Improving efficiency and risk management with automated technology solutions

9AUSTRALIAN company, Pacific Environment recognised the need for environmental management to deliver improvements in operational efficiencies while remaining environmentally compliant, and has produced the analytical tools necessary to do so quickly and efficiently. Collectively known as EnviroSuite, the analytical tools include automated reporting solutions and predictive systems – all used in the oil and gas industry today.

EnviroSuite supports proactive management and includes modules for air quality monitoring and management, weather forecasting, noise management, national greenhouse and energy reporting (NGER), national pollutant inventory (NPI) reporting and complaints management, all of which are designed to speed up, rapidly respond to or avoid environmental issues that can compromise operational plans.

Previously, monitoring has been standard practise on sites but the time taken to analyse data or diagnose the cause of an issue would often lead to a breach in environmental obligations. The technology makes it possible to predict the levels of dust, pollutants, odour or noise several days in advance, or instantaneously diagnose the source of a complaint or high dust monitoring values in real-time. Many oil and gas businesses now use Pacific Environment’s environmental daily risk forecasts as part of their routine operational planning and response.

Accurate forecasts that identify unfavourable weather conditions are used for many operational reasons, such as planning for wet or dangerous weather, predicting the trajectory of unplanned releases, or forecasting air quality in the community in advance so that mitigation is activated before an issue eventuates.

Pacific Environment’s automated reporting modules gather key data and process it for environmental reporting at sites, while introducing very high levels of audit ability and confidence in reported numbers – making it easy to gather the information and be environmentally compliant. More than 100 facilities around Australia currently use the EnviroSuite reporting modules.

Pacific Environment general manager Matt Scholl said it was exciting to see EnviroSuite being used by such a broad range of resources clients to optimise productivity, while managing risks to their environment and local communities.

“We are now extending EnviroSuite through a dedicated development project, which will incorporate feedback from our client base and add further modules to ensure that EnviroSuite continues to add value to the resources sector,” he said.

Today, some of Australia’s largest oil and gas businesses have adopted Pacific Environment’s products, including Origin Energy, BHP Billiton and Energy Developments.

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