Environmental Consulting Firm’s New "Tech" Innovation Provides Real-Time Data for Environmental Assessments

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A newly developed environmental site assessment tool is being used at a FUDS to assess and protect a local drinking-water supply from contaminated groundwater. The assessment tool was developed by Dragun Corporation, and it allows the scientists to quickly record and transfer data.

With offices in the United States and Canada, Dragun Corporation has offered innovative environmental solutions to the regulated community for more than a quarter century

This site assessment tool allows us to quickly record and transfer data that is critical to our efforts in protecting the interests of the community, including their drinking-water supply.

When groundwater is contaminated and a community’s drinking water is threatened, getting to a solution quickly is essential. The critical task for the scientists and engineers is the remedial investigation (RI), that is, figuring out the subsurface geological and groundwater conditions and chemical distributions. The RI must be thorough and complete before focusing on how to clean up the contamination. RI’s take time and cost money. Dragun Corporation set out to both increase accuracy of the RI data documentation and reduce the time to get the data into the hands of the people doing the data analysis.

Thanks to an environmental assessment tool Dragun has developed for use on tablets, Dragun’s geologists no longer have to document soils with “pen and paper.” In fact, problems with note-taking in the rain, snow, and cold, and transcription problems for reports are “passé.” Now the geologists select descriptions from drop-down menus and type in their other field observations on tablets. Real-time data are forwarded with the internet connection in the field. And, as a bonus, Dragun completes report-ready boring logs in 1/6th the time needed previously.

Dragun Corporation is now using tablets in the field to facilitate a very large RI at a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in Salina, Kansas. This multi-million dollar RI involves characterizing the site geology, groundwater conditions, and distributions of legacy industrial chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and carbon tetrachloride. These chemicals, which were released decades ago, have reached the source waters of the local drinking-water supply.

The geology at Salina is complex. This is becoming even more evident as Dragun completed more than 250 soil borings (while documenting the soils on tablets) during the past two months. To expedite and optimize the investigation, Dragun is gathering data in real time so it can focus the location of the next day’s borings where the data lead.

Dragun Corporation assisted their Salina clients in gaining control of this FUDS project (previously run by the US Army Corps of Engineers). This control was important to the Salina community leaders, as the project had previously received inadequate funding and attention. Most importantly, for the first time, the Federal Government has paid the majority (90%) of the cost up front.

About Dragun Corporation
For over 25 years, Dragun Corporation has provided world-class environmental consulting expertise and an innovative approach to site assessment and environmental remediation. Dragun Corporation has built a solid reputation with clients across North America and around the globe. Companies and municipalities, large and small, count on Dragun Corporation (http://www.dragun.com) to help them stay environmentally compliant, save money, and avoid unnecessary remediation and litigation.

For more information about Dragun, contact Alan Hahn, Business Development Director, at 248-932-0228 or ahahn(at)dragun(dot)com

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