Effective Data Communication Techniques for a Multiple Line of Evidence Site Investigation in Shallow and Deep Sediments.

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  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Sites Publications
  • Event or Publication: Battelle Contaminated Sediments Conference
  • Title: Effective Data Communication Techniques for a Multiple Line of Evidence Site Investigation in Shallow and Deep Sediments.
  • All Authors: Danielle M. Thorson, Raphael Siebenmann, Gary P. Wealthall, Cathy Crea, David Ka-Ho Yu, Derek W. Tomlinson, David W. Himmelheber, Howard L. Cumberland, Jay F. Beech
  • Geosyntec Authors: Danielle M. Thorson, Raphael Siebenmann, Gary P. Wealthall, Cathy Crea, David Ka-Ho Yu, Derek W. Tomlinson, David W. Himmelheber, Howard L. Cumberland, Jay F. Beech
  • Date: January 12, 2017
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Type: Presentation

Background/Objectives: Effective data communication needs to convey site conditions to technical and non-technical personnel, including remediation engineers, risk assessors, site owners, regulators and community groups.

Site characterization, including real-time sampling and analysis, generates diverse datasets for both small- and large‑scale projects which demand a range of geospatial interpretative tools to integrate complex data streams in support of a multiple line of evidence approach to contaminant distribution and site characterization.  Here we illustrate effective data communication, by reference to a multiple line of evidence contaminated sediment investigation, that required a diverse set of data integration and communication tools that are accessible to all levels of technical expertise.

Approach/Activities:  The data communication techniques utilized in a multiple lines of evidence contaminated sediment investigation facilitate i) real-time access to data collected in the field, ii) integration of multidisciplinary information to identify data trends, and iii) detailed analysis and presentation of results.  The development of live interactive work products brings another dimension to sediment investigations where identifying spatial-temporal patterns in data requires a wide range of data management and visualization tools. Data communication tools, including 2- and 3-dimensional visualizations, web-maps, and statistical analyses, are combined to convey how site data will guide future site investigation, advance the overall understanding of site conditions and influence remedial design. 

Results/Lessons Learned: We illustrate concepts that can be utilized to integrate and effectively communicate multidimensional complex datasets, that create a defensible basis for the support of a remedy design, and inform future site investigation.  The case study discussed will demonstrate various data evaluation and presentation techniques that can be applied across multiple environmental disciplines in a manner that successfully communicates information to a technical and non-technical audience.

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