Locus Technologies Quarterly Newsletter (March 2016)
Featured News - Locus Platform
Updates for our newest offering
First quarter 2016 will see exciting changes to the Locus Platform, Locus' newest true multi-tenant software platform. New onboard tools will allow solutions to be easily updated across customers. Our Platform mobile users will be able to create new ad-hoc locations while in the field, making sampling/auditing/inspection/incident events even easier and more efficient.
To streamline daily work flows, we have also made it easier for users to work on their application forms by allowing the saving of records as a "draft" so that work can be completed without the need to enter information into required fields, allowing users to get a jump start on completing data entry while waiting for additional information to be provided. This is especially helpful when recording emerging incidents or events when required information is still being gathered.
Locus Platform will also continue to see growth in the off-the-shelf applications available to customers. Basic applications include: incident tracking; task tracking; waste management; audits; and corrective actions. As with all our solutions in Platform, the solution basics will be present, plus the ability to easily configure the applications to meet customer-specific needs will be available.
If you are interested in seeing just how easy our Platform is to configure, contact email@example.com for a live demonstration.
With any Locus configurable application, the choice is yours whether to configure it yourself or have Locus configure it to your specifications. Either way, it's a great option to get exactly what you want at a fraction of the cost and time when compared to traditional software.
Customers & Partners
Utility selects Locus software for
greenhouse gas reporting
One of the nation's largest utility companies has selected Locus to configure a greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting solution for their mandatory greenhouse gas reporting. Locus' software solution was chosen to assist the customer with their goal to reduce their carbon footprint and to find new ways to develop and deliver, safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy.
The Locus platform applications will calculate emissions for several regulatory subparts and generate XML uploads for greenhouse gas reporting submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Climate Registry (TCR) and state agencies. The Locus Solution will help the customer automate their GHG reporting program and assist in assuring data accuracy for inventorying and reporting needed to satisfy compliance obligations and in performing trends, forecasting, and traceability.
Chevron data migration - large, fast and successful
During the last quarter and continuing into 2016, Locus spearheaded five complex data migrations with our team of highly skilled environmental data specialists to migrate over 10 Million records from 30 Chevron supplier sites to our EIM database. Locus maintained a live status update for their customer and suppliers to keep everyone up to data on the migration status.
Migration challenges included:
Multiple complex unique database formats requiring unique field and valid value mapping. Tight schedules requiring completion in 4 to 6 weeks. Data quality issues resulting from older style original source databases being mapped to a more stringent and validated data structure.
Locus has migrated hundreds of databases in all colors and flavors over the years and is truly an expert at data analysis and data mapping. Even with this level of data migration skill, we are always surprised with what we find when we crack open databases designed 10 or 20 years ago. Although never the most fun part of using EIM, everyone benefits once the data are consolidated, validated, and the project teams and data owners have new found confidence in the quality of information they use for regulatory reporting.
Locus Product News
New features make EIM's GIS a standout application
So many customers want a simple to use, built in GIS application to view their environmental data, without the need to purchase complex and costly specialty software for data visualization. Since 2004, Locus has pioneered online GIS as an integral part of EIM and continues to enhance and improve the application to meet customer demands and take advantage of technology changes.
2015 was a huge year for EIM's GIS application with the following key new features:
- Saved, shared and reusable maps on the homepage dashboard.
- Advanced label and symbol editing tools to create custom map views.
- Enhance layers including location group, sample types, and sample groups.
- Improved handling of dense sampling grids with location cluster symbols.
- Added contour methods including kriging, splining and natural neighbor.
Upcoming 2016 releases will continue our focus on all things maps with the following features planned throughout the year:
- Allow any site's map layers hosted by Locus to be mapped in Locus GIS as vector layers.
- Enable users to change their symbology (to anything that ArcGIS supports)
- Perform better spatial queries, users will be able to perform more granular spatial queries, e.g., soil contamination within 20 feet of a hiking trail.
- Use your own map layers (ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Portal) in GIS.
- Link seamlessly to ESRI features including the ability to access EIM data via a custom add-in for ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software, one of our most requested "wish list" items!
- Enhance subsurface visualization with browser-based 3D visualization of subsurface EIM data (groundwater monitoring wells, lithology, water levels and chemical concentrations). View your site on Google Earth!
