Introduction

PADMS is an application used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO), and energy companies to track and document disturbance and reclamation activities associated with natural gas operations on the Pinedale Anticline in NW Wyoming. Operators can view all data in the application but can only edit their own data. Agency managers have the ability to look at and edit all data. The application allows querying of the data entered to provide useful information to all users.

PADMS is fully deployed; all information is visible to the public through the web interface.

For Additional Help with PADMS:

Email the PAPO (Pinedale Anticline Office) Help Desk at: jperkins@blm.gov

Or telephone the BLM Pinedale Field Office at 307-367-5355 and leave a message with PAPO staff

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How to Log in to the System

Go to: https://my.usgs.gov/papo

Log in with your username and password.

For additions or changes to permissions to specific operators, please contact the PAPO Help Desk: telephone: (307) 367-5355 and ask for a PAPO Staff Member. The USGS Database Administrator (DBA) will add user names to the system, and PAPO will add or remove permissions for specific operators upon request of the operator.

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Change or Forgot Your Password

Please contact Jeremy Perkins at jperkins@blm.gov 

NOTE: USGS utilizes my.usgs.gov for centralized user management for all applications hosted on the USGS site. Therefore, usernames and passwords are managed by the USGS User Profile store at https://my.usgs.gov. As a result, users are forwarded to this system to enter their authentication credentials. The myUSGS site has a team who helps with password resets and access questions. The WRDMS Application allows myUSGS to determine if a user is authorized and authenticated and does not store any user profile information.

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Disable the Security Information Pop-Up

If you receive the following alert while using the application (only seen in Internet Explorer), select Yes.

Security Alert

PADMS Entry Page

When a PAPO user logs in to PADMS, the first page displayed is the PADMS Entry Page. This is the page users will employ to navigate to the individual operator pages and reporting component.

The following figure is the PADMS Entry Page. The following sections describe each of the primary four components.

PADMS Entry Page

Operators Section 1.

The Operators section provides the list of current operators using PADMS. Each name is a link, and when selected, will navigate to that particular operator’s page. This is the link used when an operator would like to add or edit data.
E.g. If an Anschutz user logs in and selects “Anschutz” from the operator list, this user will be able to edit data. If an Anschutz user logs in and selects “Newfield” from the operator list, this user will only be able to view Newfield’s data.

Reports, Downloads, & Interactive Maps Section 2.

Frequently Used Reports: Canned Reports

The reports component is comprised of "canned" and "ad-hoc" reports. Canned Reports is a report that has the criteria pre-selected so that when the link is selected, the report runs automatically with minimal additional information required.

Canned Reports

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Frequently Used Reports: Ad-Hoc Report

The Ad-Hoc report allows the user to select specific criteria to query in the application. Ad-Hoc reports provide much more criteria to select and query from as opposed to the canned reports.

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Report Main Menu

After a report is run, the main menu bar at the top of the page changes and allows the user more options. The options available in the Report Main Menu are as follows:

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Downloads

Downloads found on the PADMS Entry Page contain every operator in the PADMS application and the data they’ve entered.

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PADMS Map Section 3.

The PADMS map displays the PAPO boundary, disturbance and reclamation areas, reference points, PLSS, Private Land, and Non-Federal Public land layers .

By default all layers are turned off; checking the box to the left of the layer name will allow the layer to display in the map. The user can also select a specific operator or location type along with the spatial layer. Once all criteria have been selected, click the Refresh Map button to display the new criteria.

The Printable Map button captures the map with the selected criteria displayed and allows the user to print the map. On the print page, the map is displayed along with a map legend below it which indicates what criteria is displayed. The user can zoom in and out on the map before printing.

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Map Controls

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Operator Summary Chart Section 4.

The Operator Summary Chart displays the amount of different types of surface disturbance and reclamation each operator has reported. The user can place the mouse pointer over a blue / green bar which will allow a small pop-up box to appear with the actual amount of acreage for both surface disturbance and reclamation for that particular operator.

The reclamation progress bar includes areas in all reclamation categories, from “Site Stabilized” to “Final Reclamation Achieved.” In PADMS, the term “reclamation” indicates that reclamation has begun for an area, but reclamation processes are not yet complete.

