PHOENIX launches Tank Farm Application

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.

Washington River Protection Solutions receives 2 national safety awards

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) received two safety awards at the annual Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA) national conference this week in Grapevine, Texas.

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WRPS continues to support Jr. Achievement

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Students take on the role of corporate business leaders by making decisions involving profitability and sustainability of their virtual company, and attempt to outperform competitors in profit, sales, and market share. Students set prices, determine production levels, invest in capital, develop budgets, and plan marketing and research. WRPS is a long-time sponsor of Jr. Achievement.

Washington River Protection Solutions honored for hiring veterans

WRPS_veteransWashington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) was one of seven employers recognized this spring by the Washington State Employment Security Department for hiring veterans.

WRPS employs 215 veterans who make up about 12 percent of its workforce.  The award recipients were announced in conjunction with National Military Appreciation Month and the Memorial Day holiday.

“The men and women who serve in our military bring valuable skills and experience to civilian jobs after they’ve completed their active duty,” Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke said in a statement. “These seven employers have demonstrated their commitment to providing jobs for veterans in our state again and again.”

WRPS awards Family Scholarships to outstanding high school seniors

Family scholarship 2015 (33)Five high school seniors received the first-ever WRPS Family Scholarships for academic excellence recently.

The recipients of the $2,000 scholarships are the sons or daughters of WRPS employees.  They were selected on the basis of leadership, scholastic achievement and service.

“The scholarships are an excellent way for us to reward students for their hard work in the classroom and their involvement in school and community activities,” said Dave Olson, WRPS president and project manager.  “The scholarships also recognize their families for the commitment and sacrifices they have made in support of their son’s or daughter’s growth and education.”

WRPS engineers bridge educational gap with local students

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WRPS engineers spent the day with High School students last week learning about the importance of designing and building bridges – but on a much smaller scale.

Students participated in an event sponsored by Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a national program recognized for its innovative and effective academic development techniques.

The event challenged students to build bridges out of Popsicle sticks. Students were divided into teams of three, had one hour to complete the task, and were judged on design and teamwork.

WRPS engineers served as judges, evaluating the bridge for aesthetic appeal and load-bearing capability. The top-performing bridge was able to support 34 pounds.

WRPS employees March for Babies

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WRPS employees and family members Marched for Babies at the annual March of Dimes event.

WRPS helps to Bridge Partnerships

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WRPS recognizes that partnering with small businesses is essential to sustaining success on the tank farms project.
The company recently demonstrated its steadfast commitment to small businesses, particularly those in the local community, by sponsoring the Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium at the TRAC Center in Pasco.

Bridging Partnerships is an annual networking conference/workshop that helps companies learn more about government contracting at Hanford.  More than 250 small business owners, procurement professionals and supplier representatives attended this year’s event, which offered breakout sessions with leading industry and government experts, as well as a business expo.

WRPS has experienced great success teaming with small businesses since taking over the tank farms contract in 2008. The company has awarded more than $1 billion in subcontracts, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to small businesses.

WRPS’ commitment to safety goes beyond the tank farms

Motorcycle_lidarWRPS’ commitment to safety goes beyond the tank farms.  It covers the entire Hanford Site.

In an effort to help improve Hanford Site traffic safety, WRPS donated approximately $2,500 to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to buy a new speed-detecting laser gun for use on a motorcycle.  The sheriff’s office is responsible for traffic control on and near the site.

This is the second time WRPS has provided funding to the sheriff’s office for speed-detecting equipment.  In 2011, WRPS donated money to the purchase of a new radar system for a patrol car.

WRPS employee stars in CBC anniversary campaign

CBC 60thThis summer, a WRPS employee’s connection to Columbia Basin College (CBC) is earning him a little bit of local notoriety.

“I think the strangest thing will be to see my face on the side of a bus,” said WRPS engineer Frank Aguilar.

As part of its 60th anniversary, CBC organized an advertising campaign featuring graduates of the school explaining how their education earned them a solid career start. As one of the event sponsors, WRPS was asked to identify an employee to share his or her story. Along with several other CBC students, Aguilar was interviewed, photographed and filmed to create an array of print, TV, radio, and bus ads that the college will roll out beginning July 1.