Landfill Gas Data Management Solution

Why monitor gas quality?

As the contents of landfill decompose, they emit gases, some of which (especially in the absence of oxygen) are greenhouse gases, others malodourous, some toxic.

There are two main reasons for monitoring landfill gas, to comply with permit requirements and to ensure emissions do not exceed those prescribed.

Often there are high levels of methane, which is flammable and can be used for its energy value.  Monitoring gas wells helps to understand and balance vacuum pumps to direct and concentrate the methane for extraction and use in gas engines to generate electricity.

The process

Permits require the planning, collection, validation and reporting of gas quality data.  Some gas data collection can be automated.  This data can be automatically delivered.  For manual readings technicians need to know where they need to go and what types of measurements and samples they need to collect.  Data Managers need to ensure they receive correct sample data on time

Validation is required to ensure compliance limits are not being breached, that the data is correct for the location by considering other readings previously measured at the same location.

Calculations are often needed, and then the whole data set for a site collated, formatted and reported at pre-set periods.

Why it’s not easy

Without a management system, the difficulties of planning a data collection programme to meet permit requirements, ensuring the monitoring is done and data received, then validating every reading, before copying and pasting into consistent layouts so it can be merged with other data sets in order to be reported at the right time all are very challenging for all but the smallest permitted sites.

Planning

MonitorPro has a comprehensive sample planning system to notify what data needs collecting, where.  Technicians can download the visit to their device, which will guide them to the location in the field and validate data as they enter it.  Visits are tracked and alerts sent if the data does not arrive when it should.  Simple traffic light indicators show progress.  Data from gas analysers such as the GA2000 can be automatically uploaded and validated.

Quality

Interpretation and reporting can only be as good as the data it is based on.  Rubbish in, rubbish out is a major problem with manual systems.  MonitorPro is designed to avoid this.  All data is checked against the plan validated and protected by layers of security, minimising the risk of reporting incorrect data.

Flexibility

MonitorPro can manage any gas monitoring data alongside other data sets such as water or leachate quality or dip readings.

Convenience and Automation

The whole process of checking the plan, automatically importing from multiple sources, validation and reporting can be fully automated, same time and increasing data quality.

Interpretation and reporting

A large array of interpretation tools help to rapidly combine and analyse data sets.  Every organisation needs different reports.  A range of default reports are provided which can be edited as needed.  We also provide a professional report editing service.  Reports can be run at the click of a mouse or scheduled to automatically email.

Read about our MCERTS quality certification

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