3 Mistakes Not to Make When Deploying Environmental TechnologyThis episode of the AmbiBlog is brought to you by Richard Lavery, our recently appointed Business Development Manager for the North of the UK. Richard Lavery has over twelve years environmental consultancy experience, nine of those dedicated specifically to instrumentation.
He has worked on a wide variety of projects, from installing environmental and geotechnical instrumentation on the London Underground through to monitoring methane on Shale Gas sites.
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Download a free copy of our guide “Continuous Monitoring For Underfloor Voids”3 Mistakes Not to Make When Deploying Environmental TechnologyIn a world of rapid technological development, the key concepts of device accuracy and precision – the cornerstones of instrumentation within the disciplines of science and engineering – have never been more relevant. In layman terms, ‘accuracy’ is how close a measurement is to the true value and ‘precision’ is the variability of repeated measurements.
As such, a good measurement system should be both ‘accurate’ and ‘precise’.
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Choose the right system for the jobCareful consideration of the project objectives is needed to make sure that the system chosen has the correct resolution.
The ‘correct’ resolution does not necessarily mean selecting the most precise and accurate equipment available; it means specifying equipment that is most suited for the requirements.
For example, data that is collected at a resolution orders of magnitude too great will likely be very expensive but with no additional benefit in the dataset gathered The Environmental Technology Centre offers funded business support to help businesses become more environmentally friendly..
On the flipside, if the resolution is poor, the data is likely to be much cheaper to obtain but the very variations you are trying to capture may not even be visible!2. Don’t buy data, get a solutionIt is very easy (and tempting!) to obtain an ‘off the shelf’ solution, install it and press ‘play’.
This methodology doesn’t often succeed and can lead to much bigger issues down the line.
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Raw data is just that; a jumble of numbers that means nothing, even to the most experienced of specialists! As such, practitioners should always invest in a solution that provides the right knowledge output, in the right format rather than data to populate a spreadsheet. Operating EnvironmentLet’s face it, measuring things in the environment is not always done in the most salubrious of locations! Measuring from highly contaminated sites after all, is one of the perks of the job! In the world of environmental technology, it is very common for instruments to be deployed in harsh operating environments.
It is therefore critical that the selected instrumentation is field-ready and robust enough to survive Case Study: Environmental Technology Action Plan It should be noted that investments in such technologies, by reducing the de- pendency on oil, also protect .
Equipment that is high-precision and accurate tends to be highly sensitive and not suited to environments outside the laboratory, never mind a landfill in the middle of winter! A balance between robustness and performance is essential.
To avoid making these mistakes, it is essential that those supplying equipment have both deep market understanding and insight as well as the knowledge and expertise to design and specify the correct system for the specific problem When the occasion arises, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency will publish reports and Results from technology case studies examining innovation impacts of incineration of tyres were funded by a tax on purchase of tyres..
Poor specification of instrumentation can otherwise stifle innovation and stymie uptake of new technology which has the potential to improve delivery to customers.
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If you have an upcoming project where you think data might be useful but are not sure where to get it or the right questions to ask, please give Richard a shout. He’ll be glad to help 🙂What’s your view and experience with problems when deploying environmental technology? Tell us in the comments below.
At AmbiSense we believe that environmental and process monitoring is best served by reliable, cost effective, field-deployable, smart instruments capable of providing a continuous flow of accurate data and accessible to customers on any device.
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