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New App Speeds Oil Spill Response

When it comes to reducing the environmental impact of oil spills, nothing is more critical than enabling a rapid response.

 

A new app from the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) allows notification of oil spill from stranded ships to be done in the field through a mobile application which immediately makes the data accessible for operation managers. Because the data is immediately recorded in the map-solution, then synchronized to a server, every party involved can quickly get the overview and allocate resources in near real time. As a result, the time it takes for the oil spill recovery process to begin has been substantially minimized.

According to Simen Slotta, a Project Manager and Senior Advisor at NCA, “This new technology enables us to act faster, more efficient and with higher accuracy. It makes it possible to efficiently utilize the recovery resources in both tactical and operational management. In addition, we can reduce the environmental impact.”

By introducing standardized objects and registration-forms that attaches to a detailed coastal contour, the new map-solution provides consistent and accurate data. Once the data is synchronized with the server, the information is accessible for all parties involved through the map-solution.

Senior Advisor Rune Bergstrøm at NCA has great expectations for the new technological solution: “This will enable us to better prioritize when planning where to focus our efforts. At the same time it will give us a more accurate picture of how much and how many meters of shoreline is contaminated. This will give us the necessary information for allocating our resources and estimating costs for recovery operations.

“We get new way of looking at the common operation picture if we were to have handled an operation the size of the one that came when Full City ran aground in 2009,” said Slotta.

App Facts:

• Web-map-solution based on the Adaptive technology;
• Field-solution based on the Android-application Norgeskart;
• Registry in field based on SCAT-methodic;
• Access for offline use with local storage of background maps and data;
• Unified registration in field with high precision - data snapped to the coastline;
• Records of oil surcharges, images and video captured in the field synchronizes to server;
• Building common operation picture almost in real time;
• Utilized agile development methodology - Scrum;
• Joint project between NCA and the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO).
 
 

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