Analysis System
Yin Foo, Des; Foley, Margaret
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Power and Water Authority
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Technical Report WRD92039 Viewed at 15:07:17 on 29/07/2010 Page 116 of 192. this report. It seems to be a very powerful, versatile, user-friendly and Inexpensive package which would be suitable for both office and field use. RECOMMENDATIONS It will be necessmy that some data-handlIng programs be written as part of this project. The minimum capability of this sollware will be to reshape logger output data files into a fonn suitable for a spreadsheet package or a plotting package to read, perhaps with the aid of a screen editor. No doubt PAWA stafT have their own preferred screen editor; it is suggested that its ability to handle a text me the size of a logger data download me be tested, for the ,)ufTer size of some 5(;reen editors is smaller than others. It j" for PAWA s;caff to declde whether data editing and manipulation should be by spn:adsheet or should be carried out using a program that is specially written for the purpose. I "ugge,;.t that Lic!e latter path be taken, at least to some e.xtent, viz: , '") ill illi) (Iv) to read any of the logger data mes; to joIn them. cull them, remove olIsets and refer them to ilie same time base; to perform some data calibration procedures; and to OlJtpul data in a form suitable for input to a spreadhseet program, plotting program or pump test Interpretation program chosen by the user. The extent to which this program could include interactive graphics and more sophisticated dat2 manipulation wlll depend on the lime allocated for writing it; the latter is a malleI' for PAWA staff to decide. It would be highly advantageous if it were menu driven with options offered that were specifiC to the PAWi':s pump test system so that pump test crew could use it "ith the minimum of training. [f the PAWA deCides to buy a spreadsheet package they will fL'1d a number on the market. LOTUS 12-3 is very powerful (especially the latest version) and would probably be most suitable. However. if the PAWA already possesses another package. It Is possible that it could also do the Job. 6
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