Aug 04, 2020
BREEZE Incident Analyst 4.0 includes many new powerful tools that provide users with the new ability to generate a vertical concentration profile of dispersion modeling results, download high-resolution base maps for any location around the world, automatically calculate the receptors' maximum concentration, and more!
Jul 13, 2020
To account for situations where releases are not continuous 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, AERMOD enables modelers to vary the emissions so they can produce the most realistic modeling results. In this modeling tip you will learn how BREEZE AERMOD seamlessly integrates this capability, making it easier than ever to set up variable emission rates.
Jun 04, 2020
With BREEZE TankESP PRO or FX, users are able to create custom reports containing data that is of most interest to them.
May 13, 2020
BREEZE’s parallel processing capabilities can be used to expedite AERMOD runtimes through the use of a multi-CPU environment. This high-performance application produces pollutant concentration estimates, identical to EPA's AERMOD Fortran executable. The only code change to the application is the addition to implement the parallel processing feature, so the application runs the exact algorithms while on multiple processors, saving modelers time and money. Please follow the steps in this modeling tip to setup the parallel processing capability on your computer.
May 05, 2020
BREEZE®, the market-leading provider of EHS software used by environmental professionals worldwide, announces the release of the newest version of BREEZE 3D Analyst, Version 4.0!
Jan 28, 2020
(Dallas, TX) - BREEZE®, the market-leading provider of EHS software used by environmental professionals worldwide, announces the release of the BREEZE TankESPTM Software Product Suite Version 5.1 for calculating air emissions from liquid storage tanks. On November 20, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to its guidance for estimating emissions from storage tanks as published in Chapter 7.1 of the Compilation of Air Pollutant Emissions Factors (AP-42), Volume 1. BREEZE TankESP has been revised to enables users to estimate emissions using the latest emission methods and meteorological data.
Oct 01, 2019
We are excited to bring you 3 updates for your air dispersion modeling software. The new enhancements and features in these updates include the latest U.S. EPA 19191 executables ensuring full regulatory compliance.
May 23, 2019
BREEZE announces the release of BREEZE ExDAM Version 9.0 which enhances a user's ability to compute and predict injury and damage resulting from the detonation of high explosive (HE) and vapor cloud explosions (VCE). This development will be valuable to the thousands of facilities that require detailed information about the possible effects of an explosion, or need to identify and design mitigation measures for both potential industrial explosions and potential terrorist attacks.
May 23, 2019
BREEZE ExDAM includes many time-saving tools and resources to assist users in setting up their model run. Here we will outline how you can easily create a wall from a block structure, where the added block structure has the dimensions of 7 m x 4 m x 7 m (Length x Width x Height) and the goal is to change the width to 8 cm. Please follow the steps in this modeling tip for more information.
May 21, 2019
When certain required data is missing or when there is an inconsistency with the data, certain results or data may not be displayed in BREEZE TankESP. Fortunately with BREEZE TankESP, users are able to easily troubleshoot the issue themselves in order to find a resolution by following the steps in this tip.
May 15, 2019
The EU project Standardization of Situational Awareness Systems to Strengthen Operations in civil protection (SAYSO) recently introduced the EU Multi-stakeholder Standardized Situational Awareness (SA) System (MSSAS) at SAYSO's international conference in Budapest April 15-17, 2019. MSSAS is based on the requirements of crisis managers, identified from two international surveys, four technical expert meetings, two public workshops and discussions with members of the Advisory Board and among consortium members, and special MSSAS-modules have been designed for Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and Technical Relief Organisations. The MSSAS does not endorse or recommend any commercially available products, but has used BREEZE ExDAM as an example for advanced SA in crisis management.
Apr 16, 2019
BREEZE 3D Analyst Version 3.0 gives modeling results further clarity by providing new data manipulation tools.
