Latest Release of HoleBASE SI Transforms Laboratory Scheduling
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The new release of HoleBASE SI includes ‘scheduling tools’ that allow engineers to electronically schedule geotechnical or environmental testing. This major breakthrough is likely to transform the way consultants and laboratories communicate with each other over the coming months.
The new improvements also provide a glimpse of how well integrated customers and laboratories can be with the first UK wide implementation of a web service connection to ALcontrol’s @mis online laboratory data management system. . This unique development allows customers to schedule testing directly into the @mis system using data and tools inside of HoleBASE SI and then be notified within HoleBASE SI when the testing is completed.
“This new web service is our first opportunity in the UK to directly interface @mis with a leading geotechnical/geoenvironmental data management system like HoleBASE SI, advancing capabilities we have already successfully deployed in mainland Europe” said Richard Hepburn, Managing Director of ALcontrol’s UK & Ireland Environmental Division. “With many man years of time in development @mis seamlessly wraps around our core Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and it has been refreshing through working on this project with Keynetix to see a shared mindset in terms of deploying technologies which simplifying the data management journey and reduce errors for customers.”
Laboratories are able to send clients electronic schedule instructions, including the type of testing they offer and any additional requirements required for each test. This reduces the number of follow up calls the laboratory needs to complete to finalise the testing schedule.
Although AGS data is now commonly used as the data transfer format of choice by engineers and laboratories, there are often problems with all 4 AGS sample references being maintained and returned to the engineer. The addition of these features will significantly reduce occurrences of this problem.
“The new features in HoleBASE SI are going to change the way our clients and their laboratories work together” said Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix. “For years laboratory staff have been transferring test results using AGS data format but these new additions make it much easier for the engineer to schedule their testing within their data management system, significantly reducing transcription errors by laboratory data entry staff.”
Geotechnical laboratories are able to upload their schedule instructions to the Keynetix website, to give them immediate access to HoleBASE SI users around the world and promote their services to HoleBASE SI users. Any schedules created in HoleBASE SI can be imported directly into KeyLAB.
In addition to these features the web service interface to ALcontrol’s @mis system allows the user to send electronic Chain of Custody information directly to the @mis system and then allows them to schedule their environmental testing requirements in @mis without leaving HoleBASE SI. By using this new technology HoleBASE SI is then able to tell the user when the testing has been completed and automatically download and import the results.
“The creation of the first AGS based web service with ALcontrol has given us an opportunity to show engineers and clients how data transfer will work in the future” said Gary Morin, Technical Director at Keynetix “The service shows what the new technology is capable of and being able to embrace these new techniques was one of the reasons we have upgraded the HoleBASE SI core technology over the last 4 years.”
Keynetix have published a free online short course to show how to use these new features. The course can be accessed here
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