EQuIS SPM Series – Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016

September 27, 2016




EQuIS SPM Series – Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016

TABLE of CONTENTS
:40 EQuIS SPM Workflow (:36)
1:16 EQuIS SPM Hierarchy (:55)
2:11 Tasks in SPM (1:20)
3:31 Purpose of Planning & Scheduling Tasks (1:10)
4:41 Planned vs. Scheduled Tasks (1:28)
6:09 Optimizing Tasks (2:28)
8:38 Demo: Scheduling Tasks (8:15)
16:54 Schedule Optimization: SPM Batch Processor (3:56)
20:58 Create COCs (8:02)
28:52 Questions and Answers (1 Question)

Download EQuIS SPM Series:
Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016 [25:13]
Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016 [18:24]
Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016 [41:00]
Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016 [30:31]
Part 5 of 5 – Track Project Progress and Completeness – Oct 2016 [32:17]


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Big Data and Environmental Remediation: Gaining Predictive Insights, by Arcadis

September 22, 2016



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EQuIS SPM Series – Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016

September 22, 2016




EQuIS SPM Series – Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016

TABLE of CONTENTS
1:29 How Many Tasks? (1:30)
3:00 Create a Task (1:18)
4:18 Task Recurrence / Preview Tab (6:18)
10:37 Custom Dates (1:06)
11:43 Included Dates (3:15)
14:58 Excluded Dates (7:13)
22:12 Schedule Activities (7:49)
30:01 Available Activities: Manage Activities (3:10)
33:12 Add Samples (1:16)
34:28 Review of Contracts and Containers (4:10)
38:39 Questions and Answers (2 Questions) (1:53)

Download EQuIS SPM Series:
Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016 [25:13]
Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016 [18:24]
Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016 [41:00]
Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016 [30:31]
Part 5 of 5 – Track Project Progress and Completeness – Oct 2016 [32:17]


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The Use of Modern Data Management Systems – CEMEX

September 16, 2016

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EarthSoft Announces Vapor Intrusion EDD

September 15, 2016

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Concord, MA – September 14, 2016; EarthSoft today announces the commercial release of a new Vapor Intrusion EDD developed in cooperation with several states and federal agencies and major consultants.

EarthSoft electronic data deliverables (EDDs) are the most widely used EDDs in the world. Several states, EPA Regions, industrials, and many consultants and labs, use these EDDs. The EQuIS Data Processor (EDP) is then available to check these EDDs for proper formats and correct structure.

In 2006, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released Guidance for Evaluating Soil Vapor Intrusion in the State of New York: (https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/soil_gas/svi_guidance/). Since 2008 EarthSoft has been working with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and their consultants on implementing EQuIS as an integral part of the NYSDEC Environmental Information Management System (EIMS). This work included expanding the EQuIS database Schema to incorporate the collection and management of soil vapor intrusion data that was being collected based on the NYSDOH guidance.

Vapor Intrusion (VI) samples have unique information and collection methods that require different rules for handling and data management. Data tables are available to support building inspections, building parameters, and common VI data collection and sample QA/QC requirements. Specific tables for VI include data fields for building type, construction year, foundation type, foundation wall and floor material and thickness and other parameters. Data fields and tables include:

  • Building Information
  • Foundation Description
  • Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
  • Other Factors Affecting Indoor Air Quality Sampling
  • Sampling Information and Conditions
  • SUMMA Canister Information
  • Sampling Method and Duration
  • Sample QA/QC Reading

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), EPA Region 2, and other government agencies are using EarthSoft’s VI EDD components as part of their agency EDD requirements. The NYSDEC EDD format contains a soil vapor intrusion module and the links to download the EDD format along with the NYSDEC EDD manual can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/remediation_hudson_pdf/eddmanual.pdf

Chris Mickle, the Environmental Database Practice Lead with Cardno said, “We have worked with the NYSDEC and EarthSoft staff on this EDD structure, business rules, and data model, and think the industry will appreciate having a standard for capturing and managing soil vapor intrusion data collectively with their other site information and chemistry data.“

Dan Eaton, with the NYSDEC EIMS Team, said, “NYSDEC has been pleased to provide the soil vapor intrusion module in the NYSDEC EDD format to our data providers as an effective way to report this data.”

EarthSoft CEO Mitch Beard added “This is a good example of how EarthSoft collaborates with our clients and consultants to identify new types of environmental data that can be managed with EQuIS. We will continue working with New York, other state agencies, and EPA to make sure this soil vapor intrusion module continues to meet screening level reporting requirements for protecting human health as these requirements continue to evolve.”

About EarthSoft: EarthSoft’s EQuIS™ is the world’s most widely used environmental data management software. Please write info@earthsoft.com, or visit www.earthsoft.com, for further information.

About NYSDEC: NYSDEC’s Mission is “To conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.“ DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.

About Cardno: Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs through their areas of expertise including remote sensing, geospatial intelligence, business intelligence, data management, and analytics.

EQuIS supports Coal Combustion Residuals requirements

September 15, 2016

On December 19, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the “Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) from Electric Utilities” final rule, which established comprehensive requirements for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, also referred to as coal ash. This final ruling was then published in the Federal Register April 17, 2015.

What does the final ruling outline for CCR unit owners and operators?

These requirements are found in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act under the solid waste provisions, subtitle D, which provides the framework for the ideal management of non-hazardous and hazardous solid waste. More specifically, the ruling created requirements for new and existing CCR landfills and surface impoundments, which includes lateral expansions of any existing structure.

