What is an item?

An item can be a variety of things, depending on the type of data you’re accessing. Within a road network, an item is a length of carriageway. In a Jobs layer, an item is a job. In some cases, an item is a lookup option in a data field.

You can create, edit and delete items and their components. See Editing an item and Adding an item.

Alloy provides different modules for the item type that you want to create.

Here are a few examples:

Item Type Module Examples
Task Activities Defect
Asset Designer, Street Lighting Carriageway sections, Street lights
Component type Designer Bracket, Controller
Network Designer NSG Network
Work item Activities Call out charge, Lamp replace

If you need to add items in the designer module, contact your administrator.

Types of items and components

The types of items depend on the designs used to create them. Some items represent physical assets, for example, carriageway surface or street lights. Other items represent data relating to assets, for example, defects or inspections. How you view items depend on the data type you’re accessing. Items can be associated with layers to allow you to manage the display of data about assets, or include data about defects or jobs.

Below are some examples of different data categories along with related items and components.

Category Item Component See also
Carriageway Section   Networks
Inspections Inspection   Inspections
Jobs Job Job work item Jobs
Defects Defect   Defects
Projects Project Task Projects
Teams Team Team member Teams