GIT is the expert in using spatial information to integrate environmental management operations. Our work can be applied in seven major fields, including Air Quality Management, Marine Pollution Control and Conservation Management, Soil & Groundwater Pollution Management , Agricultural Production and Environmental Management , Water Resources Conservation & Water Pollution Control Management ,Environmental Epidemiology Management , and Integrated Environmental Management . Our chief expertise and experience are as follows:
Air Quality Management
To better promote air pollution control policy and protect the health of its citizens, every country in the world monitors air quality data of various types as the reference for policy implementation and management. With the technical advancements and progress in information technology, air quality surveillance is becoming more diversified and more frequent. As the quality and quantity of the surveillance data vastly improve, the issue of how to process and extract useful data has become an important one.
GIT aids Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency with the collection, processing, and collation of air quality surveillance data. GIT performs an overall systematic investigation to establish a more comprehensive and refined analysis management platform. The scope of system information collection is expanded with the collection of large-scale air quality data and related peripheral information to perform precise control of environment and management tasks. In the event of a severe pollution incident, GIT helps to identify the possible source of pollution and gather information about the level of impact to serve as a reference for the emergency response and subsequent policy support. GIT is also responsible for the data visualization and providing the complete auxiliary information to allow the public to better understand the status of the air quality.
Geographical Information System Map Analysis Tool
Nationwide Real-time Air Quality Monitoring Panel
Marine Pollution Control and Conservation Management
Marine Pollution Management involves a comprehensive list of tasks, which can be divided into routinely allowed pollution source management, and emergency pollution event management. The management work covers a wide scope and involves numerous organizations.
GIT assists government organizations to consolidate data from different departments to create the marine pollution management system. The system not only integrates information from all units, it can speed up the response time when an emergency occurs.
Marine Pollution Control System
The GIT team’s unique capabilities to consolidate information and use the GIS allow us to collate data from marine pollution sources across the country and from related authorities. The efforts culminate in the establishment of the Marine Pollution Management GIS, which is based on the Web GIS platform. The system presents data in two modes: the GIS system and contingency event document, while outputting information needed for the management of routine tasks and management of emergencies. By providing real-time spatial information on the events, the decision-making efficiency and control mechanism required by the emergency response protocol can be enhanced.
GIT optimizes system function as required by the regulations and practical circumstances. As such, GIT organizes information to aid the development of supplementary tools, improve functionality and facilitate decision analysis of value-added information. This effectively reduces the response time of the pollution incidents to stop the pollution from spreading. Functional expansion according to the user’s needs and customized database maintenance and management are also performed to improve system functionality and efficiency.
Marine pollution control system structure
Marine pollution control system - information inquiry and pollution management
Marine pollution Control Information System - Emergency response logistics dispatching
Emergency Response Support and Personnel Training
GIT has obtained the IMO-approved Oil Spill Response Level 1 - Level 3 and Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) certificates from CEDRE (Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution) in France. In addition, GIT has assisted in the stranding of the container ships TS Taipei and CPC Kang Yun by providing data analysis, support in decision making, manpower and equipment, UAV observation, low illumination high resolution surveillance equipment and management of emergency meetings. GIT is skilled at leveraging its information consolidation expertise in onsite response and is well experienced in responding to marine pollution events.
Armed with extensive practical experience, GIT knows well the emergency response competence required at every level. Therefore, our team has also served as the bridge between government agencies, CPC, ITRI, and emergency response teams, and internationally expert organizations. GIT provides training courses appropriate to the subjects and objectives and helps with acquiring IMO certification. In addition, GIT conducts communication exchanges with foreign experts and invites them to Taiwan to offer classes and consultation.
GIT staff earns the Cedre certificate
Training in Cedre, France - shoreline cleanup in various coastal topographies
Training in Cedre, France - in class
Soil & Groundwater Remediation Management
The GIT team has assisted the EPA with large-scale projects relating to soil and groundwater, including the Nationwide Survey and Control of Agricultural Land with High Potential for Heavy Metal Pollution, Nationwide Assessment and Management Plan of Groundwater Monitoring, Nationwide Survey of Baseline Potential of Soil and Groundwater Pollution in Abandoned Factories, and project assessment and investigation of pollution potential. Through these endeavors, the GIT team has accumulated experience in surveying, investigating, and remediation of different sites, e.g., farmland and factories, as well as becoming familiarized with the work related to groundwater monitoring wells. Aside from assisting the central government to grasp the overall picture of the sites in space and in time, GIT has also improved the efficiency of the local government in announcing, investigating, and remediating the sites through effective management tools.
For the promotion of the overall soil and groundwater management, we leverage GIS to help with the consolidation of heterogeneous data across various departments. In addition, we offer diverse solutions and a series of management tools, including potential analysis, environmental survey, control site announcement, remediation, decontrolled site verification, and investigation & follow-ups.
Sampling distribution and overlapping of historical information in national agricultural land investigation
Preparation management for the survey of abandoned factories nationwide
Agricultural Production and Environmental Management
News of agricultural land contamination and crop heavy metal content exceeding the allowable limit have been a frequent occurrence in the past few years. These cases have garnered media attention and raised doubt in the mind of the citizens about the safety of the food grown on or near contaminated land. Issues involving agricultural land management, agricultural water protection, crop safety, and location management are interrelated and lack the solution for systematic management. Therefore, an interdisciplinary effort is jointly required to reach a resolution.
