Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Statistical Software Aids Government Agencies and Industry

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Statistical Software Aids Government Agencies and Industry

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The detection of contaminants and dangerous materials often hinges on the quality of the samples gathered for analysis. The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has issued a new version of a software program, Visual Sample Plan (VSP), which enables users to develop optimal strategies for sampling contaminants in soil, sediments, and water, as well as on building surfaces, and can even help determine the most probable locations of unexploded bombs, mortars, and grenades on former practice ranges. Users of VSP include government agencies such as the department of Homeland Security (DHS), DOE, the Department of Defense, and U.S. EPA, as well as industry.

VSP is planning software that helps decision makers determine the number and location of samples that need to be taken to ensure confident, statistics-based decisions. The statistical-planning software supplements a widely accepted and often prescribed decision model known as Data Quality Objectives.

PNNL researchers released the first version of VSP, sponsored primarily by DOE and U. …

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