Three short courses on select technologies and alternative approaches in the environmental restoration and munitions management areas offered unique training opportunities on recent advancements in science and technology. Professional development hours (PDH) were offered for short courses. A brief description about each short course is available below. Detailed agendas, including presentations, for each course are available by clicking the appropriate link. 


Wednesday Afternoon, December 1
Short Course 1: Advances in Classification Methods for Military Munitions Response

Participants received 3 professional development hours upon course completion.

Innovative classification methods for use in munitions response are now making a transition to the field through demonstrations on live munitions response sites. This short course provided a tutorial on the sensors, methods, and status of the classification of military munitions using geophysical methods. The course began with discussion on advanced processing of data collected with existing commercial instruments and then moved on to results and analysis of advanced EMI sensors. (Agenda, Presentations, and On-Demand Video) 

Short Course 2: Principles and Practices of In Situ Chemical Oxidation

Participants received 3 professional development hours upon course completion.

This short course highlighted a Technology Practices Manual developed with ESTCP support to enhance the site-specific engineering of in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) for remediation of contaminated groundwater and help ensure more predictable, cost-effective performance. The short course began by providing an overview of ISCO as documented in the scientific literature, as revealed through an analysis of more than 200 field applications, and as developed through a technology practices workshop. Guidance and decision support tools were then shared regarding screening level decisions on the applicability of ISCO to varied contaminants and site conditions, conceptual design processes, detailed design considerations, and implementation and performance monitoring. A Frequently Asked Questions guide was presented and used during the short course to convey the ISCO guidance and tools available. (Agenda and Presentations, and On-Demand Video) 

Thursday Morning, December 2
Short Course 3: Measurement and Use of Mass Discharge and Mass Flux at Contaminated Sites

Participants received 3.5 professional development hours upon course completion.

Mass discharge and flux measurements are being used more frequently to characterize and monitor groundwater contamination. Their use is increasing as a result of several recent improvements in mass flux and discharge measurement methods, as well as a growing recognition that mass flux data can improve conceptual site models and remediation decisions as compared to a reliance on concentration data alone. Mass discharge and mass flux estimates are useful for managing groundwater contamination because they quantify the source or plume strength at a given time and location. These estimates can be particularly useful in addressing complex and difficult sites. This short course presented a summary of the basic concepts and described how mass information can improve contaminated site management. The course was based on the technology overview document, Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge, published by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). The available measurement and estimation techniques were described, and several case studies of mass flux measurements at contaminated sites were examined. (Agenda, Presentations, and On-Demand Video)