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New Software Package to Calculate and Report Oil Slicks
A new software application has been released which simplifies and facilitates the calculation and reporting of accidental oil slicks.
Recent oil spill incidents have emphasized the importance of obtaining assessments and information about resulting oil slicks. The Slick Calculator and Reporter software provides quicker and more reliable results than traditional methods, which have been based on manual sketches and calculations. The Calculator facilitates both the assessment process and rapid reporting. It avoids the need for duplicate or multiple surveys by different organizations.
There are a range of features in the software to ensure personnel make objective observations, enabling a consistent approach amongst users. Disputes and wrangles about spill volumes between interested parties are avoided. This means efforts focus on combating the pollution, rather than arguing about the spill size.
The extent of slicks is determined from either aerial observations or surface measurement;
The software automatically quantifies the input information as an estimated range i.e. between maximum and minimum spilled oil volumes. The range caters for inherent uncertainties in oil slick quantification. It provides a suitable level of accuracy for reporting and ensures appropriate decision-making for the mobilization of pollution combating resources.
The software is designed for standard PCs running Windows 2000, XP or Vista. Volume calculations are continually displayed within the software as inputs are varied. This means immediate results can be obtained at the site of an oil spill incident, using a Tablet PC during initial surveillance. More detailed reports can be generated in various file formats and customised using a full range of markers, standard terms and symbols. These can be added, edited, catalogued and numbered as needed. This enhances the clarity of reports and improves the recording of information for incident debriefing and historical documentation.
“The new Slick Calculator and Reporter is based on a proven, pragmatic approach to quantifying oil slicks,” said Kevin O’Connell, Director of The Oil Spill Training Company Ltd. “The software brings speed, reliability and consistency coupled with clear reporting functionality. This builds trust between industry, regulators and the wider community, allowing everyone to focus on what really matters during an oil spill – mobilizing the best response to combat pollution and protect the environment.”
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The Oil Spill Training Company Ltd has extensive experience in responding to oil spills globally. The company has been involved in hundreds of training courses, reviews, studies, exercises and other oil spill related projects in over fifty countries worldwide.