Digital technology has established itself as essential for effective business management, especially for data-driven organizations dealing with high volumes of detailed information on a daily basis. For environmental engineers, hydrogeologists, geologists and their non-technical colleagues, investing in an environmental database management system (EDMS) can provide profound, broad-scale benefits.
The primary benefit of an environmental database management system is really two companion pieces that are inseparable for any high-functioning work environment: capacity and accessibility.
An EDMS keeps you organized, regardless of your volume of work or project size.
And it’s upgradeable as new innovations come online. You can:
- Consistently collect and store virtually unlimited data, especially valuable for establishing historical context.
- Instantly map and revise data.
- Pose detailed queries.
- Ensures consistent, proper formatting for submittals, etc.
- Automatically spot variances or other anomalies.
- Automatically convert metrics for consistency.
- Perform calculations faster and more accurately.
- Plot trends and establish definitive baselines.
- Obtain standardized deliverables – with detailed customization options — that are easy to compare and ensure you’re properly meeting compliance requirements
- Create visualizations in contouring, GIS, 2D or 3D formats for modeling or presentations, allowing everyone to understand issues and options at their level of scientific expertise.
- Easily add or revise data to update possible alternative solutions and refine cost estimates.
Eliminating tedious, time-consuming clerical work frees up professional staff to concentrate on their core competencies.
An environmental database management system provides 24/7 access to data.
- Data at your fingertips.
- Real-time access that accelerates workflow.
- Simultaneous file use and sharing among team members to facilitate collaboration.
- Streamlined project management, even off-site.
- Quick, easy report generation.
Data that’s more available is more useful.
An EDMS can help strengthen your work product from initial field sampling to final recommendations and implementation. You’ll get:
- More effective use of highly-trained personnel.
- Significantly reduced risk of human error.
- Faster, more reliably accurate results.
- Better-informed decision-making.
- Stronger solutions.
- Shorter turnaround time.
- Significant savings.
Whether you’re public or private, conducting site assessments or investigations, working to meet contaminant storage compliance requirements or managing the big picture, your success depends on accurate and well-organized data that’s easy to retrieve. An environmental database management system can keep you working smarter and more efficiently.
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