Frequently Asked Questions
- What is DIME?
- DIME is the acronym for Data Interchange for Materials Engineering.
DIME is a web application developed by the California Department of
Transportation, Materials Engineering & Testing Services (METS) to
allow material testing laboratories the ability to easily submit sample
information and test data to Caltrans' database via the internet. For a
high level overview of DIME, please refer to
- I am interested in using DIME, how do I get started?
- Please refer to the
Home Page for more
- Where can I get help for using DIME?
- Please refer to
for step-by-step instructions.
Samples and Tests
- What is a DIME Sample ID?
- Please refer to the DIME Sample ID section on the
DIME Overview and
Definitions page for explanations and DIME Sample ID examples.
- What is a DIME Test ID?
- Please refer to DIME Test ID section on the
DIME Overview and
Definitions page for explanations and DIME Test ID examples.
- Can I change the project associated with a sample after the sample
- Users with the role of organization manager can change the project
associated with any sample that their DIME organization has submitted.
In the project information section on any Sample Detail page,
organization managers will find a link to change the associated project
for that sample. Simply follow the instructions on the page to find and
associate a new project.
- I had used the old DIME for submitting samples and test results,
how do I find those samples and results?
- The old DIME Sample ID was in the format of yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-dddd,
where yyyy is the year of the sample taken date, mm is the month, dd is
the day, hh is the hour, mm is the minute, and dddd is the random 4
digits provided by the system. In the current version of the system,
DIME Sample ID are now in the format of yyy-mm-dd-hhmmdddd. The updated
system provides a few ways to find a sample. Please refer to
to Search a Sample for more details.
- How do I submit test results to DIME?
- There are two ways you can submit data to DIME, by uploading
DIMEXML files and by manually inputting test results. Instructions for
how to upload DIMEXML File can be found at
How to Upload
DIMEXML File. Instructions for how to manually inputting test
results can be found at
How to Submit Test
Results. You can visit the
DIMEXML Schema Page
for more information about the DIMEXML format.
User Roles in DIME
- What are the user roles in DIME accounts?
There are currently three defined roles for DIME accounts -
Organization Manager, Data Administrator and Data Editor.
- Data Editor role allows an account to modify test results before
test results are verified or published.
- Data Administrator can verify and supersede test records and also
can delete sample and/or test records, in addition to all of the access
rights of the Data Editor role.
- Organization Manager role gives an account the ability to manager
users within a organization/laboratory, including modifying, editing,
and deleting accounts, in addition to all of the access rights of the
Data Administrator role.