SCSeTools Under Development

SCS Technology® is currently developing groundwater, leachate, and maintenance tracking modules that integrate with the SCSeTools® platform.

Groundwater Module

The Groundwater module will monitor and manage the data associated with operations and reporting requirements at landfills, as part of post-closure maintenance, at waste management facilities, and impacted groundwater sites with established monitoring programs. The module’s design will also manage data effectively for “clean” groundwater applications such as groundwater basin management projects (sustainable groundwater).

Groundwater monitoring and compliance services at landfills are long-term tasks that generate large amounts of monitoring and laboratory data. Groundwater monitoring and maintenance data collected and organized efficiently with the SCS application would provide landfill owners and operators with a reliable and beneficial way to manage this large volume of environmental information. The application will efficiently generate reporting components such as data tables, charts, graphs, and maps. For example, a landfill operator could upload historical monitoring data results, view the data trends over time, and then produce report tables and figures. The operator could also output the data into other applications for additional analysis or visualization.

Efficient and consistent data collection means better quality control, fewer violations, and less costly operations. The SCS module will be designed as a relational data management system specifically for groundwater management. Features will include:

  • Accepts groundwater data from a variety of sources including historical data files, field data, laboratory analysis data;
  • Data comparisons between media such as LFG, leachate, groundwater;
  • Standardized tables and graphs for compliance reporting;
  • Data Collection Point (DCP) formats for building monitoring network data, such as types of wells, latitude and longitude of the wells, construction information including the elevation of the well screen interval, and surveyed measuring point elevation;
  • Data upload the template for field data, which may be collected manually and recorded on hand-written forms, or electronically using a compatible mobile device;
  • Laboratory Electronic Data Deliverable (EDD) functionality to allow laboratories to upload analysis data to the module;
  • Standardized data output reports to include data tables for water levels, field data, laboratory analyses, and standardized time-series graphs for data presentation;
  • Mapping functions to permit data display on facility maps, including a selection of events, parameters, or other factors for visual display;
  • A user interface that will allow users to search and sort the database to evaluate data and to develop customized reports, tables, graphs, and maps based on their data searches;
  • A rules section that allows the user to establish compliance rules, such as established regulatory limits, and display exceedances of established This function will match the functionality within DataServices and can provide integration with other modules;
  • Data export capabilities in formats required for statistical analyses, data contouring, and mapping, 3-D figure generation, or other detailed analysis by existing software programs;
  • Easier to use than customized Access databases and more functional than Excel managed data.

Leachate Module

SCS has high expectations of lowering leachate management costs.

The Leachate Module design will facilitate tracking leachate generation and disposal data against budgeted estimates. The module will be designed to handle the input, analysis, review, and export of leachate information; specifically including liquid levels, volumes, analytical data for a given data collection point. Collection points can be sumps, storage tanks, and discharge points including tracking the rainfall totals, monthly or over any short or long-term period, at a site.

Data analysis can include charting volumes, measuring liquid levels, and reviewing individual data points, which includes analytical data, plus aggregation and review of total volumes for a site. Functionality being added will aggregate volume information from various DCPs and will provide a site-wide volume of both generated and disposed of leachate.

SCS DataServices® users will be able to evaluate liquids issues within a LFG wellfield. The module will include the functions to manage the chemistry and quantities of landfill leachate.

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Data Flow – Landfill Leachate Module Example

 

Leachate disposal data collected in the field on pre-formatted forms would upload into the application, noting the disposal method. The simple system will be designed to perform the following functions:

  • Query, chart, and graph leachate disposal data by site, multiple sites, or for a larger organization’s multiple locations;
  • Track and integrate rainfall amounts over short and long-term periods at sites;
  • Establish trends in a site’s leachate disposal totals using nine different parameters associated with leachate management;
  • Provide insight into leachate amounts generated site-by-site.

