New AERMOD Wizard and AerScreen for Windows coming

Posted by on Thursday, April 15th, 2021 in Newsletters

 

What’s Happening Now

 

EPA News

Although nothing has been officially announced on SCRAM yet, we understand that EPA will be releasing an update to the AERMOD modeling system in the late April or early May timeframe. It is tentatively being referred to as v21112 (gotta love those version palindromes – 18081, 19191, now 21112). AERMOD and AERMET will be updated with bug fixes and some enhancements. This will not include any updates to AERSURFACE or AERMINUTE. As always, when EPA releases updates to any of the AERMOD system component programs, we’ll update BEEST Suite to include the changes.

For those of you who process meteorological data, there will be a new draft AERMET version release in the coming months. It will consist of an overhaul of the internal code and future full replacement of the existing AERMET. As was done with the current version of AERSURFACE, EPA will first release the new draft AERMET for testing and intercomparison work. You can then expect to see a final version of the overhauled AERMET being released later this year or early next year.

Conferences and Workshops

As you might imagine, face to face meetings and conferences are going to be rare, if not non-existent, for the near future. In addition, given the somewhat fluid nature of the times we live in, we encourage you to check organizations’ websites to find out the latest on upcoming conferences and workshops (virtual or otherwise).

AWMA Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Conference – The 2021 annual conference of the Gulf Coast Chapter of AWMA will be held April 20-21, 2021. Like other conferences these days, this one will also be virtual. The sessions will run from 9 AM to noon on both days. For more information on registration or sponsorships, please go to 2021 A&WMA GCC All-Virtual Annual Conference.

TCEQ Trade Fair Cancelled – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has announced that the 2021 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference has been cancelled. It had previously been scheduled for May 11-12, 2021. The 2022 Trade Fair and Conference is set for May 10-11, 2022.

AWMA ACE Now Virtual – The 2021 Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) slated for June 14-17, 2021 has reverted to being a virtual conference. For more information on call for abstracts, registration, sessions, etc. go to A&WMA Annual Conference 2021.

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

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 12.05 is now out and includes these updates:

  • Added Pollutant UserID to allow for multiple scenarios to have the same pollutant name
  • Added the ability to select UserIDs and met data files at run time
  • Improved “Split Met Files” form
  • Emission rates for RLINE sources are written in g/s/m2 to .DTA files
  • ADJ_U* is now set by default in AerMet
  • Added the ability to partition BPIP-Prime and BPIP model runs in BPIP Tool
  • Updated user manual for Terrain Files Converter

 

If you missed the webinar on the new features in BEEST 12.05 on March 25, 2021 you can still view it here.

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

“Go BEEST Mode!” – NEW THIS YEAR! – Go BEEST Mode face masks! 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 4.01 is now out. This version includes an updated Terrain Files Converter that can convert both ArcGrid and compressed GeoTIFF elevation files into AERMAP-ready GeoTIFF files.

AerScreen for Windows 4.02 will be coming out later this month or early May. This version will include these updates:

  • ADJ_U* is now set by default
  • Updated user manual for Terrain Files Converter

 

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

AERMOD Wizard 1.04 has been out for a while now. This version includes these updates:

  • Support for downloading EPA monitoring data published in May 2020
  • Updated methodology for calculating 1-hour NO2 background values
  • Full integration of AERSURFACE 20060
  • Updated guidance documents and tutorials

 

AERMOD Wizard 1.05 will be coming out later this month or early May. This version will include these updates:

  • Support for downloading EPA monitoring data published in November 2020
  • Support for downloading and processing lead monitoring data
  • Support for calculating 8-hour average concentrations for ozone

 

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 May 25-26, 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 May 27-28, 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 an onsite class. Have laptop, will travel!

New Webinars

Since we’re all living in an online, virtual world these days, we will be revisiting and updating our webinars that are posted here. Upcoming topics include:

  • BEEST Overview
  • Model Output with BEEST
  • Terrain Data
  • BEEST Tricks and Tips
  • MAXDCONT
  • AERSCREEN Overview
  • AERMOD Wizard
  • And much, much more

 

2021 Class Schedule

The rest of our 2021 classes are:

Class Dates  
AERMOD Modeling for Permits August 24-25, 2021  
Advanced AERMOD August 26-27, 2021  
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 then!

 

BeestXpress

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 400,000 AERMOD runs.

If you’ve never used BeestXpress, or it has been a while since you did, you may want to log on at www.beestxpress.com 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 has been updated to run AERMOD 19191.

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 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 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 info@providenceoris.com.

 

CALENDAR

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May 25-26, 2021
AERMOD Modeling for Permits
Online

May 27-28, 2021
Advanced AERMOD
Online

June 14-17, 2021
AWMA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Online