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Sullexis Data Standardization Work Accelerates Data Interpretation of NOAA Research

As part of the response to the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Deepwater Horizon accident, Sullexis has crafted a response wide data standard that NOAA has adopted for all research vessels operating in the GoM which has drastically reduced data processing and interpretation times.

Research vessels are cruising the Gulf of Mexico on a daily basis taking samples from the water column to determine temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and fluorescence at various depths. These measures indicate the presence of hydrocarbons, their size and concentration and knowing this information in a timely manner helps direct dispersant activity.

The data from each research vessel’s cruise was taking 4-5 days to process and interpret; prompt and actionable information was being delayed by numerous factors:

  • Disparate sampling equipment and data formats being used across the research vessel fleet
  • Differences in data transformation and data enrichment requirements between vessels
  • Varying levels of experience and skill with onboard crew
  • Rapid turnover of vessel crew
  • Limited number of experienced personnel to create and interpret the data

Within a matter of days of its engagement on this project, Sullexis had developed and deployed a “Shipboard Data Protocol” solution that NOAA adopted for use by all research vessels.The Sullexis designed solution provided for:

  • The development of a training program to ensure ship crews would be trained quickly and consistently
  • The development of a data standard to be developed to ensure data was delivered in a standard format
  • The development of a application to integrate all captured data and automate the required transformation and processing

By working with Sullexis to deploy the solution, data interpretation was reduced from 4-5 days to a matter of hours.

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