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Overview

Data Management services encompass in-field and desktop efforts for capture, processing, storage and delivery. Classic manual methods are available and commonly utilized early in the study exploratory stages, as needed, by experienced personnel.

Once collection targets and locations are finalized, automated field data acquisition systems and wireless capabilities are utilized to their fullest extent, reducing overall costs to the client by eliminating manned trips to sites for data collection or monitoring.  This allows for rapid assessment of problems or failures at remote stations so they can be repaired in a single maintenance trip. We are able to conduct both manual and automated methods in compliance with the USEPA’s Good Laboratory Practice Standards.

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Historical Data

  • Field data collected at desk top from Federal, State, Local and Private Repositories
    • Federal – USGS, USDA, CDC, USEPA, DOD, NOAA, USACE, etc.
    • State – EPA, DOH, DOT, etc.
    • Local – DOT, DOH, DWS, WWTP, Flood Control, etc.
    • Private – ESRI, universities, coalitions, working groups and independent researchers, etc.
  • Custom compilation and processing

Current Data

  • Manual Field Data Collection
    • Direct observation (i.e. raw data) recorded traditionally (by hand in hard copy)
    • Direct observation recorded digitally (laptops, notebooks, PDAs, etc.) on version protected forms customized for the study
  • Active data sets (e.g. daily regional weather, rainfall and percent of crop land planted), available through federal agencies are also accessed to monitor current conditions and make timely decisions.
  • Automated Field Data Collection by stock and custom instrumentation, programmed to meet client needs
    • On-site automated instrumentation record and temporarily store site condition data until manually download including:
      • Meteorology
      • Rainfall and irrigation amounts, timing and duration
      • Runoff volume, timing and duration
      • Grab and composite sample collection, and preservation (refrigeration temperature) conditions
      • Water depth, temperature and quality
      • Soil temperature and moisture content
      • Video and still photography
    • NEXRAD data can be collected for areas monitored, compiled with onsite data and reported out daily (email updates) to aid in real-time site monitoring.
    • Automated instrumentation output may be temporarily stored on-site, then transmitted to a digital database and immediately made available to Waterborne. The transmissions are by the best available (in remote locations) wireless method (land line, cell phone, satellite, etc.).
    • Data is stored in this database and is processed and organized systematically using a method inspired by NASA. The data undergoes automated and manual QC inspection and are rapidly made available to clients (emails, secure file sharing sites, etc.)
    • Selected automated instrumentation data (video output) may be made available in real-time.

Digital and Wireless Data Collection

We have developed a system of complex digital and wireless data collection techniques that interface with an in-house secure web portal and secure databases to manage data and electronic forms, as well as provide version control through change tracking for GLP purposes.

Our digital collection, storage and serving capabilities continue to grow, evolve and expand as we research and implement new technologies to replace paper forms and manual downloads, allowing for increased accuracy, shorter data collection trip times, reduced QC times and enhanced decision making capabilities. Ultimately, this allows our clients to experience better service and save on time and cost.