GIS Modeling & Data Collection at Refinery Site

GIS Modeling & Data Collection at Refinery Site

Location: Cleveland

Client: Kerr-McGee Corp.

Burns & McDonnell was retained by the Kerr-McGee Corp. to provide regulatory support, risk assessment services and general engineering services. The former refinery site was determined to be contaminated with a variety of substances characteristic of refinery waste. Burns & McDonnell prepared and executed a Phase III remedial investigation for the Cleveland facility, which focused on comprehensively characterizing the refinery.

As a precursor to identifying data gaps, a three-dimensional (3-D) model of the site was developed using a geographic information system (GIS). Analytical information, geological logs and survey information was combined to provide the basis for this tool. Data gaps were easily identifiable and the site more clearly understood due to the implementation of GIS at the site. The GIS was originally developed using Intergraph’s MGE and Microstation design files and subsequently converted to ESRI shapefile format.

Burns & McDonnell also supported the decommissioning process with information system services. A GIS application for non-GIS users was developed for the remediation of a waste pit contaminated with radioactive soils. Burns & McDonnell and Kerr-McGee have partnered to create a GIS/global positioning satellite (GPS) application that allows field technicians to gather radiological information with radiological scanners connected to GPS receivers. This data is then loaded into an ArcView project and automated mapping routines produce maps and hard copy data tables, which delineate “hot spots” requiring excavation. The hard copy maps and tables serve as documentation required by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulators.

  • Data analysis
  • Data conversion
  • Application development
  • Database design
  • Remedial investigation
  • GIS development

Primary technologies used:

  • ArcView
  • MGE
  • MS Access
  • SQL server
  • Trimble GPS
  • Microstation