Presenter/Author Information

B. A. Pulsipher
R. O. Gilbert
J. E. Wilson

Keywords

statistical sampling, decision risks, data quality objectives, confidence

Start Date

1-7-2004 12:00 AM

Description

Environmental characterization is necessary to support remediation and monitoring decisions andto construct and validate contaminant dispersion models. The more samples obtained, the greater is theprotection against making incorrect decisions. However, taking too many samples wastes valuable resources.The US Environmental Protection Agency has developed several guidance documents on the Data QualityObjectives process to support systematic planning of data gathering campaigns to ensure that the right type,quality, and quantity of data are obtained to support confident decision making.Visual Sample Plan (VSP) is a publicly available software tool sponsored by the US Department of Energy,US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Defence to support environmentalcharacterization and confident decisions. VSP helps the user determine the optimal number and location ofsamples using defensible statistical sampling design methods and displays those locations on maps or aerialphotos. Sample coordinates can be output for use with GPS systems. An automatic report summarizing theassumptions and parameter inputs is generated and can be included in a sampling and analysis plan. VSPfeatures and capabilities will be outlined in this paper. VSP can be downloaded at no cost fromhttp://dqo.pnl.gov/vsp.

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Visual Sample Plan (VSP): A Tool for Balancing Sampling Requirements Against Decision Error Risk

Environmental characterization is necessary to support remediation and monitoring decisions andto construct and validate contaminant dispersion models. The more samples obtained, the greater is theprotection against making incorrect decisions. However, taking too many samples wastes valuable resources.The US Environmental Protection Agency has developed several guidance documents on the Data QualityObjectives process to support systematic planning of data gathering campaigns to ensure that the right type,quality, and quantity of data are obtained to support confident decision making.Visual Sample Plan (VSP) is a publicly available software tool sponsored by the US Department of Energy,US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Defence to support environmentalcharacterization and confident decisions. VSP helps the user determine the optimal number and location ofsamples using defensible statistical sampling design methods and displays those locations on maps or aerialphotos. Sample coordinates can be output for use with GPS systems. An automatic report summarizing theassumptions and parameter inputs is generated and can be included in a sampling and analysis plan. VSPfeatures and capabilities will be outlined in this paper. VSP can be downloaded at no cost fromhttp://dqo.pnl.gov/vsp.