Operator Summary Chart

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Operator Summary Page

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

The Operator Summary Page displays uploaded data specific to the operator selected from the Operator section on the Entry Page. This page provides a more detailed view of the operator’s activities and status of uploaded locations.
The following figure is the Operator Summary Page. The following sections describe each of the primary three components.

Operator Summary Page

Operator Map Section 1.

The Operator Map functions the same as the map found on the PADMS Entry Page. However, the spatial data displayed on the Operator Map is specific to the operator, and the layers can be turned on or off by selecting the check box in the Map Controls box.

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Operator Summary Box Section 2.

The Operator Summary section exhibits a chart that quantifies the number of locations that have a specific status (e.g. Interim Reclamation Full Development) and cumulatively the amount of disturbed and reclaimed acres of these statuses.

The Operator Summary Downloads section is similar to Downloads on the PADMS Entry Page. However, the Operator Summary Downloads section only contains information pertaining to the specific operator selected.

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Location Summary Table Section 3.

The Location Summary Table displays the most recent date the data was collected for each location. The user can navigate to a specific location’s page by clicking on a location’s name. By clicking on a collection date, the user will be directed to the specific report.

E.g. If the user selects the date in the “Last Spatial” column for Antelope 11-10, the user will be directed to the spatial report for that date and location.

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Specify the types of Locations to View

The Listing drop down menu, located above the Location Summary Table, allows the user to specify the types of locations to view. If an operator has a large number of locations, selecting a specific type of location can significantly reduce the features listed in the table and provide a more manageable list to view.

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Editing a Location

The Location Edit Tools are found at the end of each row. The edit tools do not appear if you are not the operator for these locations.

Operator Location Table

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Changing the Ownership of a Pad

When a pad has changed ownership, the current operator of the pad needs to initiate the change. 

Change Location Ownership

Owner Transfer Complete

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Operator Main Menu

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

The main menu across the top of the Operator Summary Page contains all of the necessary links to navigate the site and perform data entry activities. From this menu the user can:

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Search Locations

The Search Locations box eases the search process by auto-populating a list of locations based on what the user begins to type.

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Location Entry Page

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Then Select the name of a location in the Location Summary Table.

The Location Entry Page is a detailed view of the activities of a specific location. This page displays the polygon, photographs, documents, qualitative, and quantitative data that have been uploaded into the application.

This page allows the user to enter data in one record at a time as opposed to a batch upload. This is advantageous in the event data was erroneously entered for one or two specific fields of a report. Instead of performing a batch upload to replace all data the user selects the location with the incorrect data and fixes the specific fields.

Location Entry Page

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Navigation Section 1.

The Navigation box provides links to all the different activities performed on a pad and allows you to easily advance to the next or the previous location.

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Location Status Section 2.

On the Location Entry Page, the Location Status box displays the location type, status, latest spatial report, and the amount of disturbed acres. The location name and type can be deleted and edited by using the “X” and “Pencil” icons found in the upper right corner of the box respectively. The status can be changed by selecting the status text link.

Location Status

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Most Recent Status Reports Area Section 3.

This area of the Location Entry Page displays the most recent status report. If Line-point Intercept, Frequency, and Qualitative forms all have the same collection date and it’s the most current date then the last form that was entered or uploaded into the application will be displayed in this area.

When no status reports have been entered for a site the following text will appear in place of the Most Recent Status Report box:

Most Recent Status Report Message

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Location Map Section 4.

The map displayed on the Location Entry Page presents the spatial data that has been uploaded for the specified site.

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Most Recent Documents Section 5.

The Most Recent Documents area displays the most current documents that have been uploaded for the location. Select the blue link to the right of the document title to view the document. If there are no documents for the location, this section will say "No documents for this location".

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Most Recent Photographs Area Section 6.

The Most Recent Photographs area displays the most current photo collection that has been uploaded for the location. Each individual picture has edit tools in the upper left corner, which allows the user to delete or edit individual pictures.

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BLM Comments Section 7.

The BLM Comments section displays comments that only BLM managers may enter per location. These comments are used to provide more detailed information on the location. 

