AUTOMATING GROUNDWATER SAMPLING AT HANFORD THE NEXT STEP

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Historically, the groundwater monitoring activities at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State have been very "people intensive." Approximately 1500 wells are sampled each year by field personnel or "samplers." These individuals have been issued pre-printed forms showing information about the well(s) for a particular sampling evolution. This information is taken from 2 official electronic databases: the Hanford Well information System (HWIS) and the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS). The samplers used these hardcopy forms to document the groundwater samples and well water-levels. After recording the entries in the field, the samplers turned the forms in at ... continued below

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CW, CONNELL; SF, CONLEY; RD, HILDEBRAND; DE, CUNNINGHAM; R_D_Doug_Hildebrand@rl.gov & DeVon_E_Cunningham@rl.gov January 21, 2010.

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  • Hanford Site (Wash.)
    Publisher Info: Hanford Site (HNF), Richland, WA (United States)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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Historically, the groundwater monitoring activities at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State have been very "people intensive." Approximately 1500 wells are sampled each year by field personnel or "samplers." These individuals have been issued pre-printed forms showing information about the well(s) for a particular sampling evolution. This information is taken from 2 official electronic databases: the Hanford Well information System (HWIS) and the Hanford Environmental Information System (HEIS). The samplers used these hardcopy forms to document the groundwater samples and well water-levels. After recording the entries in the field, the samplers turned the forms in at the end of the day and other personnel posted the collected information onto a spreadsheet that was then printed and included in a log book. The log book was then used to make manual entries of the new information into the software application(s) for the HEIS and HWIS databases. A pilot project for automating this extremely tedious process was lauched in 2008. Initially, the automation was focused on water-level measurements. Now, the effort is being extended to automate the meta-data associated with collecting groundwater samples. The project allowed electronic forms produced in the field by samplers to be used in a work flow process where the data is transferred to the database and electronic form is filed in managed records - thus eliminating manually completed forms. Elimating the manual forms and streamlining the data entry not only improved the accuracy of the information recorded, but also enhanced the efficiency and sampling capacity of field office personnel.

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  • WASTE MANAGEMENT 2010 (WM SYMPOSIA INC) 03/07/2010 THRU 03/11/2010 PHOENIX AZ

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  • Report No.: HNF-42268-FP Rev 0
  • Grant Number: DE-AC06-08RL14788
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 971246
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc929851

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CW, CONNELL; SF, CONLEY; RD, HILDEBRAND; DE, CUNNINGHAM; R_D_Doug_Hildebrand@rl.gov & DeVon_E_Cunningham@rl.gov. AUTOMATING GROUNDWATER SAMPLING AT HANFORD THE NEXT STEP, article, January 21, 2010; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc929851/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.