Information Technologies & Environmental Data Management
The highly-trained Information Technologies professionals at Environmental Standards are recognized as innovative leaders in environmental data management and related environmental information technology services. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, our IT professionals have provided services for Fortune 500 companies, private industry, engineering firms, laboratories, and other contractors. Our streamlined Project Teams develop timely, realistic, cost-effective, and accessible strategies for clients’ environmental data needs.
Obtaining reliable environmental data, including analytical data, is one part of the whole in a project life cycle. Finding effective tools to manage and turn the data into usable information is a critical part of the process. Our Information Technologies professionals provide solutions to help clients take advantage of the power of a centralized data management system without the heavy investment of capital and personnel.
Web-Based Data Management
We offer a web-based service that takes an enterprise approach to environmental data management and reporting. The site incorporates functionality for project team collaboration such as document management, calendars, tasks, discussion threads, wikis, blogs, technical data management and reporting, web based GIS, and project status dashboards. Because access to the system is via the Internet, project managers and designated project stakeholders in remote locations can receive and use their data quickly and easily from any computer with an Internet connection. Security is ensured by many layers of user authentication.
The core of this site is based on MS® SharePoint. Other functionality is provided by EQuIS Enterprise, Hyperion Reporting, MS SQL reporting, and ESRI ArcIMS. These services can be implemented individually or collectively in any combination based upon specific project needs.
Custom Database and Software Development
Occasionally, processes required by a client’s project can only be supported by the development of a custom software application. Example projects include analytical data verification processes, risk models utilizing Monte Carlo simulations, contamination exposure models, and custom databases. Additionally, we have developed add-on modules to commercially available software (specifically, a laboratory analytical data verification module for existing commercial environmental data management systems [EDMS]). Our programmers write programs to perform data verification of analytical data for usability. These programs are written to be compliant with US EPA guidelines and to address individual client needs.
EDD Specification Development
Our chemists and environmental data management specialists interface with client’s contract laboratories to create uniform Environmental Data Deliverable (EDD) specifications.
GIS and 3-D Modeling
Tools such as Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Environmental Visualization Software (EVS®) integrate data with drawings, maps, or images to create powerful 3-D displays of information. Project managers incorporating these tools in an overall plan have realized savings of up to 75 percent on characterization and remediation budgets by selecting sampling locations using geostatistically guided site assessments.
These tools guide remediation design and monitoring efforts by providing 3-D visualization of groundwater. Data visualization tools help to determine mass, volumetrics, and disposal costs. Clients have found the maps and animations for public relations, risk communication, and litigation support extremely valuable for presenting complex information to a wide audience quickly and cost-effectively.
Document Imaging and Archiving
Document imaging and archiving reduces paper storage requirements by converting paper documents into a CD-ROM-based storage and retrieval application. Typically, a Banker’s Box® of raw data or single-sided reports will fit onto one CD-ROM. Document imaging both dramatically reduces physical storage requirements and archiving expedites data retrieval for a project team.