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Adding and Editing a Location

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list, which will navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

Adding a new location

There are two different links that can be used to add a new location to the application.

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Link 1

Adding a new location

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Link 2

Add a New Location

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Editing a Location

Editing a location is done from the Operator Summary Page. From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

The Location Edit Tools are found at the end of each row in the Location Summary Table.

Edit Location Tools

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Reference Points

Every location must have a reference point associated with it. The user creates a Reference Point the same way as any other location type; please see Adding a New Location. Following are the differences between Reference Points and other location types:

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Uploading, Editing, and Deleting Individual Spatial Reports

There are two places from which Spatial Reports can be accessed.

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Spatial Reports

All spatial reports that have been uploaded into the application for the specified location will appear in the box with the heading “Spatial Reports”. The report that is highlighted in red will appear on the right side of the screen.

If a spatial report doesn’t yet exist for a location, in place of the Spatial Reports Box there will be text indicating no spatial reports exist and provides a links for the user to add one.

Spatial Resports Features

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Uploading an Individual Spatial Report

From the PADMS Entry Page, select and operator to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the Name of a location in the Location Summary Table.

Spatial Data Rules

Following is a list of rules for uploading spatial polygons into the application.

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Uploading Spatial Data - First Upload Method

There are two ways to upload spatial data from the Location Summary Table.

Spatial Data Link

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Uploading Spatial Data - Second Upload Method

From the Location Entry Page, select the Add Spatial Report link from the gray main menu bar and follow steps listed above, starting at "Browse and select the zip file for upload"

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Editing and Deleting an Individual Spatial Report

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. The user can navigate to an individual spatial report for a specific location by one of two links.

Spatial Report Links

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Link 1

From the Operator Summary Page, the user can select the date for a specific location from the Last Spatial Report field. This will bring the user directly to the Spatial Reports page and display the most recent spatial data uploaded into the application. There are editing tools at the end of each row of reports in the Spatial Reports box.

Spatial Report link 1

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Link 2

From the Operator Summary Page, the user can select the name of the location from the Location Summary Table. This will bring the user to the Location Entry Page and from here the user will need to select the Spatial Reports link in the Navigation box on the left side of the screen. This link will direct the user to the Spatial Reports page pictured under instructions for Link 1. The user can use the delete or edit tools found to the right of each spatial record.

Spatial Report link 2

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Edit Spatial Report

The pencil icon is used to upload an edited version of the spatial report. Once the pencil icon is selected, the user will be presented with an upload screen.

Edit With Uploading

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Edit Without Uploading

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Delete Spatial Report

The red “X” is used to delete an individual spatial report. Once the “X” is selected, the user will be asked to confirm the deletion. The user can then select Yes to complete the delete process or No to cancel the delete process.

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Uploading, Editing, and Deleting Individual Photographs

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page

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Uploading Photographs

From the Location Entry Page, the user can use three different links to upload individual photo collection.

Photo Upload Links

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Link 1 and 2

These two links take the user to the Add Photograph page for the specific location.

If more photographs need to be uploaded, select the Add Photograph link in the upper right corner of the Most Recent Photographs box. By selecting the Photographs link on the Location Entry Page, the user can view all the photo records that have been uploaded for the location.

Adding Photographs

Photos are grouped in 30 day intervals by Collection Date. The most recent photo record is highlighted red in the Photograph Groups area and the photos are also displayed on the right. The user can select the magnifying glass icon next to other records to view the photos in the Selected Photographs area.

Photo Upload Links

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Link 3

If the location has no photos, selecting link 3 will bring the user to a page inviting the user to add one. When selected, the page will direct to the Add Photograph page.

add new photo

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Editing and Deleting Uploaded Photographs

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page.

The most current photos can be edited and deleted from the Location Entry Page. To edit or delete older photos, the user must select the Photographs link from the Navigation box located on the left side of the page.

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Edit and Delete Most Recent Photographs

From the Location Entry Page, use the icons found in the upper left corner of each photo to edit / delete a photo.

Editing a Recent Photo

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Edit and Delete Older Photographs

To edit any photo regardless of collection date select the Photographs link from the Navigation box located on the left side of the Location Entry Page.

