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Triad Month Session 7: Dynamic Work Strategies
Sponsored by: U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division
Original Time/Date of Presentation:

August 25, 2009, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, EDT (15:30-17:30 GMT)

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Presentation Overview:

A little over a year ago, over 260 individuals gathered from the U.S. and abroad at UMass-Amherst in Massachusetts to discuss the use of the Triad Approach to conduct investigations and remedial actions faster, better, and at a reduced cost. The Triad Community of Practice (CoP) decided to update and repackage several of those same sessions to benefit the greater CLU-IN audience that either may not have been able to attend the conference, or were not able to attend a specific presentation while at the conference. By doing this, we hope you too can learn more about some of the Triad tools and how they have been applied by your colleagues in the environmental industry.

Today's session is the seventh (and last) in a series of seven sessions collectively comprising Triad Month on CLU-IN. During this two-hour session, two Triad practitioners will present case studies of the Triad approach. In the first case study, "Real Time CSM Visualization and Feedback," Mr. John Sohl of Columbia Technologies will demonstrate concepts as well as case studies regarding one of the most challenging aspects of the Triad toolbox — that being able to both process large data sets as well as incorporate them into an evolving CSM, visually, so that both onsite and offsite project stakeholders can "see" the current investigation status. The second case study takes those concepts up a notch in terms of volume of data to manage and the duration of the program of interest. Between these two presentations, you will be better equipped prior to your next project planning process of potential means to manage data onsite and convert empirical 2-D results into more useable formats.

See also the calendar for August 2009 at CLU-IN ( for more details about all seven sessions being offered during Triad Month.

Presentation Abstracts:

Real Time CSM Visualization and Feedback
John Sohl, Columbia Technologies

A great advantage of following Triad principles and using real time field measurements is that site assessments and remedial monitoring can be more flexible, collecting only data that focuses on better characterization, monitoring and risk assessment needs. The biggest challenge on projects where a lot of onsite data are collected are the real time processing and utilization of the data in directing the field activities.

SmartData Solutions© is an integrated data management platform that allows all types of field measurements to be processed immediately so that the entire technical team can participate in data review and the optimization of field decisions without them all having to be on site. Data from mobile and fixed laboratories as well as direct sensing measurements (MIP, UVOST, CPT and stationary sensors) are integrated into high resolution 3D images that can be updated and disseminated every hour. The result of this process is a continuously evolving Conceptual Site Model that is posted to a secure webpage that all the parties can access and discuss. It also allows for the input and output to the CSM to be ground-truthed and refined in real-time by guiding field sampling activities. This process results in a better supported and better tested site characterization and remedial optimization effort and provides a more reliable data set for risk assessment.

The adoption and utilization of this data management platform on numerous Triad projects and over 500 sites in total has changed the planning, management, and reporting approach to one that is much more efficient and effective at reaching more appropriate solutions in a timely and cost effective manner. It allows participants to more easily implement Triad principles on a wide variety of sites.

Tools and Approaches for Managing Multi-Site, Multi-Year, Large-Volume Datasets in Order to Allow and Enhance Triad Implementation
Regina Butler, Portage Environmental

Much Triad literature focuses on the challenge of managing data for short-term individual projects. The management challenge of multiple sites and long-term projects conducted by multiple stakeholders is exponentially greater. To apply Triad principles and practices, large datasets must be accessible, comparable, and available for analysis. Data management is a barrier to adopting Triad at larger sites. This presentation describes challenges, issues, and constraints in a large program; tools and techniques developed to support Triad-like investigation, remediation, and management, and lessons learned in the process.

Since 1991, the 45th Space Wing (45SW) has spent over $150,000,000 on environmental cleanup at Cape Canaveral AFS and Patrick AFB. The Wing manages 165 sites including a number of 40+ acre space launch complexes with complicated use and contamination histories requiring multifaceted and innovative cleanup.

Triad concepts have been utilized on a programmatic level by implementing systematic project planning, maintaining dynamic work strategies, and managing projects using near real-time data management and analysis. Systematic project planning helps reduce uncertainty, focus field efforts, gain stakeholder consensus, and build trust. The 45SW has created programmatic guidance documents and data management tools to facilitate the planning and decision-making process. Programmatic guidance documents provide a template for consistent decision-making and streamline the workplanning process. Customized data management tools help index all relevant site and project-related documentation by site and phase, providing a quick, searchable reference for stakeholders. Some of the data is also hosted on the web, allowing remote access to stakeholders and providing a tool for public outreach. Finally, relevant data is linked into the GIS, enabling spatial review and analysis. This helps stakeholders define problems, understand issues, and more quickly reach solutions. Accessibility of information and responsiveness to stakeholder queries builds a strong foundation of trust, which translates into reduced uncertainty and greater flexibility during implementation.

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