Mar 12, 2019
With BREEZE TankESP, users are able to use different backend files in their projects and can also utilize the time saving feature of having TankESP remember which backend file is being used so the user doesn't need to specify the backend file every time the program opens. The steps below will walk you through how to locate the backend file, confirm the location of the backend file, load a different backend file, and reset the remembered backend file.
Mar 08, 2019
The BREEZE Incident Analyst Chemical Database includes over 150 preexisting chemicals that users can select from for their accidental release modeling scenarios. To view all of the chemicals available in the Chemical Database, users can select the Chemical button in the Incident Tab or click More Options in the Chemical Tab of the Scenario settings. In addition to being able to select from these preexisting chemicals, users have the ability to edit preexisting chemicals and add new chemicals and chemical mixtures to the BREEZE Incident Analyst database. To learn how to successfully add a new chemical mixture to the database, please follow the steps in this modeling tip.
Feb 27, 2019
BREEZE Incident Analyst Version 3.0 which enhances a user's ability to compute worst-case and typical meteorological conditions for accidental release studies required by U.S. EPA's Section 112(r) Risk Management Program (RMP). This development will be valuable to the thousands of industrial facilities that must conduct accidental release modeling under EPA's RMP requirements, particularly in 2019 when many facilities must update their Offsite Consequence Analysis modeling as part of their Risk Management Plan update.
Jan 15, 2019
BREEZE®, the market-leading provider of EHS software used by environmental professionals worldwide, announces the release of the BREEZE TankESPTM Software Product Suite Version 5.0 for calculating air emissions from liquid storage tanks.
Sep 12, 2018
One impactful change in the guideline (Appendix W) is the approval to utilize prognostic meteorological data through the U.S. EPA's Mesoscale Model Interface Program (MMIF) pre-processor to generate inputs for regulatory modeling applications using AERMET and AERMOD. This new option provides modelers with an alternative to using the standard NWS airport data obtained at an airport in situations where there are no representative surface stations with the necessary data available.
Jul 20, 2018
Imported maps can be very helpful when setting up a model scenario and analyzing the results. They can be used as a QA/QC method for ensuring that model objects are in the correct locations and they can also help better visualize results graphically. Although a map file image is not required, the user interfaces of BREEZE AERMOD, CALPUFF, Incident Analyst, and 3D Analyst make it so easy to import maps that it will become a routine step in your model setup and analysis.
Jul 20, 2018
Imported maps can be very helpful when setting up a model scenario and analyzing the results. They can be used as a QA/QC method for ensuring that model objects are in the correct locations and they can also help better visualize results graphically. Although a map file image is not required, BREEZE ROADS makes it so easy to import maps that it will become a routine step in your model setup and analysis.
Jul 18, 2018
The BREEZE Development Team is excited to release BREEZE CALPUFF Version 3.0 which incorporates Exponent's latest versions of the CALPUFF modeling system. This version also introduces new features and enhancements that further reduce the model run setup time and improve the graphical visualization of results, including a tool to download high-resolution base maps for any location around the world, new tools to calculate hourly background ozone and create background files, and much more.
Jun 05, 2018
We are excited to bring you 3 updates for your air dispersion modeling software. The new enhancements and features in these updates include the latest U.S. EPA executables ensuring full regulatory compliance.
May 23, 2018
BREEZE is pleased to announce that it is has entered into a strategic partnership with Aires Servicos Ambientais (Aires) to assist clients in Brazil with more easily purchasing and gaining access to EHS modeling software, data and services.
Mar 28, 2018
With Trinity's recent acquisition of TGB Partnership, TankESP sales, maintenance renewals, and services are now being handled by BREEZE Software, Data and Services, a division of Trinity Consultants.
Mar 27, 2018
With BREEZE 3D Analyst you can easily create animations of your time-sequenced Incident Analyst modeling results. These animations can serve as great visual tools when analyzing the results or presenting your modeling results to colleagues or clients. To create an animation of your Incident Analyst results in BREEZE 3D Analyst, follow the steps in this modeling tip.
