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Using GIS with EQuIS data -- Maximising Data Sharing

Using GIS with EQuIS data -- Maximising Data Sharing



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  • 1. Using GIS with EQuIS data Maximising Data Sharing Simon Ross ERM GIS Team 27 th November 2008
  • 2. Overview
    • Background
      • Who are ERM and what do we do?
      • Our EQuIS and GIS experience
    • Case Study: Shared Record Data Portal
      • Scope of the project
      • EQuIS data management approach
      • Sharing project data with GIS
  • 3. Who are ERM?
    • Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is the world’s leading provider of environmental, health and safety, risk and social consulting services.
      • Contaminated Site Assessment
      • Impact Assessment & Planning
      • Compliance Assurance
      • M & A and Strategic Advisory Services
    • We have 145 offices in 41 countries and employ more than 3,500 professional staff with 350 based in the UK.
  • 4. EQuIS and GIS Experience
    • ERM UK have been using EQuIS as their preferred site investigation data management system for 10 years.
      • Migrated from EQuIS 3 to EQuIS 5 in 2007
      • Used predominantly for large scale or long term projects
      • EQuIS also used extensively by ERM in the US and Australia
    • In 2005 ERM transferred responsibility for all static map production to their dedicated GIS Team to replace AutoCAD
      • Greater capability to integrate with external databases and other modelling packages (e.g. EQuIS, EVS, Surfer, GMS)
      • Wider range of spatial visualisation techniques
      • Greater scope to provide electronic data viewing and reporting tools
  • 5. One Database, many access points Analysis Document Management Mapping & Visualization Reporting Query Facilities Management EQuIS Professional ArcGIS/EVS/Surfer ArcGIS Explorer ERM Web Mapping Application – ArcGIS Server WEB (Download) LAN WEB EQuIS Online Google Earth TM Data Manager PM/Client ArcReader ArcReader
  • 6. Case Study: Shared Record Data Portal
  • 7. Background and Scope of Works
    • Project followed the sale of four chemical processing facilities in the UK
    • This report acts as a shared record of all historic and future activity on the sites
    • Requirement for all data to be accessed through a single reporting system including GIS capability to view distribution of analytical data
    • Viewer updated every six months following new monitoring rounds
  • 8. Source Data
    • All of the sites have been extensively assessed with records dating back up to 30 years
    • Many different consultancies have worked on the sites with analytical data held in a range of formats including paper reports, PDFs, Spreadsheets, Databases (including EQuIS3).
    • ERM spent several days on site collecting data.
  • 9. EQuIS Data Management Approach
    • All the data was converted into EDD’s by typing, macro’s etc and imported into EQuIS5.
    • EQuIS3 databases were merged together and reference values were resolved.
    • Additional EQuIS tools used to generate individual trend plots and summary results tables for investigation locations
    • Data also exported to surfer for production of groundwater contours
  • 10. GIS Approach
    • Data extracted from EQuIS databases via custom queries in Access (EQuIS 3 data) or EQuIS 5 with further manipulation of the data into suitable GIS format via Excel
    • Data visualised in ArcGIS using a range of presentation techniques and then presented in the freely distributable GIS viewing software ArcReader
    • Additional EQuIS data exports incorporated in the GIS viewer as hyperlinks from investigation locations
  • 11. Demonstration Original interactive demo summarised over the following slides
  • 12. Demo Slide 1 – Access Portal
    • Portal enables rapid selection of relevant reports and documents
    • All information is separated to be accessible at the site level
    • Direct link to GIS interface for the site
  • 13. Demo Slide 2 – GIS Interface
    • Map based interface with multiple levels of spatial information
    • Direct querying of feature attributes exported from EQuIS database
  • 14. Demo Slide 3 – Visualisation Methods
    • GIS enables complex visualisation tools based on the underlying results database
    • Multiple layers can be viewed simultaneously to analyse data interactions
  • 15. Demo Slide 4 – Linked Data
    • From features in the GIS viewer direct links to external files can be made in multiple formats (e.g. pdf, jpg, xls)
    • EQuIS export functions were used to generate summary tables and graphs for individual locations to link to
  • 16. Summary
    • GIS provides a medium through which clients, regulators and internal specialists can be given access to site spatial data in a simple and cost-effective manner.
    • The growth of technologies such as Google Earth has raised expectations for accessing data with users generally more familiar with map-based systems.
    • Further development of web-based GIS and EQuIS integration will enable more rapid and more regular deployment of this type of system
  • 17. Future Development
    • ERM implements many of the interface technologies with EQuIS with further integration and global standardisation planned.
    • Continuous development process - ERMUK
      • 2005 – GIS takes over CSM workload
      • 2006 – First ArcReader deployment
      • 2007 – First combined GIS/EQuIS 5 deployment
      • 2008 – Working towards ArcGIS Server deployment
      • 2009 - ???