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Townsville City Council’s Townsville Laboratory Services: Leaders in Data Management

Townsville Laboratory Services has been recognised as a global leader in science, enhancing the city’s reputation as a world leading centre of research commercialisation after being named alongside some of the largest laboratories in the world by Earth Science Information Systems (EScIS), a leading provider of environmental data management solutions.

Council’s Commercial Manager of Townsville Laboratory Services, Edgar Salvador, says it was truly an honour for the Council owned and operated laboratory team to be recognised for their world- class data management.

“Data management and use in laboratories is extremely complex, so presenting data in a format that people in the field can universally understand, while allowing us to compete on the global stage as a leader in environmental data management, is a clear requirement,” Edgar says.

“ESdat is a globally accepted data management system that assists environmental scientists and engineers to manage a wide range of data.”

Edgar says the initiative was prompted by Townsville Airport, who has been a client of Council’s Townsville Laboratory Services for almost two decades and has recently transitioned to using ESdat as their environmental monitoring database. The initiative was facilitated to provide laboratory results in a format compatible with ESdat, demonstrating Council’s Townsville Laboratory Services’ flexibility in adapting with clients’ continuous improvement opportunities.

“At Townsville Laboratory Services we’re continually striving for excellence as part of our pursuit to
living our organisation’s values of SERVE and our entire team of laboratory officers and scientists collaborated with the Townsville Airport officers and environmental scientists, to achieve the ESdat capability,” he says.

“While we have been providing data in this format for our client for over a year now, we have recently had the honour of being listed among some of the world’s largest laboratories on the Earth Science Information Systems website, and alongside only ten other facilities in Australia, including ALS and EnviroLab.”

The team successfully accomplished the feat completely in-house and has enhanced the lab’s capabilities to continue to service major external clients and meet the increasing global demand for ESdat.

Edgar says with ESdat, analysts and clients can more efficiently analyse, report, and share data while ensuring the highest level of quality control.

“In the last two decades, environmental scientists, consultants and engineers have supported and preferred this system of data exchange with a global network of environmental laboratories, and I can only see the demand growing in the future,” he says.

The implementation of ESdat allows Council’s Townsville Laboratory Services to provide services to private and government monitoring and research groups where data management and transfers are strictly defined by stringent data structures and processes.

Council’s Townsville Laboratory Services is an advanced analytical laboratory offering a range of services which are available to the community. It currently services councils, hospitals, universities, schools and other institutions in the North Queensland area. It is open to the public for a varied suite of soil and water testing.

For more information on Townsville Laboratory Services, visit Council’s website.

Main image: Edgar Salvador, Commercial Manager of Townsville Laboratory Services
Image credits: Images supplied

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