Business Achievement: Information Technology

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EarthSoft, Inc. (Concord, MA) for continuing to release new products and signing up many new clients in 2013. Released at mid-year, EQuIS Enterprise 6 features integrated Esri web GIS, dashboards, and widgets. New versions of Sample Planning Module, EQuIS Data Gathering Engine, and other products were also released, along with the EnviroInsite K'Nect module for data visualization. New clients added in 2013 included the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (with Brown & Caldwell), Kuwait EPA, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, SNC-Lavalin, Brion Energy, and Queensland Alumina. EarthSoft also won additional work from Cetrel in Brazil, Caltex/Chevron Australia, Shell Oil, and others. EarthSoft's EQuIS Online hosting business grew 30%. Several case studies of EQuIS use were released, from Cetrel, Chesapeake Energy, and others. In addition, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced it has more than 15 million records in EQuIS, and EQuIS projects with states of Montana and New York continued to move forward.

Locus Technologies (Mountain View, CA) for introducing a new software platform, adding new customers and renewing current ones for both verification services and software, significantly enhancing its suite of software products, and attaining Microsoft Gold Application Development competency. The firm generated record revenue in 2013 and was recognized by sustainability market analysis firm Verdantix as one of the top 10 companies in the Green Quadrant report on sustainability management software. Locus was also listed as one of the top 200 environmental companies by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine (the only software company on this list) and was named the second largest environmental firm in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Journal. The company added the Locus platform for sustainability, energy, health and safety, and environmental compliance management and reporting, which offers a fully integrated cloud-based software platform that brings all mission-critical environmental applications together in an ERP-like system. Among others, Locus added Fresh Del Monte and Pilkington Glass to its list of verification customers, and Rogue Disposal & Recycling, Minto Mines, and Alaska Railroad to its list of software customers. Locus also had its contract with Los Alamos National Laboratory significantly expanded and extended for an additional four years. Additional new customers were added in food and agriculture, mining, nuclear, and energy industries.

RegScan, Inc. (Williamsport, PA) for its introduction of the RegScan One system, which allows users to access both U.S. and international regulatory information on the same platform. The three-step system allows users to determine which regulations apply to their operations, build their own legal registers and audit protocols, and monitor the compliance of their facilities anywhere in the world. The RegScan One system includes the expert alert tools of My WatchList and LookOut, which send change notifications to a user's on-line dashboard or inbox. Also included is the Strikethrough feature, which allows users to compare existing regulatory documents with past or future revisions. In addition, RegScan One data can now be accessed on any online environmental management system. Users can do their research and get their alerts through the RegScan One system, or have their content exported via web services to any online EMIS system. The interface will ultimately be available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian and Ukrainian.

WSP USA Corp. (New York, NY) for its development of tools to facilitate compliance with the new "conflict minerals" requirements in the United States. In August 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its final rule implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act -the Conflict Minerals Law requiring U.S. publicly traded companies to investigate and report annually on whether their products contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold extracted in countries that suffer from ongoing political unrest or violence. WSP developed a comprehensive program of services to provide end-to-end conflict-minerals support, including strategy development, country-of-origin inquiries, risk assessment, due diligence, and SEC reporting. WSP's Product Compliance Module (PCM), a web-based proprietary digital solution, was quickly adapted to collect and manage information from clients' supply chains that's required to complete the SEC "Form SD" and Conflict Minerals Report. PCM supports direct data collection from suppliers using an industry standard template developed by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition/Global e-Sustainability Initiative. Using PCM, supplier data are reviewed and validated to identify missing, incomplete, or inappropriate information. PCM also serves as a communication platform to contact suppliers, track template submittals, and follow up until complete and accurate templates are obtained.