This development roadmap provides a high-level overview of the ESdat and related product development direction for the next 12 months.
A major upgrade of ESdat Online and ESdat Server (Version 4) has recently been completed and was made available to ESdat Online and some Cloud Hosted users in early December 2020; it will be available to those with onsite or self-hosted systems in mid-Jan 2021.
The enhancements deliver more and improved functionality to most areas of the application. A list of enhancements and new features is at https://www.esdat.net/ESdatServerAndESdatOnlineV4.aspx.
Development in 2021 will focus on: increasing the size of the Chem Table that can be viewed and exported to Excel; improvements around the configuration of automated logger data imports; and user feedback from the new version.
In the recent upgrade of ESdat Online and ESdat Server, the ESdat Field Portal was upgraded to work on mobile phones.
A focus of work in early 2021 will be an offline version, to be called the “ESdat Field App” which will work on any modern phone or tablet.
It is intended to offer a complete solution for regular groundwater, surface water and other environmental monitoring events. Collection of Lab Sample information for input to eCOC’s will also be added in a subsequent upgrade in late 2021.
ESdat Desktop is in the process of being re-built; the Excel import functionality from ESdat Desktop will be made available as a optional online module for ESdat Online / ESdat Server aimed at advanced users. It is expected to be available in ESdat Online and hosted ESdat Server instances in mid 2021. ESdat Desktop licences will be able to be transitioned to the new module, and it will be possible to use both ESdat Desktop the new module in ESdat Online / Server in parallel for a period while transitioning.
The current version of ESdat Desktop (Version 5) will continue to be supported indefinitely on Windows 10 and will continue to receive updates. Support beyond Windows 10 is yet to be determined.
Users with Access databases will need to continue to use the current Version 5 of ESdat Desktop, and should plan to migrate to either ESdat Server or ESdat Online prior to the end of life for Windows 10.
PLog is developed by Dataforensics in the USA and remains the dedicated platform for electronic borehole logging also being able to collect other offline field and lab/eCOC data.
Development will primarily be addressing user feedback and minor tweaks.