Following the stabilisation of AQMS, EPA Management (Air Sciences Branch) decided to evaluate the market for a suitable replacement, either package or as a bespoke development. The “build or buy” question had not been answered.
The EPA needed to decide on a go forward strategy for the AQMS application. It was recognised that the existing system could not meet already identified requirements and therefore needed to be replaced.
Detailed requirements were confirmed and documented. A number of development organisations were canvassed for broad estimates of costs and solutions from Australia and the US were reviewed. The client conducted an assessment of an air quality monitoring package by visiting the supplier in the US. Discussions continued and budgets were finalised for Treasury approval.