EnviroSuite presents a paper about the benefits of decision support systems for environmental management
On the 2nd of November, Chaim Kolominskas, Business Development Manager of EnviroSuite, will present the following paper at the IWA’s Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring Conference in Telford, England.
Valuing the financial benefits of decision support systems for environmental management – Case studies from rapid response and proactive odour management in wastewater treatment.
Chaim Kolominskas, Pacific Environment
Kapil Kulkarni, Pacific Environment
Nick Jones, Odournet UK Limited
The benefits of decision support systems for environmental management are often challenging to value, particularly where they include intangible benefits that require a detailed understanding of operating procedures, such as risk mitigation or operational improvements. This paper describes the methodology used to value a cloud-based decision support system for odour risk management implemented at two wastewater treatment plants in England in mid-2016. The system was used for rapid analysis and response to odour issues, as well as predictive modelling and interpretation of odour risk, and was designed to provide operational staff with information that could be used to avoid or reduce odour impacts in the community. This paper describes the methodology used to value the benefits associated with implementing a decision support system at these two facilities, including capital and operating cost savings, and payments through incentive mechanisms in the regulatory framework. This paper also explores the extent to which the estimated benefits could apply to other wastewater treatment plants. Significant financial benefits were quantified, but depend significantly upon the regulatory regime in the UK, and the level of prior mitigation implemented at the facility.
Chaim Kolominskas has 17 years experience in air quality management. After managing the regional operations of an environmental consulting business in Brisbane Australia, in 2014 Chaim took on the role of developing Pacific Environment’s technology for pro-active environmental management, EnviroSuite. He recently managed the implementation of pro-active odour management systems for two of Thames Water’s sewage treatment plants and currently manages the sale and implementation of EnviroSuite for Pacific Environment European operations.
Nick Jones, Odournet UK Director