Then, on July 26, 2016, McCarthy signed a direct final rule and additional proposal to lengthen the compliance deadlines for the owners and operators of certain inactive CCR surface impoundments. This ruling was published in the Federal Register August 5, 2016. While the end date for CCR disposal compliance is by 2018, coal ash sampling must begin by 2017.

“McCarthy signed a direct final rule and additional proposal.”

As outlined in the ruling, there are numerous areas in which owners and operators must gain compliance and meet federal standards in regards to reducing the risk of catastrophic failure, protecting groundwater and following prescribed operating criteria. The final ruling also presents requirements for record keeping, notification and internet posting, in addition to guidelines for inactive units, state programs and closure and post-closure of CCR units.

How can EQuIS support federal CCR requirements?

The recordkeeping, notification and internet posting criteria mandates any owner or operator of CCR units to record compliance in the facility’s operating record, and then notify the state of any decisions. They must also regularly maintain a website called “CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information” that contains this publicly available compliance information and ensure it is accessible to the general population. This information must be posted within 30 days of the initial submission of the data to the operating record and must be available online for no less than three years after its posting.

The final ruling provides examples of these instances, such as corrective action reports, closure completion notifications, yearly groundwater monitoring results and fugitive dust control programs. Several EQuIS modules have been customized to provide advanced functional capability supporting CCR data gathering, requirements comparisons and reporting.

“EQuIS 6 Enterprise makes self-reporting simple.”

EQuIS Data Gathering Engine (EDGE) features integrated offline data collection for CCR, along with EDP checks. EQuIS provides calculations derived from state or federal standards and alerts/alarms/agents on the data for web dashboards, emails, or text notification. EDGE also offers GPS location, mapping, and attached, georeferenced drawings, files and voice memos for field data collection activities. With EQuIS, CCR unit compliance is much more automated and less expensive.

EQuIS 6 Enterprise makes self-reporting simple with its dashboards and visual approach to visualization for any CCR unit owner or operator, as it is easy to add new widgets or new facilities to an existing EQuIS system.

With EQuIS Enterprise’s workflow automation, Enterprise users can upload and verify data with Enterprise EDP and automate reports and exports with EZView. They can also configure automatic email alerts and dashboard updates with Environmental Information Agents (EIA), which can be set up as date- or data-driven. (Dashboards can be automatically updated within seconds of new data arriving.)

EDP and Enterprise EDP are the world’s most widely used data quality enforcement tools and customized versions for CCR are under rapid development.

To learn more about how EQuIS workflow solutions can support owners or operators of CCR units, contact one of our representatives today.

Sources:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-12/documents/factsheet_ccrfinal_2.pdf
https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/05/2016-18353/hazardous-and-solid-waste-management-system-disposal-of-coal-combustion-residuals-from-electric
https://www.epa.gov/coalash
http://earthsoft.com/products/edge/
http://earthsoft.com/products/enterprise/

EQuIS SPM Series – Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016

September 14, 2016




EQuIS SPM Series – Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016

TABLE of CONTENTS
:48 EQuIS SPM Hierarchy (1:32)
1:42 EQuIS SPM Workflow (1:32)
3:14 Definition: Contract (:29)
3:42 Structure of a Contract (:42)
4:24 Assigning Containers Methods (:47)
5:11 Definition: Non-Shared Container (1:09)
6:18 Definition: Shared Container (1:08)
7:28 Demo: SPM Contracts (10:25)

Download EQuIS SPM Series:
Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016 [25:13]
Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016 [18:24]
Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016 [41:00]
Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016 [30:31]
Part 5 of 5 – Track Project Progress and Completeness – Oct 2016 [32:17]


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EQuIS SPM Series – Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016

September 7, 2016

EQuIS SPM Series – Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016

September 6, 2016




EQuIS SPM Series – Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas using the EQuIS Sample Planning Module – Sept 2016

TABLE of CONTENTS
1:02 EQuIS SPM Workflow (:58)
2:00 EQuIS SPM Hierarchy (2:03)
4:03 Create Plan – New Plan Details (2:59)
7:03 Default Naming Schemas (15:00)
22:12 Questions and Answers
26:32 Step by Step Instructions

Download EQuIS SPM Series:
Part 1 of 5 – Define Plans and Naming Schemas – Sept 2016 [25:13]
Part 2 of 5 – Define and Use Containers – Sept 2016 [18:24]
Part 3 of 5 – Planning Tasks – Sept 2016 [41:00]
Part 4 of 5 – Scheduling Tasks and Generating Field EDDs – Sept 2016 [30:31]
Part 5 of 5 – Track Project Progress and Completeness – Oct 2016 [32:17]


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Applications of EQuIS Live at Landfills – presented by Cemex – Aug 2016

September 5, 2016




Presented by Kevin Wilson, Waste and Environmental Hydrogeology Manager, CEMEX UK. Learn how CEMEX is using EQuIS Live at various landfill sites for real-time monitoring of remote flow meters, pump monitoring, gas and water levels, and much more.

TABLE of CONTENTS
:55 Introduction to Cemex (:42)
1:38 Closed Landfill Liability (3:03)
4:41 EQuIS Live – Gas Monitoring (6:19)
11:01 EQuIS Live – Level Monitoring (5:19)
16:20 EQuIS Live – Flow Meters (5:09)
21:31 EQuIS Live – Pump Monitoring (12:30)
34:02 Data Agents (2:36)


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