Feb 08, 2018
With BREEZE 3D Analyst you can easily plot your modeling results to Google Earth. These plots can serve as great visual tools when presenting your modeling results to colleagues or clients.
Jan 17, 2018
JCBRN Defence COE and BREEZE Software (a division of Trinity Consultants Inc.) are pleased to introduce to you the unique, efficient 3D explosion consequence modeling suite, BREEZE ExDAM (Explosion Damage & Injury Assessment Model). BREEZE ExDAM is a sophisticated modeling program that will enable JCBRN Defence to assess the structural damage and personnel injury from high explosives and vapor cloud explosions at both the micro-level (such as a room) and the macro-level (such as a city).
Dec 20, 2017
BREEZE announced in November that it is has entered into a strategic partnership with AnyWare E-Commerce to assist clients in Israel and Romania with more easily purchasing and gaining access to EHS modeling software, data and services.
Dec 19, 2017
Engineer, the Professional Bulletin of Army Engineers recently published an article written by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence Kemper titled “Truck Bombs and Standoff: Using Blast Modeling for Installation Threat Management”. In this article, Lieutenant Colonel Kemper discusses the importance of blast analysis for developing mitigations and also highlights the use of BREEZE ExDAM and its ability to model blast impacts caused by explosions in military situations and explosion events at industrial facilities. Read the full article today!
Sep 14, 2017
BREEZE Software is featured in the Crisis Response Journal (CRJ) article titled “Computer modelling in large-scale incidents” that was published in September 2017. In this article the author, Dr. Friedrich Steinhäusler, examines how 3D modeling of people, vehicles, weapons, explosions and the release of toxic materials can help first responders - both in training and during actual events.
Sep 12, 2017
The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 1-hour SO2, 1-hour NO2, and 24-hour PM2.5 use a very particular format. It is very important for all modelers (both within and outside of the U.S.) to understand how AERMOD handles this.
In this modeling tip we will discuss how to select the appropriate outputs for modeling with SO2 in compliance with the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Aug 31, 2017
The BREEZE Development Team is excited to release BREEZE AERMOD Version 8.0. This version further reduces the model run setup time and improves the display of results by introducing new features and enhancements such as the ability to download base maps from within BREEZE AERMOD, automatically create model objects from DWG/DXF file formats, and much more.
Aug 07, 2017
The most recent scientific updates to U.S. EPA’s AERMET meteorological data processing tool (version 16216) include a new regulatory default option, ADJ_U*. This new option, which was officially approved for regulatory use in May 2017 after an approximately three-year beta testing period, addresses a long-standing issue with AERMOD and is of interest to many industries.
Aug 01, 2017
Construction Informatics and Consultancy JSC (CIC), a leading provider of construction consultancy services in Vietnam, jointly announced in May a strategic partnership with BREEZE, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental, health and safety professionals around the world.
Jul 11, 2017
The hazardous release modeling suite, BREEZE Incident Analyst, just keeps getting better! We are pleased to release Version 2.0, which includes enhancements to the Source Term Wizard, a new display of graphical results, updates to the Chemical Database, and much more. Further enhance your accidental chemical release hazard and consequence modeling assessments with these new features and update your software today!
Jun 13, 2017
The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 1-hour SO2, 1-hour NO2, and 24-hour PM2.5 use a very particular format. It is very important for all modelers (both within and outside of the U.S.) to understand how AERMOD handles this.
In this modeling tip we will discuss how to select the appropriate outputs for modeling with NO2 in compliance with the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Keep a lookout for future modeling tips where we discuss modeling with SO2 and PM2.5.
Jun 01, 2017
BREEZE Software is featured in the Chemical Engineering article titled "A New Mentality in Process Modeling" that was published on June 1, 2017. The section heading titled Visualizing Complex Scenarios highlights the abilities of BREEZE Incident Analyst and BREEZE’s custom real-time modeling solutions to effectively assess impacts from a hazardous toxic release at a facility. Read the full article.
