Environmental Analysis Training

Professional training from Trinity Consultants on air emissions calculations, ambient monitoring, CEMS management, stack testing management, and noise and odor management.


Advanced Spreadsheet Functionality for Air Quality Compliance

Microsoft® Excel® is widely used by environmental professionals in calculating emissions, compiling environmental reports, keeping operational records, and complying with permit limits. A properly designed spreadsheet can significantly reduce the time spent and potential errors in permitting, compliance and reporting tasks. In this 1-day workshop, new and seasoned environmental professionals learn to use advanced Microsoft Excel functions to streamline environmental tasks. Exercises throughout the class demonstrate real life applications of each function.

This course includes hands-on exercises requiring the use of a computer. Attendees should bring a laptop or notify the instructor if they are unable to do so.

Topics include:

  • Optimizing spreadsheet design and flexibility
  • Most commonly used Excel functions by environmental professionals
  • Introduction to Pivot Tables
  • Tips and keyboard shortcuts
  • Electronic recordkeeping/reporting using Excel
  • Type Date Location
    Classroom Apr 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Orlando, FL
    Classroom Oct 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Seattle, WA
    Classroom Oct 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM New Orleans, LA


    AERMOD Modeling Computer Lab

    Trinity Consultants offers this 2 day course to provide hands-on instruction on the use of AERMOD, the U.S. EPA's preferred computer model recommended for estimation of ambient impacts of air pollutants emitted from industrial sources. This course reviews the scientific theory behind these dispersion models with an emphasis on formulating and conducting an air quality analysis from start to finish utilizing the refined model options of AERMOD, its meteorological processor AERMET, and terrain processor AERMAP. During the course, students will use BREEZE modeling software to analyze case studies and gain practical experience in processing meteorological and geophysical data and source inputs to the models, running and analyzing model output, and post-processing results to visualize and document predicted impacts. Course completion will enable attendees to:

    • Understand the basics of the AERMOD model, input data, and model options
    • Carry out a typical AERMOD modeling analysis
    • Produce and correctly interpret tables, plots, and other output from AERMOD

    Receive a 10% discount on your next BREEZE Software product purchase made within 90 days of attending the training course.

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Feb 27 - 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM St. Louis, MO
    Classroom Apr 16 - 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Boston, MA
    Classroom Oct 22 - 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Houston, TX


    Air Quality Dispersion Modelling for Managers in British Columbia

    This 1-day course provides environmental managers, plant managers, and others with air quality responsibilities with a broad understanding of air dispersion modeling as a tool for compliance studies, permitting submittals, or air quality assessments. The course covers the fundamental modelling concepts as well as regulatory requirements for modelling in British Columbia. Screening and refined modelling tools are introduced, including commonly used models in British Columbia: AERSCREEN, AERMOD, and CALPUFF. The courses combines short lecture and interactive classroom example problem sets for maximum comprehension. Topics include:

    • Regulatory Requirements in British Columbia for Air Dispersion Modelling
    • Overview of the Guidelines for Air Quality Dispersion Modelling in British Columbia
    • New B.C. NO2 and SO2 Air Quality Objectives
    • PM2.5 issues and possible solutions
    • Modelling best practices and common pitfalls

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Apr 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Vancouver, BC


    Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) – Best Practices and Program Management

    This 2-day course provides a thorough overview of what CEMS are and how they work, the different types of CEMS, and technologies used to analyze emissions. It details why CEMS are used and the regulations that require their use to demonstrate compliance, and addresses best management practices to ensure reliability, accuracy, and efficient use of facility resources. The CEMS quality assurance plan (QAP) is also discussed in detail. The course is intended for environmental managers, CEMS technicians and managers, and anyone who works with CEMS or CEMS data on a regular basis.

  • Tools to build successful CEMS maintenance and management programs
  • Review frequently occurring CEMS performance issues and methods to prevent those issues from occurring
  • Overview of different types of CEMS and the essentials of how they work
  • Type Date Location
    Classroom Mar 26 - 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Philadelphia, PA
    Classroom May 07 - 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phoenix, AZ
    Classroom Oct 22 - 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Princeton, NJ


    Dispersion Modeling for Managers

    This 1-day course provides environmental managers, plant managers, and others with air quality responsibilities with a broad understanding of air dispersion modeling as a tool for compliance studies or permitting submittals. The course covers the fundamental modeling concepts as well as regulatory requirements for state and federal permitting. Screening and refined modeling tools are introduced. The courses combines short lecture and interactive classroom example problem sets for maximum comprehension.

