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During 1996 and 1997, an extensive Environmental Management Integration (EMI) effort was
undertaken by DOE and its support contractors to define how to accomplish this remediation in a
safe and cost-effective manner. As the development of the Ten Year Plan-later called the
Accelerated Cleanup Plan (DOE, 1997)-and the EMI effort proceeded, it became apparent that
one of the critical elements in remediation was going to be the packaging and transportation of
waste materials. Furthermore, one significant factor identified, which needed to be addressed in the
planning process and used in making decision, was the cost involved in the individual shipments of
waste streams. The packaging and transportation costs needed to be evaluated relative to baseline
planning cases and relative to alternatives to the baseline cases.
DEVELOPMENT OF TEPTRAM COST ESTIMATING MODEL
The initial version of TEPTRAM was developed as the first phase of the Ten Year Plan was
approaching completion. The model, which was developed under the sponsorship of the DOE
Office of Environmental Management, was based upon cost-estimating algorithms developed in
1994 for a packaging and transportation needs assessment (Pope et al., 1995; Pope and Blalock,
1996). The first version of TEPTRAM was completed and placed into use in September 1996.
The algorithms used in the model were automated using the Excel spreadsheet software, and many
waste transportation cases were run using this first version of TEPTRAM. Once the model was
available, it was validated using cost estimates previously made for shipments of transuranic (TRU)
wastes in the TRUPACT-II container. The results of TEPTRAM compared within about 20 percent
to those obtained by a separate methodology for the TRU waste shipments. In a separate and
independent analysis, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) personnel compared the costs for a
hypothetical shipping campaign obtained from TEPTRAM with a methodology used by ANL for
environmental risk assessments, and it was determined that the TEPTRAM and ANL results also
agreed to within about 20 percent.
During 1997, in further developments related to detailed planning for accelerated cleanup activities,
transportation subject matter experts began looking at alternatives to shipping the wastes in order to
reduce system-wide, life-cycle costs. The TEPTRAM model was adapted to the needs of this study
by improving the "user-friendliness" of the model and adding the ability to calculate the costs of
leased packages. Application of TEPTRAM to numerous waste campaigns proved its usefulness in
providing order-of-magnitude cost estimates for a variety of shipping scenarios.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSCOST MODEL
Recognizing the potential usefulness of a consistent cost-estimating capability within the DOE
packaging and transportation community, the National Transportation Program sponsored the
further evolution of TEPTRAM. A survey of potential users (transportation managers and program
managers) identified several additional features that were believed to be useful. These features
were integrated into a requirements document to guide further development.
Subsequent to the development of TEPTRAM, the National Transportation Program has also
supported the development of the Transportation Routing Geographical Information System
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