Oil and Gas Company Lowers EHS Compliance Costs with Enviance Software, ehsAI

Enviance Blog Post: August 8th, 2019

For oil and gas companies, managing EHS compliance requirements is a time-consuming, expensive process. Extracting data from permits and other regulatory documents to give visibility into actionable items can take weeks of manpower, which quickly cuts into a company’s bottom line through diminished employee productivity.

Red Cedar Gathering, a midstream energy company that gathers, treats, and compresses natural gas from more than 1,200 wells across 895 miles of gathering pipeline, understands these challenges all too well. Across that large operating area, Red Cedar Gathering runs 26 facilities over two regulatory jurisdictions with more than 20 Title V and New Source review permits and 60-plus emission units with testing requirements. On top of that, Red Cedar Gathering must comply with all the various regulations.

With its resources widespread and so many permitting and regulation requirements to meet, Red Cedar Gathering needed clear visibility into its compliance program to track daily action items, potential problems, and company-wide trends. Red Cedar Gathering previously extracted this information from these permits and regulations and then tracked through spreadsheets, Word documents, and hard files. However, all that manual work was time consuming and prone to errors. Considering that the EPA collected a total of $1.6 billion in administrative and civil judicial penalties in fiscal 2017, those errors could significantly cost Red Cedar Gathering in regulatory enforcement fines and liabilities.

How AI Reduced EHS Costs

Looking for a better way, Red Cedar Gathering took its first major step in building a more robust EHS compliance program when it implemented Enviance Management System in 2010. While Enviance offered better data visibility and simplified compliance efforts, collecting requirements from permits and other paper-based policy and regulatory documents was still labor intensive. Red Cedar Gathering’s environmental engineers had to manually extract requirements before system configuration and assigning responsibility for compliance obligations.

Recently, Red Cedar Gathering took on a project to transfer permits from Microsoft Word and PDFs into Excel spreadsheets. But soon after Red Cedar Gathering began this time-consuming project, Enviance teamed up with ehsAI, a company that uses machine learning to transform complex environmental documents into succinct digital requirements. Through this partnership, Enviance could now leverage AI to quickly capture complex regulatory permit information and process permits in a uniform way.

Rather than manually transferring data, Red Cedar Gathering sent the permit to ehsAI, which processed and then returned the information in a machine-readable spreadsheet. Using the integration, Red Cedar Gathering transferred those requirements into Enviance Management System to give the team access to their tasks in the field, making it easy to offer transparency into completed tasks and provide formatted reports to regulatory agencies.

Red Cedar Gathering has since processed another project with 10 regulatory documents, eight permits, and five regulations, totaling to just over 1,000 pages of regulatory requirements. Ethan Hinkley, air quality compliance manager at Red Cedar Gathering, recalled previously working on transferring one of these permits to a spreadsheet for three to four days. However, ehsAI processed that same permit for Red Cedar Gathering in just 82 seconds. When considering all the documents that required processing, ehsAI saved Red Cedar Gathering weeks of time, which translated to a huge reduction on labor costs.

“It is critical for us to meet air quality requirements from state, federal, and tribal regulations for all 26 of our facilities," Ethan said. “Enviance and ehsAI provide solutions that help us achieve our goal of being a regional leader while protecting human health and the environment.”

Could AI Help You Lower Your EHS Compliance Costs?

If you’re interested in learning how the integrated Enviance Management System and ehsAI solution can help you save on EHS compliance costs, we’re happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary demo. You can also view our full webinar on AI and learn more about Red Cedar Gathering’s story here.

ehsAI invited to speak at the Environmental Business Journal's 4th Annual Pacific Northwest Environmental Industry Summit

We are pleased to announce that we have been invited by the 2020 Environmental Group to participate in the Environmental Business Journal’s 4th Annual Pacific Northwest Environmental Industry Summit.

