Spill Decision Support System

In the first implementation of its kind in the world, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has selected the Go360 Spill Decision Support System (SDSS) as a secure mobile platform to trace the flow of environmental spills through the sewer system and natural run-off points including streams, rivers and low-lying terrain.

SDSS is a web-based system that pinpoints the trajectory of a spill in real time and helps officials trace the spill to its source. It gives first responders greater capabilities in the detection, containment, mitigation, flow path tracking and recording of spilled contaminants that escape into the environment.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has implemented SDSS in collaboration with the Region of Peel, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

There are approximately 500 spill Incidents a year in Peel Region just west of Toronto, where Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon are located. These Incidents can be caused by vehicle collisions, accidents at industrial and residential buildings, or intentional dumping. Spill Incidents can be called in by citizens as complaints, by police and fire staff as a result of a 311 or 911 calls, or reported directly to the Region of Peel spill response staff.

Peel has a staff of spills coordinators, who are dispatched to investigate incidents. They are the primary users of SSDS, along with their management and support staff (i.e., first responders – the fire departments) in the lower-tier municipalities.

SDSS gathers data from many sources and combines it into a unified data set that permits these first responders from multiple organizations to work together in a coordinated fashion for everything from cleanup to determining the cause of spills and collecting information for legal purposes.

Spills coordinators access SDSS through a web browser using either a computer or a mobile device in the field.

SDSS Benefits

  • Provides access to a central spill database among stakeholder organizations;
  • Provides an integrated suite of data features;
  • Enables web-mapping with historical and analytic capabilities;
  • Offers an easy-to-use interface, documentation and training;
  • A 7 x 24 solution.

SDSS mapping technology gives users a real-time, complete view of a spill and related data.

The system makes use of a variety of geospatial data.

Audit Inspections
Incident Command System
Emergency Services Information System
Spill Decision Support System Features