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Environmental Data Management (EDM): Real Life Application of Data Management Planning and Field Data Collection Best Practices

Live Webinar: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 1:00PM-2:30PM EST (18:00-19:30 GMT)

Sponsored by: Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council

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The ITRC Environmental Data Management Best Practices Team (EDMBP Team) prepared a series of guidance documents and case studies on best practices for all phases of EDM to address the need for guidance on managing large stores of environmental data. Environmental data management (EDM) is a broad field that encompasses all aspects of environmental research and regulation, from habitat studies and wildlife management plans to health advisories and remediation of hazardous waste sites.

The EDMBP Team developed three Roundtable training sessions to support the Guidance Document and case studies. You are welcome to register for any of the three, but they do not build upon each other.

Now more than ever, there is a need to store, manage and interpret environmental data for effective decision making. Advances in technology have led to an expectation for near immediate results. Stakeholders want answers now to the pressing questions that well-managed data can help answer. The demand to be better, faster, and smarter will only continue to increase as expectations grow. However, many organizations find themselves struggling so much with basic data infrastructure that they have difficulty meeting basic reporting requirements. Even more concerning is how unprepared regulatory agencies can be when called upon to deal with data-intensive environmental incidents. Given all this, the importance of enacting best practices for environmental data management cannot be overstated.

In this training, trainers will discuss concepts from the ITRC Environmental Data Management Best Practices documents focused on data management planning and field data collection. This discussion is intended for people of all skill or experience levels within the environmental industry or regulatory community.

A photograph of Kristen BrownKristen Brown, TRC (kristen.brown@trccompanies.com)
Kristen serves as a Senior Consultant and Environmental Data Management Lead at TRC. Ms. Brown has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing environmental data management programs to support projects regulated under federal and state compliance programs for business, government, and industry stakeholders. Kristen leads TRC’s team of Environmental Data Managers across the U.S. and is responsible for system administration, defining corporate wide standards, best management practices, mobile field data collection programs and developing training. Kristen has a B.S. in Geology from Kutztown University and a M.S. in Hydrogeology from West Virginia University.


A photograph of Kelly DuboisKelly Dubois, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. (kdubois@sanbornhead.com)
Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry working on a range of projects including construction and management of databases for environmental data; management and evaluation of multi-media chemical data; completion of data quality and data usability assessments; development and execution of quality assurance project plans and sampling and analysis plans; support of risk assessments; permit compliance; litigation support; and environmental site assessments. Kelly has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.


A photograph of Katie ElichKatie Elich, Woodard & Curran (kelich@woodardcurran.com)
Katie is a remediation engineer with 9 years of experience working on a variety of environmental investigation, remediation, litigation, and compliance projects for clients in the public and private sectors. Her primary responsibilities include data management, evaluation, and reporting for site investigation and remediation programs. She has extensive experience with database development and management, including the use of SQL, Access, EnviroData, and Python for data management tasks. Her technical work also focuses on the analysis and visualization of complex environmental and hydrogeological datasets using software packages including GIS, EVS, and Leapfrog. Katie has a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from UC Berkeley in Environmental Engineering.


A photograph of Meghan EschbaughMeghan Eschbaugh, Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (meghan.eschbaugh@erm.com)
Meghan is a principal consultant with Environmental Resources Management. Meghan draws on 15 years' experience working with clients on environmental site assessments, as well as complex site investigations, remediation and risk assessment projects through a variety of government agencies. She provides training and support of ERM and client project teams globally on the implementation and utilization of environmental data management systems. She specializes in the design and implementation of custom project specific and globally standardized digital field data collection forms. Meghan has a B.S. In Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.


A photograph of Brian PointerBrian Pointer, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (Brian.Pointer@ncdenr.gov)
Brian is a data manager with over 5 years of experience. Prior to getting into data management, Brian was involved in many GIS and field data collection activities in both government, academic and private industry.


A photograph of Olga StewartOlga Stewart, Geosyntec Consultants (ostewart@geosyntec.com)
Olga Stewart has been managing field data for 15 years, developing solutions to streamline processes for data collection through reporting. She has prepared and used desktop and mobile tools, web-based and off-line tools, custom and off-the-shelf tools: whatever are the best tools for the project at the time. Olga has led several data migration efforts, often with digitizing hard copy and field-note based historical records. She has also developed several data exchange processes between field tools and reporting tools. Her focus is on making sure data are accessible and available for every data user; she interacts and plans with the entire team, from programmers and data managers to field techs and surveyors to modelers, analysts, and cartographers (and sometimes chemists). Olga works for Geosyntec Consultants in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and a BS in Integrated Business and Engineering from Lehigh University.


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