In-person conferences this fall

Posted by on Thursday, July 29th, 2021 in Newsletters


What’s Happening Now


EPA News

2021 RSL Workshop – EPA held this year’s virtual Regional, State and Local Dispersion Modelers’ Workshop on June 21-23, 2021. The Workshop was open to industry and external stakeholders on June 21. EPA has posted the presentations from the June 21 session on SCRAM: 2021_RSL_Modelers_Workshop-Final_Agenda.pdf. In summary:

  • EPA will be making a regulatory update to AERMOD within the next couple of years – meaning an update to the Guideline on Air Quality Models (GAQM).
  • We are looking to have the 13th triennial Conference on Air Quality Modeling sometime in the autumn 2022/spring 2023 timeframe. The conference will also serve as an opportunity to receive comments on the GAQM proposal.
  • AERMOD 21112 was released but two bugs have already been identified (see below).
  • AERMOD science updates continue, with a focus in these areas:
    • Building downwash (ORD and AWMA Prime2 options)
    • Overwater modeling (incorporating OCD algorithms into AERMOD)
    • NO to NO2 chemistry techniques (TTRM and GRSM alpha options)
    • Impacts in low wind speeds
    • Mobile source modeling impacts (RLINE and RLINEXT)
    • Plume rise (including saturated plumes)
  • The AERMET program is being updated/recoded. Expect to see a draft version released this fall and a final version released in 2022.
  • EPA will be releasing an update to the ozone/PM2.5 permit modeling guidance. Expect to see a draft released for comment in the August/September 2021 timeframe and a final version released in late 2021/early 2022.


Bugs found in AERMOD 21112 – EPA announced that they have confirmed the existence of two bugs in AERMOD 21112. The first is related to cases where the user invokes the Tier 3 Plume Volume Molar Ratio Method (PVMRM) for estimating NO2 impacts from NOX emissions. In this case, the background concentrations of NO2 provided via the AERMOD input file are added to the intermediate modeled concentrations twice, resulting in final modeled concentrations that are too high. When using the PVMRM option to model NO2, users should input background concentrations of NO2 that are one-half of the actual background concentrations.

The second bug is related to the use of the buoyant line (BUOYLINE) source in AERMOD. EPA notes that AERMOD will complete processing without an error but concentrations for BUOYLINE source types will not be generated or reported as zero. This can occur when one or more BUOYLINE sources are defined and the required BLPINPUT keyword is omitted, as well as the BLPGROUP keyword (not required in all circumstances). When all BUOYLINE source types defined in the input file are considered part of a single BLPGROUP, the BLPGROUP keyword is not required, and the BLPGrpID is an optional parameter for the BLPINPUT keyword. However, the BLPINPUT keyword is required. If the BLPINPUT keyword is also omitted, AERMOD will appear to complete successfully, but concentrations will not be generated for the BUOYLINE source types since the BUOYLINE source characteristics have not been specified via the BLPINPUT keyword and parameters. When modeling BUOYLINE source types, EPA recommends that the user include the BLPGrpID with the BLPINPUT keyword even when all BUOYLINE source types are modeled as a single BLPGROUP and assign each BUOYLINE source type to a BLPGROUP via the BLPGrpID parameter with the BLPGROUP keyword. Note: the updates to BUOYLINE sources are not incorporated in BEEST 12.06 but will be incorporated in BEEST 12.07.

Conferences and Workshops

As you might imagine, face to face meetings and conferences are currently rare, but good news is on the horizon! We encourage you to check organizations’ websites to find out the latest on upcoming conferences and workshops. In the meantime, here are a few that we know about:

AWMA Southern Section 2021 Annual Conference – The Southern Section’s Annual Meeting and Technical Conference will be held September 21-23, 2021 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. Keep watching for details.

