Have you found that sometimes you capture the same field measurements multiple times a day or more than once? Series is Obzervr's way to record the same field measurements repetitively. You can do this two ways based on:
- Time; or,
The best example of a time-based series is a Plant walkaround. At 9am, 12pm and 3pm, you need to go inspect the plant to ensure that it is operating safely and within expected parameters. In this scenario, the time interval is 3 hours (between each walkaround inspection) and there are three repetitions per day. Note that the number of repetitions and time interval are known.
On the other hand, in a number (or count) based series, the possible number of repetitions is unknown. A classic use case of number based series are defect assessments on mining equipment. The number of defects may vary depending on the asset, however, the defect identification process is the same irrespective of other factors, such as the type of asset (i.e. Dozer, Excavator, etc). Put simply, the same field measurements are captured repetitively, but the number of repetitions varies.
In Obzervr Capture, a number based series looks like:
When a number based series is created, it will automatically give the instance a name, for example, "Turbidity 1" or "Turbidity 2". Within Turbidity 2, the Field Measurement form will be displayed, i.e. a Turbidity measurement from 50-500 NTU. You can keep creating this Turbidity field measurement by selecting the green plus button. It will create another instance called "Turbidity 3".
A time-based series will look like:
However, it will require you to set a Start Date & Time, and subsequent instances will be created on a time interval configured in Obzervr Manager. In this example, the temperature is captured by a 30 minute time interval.
Most workflows constitute an element of repetition, so incorporating series into the configuration of your workflow might be necessary. Check out this support video for a deeper explanation into series and field measurements: