Project Portal™ is a powerful yet intuitive cloud-based internet application developed specifically for use in the environmental and energy industries. Project Portal brings together data, documents, schedules and team members to a common meeting place where users are offered intuitive tools to access and manipulate project data. This approach to project coordination has been proven to significantly increase the speed and reliability of which data and documents are distributed and organized for access by authorized personnel. Users can turn to one centralized “web-place” to find all project related documents, the most recent lab EDD results, a list of contact information for everyone related to the project and any other important project information.
Project Portal contains various small applications or “Modules”, each designed to perform a specific set of related utilities for end users. Different projects require different combinations of Modules depending on the specifics of that project. If a Module is not needed in a Project, it is simply turned off so that users cannot see it.
Document Management Module
The Project Portal Document Management Module is a utility that allows users to upload, organize and distribute documents through an easy to use and intuitive user interface. A Project Portal Administrative User can create folders and a series of subfolders to which authorized users are able to post documents to so that others with appropriate permissions can view and download them.
Project Calendar Module
The Project Portal Calendar Module is a simple interactive calendar which allows users to post and share calendar entries such as milestones, deadlines, meeting dates and conference calls. Calendar entries may be created, modified, deleted and/ or downloaded to a user’s Microsoft Outlook® calendar. Includes a complete redesign which offers the ability to view calendar in day, week and month view. Filter events on the calendar through the use of search terms. Create and assign Event Categories Export one or more events for use in your local desktop calendar software (e.g., Microsoft Outlook®)
Environmental Database Module
The Project Portal Environmental Database Module allows users to access, view and analyze analytical and field environmental data. The user is provided with a sophisticated query interface which allows them to query out the data by sample location, parameter, date and medium. Users can then view and further refine their query results in a dynamic online results table. Users can then either graph, map (through the use of the embedded Geographic Information Module) or export the data into one of many formats including Microsoft Access® or Excel®, Google Earth®, Esri® Shapefile, EarthSoft EQuIS® “4 File” or simple comma separated file format…
The Geographic Information Module is a tightly integrated, web-based Geographic Information System built within Project Portal. With it, users are able to view and manipulate spatial data or maps. Although the data layers differ from Project to Project, they usually include modern or historic aerial photography, transportation infrastructure, hydrography as well as site specific map layers such as sample locations, buildings and groundwater elevation contours (for example). The Geographic Information Module can be accessed by either invoking it directly or through the course of running an environmental query through the Environmental Database Module where the user has the ability to map the results of the query. Users are able to turn layers on and off, zoom in/ out and pan around a map and click on individual features to access a table of attributes related to that feature (sample location data is tied in with Environmental Database Module). Finally, users can export a map view with a map title that they define for printing or digital distribution (e.g., GIF, JPG, PDF).
Project Portal’s Data Analytics Module displays the information you need most through intuitive dashboard elements including real-time graphs and charts. This push approach to data access eliminates the need for a user to invest valuable time pulling data through the use of queries. The Data Analytics Module is ideal for monitoring the real-time data streams associated with system operation and maintenance and real-time monitoring for permit compliance.
The Data Analytics Module includes the ability for a user to set custom alarms based on set points established for each data stream based on min, max or frequency based criteria. If a data point from any one of the data streams exceeds a criteria, Project Portal will send designated users email alarms. Crucial alarms can be set to repeat until acknowledged via the Alarm Notification panel in within the Data Analytics Module.
The Project Scoping Module provides project managers the ability to detail the scope associated with a project and apply cost and schedule definition to that scope.
A scope is built through establishing project tasks and sub-tasks and the assignment of Work Breakdown Structure Elements (WBSE) to them for categorization. This can be done to the level of detail desired by the user and needed by the project.
Costs are applied as needed to each line item as as either Capital or Expense and can be added as lump sum or broken down by quantity and unit and associated installation and freight costs as applicable. A risk allowance contingency cost can be applied based on the percent complete assigned to any given task. Finally, the resulting costs can be cash flowed over the duration of the project.
Project schedules can be established utilizing an intuitive and interactive Gantt Chart.
The Project Portal Manifest Manager allows users to fill out forms digitally online from the office or field. Users are also able to enter resulting vendor invoices. The Module allows users to easily associate Manifests with invoices. Estimated shipping weights are automatically compared to final weights as measured at disposal facilities for verification. Because all data entered into the manifest forms are automatically saved to a database, users are able to generate light weight reports to communicate tons shipped, amount invoiced and the delta between expected and actual costs for the time period specified by the user. The module contains manifests for major hazardous waste disposal facilities across the United States. Other manifest templates can be added to the system as well.