Contours showing maximum benzene concentrations in groundwater using new splining gridding method, available now.
New cluster symbols help display layers with very dense sampling grids (i.e., thousands of locations), also available now.
Locus GIS contour layer and raster grid surface exports viewed in Google Earth, available later in 2016.
Locus Mobile continues to expand
Locus Mobile continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of our EIM and Platform customers. New features added include:
- Sample collection tracking - especially handy for our customers sampling with weekly sampling schedules - you always know what you still need to collect as the week progresses.
- Groundwater level stabilization tracking - easily see when your well is stabilized and view charts and historical data.
- Completely customize your sampling locations, data types and parameters - so it's easy for your samplers to collect the right data at the right location.
Locus Company News
Locus is growing! Meet our newest staff members:
Tristan Mecham, Director of Compliance and Sustainability Products
With many years of working on supply chain sustainability and in a SaaS environment, Tristan brings a broad set of skills to the team. With a background in business, policy and climate change he understands what businesses need not just to meet regulatory requirements, but also to benefit from becoming more sustainable. He spent five years building his former company to one of the leaders in supply chain social compliance, leading the software development to meet customer needs as well as assisting the sales organization in building the client base.
Remy Leaf, Sales Engineer
Remy comes to Locus armed with relevant domain experience at One Community Global and Ecodesk (UK). He holds a BSs degree in Environmental Management & Sustainability from the University of the West of England where he gained a broad and detailed knowledge of all aspects of a range of environmental challenges and a comprehensive understanding of sustainable development. Before moving to Mountain View, he lived in Dallas, Texas.
Samara Jackson, Environmental Engineer
Samara has experience in environmental health and safety, compliance, CEQA analysis, and GIS mapping. Her responsibilities include project management, data analysis, report preparation, technical editing, compliance assurance, and site inspections. She is a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo alumnus.
GP Von Eron, Database Administrator
GP comes to Locus with 15 years of SQL Server experience. GP also has experience with relational and non-relational data storage and enjoys development, administration and deep diving into SQL internals. He has a bachelor of computer science from Wentworth in Boston. Outside of computing, GP studied Traditional Medicine in China, enjoys hiking, growing food, and rustic wood crafting.
Sarah Pate, Environmental Scientist
Sarah will provide her tenacity and problem-solving skills along with many years of GIS and lab experience to support the Locus Asheville office team. She has worked as a botany teacher, a researcher and most recently as a contract botanist and lab assistant. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science in Biology from Appalachian State University. During off-hours, she enjoys "This American Life," cooking pretend meals with her 2 year old and being outdoors.
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Another year, another award!
Locus is once again pleased to be granted the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) award for Information Technology in the environmental and sustainability industry for the tenth year running. We were recognized for continuing our strategic shift to configurable, multi-tenant, pure Software as a Service (SaaS) EHS solutions and welcoming new, high-profile customers.
In 2015, Locus scored record revenue from Cloud software with annual growth over 20 percent. We also achieved a record renewal rate of 99 percent and signed up new customers including Shell Oil Company, Philips 66, Ameresco, California Dairies, Cemex, Frito-Lay, Genentech, Lockheed Martin, PPG Industries, United Airlines and US Pipe & Foundry.
EBJ has been a force in the environmental industry since 1988 and we are pleased to be recognized by their team of analysts.
For more information on EBJ and their annual environmental awards please visit www.ebionline.org.
Upcoming & Recent Events
Join Locus at NAEM EHS&S Software and Data Management Conference Tampa, Florida March 15-16 2016 Locus is sponsoring and exhibiting at the NAEM EHS&S Management Forum this Spring. Don't miss your chance to see Neno Duplan's, CEO and President of Locus Technologies, presentation. Meet Locus at Booth 105, talk with the Locus folks behind Locus' newest platform, and discuss your environmental compliance software needs. Find out more here Join Locus at AWWA California/Nevada Section on March 23rd! Please join Locus at the AWWA California/Nevada conference where we will be discussing our Locus EIM Water solution for simplifying drinking water data management. Participants will learn how to automate water quality management workflow process, from sample planning, field sample collection, chain of custody, laboratory management, data validation, EDD loading from the laboratory into web-based system, and reporting. The complete process is automated using cloud-computing. Find out more here
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16 March 2016 Locus eClass Training Say Goodbye to IE 9 and 10
EIM: Roles and Permissions More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long20 April 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Setup Module - Valid Values and More! More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long18 May 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Locus GIS More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long15 June 2016 Locus eClass Training
Platform: Locus Platform - Incidents More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long20 July 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Sample Planning More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long17 August 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Regulatory Exports More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long21 September 2016 Locus eClass Training
Platform Compliance Tools More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long19 October 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Visualizations - Logs and Plots More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long16 November 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Analysis Module More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long21 December 2016 Locus eClass Training
EIM: Mobile Apps More information 11AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern, 1 hour long
Locus' EIM application will no longer support Microsoft IE 9 and IE 10 browsers starting March 31, 2016.
