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What Is Monitor?
Monitor is a comprehensive system for the management and monitoring of all forms of environmental data, an easy-to-use Windows program backed by a sophisticated relational database.
Monitor is Easy to Use
You can maintain data for an unlimited number of companies, sites, and monitoring programs.
Monitor's Powerful Reporting and Analysis Tools
Full suite of RCRA statistics including widely-used features as ANOVA, Kruskal-Wallis, Outlier testing, and Threshold exceedences, and hard-to-compute statistics such as lognormal confidence intervals and parametric and nonparametric prediction limits.
Monitor can effortlessly import data from virtually any electronic file format - spreadsheets, desktop databases, client-server systems, and mainframes. Monitor even comes with an import Wizard that matches the fields in your import file to its database. Supported formats include: Excel, dBASE, Access, GRITS Databases, Monitor 4 Databases, and ORACLE.
Monitor Version 5 is a 32-bit Windows-based environmental data management application that can comprehensively manage, evaluate and present most types of environmental information. Structurally, Monitor is a highly-specialized collection of ready-to-use reports and graphs directly linked to a high-performance environmental database. The result is the first easy-to-use data management package that includes everything you need to comprehensively manage and present regulated environmental information.
Monitor can quickly, easily and accurately manage and present monitoring and testing results from a variety of sources including: Groundwater and Surface Water, Soils Licensed Discharge, Stormwater, Laboratory QA Procedures, Solid and Hazardous Waste, Emissions, Leachate and Underdrain, Drinking Water, and Treatment Plant Discharge, among others.High-performance, client-server data management Monitor can manage any size or number of monitoring and testing programs. And because Monitor is a true client-server system, it can readily connect to a variety of commercial databases without any required changes to the software. As a result, Monitor can provide easy-to-use data assessment and presentation capabilities at the desktop level while seamlessly linked to a broad range of high-performance databases from Microsoft, SYBASE and ORACLE.
In addition to handling large quantities of environmental data, Monitor can also easily manage several different monitoring and testing programs at the same time. To accomplish this objective, Monitor automatically stores data (in its database) within an organizational hierarchy consisting of companies, sites and programs. This reality-based approach lets you store and manage the data for numerous monitoring and testing programs, without the risk of confusion or lost information. For example, with Monitor, the environmental data for a typical pulp and paper plant would normally be organized into six distinct monitoring and testing programs as illustrated.
With respect to storage capacity, Monitor lets you manage as many companies as you want. Likewise, each company can have an unlimited number of sites, each containing several different monitoring programs. Thus with Monitor, you can always access the data for any monitoring and testing program you want without dealing with cryptic file names and forgotten paths. You can even simultaneously open and manage several monitoring and testing programs at the same time! When you need to edit the details of a particular monitoring program, you'll use Monitor's 'program tree,' a Windows Explorer-style tree diagram that makes it a breeze for viewing and editing program details. For example, if you needed to add a new parameter to an existing monitoring program, you would click on the part of the program tree that you wanted to edit (in this case, Program Parameters), fill in the details and click OK. It's that straightforward.
In addition to storing information, Monitor was also designed to interpret environmental data. As a result, it gives you all the special data handling and assessment features that you simply can't obtain with off-the-shelf stat packages. Therefore, duplicates, non-detects, mixed units and multiple regulatory limits are now handled automatically.
Monitor's data assessment reports can evaluate any sampling results you choose. Non-detects and duplicates are processed automatically and most of the reports can be sorted by parameter or sampling point (an extremely useful feature). As a result, you'll be able to quickly, easily and accurately evaluate the results of any monitoring and testing program even if you've never evaluated environmental data before. So regardless of your background or experience, you'll find Monitor easy to learn and a pleasure to use. Monitor's data assessment reports were inherently designed to:
In addition to interpreting environmental data, Monitor also includes numerous provisions for presenting environmental sampling information. Designed for both professional and regulatory use, Monitor's data presentation reports include traditional cross-tab style, historical data listings and ready-to-submit NPDES discharge monitoring reports. Monitor's reports and graphs were specifically designed to meet or exceed most State and Federal environmental reporting requirements. However, if you need a specific procedure or a report that isn't currently available, contact us and we'll work with you to create exactly what you need to do your job.
As a practical matter, Monitor's replication and synchronization features will fundamentally alter the way environmental data is processed throughout an organization. Analytical laboratory data that is now 'distributed' by passing a diskette around will instead be quietly replicated for database 'subscribers' whenever they check their e-mail. Project managers that frequently wait weeks for a spreadsheet file will instead have instantaneous access to all the latest sampling results even if other remote users are adding data on a routine basis. Professionals that constantly find themselves attending last minute meetings can now arrive with a fully-updated laptop simply by accessing their e-mail before the meeting. As these examples illustrate, database replication is an important issue for the environmental professional and a powerful new feature in Monitor.It gives you the electronic data transfer capabilities you need. Monitor can electronically accept monitoring and testing results from virtually every database, spreadsheet and mainframe system on the market. Of course, you can manually enter sampling results as well. For a detailed list of Monitor's importable and exportable file types, please see Import-Export Specifications.
With its Data Import Wizard, Monitor offers sophisticated electronic data transfer provisions. As an example, Monitor checks every numerical result against a stored 'default unit.' Then, sampling results are automatically checked and then standardized before being evaluated, eliminating the possibility of analyzing data with inconsistent units of measurement.