AWMA Rocky Mountain States Section 2021 Air Quality Conference – This event is coming back to a live format on October 7, 2021 in Denver, CO. The call for abstracts is here and more information can be found at

AWMA Louisiana Section 2021 Annual Conference – The Louisiana section’s annual conference is also going live and in-person this fall. Plan to attend this on October 27-28, 2021 at the L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA. Find more information at

AWMA PNWIS Section 2021 Annual Conference – The Pacific Northwest International Section (PNWIS) of AWMA will be holding its 60th annual conference October 27-29, 2021 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Find more information at

AWMA Lake Michigan States Section 2021 Annual Air Conference – This event will be in-person (and virtual) and will be held October 28, 2021. So, save the date and check back later at for more information.

AWMA ACE 2022 – As always, next year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) is never that far off. 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. Watch for details.

Also, AWMA ACE 2023 will 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.

AWMA is also sponsoring webinars and you can find out more about them at

CAPCA – The Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) is also coming back live and in-person! The 51st Fall Technical Workshop & Forum will be held October 13-15, 2021, at the Hilton Resort @ Kingston, Myrtle Beach, SC. Watch for details.

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, and we’ll be happy to include it.



BEEST Suite 12.06 is now out! This version includes bug fixes, but more importantly includes AERMOD 21112 and AERMET 21112.

We presented a webinar on the new features in BEEST Suite 12.06 on June 17. If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

We are currently working on BEEST 12.07, which will include the new ALPHA options found in AERMOD 21112.

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

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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

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.

Professional CalPuff

Our most recent version of Professional CalPuff (4.00) was released August 26, 2016 and is available to all registered users with current maintenance.

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


AERMOD Wizard 1.05 is now out! This update has the following enhancements:

  • Allows you to download EPA ambient monitoring data published in November 2020
  • Allows you to download and process monitoring data for lead (Pb)
  • Can now calculate 8-hour average concentrations for ozone
  • Includes 6-day collection frequency for PM2.5


In addition, AerMet within AERMOD Wizard has also been updated:

  • Improved “AerSurface Input Files” form
  • Fixed bug in writing wind sectors to AERMET input files when the Multiple option is selected and twelve wind sectors are entered on the “MP 2” tab


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.

AERMOD Modeling for Permits

Our next scheduled AERMOD Modeling for Permits class will be August 24-25, 2021 and will be an online class. Sign up today and plan to join us in the virtual world! If you want to register, click here.

Advanced AERMOD

Similarly, our next scheduled Advanced AERMOD class will be August 26-27, 2021 and will also be online.

Advanced AERMOD covers those 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.

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.

2021 Class Schedule

The rest of our 2021 classes are:

Class Dates  
AERMOD Modeling for Permits November 16-17, 2021  
Advanced AERMOD November 18-19, 2021  


Find the best dates that work for you and we’ll see you (virtually) then!

Look for our 2022 schedule of classes in the September issue of Providence/Oris Notes. We might even have some news to celebrate our return to in-person classes!



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.

If you’ve never used BeestXpress, or it has been a while since you did, you may want to log on at to take advantage of our AERMOD “force multiplier”. That AERMOD run that might have taken a day to run 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 or CalPuff-ready meteorological data? If so, we can help! Whether it’s running the AERMET/AERMINUTE system or a full CalMet run, Providence has the background, know-how, and experience to have your data processed and ready for you ASAP. Need on-site data processed? We do that, too! If you’d like more information, contact us at or

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 included 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



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August 24-25, 2021
AERMOD Modeling for Permits

August 26-27, 2021
Advanced AERMOD

September 21-23, 2021
AWMA Southern Section 2021 Annual Conference
Biloxi, MS

October 7, 2021
AWMA Rocky Mountain States Section 2021 Air Quality Conference
Denver, CO

October 13-15, 2021
CAPCA Fall Technical Workshop & Forum
Myrtle Beach, SC

October 27-28, 2021
AWMA Louisiana Section 2021 Annual Conference
Baton Rouge, LA

October 27-29, 2021
AWMA PNWIS Section 2021 Annual Conference
Coeur d’Alene, ID

October 28, 2021
AWMA Lake Michigan States Section 2021 Annual Air Conference