Environmental Data Management Articles

  • How listening to the ocean can help reveal environmental damage

    In 2013, Katherine Indeck listened to recordings of sounds made in a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Florida. Some of the audio files had been collected in 2005 during an unusually severe red tide, a bloom of toxic algae that killed fish, dolphins and sea turtles. Other recordings were made after the ecosystem began to recover. During the recovery years, Indeck could hear sounds ...


    By Ensia

  • Evaluation of statistical distributions to analyze the pollution of Cd and Pb in urban runoff

    Heavy metal pollution in urban runoff causes severe environmental damage. Identification of these pollutants and their statistical analysis is necessary to provide management guidelines. In this study, 45 continuous probability distribution functions were selected to fit the Cd and Pb data in the runoff events of an urban area during October 2014–May 2015. The sampling was conducted from the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Four Reasons We Can`t Wait for the NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum 2016

    For 24 years, the National Association of Environmental Management’s (NAEM) annual EHS & Sustainability Management Forum has brought environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers together for a few days of inspiring speakers, learning sessions and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • The Mobile Advantage: How Technology is Changing EHSQ Management

    There was a time when handling a mobile device in the workplace was deliberately avoided – it may even have resulted in some stern words from your boss. Not too long ago the very idea of swiping a smartphone on the job, in the field, or on the plant floor would have been unthinkable. Times have changed. Very quickly, mobile has proven itself invaluable (and some would say ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Most Useful Mobile Apps for EHS Managers

    Managing compliance is a full-time job and to do it well, EHS managers need to have the right tools. We’ve put together a list of apps that we like (and use ourselves) to make EHS management a little easier. We've broken them down into three categories: EHS-Specific Apps, General Business Apps, and Travel Apps (for those EHS managers who are on the road a lot visiting mulitple sites.) EHS ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • The State of the Market for EH&S Software

    From the 1970s onwards, a number of hard-hitting EH&S regulations were introduced. As a result, the market for EH&S software grew, with IT departments in enterprises of all sizes being increasingly tasked with implementing software designed to deal with risk assessment and incident planning. Fast-forward to the early 2000s, and the dawn of cloud computing was something that ...


    By Rivo Software Ltd.

  • North Dakota Pipeline Release Data Collection and Communication - Case Study

    Challenge A North Dakota pipeline released an estimated 21,000 bbls of crude oil. Antea Group was challenged by the client to assemble a team of specialists capable of effectively and efficiently collecting and communicating extent and migration data to key stakeholders. Due to the magnitude of the spill, spatial and environmental data needed to be collected electronically to ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Data Management and Visualization for Interim Measure Plan - Case Study

    Challenge Groundwater impact was discovered at the bedrock surface off-site and the client needed to quickly be able to access a long history of site data and develop a conceptual site model. Visually understanding where the impacted groundwater was in relation to property boundaries, surface water and stratigraphic features was critical for the client to determine next steps. ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Assessment of urbanization/impervious effects on water quality in the urban river Annaba (Eastern Algeria) using physicochemical parameters

    Surface water quality is deteriorating due to the increase of urbanization which increases the load of stormwater and wastewater discharged into rivers. To evaluate the quality of an urban river (Annaba, northeastern Algeria), multivariate statistical analyses were applied to the physicochemical measures of 38 parameters. The application of principal component analysis and factor analysis ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Why Every EH&S Manager Needs Data Visibility

    Let’s get straight to the point: you don’t become an EH&S manager because you enjoy filing, red tape and filling out endless paperwork. You take on the role because you want to make a difference by creating a safe working environment. A key part of the role is reporting and analytics and the data visibility that it provides. Data visibility ...


    By Rivo Software Ltd.

  • 3 Ways to Optimize Your EHS Data

    See What You've Been Missing As consultants, we’re always looking to find the most efficient ways to understand our project site data and maximize our understanding of the conditions and processes in the subsurface. Understanding data begins with quality data management, but it's important to have a streamlined process for providing data in proprietary formats for mapping and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • User Adoption of EHS Software: Best Practices from the Mining Industry

    On Friday, June 17, Intelex had the pleasure of hosting senior leaders, program managers and consulting partners at its first ever Mining Thought Leadership session. Attendees came to our downtown Toronto offices from as far away as Utah and northern Quebec to share their ideas, best practices, and insights on the use of technology in their industry. Specifically, they were there to discuss EHS ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • ECHA Consults PEGs on Nanomaterial Guidance Documents

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently submitted several draft guidance documents concerning nanomaterials to Partner Expert Groups (PEG) for consultation. Following consultation with PEGs, ECHA will consult its committees and/or Forum, where relevant. The final consultation will be with the European Commission (EC) and the relevant Competent Authorities. To ensure that the guidance ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Case study - Allergan uses GreenWERCS to evaluate current products and promote greener alternatives

    The Situation Allergan, a global multi-specialty healthcare company, was interested in implementing a method for demonstrating and comparing the safety and effectiveness of their products. Interest came about as a result of Allergan’s exposure to Walmart’s “Green Score,” an automated tool designed to quickly review products by category, providing meaningful ...


    By UL The WERCS

  • 2016 Chemical data reporting: What do you need to know.

    The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. §2601 et seq.) authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promulgate and enforce rules on chemical substances in commerce. Section 8 (a) of the law requires the EPA to collect basic exposure-related information on the types, quantities and uses of chemical substances produced domestically and imported into the ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • 4 Common Mistakes that Impede Data-Driven EHS Decisions

    Gone are the days when data was just a matter of facts and figures. Today big data is what runs the world. Every day we are all ravenous consumers as well as producers of vast amounts of data. This data is driving decisions that impact everything from what restaurant we will eat at to the insurance premiums we ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Electronic Chain of Custody (COC) in Environmental Data Management using the LSPECS upgrade for ESdat

    Summary As electronic information can be easily altered, a chain of custody ensures that the data presented is "as originally acquired" and has not been tampered with during the copying process or during analysis. When using ESdat Environmental Data Management System, all data is tracked and backed up electronically; there is no scope for transcription errors or loss of paper based ...

  • Case study - UVF and LIF used together at oil refinery site

    A former oil refinery in Kansas has a 100-acre size plume of oil. The NAPL is commingled with gasoline, diesel, crude oil and other petroleum products. An environmental consultant used Sitelab’s UVF to field screen hundreds of soil samples for EPH C11-C22 aromatic hydrocarbons. Split samples sent to a confirmatory lab directly correlated (see graph). Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) had ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Testing against “normal” with environmental data

    Normal ranges are some fraction of a reference distribution deemed to represent an expected condition (typically 95%). They are frequently used as the basis for generic criteria for monitoring programs designed to test whether a sample is outside of “normal”, as in reference condition approach studies. Normal ranges are also the basis for criteria for more classic environmental effects ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • An investigation of the impact of left‐censored soil contamination data on the uncertainty of descriptive statistical parameters

    Left‐censored concentration data are frequently encountered because measuring instruments cannot detect concentrations below instruments detection limit (DL). For statistical analysis of left‐censored data, environmental literature mainly refers to the following methods: maximum likelihood estimation (MLE), regression on order statistics using lognormal and gamma assumption (rROS and GROS, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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