This topic contains a brief checklist for Site and Channel setup. Please follow this list in the same order as specified - this will ensure that setup runs smoothly.
- Configure your data loggers
There are a few important points that must be taken into account as you configure physical data loggers, such as metric vs. imperial units; standard vs. daylight savings time. Also, you will find the terms 'Internal NameThe Site / Channel name used to identify packets of data arriving at FlowWorks, to be associated with this respective Site. This may not necessairly be the 'display name', which appears only in FlowWorks for easy reference.', 'Display NameThe Site / Channel name displayed in FlowWorks on the Map View, in Graphing, Reporting and other Site selection lists within the FlowWorks interface. This is not necessairly the same as the 'Internal Name,' which is used to identify the packets of data arriving at FlowWorks to be associated with this Site / Channel.', 'SiteThe name given to a particular data logger in the field. As a logger may have several meters connected, the data associated with a Site name may cover many different measurements of conditions at that location, such as velocity, level and rainfall.' and 'ChannelA stream of data from a Site containing such information as flow rate, depth, temperature, etc. for which the users of a client wants to monitor over time. A Site may have a single channel or many channels, but each channel may originate from only one Site.' used often throughout setup - understanding their differences will pave the way towards successful setup.
Please refer to "Field Equipment Configuration: Considerations" for details.
For details on the various terms that are commonly used throughout setup, please see topics: "Internal vs. Display Site Name" and "Site vs. Channel".
- Configure the layout / organization of your data files
Without the need for any custom programming, the quickest account setup can be achieved by following FlowWorks' Standard Data Format (known as the FW Format).
The FW Format is a comma delimited time series data file with a 3-line header section that defines the Site and channels to which the data belongs. A file constructed in this format can be used to quickly import data via the FlowWorks FTP Site.
For details, please see "FlowWorks' Standard Data File Format".
Even if you cannot achieve the recommended standard data format, there is a good chance that FlowWorks can already read the data that your hardware produces. There are certain data format requirements that must be met, and you will need to submit a sample data file to FlowWorks' Support team for confirmation. To send a sample data file, submit an inquiry via our Support ticketing page.
For data format requirements and information, please see "Communications Methods: Considerations (Data Format)".
- Setup Data Communications
How data can be relayed over to FlowWorks is logger-dependent. If your device(s) has IP-based communication, the SitesThe name given to a particular data logger in the field. As a logger may have several meters connected, the data associated with a Site name may cover many different measurements of conditions at that location, such as velocity, level and rainfall. need to be communicating to us before we can create them in FlowWorks - this is due to the inherent behavior of many commonly-used loggers. If your device(s) is using FTPA method used to securly pass a copy of a data file from one computer to another and assure that the receiving computer gets an error-free copy of the file sent., you have the option of setting up your Sites (Step 4) before completing data setup (this step).
To find out more about data communication methods, please see "Communications Methods: Considerations (Data Processing)".
To learn of the best option for relaying Data to FlowWorks, please contact Support. We will need your logger's make and model to provide a comprehensive answer.
If FTP is possible with your equipment, please see "Uploading Data to FlowWorks via FTP" for setup instructions.
- Complete and submit the Site Setup Form
The Site Setup Form is a templated Excel document that is used by clients to communicate specific parameters pertaining to new Sites they wish to set up. Once the completed form has been successfully accepted by FlowWorks' Support team, they will utilize it finalize your Site setup.
You will find some terms used throughout the Site Setup Form, including: Internal Site and Display Site; Site and Channel. Understanding these terms will facilitated in smoother setup.
Internal Site vs. Display Site Name
Sites vs. Channels