Environmental Management Information System Software (EMIS)
EMIS provides a complete, largely automatic, fully integrated, state-of-the-art ICT solution for the environmental management: planning, assessment, compliance monitoring and impact assessment as well as emergency management for industrial enterprises or groups of co-located enterprises in industrial parks or zones, compliant with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and in support of the new European IPPC directive, 2008/1/EC, on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, including industrial emissions, and noise monitoring and management for construction, operations, and traffic.
Automatic, scheduled and event driven tools for monitoring and reporting are combined with interactive models, embedded into a real-time expert systems framework that supports a participatory approach of all enterprises in the estate, and at the same time provides continuous quality control and quality assurance functions, implementing a TQM philosophy supported by artificial intelligence technology for optimal operational control.
The Management Information System integrates a number of advanced analytical functions for operational real-time control (based on multi-criteria optimization tools) but also scenario analysis, strategic planning, and optimization, within a shared common information basis:
- Model supported monitoring (now-casting) and reporting (continuous and for user defined periods up to multi-annual) and continuous regular forecasting (up to 120 hours) of all environmental impacts from normal operations (atmospheric and aquatic/marine releases, waste streams and hazardous waste, operations and construction noise) with continuous and scheduled on-line compliance reporting, alerts and alarms based on monitoring networks, cascading advanced 3D dynamic simulation models and real-time expert systems technology.
- Risk assessment and emergency management in the case of accidental release of hazardous materials with different release scenarios, evaporation, chemical fires, BLEVE/explosion, soil contamination, and spills including surface-, ground- and coastal water quality. Continuous modeling and 5 day forecasts make the system immediately 'ready' for emergency simulations.
- Implementation and business model: EMIS utilizes high-performance cluster computing for detailed quantitative analysis (dynamic, 3D distributed nested grid simulation and optimization models) with with a distributed (web-based) implementation for easy access to an unlimited number of local subscribers. This makes it possible to share the costs over a large number of users, that also cooperatively contribute to the essential updates of the information system.
- Scenario analysis: Tools for simulation model based WHAT-IF analysis, environmental and strategic impact assessment (for atmospheric, aquatic, soil and groundwater, coastal marine systems, noise, solid waste), population exposure, health impact analysis (workforce and surrounding environment/population);
- ISO 14001 EMS and OHSAS 18001 compliant pre-audit checklists: environmental performance, resource efficiency, occupational safety;
- Efficiency and sustainability multi-criteria optimization tools for resources, energy and economic efficiency, emission control including GHG and CO2e;
- Administrative data bases of all enterprises, emission sources, MSDS and hazardous substances data base, use and storage, waste streams, monitoring data analysis, embedded GIS for the industrial estates and surrounding environment and population, etc.
The Industrial Environmental Management Information System combines advanced tools for strategic planning (including stochastic risk analysis) and environmental impact assessment with real-time monitoring, on-line reporting, and operational control including emergency management options. Other embedded models address land use dynamics, air quality assessment and emission control, and coastal water quality.
Another important set of tools addresses resources (such as water, energy) efficiency and optimization as well as emission control strategies (including GHG and CO2) using complex multi-objective, multi-criteria optimization and techno-economic valuation. Multi-criteria optimization can be performed for each individual unit, as well as for the entire park or zone, or group of installations, identifying possibilities for synergies and net benefits from cooperative strategies towards 'win-win' solutions for increased resource and energy efficiency, improved environmental compliance. Related topics are the estimation, trend analysis, and forecast of resource consumption patters, emissions and waste streams, and the identification of saving potentials, from BAT to BATNEEC.