CSAW is developing and maintaining a Harvesting Electronic Template (HET) Data Transfer System for Forest and Forest Industries Council (FFIC). This on-landing system will be equipped to handle all harvesting production data electronically.
CSAW is developing and maintaining a Harvesting Electronic Template (HET) Data Transfer System for the Forests & Forest Industries Council. This on-landing system will be equipped to handle all harvesting production data electronically.
The proposed system can be broken down into four major components:
- The System Backbone
- Handheld Modules
- TFITB connection and database adaptation.
System BackboneWork to prepare the system backbone includes:
- Server Configuration and Setup: the initial setup of the “translation server” including installing any additional software, securing the server and allowing remote access.
- Reference File Development: working with the EDocket developers to create a Reference File that can be downloaded by each Pocket PC.
- Pocket PC to Translation Server: the transferring of files from the Pocket PC’s to the Translation Server.
- Databases and Web Management Interface: the development of a database on the Translation Server that is used for the XML archive, Contractors and Principals contact information as well as the Translation and Export logs.
- Email of PDF’s: developing software to identify recipients and email them with the appropriate attachments.
- Initial Loading the modules: Pocket PC’s already in field operation will need to have modules installed
Module DevelopmentDeveloping each module will include:
- Refining the module operation
- Creating data structures
- Designing modules
- Testing modules
- Field testing modules
- Providing training documentation
TFITB DevelopmentAdapting the system to suit the TFITB system will include:
- TFITB System / Internet Modification: This includes modifying the computer that hosts the TFITB database as well as giving the Translation Server access to the computer.
- XML to Database Translation: This includes translating the XML data from the TFITB Employee Register module and exporting it into the TFITB database table.
Once commissioned, the system will require occasional programming maintenance and minor upgrades.
Development of the FFIC funded iButton and Harvesting Electronic Template (HET) Data Transfer Systems and available training funding provides an opportunity for the Tasmanian Forest Industry Training Board (TFITB) to upgrade their qualification record systems.
Development of the FFIC-funded iButton and Harvesting Electronic Template (HET) Data Transfer Systems and available training funding provides an opportunity for the Tasmanian Forest Industry Training Board (TFITB) to upgrade their qualification record systems and for forest harvesting contractors to more efficiently meet their statutory training and OHS requirements.
This proposal is to develop an Internet-based TFITB Qualifications Management System.
System StructureThe major systems components include:
- Additional PDA modules
- TFITB Qualifications Database
- User interface to the TFITB Database
Additional PDA modules
Two additional modules will be required for the HET systems already prepared for contractor's personal digital assistants (PDAs). These are:
- Staff directory module: This allows the contractor to enter details of the employees and contractors working on the coupe including their qualification details, such as their ticket number and competencies. Any new staff member entered into this module would trigger a downloaded report.
- General staff report module. This allows the contractor to report the employees and contractors working on the coupe at regular intervals. Completion of this module would trigger a downloaded report.
Other modules will be modified to use the new staff directory module. When information from the PDA is downloaded,
- The general staff report will be converted into a HET form and emailed to the contractor.
- The new staff and general staff reports will be delivered to the TFITB Qualifications Database.
TFITB Qualifications Database
The TFITB's existing MS Access database will be transferred to an internet mounted database. The current information structure will be modified to improved responsiveness and remove the potential for conflicting records. The database will hold:
- Licence-holder information; including name, address, contact information, licence number and accredited competencies; In this context, a licence-holder can be an operator, and accredited trainer of operators or both;
- Employer information as required to manage the licence-holder information; and
- Password and other protection mechanisms.
The database mechanism will allow automatic receipt of new staff and general staff reports, checking and validation of these reports against the qualifications and records held in the database, and generation of an email to the employers, either:
- Confirming the qualifications of any new staff members, or
- Notifying them of inconsistencies or problems in the qualifications, such as lapsed licenses.
User interface to the TFITB Database
The TFITB Qualifications Database will be accessed and managed through a password protected, internet-based interface. While this will limit some current work practices, purpose-designed entry forms should simplify input and management tasks. It will also make the database accessible with the relevant passwords from any internet-connected computer.
The interface will allow:
- Management of licence-holder and employer information, including the manual entry of new users and training results;
- Selection of data groups, such as licensees due for renewal, and export of the selected data for merging into bulk mailing or the generation of notification emails; and
- Generation of a range of standard reports.
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