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How is my data organized in ForneyVault®?

ForneyVault® data follows a hierarchy of “Project | Location | Sample | Set | Specimen.”

Here is a description of each level of the hierarchy:

  1. Project
    1. Project is typically a construction project consisting of one or more physical locations.  However, it can be used in any way that helps identify the purpose a specific specimen was created.
    2. Precasters and other producers might use a job number or some other designation because a particular batch might apply to multiple projects.
    3. Clients and labs are tied to a project.
  2. Location
    1. Location is typically a physical location within a project (highway mile marker, column, building floor, GPS location, etc.).  Once again, it provides a way to drill down to a specific specimen.
    2. Some customers don’t use anything here, so the default “- NONE -” is used.
  3. Sample
    1. This identifies the where a portion of the wet concrete is used for testing and casting of specimens.
    2. The Sample number is usually written on specimens with a marker so that they can be identified in the curing room.
    3. The sample has the wet concrete information like slump, air entrainment, etc.
    4. The sample date is used to determine the ages of all specimens within it.
    5. From a Sample, you create sets of specimens.
    6. This identifier shows up at the machine, so it is more important for it to be meaningful for your process.
  4. Set
    1. A set has common characteristics among its specimens.
    2. A set has a single AgeToBreak.  Therefore, if seven specimens were cast for a specific Sample, one might be used for an early break of seven days, so it would be placed in Set7, with an AgeToBreak of 7.  Two more might be used for 14-day breaks, so they are placed in Set14, AgeToBreak of 14.  Three more specimens are designated for 28-day breaks, so they are placed in Set28, AgeToBreak of 28.  The seventh specimen is a hold specimen, SetHOLD with no AgeToBreak.
    3. Different sets can also identify different specimen types.  For example, one set could consist of cylinders, while another set contains beams.  There can be multiple specimen types within a Sample, but not within a Set.
    4. Sets of specimens will automatically display on the machine HMI when the age is within ±one day of the age to break.
    5. If you need to break any specimen outside of its age to break, you can simply search for it at the machine.
  5. Specimen
    1. Obviously, this defines a single specimen to be tested.
    2. It could be a cylinder, beam, cube, etc.
    3. It contains physical measurements such as length, diameter, width, depth, weight, defects, etc.
    4. After a test, the machine setup and results data are tied to the specimen.