What is a collection?

When you create an item you select a collection that it belongs to. The default collection of an item is defined by the design that it is based on. The design also determines whether an item can be moved from one collection to another.

There are four collections within Alloy:

  • Live - For many items this is the default collection. Items that represent physical assets and appear in the map area are generally in this collection. Also projects, jobs, defects and inspections that are being used would be in the live collection.
  • Archive - Items that are based on a design that allows them to be placed in the archive collection, are archived by default rather than being deleted. Items in the archive collection are retained within the database with all their settings, but are inactive. You can change the collection of an archive item back to ‘Live’ when you want the item restored.
  • Inventory - The inventory collection can be used to identify items that you need in the future, for example spare parts. The inventory collection can be used to create a store of items that can be used within projects and workflows.
  • Template - Items placed within this collection can be used to create new items based on the settings of the items in the Template collection.

With collections you can manage assets with no specific geolocation. However, a collection can include items with or without geometry and network references.

Setting collections in a design

When you create a design you can define the collections that are available within the design. Selecting the Collections field displays the list of collections.

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The Live and Archive collections are included by default and cannot be changed.