ESdat Reduces Costs for Environmental Regulatory Compliance Monitoring in Mines

02 December 2010

ESdat has pre-loaded environmental standards so once environmental mining data is entered into the software managers can immediately see environmental regulatory compliance and non-compliance throughout the mining site.

Recent purchaser Gary Mueller of Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) in Tasmania noted the flexibility of ESdat as a key feature "customability of the 'backend', means that it can be adapted to many environmental uses for compliance monitoring in mines".

ESdat can significantly reduce the costs of monitoring regulatory compliance in the mining environment. The pre-loaded environmental standards, ease of use and flexibility of the software means users save significant amounts of time. In fact, all users report a minimum of 20% time savings while more than half save over 40% of time monitoring and reporting on environmental compliance using ESdat over other methods.

The ability to see time-series data on graphs, displayed with environmental standards, and a trend analysis summary, means that ongoing monitoring points can be easily analysed for upwards or downwards trends across a range of parameters. The ability to automatically import logger data means that all field, lab and logger data can be assessed in the one system, and compared against the same environmental guidelines.

The benefits have led to a number of mining companies taking up ESdat including Origin Energy (Queensland), Shenhua Watermark (Gunnedah, NSW), Centennial Coal (Lithgow, NSW), Lagoon Creek Resources (Brisbane, QLD – exploration phase), MMG (Tasmania), and OneSteel (Whyalla, SA).

Developed in Australia, ESdat is used globally and is the leading specialist environmental database management software in the Asia Pacific; used by environmental consultants and site managers concerned with environmental monitoring data, regulatory compliance and management in the mining industry as well as remediation of contaminated and industrial sites.

The environmental database can input from laboratories, field PDAs, hand written notes, historical, logger, documents and other data sources. The environmental database software performs quality assurance (QA) analysis and has automatic data validation checks. Environmental guidelines are pre-loaded so that your data can immediately flag conformances and exceedances suitable for monitoring and the remediation of contaminated sites, industrial sites and mining sites.

Output from the environmental database includes formatted chemistry tables with environmental guidelines and exceedances. Chemistry quality assurance reports showing duplicate relative percent difference (RPD) calculations, detects in blanks, holding time exceedances and surrogate recovery problems with criteria levels are automatically produced. Spatial data can be shown directly on an inbuilt map, or linked to ArcGIS, MapInfo, Surfer, EVS or Google Earth. Data can be output as trend analysis with graphs. Borehole log data can be output using exports to gINT and WinLog.

 

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