Operator10 for Wastewater Data Management provides consistent, reliable access to your data. The application has been designed with the user first in mind and delivers on this with unparalleled access to data; access database information from virtually anywhere in the application. Operator10 has been designed with a modern interface and a familiar contextual ribbon design.
The Main Application Interface utilizes a Microsoft Office ribbon-style presentation of menu options and features. The ribbons allow for enhanced context via larger icons with improved visual appeal and easier icon recognition. Improved organization of common features and sections benefit usability in both applications.
Users familiar with the Quick Access Toolbar from Microsoft Office applications will benefit from the ability to customize and add shortcuts to common application functions using the Quick Access Toolbar found in the Operator10 application.
Data is presented in Operator10 using a grid-based format allowing users to see all data stored in the database with ease. Functionality is present providing users with the ability to sort, filter, group, and navigate records.
The grid also provides users with the ability to manage data directly. Data entry and modification is capable through the grid as well as through forms which allow the editing of data.
Additionally, column management helps to provide users with the most relevant data. Column order, width and state is completely managed by the user and changes to this view is saved for every user.
All data is stored in a database managed by the Pervasive PSQL database engine. Data is stored in an accessible, ODBC complaint format using a mix of Btrieve and SQL data access. Multiple databases can be created for use within the application and each database can contain multiple facilities.
A Facility represents the Locations and Parameters that are sampled to meet water and wastewater treatment sampling requirements, internal process control and plant performance. A Facility includes tools for data entry, review, graphing and reporting.
In terms of database structure, a Facility is second in the hierarchy of the database. Facility is used to separate and maintain different lists of items, such as Locations, Location:Parameters, Formulas, Graphs and Reports. Facility can also be used to indicate Security settings and context. Multiple facilities may be created as needed for any database. Facilities may also be imported or exported from database to database as needed.
A mix of database- and facility-level security is present to ensure that all users are properly defined and limited as required by administrative users. Operator10 utilizes information from the Microsoft Windows operating system relating to the current user. In an effort to make the login process smooth and efficient, Operator10 validates the current Windows user against a defined list of users and if successful, allows entry into the application.
Group definitions provide the ability for users to quickly set facility-level access for defined database users. Multiple groups can be created and managed to provide defined levels of access.
Location:Parameters are the unique combinations of Location name and Parameter name joined to form individual data points within the database. Data is stored for each Location:Parameter with a date/time value in order to preserve database integrity. Data entry is performed for Location:Parameters either through the DataView application, Sampling Events section or Add Data feature. Data can also be imported in many ways, from SCADA, LIMS, import or other external data sources.
Location:Parameters can be defined as either Hourly or Daily. Hourly Location:Parameters allow for data to be entered multiple times throughout the day, using up to 1 minute intervals for data storage. Daily data allows for Location:Parameter data entry to be performed once per day.
Lower and upper data entry limits can be defined for each Location:Parameter and provides users with the indication if unexpected values are entered. Visual indication of values outside the defined range is also provided when limits have been set.
Formulas, user-defined or program-specific functions, can be written in order to generate data for Location:Parameters. Formulas can be written using standard mathematical operators as well as functions defined within the application. Location:Parameter data can be utilized in the calculation of data as needed. Formulas are available for use when attached to Location:Parameters to generate hourly or daily data. Formulas are also available for use within DataViews, Graphs and Reports.
Treatment plant processes can be defined within the Water and Wastewater applications and can be beneficial in providing calculated information based on defined process sections. The Process Setup section allows users to create an entry for every treatment process employed at the facility. Processes can assist in the calculation of loadings, removals and other plant performance information based on dimensional information entered for each process section.
Simple and complex flow streams can be defined by identifying Locations where flow values can be added to or subtracted from the treatment process. Influent flow streams are required for proper calculation of data.
Process sections – clarifiers, tanks, basins, etc., can be identified to allow for dimensional information to be entered as well as in and out of service history to be defined for the process. Size and volume information is required in order to properly calculate solids loading rates, surface and weir overflow rates,detention times, inventory, removals and more. History is maintained by identifying process sections and creating events to document and save times at which the section was in service or out of service.
Process Calculations can be created using internal formulas to calculate process data. Process Locations and Process Sections may be used to store the calculated data using specially generated Parameters and internal formulas. Internal Location:Parameters are displayed when the user previews the calculations that could be generated by the process section. Once created, the internal Location:Parameters are available for use within the software.
An add-on module can be purchased for the Operator10 wastewater data management program to enable users to create and manage data for the application of treatment plant-produced Biosolids. An unlimited number of owners can be defined. Information for the owners, such as name, address, contact can be defined for each.
Biosolids are defined the same way as locations are defined in the Wastewater program. For each parameter at the biosolid location, the calculation for 'Use As' must be defined. Also defined at the location is how available nitrogen is defined.
Sites are defined with information that is taken at the site, such as soil samples, acres, location, etc. Loading and limits are also defined in the Site Editor.
Applications of the biosolids to the sites are also entered into the program. Based on the limits defined in the Site Editor, reports for state, federal, and nutrients can be defined.
The Dashboard feature of the application allows users to customize their database by utilizing Views. Views can contain a mixture of Pages. Page options allow users to define background images, colors and other functionality options.
Pages allow users to define the following:
- HotSpots – HotSpots that link to DataViews, Graphs and Reports in the application as well as external files. HotSpot options allow for the user to set text, icon display and visibility options.
- Graph Containers – Graph Containers allow for users to display hourly and daily data as well as summarized monthly and yearly values for selected Location:Parameters. Graph styles available include horizontal and vertical bar charts, line and scatter point graphs.
- Gauge Containers – Gauge Containers allow for users to display single Location:Parameter data for a period of time in a linear-, speedometer- and dial-formatted gauge.
- Data Containers – Data Containers provide a data table display of data for the selected Location:Parameter for a specified period of time. Data is also summarized for the period and displayed for review purposes.
- Navigation Containers – Navigation Containers allow users to display links to external files.