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Project ID: 228
Author: Bin Zhu
Project Title: Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Water Sample Analysis Using A Data Automation System
Semester: Summer 2004
Committe Chair: Dr. Dulal Kar
Committee Member 1: Dr. David Thomas
Committee Member 2: Dr. Michelle Moore
Project Description: Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) Analysis is a widely recognized and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved method used by various environmental and petroleum engineering firms to determine the presence and the amount of heavy metals in a liquid medium. Particularly in the petroleum industry, ICP is used to quantify the amount of heavy metals pumping out of oil wells. The ICP information is crucial to an oilfield engineer because such data not only serves as an indication of the proper operation of the oil drilling process, but more importantly it allows the safe disposal of the hazardous materials. ICP analysis data is highly important and time sensitive. A well Constructed computer software application has to address the entire cycle of the ICP analysis from the point of the user interface to the client reporting and delivery. This data automation project handles user data acquisition, calculation, reporting, archiving, retrieval, management, and delivery of the ICP analysis data. It streamlines and automates the data acquisition process and achieves a nearly paperless office with well-documented data history. It maximizes data accuracy and production; reduces analysis turn-around time and company liability, and ultimately raises the company's revenue and profitability that gives the company a greater competitive edge.
Project URL:   228.pdf