DOE Hanford Site Challenge and Mission
The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for cleanup of the 586-square mile Hanford Site, which played a pivotal historical role by providing plutonium for the “Fat Man” atomic bomb that helped end World War II. Until 1987, Hanford continued to produce plutonium and its associated waste, but since then has been the site of one of the largest cleanup efforts in the country. Hanford contains millions of gallons of liquid waste plus thousands of components of solid waste ranging from pairs of gloves to train locomotives. The DOE’s challenge has been to accurately track the location, composition, source and quantity of the waste in order to facilitate timely removal and remediation or long-term storage.
Hanford’s records were originally hand-written ledgers and have evolved over time into a few advanced, custom systems to catalog all of the information about each waste container as it travels from the ground to its final disposal. While these systems record the container information, they do not allow users to easily answer basic questions about the containers and their progress in meeting the multi-decade mission of cleaning up Hanford.
DOE Hanford Site Requirements
The following is an overview of the key requirements and outcomes that support this mission:
Qlarion worked with its partners to develop a Business Intelligence solution allowing DOE to create single system of record which:
- Enables users to answer previously complicated business questions in seconds instead of days.
- Automates standard management and operational reports.
- Provides up-to-date information readily accessible to executives.
- Builds in pro-active consistency checks across source systems to alert staff of data issues.
- Generates timely and accurate operational data for crews in the field.
- Automates creation of key weekly milestone reporting packages.
- Significantly reduces time until information is available and accessible.
- Leverages simple, visual progress indicators through dashboards.
The Bottom Line
The DOE is able to more accurately and rapidly assess and clean up the Hanford Site, by having timely access to accurate information–helping to increase productivity while driving down costs.