Implementation at Australian Steel Works

Business Background

The site in Australia is a major steel manufacture, with associated Coking Coal Operations.
Each of these very different sites provides distinctly different environmental challenges, which is reflected in very different demands for monitoring and data management. MonitorPro has been implemented as an effective and flexible solution that will cover all of the requirements.

Business Challenge

The sites were previously managing their environment monitoring and data management via a collection of spreadsheets and legacy software systems, with little or no integration between them. It therefore fell upon staff to manually ensure that all data was being collected as required; to manage said data; and to pull it together and report it as required. This was an exceedingly time consuming, as well as an error-prone, process.

Solution

Because MonitorPro is so flexible it can be implemented to suit the needs of both operations, however as its one system, it also provides much needed consistency. The solution is provided by EHS Data on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis, served up to the users via a web browser.

Implementation

As with many of our clients the sites, we implement often have a long history of operations, and therefore legacy data.

Data to be managed includes:

  • Groundwater levels and quality
  • Surface and marine waters
  • Air Quality
  • Stack emissions
  • Weather
  • Vegetation
  • Noise

Historical Data

Following the build of the database framework, the first stage of the implementation was therefore to import the significant body of historical data. This was mostly available as manually complied spreadsheets of disparate formats. EHS Data was able to work through these and import all of the data. Other data was provided by laboratories in a MonitorPro default format; and still further data was available such as original logger files. All of this was imported, providing the full historical dataset for future trending and analysis.

New Data

Schedules have been created to keep track of detailed monitoring requirements, and alert the users when monitoring is due and imported to MonitorPro. Manually collected data is entered directly from the field, via MonitorPro-Field. Data from various external laboratories is sent by them directly into MonitorPro and processed automatically. Going forwards, integration with site control systems will bring operational data directly into MonitorPro, with no need for manual intervention.
Upon import to MonitorPro, the data is compared to a defined list of trigger levels and if any of these are exceeded, warnings are sent to a defined list of recipients – currently via email, although the option to add SMS exists.

Analysis and Reporting

Data from the many disparate sources is available all in one place for analysis, trending, and reporting, using both the default tools in MonitorPro, and bespoke exports and reports. It is easy to compare one type of data to another, for example to see why something is happening. This can be done manually, on an ad-hoc basis, or placed on a re-occurring schedule.

Conclusion

By effectively using MonitorPro, the teams at both operations are now in a position to manage their environmental data efficiently, effectively and appropriately. Using an innovative data management system that eliminates the need for spreadsheets and manual processes, to streamline both their internal and external data collection processes.

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About EHS Data

EHS Data is a world leading UK based software company providing Environmental Data Management Solutions to over 1,000 sites in 40 countries worldwide. For over 20 years, our versatile software solution, MonitorPro, has helped organisations save time, improve planning, quality control, site analysis and reporting to manage environmental obligations and sustainability. MonitorPro is the first EHS Software solution to receive an MCERTS accreditation from the Environmental Agency. In 2020, EHS Data announced their pledge to become a carbon negative organisation.

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