The resulting generation and disposal trends, especially when compared year-over-year across all disposal methods, could produce information critical to determining optimal disposal options and solutions, such as:

  • Deciding how to minimize leachate costs by benchmarking against previous years, current budgets, and other sites;
  • Using the analyses as budgeting input and support for evaluation of other disposal options and leachate recirculation;
  • Optimizing treatment and disposal options when challenged with stricter wastewater treatment plant policies;
  • Using recorded and documented information assimilated for single, or multiple sites’ leachate chemistry to create what-if scenarios for various disposal options;
  • Normalizing leachate data across many sites, regardless of size, by trending gallons per landfill acre.

Maintenance Module

The Maintenance module will provide a system to assist in compliance with regulatory maintenance guidelines and help reduce equipment damage due to lack of preventative maintenance. Maintenance repairs, equipment calibration, and downtime are expensive, but costs can escalate when equipment is not well maintained. The result can be regulatory fines, utility surcharges, or lost revenue for owners and operators.

Many landfill owners and operators use a series of spreadsheets and calendar reminders to manage maintenance. The drawbacks are lack of uniformity at the site level, communications hurdles between responsible parties, and delays in e budgeting for variances in maintenance costs.

The SCS Maintenance module will consolidate maintenance programs, plans, schedules, and inventory-asset tracking and management into SCSeTools® to reduce the burden on management and mitigate risks.

Our Best Management Practices (BMPs) developed over decades of field services note that a program should include on-condition monitoring, preventative maintenance, reactive maintenance, defect rectification, and equipment calibration.

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Regular maintenance and inspections keep production up.

The workflow process involves individual equipment monitoring; data collection, sampling of equipment lubrication, cooling, and emission monitoring systems for laboratory analysis; and review of live telemetry or recorded performance data.

The Maintenance module design will enable owners and operators to streamline management tasks and reduce maintenance downtime and costs for the complete range of on-site equipment including vehicles, blowers, flares, and more. The module could be especially valuable during the management of landfill construction. This module is intended to work with BMPs focusing on:

Equipment – Specification Data Entry – technical specification data from the equipment manufacturer (including associated maintenance manuals, guides, etc.) is stored within the module to allow for standard maintenance intervals and defined notifications. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors (e.g., repair, suppliers, parts, and ancillaries), safety information, Data-Plate, and warranty dates.

Equipment – Field Monitoring Data Entry – technicians collecting maintenance data and entering it into the module via tablet/smartphones using the MobileTools application and SCSeTools®.

Laboratory Data Entry/Upload – uploadable laboratory data is the key to confirming regulatory compliance. This can include source testing (flare destruction efficiency) and oil-soap testing (spectrometric oil analysis program used to identify internal damage of equipment), among others. This module is planned to be able to accept laboratory data uploads electronically, or manually.

Parts and Equipment Inventory – knowing the readily available parts, supplies, and equipment on-site or nearby is important to an efficiently run maintenance program and keeping equipment operating. An organized inventory will help reduce over-spending on parts and reduce equipment downtime. Using SCS MobileTools®, the Maintenance module is planned to quickly access and retrieve the inventory quickly.

Owners, operators, or their designees can perform field monitoring, maintenance of equipment, collect analytical samples and upload field and laboratory data to SCSeTools®. The data is then accessible for review, trending, and analysis. SCS plans to enhance or customize the following components to accommodate their use in the Maintenance module:

  • Data Collection Points (Points) – Existing monitoring point components could be used due to the overall similarities; however, additional data fields will need to be added/collected for various pieces of equipment.
  • Document Upload and Storage – This is an enhancement of SCSeTools® that allows for upload, review, and download of equipment technical specifications from equipment manufacturers and associated maintenance manuals, plans and diagrams,
  • Reporting – An enhanced reporting module is planned to provide specific maintenance data summaries and analysis reports based on client and regulatory needs. The solution will consolidate this process into one uniform application providing consistent interfaces, secure platforms, and standardized techniques, which larger organizations can use across a portfolio of facilities.

 

 

 

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