US Dept of Energy: Interactive Tools

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s a follow-up to our PGDP planning and research, the US Department of Energy, through KRCEE & CAER, funded a series of models to communicate the enrichment plant’s complex, contaminated site conditions. After several successful rounds of public and internal meetings with our first model, the DoE commissioned additional models with increasingly specific site information and greater interactivity. All models show the property in relation to the rural landscape and Ohio River, as well as the underground geological strata, multi-layered aquifer, ground contamination, and monitoring wells. This 3D presentation facilitated multi-disciplinary discussions between scientists, agency contractors, policy-makers and the public. Digital fabrication enabled us to make every model an interactive and mutable tool, for stakeholders to record and update throughout the remediation process.

1:250 Interactive Site & Surface Model

Layered backlit plexiglass model communicates the boundaries of the underground contaminant plume as well as a record of boring holes and monitor well locations. Roads, geographical data, grid and other information are printed onto the plexiglass layers to be switched out as data is updated. A toolkit with china markers, game pieces, and scales accompanies the model, to enable DoE scientists, staff, and contractors, to mark and communicate tasks, scope, and potential scenarios on the site.

  • Materials/Construction: Digitally Printed Plexiglass, Lasercut Plexiglass, LED Strips, Plywood Base. Parts can be dismantled and updated as new data becomes available.
  • Data: boring holes, monitoring wells, Ohio River, contaminated ground concentration boundary, and surface conditions (landscape, buildings & roads)

1:350 4-part Geological Model

Model designed to communicate the relationship between the underground contaminant plume, groundwater, subsurface geological formations, and the PGDP site. Intended for use by scientists, DoE staff, community, contractors, and policymakers to understand a plume that had previously illustrated by coordinates on a spreadsheet.

  • Materials/Construction: Waterjetted Aluminum, Lasercut Plexiglass, Digitally Contoured Polyurethane Foam, Plywood Base. Parts can be dismantled and updated as new data becomes available.
  • Data: geological strata, aquifer, Ohio River, contaminated ground concentrations, and surface conditions (landscape, buildings & roads
  • Schedule: Designed, Fabricated and delivered within 4 months.

1:150 8-part Remediation Progress Model

Layered backlit plexiglass model communicates the boundaries of the underground contaminant plume as well as record of boring holes and monitor well locations. Roads, geographical data, grid and other information are printed onto the plexiglass layers to be switched out as data is updated. Mobile storage units store additional plexiglas layers and unused model sections. Toolkit with china markers, game pieces, and scales accompanies the model, designed specifically for DoE scientists, staff, and contractors, to mark remediation progress on the site and to communicate future scope.

  • Materials/Construction: Digitally Printed Plexiglass, Lasercut Plexiglass, LED Strips, Plywood Base. Parts can be dismantled and updated as new data becomes available.
  • Data: boring holes, monitoring wells, Ohio River, contaminated ground concentration boundary, and surface conditions (landscape, buildings & roads
  • Schedule: Designed and Fabricated within 4 months.