Little Known Industries That Need Air Dispersion Modeling

Posted by on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 in Blog
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Air dispersion modeling is a useful tool for many industries. From environmental agencies to urban planners to industries that deal directly with emissions, pollutants, and hazardous materials, air dispersion modeling is essential in reducing the negative impact of pollutants. 

However, there are some lesser-known industries that also need air dispersion modeling. Despite being little known, these fields and specialties also benefit from the ability to analyze and predict the behavior of chemicals and other emissions under certain circumstances. What follows is a look at some of these industries and how modeling benefits them. 

Academic research uses air dispersion modeling to develop ideas for reducing emissions and pollutants. 

Air dispersion modeling is often thought of in the context of its most practical and immediate use: To make on-the-ground decisions about issues such as new industrial buildings, changes in emissions procedures, the impact of new roadways, and so forth. However, academic research also uses this process to great benefit and, in fact, is responsible for the development of many of the air dispersion modeling programs available today. 

Academic research is less concerned with immediate needs and projects and more concerned with the longer-term uses of their findings. In addition, academic research often contributes to the development of new modeling programs and processes that can lead to greater accuracy and broader application among industries. 

As a result, this process is important not just for on-the-ground application but also for future planning and development that can lead to better programs and strategies in the long term. 

The legal field uses air dispersion modeling in many environmental cases. 

It can also be useful and even necessary in the legal field. In particular, this process is useful in the pursuit of environmental cases. For example, if residents in an area feel that they have been harmed by the spread of pollutants or emissions from a nearby industrial plant, a lawyer can use an expert to conduct air modeling to evaluate the impact of pollutants on the area in question. Often, the results are then submitted to court as part of the case. These results, and their interpretation, are generally subject to the same rules that apply to other forms of expert testimony during the litigation. 

This process can determine either that harm did likely occur or did not likely occur, and can therefore be used by those sides in a legal dispute. Software, such as AERMOD, has been used in cases ranging from complaints of property and health damage to nuisance caused by the spread of pollutants.

The construction industry may require air dispersion modeling to receive permits for their work. 

Companies planning to build new facilities, such as new industrial plants, naturally need to use air modeling to ensure that they comply with state and federal regulations regarding pollutants and emissions.

However, often, the construction companies involved in these projects must also use modeling in order to obtain the permits necessary to complete their work. This process is necessary to prove that the construction complies with all applicable regulations and that no serious harm goes to the surrounding area.

Any industry may require air dispersion modeling when undergoing a major capital project.

Many industries that are completing major capital projects must complete air dispersion modeling in order to ensure that their projects remain in compliance with applicable regulations, and/or meet company goals for efficiency and environmental friendliness. 

While some industries more naturally require modeling for their projects (such as industries specializing in chemicals, pollutants, industrial work, manufacturing, and so forth), any industry may need to use this process depending upon the nature of their project. 

Anytime a business has a question about the environmental impact of their project, modeling can provide the answers they need to make necessary decisions regarding their project. 

Government agencies may use air dispersion modeling to plan for emergency response. 

Finally, air dispersion modeling may sometimes be used in unexpected ways by government agencies. In particular, one little-known but important use of the process is to evaluate and plan for emergency response in certain scenarios involving the spread of hazardous materials and pollutants. For example, a government agency may utilize modeling to evaluate how far chemicals might spread in a spill. They can then use that information to create a plan for treating the contaminated area, evacuating affected areas, and so forth. 

Air dispersion modeling can make a difference in a number of industries, some rather unexpected. From academic research to emergency response, these areas and fields benefit from knowing how pollutants and emissions are impacting the environment around them. By being able to evaluate the impact of emissions under certain circumstances, this process allows industries of all kinds to appropriately plan, build, reduce their environmental footprint, and provide more effective services within their areas of expertise. Regardless of the use to which modeling is being put, we here at Providence-Oris provide expert consultation services and a wide range of products to meet your needs. Do not hesitate to reach out today for information to help you meet your air dispersion modeling needs.