May 10, 2017
We are bringing you many new features in this new version of BREEZE 3D Analyst that will expand your post-processing capabilities for analyzing and viewing graphical displays of your AERMOD, ISC, CALPUFF, and Incident Analyst results and datasets.
Apr 11, 2017
To best assist our users, we are releasing Version 7.12.1 with new features and functionality that optimize the modeling process to efficiently perform air quality analyses that help address permitting, regulatory, and nuisance issues as well as perform academic research. The new enhancements included in this version maintain BREEZE AERMOD/ISC's status as the most complete air quality modeling system available on the market today.
Mar 15, 2017
The BREEZE development team is excited to bring you yet another update to BREEZE CALPUFF, the advanced air quality modeling system used for long-range transport and for complex terrain to estimate air pollutant concentrations. The intuitive design of BREEZE CALPUFF provides modelers with tools and functionality to streamline all aspects of their modeling scenario from setting up the model to analyzing the results.
Mar 14, 2017
BREEZE Software is happy to announce that Mr. Brian Holland, Senior Scientific Software Specialist and Meteorologist, has earned the nationally recognized Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Mr. Holland joins the ranks of five other CCMs at Trinity Consultants.
Mar 03, 2017
On December 20, 2016, the U.S. EPA Administrator signed a final rule entitled Revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Models: Enhancements to the AERMOD Dispersion Modeling System and Incorporation of Approaches to Address Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter. The rule provides EPA-recommended models and other techniques as well as guidance for their use in predicting ambient concentrations of air pollutants. EPA's finalized changes enhance the formulation and application of the agency's AERMOD dispersion model, prescribe modeling techniques for secondarily formed fine particle and ozone pollution for single sources, and make various editorial improvements. The Federal Register version of the Final Rule is available here. The rule, referred to hereafter as the 2017 Guideline, was published on January 17, 2017, and takes effect on March 21, 2017.
Feb 01, 2017
The Import Model Objects tool streamlines the model setup process and saves a great deal of time and effort. To learn how to import model objects from AERMOD-related files into BREEZE AERMOD for your air dispersion modeling assessments, please follow the steps in this modeling tip.
Jan 24, 2017
We are excited to bring you 3 updates to your air dispersion modeling software. The new enhancements and features in these updates include the latest U.S. EPA executables as well as improved options to expedite model run time.
Jan 03, 2017
We are excited to ring in the new year with the release of BREEZE Incident Analyst Version 1.4. Over the past year our developers have been busy working on the next update as well as resolving big and small issues for our users. So what's new? The enhancements and fixes in this release will assist in accelerating the model setup process with new additions like the Data Tab and significant Chemical Database improvements!
Nov 14, 2016
To streamline the HHRA process, BREEZE Software offers BREEZE AERMOD and BREEZE Risk Analyst, which modelers may use in combination to conduct their air dispersion modeling analyses and then seamlessly complete the risk assessment. In this modeling tip learn how to import AERMOD input and output files into BREEZE Risk Analyst for your human health risk assessments.
Oct 25, 2016
It's finally here! We are eager to introduce HExFRAG, the high explosive fragmentation module of ExDAM. This module will enable modelers to compute secondary injuries caused by fragmentation using the results of an individual explosion generated by the HExDAM module of BREEZE ExDAM.
Oct 11, 2016
Modelers have the option to seamlessly submit their AERMOD runs to the BRMS through either their My BREEZE account or the BREEZE AERMOD interface. Once modelers have submitted the AERMOD model runs to the BRMS, email notifications will inform the users of the model run status and provide a link to the completed results. Modelers also have the option to login to their My BREEZE account to access the results. The AERMOD results are contained in a single, compressed file with the .amr file extension. Users may download the BRMS results using the link available in the email or from their My BREEZE account.
Oct 04, 2016
Today it is our pleasure to introduce to you the new and improved BREEZE VASDIP application which calculates vulnerability parameters for use in BREEZE ExDAM HExDAM and VExDAM, making it an excellent companion product to these modules for explosion modelers.
