Recognizing the need to do more with less, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a strategy for applying optimization nationwide at Superfund sites. In addition, the Department of Defense has adopted the Performance-Based Contracting approach requiring contractors to do more with less in achieving cleanup objectives.
In view of these requirements, PBMO™ is distinguished by a number of important features and capabilities to develop cost-efficient and sustainable remedial designs, perform remedy-in-place evaluations, assess operation and maintenance of systems, and develop optimal exit and site completion strategies. Unique among remediation optimization approaches, the PBMO™ Toolkit applies to the broadest range of remediation challenges by linking with HGL’s state-of-the-art physics-based modeling tools (MODHMS® and MODFLOW-SURFACT™) for surface and groundwater plume tracking, long-term monitoring optimization, optimal remedial design, and optimal source finding. Another advantage of PBMO™ is that it is model independent, so it can be connected with any flow and transport simulator. Most importantly, PBMO™’s modular organizing logic allows decision makers to deploy a unique blend of physics-based simulators with machine learning, expert systems (management criteria), and formal optimization techniques than has heretofore been possible.
- Cost Efficient Remedial Design
- Remedy-in-place Evaluation
- Operation and Maintenance Optimization
- Assessment of Optimal Exit and Site Completion Strategy
|Optimization Methodology and Tools||EPA Nationwide Strategy for Remedial Optimization|
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