GIT has analyzed in depth the issue of crop safety, looked at all the solutions, and zeroed in on the key issue. The key links between pollution of the farmland to the pollution of the crop are systematically divided into 5 aspects: pollution source, transfer pollution transmission, farmland soil, food crops, and food on the table. The enormous amount of data accumulated across all departments are put together to analyze for the characteristics, time and space distribution, and changing trends of the pollution incidents.
GIT has also developed the agriculture protection cloud as a mechanism for data exchange and sharing to work in tandem with the digitized platform and mobile handheld devices. Mobile experiment vehicles provide on-the-go testing, onsite data collection and supplementary investigation. An Irrigation Water Quality Control Center is put in place to continue to build a surveillance mechanism for agricultural product safety and realize a consistent management policy across environmental quality, crop production, and traceability. The systematic method prevents the recurrence of farmland pollution and food safety problems and solves the issue at the source. The farmers' rights and the farmlands are protected, and the goal of sustainable agricultural production and management is achieved.
Protection Cloud – Display of Spatial Information - Categorizations
Protection Cloud – Display of Spatial Information – Map of Potential Pollution
Automatic Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Platform - Real-time Water Quality Data Feedback from Irrigation Areas
The platform for agricultural and environmental monitoring support & resin bag distribution management platform
The mission dispatch platform for mobile experiment vehicle
Information Room at Irrigation Water Quality Control Center
Water Resources Conservation & Water Pollution Management
From waste water management, including the analysis of water quality data from industrial waste water, discharge from industrial area, residential waste water, rivers, and reservoirs, to the overall management of the drainage basin, and estimation of point-source and non-point-source pollution loads, GIT has extensive practical experience under its belt. GIT can perform calculations of total quantity, assimilative capacity, and other water quality models’ calculations. With the cloud GIS providing calculations and presentation, GIT is able to provide the EPA with water quality protection and management and the public with water quality protection information.
Establishment of Taiwan’s hydrology and water quality database and management of water quality monitoring data and GIS platform
Environmental Epidemiology Management
By combining GIS technology with epidemiology expertise, GIT is able to present data of climate, epidemic diseases, disease vector, preventative action, and regional environment in an intuitive manner, including the changes in location with time as well as disease hotspots. In addition, self-developed modules are used to predict possible epidemic development, which can provide the epidemic prevention management authorities with the current and potential future development of the epidemic. Moreover, mobile hand-held devices are deployed to provide precise information about the breeding site of disease vectors and optimize the implementation of epidemic prevention strategy.
Consolidation of early warning and decision-making support information for mosquito-borne infectious disease
Comprehensive Environmental Management
GIT assists government organizations and large state-owned enterprises to plan and organize large amounts of environmental data to establish a comprehensive environmental management platform across air, water, waste, and toxic substances. We have simplified complicated operation procedures, greatly improved operation efficiency, and accelerated execution for our clients. Examples of our work are illustrated as follows:
Comprehensive Environmental Protection Information Management Platform
For years, large enterprises have accumulated a great amount of various information related to environmental protection. As each individual department grows and diversifies, so too does the information they hold. And with growth comes demand for the existing database system to deal with increased usage to improve operating efficiency and develop integration. To meet the management and operation demand of the EPA, GIT has introduced an operating protocol for the comprehensive information management for large enterprises as well as establishing an integrated management platform. The platform outputs data reports and provides application tools for the pollution report management and the management of digital documents. In addition, we have introduced the GIS to consolidate information of different power plants and monitoring stations and to visualize them on a map. Moreover, we have developed performance indicators by conducting cross checks and statistical analysis with long-term environmental monitoring data. The indicators can help our clients with decision making and promote strategy management.
Annual discharge of particulate matter (PM) pollution and performance indicators of a thermal power plant
Environmental Protection Inspection Platform
In response to the requirement for timeliness of environmental protection inspection, GIT integrates the spatial information of air, water, waste and toxic substances to establish the Environmental Protection Inspection Management System in accordance with the inspection protocol. In order to streamline the delegation of tasks and track progress in real-time, we have developed mobile device applications for inspectors to receive tasks and information on the field. Therefore, the field inspectors’ ability to report cases and return inspection records is significantly improved. Through systematic procedure control, case-tracking and location and time management can be realized to provide inspection status and results in real-time. Furthermore, our value-added service can transform information into maps of pollution hot spots and buffer analysis for fighting environmental pollution.
Map of pollution hot spots of the inspection management system and the trajectory of inspection vehicles
Energy & Climate Change
GIT has executed the Adaptation to Climate Change Impact on Energy Industry project to respond to the impact of climate change on Taiwan's energy supply industry. GIT has collected and organized disaster potential map data from each ministry and department in order to build disaster risk assessment, risk maps, and warning systems based on the locations of energy supply industries. By doing so, we can optimize dispatching and integration of response resources for Taiwan's energy supply industries with the disaster potential information.
Disaster potential spatial analysis and warning system with GIS
Risk statistics and matrix of climate change of a power plant