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