Photos are grouped into collections based on the collection date entered, and edit tools can be found in the upper left corner of each photo. If more photos need to be added, the blue Add Photograph link is found in the upper right corner of the Selected Photographs box.

Editing Older Photos

Users can edit photos one at a time by selecting the pencil icon in the upper left corner of each photo.

Users can only delete photos one at a time by selecting the red “X” found in the left corner of each photo.

Users can compare photographs side by side in a separate window.

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Uploading, Editing, and Deleting Individual Status Reports

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list, which will navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page. Select the Status Report link found in the Navigation box on the left side of the screen.

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Status Reports

Please see the Data Dictionaries section of the manual which provides the definitions for each field contained within the data forms.

From the Location Entry Page, the Status Reports link is found in the Navigation box on the left side of the screen. This link directs the user to the page that houses all of the status reports that have been uploaded into the system. There are two different Status Reports a user must enter for each location, and one optional Status Report:

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Status Report Box

All status reports that have been uploaded into the application will appear in the box with the heading "Status Reports". The report that is highlighted in red will appear on the right side of the screen. If a status report doesn’t yet exist for a location, in place of the Status Reports Box, there will be text indicating no status reports exist and provides a links for the user to add one. 

Status Report Box

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Status Report Edit Tools

Edit tools are found in the top right corner of the Selected Status Report.

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Entering, Editing, and Deleting Status Reports

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the name of a location to navigate to the Location Entry Page.

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Entering a New Status Report

There are two different links that can be used to enter a status report.

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Link 1

From the Location Entry Page select the Add Status Report from the gray main menu bar across the top of the page.

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Link 2

From the Location Entry Page, if no status reports have been entered for the location, the user can select the blue add one link. This link is found in the middle column, below the Location Status box

Add first status report

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Selecting a Status Report to Upload

There are three different status reports the user can upload.

The data fields and instructions will change depending on the Status Report that has been chosen. The default status report is always Frequency. When the user changes the Status Report Type, a confirmation message will appear to confirm the change.

If any required fields are left blank or the wrong data format is entered, a red error box will appear indicating the errors that have been encountered with the submission of a Status Report.

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Linked Reference Point

Both the Frequency and the Line-point Intercept status reports have a Linked Reference Point field selected from a drop down menu. This menu is generated from the locations that have been added to the application with the Location Type selection being a Reference Point.

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Entering a New Frequency Report

Required fields are indicated by a red asterisk (*) where data must be entered to continue. To add more than one Frequency Report to a location, the Collection Date and Transect Number must be different. E.g. Location CAB-31 can have multiple Frequency Reports uploaded if there are no duplicate Collection Dates. If there are multiple Frequency Reports with the same Collection Date, then the Transect Numbers must be different. 

Required Fields

Required Fields

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Entering a New Line-Point Intercept Report

There are many rules for entering data into the Top Canopy, Lower Canopy Layers, and Soil Surface fields. Please carefully read all bullet points to ensure the data is entered correctly.

Following the above rules, the steps to enter a New Line-Point Intercept Report are as follows:

Required Fields

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Entering a New Qualitative Report

Required Fields

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Editing and Deleting an Existing Status Report

From the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the date in any of the  Status Reports fields for the particular location. Or, from the PADMS Entry Page select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page. Select the Name of the location to navigate to the Location Entry Page. Then select Status Reports from the Navigation box on the left side of the screen. 

To edit or delete an existing Status Report, the user can use the edit tools found to the right at the end of each row. The record does not need to be highlighted in red in order to edit.

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Batch Uploads

From the PADMS Entry Page, select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

Spatial Data Batch Uploads

Spatial Data Batch Upload Rules

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Uploading Batch Spatial Files

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Photograph Batch Uploads

Photograph Naming Convention

Ensure the photos are named as <feature name>_<direction as N, S, E, W, Close-up>

Direction choices are:

E.g.: North facing picture of CAB 1-25 would be named CAB_1-25_N 

NOTE: Do NOT leave any spaces in the photograph name, use an underscore ( _ ) for spaces in a name. There is no naming convention for the name of the zip file.

