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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 - ???

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