Technology Merit: Information Technology


3E Co. (Carlsbad, CA) for its introduction of its 3ESC platform for enhanced regulatory and risk management. The new web-based platform is the foundation for 3E's supply chain practice. It features a range of associated content, services, and solutions to support product compliance initiatives, such as compliance assurance, supplier engagement, customer response, reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) due diligence, and information and documentation management. 3ESC serves as a central repository for critical product, supplier, and raw material risk information, including product content, compliance status, and country of origin. The platform contains content collected from upstream suppliers by 3E's team of global obtainment specialists and enriched by 3E's team of regulatory experts.

Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES; Neptune, NJ) for applying a holistic approach to improve data management within unconventional gas well potable water sampling workflows. The upstream oil and gas industry relies on accurate pre- and post-drill data as a critical component of safe, sustainable, and responsible natural resource development. The workflow includes landowner, lab, regulator, and operator communications. GES' approach incorporates multiple software applications, rugged tablet computers, stringent data quality and safety procedures, trained teams, and in-house data validation resources to streamline the pairing of field and lab data, greatly improve data quality, reduce wasteful paper usage, and meet the most stringent regulatory reporting and timeline requirements. The software set includes EarthSoft EQuIS/EDGE and Esri ArcGIS and GES' own deliverable tracking system. GES' deliverable tracking system is used to record the field electronic data deliverables and ensure that regulatory deadlines are met. Reports, including completion checks, landowner letters, and statistical comparisons of pre- and post-drill datasets, are automatically distributed to stakeholders. This process has been used to collect thousands of samples across US shale plays.

Golder Associates Corp. (Atlanta, GA) for expanding its remote monitoring product GolderWatch beyond the United States in 2013 and deploying units in Canada, Australia, and Europe. GolderWatch eliminates the need to manually collect data by gathering the data directly from instrumentation in the field and sending it to the cloud via cellular, satellite, wifi, or Ethernet connections. It can transmit immediately if a threshold is exceeded; otherwise it just sends the data at the scheduled time. GolderWatch is used to monitor flow rates, water quality, temperatures, and levels. Applications in landfill gas, leachate, groundwater, and tank monitoring have been central to the product's acceptance. It's also being used to monitor elevators at unmanned parking facilities, preventing people from being stranded. The product also reduces human error by eliminating data inaccuracies from manually entered data. In addition, by minimizing site visits, GolderWatch has a positive health and safety impact, decreasing field staffs' exposure to hazards. The typical payback period for a GolderWatch deployment is less than one year.