Whether you’re a worker, stakeholder or just somebody who wants to learn more about Hanford’s tank farms, there’s a new informational tool for you. And it’s right at your fingertips.
The PHOENIX Tank Farms application is a web-based tool for accessing current and historical data associated with Hanford’s tank waste.
PHOENIX stands for PNNL-Hanford Online Environmental Information Exchange. The tank farms application is a combined effort between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
The Hanford Site has a massive amount of data. PHOENIX, which does not require any specific software, streamlines the information gathering process by tapping into multiple databases in an intuitive user-friendly manner.
“The PHOENIX Tank Farms application is an excellent resource that allows both WRPS employees and the public to easily obtain information regarding the tank farms,” said Jason Gunter, WRPS Tank and Pipeline Integrity organization. “Having this information available in a simple and easy-to-use tool ensures that both those who use it as a supplementary tool for their job or who just have general curiosity can quickly find the information they seek.”
Tank Farms is the third and latest PHOENIX application with more in development. Previously, PNNL and DOE Richland Operations Office worked together on two groundwater applications. All PHOENIX applications promote transparency and clarity in the Hanford cleanup mission.
The tank farms application was rolled out in April at the Hanford Advisory Board’s (HAB) Tank Waste Committee meeting, and ORP gave a demonstration of the application at a full board meeting in June.
“Developing PHOENIX using modern web technologies not only improves access to the data by requiring only an up-to-date web browser, but also allows us to quickly visualize tank data in new ways and integrate it with other relevant data sets,” said DJ Watson, PNNL Risk and Decision Sciences organization.