Aug 31, 2016
We've been hard at work to bring you software updates for BREEZE CALPUFF and 3D Analyst. The latest versions of these software, which are available today, are packed with new, resourceful features that will make air quality modeling easier for you, help you minimize model setup time and enable you to more efficiently analyze and visualize data and model results.
Aug 16, 2016
With BREEZE AERMOD/ISC Pro Plus, creating animations of your results is easy with BREEZE 3D Analyst. These animations can serve as great visual tools when presenting your modeling results to colleagues or clients.
Jul 26, 2016
Last month’s modeling tip discussed how modelers can minimize modeling runtimes at a minimal cost using BREEZE’s parallel processing services. In this modeling tip, we will discuss the Schedule Batch Run and Restart options available in BREEZE AERMOD that improve efficiency for batch runs and save modelers time in the event of a power failure or user interruption.
Jul 19, 2016
BREEZE Software, the market-leading provider of dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, is excited to announce the release of BREEZE AERMOD Version 7.11. The new enhancements and features in this release will further streamline the model setup process and increase efficiency with new additions like the 2D and 3D data importing feature!
Jul 12, 2016
BREEZE Software is excited to release the highly anticipated ExDAM Version 8.6. Our team has been working to bring you updates requested from clients around the globe. ExDAM 8.6 enables you to design and analyze the modeling scenario more quickly to investigate explosion impacts.
Jun 20, 2016
Due to advances in scientific knowledge, higher resolution raw data, stringent air quality standards, and constantly changing regulations, environmental modeling is demanding more and more from EHS professionals and their computers. All of these influences have resulted in significantly longer AERMOD model run times as compared to the predecessor regulatory model, ISCST. Instead of minutes, AERMOD runtimes for large projects can take days and terrain data file sizes routinely exceed 100 MB. To address the issue of increased runtimes, BREEZE Software offers a number of options to modelers to increase productivity while managing model complexity.
May 31, 2016
The type of modeling analysis you are conducting will determine if you are interested in the highest offsite or onsite pollutant concentrations. For example, if you are modeling to show compliance with the U.S. EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), you will be interested in the concentrations that occur offsite, whereas if you want to show compliance with OSHA regulations you will be interested in onsite impacts.
BREEZE AERMOD offers useful tools to assist users in easily removing onsite or offsite receptors so that the concentration results shown are specific to the area of interest for your modeling analysis.
May 10, 2016
The U.S. EPA has proposed a number of revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Models, published as Appendix W to 40 CFR Part 51 (Appendix W) in 2005, many of which are discussed in depth here. The proposed revisions include a large amount of new material as well as the reorganization or removal of outdated or obsolete information, and the U.S. EPA is planning to have the final rulemaking and promulgation of the revised Guideline in Summer 2016.
Apr 25, 2016
BREEZE Software presented the following paper at the AWMA Guideline on Air Quality Models: The New Path on April 12, 2016. Environmental professionals from around the world gathered to discuss subjects related to the U.S. EPA’s Guideline on Air Quality Models (40CFR Part 51 Appendix W), which is required to use in the U.S. when preparing for state implementation plans, federal construction permits, and state permits.
Apr 20, 2016
In this presentation, Mr. Chiew Teck Wee discusses the many uses and features of Risk Analyst, a human health and ecological risk assessment modeling suite. Risk Analyst has been developed to perform multi-media fate, transport and exposure modeling and is also used for estimating potential adverse impacts to human health and ecological receptors. Topics discussed also include how Risk Analyst fully implements the HHRAP, a U.S. EPA guidance document for performing site-specific, multi-media and multi-pathway human health risk assessments (HHRA) and examples of case studies where the tool has been used to evaluate cancer risk.
Mar 15, 2016
To assist modelers when using this method, BREEZE AERMOD includes the BREEZE Ozone File Editor. This editor allows users to create, view, and edit hourly ozone files for use in the OLM. Utilizing the Ozone File Editor tool will save modelers time and effort when using the OLM screening method. Read the full modeling tip to use the Ozone File Editor in BREEZE AERMOD.
