EScIS Newsletter January 2019
Enhancements, LabSync, Sync ChemCodes and Environmental Standards, Mud Environmental Case Study, Metro Mining, DOE, New EScIS Website and more.
Enhancements Broaden ESdat User Base
ESdat has been well established as a tool of choice for environmental consultants for over ten years. In recent years, however, ESdat has been adopted by an increasing range of organisations, operating in the mining, energy, industry and government sectors.
Predominantly this has been driven by organisations becoming increasingly focused on retaining their data so that it is accessible to current and future staff as well as external service providers (eg Consultants). These organisations recognise that generating data is expensive and the results should be managed as a valuable resource with relevance beyond the immediate purpose.
EScIS has worked with a range of clients in 2019 to help them achieve greater control of their data and extract higher value from it. Achieving this has been facilitated through advances such as cloud hosting and the web version of ESdat.
For example, both the Australian Department of Defence and New Zealand Defence Ministry have recognised environmental site assessment and remediation data has value in informing future land use and development, and that this data needs to be easily retrievable now and into the future by internal staff as well as by consultants.
Infrastructure organisations taking control of their environmental data include the Great Northern Connect JV, CPB Contractors and Salini Impegilo in Western Australia. Each of these organisations is responsible for environmental monitoring associated with large infrastructure projects which they are delivering. Typically this would be outsourced to consultants, however, with ESdat, these organisations have streamlined their monitoring programs by taking them in-house, and providing web access to consultants where needed.
ESdat continues to deliver successful data management outcomes in the mining sector, with cloud-based solutions provided to NT Resources, Metro Mining and Stanmore Coal, and other mining groups moving their onsite ESdat systems to cloud hosting. The flexibility of ESdat Online combined with our experience in data management services have transformed the way these organisations manage and report compliance monitoring, providing significant benefits in data management efficiency, usability and integrity.
LabSync which was introduced in ESdat Server 3.6 and supersedes the 'Lab Initiated Upload' is becoming more central to ESdat usage. An increasing number of ESdat users are adopting it to save time and standardise their receipt and import of lab reports. Users include GHD, Tetra-Tech, Cristal Mining, Defence and many others. LabSync is included for those using ESdat Online on a 'Pay per lab report' basis.
Warwick Wood, founding director of EScIS, had this to say about LabSync:
'LabSync is a unique and game-changing approach to the receipt of lab data. Organisations no longer need to manage laboratory data transfer files; any error resolution process is completely centralised, and any errors are automatically reported to the lab and support to investigate and resolve.'
To read more see http://www.esdat.net/ESdatLabSync.aspx
Sync your ChemCodes and Environmental Standards with ESdat Online
Organisations with their own installation of ESdat manage ChemCodes and Environmental Standards themselves using the lists published on the ESdat website. As new ChemCodes are added to the Standard List (e.g. PFAS) Power Users needed to add these and any related Environmental Standards to their system.
With ESdat Server 3.6, this is made much easier, in that Power Users can automatically 'Compare' their lists with the Standard ESdat lists to see any entries that are missing, different or extra; and can automatically sync or import from the Standard lists.
The Standard lists are stored in ESdat Online, a Cloud implementation of ESdat that runs through the browser and hosts Accounts for numerous clients. With so many clients using ESdat Online with such a variety of lab and field data, EScIS can rapidly identify if any gaps are present or if improvements are needed.
Warwick Wood, founding director of EScIS, had this to say:
'Having a central library of ChemCodes and Environmental Standards that is continuously being used in real time by all ESdat Online users, and that onsite users can easily compare their own lists against largely eliminates issues with ChemCodes during import and encourages consistency. This results in greater efficiency and more reliable import of laboratory data and identification of exceedances for onsite installations.'
For more information see http://www.esdat.net/CompareChemCodes.html
EScIS call Australia home, and we have a well-established client base in Australia. However, we also have clients all over the world, including Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and many others.
Nick Tumney, ESdat Implementation & Support Manager has been out visiting clients in a wide range of locations this year. Of particular note Nick headed to Vancouver and Calgary in Canada to meet users he otherwise liaises with from behind a monitor and to get personal feedback on how ESdat is working for them and how it is managing the complexities of Canadian, British Columbian and other guidelines. It was also an excellent opportunity to share the new and exciting features available in ESdat Server 3.6; everyone learned something new.
Tom and Warwick attended the 5th New Zealand Contaminated Land Conference held in Christchurch, giving them a chance to engage with our New Zealand clients, and also make some new friends. Check out highlights from the conference in ALGA's own Chronicle issue 54 from May 2018. Tom is gracing the cover sharing a beer with Eurofins Bob Symons!
