You’ve probably heard or read about environmental database management systems (EDMS). But maybe you aren’t at all sure adopting this new technology makes sense for your operation.
Consider the following three scenarios:
- You represent a large company or agency responsible for multiple environmental stewardship efforts and/or projects designed to establish, determine and manage remedial options.
You generate impressive amounts of hydrogeologic and chemistry data – measurements and observations as well as research. You need to “work” your data on a project-by-project basis, but it would be most helpful if you could also archive it for future reference.
The people you oversee and report to are geographically widespread, but everyone needs access to the data and analyses you’re developing. And different players need to extract different information in different formats.
- You manage a smaller operation or consulting firm, but the work you do is much the same as the larger-scale scenario described above. You don’t have the resources or consistent need to justify in-house procurement of an extensive new database management system.
- You operate a lab or small consultancy. Among other things, you’re responsible for reporting data regarding spills, remediation efforts and so on to NYSDEC. You must adhere to their strict electronic reporting format, but it takes time and can be frustrating to get things done right.
One of these scenarios probably describes your working environment. And as it turns out, whether you’re conducting site assessments or groundwater and soil investigations, striving to comply with regulations surrounding fuel oils or chemical storage, or providing scientific support to other environmental health professionals, you could benefit significantly by implementing an environmental database management system.
Typically within the environmental industry, science-based consulting teams work alongside private enterprise or public administration-based owners and managers to identify problems and design effective solutions. Facilities and property managers need to analyze and condense findings into documents and graphics on which to base near-term decisions and long-term management planning.
Consultants need to keep clients, civic leaders or other decision-makers in the loop with documents they can readily understand. Sometimes you have to produce graphics in the form of 3D visualizations to support litigation, remediation plans or risk analysis. And you may have to meet a variety of regulations governing facility operations as well as reporting requirements.
Your work product has to be entirely accurate, completed as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Reliable results are crucial, because your reputation depends on quality.
An environmental database management system provides a comprehensive interface that bridges potential communication gaps to smoothly coordinate and speed up your work process and produce better results.
Detailed customization makes handling even the most complex projects a snap compared to traditional methods, even when each project varies in scope and scientific details. An EDMS enables permanent data archiving to plot remediation progress or identify trends. You can upload and store historical data, too, building a truly useful resource library.
An EDMS eliminates the need for time-consuming “clerical” work such as data entry and conversion, and assists with calculations for cost estimates. And it can assure your reporting submittals are always correctly formatted.
Embracing an environmental database management system can be a budget-friendly business decision.
Whether in-house or outsourced, converting to an EDMS can provide substantial savings. Saving labor saves money. And allowing skilled personnel to focus on skilled tasks helps improve job satisfaction, reducing the risk of costly turnover.
Ultimately, an EDMS produces efficiencies that translate into shorter project turnaround. You’ll be able to take on more work and generate more