The system has been adopted by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) and the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO). It is an effective tool, providing accurate and up-to-date information about the scope of the oil spill, thus enabling fast and precise coordination of efforts during the clean-up.
The long term goal for the system is to help reduce the environmental impact of future oil spills.
In 2014, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the US Coast Guard entered a cooperation on oil spill response. It turned out the system used by the NCA is the most advanced of its kind, leaving the US Coast Guard impressed by its functionality.
- With this new solution, the GPS is active immediately, and you have control of where the images are taken. You save time and get far more accurate information about the contamination.
(Jan-Olaf Kristoffersen, IUA Telemark)
In the initial phase, the operations center gathers reports about the event, then prepares and initiates clean-up. As part of the planning process the following can be registered into the system: deployed booms, forward depots, waste stations, surveillance pictures, and oil penetration.
By combining registered and collected data with thematic maps, a good overview over the situation is obtained. This is of great help when quick decisions are to be made.
Upfront, the operations center staff can set up and organize thematic maps that will be of help in case of an incident. It is also possible to set up incidents for use during drills and self-training.
Before clean-up can begin, it is critical to gather accurate and up-to-date information about the scope of the oil spill. During inspection of the coastline, field personell fill in forms based on the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT), using a mobile app.
Registered segments and oil spill are snapped to the coastline, enabling comparison of results between successive field assessments. If necessary, parts of the oil spill geometry can be digitized manually.
The app can be used offline. Before heading to the field, map and coastline data can be downloaded for inspection of the area. Registered information is stored locally on the phone/ tablet, then uploaded by the user when possible.
After the data from the inspection has been uploaded, work orders are created on the basis of registered segments and piers. These are printed and laminated for use in the field. The app is used during clean-up to create daily reports for collected mass and oil spillage. Color coding of the status of the segments gives a quick overview of the work progress.
Following an operation, an evaluation can be performed by going through the historical data. One can go to any given time in the map to see how the operation evolved, including the status of the clean-up efforts.
The system can also be used for communication externally during and after clean-up efforts. The public and press can be given limited insight through role based access.
Based on the collected data, statistics and graphs are easily generated for use in the preparation of reports and presentations.
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