Understanding data processing tools can be really confusing. ?Flow diagrams meant to clarify the way in which these systems work, often end up looking something like this to me:
Sometimes I think manuals meant to provide step by step directions need their own manual and accompanying data-related-words dictionary.? I’m not a chemist, I’m not a lab rat, I’m not a validator…I’m just a girl working for a small business, trying to balance a bunch of different hats on my head.? Navigating the world of electronic data deliverables (EDDs) is just one of the subjects I’ve had to tackle on the job.
So what is ADaPT?
ADaPT is a computer application that processes EDDs based on field elements defined by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). ADaPT checks the data for correctness and completeness and performs a data review to evaluate the integrity of sample results against specific laboratory parameters. There are two types of EDDs processed through ADaPT:? Lab EDDs and Field EDDs.
The Field EDD Utility Tool is used to help create Field EDDs for the corresponding Lab EDDs submitted to FDEP.? Required data fields include sample collection type, sample matrix, method used to measure the field parameter, name of the field parameter, result, result unit type, qualifier, and so on.? Also available is a field data excel sheet that can be used to manually enter field data.
Huh? ?Can you explain in plain English?
To summarize what ADaPT is in layman’s terms, it’s basically a data checker, so that the mandatory electronic data to be submitted to FDEP (analytical data AND field data) is in a format that is acceptable to their database. ?That way, FDEP personnel can quickly conduct analytical data searches on sites without having to resort to looking for the analytical data that might be buried inside a hard copy report somewhere.
For more information on Florida ADaPT, visit FDEP’s website for useful resources, including a user manual, a flow chart that I don’t understand, and a slew of FAQs.
Written by: Karen Baer