Likewise, sophisticated character recognition code built into Monitor automatically recognizes and transfers similar forms of information during the importation process (i.e., Total Dissolved Solids and TDS). In fact, this inherent ability to incorporate user-entered aliases significantly reduces the time it takes to properly import large quantities of analytical data. Monitor can also import data within existing spreadsheet files that are traditionally difficult to import because of the way the data was initially configured (i.e., parameters in the first column and sampling points in the first row or visa versa).
Monitor can also export various file types containing specifically the sampling information you choose. This makes Monitor the ideal tool for generating electronic deliverables including spreadsheet files, database files, word processing files and import files for other software packages. For added flexibility, Monitor includes the ability to quickly generate Excel or Lotus 123 spreadsheet files in three commonly-utilized spreadsheet formats.
For developing your own custom import routines, Monitor includes a powerful but straightforward SQL scripting import feature. This database querying system lets users clone their legacy data in large corporate databases in order to take advantage of Monitor's advanced analysis and reporting features. The SQL scripts can be entered into your word processor and copied and pasted into Monitor's Data Import Wizard or simply typed directly into the Wizard.It promotes the unrestrained flow of crucial information. Monitor was specifically designed to reduce the traditional barriers and bottlenecks associated with the routine flow of vital information. It accomplishes this objective by providing direct access to the level of information that is strategically important to environmental projects. As an example, with Monitor, it takes approximately two minutes to see if a monitored site has exceeded any regulatory thresholds. Similarly, it's just as easy to generate a discharge monitoring report, identify any significant trends, or produce a control chart that you can resize and insert into your word processing document or spreadsheet file.
Monitor can also save and export all of its reports and graphs as HTML files. This means that any output from Monitor can be directly linked to an organization's Intranet or Internet web pages without any modifications. In fact, with Microsoft Front Page, the HTML document becomes instantly available on the Internet via the World Wide Web simply by entering the correct path. With Monitor, organizations can be confident that they have the flexibility and the features that are essential for properly and efficiently managing regulated environmental information.It can grow with an organization's specific needs. If you work with highly-specialized reporting regulations or need additional data handling and assessment capabilities, a number of specialized add-ons are being worked on including:
Monitor's fully-integrated and highly-automated design lets professionals perform tasks they cannot feasibly do right now. Specifically, it lets them quickly, easily and accurately generate fully interpreted environmental information on demand. This substantially increases the core skills and overall responsiveness of any organization.
Monitor provides organizations with a cost-effective solution for storing and processing virtually any quantity of environmental data. Thus, with its advanced client-server design and feature-rich front-end, Monitor now represents the 'ultimate' environmental data management system.
Monitor's advanced electronic data transfer features lets users take advantage of existing environmental data regardless of its origin, format or current location.
Monitor's 32-bit Windows front-end lets users seamlessly integrate Monitor's capabilities with other popular desktop applications such as databases, spreadsheets, word processors and CAD programs.
Monitor's specialized data handling and assessment features enable it to handle most types of environmental data - quickly, easily and accurately.
Presenting the Data
Characterizing the Data
Detecting Changes and Trends
Comparing Sampling Points
Visualizing the Results
Dealing with Non-Detects
Handling Duplicate Samples
For stand-alone installations on a PC, Monitor is shipped with its own relational database. Hardware requirements are consistent with most Windows-based applications. Other than Windows 95 or NT, Monitor doesn't require the use of any other software. In the stand-alone version, the database comes pre-loaded with sample monitoring programs to help new users familiarize themselves with the system's features and capabilities. A user-friendly Wizard walks you through the installation process, and no administrative procedures are generally required other than routine backups. For this task, Monitor comes with its own backup and restore program that includes automated disk formatting, advanced data compression capabilities, multiple backup options and the capacity to integrate other Windows backup programs.Client-server installations on a local area network (LAN) For client-server configurations on a local area network, Monitor is shipped with licenses for the application software and a database engine of the organization's choice. During the installation, Monitor locates the database on the network server and creates the tables necessary to store the data. For organizations that already have corporate environmental databases, Monitor will create an additional instance of the database and store its tables.
For client-server configurations on a LAN, Monitor provides two levels of security. At the user level, passwords are provided for access to the system and all the data. At the database administrator or system administrator level, Monitor provides system level security including the ability to maintain individual user passwords. Administrators can block certain tables as read-only thereby allowing multiple users secure access to the database. Record-level locking allows multiple users to connect, retrieve and modify data simultaneously.
Monitor provides multiple levels of security for wide area network (WAN) installations. At the user level, passwords are provided for access to the entire system or all the data within portions of the system. At the project administrator level, Monitor provides for the maintenance of local security while at the database or system administrator level, Monitor provides for distributed maintenance, backup and restore, and upgrade capabilities.
1. Summer 1998 release 2. Export option for reports only. All products listed above are registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Importing and Exporting Pre-Formatted Spreadsheet Files
To utilize environmental data stored in existing spreadsheet files, Monitor can also import and export three commonly-used spreadsheet styles without any required modifications (see above for acceptable file types).
Style 1 Spreadsheet (parameters in 1st column and sampling points in 1st row)
Style 2 Spreadsheet (sampling points in 1st column and parameters in 1st row)
Style 3 Spreadsheet (one complete record per row)
Monitor 5 is capable of managing a very comprehensive collection of environmental information. Specifically, this encompasses the complete range of information associated with most environmental monitoring and testing programs including detailed laboratory- and field-generated quality-assurance data.
SAMPLE FIELD INFORMATION
SAMPLING WELL INFORMATION
LABORATORY QUALITY ASSURANCE INFORMATION
MASS SPECTRAL DATA
ENTITIES CONTAINING PREDEFINED VALUES (Built-In)