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GIS - using GIS to manage and analyze a landfill

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Using GIS to Manage and Analyze a Landfill - by Mike Michels, Vice President, Aaron Weier, GIS Director

GIS technology is essentially smart, computerized mapping that overlays a great deal of data on maps, providing a detailed, three-dimensional look at the geography of a landfill — “A place to put everything in one spot — you go to a map, click around, and find that information a lot more quickly.” Those three-dimensional maps also give managers clues where to place wells to monitor landfill water and gas flows, and where to drill to draw off landfill gas to burn for energy generation. Converting monitoring data to meaningful, clear maps with GIS helps landfill managers make better decisions faster.

This presentation was originally presented by Cornerstone's Executive Vice President (Mike Michels) at the 25th annual Solid Waste Technical Conference at Michigan State University.

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GIS - using GIS to manage and analyze a landfill

  1. 1. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. Using GIS to Manage and Analyze a Landfill Mike Michels, Vice President Aaron Weier, GIS Director March 6, 2015
  2. 2. Overview • GIS to Manage Data • GIS to Analyze Leachate and Temperature in LFG Wells • GIS to Analyze Gas Flow in LFG Wells • GIS for Environmental Compliance • GIS in the Field © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. GIS to Manage Data March 6, 2015
  4. 4. Finding Your Boring Log is Easy © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Differentiating Active and Inactive Wells © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Compare Ground Surface to Top of Well from Boring Log © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Where are the Horizontals Gas Collectors in Relation to Verticals? 2D: Appears to be some overlap © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved. 3D: Reveals depths and no overlap
  8. 8. Where is the Asbestos Buried? Can we Drill LFG Wells Above Them? © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. GIS to Analyze Leachate and Temperature in LFG Wells March 6, 2015
  10. 10. Where is Leachate Blocking Gas Flow? © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved. Alternate Option
  12. 12. 2D and 3D Leachate Levels © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. 4th Dimension - Leachate Levels Over Time Hover on image and click play. © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Temperatures in LFG Wells © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. GIS to Analyze Gas Flow in LFG Wells March 6, 2015
  16. 16. 2D Gas Flow © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. 3D Gas Flow © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. 2D & 3D Gas Flow with Methane Colors © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. GIS for Environmental Compliance March 6, 2015
  20. 20. Using GIS to Analyze Surface Emissions © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved. Surface Emission Monitoring Points Interpolated surface showing potential hot spots across landfill. Seeing hot spots across the landfill will help identify potential sources of odor, lack of soil cover, and areas for new wells
  21. 21. When Was LFG Well 23 Last Inspected? © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. How Many Wells Have Not Been Inspected Since DD/MM/YYYY? © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  23. 23. What Wells Have Oxygen Exceedances? © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. GIS in the Field March 6, 2015
  25. 25. 2004 © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  26. 26. 2012 © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  27. 27. Smart Phones/Tablets in the Wellfield © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  28. 28. Building lifetime relationships with our clients and employees. How Can GIS Deliver More LFG to Energy ? March 6, 2015
  29. 29. Recent Trends © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved29 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 #ofStartups Year LFG to Energy - Startups Per Year Direct Electricity HBTU
  30. 30. LFG to Electricity – Prime Movers © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  31. 31. Recent Trends - Electricity © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.31 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 #ofStartupsandMWCapacity Year LFG to Electricity Trends Annual Capacity Installed # of Projects Started Up
  32. 32. Medium BTU LFG to Energy © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  33. 33. Recent Trends – Medium BTU © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.33 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 #ofStartupsandMMCF/dayCapacity Year LFG to Low BTU Trends Annual Capacity Installed # of Projects Started Up
  34. 34. High BTU LFG to Energy © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  35. 35. Recent Trends – High BTU © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved35 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 #ofStartupsandMMCF/dayCapacity Year LFG to High BTU Trends Annual Capacity Installed # of Projects Started Up
  36. 36. HBTU to CNG Example Revenue • RCNG or RLNG • Sell RNG for 65% of the cost at the Chicago Pump = $1.82/GGE or $14/MMBTU + • Collect RIN’s for $1.50/GGE or $17/MMBTU • Results in $31/MMBTU • LCFS –California • Sell for $4/MMBTU • Clean Truck & Bus Program – CA
  37. 37. GIS and LFGTE © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.
  38. 38. Thanks for watching! If you’re interested in learning more about GIS and Cornerstone’s other services, please visit our website at www.CornerstoneEG.com. © 2014 Cornerstone. All rights reserved.

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