    This course includes hands-on exercises requiring the use of a computer. Attendees should bring a laptop or notify the instructor if they are unable to do so.

    Topics include:
    • Regulatory requirements for air dispersion modeling (NAAQS, PSD increments, significant air impacts, Class I analysis)
    • New short-term SO2 and NO2 NAAQS
    • PM2.5 issues and possible solutions
    • U.S. EPA’s ongoing efforts to update models
    • Modeling best practices and common pitfalls

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Mar 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cincinnati, OH
    Classroom Sep 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phoenix, AZ


    Effective Management of Stack Test Programs

    Learn about managing stack test programs during this 1½-day course. You won’t learn how to be a stack tester, but you will learn how to write effective stack testing RFPs, how to separate the wheat from the chaff among contractors, tricks of the trade that stack testers use (sometime to your benefit and sometimes not), how to review stack test reports, and other insider information from an instructor who has been involved in stack testing for 30 thirty years. Learn about:

  • Regulatory requirements for emissions measurement and fundamental principles
  • Test program design and preparation
  • Test methods, data reduction, and calculation
  • Relative accuracy test audits (RATAs)
  • Type Date Location
    Classroom Mar 24 - 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Philadelphia, PA
    Classroom May 05 - 06, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Phoenix, AZ
    Classroom Oct 20 - 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Princeton, NJ


    Emissions Quantification for Industrial Processes

    Emissions inventory is the most commonly required report for industrial operations to comply with air quality regulations. From refineries to chemical plants, emissions generated from similar equipment (e.g., storage tanks) may be quantified by totally different approaches. This course will provide an overview of the air quality regulations governing the use of emissions inventory. The main focus of the course will review the quantification methodologies for common industrial sources of criteria air pollutants (CAP), hazardous air pollutants (HAP), and greenhouse gases (GHG). The instructor will complete the course with tips to better manage emissions reporting and recordkeeping for compliance demonstration. As an outcome to the course, attendees will gain the basic knowledge to apply the most scientific-sound approach to calculate/estimate emissions from common industrial processes. The intended audience consists of:

  • Practicing analysts, who wish to gain an overall understanding of emission quantification technologies
  • Reviewers of emissions inventories, who wish to be able to critically review and/or certify results
  • Environmental supervisors who need to manage emissions reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Type Date Location
    Classroom Jan 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM New Orleans, LA
    Classroom Mar 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chicago, IL


    Fundamentals of Air Dispersion Modeling

    This intensive 2-day course is designed for entry level engineers, dispersion modelers, and meteorologists or others wanting to deepen their understanding of air dispersion modeling principles. Concise lectures supplemented by multi-media example problem sets, a short hands-on introduction to computer-based modeling software, and group discussions are used to maximize comprehension. Students learn how models incorporate the effects of transport and dispersion, atmospheric turbulence, stack characterization, building downwash, and terrain impacts with emphasis on U.S. EPA models such as AERMOD, AERSCREEN, and a brief introduction to CALPUFF, CAMx, and CMAQ. Participants learn about:

    • Modeling theory, U.S. EPA models, and model selection
    • Role and sources of meteorology
    • Model use and interpretation within regulatory and non-regulatory contexts of application

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Feb 25 - 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM St. Louis, MO
    Classroom Apr 14 - 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Boston, MA
    Classroom Oct 20 - 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Houston, TX


    Fundamentals of Tank Emission Calculations

    This one-day course covers VOC emission calculation methods based on the algorithms specified in AP-42 Chapter 7 and API Technical Report 2568, November 2007 and some local agency guidance. Mr. Rob Ferry, who has been involved in the development of the emission factors in AP-42 Chapter 7 for more than 37 years, will work with his Trinity colleagues to instruct the course.

    The course provides a detailed look into air emissions from storage tanks and provides insight on best practices for emissions calculations. The equations for estimating routine standing and working losses will be covered for ambient tanks as well as for tanks that are heated and/or insulated. Detailed discussion will also address the estimation of emissions from MSS events (i.e., floating roof landings and tank cleanings). Additional topics include estimation of flashing losses from production field tanks, calculation of maximum short-term (lb/hr) emission rates, determination of effective throughput from liquid level data, and determination of heating cycles. Finally, the course provides recommendations on how to improve tank data quality and the accuracy of emissions estimates, thereby mitigating the potential for regulatory pitfalls.

    The course also reviews the proposed changes to AP-42 Chapter 7 that were posted by EPA on July 25, 2018, and the expected impact of these changes on estimated emissions.

