AERMOD Classes in May

Posted by on Monday, February 28th, 2022 in Newsletters

 

What’s Happening Now

 

EPA News

New Model Clearinghouse Memorandum Out

The USA EPA’s Model Clearinghouse released a concurrence memorandum on January 28, 2022 regarding the use of the coupled AERCOARE-AERMOD system as an alternative model for a proposed offshore wind farm. The discussion of the basis for the alternative model request, and the basis of the Model Clearinghouse’s concurrence with the approach, can be found here.

New Version of AERMET

Don’t forget, EPA has released a new draft version of the AERMET processor, called 21DRF, for review and comment by the user community. Although there were a couple of bug fixes associated with this new version, this version is a major programming overhaul of AERMET. These changes include:

  • Complete code rewrite, using more modern programming approaches
  • Changing from three stages to two stages
  • A new pathway, PROG, for processing prognostic model-based inputs
  • The XDATES keyword has changed from 2-digit to 4-digit years
  • The TD-3280 data format has been dropped

 

The new executable, user’s guide, source code, and test cases can be found at Draft AERMET. EPA is taking comments from the user community and would like to receive all comments by February 28, 2022.

New Version of MMIF

EPA has released version 4.0 of the Mesoscale Model Interface program (MMIF). It can also be found at Draft AERMET.

Conferences and Workshops

As you might imagine, face to face meetings and conferences are currently rare, but we think that good news is on the horizon! We encourage you to check organizations’ websites to find out the latest on upcoming conferences and workshops.

AWMA ACE 2022 – The AWMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2022 is back to being an in-person event and will be held in San Francisco, CA from June 27 to June 30, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Check A&WMA Annual Conference 2022 for conference details.

AWMA ACE 2023 is slated to be held in Orlando, FL.

Upcoming Modeling Specialty Conference – Although it’s a bit early, there is a movement afoot to hold another AWMA-sponsored modeling specialty conference. It will most likely be in Research Triangle Park, NC and it’s looking to be in the fall 2022/spring 2023 timeframe. We should know more after this year’s ACE 2022.

AWMA is also sponsoring webinars and you can find out more about them at https://www.awma.org/webinars.

Texas Environmental Trade Fair – It’s back! The 2022 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ’s) Environmental Trade Fair is set to go live and in‑person May 10‑11, 2022 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. There will be sessions on air and water permitting, waste management, oil/gas, and more! Providence will be there, so come by and see us at booth #320 in the Exhibit Hall. For more information on registration, agenda, etc., go to Environmental Trade Fair and Conference.

CAPCA Spring Technical Workshop and Forum – The 53rd annual Spring Technical Workshop and Forum of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) will be held April 6‑8, 2022 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. For more information on registration, exhibitor opportunities, etc., go to 2022 Spring | CAPCA.

If your company, organization, agency, state, etc. has an upcoming modeling or air quality-related event (virtual or otherwise) and you’d like it publicized in Providence/Oris Notes, please send that information to us at info@providenceoris.com, and we’ll be happy to include it.

 

BEEST Suite

BEEST 12.07 is now out and includes the following:

  • Updated BEEST based on new keywords and alpha options found in AERMOD 21112
  • Added a warning to DTA Diagnostics when filenames contain characters that cause AERMOD to crash
  • Fixed bug where DTA Diagnostics screen says that there’s a duplicate average/group when there are multiple MAXIFILE output files
  • Raised the limit on the number of partitions for BeestXpress to 99
  • Added a search text box to the Find form opened from the right-click menu
  • Included a new version of WindRose

 

We presented a webinar on version 12.07 on January 11, 2022. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

As always, users in maintenance can download the most recent version of BEEST from Support → Software Updates.

Go BEEST Mode face masks are here! These stylish and functional masks will be the perfect complement to your Go BEEST Mode t-shirt. These are washable/reusable and are a one size fits all. So get yours today by sending your request to info@providenceoris.com.

And of course, we still have plenty of Go BEEST Mode t-shirts, too! You can also request one of those by emailing us at info@providenceoris.com.

AerScreen for Windows

AerScreen for Windows 4.02 is now out. This update has the following enhancements:

  • Includes AERSCREEN 21112 and AERMOD 21112
  • The Adjust U* option has been enabled by default
  • The website for downloading terrain data files has been updated
  • The user manual for Terrain Files Converter has been updated

 

Users in maintenance can download the most recent version of AerScreen for Windows from Support → Software Updates.

AERMOD Wizard

AERMOD Wizard 1.07 will be coming out in March. This update has the following enhancements:

  • Allows you to download and process monitoring data for NOx
  • Allows you to download EPA monitoring data published in November 2021
  • Displays elevations for surface and upper air stations in the pop-up window
  • Warns you when data collection frequency changes within a monitoring data file
  • Allows you to set a custom radius when drawing circles around met stations, sources and monitors
  • Adds the ability to display sources from the National Emissions Inventory

 

The last one is very significant, as it allows you to quickly calculate emission totals within a defined radius of both an emissions source and a candidate ambient monitor. This becomes very useful when trying to identify a monitor for background purposes.

Users in maintenance can download the most recent version of AERMOD Wizard from Support → Software Updates.

If you have suggestions for an enhancement to any of our modeling software products, please let us know and we’ll do our best to incorporate it into the software ASAP!

 

We want to note that many folks use our classes as credit toward professional engineer continuing education requirements. Check with your state’s licensing board or the National Society of Professional Engineers (see here or here) for more information on what is required.

