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Post time 2004-10-23 11:51:25 |Display all floors
Jurisdictional inspections occur every one or two years and are an evaluation of the equipment at that moment in time, i.e., a “snapshot.” 管辖区域内的检验每年或每两年进行一次,是对设备在那一瞬间的评估,即“快照”。
How to understand "at that moment in time" more exactly?

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Post time 2004-10-23 12:03:39 |Display all floors


Lets create a scenario. Today is October 22nd. On January 1st, 2004 an inspection was done, and the equipment looked at passes inspection. We would say today, October 22nd, that the equipment passed inspection "at that moment in time". Similar to the idea of taking a photograph (snapshot).
As a side note, "i.e." means literally "in other words". This sentence gave another meaning of the words "at that moment in time" is "a snapshot". Of course you need to know what a snapshot is, which is a photograph.

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Post time 2004-10-23 14:07:13 |Display all floors

I don't mean to create confusion, but I am curious.

As I read this sentence, it sounds like it was written by a technical person.
I should probably add that this concept "at that moment in time" is a kind of engineering concept, because technical people are much more literal than the average person. If they say something is okay "at that moment in time" what they are saying is that right now, is not the same as then, and so therefore the equipment we are talking about, was okay then, but they have no idea right now if it is the same as it was then.
I know this is subtle and no doubt confusing, but important to keep in mind when talking to technical people. I know marketing people will take this to mean, if it was okay then, and you only look at it every two years, this means it is okay for two years after an inspection. A technical person would probably disagree with this assessment.
The reason I mention this, is because perhaps there is a similar concept already defined by Chinese technical people, that has this meaning? Would "snapshot" have the same meaning?

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