An example of system integration for RCRA policy analysis

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This paper describes the synthesis of various computer technologies and software systems used on a project to estimate the costs of remediating Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) that fall under the corrective action provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The project used two databases collected by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) that contain information on SWMUs and a PC-based software system called CORA that develops cost estimates for remediating SWMUs. The project team developed rules to categorize every SWMU in the databases by the kinds of technologies required to clean them up. These results were input into CORA, ... continued below

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Tonn, B.; Goeltz, R. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)) & Schmidt, K. (Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC (USA)) January 1, 1991.

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This paper describes the synthesis of various computer technologies and software systems used on a project to estimate the costs of remediating Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) that fall under the corrective action provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The project used two databases collected by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) that contain information on SWMUs and a PC-based software system called CORA that develops cost estimates for remediating SWMUs. The project team developed rules to categorize every SWMU in the databases by the kinds of technologies required to clean them up. These results were input into CORA, which estimated costs associated with the technologies. Early on, several computing challenges presented themselves. First, the databases have several hundred thousand records each. Second, the categorization rules could not be written to cover all combinations of variables. Third, CORA is run interactively and the analysis plan called for running CORA tens of thousands of times. Fourth, large data transfers needed to take place between RTI and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Solutions to these problems required systems integration. SWMU categorization was streamlined by using INTERNET as was the data transfer. SAS was used to create files used by a program called SuperKey that was used to run CORA. Because the analysis plan required the generation of hundreds of thousands of cost estimates, memory management software was needed to allow the portable IBM P70 to do the job. During the course of the project, several other software packages were used, including: SAS System for Personal Computers (SAS/PC), DBase III, LOTUS 1-2-3, PIZAZZ PLUS, LOTUS Freelance Plus, and Word Perfect. Only the comprehensive use of all available hardware and software resources allowed this project to be completed within the time and budget constraints. 5 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

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  • 2. annual meeting on advanced computing and information technologies for the social sciences, Athens, GA (USA), 9 Apr 1991

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  • Other: DE91012540
  • Report No.: CONF-9104209-2
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5710152
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093612

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Tonn, B.; Goeltz, R. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)) & Schmidt, K. (Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC (USA)). An example of system integration for RCRA policy analysis, article, January 1, 1991; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093612/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.