Archive for February, 2009Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Electronic Data Structure for Geochemical Data
An Update on Analytical Data Exchange (ADX)
Acme Labs is pleased to announce the completion of initial trials of the ADX format. Implementation of Acme’s new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) provides the data necessary to generate a complete ADX data structure. Acme’s ADX export format is in full compliance with the required definitions and reference information required to produce a compliant ADX file. Acme is now pleased to offer this as an alternative for electronic data transfer of geochemical data to its clients.
The Analytical Data Exchange (ADX) format is a common structure for interchanging sample and analytical information between resource companies and laboratories. This format was developed through a not-for-profit effort to encourage collaboration between analytical laboratories, geological data vendors, academic institutions, government organizations and resource companies via a common standard for exchanging analytical data. The ADX document structure can cover all processing, handling information and analytical results produced during a sample’s life cycle.
As part of Acme’s commitment to its customers Acme will continue to support this format going forward. The use of the XML language with ADX offers a level of reporting not previously possible with flat CSV or Excel files.
ADX offers a number of benefits including;
- Lower maintenance due to common language between database applications and suppliers
- Expanded QA/QC reporting
- Expanded reporting of preparation procedures
- Improved communication (common language and products)
ADX is currently supported by companies such as Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Teck Cominco. Data Management companies acQuire, Century Systems, Geosoft, ioGlobal and Maxwell GeoServices have all committed to support this format.
For those unfamiliar with the format we encourage customers to learn more about ADX by visiting adx4.org
The ADX data structure can be requested by Acme clients interactively through the client web portal AcmeAccess or data files can be emailed to customers automatically when each sample submission is completed. Our customers can request the new data structure and related documentation of the data structure by contacting Acme via the web at www.acmelab.com.