Summary of Work
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in May 2010, TEI contracted with Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to develop work plan tracking and data management systems to collect, organize and archive scientific data needed to make an accurate damage assessment and begin the restoration planning and implementation process. TEI analysts and software developers implemented an approach to meeting the requirements of the public, scientists, and attorneys. The public site needed graphic designers and requirements analysts to design an easy-to-use web interface to keep the general public informed. The LOSDMS system required a software/database architect, software engineers and data management specialists to create data collection protocols, database schemas, GIS interface and other functionalities needed to manage the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.
In 2015, once the chaos of the spill was over, TEI contracted with Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) to continue the maintenance of the Deepwater Horizon public system. TEI is utilizing the knowledge and technologies from the Deepwater Horizon spill to create a collective oil spill tracking system to manage all spills through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.
Louisiana Oil Spill Data Management System (LOSDMS)
A work plan tracking system, a data repository for all scientific data, and a sample tracking system to manage analytical samples collected during the Deepwater Horizon spill are components of the Deepwater Horizon Louisiana Oil Spill Data Management System. The data repository archives tens of thousands of documents, videos, photos, digital sound recordings, and other data needed by scientists to document and assess the extent of damage to Louisiana’s marshes and coastline. In 2010, TEI developed the work plan tracker component in LOSDMS to address the immediate need for accurate tracking of work plans from the federal and state agencies. The work plan tracker system established an identification number for all work plans and streamlined the approval process among the various Louisiana agencies, Federal agencies, and BP. After the implementation of the work plan tracker, TEI focused on categorizing the hundreds of data sources for this spill. Additionally, TEI developed data intake interfaces with the various state and federal environmental agencies to collect continuously and process the datasets into a relational database structure. This system heavily aided Louisiana trustees in its decision making during the pre-assessment and injury assessment phases of the largest oil spill in American history.