Test request register

The Test Request Register (TR register) is used to track any testing associated with a Lot, and to communicate this testing to testing authorities and the client. The Test Request Register is accessed from the Quality Assurance section of the Main Menu. Users can also record and report on test results. This is described in the Test Results help topic.

Test Requests are linked to Lots, Tests and Test Properties when each record is created. Requests can also be linked to documents at any time.

Test Request Fields

Several fields describe the test request, its progress, and when key events have occurred:

  • Test Request Number– the sequential unique identifier for an TR. Generated when an TR is first created
  • Description – a text field describing what is to be tested
  • Lot– the Lot to be tested under the TR
  • Requested By – the user who created the TR (automatically assigned)
  • Date Requested – the date the TR was created (automatically assigned)
  • Request To – the person to whom the TR is addressed
  • Raised By – the user who created the Lot record (automatically assigned)
  • Date Required – the date testing is required
  • Time Required – the time testing is required
  • Source – the source of material being tested
  • Location Method – how the locations to be tested are selected – either Random Stratified Sampling (calculated by Civil Pro), Tester Selects or Specified
  • Chainage Start; Chainage End; Left/Right Offsets – these parameters define a Lot’s geometry when Chainage Geometry is selected for the Test Request (refer to the Lot Register for more information about Geometry Types)
  • Depth to Test – a measurement of the thickness of material to be tested
  • Level Datum– a text field defining the vertical position of the material to be tested. This can either be a numeric datum, or a text descriptor such as SG, subgrade, natural surface etc
  • TR Area, Volume, Length – fields calculated by Civil Pro based on the Lot Geometry where such a calculation is possible. These properties can be manually overridden (AVL Override)
  • Notes – a text field for providing addition information about a TR
  • Date Test Completed – the date the test has been finished

Adding a new test request

To create a new Test Request, click on the New Test Request button in the Register Menu. This will start the New Test Request Wizard. As with all Civil Pro forms, only the coloured fields are compulsory.

The new TR wizard

  1. When the New Test Request Wizard starts, you will be prompted to specify the Lot Tested, Date Requested, Date and Time Required, Description and the person the Test Request is addressed to. Once you select the Lot Tested, any geometry for the Lot will be copied in to the Test Request. For more information about specifying geometry refer to the Lot Register topic, the information is analogous to the geometry for Test Requests. Enter the data and click Next.

  2. The next screen specifies the TR Geometry. The Geometry for the previously selected Lot will be displayed. Make any necessary updates and click Next.

  3. If you have selected a Lot with geometry and you are inheriting that geometry, you may receive a prompt advising there is already Area/Volume/Length information for the Test Request. This is because the Test Request has inherited these values from the Lot, along with all of the geometry. If you want to keep the Area/Volume/Length information as per the Lot, click No. In this screen, optionally specify the material source, depth to test and add any notes. Also update the method of location and test reason. If you specify Random Stratified Testing, then the Random Locations Selector and Resolution Selector will be enabled. Select the dimensions you wish to calculate random stratification for, and the resolution. A resolution of 0 calculates to the nearest integer, 1 to the nearest 1/10th, 2 to the nearest 100th etc. Click Next.

  4. Select the tests you wish to register against the Test Request. You can optionally specify the Schedule item being tested. The number of tests is required. You can specify as many different types of tests as you need.  Click Next. Note: The Test Method list is filtered by default if Schedule | Specification links exist. This filter is based on the assigned Lot and its attached Checklists, listing only Test Methods linked to the Lot through the Specifications. To change the filter, click CTRL+T. The current filter and a reminder of the shortcut are shown in green above the test list.

  5. The next page of the Wizard displays each test to be taken and, if Stratified Sampling was specified, the Random Stratified Location for the test. You will notice in the below screenshot (click to enlarge) that the first and last entries are in the same location. This is because Civil Pro is able to identify that different test types are generally undertaken from the one sampling location to reduce the overall disturbance to the work. Click Next.

  6. The last data entry page enables the addition of Test Properties. You can either add Test Properties manually directly into the list, or assign a Test Property Group by selecting it in the Lookup and clicking the Add Properties button. Click Next.

  7. Review the summary and either click Finish to complete, or click the back arrow button in the top left to return to previous page.

Updating a test request

To update an Test Request:

  • Enable Editing using the button at the left end of the Register Menu, or use the Context Menu option to do the same. Then directly update data in the grid.
  • Update any field directly in the Detail Panel. If the Detail Panel is not visible, double click any record to show it.

To update the requested Tests or Test Properties use the Show Test Properties and Show Tests options from the Context Menu. This will display a grid containing the Tests or Test Properties in the same location as the Test Request Detail would normally be shown. These records can then be updated, added to or deleted directly into the grids.

Updating the test request number

If you need to edit the Test Request Number, this can only be done using the Detail Panel.

  1. Invoke the Context Menus for the Test Request Detail Panel (right click on any of the grey area in the Detail Panel) – refer to the Lot Register section on Editing Lot Numbers for more information.
  2. Select the Edit TR Number function.
  3. Edit the TR number to the desired, unique TR number.

Deleting a Test Request

To delete a record:

  1. Enable Editing and select the record to delete.
  2. Press the delete key.

Related Items

Test Requests are linked to Tests and Test Properties when the Test Request is Created. You cannot modify these links using the Related Items Panel. Refer to the Updating a Test Request section above for information on how to change these records.

Test Requests can also be linked to documents. Linking to documents for a Test Request works in exactly the same way as for the Lot Register. Refer to the Lot Register topic for details.