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environmental monitoring

in the port’s water quality? To what degree will strong winds shift

Unfortunately,

pollution from aircraft into a nearby residential area? Depending on

see the effects that operations are having and any problems that have been predicted before they occur. Armed with these data-based predictions, operators can make informed decisions about their facility. By combining data from sen-

many

large

construction projects, after approval

the tools being used, many of the results can be provided in graphical form, and overlayed on maps of the area. This allows staff to clearly

for

has

been

granted,

their

detailed

environmental impact assessment report becomes

little

more

than

a

document

of record.

sor networks with that created by the facility’s infrastructure, a clear picture can be created of the impact that changes in operations has on the surrounding environment. Decisions can then be made in real time on whether factors need to be changed to improve conditions. For example, a decision may be taken to divert traffic to a different motorway until atmospheric conditions change or noise levels can be brought back below those required by the original approval. Or perhaps shipping arrivals need to be halted during a forecast period of higher than normal rainfall.

Better outcomes for all parties

noise levels which can be quickly mapped against change in runway use. Reports from fishermen of falling catch numbers can be linked to a surge in shipping numbers. By being better informed, thanks to access to real-time data from a variety of sources, operators of facilities can become much more proactive in the way in which they are managed. By going beyond a ‘set-and-forget’ environmental impact statement, those responsible for the ongoing operation of new assets can be confident they are adhering to the set standards throughout its opera-

Access to real-time data on the impact of operations can also make

tional life. This will result in better outcomes for all parties involved.

it easier for operators to respond to complaints from external parties.

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Residents close to an airport may report higher than usual pollution or

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