In-person Training is Back – We are so excited to announce that our May 2022 AERMOD classes will be back live and in-person at the Kalahari Resorts (and indoor water park) in Round Rock, Texas. We’re extremely excited about this return to in-person training and hope to see you in Round Rock in May. For information on Kalahari Resorts, check them out at Texas Location | Kalahari Resorts.

AERMOD Modeling for Permits

Our next AERMOD Modeling for Permits class will be May 3-4, 2022 and will be at the Kalahari Resorts in Round Rock, Texas. Sign up today and plan to join us for great training and a splendid time at America’s largest indoor water park! If you want to register, click here.

Advanced AERMOD

Our next Advanced AERMOD class will be May 5-6, 2022, also at Kalahari Resorts in Round Rock, Texas.

Advanced AERMOD covers topics that are near and dear to modelers, such as:

  • NAAQS modeling for 1-hour NO2, 1-hour SO2 and 24-hour PM2.5 (including MaxDCont Viewer)
  • Meteorological data processing with AERMET/AERMINUTE/AERSURFACE
  • Changes related to the new Appendix W (Guideline on Air Quality Models)
  • MAXIFILE and ARRAY2 processing
  • AERMOD Wizard and its uses

 

To register for Advanced AERMOD, click here.

Modeling for Non-Modelers

Given the importance that modeling plays in demonstrating compliance, we think that all stakeholders of the air quality permitting team (client/applicant, permit application preparer, modeler, attorney, etc.) need to have a basic understanding of air quality modeling. Do you know a manager, an attorney, or a client who knows just enough about dispersion modeling to be dangerous? Wouldn’t it be better if that person knew enough about dispersion modeling to understand the basic modeling process and regulatory drivers, knew how to interpret modeling results, and knew when it was necessary to bring a modeling expert into the decision-making process? If so, our Modeling for Non‑Modelers class is for them. This one‑day class doesn’t get into the nitty gritty of running the model, but it does familiarize students with enough of the process so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to dispersion modeling. Our next Modeling for Non‑Modelers class will be held Thursday, May 19, 2022 and will be presented online. More information on registration, agenda, etc. will be in next month’s edition of Providence/Oris Notes.

Don’t forget, if our schedule of classes doesn’t mesh with your schedule, or if you have several people that need to be trained at once, contact us about setting up your own onsite or online class.

2022 Providence/Oris class schedule

Here are the remainder of our scheduled 2022 AERMOD classes:

AERMOD Modeling for Permits
August 23-24 – online
December 6-7 – location TBD

Advanced AERMOD
August 25-26 – online
December 8-9 – location TBD

 

BeestXpress

If you’ve never used our super-fast BeestXpress before, now is the time. We have just released a brand new on-demand webinar that steps you through the process of setting up an account and sending off your first BeestXpress run. You can view the webinar here. New BeestXpress users can complete their first run with up to 50 partitions absolutely FREE. Instructions about receiving the free run are given at the end of the webinar.

BeestXpress users have some great system enhancements to work with:

  • The “Job Details” webpage now displays the pollutant being modeled;
  • The “Job Details” webpage now displays run progress for MAXDCONT calculations;
  • Modeling runs with multiple partitions now include a combined AERMOD input file (*.DTA) in the output .ZIP file;
  • Added an option to the “Submit Job” webpage that affects modeling runs with multiple partitions: the intermediate output files created by each partition can be omitted from the output .ZIP file
  • The “Job Search” webpage now includes the option to search by project number
  • Users have access to up to 50 partitions per AERMOD run

 

To date, BeestXpress has processed over 450,000 AERMOD runs.

BeestXpress users can log on at www.beestxpress.com to take advantage of our AERMOD “force multiplier”. That AERMOD run that might have taken a day or two to process on your desktop computer can finish in an hour or less on BeestXpress. When time is money, BeestXpress is the best modeling return on investment there is!

BeestXpress now runs AERMOD 21112.

Meteorological Data Processing Services

Do you need AERMOD-ready meteorological data? If so, we can help! Whether it’s running national weather service data or on-site monitor met data through the AERMET/AERMINUTE system, Providence has the background, know-how, and experience to have your data processed and ready for you ASAP. If you’d like more information, contact us at info@providenceoris.com or jamesred@providenceeng.com.

Consulting Solutions

One thing that we’re very proud of is the depth and range of our modeling experience and expertise. The kinds of air quality models we’ve used include all types, ranging from simple screening tools like SCREEN and AERSCREEN to plume models like ISC and AERMOD to CalPuff. The types of analyses include basic Significant Impact Level, NAAQS, PSD increment consumption, Class I analyses, air toxics, and SIP attainment demonstrations. So, we’ve seen it all. To that end, should you or your clients need additional modeling assistance or just a second set of eyes to QA or peer review your modeling (ranging from initial protocol up to final submission), we stand ready to help. Feel free to contact us at (512) 258-8855, (828) 628-0634 or info@providenceoris.com.

 

CALENDAR

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April 6-8, 2022
CAPCA Spring Technical Workshop and Forum
Asheville, NC

May 3-4, 2022
AERMOD Modeling for Permits
Round Rock, TX

May 5-6, 2022
Advanced AERMOD
Round Rock, TX

May 10-11, 2022
TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair
Austin, TX

May 19, 2022
Modeling for Non-Modelers
Online

June 27-30, 2022
AWMA ACE 2022
San Francisco, CA

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