GeoEngineers' major utility client has more than 650,000 oil- and chemical-filled devices in its asset inventory—from a single transformer to a 7 million-gallon capacity diesel storage tank—so it must actively manage periodic spills that occur when assets are damaged. These incidents can be as small as a leak from a roadside transformer after a car accident to less common but larger accidental releases of fuel and other chemicals. These events can happen any hour of the day and are distributed over hundreds of square miles, so it can be challenging to track, manage and interpret the large volumes of data.
The utility relies on GeoEngineers to manage its spill-response program, so when the utility’s program managers asked for immediate and full access to all spill-related information, our technology team developed a robust incident-management application that organizes the spill data and presents it in a secure, user-friendly, web-based format. The benefits of this approach include:
The spill-tracking application, which launched in 2003 and contains 3,000+ records, has undergone numerous updates and refinements. It has met all the original expectations of the project, including streamlined data acquisition, reduced errors, simplified reporting and lowered cost of incident response. Over time, however, the system has offered many other benefits, including: