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Title: Reengineering of Analytical Data Management for the Environmental Restoration Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Abstract

The Environmental Restoration (ER) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is responsible for the characterization, clean up, and monitoring of over 2,124 identified potential release sites (PRS). These PRSs have resulted from operations associated with weapons and energy related research which has been conducted at LANL since 1942. To accomplish mission goals, the ER Project conducts field sampling to determine possible types and levels of chemical contamination as well as their geographic extent. Last fiscal year, approximately 4000 samples were collected during ER Project field sampling campaigns. In the past, activities associated with field sampling such as sample campaign planning, paperwork, shipping and analytical laboratory tracking; verification and order fulfillment; validation and data quality assurance were performed by multiple groups working with a variety of software applications, databases and hard copy reports. This resulted in significant management and communication difficulties, data delivery delays, and inconsistent processes; it also represented a potential threat to overall data integrity. Creation of an organization, software applications and a data process that could provide for cost-effective management of the activities and data mentioned above became a management priority, resulting in a development of a reengineering task. This reengineering effort--currently nearing completion--has resulted in personnelmore » reorganization, the development of a centralized data repository, and a powerful web-based sample management system that allows for an appreciably streamlined and more efficient data process. These changes have collectively cut data delivery times, allowed for larger volumes of samples and data to be handled with fewer personnel, and resulted in significant cost savings. This paper will provide a case study of the reengineering effort undertaken by the ER Project of its analytical data management process. It includes descriptions of strategic planning, personnel reorganization, process reengineering, software development, data repository development, and web development.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
reVision, Inc., Santa Fe, NM; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM; reVision, Inc., Denver, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
826374
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2003 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003; Other Information: PBD: 27 Feb 2003
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COMMUNICATIONS; CONTAMINATION; LANL; MANAGEMENT; MONITORING; PERSONNEL; PLANNING; QUALITY ASSURANCE; SAMPLING; VALIDATION; VERIFICATION; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WEAPONS

Citation Formats

Bolivar, S., Dorries, A., Nasser, K., and Scherma, S. Reengineering of Analytical Data Management for the Environmental Restoration Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Bolivar, S., Dorries, A., Nasser, K., & Scherma, S. Reengineering of Analytical Data Management for the Environmental Restoration Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. United States.
Bolivar, S., Dorries, A., Nasser, K., and Scherma, S. Thu . "Reengineering of Analytical Data Management for the Environmental Restoration Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/826374.
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title = {Reengineering of Analytical Data Management for the Environmental Restoration Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory},
author = {Bolivar, S. and Dorries, A. and Nasser, K. and Scherma, S.},
abstractNote = {The Environmental Restoration (ER) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is responsible for the characterization, clean up, and monitoring of over 2,124 identified potential release sites (PRS). These PRSs have resulted from operations associated with weapons and energy related research which has been conducted at LANL since 1942. To accomplish mission goals, the ER Project conducts field sampling to determine possible types and levels of chemical contamination as well as their geographic extent. Last fiscal year, approximately 4000 samples were collected during ER Project field sampling campaigns. In the past, activities associated with field sampling such as sample campaign planning, paperwork, shipping and analytical laboratory tracking; verification and order fulfillment; validation and data quality assurance were performed by multiple groups working with a variety of software applications, databases and hard copy reports. This resulted in significant management and communication difficulties, data delivery delays, and inconsistent processes; it also represented a potential threat to overall data integrity. Creation of an organization, software applications and a data process that could provide for cost-effective management of the activities and data mentioned above became a management priority, resulting in a development of a reengineering task. This reengineering effort--currently nearing completion--has resulted in personnel reorganization, the development of a centralized data repository, and a powerful web-based sample management system that allows for an appreciably streamlined and more efficient data process. These changes have collectively cut data delivery times, allowed for larger volumes of samples and data to be handled with fewer personnel, and resulted in significant cost savings. This paper will provide a case study of the reengineering effort undertaken by the ER Project of its analytical data management process. It includes descriptions of strategic planning, personnel reorganization, process reengineering, software development, data repository development, and web development.},
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year = {Thu Feb 27 00:00:00 EST 2003},
month = {Thu Feb 27 00:00:00 EST 2003}
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