The upgrading of the control centre to include a web Access server proved to be a significant enhancement with out-of-hours alarms being investigated by staff from home to assess the most appropriate response. Maintenance contractors, management and regulatory bodies were given secure remote access via the web further expanding the use of the system without incurring significant additional cost. A comprehensive reporting package was installed to eliminate the requirement for caretakers keeping paper records regarding plant performance. This resulted in the timely generation of reports for management, maintenance and planning teams and provides an audit trail in the event of an incident. With the advent of mandatory reporting EU requirements this element of the system came into its own.
SDCC also has responsibility for maintaining and monitoring a now closed landfill site in Friarstown. When the on-site environmental monitoring system ceased to be reliable SDCC sought to expand EMR’s SCADA system to cover this area. In doing so SDCC realised that the versatility and reliability of the SCADA system could be used to address an long running problem. The accessibility of the information available on the SCADA system has facilitated a higher level of monitoring of gas discharges, leachate levels and flow rates and enhanced SDCC EPA reporting capability.