    SEATING IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Jan 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Long Beach, CA
    Classroom Apr 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Baton Rouge, LA
    Classroom May 20, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Albuquerque, NM
    Classroom Aug 13, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Seattle, WA
    Classroom Sep 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dallas, TX
    Classroom Oct 13, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Columbus, OH
    Classroom Nov 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bakersfield, CA


    Making Chemistry Simple for the Environmental Professional

    If you still have nightmares about high school chemistry, this class is for you. Tailored for the environmental professional whose chemistry background is limited or non-existent, this one-day course provides a refresher in basic chemical concepts that are important to anyone whose job involves environmental or industrial hygiene regulations. Course material is presented in a plain-English, easy to understand format and attendees will be provided take-aways in the form of computational tools and on-line resources that can make their jobs easier.

    Type Date Location
    Classroom May 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chicago, IL


    Managing Environmental Nuisances: Odor and Noise

    This 1-day course is for corporate/facility environmental personnel who need to assess, control, and manage odor and noise concerns. The course examines regulatory thresholds, how to measure and objectively analyze readings, how to model off-site odor impacts, strategies to successfully control and minimize off-site impacts, and complaint management and investigative practices. The course includes a review of case studies, how-to develop odor and noise control response plans, and a pseudo-field component, allowing for attendees to use basic odor and noise measuring equipment. Attendees learn about:

    • Methods to quantify and characterize odor and noise levels
    • Methods to evaluate and predict potential impacts
    • Benefits and potential shortcomings of mitigation and abatement strategies
    • Developing an effective Nuisance Complaint Response Plan and ongoing nuisance management programs
    • Roles of industry / environmental managers with respect to nuisances

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lexington, KY
    Classroom Jul 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Vancouver, BC


    Practical Air Dispersion Modeling Workshop

    This 3-day course is designed for environmental professionals with little dispersion modeling experience who wish to use the AERMOD model or to better understand AERMOD results prepared by others. It is similar to the two-day AERMOD Modeling Computer Lab course, with additional focus on developing a strong understanding of model fundamentals. Course topics include Gaussian model behavior, source characterization, building and terrain data, and results interpretation. The course includes hands-on modeling exercises using BREEZE modeling software and interactive lecture sessions. Course completion will enable attendees to:

    • Develop a strong understanding of the AERMOD model, its input data, and model options
    • Carry out a typical AERMOD modeling analysis
    • Produce and correctly interpret tables, plots, and other output from AERMOD

    Receive a 10% discount on your next BREEZE Software product purchase made within 90 days of attending the training course.

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Jun 03 - 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Seattle, WA


    Tank Emission Calculation Workshop with TankESP Software

    Given the complexity of the AP-42 Chapter 7 methodology for estimating emissions from storage tanks, a software tool is a practical necessity. U.S. EPA’s TANKS 4.09d software was heavily used prior to 2014 but is no longer maintained or recommended by EPA due to numerous calculation errors. In response to the need for a tank emissions calculation software tool, Rob Ferry developed the TankESP software.

    TankESP correctly applies the AP-42 Chapter 7 methodology to estimate routine standing and working losses for ambient tanks as well as for tanks that are heated and/or insulated. TankESP additionally accommodates estimation of emissions from MSS events (i.e., floating roof landings and tank cleanings), calculation of maximum short-term (lb/hr) emission rates, determination of effective throughput from liquid level data, estimation of emissions from heating cycles, and estimation of flashing losses from production field tanks.

    This one day course provides hands-on instruction in the use of the TankESP software. During the course, students will receive step-by-step guidance, beginning with entering routine service data to generate monthly or annual emissions and progressing to entering service changes, floating roof landings and tank cleaning events, and creating custom reports.

    This course includes hands-on exercises requiring the use of a computer. Attendees should bring a laptop or notify the instructor if they are unable to do so.

    Upon completion of the course, attendees are expected to:

  • Set up tanks in TankESP and input routine service data to conduct emissions calculations
  • Create MSS events (roof landings and tank cleanings)
  • Add or modify chemical and stock properties
  • Troubleshoot for improper or incomplete data entry
  • Properly model heated and/or insulated tanks
  • Generate estimates of maximum short-term (lb/hr) emission rates
  • Create customized reports and develop your own templates with different reporting formats
  • SEATING IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!

    Type Date Location
    Classroom Jan 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Long Beach, CA
    Classroom Apr 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Baton Rouge, LA
    Classroom May 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Albuquerque, NM
    Classroom Aug 14, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Seattle, WA
    Classroom Sep 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Dallas, TX
    Classroom Oct 14, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Columbus, OH
    Classroom Nov 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bakersfield, CA