Submitting Sample and Test Data using DIME
California Test (CTM) 423 version December 2013
Method for Testing Thermoplastic Traffic Line Material
Data Interchange for Materials Engineering(DIME) is a web application and database 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 into the DIME database via the internet.
DIME's vision is to provide a user-friendly web-based interface for storing and sharing material data.
DIME is secure and password protected. If your lab/organization does not have an account you will have to request that one be created for your laboratory or organization prior to submitting data to DIME. Please see the instructions found on the Sign In / Registration page. If your lab/organization already has an account, please sign in and/or continue to read below for instructions.
If further assistance is needed, please contact the DIME Administrator.
How to create a sample record and test record for CTM 423-December 2013
A sample record contains information to identify the material sample such as the project identifier, material type, date and time of sampling, name of the person that collected the sample and location where the sample was collected. A test record contains results of the test or tests performed on a portion or all of the sample of the material that was collected. Prior to creating a test record in DIME, a sample record must be created and recorded in DIME. A sample record may be created without any test records associated with it and then test records added as needed.
Sample and test records can be created in DIME using one of two methods: online forms or DIMEXML uploads.
Online Form Method
Create a sample record online by completing the "Sample Record" Form
The sample record is the material/sample identification.
After signing in, look for the "New Sample" button or the "New Sample" link to get to the Sample Record form. Upon arrival at the Sample Record form, provide the project identifier (use "99999" if doing a trial run), select "Thermoplastic" for "Material Type", pick the "Sample Taken Date", and click the "Next" button to load the remainder of the "Sample Record" form. If the project does not exist within DIME then contact the METS Representative responsible for the area where the project is located. An example of a Sample Record form is shown below.
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Submit test data using the online form method
Once a sample record has been created and saved in the DIME database the test data can be submitted. If not already on the sample detail page, click here for detailed instructions on how to search for an existing sample record. If you are already on the Sample Detail page, click on the "Submit New Test" link on the right hand side of the page to start the submission process. An example of a New Test form is shown below. The 3-step process is listed below:
- Select "CTM 423-December 2013: Method for Testing Thermoplastic Traffic Line Material" from the dropdown list, click "Next"
- Answer any preliminary questions the test method may have and click "Next"
- Fill in the online form with the test data in the appropriate areas.
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