Accession Number : ADA323331

Title :   Environmental Cost Prediction Model Under Development at YPG.

Corporate Author : ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Zyl, Lance V. ; Stanford, Larry R. ; Pastore, Dick

PDF Url : ADA323331

Report Date : 20 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : A team consisting of the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Environmental Science Office, TRW and Walcoff & Associates is developing an Environmental Cost Prediction Model (ECPM) for testers, evaluators, and test project managers. The team is designing the model to estimate environmental costs that might be incurred with a variety of different test configurations. The model will assist in making sound decisions based on best value, logical comparisons, and in-depth assessments. The ECPM will help users consider alternatives that meet test and evaluation requirements and, at the same time, minimize environmental costs. Now, more than ever, efforts to predict the effects on the environment from T&E activities, and the associated cost estimates, must be expedited. Currently such costing efforts are conducted manually with little automation, and the results are often imprecise and challengeable. This project creates a transportable environmental cost prediction model for any given Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB). Incorporation of user selected parameters will permit customizing of the model. The completed model will be usable on Microsoft Windows-based computer systems, with emphasis on personal computers and work stations. The ability of the computer to speed up "real time" allows test managers to evaluate the effect of various T&E factors, conditions, parameters, and configurations on the environment. In addition, the T&E community is provided with a tool to plan test events and locations that lessen both environmental impacts and associated costs, and minimize the risk of delayed or canceled testing due to circumstances not factored into the test schedule.

Descriptors :   *COST ESTIMATES, *COST MODELS, *RANGES(FACILITIES), TEST AND EVALUATION, AUTOMATION, RISK, DECISION MAKING, PREDICTIONS, COSTS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, SCHEDULING, CONFIGURATIONS, WORK STATIONS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, MICROCOMPUTERS, TEST FACILITIES.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE