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Information for site managers considering the use of the Triad.

The Triad approach is distinctly different from the traditional way data collection programs have been designed and implemented for hazardous waste sites. The basic tenets of the Triad include systematic planning, dynamic work strategies, and real-time measurement systems. Implementing the Triad can result in significant cost and schedule savings for sites undergoing characterization and remediation. Because the Triad represents a different way of doing business, there are important considerations for site managers considering the use of the Triad for their sites. The purpose of this section is to provide site managers with the information they need to determine whether the Triad is appropriate for their sites, and if so, to effectively and confidently put the Triad to work for their projects.

The Triad approach manages decision-making uncertainty through the use of innovative data collection technologies and systematic planning techniques, resulting in significant project benefits.
The Triad intersects the hazardous waste site cleanup process at a number of points, and has application for all steps of the process.
There are a number of requirements (e.g., appropriate QA/QC, stakeholder participation, flexible contracting mechanisms) that are important for a successful Triad implementation.
Systematic planning is the core of the Triad approach to managing decision-making uncertainty.
Dynamic work strategies allow project activities to adapt to unexpected site conditions and the results from real-time measurement systems.
Real-time measurement systems provide data quickly enough to affect the progress of field work.
Full implementation of the Triad requires flexibility in the cost estimation and procurement process.
The Triad approach includes some unique logistical and implementation needs that project managers should consider.
Appropriate, focused QA/QC is critical for obtaining data of known quality under the Triad.
There is a wide range of resources available to project managers who wish to implement a Triad approach.

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