Sampling Plan Development

The development of defensible sample plans was has been a continuing focus area for the DSTs featured on this page. Tools for sample plan development assist environmental professionals needing support in answering questions about sample design, such as: development of defensible sample plans was has been a continuing focus area for the DSTs featured on this page. Tools for sample plan development assist environmental professionals needing support in answering questions about sample design, such as:
How many samples are needed to establish whether a constituent is elevated above background at a site?
Where should new samples be located in relation to existing samples?

Decision Support Software Tool Functions Function Evaluated Interactive or File Tabular Input and Output Graphical Input and Output and Print Report? Contaminants: Metals, Chlorinated Solvents, SVOCs, Pesticides PCBs, Petroleum, Radionuclides Media: Soil/Sediment, Soils Gas, Air, Surface Water, Groundwater Potential Technical Team Members
FIELDS Visualization F     xls     dbf     dxf      jpg    Yes      √        √       √        √         √         √      √       √        NA      √        √ •GIS Technician
Software Home Page Initial Sampling                 txt      shp      tif     • Statistician
  Secondary Sampling                                     wmf     •Staff familiar with
  Geospatial Interpolation                                     eps     interpolation techniques
  Cost-Benefit Analysis          
  Human Health Risk Assessment          
  Ecological Risk Assessment          
R.A.T. Collects and maps data real-time I/F
   NA     dbf      jpg     shp     No
     √        √       √        NA       √        √
    √       NA       √       NA       NA •Air Quality Specialist
Software Home Page Create Sample Designs                csv      shp     •Engineer
  Perform analysis and basic statistics                          dxf     •Geochemist
                         ASCII grids     •Field Staff
SADA Visualization F    csv     csv      dxf     jpg     Yes     √        √       √        √         √         √      √       √        NA      √        √ •Risk Assessor
Software Home Page Initial Sampling                           shp     •Statistician
  Secondary Sampling         •Staff Familiar with
  Geospatial Interpolation         interpolation techniques
  Statistical Analysis          
  Human Health Risk Assessment          
  Ecological Risk Assessment          
  Cost-Benefit Analysis          
VSP Visualization I/F   txt        txt     dxf      dxf     Yes      √        √       √        √         √         √    √        √         √        √         √ •Statistician
Software Home Page Initial Sampling     xls                 shp     shp      
  Secondary Sampling     csv                          emf      
  Statistical Analysis                                     rtf      
  Cost-Benefit Analysis          
Notes:
File input and output formats are represented in the matrix by the file extension.ASCII files, for example are indicated by the extension "txt."
EPCRA = Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act
1 ERPIMS data can be imported through an Access file or a series of text files (.tes, .res, .sam, .ldi).
2 GeoSEM uses several GIS vector and raster file formats: DOD vector product format (VPF) , ESRI product files, CAD drawings (dxf), ASCI II grids, and georeferenced image formats such as geoTIFs, bitmaps, GIFs, JPGs, and ERDAS.
Legend:
N/A Not applicable
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