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EIM: Configurable Software that Meets Your Needs
One of the key advantages of Locus’s environmental software is the ability to configure the software to fit your needs. If you buy pre-configured software, you must adapt your process to fit the constraints of the system you just bought. When you buy configurable software such as Locus’s EIM and Locus Platform, you’re able to create the exact workflow that you need.
EIM has multiple features that customers have used to configure the tasks of uploading, processing, querying, and reporting for their analytical, groundwater, and field data. For example, to date customers have created over:
- 2,750 expert and intermediate queries
- 4,300 enhanced formatted reports (EFRs)
- 830 electronic data deliverable (EDD) formats
- 950 saved query filters and output column lists
- 150 saved chart option sets
- 180 saved GIS+ maps
Let’s look at a few of the items above.
The Custom Queries module has features to configure and save your own queries tailored to the output that you require. The Intermediate Custom Queries module lets you select desired tables and fields, add selection filters, and then run the query. You also can save your query for future use. The image here shows one of the forms in this module. This form lets you build a query using a diagram showing tables and their relationships.
EIM also supports creating and saving Expert Custom Queries. You create these queries by using the Query Builder, a drag and drop interface for query creation. You can also edit the query using T-SQL (structured query language) if you know that language, but it’s not required to use the module. Once a query is created, it can be run by any user. You can also set up schedules that run a specified Expert Query at certain times, with the results emailed to selected users. In addition, Expert Queries can be called using the Locus EIM API with results accessed in other applications. The image here shows the Query Builder interface.
The Enhanced Formatted Report (EFR) module lets you create print-ready Excel spreadsheets that combine multiple data sources into compact pivot tables. EFRs are highly configurable. You can select the data fields to put into the rows and columns, as well as the fields to show in the cells of the pivot table. Furthermore, you can aggregate the data (for example, using the maximum or average).
You can also create, save, and apply rules for formatting the data. Maybe you need data to be highlighted in certain colors based on the data value, or whether the data exceeds an action limit. Or maybe you need the data modified to append certain flags based on data validation. You can support these scenarios, plus many others, in the EFR Module.
The image below shows the EFR interface for selecting fields for the rows, columns, and cells of an EFR pivot table.
The EIM Charting module lets you create line, bar, and scatter plots of your data. Once you create a chart, you have full control over all parts of the chart display, including the fonts and colors used for the chart axes, data points, legend, and labels. The image below shows many of the configurable options available for EIM charts.
The EDD Format Setup module lets you create and configure the EDD formats used for uploading your data into EIM. When you create a new EDD format, you specify a data delimiter as well as the destination tables and columns that are populated by the EDD. You can order the columns as needed to match your incoming EDDs. The image below shows the main form for setting up an EDD format.
EIM has many other configurable modules, such as the Analysis grids, the EDD Validation module, and the GIS+ module. All these tools let you fit EIM to your needs and processes. That’s the power of configurable software! For more information, contact Locus Technologies.
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Locus Technologies, Nancy-Jeanne, recently participated in a CARB LCFS annual Fuel Pathway Report verification on-site visit, though not as a verifier but as a consultant. In this video, Nancy walks us through the process for verification for a client.
Watch the video to learn how easy it is to work with Locus for verification preparation.
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Long Live the GIS Mashup
Nov 15, 2023, is GIS Day, a day started in 1999 to highlight the diverse uses of geographical information systems (GIS). Earlier Locus blog posts have looked forward to discuss how GIS can work with augmented reality and artificial intelligence. This post looks backwards to talk about mashups, a GIS concept that is over twenty years old but still relevant to environmental data management.
The term ‘mashup’ became popular in the early 2000s to describe the combination of multiple songs to make a new song. Similarly, a GIS mashup combines digital map layers into a new map – something that can’t be done with paper maps that have fixed data. Often, the mashed-up map layers are public, allowing digital cartographers to repurpose existing content from other users into their own custom maps.
The term ‘mashup’ has lately fallen out of use, perhaps because mashups are common now; sometimes it seems all pop culture is one big mashup. At any rate, the Locus GIS+ module, powered by the ESRI mapping engine, lets you make mashups in the Locus EIM and Locus Platform applications by combining data from three sources.
First, you can show georeferenced objects stored in EIM and Locus Platform, whether the objects are sample locations, spills, assets, or other features. Here is a map of wells and sample locations in EIM mashed up with a satellite image.
Second, you can add any map layers you have stored in your ESRI ArcGIS cloud – these could be plant boundaries, areas of concern, building footprints, site photos – anything you have in your ESRI web maps. The next map shows wells in EIM with map layers showing a plant boundary, wetlands, and several pipelines.
Third, you can supplement your maps with public data stored in the ESRI cloud – layers made public by a host of national, state, and local organizations and agencies, as well as private companies such as ESRI. This map mashes up EIM sample locations with a publicly available map layer showing nearby schools.
By combining data from these various sources, you can bring together many layers to perform your own analysis. For example, you can combine your asset layers in the Locus Platform with flood plain maps to evaluate property risk. Here is a map showing Platform locations with flood plans and streams.
Or you can combine sampling results from EIM with groundwater contours generated in GIS+ and overlay public layers of aquifers, watersheds, and topography, to determine impacts on drinking water supplies. The next map shows groundwater contours from EIM mashed up with flood areas, streams, and wetlands.
The word ‘mashup’ may have gone out of style, but combining multiple data sources into your own map is a feature of Locus GIS+ that is here to stay. If you’re not using GIS+ with your Locus apps, contact Locus to try it; and if you already have GIS+, be sure to take advantage of this powerful method to make your own custom maps.
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Environmental action limits have been an integral part of data analysis for years, but at Locus Technologies, we’re not content with the status quo.
Our continuous drive for innovation has led to exciting new features that make action limits more versatile than ever before, triggering automatic notifications, highlights on your maps and charts, and more based on regulatory or risk-based criteria. President Wes Hawthorne guides us in exploring how Locus Technologies can empower your company to effectively harness the potential of action limits.
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In the world of data visualization, understanding the past and predicting the future is essential, and that’s exactly what our new Forecast Charts are designed to help you achieve. Todd Pierce, Vice President of Data Management and Visualization at Locus Technologies will tell you more about this feature.
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This week, Vice President of Data Management and Visualization, Todd Pierce is diving into the synergy that exists among our suite of Locus applications. When combined, these four powerful tools—EIM, Locus Platform, GIS+, and Locus Mobile—work seamlessly to help you harness the true potential of your data within the Locus Cloud.
Let’s take a closer look at how each of these applications contributes to transforming your data landscape, click the video to learn more.
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When looking for a GHG reporting program, there is one element that is typically overlooked. This short video gives us more insight.
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