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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Mark N. Goltz, PhD


The purpose of this study was to develop a tool for Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) to learn and practice the site characterization process. One of the key difficulties encountered by RPMs during site characterization is the need to develop a model of the site based on limited data. These limited data are used to determine parameters that describe hydrogeologic and contaminant properties (aquifer hydraulic conductivity, contaminant concentration, etc.) and are obtained using sampling techniques that interrogate a very small volume, usually much smaller than node spacing of the computer model used to simulate site conditions. The value of the parameter being measured in the field and used in modeling the site is therefore a function of both the sampling location and the volume (of water, aquifer) interrogated. This research identified techniques to incorporate the impact of spatial variability and sampling method (particularly, sampling volume and method error) in a site characterization simulator.

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