SiteFX organizes data by Sites. In SiteFX, the term site can represent different things for different users. A site can be a project, a study, a natural or political boundary or indeed a physical site or property.
Within each site there are locations from where data has been collected. Locations generally have an x,y coordinate.
Last, within each location there are intervals. Intervals typically represent a sample point (or sample interval) and typically any time based data is associated with an interval (e.g., chemistry, water level, flow rate, temperature).
The site-location-interval relationship allows virtually all environmental data locations to be represented in the database. In addition, SiteFX has numerous methods for grouping and filtering locations and intervals to help organize these objects.
The Locations menu in SiteFX is used to manage the locations, boreholes, monitoring wells, sampling stations etc. for the site, study or project. Here you search and add locations as well as input details regarding contact information, borehole and monitoring well construction, geology, co-ordinates etc.
Note: There are many different users of SiteFX and therefore several different versions. You may find that some of the information discussed below is not available in your version of SiteFX.
Groundwater Location-Interval Example
Groundwater data is collected from intervals, installed in a borehole (i.e. location). This 2-tier convention and database structure has been designed to offer the flexibility to handle various monitoring data types, including sumps, surface water, catch basins, climate stations etc. Effectively, the interval is the screen in the monitoring well, or the physical object from which or from where the temporal data is collected. Screens are installed in boreholes, which have their own properties such as seal depths, drilling angle and dates (locations). Finally, several boreholes may be installed next to each other, drilled to varying depths, and collectively become a monitoring location group.
Location 1 (a group of 2 Locations), Location 2 (a single Location with multiple intervals)
An area on the ground from where samples are collected. Considered as one marker on the map and is typically displayed as a dot on the map.
A type of location.
A discrete sampling location, with x,y,z co-ordinates. Examples include sampling screens in a ground water monitor, catch basin inlets, soil samples, climate station, etc.