Field Data Capture Without Paper Forms

Author: Bruce WallaceDownload File

Meter inspections, configuration changes, calibration verification, troubleshooting, and gas sampling generate important subsets of measurement data. Automated computer systems capture, process, store, and report this data better than manual, paper-based systems; minimizing effort, time, resources, and error for field and office workers.
Measurement Data Flow
Measurement data is generated throughout the life cycle of a meter and must be shared between the office and the field as it makes its way to consumers. See Figure 1. The office begins by creating a unique meter identification number. Field technicians generate reports after meter installation and commissioning, using the meter’s identification number to record descriptive information such as: type, configuration, location, and purpose. After installation and commissioning, the meter begins performing its primary function, generating and recording volume data. Periodic maintenance and troubleshooting occur for the remainder of the meter’s life. It is this maintenance data that this paper is concerned with.