The water data transfer format (WDTF) is an XML data transfer format designed to support the water industry to share and deliver water data to the Bureau of Meteorology as required under the Water Regulations 2008.

A WDTF export has been developed from standard ESdat databases. The export is available as an off-the-shelf add-on separate to ESdat.

Standard ESdat databases are able to manage data related to WDTF water information categories 1, 2, 4, 9 (surface water resource information, groundwater resource information, meteorological information, water quality information).

Additional data categories (such as information on major and minor water storages, water use information, information about water rights, management and restrictions) can also be accommodated after review of data requirements specific to an organisation.

With this export application users are able to use ESdat to manage their data using a widely used supported application. Users can benefit from the in-built GIS, Timeseries charting, trend analysis, tabulation, exceedance flagging and other functions that are part of the system.
Developed in Australia, ESdat is used globally and is the leading specialist environmental database management software in the Asia Pacific. For use by environmental consultants and site managers concerned with environmental monitoring data, compliance and management.

The environmental database can input from laboratories, field PDAs, hand written notes, historical, logger, documents and other data sources. The environmental database software performs quality assurance (QA) analysis and has automatic data validation checks. Environmental guidelines are pre-loaded so that your data can immediately flag conformances and exceedances suitable for monitoring and the remediation of contaminated sites, industrial sites and mining sites.

Output from the environmental database includes formatted chemistry tables with environmental guidelines and exceedances. Chemistry quality assurance reports showing duplicate relative percent difference (RPD) calculations, detects in blanks, holding time exceedances and surrogate recovery problems with criteria levels are automatically produced. Spatial data can be shown directly on an inbuilt map, or linked to ArcGIS, MapInfo, Surfer, EVS or Google Earth. Data can be output as trend analysis with graphs. Borehole log data can be output using exports to gINT and WinLog.