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Uploading Batch Photograph Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Downloading Data Forms

Start at the PADMS Entry Page.

PADMS Template Options

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Frequency Batch Upload

Frequency File Naming Convention

It is recommended that each Frequency data form be named according to what has been entered into the Site Name field within the data form. E.g: The text in the Site Name field is ANT 2-6; name the frequency form ANT_2-6.xls

NOTE: Do NOT leave any spaces in the file name, use an underscore (_) for spaces in a name. There is no naming convention for the name of the zip file.

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Uploading Batch Frequency Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Line-point Intercept Batch Upload

Line-point Intercept File Naming Convention

It is recommended that each Line-point Intercept data form be named according to what has been entered into the Site field within the data form. E.g: The text in the Site field is ANT 2-6; name the frequency form ANT_2-6.xls

NOTE: Do NOT leave any spaces in the file name, use an underscore ( _ ) for spaces in a name. There is no naming convention for the name of the zip file.

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Uploading Batch Line-point Intercept Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Qualitative Batch Upload

Qualitative File Naming Convention

It is recommended that each Qualitative data form be named according to what has been entered into the Site Name field within the data form. E.G: The text in the Site Name field is ANT 2-6; name the frequency form ANT_2-6.xls

NOTE: Do NOT leave any spaces in the file name, use an underscore ( _ ) for spaces in a name. There is no naming convention for the name of the zip file.

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Uploading Batch Qualitative Files

Start from the PADMS Entry Page and select an operator from the Operators list to navigate to the Operator Summary Page.

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Batch Upload Error Messages and Guidelines

Errors and Messages Encountered on he Frequency Form

All error messages will have the file name that the error is found in at the end of the message.

NOTE: If the location is a reference point, enter the reference point name in BOTH the Site and Reference Location field EXACTLY as it is entered into the application. Any data entered for the quadrats that come after column AY will be dropped from the batch upload and WILL NOT be entered into the application.

"Files must be a zip file"

“Site Name not found at row: <row #>”

Edit the location name in the application by selecting the pencil icon located to the right, at the end of the row in the Location Summary Table. Make sure there isn’t a space at the end of the location name.

“Collection Date not found at row: <row #>”

Multiple Line-point Intercept status reports can be uploaded for the same location on the same date as long as the transect number is different. The definition of a duplicate Line-Point Intercept form is when the Site Name, Collection Date, and Transect # are the same between 2 or more status reports.

“Observer not found at row: <row #>”

“Transect Number not found at row: <row #>”

“Data Source not found at row: <row #>”

“Recorder not found at row: <row #>”

“Reference Location not found at row: <row #>”

“Operator not found at row: <row #>”

“Duplicate species found at row: <row #>”

“Minimum number of quadrats not met or invalid data at row: <row #>”

The Frequency data form has sample sizes based on the type of Ecological Site Description that is associated with the Reference Location entered in the data form. Please see Reference Points for more information.

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Errors and Messages Encountered on the Line-point Intercept Form

All error messages will have the file name that the error is found in at the end of the message.

NOTE: If the location is a reference point, enter the reference point name in BOTH the Site and Reference Location field EXACTLY as it is entered into the application.

“File must be a zip file”

“Operator not found at row: <row #>”

“Observer not found at row: <row #>”

“Data Source not found at row: <row #>”

“Site not found at row: <row #>”

“Transect Number not found at row: <row #>”

“Recorder not found at row: <row #>”

“Reference Location invalid at row: <row #>” or “Reference Location <reference location entered in the file> invalid at row: <row #>”

“Direction invalid at row: <row #>”

“Collection Date not found at row: <row #>”

“Duplicate Collection Date <day, date, and time>”

Multiple Line-point Intercept status reports can be uploaded for the same location on the same date as long as the transect number is different. The definition of a duplicate Line-Point Intercept form is when the Site Name, Collection Date, and Transect # are the same between 2 or more status reports.

“Invalid Species, duplicate species, or invalid Soil Surface found at row: <row #>”
There are many rules for entering data into the Top Canopy, Lower Canopy Layers, and Soil Surface fields. Please carefully read all bullet points to ensure the data is entered correctly.

