Import Data from Excel or Text into the I-Data Table
Borehole Manager | File | Import | Excel | Column Based | I-Data
Borehole Manager | File | Import | Text | Column Based | I-Data

These Borehole Manager programs are used to read row and column data from a single worksheet in an Excel file or from a single text (CSV, tab-delimited) file, and import the columns into the I-Data table for a single borehole, or for multiple boreholes if the borehole IDs are listed in the spreadsheet. This is primarily designed for users who have measurements for multiple interval-data components, by depths, that can't be easily brought into the RockWorks database using the Row Based Excel import program. The import works with XLSX, XLS, CSV, and TXT files, provided that Microsoft Excel is installed on the user's machine.

! The Borehole Manager I-Data table is restricted to numeric values only. If you need to import alphabetic or alphanumeric data into RockWorks, use the I-Text import tool.

Here is an example of the kind of Excel data that can be brought into RockWorks using this program; this subset lists the borehole ID in the first column, measurement depth intervals in the next 2 columns, and different measurements in columns 4 - 9. The columns can be in any order.

Excel example

! This import program allows you to import one or many columns from the spreadsheet.
! It also allows you to append new I-data columns to existing boreholes. For example, if the borehole already lists Ca and Ag columns, you can add new Gravel and Sand columns to the hole, with the result being all 4 I-Data columns for the borehole.
! This program also allows you to append new data to an existing column. For example, if the borehole already lists Ca and Ag columns for depths 0 - 50 and you import Ca and Ag data again for depths 51 - 100, the original data can be retained. Be sure to activate the Append to Existing Data option.

Menu Options
Step-by-Step Summary

  1. Access the Borehole Manager program tab.
  2. If necessary, browse to the project folder in which you want to work.
  3. Select the File | Import | Text | Column Based | I-Data menu option to import from CSV.
    Select the File | Import | Excel | Column Based | I-Data menu option to import from XLS or XLSX.
  4. If you are prompted whether you want to create a backup of your database before proceeding, we generally recommend that you choose Yes. Never hurts.
  5. Select the name of the XLS or CSV file to be imported. The program will scan the file and load the names of the columns in the Input Column Name listing.
  6. Next, specify whether you are importing for a single borehole or for multiple holes using the Import for One Borehole checkbox (as described above).
  7. If you need to define the column names for your borehole project (or add to existing names) click the Type Table button and make the necessary changes to the I-Data Types table.
  8. Map the project's column names to the spreadsheet columns, as described above. Be sure to map the borehole name column to the Borehole ID field. You only need to map those columns you wish to import.
  9. Click the OK button to proceed.

The program will read the specified XLSX, XLS, CSV, or TXT file. It will extract the data from the requested data columns and map them to the indicated database fields. Any existing I-Data for the requested columns will or will not be overwritten as specified; all new I-Data columns will be added.

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