Did you get a coffee at EcoForum this year? If you did, then you might have run into Warwick, Tom or Nick at EScIS' booth right next to the barista (thanks to our friends at EnviroPacific). Whether over coffee, or something a little stronger at the end of the day, we had a great time catching up with clients, colleagues and making new friends. There were some great presentations, and ESdat was proud to be featured in several sessions presented by our clients.
We look forward to seeing many of you in 2019.
Mud Environmental - Case Study of a Truly Digital Business using ESdat Online
Mud Environmental is a boutique environmental consulting business operating in Adelaide, South Australia. Adrian Webber is the Mud Founder and Director and is also an SA Site Contamination Auditor.
Mud champion the virtual office concept, which aligns with the Mud values of innovation and using technology to support a flexible and family-based culture. This means the Mud team work at a variety of locations (and often from home as Mud don't have an office).
To support this Mud has adopted ESdat Online as their environmental data management system, together with other cloud-based packages for accounting and reporting.
Before ESdat Online and at previous workplaces, the Mud team had experienced common data management challenges, including time-consuming manual data entry, missed exceedences, bottlenecks, cut & paste errors and problems sharing data.
Adopting ESdat Online has delivered the following benefits:
- Intuitive, automated and user-friendly - easy to get what is needed
- Increased time to consider data
- Automated QC checking, saving time
- Reduced time on peer reviewing data
Feedback from Mud is that ESdat Online is 'overall, definitely the right tool' and 'built for companies like ours.'
Metro Mining Adopts ESdat.
Metro Mining Limited is an Australian exploration and mining company based in Brisbane, Queensland. Metro commenced mining operations at its flagship project, the Bauxite Hills Mine, 95 km north of Weipa on western Cape York in April this year. Metro conducts surface water and groundwater environmental monitoring to meet operating licence conditions, as well as drinking water and sewage treatment analysis.
Metro approached EScIS seeking a centralised environmental data solution. Management and reporting of lab data formed the key focus, together with field data collected during sampling events. Visibility of data trends to guide and assess corrective actions was a key requirement.
EScIS worked with Metro to confirm ESdat Online as the right ESdat solution to meet their specific needs.
The intuitive interface of ESdat Online has resulted in a rapid uptake within Metro’s operations. Automated lab report import ensures results are captured efficiently and completely. With a few clicks, data of interest can then be presented in tables or maps for interpretation. New data is easily compared with historical data that was imported into ESdat Online with assistance from EScIS.
“Having worked with a number of databases over the course of our combined environmental management careers, the environmental team at Metro Mining has found ESdat to be extremely user-intuitive and simple to use.
We appreciate that our laboratory data is migrated across to ESdat at the click of a button, saving us time, resources and more importantly limiting human error.
I would strongly recommend ESdat to not only other mine sites, but to any industry needing an easily navigable and cost-efficient database to manage their water quality data storage needs.”
Environment Officer - Metro Mining
Metro Mining Ltd has officially been recognised as Australia's leading Emerging Mining Company. Metro received the award at the internationally recognised “Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum” in Kalgoorlie, 8 August.
Congratulations Metro Mining!
The Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australian Antarctic Division extends ESdat Usage.
The Supervising Scientist Branch (SSB) is part of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Heritage Reef and Marine Division. The Supervising Scientist Branch was established to ensure the protection of the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory from the impacts of uranium mining and does so by undertaking research and developing standards and practices for environmental protection. The SSB manages one of Australia's most extensive historical environmental monitoring data sets, dating back over 40 years, with ongoing research and monitoring continuing to expand this data set.
SSB previously held a single ESdat Desktop licence for the management of a subset of data but saw the potential for a broader implementation of ESdat.
The ESdat solution adopted by SSB comprises:
- ESdat Server, which is cloud hosted (a first for DOEE)
- ESdat Server Web Interface
- ESdat Desktop
This ESdat solution provides the following benefits:
- Centralised data storage, removing concerns about data versions or location
- Flexible data importing and validation tools
- Powerful querying and reporting capabilities
SSB Project Manager, Amie Leggett was the driving force behind the procurement of ESdat:
“The ability to efficiently interrogate data from multiple projects allows for improved research outcomes and continued environmental protection of one of Australia’s most pristine landscapes.
The roll-out of the broader ESdat license has been fantastically facilitated by the EScIS team to ensure a smooth transition and successful uptake across multiple teams”
New EScIS Website Launched
In 2019 we launched our new look EScIS website - www.EScIS.com.au
A key focus of the EScIS website is to promote our services which complement our ESdat software solutions (at www.esdat.net).
Many EScIS staff members came to EScIS with extensive environmental consulting experience, which we encourage our clients to leverage to achieve their data management objectives.
At EScIS we focus on building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients, and we take great pride in teaming with clients to resolve data management challenges and optimise data productivity.
A special thanks to those clients who've been kind enough to provide quotes and case studies for the website, and we'd encourage everyone to check it out www.EScIS.com.au
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