Errors and Messages Encountered on the Qualitative Form

“The qualitative spreadsheet you are trying to upload has the wrong number of columns (it should have 26).” 

“An Excel file (with the extensions .xls or .xlsx) must be selected"

“Site <Site Name entered in the data form> is a Reference Point. Qualitative status is not allowed: <row #>”

“Missing Operator at row: <row #>”

“Location name not found at row: <row #>” 

“Collection Date missing at row: <row #>” 

“Duplicate Collection Date at row: <row #>”

A Qualitative status report with the same date and transect number exists in the application for the specified location.

“Data Source missing at row: <row #>” 

“Topsoil Storage record not found at row: <row #>” 

“Months of topsoil storage is max of 3 digits at row: <row #>”

“Months of topsoil storage is missing at row: <row #>” 

“Months of topsoil storage is invalid at row: <row #>” 

“Seeding Method is invalid at row: <row #>”

“If Seeding Method is Other, a Seeding Method Description must be entered at row: <row #>” 

“Date Seeded must be less than Collection Date at row: <row #>” 

“Date Seeded not valid at row: <row #>” 

“Seed Mix is invalid at row: <row #>” 

“Soil Amendment missing at row: <row #>” 

“Amendment Date must be less than Collection Date at row: <row #>” 

“Soil Amendment Date invalid at row: <row #>” 

“Missing Seed Germination Apparent data at row: <row #>” 

“Missing Area free of Undesirable Materials data at row: <row #>” 

“Invalid Soil Stable data at row: <row #>” 

“Missing noxious weed data at row: <row #>”

“Invalid Noxious Weeds List at row: <row #>” 

“Missing Reproductive Capability data at row: <row #>” 

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Data Dictionaries

Quantitative Data Dictionary – Frequency

Site Name – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Quadrat Size – The size (within a frame) of a quadrat used to gather data (Should be ½*1 meter, as of May 2011)
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Transect # – The number of a transect for a site (e.g., 1 of 1, 1 of 3, etc.)
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Recorder – The individual who records/writes the observed/called-out data
Reference Location – The name of the reference location associated with a site
Operator – The name of the operator
Plant Species Symbol – The USDA Plants Database symbol for each species that occurs on a location
Numbered Columns (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.) – The quadrat number along a transect. A ‘0’ or ‘1’ is entered to indicate if a species is absent, or present, respectively, within a quadrat.

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Quantitative Data Dictionary – Line-point Intercept

Operator – The name of the operator
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Site – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Transect # – The number of a transect for a site (e.g., 1 of 1, 1 of 3, etc.)
Recorder – The individual who records/writes the observed/called-out data
Reference Location – The name of the reference location associated with a site
Direction – The direction of a transect (numeric value)
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Top Canopy – The first species the pin flag intercepts, if none, record NONE*
Lower Canopy Layers (Code 1 – 3) – The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th species the pin flag intercepts, or herbaceous litter (L), woody litter (WL) (> 5 MM, ~ ¼” diameter).*
Soil Surface – The last item (e.g., species, duff [D], rock fragment [R], etc.) the pin flag intercepts on the ground

*If a species is intercepted in the top canopy and a lower canopy, it is ONLY recorded in the top canopy. Similarly, if a species is intercepted in more than one of the lower canopy levels (i.e., code 1 – 3), it is only recorded in the first Code where it intercepts. In other words, if a species is intercepted more than once in the top canopy, and any of the three lower canopy layers, it is recorded only in the first layer it intercepts.

