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Gossman Consulting, Inc

Environmental/Emissions Database Design Services

Service Description

Gossman Consulting, Inc. provides computerized solutions to the problems that large amounts of environmental and emission testing data can cause in both operations and mangement decision making. Many companies spend significant dollars to pay for expensive environmental testing and reporting. In most cases those tests and reports are designed to meet imediate needs of a compliance demonstration or other regulatory requirement. However, the data from such testing almost always is valuable beyond the imediate need. Over time more and more of these types of tests accumulate even larger amounts of data. As time moves on the need to review the past testing and operational data can become acute. Environmental regulations change and as they do the potential impacts of the changes need to be assessed and a review of the past data becomes part of that assessment. Or, it would if it were accessable in a usable format. Often the data is stored in 3-ring binders and is often formated differently from test to test. The different formatting happens because often different test firms were used and the purpose for the testing is not always the same. The operational data as well as the environmental information from these tests often contains answers to questions asked by operational staff and management but can take many manhours to find by sorting through and reanalyzing these reports. Each time a change or question about regulatory issues come up, the manual review must be done over again. Thus, more manhours are taken up, often because the personnel have changed to those unfamiliar with the data or the questions are different. GCI's solution has been to develop a custom data base that can shorten this time requirement to a few minutes with a Windows based, user freindly interface. GCI has custom designed the data base software, provided the test and operational data input, and supported the program with employee training. The service can be as comprehensive and as individual as desired by the client. The service can provide timely answers to a coporate or plant manager's question about "What were our mercury emissions like?" or "Under what conditions do we see maximum particulate emissions?" This type of data base package can also aid in future testing to ensure that all appropritae operating parameters are consistently monitored. Test data from one test can then properly be compared to or with other test data.


David Gossman

Sue Gossman


GCI has prepared a number of papers relevant to environmental/emission testing and data base design. (If a link to a paper title is not yet available please e-mail with your fax number for a copy.)

"The Design of A Custom Database System for Storing and Accessing Point Source Emission Test Data and Associated Process Conditions "

"2,3,7,8-TCDD Equivalent Emissions from Cement Kilns Burning Hazardous Waste"

"Continental Cement Trial Burn Strategy"

"Quality Control Review of Mercury and PCDD/PCDF Emissions Data From Cement Kilns Used for MACT Evaluations”

"Continental Cement Trial Burn Strategy Follow-up"

GCI Tech Notes "Should You Test for HAP Emissions?”, Sep-96

GCI Tech Notes "A Caution in the Use of Analytical Data in Calculating TEQ Values for Dioxin Reporting”, Dec-95

GCI Tech Notes "Appropriate Sampling Frequency for Cement Process Samples During Stack Testing”, July-95

HWF Notes "Clean Air Act Hazardous Air Pollutant List”, Oct-94

HWF Notes "Review of Guidance on Trial Burns”, Aug-94