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Engineering Services

Configuring any Data Acquisition System (DAS) is a complicated process. Federal and local regulations evolve and require system-wide changes. While ESC Spectrum StackStudio provides users with an intuitive interface to make changes to their DAS, if you are new to the software, unclear on regulatory directives, or don’t have time or staff, our expert Engineering Services team can help.

The Engineering team has configured thousands of DAS systems across the country and provides efficient and precise assistance.  Our professionals can configure a DAS to your facility’s precise requirements, ensure it is updated, align it with the latest regulations, and make it work smoothly with your other resources. Contact us to talk about how we can best help you solve your configuration challenges. Read a summary of all our Engineering Services.

Schedule Engineering projects on a time and materials basis, by one of the fixed-price offerings below, or purchase prepaid Engineering hours.

 

Hourly Engineering Services

 

Prepaid Engineering Hours

Want quick access to the Engineering team for help with small projects and questions? Minimize your paperwork by pre-purchasing Engineering Services hours. Contact our Sales team to purchase hours in advance and ensure you can efficiently solve problems without waiting for a quote or purchase order.

 

Fixed Price Engineering Services

These services are ideal for addressing system-wide issues that will require multiple-step processes. All will ensure your DAS system compliance and efficiency.

 

DAS Evolution

The DAS Evolution process ensures that your system is still in synch with your current needs. The Engineering team performs discovery, implementation, and documentation of a prioritized list of improvements and fixes to your DAS.

  • Discover – Review daily processes to identify areas to optimize software functionality.
  • Implement – Work with staff to implement as many changes as time allows.
  • Document – Outline the changes made and record recommendations for future improvements.

DAS Evolution is typically a two-day Engineering engagement that begins with a half-day review of the DAS and its daily processes. Both work together to create a prioritized list of improvements and fixes. An Engineer addresses as many items on this list as possible, and provides a follow-up list of remaining items.  Read more about this service on the DAS Evolution information sheet.

 

DAS Compliance Review

Does your current DAS configuration comply with your permit? Permits can be unclear, personnel move on, and rules change over time. During the DAS Compliance Review process, the Engineering team helps you determine how far your configuration has moved out of alignment and will work with you to bring it back into compliance with your permit.

  • Permit Review – Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) compliance requirements as detailed by ESC Spectrum, including your review and feedback.
  • DAS Permit Analysis – A thorough Engineering Design Review based on an approved compliance review.
  • Configuration Updates – Implementation of a customer-prioritized list of recommended changes to monitoring, calculating, and reporting.

Also included are twenty hours of Engineering Services to implement as many changes as possible from your prioritized list based on the recommendations, plus a one-day Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) to review the changes. Read more about this service on the DAS Compliance Review information sheet.

 

8864 Data Controller Expand and Update

The 8864 Data Controller is the powerful hardware bridge between StackVision software and your emissions monitoring rack.  With a demonstrated Mean-Time-Between-Failure of well over 20 years, our data controller is an industry workhorse. While many customers have updated their systems to take advantage of enhanced capabilities, including 10X the network speed, CPU speed, and configuration storage space of its predecessor, the 8832, many have yet to realize its benefits. The Expand and Update Engineering service provides a three-phase process to expand your storage capacity and bring your data controller up-to-date.

  • Reconciliation – Capture differences in the data controller and the configuration stored at the server.
  • Update Firmware – Upgrade the 8864 firmware to the latest general release available.
  • Expand Storage – Make the configuration changes necessary to increase channel storage.

Read the 8864 Expand and Update information sheet to learn how the Engineering team can help you improve the performance of your data controller.
 


Alarm Health Check

Out-of-date and nuisance alarms occur because DAS systems change over time. These alarms aren't just annoying - they compromise overall system effectiveness and compliance.

Our three-step Alarm Health Check process will help you eliminate nuisance and other unneeded alarms, provide updates to alarm configurations and triggers, then document and test alarm changes.

  • Audit - Document current and historical alarms and review.
  • Assess - Determine which are necessary and their best use.
  • Adjust and Test - Make adjustments and test for accuracy.

 

Server Migration QA

Performing a server migration in-house is not an easy feat. With so many steps involved, it’s easy to miss one.  Our seasoned Engineering Team will help migrate your server efficiently and effectively. Read the Server Migration QA information sheet to learn more.



Private Engineering Training

Private Engineering Training provides you with the opportunity to learn from an ESC Spectrum Engineer using your own DAS system. You can determine what subjects you want to cover in advance, then work with an Engineer to update your system.

  • Discovery – Kickoff meeting to develop a prioritized itinerary.
  • Training
    • In person
      • Austin, TX (ESC Spectrum Office): 4-hour minimum (recommended one day)
      • Onsite: 8-hour minimum, plus travel fees
      • Limits: 3 attendees, one StackVision server.
    • Online
      • 4-hour minimum
      • Limits: 3 attendees, one StackVision server
    • Traveling to Austin, TX for the User Group or other meeting? You can schedule a session during that time.
  • Documentation – Includes items on the list plus any proposal or case creation after the training.

 Learn more on the Private Engineering Training information sheet.

Contact the ESC Spectrum Sales Team for a quote.