Hazcheck Toolkits: CASE STUDY - DG Systems Developer
This large ro-ro ferry operator serving the Scandinavian and Baltic states undertook an ambitious project to build an integrated information system that uses state-of-the-art technologies and consolidates all areas of the different business functions.
The tasks of analysing, specifying and building the overall information system were assigned to two well known IT consultancies, who together developed a project organisation made up of stake holders, business managers, suppliers, users and project manager. Altogether the project steering committee was made up of about 50 individuals.
A major part of the project was to automate the booking, loading and management processes of vehicles carrying dangerous goods. The ferry operator did not have a system for complying with the dangerous goods transport regulations. Dangerous goods bookings were checked manually using hard copies of regulations and basic database and spreadsheet type programs.
The IMDG Code is the international regulation for transporting dangerous goods by sea. However, in the Baltic regions the management of dangerous goods transport is further complicated by the Memorandum of Understanding for the Transport of Packaged Dangerous Goods in the Baltic sea. This memorandum, which is updated annually, states that in specified areas in the region, ro-ro ships may carry dangerous goods in accordance with ADR or RID in place of the IMDG Code. In addition, in certain low wave height areas, the segregation required between dangerous goods for certain degrees of segregation can be less stringent than that required by the IMDG Code. Although both of the IT consultancies were expert suppliers of enterprise systems that delivered significant return on investment to their clients, neither had sufficient knowledge and expertise on building dangerous goods management systems.
|Exis became aware of the project when a Request for Information was received from one of the consultancies during April 2003. After the submission of the requested information, Exis were invited to a project workshop to make a presentation and to confirm requirements. During the meeting Exis were briefed on the required key functions and processes of the dangerous goods management module. They were to:-|
|Input details of all dangerous goods carried within a vehicle|
|Check the compatibility of DG items carried within a vehicle against the requirements of the IMDG Code|
|Option to check against additional operator and port DG restrictions|
|Check stowage requirement of vehicle against the IMDG code|
|Check stowage and segregation onboard against other vehicles carrying dangerous goods|
|Produce a Dangerous Goods Manifest|
|Optionally comply with the current Memorandum of Understanding for the Transport of Packaged Dangerous Goods in the Baltic Sea, including checking segregation requirements for Low Wave Height Areas|
|ADR and RID Proper Shipping Names and other selected data|
|All Proper Shipping Names in English, German, Swedish and Danish.|
|In addition, since the information system was being developed in Java, the dangerous goods module was required as a Java API (a set of callable program routines developed in the Java programming language).|
| Tangible and intangible benefits of the Hazcheck Tookits solution for this customer|
|The dangerous goods module of the system was implemented much quicker. The same development would have taken the client at least two years|
|Exis already have the relatively complex rules of the IMDG Code stowage and segregation validation in computerised format. There is no need for the client's DG experts to spend valuable time analysing requirements of the Code and producing a specification for the developers|
|Hazcheck Toolkits contain quality assured data. The validation engine has been in use for over ten years, during which time it has undergone many improvements based on user feedback|
|Exis supplies an updated Toolkit whenever there is an update to the regulations|
|Exis supplying the DG functionality means that the client can concentrate on the overall functionality of the information system and not be bogged down with specific requirements such as whether or not compromises are being made to the DG functionally|
|Exis have a worldwide customer base over which to amortise development costs.|
Exis Technologies are systems developers of the Computerised IMDG Code for the International Maritime Organization