In this one-day conference, we will present regional and national market statistics and forecasts, as well as a series of interactive panels with industry leaders that will discuss the emerging markets for PFAS, role of Environmental Information Management and A.I.

Margery Moore, CEO will be on the panel for a discussion of EHS Tech trends with other EHS technology experts including the CEO of Verdant Software. The conference is on the 25th of July and the panel discussion is between 1pm-2:30pm. More than 60 mid-sized EHS consulting companies will be attending.

https://www.2020env.com/events/2019/7/25/4th-annual-pacific-northwest-environmental-industry-summit

EhsAI Wins $1,000,000 in Investment at Fundica Roadshow

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June 26, 2019, Vancouver BC  Moore and Gasperecz Global Inc., announced today that ehsAI, a tool that converts complex EHS regulations and permits to compliance action items in seconds, has won the Fundica Roadshow competition. Competing against 10 city winners from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, ehsAI was awarded up to $1,000,000 in investment capital from Panache Ventures, BCF Ventures, and AngelList syndicate leads.

 

“We are absolutely thrilled that ehsAI has been recognized with this honour” said Margery Moore, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Moore and Gasperecz Global Inc. “The competition was fierce but the judges saw how much value we bring to corporations drowning in environmental compliance obligations”.

 

“We were amazed by the quality of the startups, speakers, investors, and other contributors to the 2019 Fundica Roadshow, and we would like to congratulate the winners,” said Fundica’s President, Mike Lee. “At this time, we are also excited to be working with our ecosystem partners on new approaches to shortening the distance between entrepreneurs and relevant funding.”

 

“I would like to thank everyone at Fundica for putting on such a great event. Coordinating a cross-Canada event like the Fundica Roadshow isn’t easy and they’ve done a terrific job”. Ms. Moore added that “We’d also like to thank the judges for their time. We know their time is valuable and their participation is greatly appreciated”. Judges at this year’s competition included partners from Real Ventures, National Bank of Canada, Front Row Ventures, White Star Capital, R&D Capital, iNovia, and the Business Development Bank of Canada.

 

About Fundica

 

Fundica is the provider of Canada’s award-winning online funding tools as well as the manager of the Fundica Roadshow, an annual, cross-Canada initiative designed to educate, inspire, and fund entrepreneurs. For more information about Fundica, please contact Bronwyn Carere, Community Manager at (438) 869-6022 or bronwyn@fundica.com.

 

About Moore and Gasperecz Global Inc.

 

Moore and Gasperecz Global Inc. is the developer of ehsAI, a SaaS tool that uses artificial intelligence to extract environmental compliance obligations from complex EHS permits and regulations. For more information about ehsAI or Moore and Gasperecz Global Inc., pleaser contact Lee Carney, Chief Operations Officer at (604) 786-1434 or lee@ehsai.ca

Margery Moore, CEO of ehsAI, moderates the opening keynote at the NAEM Tech19 conference in New Orleans

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There was a packed house of over 250 EHS professionals in the room to listen to Delta Ground Services, Boeing and Georgia-Pacific discuss their strategies for the adoption of digital transformation tools. Each one had interesting stories and lessons to share as they journey along the innovation curve. 

This conference provides attendees with peer-to-peer learning and advice to help leverage technology and trends to advance EHS&S performance. 

Moore and Gasperecz Global have a booth and are presenting with their first customer, Red Cedar Gathering, on March 14th.

Link: http://ehsmis.naem.org

Former GE Global Leader of Environmental and Water Programs, Kris Morico, joins Moore & Gasperecz Global Inc. to Board of Advisors

A recognized leader within the EHS community, she has held positions spanning across Fortune 100 companies, including General Electric (GE), Tyco International, UTC, and ABB/Combustion Engineering. In her role as the global environmental leader for GE, Kris was responsible for the strategic direction and implementation for several programs and sustainability initiatives across the company.  

Artificial Intelligence is Transforming how Companies Manage EHS

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