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The Remediation Process Optimization (RPO) training course addresses how to conduct a technical and programmatic assessment of cleanup system performance and effectiveness to achieve a timely site closeout. An RPO review looks at all processes affecting cleanup effectiveness: cleanup systems, established cleanup levels, established procedures to verify attainment of cleanup goals, and readiness to support a five-year review or any other part of a regulation-mandated process. Other topics that are addressed are life-cycle cost analysis; exit strategies; above ground treatment technologies; data management, analysis, and visualization techniques; and performance-based management.

Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites

Optimization activities can improve performance, increase monitoring efficiency, and support contaminated site decisions. Project managers can use geospatial analysis for evaluation of optimization opportunities. Unlike traditional statistical analysis, geospatial methods incorporate the spatial and temporal dependence between nearby data points, which is an important feature of almost all data collected as part of an environmental investigation. The results of geospatial analyses add additional lines of evidence to decision making in optimization opportunities in environmental sites across all project life cycle stages (release detection, site characterization, remediation, monitoring and closure) in soil, groundwater or sediment remediation projects for different sizes and types of sites.

The purpose of ITRC’s Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites (GRO-1) [coming soon] guidance document and this associated training is to explain, educate, and train state regulators and other practitioners in understanding and using geospatial analyses to evaluate optimization opportunities at environmental sites. With the ITRC GRO-1 web-based guidance document and this associated training class, project managers will be able to:

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Remediation Process Optimization - Advanced Training

Remediation Process Optimization (RPO) is the systematic evaluation and enhancement of site remediation to ensure that human health and the environment are being protected over the long term at minimum risk and cost. Successful remediation managers understand not only technologies to be deployed at sites but also the underlying technical basis that supports the decision-making process. An understanding of these management methods and techniques taken together will serve as an excellent resource for moving forward on RPO projects.

The purpose of this ITRC training is to present an overview of the material covered in five technical fact sheets that ITRC's RPO Team produced to enhance site remediation optimization and decision-making. The training modules provide additional information and techniques to improve project schedules, effectively manage resources, emphasize risk, and discuss tools to efficiently clean up contaminated sites. The ITRC RPO Fact Sheets (RPO-2 through 6, 2006) provide detailed information on the following topics:

These fact sheets were developed following the feedback to the RPO team's Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document Remediation Process Optimization: Identifying Opportunities for Enhanced and More Efficient Site Remediation (RPO-1, September 2004) and training, "What is Remediation Process Optimization and How Can It Help Me Identify Opportunities for Enhanced and More Efficient Site Remediation?" (training archive available at http://www.clu-in.org/conf/itrc/rpo_092804/). The document and training archive are recommended as prerequisites for this RPO advanced Internet-based training course.

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What is Remediation Process Optimization and How Can It Help me Identify Opportunities for Enhanced and More Efficient Site Remediation

Remediation Process Optimization or RPO is the systematic evaluation and enhancement of site remediation to ensure that human health and the environment are being protected over the long term at minimum risk and cost. Through this training, the ITRC RPO team intends to inform interested and affected parties about the value of optimization in efficiently and objectively setting and attaining remediation goals. Key elements of RPO that will be discussed in the training include:

This ITRC training will also identify and describe the applicability, advantages, and disadvantages of various approaches, as well as where they are most appropriate for use. The curriculum will conclude with a case study of an RPO conducted by members of the ITRC team at an Air Force installation to illustrate how an RPO is conducted and potentially findings. The ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document: Remediation Process Optimization: Identifying Opportunities for Enhanced and More Efficient Site Remediation serves as the basis for this training course and should be reviewed for additional information.

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