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Qualitative Data Dictionary

Operator – The name of the operator
Site Name – The name of the well pad, road, pipeline, equipment area, etc.
Collection Date – The date the data was collected
Observer – The individual who observers or ‘calls-out’ the data
Data Source – The company/entity who provides the data (e.g., name of a contractor business PAPO, etc.)
Topsoil Storage – Depth and/or method topsoil is stored (e.g., stockpile [> 3 feet], stockpile [< 3 feet], Direct Haul, etc.)
Months of Topsoil Storage – The number of months the topsoil was stored
Seeding Method – The method(s) used to seed a location. If more than one method report the other method(s) in the ‘Other Seeding Method’ column
Other Seeding Method – The method used if ‘Other’ is selected in the column ‘Seeding Method’
Date Seeded – The last date a location was seeded
Seed Mix – The name of the seed mix used to reseed a location (e.g., Loamy Soil, Temporary reclamation, etc.)
Soil Amendment – Any addition to surface soils (e.g., nutrients, organic matter, etc.) immediately before or after seeding, or during seeding
Date of Amendment Application – The last date a soil amendment was added to the soil of a location. If amendments were added to the soil of a location on more than one date, report the additional dates in the ‘Soil Amendment Comments’ column
Soil Amendment Comments – Additional comments relevant to soil amendments, such as additional dates amendments were added, observations (e.g., weather following application, success, concerns, etc.) associated with an application
Is seed germination apparent? Seeds have germinated, seedlings are emerging
Is the area free of undesirable materials? Examples: trash, construction material, etc.
Is the soil stable with no indications of subsidence, slumping and/or significant erosion? Rills > 2 inches, accelerated erosion is obvious, and soils are not being held by plants on site, sheet flow, head cutting in drainages, slopes occurring on or adjacent to reclaimed areas
Are noxious or undesirable weeds absent?

Noxious Weeds – Federal, state, and county listed noxious weeds (e.g., perennial pepperweed, Canada thistle, black henbane, etc.)
Undesirable Weeds – Weeds listed as noxious by adjacent counties, or other undesirable species (e.g., common mullein [Teton County], cheatgrass, halogeton, etc.)
Is there evidence of good reproductive capability? Seed production is evident for all life forms (i.e., grasses, shrubs, and forbs). Amount of tillers, rhizomes, flowers, and/or seed stalks are comparable to the reference site.

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Examples of Completed Data Forms

Completed Frequency Data Form

Completed Frequency Data Form

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Frequency Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields
Site Name: Alphanumeric
Transect Number: Alphanumeric
Reference Location: Alphanumeric
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Operator: Alphanumeric
Observer: Alphanumeric
Recorder: Alphanumeric
Plant Species Symbol: Alphanumeric, only species symbols accepted
Quadrats 1 – 50: Numeric range 0 – 1 0 = Absent 1 = Present

Optional Field
Comments: Alphanumeric

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Completed Line-point Intercept Form

Completed Line-point Intercept Form

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Line-point Intercept Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields
Operator: Alphanumeric
Observer: Alphanumeric
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Site: Alphanumeric
Transect #: Alphanumeric
Recorder: Alphanumeric
Reference Location: Alphanumeric
Direction: Numeric range 0 - 359
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Top Canopy: Alphanumeric, only species codes and “NONE” accepted
Soil Surface: Alphanumeric, only species and soil surface codes accepted
Soil Surface Codes:

Optional Fields
Lower Canopy Layers (Code 1-3): Alphanumeric, only species and layer codes accepted
Layer Codes:

Notes: Alphanumeric

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Completed Qualitative Data Form

Completed Qualitative Data Form

Close-up Columns A-J

Close-up Columns K-U

Close-up Colmns V-Z

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Qualitative Data Formats Accepted Per Field

Required Fields:
Operator: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

Site Name: Alphanumeric
Collection Date: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Data Source: Alphanumeric
Topsoil Storage: Alphanumeric drop down list
Drop down list:

Months of Topsoil Storage: Numeric range 0 – 999
Seeding Method: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

Other Seeding Method: Alphanumeric, only required when Other selected for Seeding Method
Date Seeded: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990
Seed Mix: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:


Soil Amendment: Alpha drop down list
Drop down list:

Date of Amendment Application: mm/dd/yyyy, will not accept any date prior to 01/01/1990 and is only required when Yes is selected for Soil Amendment
“Is seed germination apparent?”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
“Is the soil stable…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
“Are noxious or undesirable…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted
Comments: If above question is answered with No then comment is required. Only comma separated species symbols are accepted.
“Is there evidence of good…”: Alpha – only “Yes” or “No” is accepted

Optional Fields
Observer: Alphanumeric
Soil Amendment Comments: Alphanumeric
General Comment: Alphanumeric
The Comment fields for the following questions are optional:

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