Fast, accurate information is critical
When an oil spill occurs in Singapore waters, it is vital that PUB personnel are provided with the best available information to decide whether to shut down seawater intakes to avoid costly contamination or unnecessary and costly plant shutdown. The potential risks of making the wrong decision are high; acting early is critical. This guidance is required at any time of day and night, every day of every year.
RPS’ expertise in oil spill modelling and deploying customised information systems was crucial to address PUB’s challenge. Our team deployed our world-leading oil spill modelling solution, OILMAP, on a cloud-server and developed automation tools to manage all data gathering, modelling, analysis and reporting. We configured the platform to continually gather and process operational forecasts of wind and current data generated by the Singapore-based company Hydroinformatics, with the data managed by our own Environmental Data Server (EDS) in readiness for input to the spill modelling system. The system provides a reliable 24/7 service, providing rapid insights on spill impact, and also the likely benefits of mitigation measures such as boom deployment and dispersant application. Since its establishment, the system has been used for incidents and exercises.