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Groundwater monitoring & assessment with ESdat environmental data management software
Using Environmental Management Systems for groundwater monitoring, assessment and groundwater remediation plans.
A successful groundwater remediation plan, used to facilitate the removal of pollution or contaminants from groundwater, sediment or surface water needs to use data that in correctly collected and analysed.
ESdat Data management software has a number of advantages over traditional data collection techniques:
- More Accuracy
- Eliminates Redundancy
- Reduces Stress!
- Create more time
- Saves money
- Improves Collaboration
- Helps assure environmental compliance
- Better results with happier clients
The use of a variety of consultants, laboratories, and in-house staff to collect, manage and report on groundwater projects means data is often trapped in various pdf reports, GIS layers, emails, excel workbooks, or even in hard copy. This data becomes increasingly difficult and time consuming to manage and retrieve as more data is collected and as legislative reporting requirements become more rigorous.
Organizations increasingly need professional staff to be able to quickly analyze their data using flexible and relevant mapping, graphing, statistical and Excel based tools, that can manage non-detects, exceedances, and complex datasets.
This means all environmental data needs to be consolidated into a single system which has tools to seamlessly manage, analyze and report the data. Data needs to be audited, reliable, and easily available. Key aspects of requirements are included below.
Efficient and Accurate Data Receipt and Consolidation.
Most organizations receive the majority of their environmental data from consistent sources on an ongoing basis. If this data is being manually retyped into another format (such as spreadsheets)
In addition staff should have the ability to easily perform QA checks on the data during the receipt process. These might include:
Completeness against what is expected
-Field and Laboratory QA
-RPD values for duplicates
-detects in blanks,
-Produce a Chemistry Exceedance Table,
highlight exceedances of environmental standards.
-Analyze the data as a time-series graphs, a trend analysis, or on a map.
Any data management system should automate all of these tasks, eliminating the time and the need to manually manipulate data. In a recent survey, most users of the ESdat system saved over 40% of their office time working with their data.
Combining new data..
Traditionally, whenever additional data is received it is necessary to update two or three copies of existing data, such as tables, graphs, maps or statistics. This is error prone and the multiple copies of the data lead to possible inconsistencies.
Data management Systems should eliminates this problem by combining all data into a single database; from which outputs are easily re-generated. ESdat also allows Excel files can be automatically updated from the database.
Sharing data among users/organizations.
Within any single team there is typically a variety of methods used to manage environmental data, which reflects the Microsoft Excel or Access skill level for each individual.
Sharing data between team members is usually time consuming and imperfect as people need to learn how to find and use data managed by others..
If all team members access data from a consistent system, then data can be easily shared. Availability of automated tools to produce Tables, Graphs, Maps, and statistics means staff can easily and quickly analyse new datasets.
Regulatory and Standards Compliance.
Many site holders have a regulatory obligation to be able to access and report their environmental data quickly, easily, accurately, and demonstrate an audit process to confirm the accuracy of that data. ISO 14001 also requires organizations to have systems in place to manage their data. Copying and pasting data in Excel is not consistent with those obligations.
A data management system should store a complete audit trail of the data, including Certified Laboratory Documentation, Calibration, or other certificates, as well as automate imports and track edits and deletions. Reports should be available using ad-hoc, or recurring data filters. ESdat provides all of this functionality.
Standard GIS systems are not able to easily provide the outputs that environmental professionals require. Below are an example of some outputs often needed, that are difficult to generate from within a standard GIS based system.
Often when organizations find they have a data management issue it needs to be resolved immediately.
ESdat can be installed, operational and users trained within days if necessary. You can immediately start requesting your laboratory files in ESdat format from most leading laboratories.
If some integration or customization work is requested (typically not required) users can start using the software immediately and customization can come on-line as available.
ESdat provides efficient importing and data validation from a range of systems or data sources into a central environmental database, and provides graphical, tabular and GIS outputs. ESdat provides a complete electronic data trail.
ESdat including reporting and analysis functions for air, water and soil for contaminated sites, groundwater resources, mines, industrial sites and landfills.
A recent survey shows that 100% of environmental and geological professionals saved time when using Esdat Environmental Data Software and that having the data organized was seen as a major feature. Over 50% of professionals achieved time savings of at least 40%.
Shaun McKenna at Tata Steel for example commented that:
' In contrast to the expense and years of frustration previously incurred trying (and failing) to implement an alternative environmental data management solution; ESdat was operational and being actively used on projects after only two days of training. This is all the more impressive as the majority of the active users have no prior data management expertise or experience. '
“The decision to purchase the ESdat software including the LSpec Sample Planning Module and PLog is already generating a return on our initial investment through the efficient interrogation and reporting of geo-environmental data.'
Esdat Environmental data software is developed in Australia by Earth Science information systems (EScIS) and distributed globally by their resellers in Europe, America, Canada, and Austrasia.
Groundwater - Water that collects or flows beneath the Earth's surface.
Groundwater remediation is the process by which water pollution is extracted and filtered. Groundwater is a readily available source of drinking water. Pollutants and contaminants can be removed from ground water by applying various techniques thereby making it safe for use.
Environmental Data Management for Groundwater Contamination:
Water Data Transfer Format (WDTF) Export From Esdat: http://esdat.net/
Victorian Groundwater Management System: http://esdat.net/
Page Updated Last on: Aug 24, 2012