What is an inspection class?

The easiest way to explain this would be to use an example. Let's consider the case of an environmental manager, who is required to monitor vegitation damage, fire and wildlife across a mining lease. As you would expect, the types of information she would record for each of those issues would be quite different. Let's take a look:

Vegitation damage Fire Animal deaths
  • Type (Forest, Mangrove etc)
  • Issue (Tree felling, Clearing etc)
  • Cause (Vehicle, Vandalism)
  • Number of trees/plants
  • Area affected (m2)
  • Cause (Personnel, Vehicles etc)
  • Scar height (m)
  • Area affected (m2)
  • Type (Cow, Kangaroo etc)
  • Number effected
  • Issue (Death, Injury etc)
  • Cause (Vehicle, Starvation etc)

As we can see, it makes sense to offer forms tailored to the information she needs to collect for each type. In this case then, we would create three Inspection Classes, one for each type of inspection.

Within these inspection classes, we can then define a form specific to the type of inspection, or inspection class.