Submitting Test Results to DIME

Once a sample record is created, you can perform tests on the sample and submit the test results in DIME. This document describes the submission process of how to submit results of a test performed on a a sample. Please see other documentation for instructions on how to create a new sample record, how to search for a sample record or how to assign a test.

Only users with data editing privileges can enter test results. There are two ways to submit test results in DIME. The first way is to enter the test results directly into a test card form in DIME. DIME also can accept test results in XML format (known as DIMEXML) by using the DIMEXML upload feature. Either way, you will first need to login to DIME using your email address and DIME password.

Entering Test Results Manually

From the sample's detail page, click on "Submit New Test" in the navigation located on the right side of the page. Submitting test results for a sample is a simple 3-step process:

First, select the test method you will be submitting results for.

Choose test method

Next, use the form to answer the preliminary questions.

Answer preliminary questions

Finally, complete the fields on the test card form and click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page to submit.

Fill in test card

After submitting the test results, you will see the test detail page which includes a newly created DIME Test ID. Please note this number as it might be helpful when searching for it again later.

Test detail page

You will have the opportunity to fix errors if you notice any. An example is shown below.

Edit test results

Using DIMEXML File Upload

DIME supports submitting of test results utilizing the DIMEXML upload feature. For detailed instructions on how to submit test results using this method, first search for the test method you want to submit data for using the test method search page and click on the name of the material type under the XML Schema column. Please note that the DIMEXML only supports test methods associated with aggregate and concrete material types.