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Systematic Planning Training Course Description

QE3C Inc. has developed three training courses with the objective to "institutionalize" Managing Uncertainty and Systematic Planning throughout the ten EPA Regions, Federal Facilities (DOE, DOD), the 50 States, and the environmental community.


Managing Uncertainty with Systematic Planning:

(Developing Defensible Sampling Designs for Environmental Decision-Making)

Course Description

This course, Managing Uncertainty with Systematic Planning: (Developing Defensible Sampling Designs for Environmental Decision-Making), provides instruction on the practical management and implementation of the U.S. EPA's requirement for systematic planning for all data collection activities. The target audience is EPA (CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, CAA), EPA Contractors, Industry, PRPs and PRP Contractors, State Regulators and their Contractors, management, technical support staff, as well as Federal, State and local Stakeholders and members of the Public. No prerequisites are needed to attend. The first day explains the "big picture", defines the problems, provides the background for the following two days, and presents the many free tools available for use in developing defensible sampling designs, while the last two days provide the details of implementation of the 7-Step Systematic Planning Process and includes a case study. The focus of the implementation is to streamline and document the process and provide a standard and defensible approach to systematic planning. Also, the instructor will demonstrate several new and relevant software packages (VSP, ProUCL, VDQA) on the third day.

The course includes an introduction to basic statistical concepts in a non-threatening manner via demonstrations and hands-on exercises using common objects such as coins, marbles, and beads. Computer demonstrations and simulations reinforce the hands-on exercises and provide visually compelling illustrations of key concepts. These examples show the necessity of developing valid sampling designs so that the populations of waste, soil, water, air, etc., are properly represented in any data used to make decisions. The various tools presented in the course and available for use will help Decision-Makers quickly see and evaluate various sampling designs, make real time changes, and select the optimal cost and quality design during the Systematic Planning Process.

At the end of the three days, the student has the knowledge to generate defensible sampling designs that support making correct and defensible environmental decisions. The course is applicable to projects that require data to support decisions such as those related to site assessment, investigation, characterization, remediation, surface and groundwater compliance, decontamination and decommissioning, waste classification and management, and long-term stewardship among others.