Locus suggests updating to a newer version of Microsoft IE or using an alternate browser in their current versions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
GHG verification season 2016—
It's time to find a verifier!
Since 2006, California has led the nation in GHG monitoring and reporting. The Mandatory Reporting Regulation is required for industrial facilities, fuel suppliers and electricity importers. Locus is accredited as a verification body through California Air Resources Board (ARB) with Lead Verifiers certified in all reporting sectors.
Locus has been a verification body since the beginning of the GHG monitoring program in California and has completed over 250 GHG verifications since 2010. Our team has never had a verification invalidated or overturned by ARB and has consistently maintained an excellent reputation with ARB for high quality verification services.
You can find additional information on California GHG mandatory reporting requirements from the California ARB. To speak to our verification experts, contact email@example.com.
Did you know...?
Plastic microbead pollution harms oysters, the ocean's critical ecosystem engineers!
Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that's algae, phytoplankton - or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.
It stands to reason that the plastic isn't good for them. Now scientists know why: It takes such a toll on their digestive systems that their ability to reproduce is cut almost in half, according to a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Scientists recently estimated that the world's oceans contain more than 5 trillion floating plastic particles, which have a combined weight of 250,000 tons.
Microplastic pollution "has been found on almost every beach worldwide, on polar icecaps and just about everywhere in the ocean," said Arnaud Huvet, a marine physiologist at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea. "It's a real concern for marine ecosystems."
The pollutants find their way to the ocean when cosmetics, hygiene products and toothpaste containing plastic microbeads wash down the drain or when larger plastic products break down in seawater. About 4 million to 12 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year, and that amount is expected to increase tenfold by 2025, according to a 2013 study in Science.
How does plastic debris impact ecosystems?
Asheville Office Moves!
The Asheville Office moved from their Biltmore Park Town Square cozy little office on the second floor into a spacious suite in the same building on the third floor. With plenty of space to spread out, employees are enjoying the open room along with the natural ample sunlight. The Asheville Office is in the midst of adding plants, paintings, furniture, and other decorations to breathe life into the new space! Be sure to check out Locus' social media channels to get a glance at the progress!
Our new address is:
1 Town Square Blvd. #300, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
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The EPA has promoted several corporate wide voluntary programs to encourage the Oil and Gas industry to cut its air emissions (e.g., the new framework for the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program, which was proposed in July 2015).
The Agency says it intends to continue to encourage those programs to achieve emissions reductions 'through responsible, transparent and verifiable actions that would obviate the need to meet obligations associated with NSPS applicability.
EPA's proposed regulations
Framework for the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program
Security, Risk and Service Organization Control (SOC) Reports
Service Organization Control Reports® are internal control reports on the services provided by a service organization providing valuable information that users need to assess and address the risks associated with an outsourced service such as the Locus Cloud.
Locus is accredited by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and holds SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports.
These reports, prepared in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, are specifically intended to meet the needs of the managements of user entities and the user entities' auditors, as they evaluate the effect of the controls at the service organization on the user entities' financial statement assertions. These reports are important to Locus customers providing them with independent assurance about business they are trusting their data and information. The reports are important for components of user entities' evaluation of their internal controls over financial reporting for purposes of comply with laws and regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the user entities' auditors as they plan and perform audits of the user entities' financial statements.
Report on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality or Privacy
These reports are intended to meet the needs of a broad range of users that need to understand internal control at a service organization as it relates to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy. These reports are performed using the AICPA Guide: Reporting on Controls at a Service Organizations Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy and are intended for use by stakeholders (e.g., customers, regulators, business partners, suppliers, directors) of the service organization that have a thorough understanding of the service organization and its internal controls.