Feb 23, 2016
BREEZE AERMOD includes numerous time-saving tools to help with setting up a modeling run. One of these tools is the Hourly Emission File Editor. This modeling tip explains how to use that tool to easily use refined hourly emission rate data in your AERMOD runs.
Feb 05, 2016
In this paper, the Vapor Cloud Explosion Damage Assessment (VExDAM) module in BREEZE ExDAM is used to demonstrate a high speed 3D modeling technique that can quickly: 1. Generate 3D models of large-scale chemical/-petroleum facilities with hundreds of building structures, hundreds of release locations, and hundreds of congestion zones 2. Simulate, display, and document the consequences of individual release scenarios involving a subset of congestion zones within a single plume geometry 3. Compute, display, and document the maximum consequence levels resulting from explosions at all identified congestion zones.
Jan 25, 2016
Receptors are specific locations, set up in air quality dispersion models, where ambient concentration estimates or deposition values are needed. If the model is being used to conduct an air quality analysis for regulatory purposes, it is important to identify the extent and frequency of the highest concentrations for the averaging time. Because the model run time increases with the number of receptors added, however, finding the highest concentrations can be a tricky process. If too many receptors are added, then the model could take a long time to run, but if too few receptors are added, then the highest concentrations may be missed altogether. To provide assistance, there are tools available within BREEZE AERMOD that ease the process of identifying the highest concentrations while also minimizing the model runtime.
Jan 14, 2016
While most air dispersion modeling is conducted using meteorological data from recent past years and historical or projected emissions data, models can also be used with real-time or short-term forecast meteorological and emissions data to estimate impacts at the present time and in the near future. In order to develop these custom real-time air dispersion modeling and forecasting systems, extensive knowledge on air dispersion modeling, meteorology, computer science, and web and database development is required. Two examples of these types of systems are:
Jan 05, 2016
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of AERMET, the meteorological data preprocessing software for AERMOD. This version integrates the latest U.S. EPA AERMINUTE executable 15272. AERMINUTE uses one-minute ASOS data to generate hourly averages of wind direction and wind speed to supplement existing surface data.
Nov 18, 2015
BREEZE AERMOD 7.10.1 is a minor update that includes improvements and bug fixes. With these fixes, BREEZE AERMOD continues to provide the most complete air quality modeling system available in the market today.
Oct 19, 2015
On September 16, BREEZE Software released an update to its powerful Incident Analyst application, an accidental chemical release and consequence modeling software designed to predict potential toxic, fire, and explosion impacts for chemical releases. The new release features important updates to the industry-standard toxic dispersion, fire, and explosion models incorporated in BREEZE Incident Analyst,
Oct 19, 2015
BREEZE Software presented the following two papers at the CASANZ 22nd Biennial Clean Air Society Conference in Melbourne, Australia on September 22nd, 2015. Following the theme of the conference, New Frontiers, international and local speakers gathered to discuss new ideas and tools that can be applied across air quality and climate change fields.
Sep 15, 2015
BREEZE Software released a new version of its powerful BREEZE Incident Analyst, an accidental chemical release and consequence modeling software. With Incident Analyst, EHS professionals are well-equipped to perform risk management planning (RMP) and emergency response planning—especially where toxic chemical releases, fire, or explosion are of concern. This release features important updates to the industry-standard toxic dispersion, fire and explosion models incorporated in BREEZE Incident Analyst. The update also includes several system enhancements, all designed to enhance the power and flexibility of the software.
Sep 09, 2015
BREEZE Software, the market-leading provider of dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of BREEZE AERSCREEN, an intuitive screening air quality modeling system based on U.S. EPA AERMOD air quality dispersion model.
Sep 01, 2015
BREEZE Software, the market-leading provider of dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of BREEZE AERMOD and BREEZE AERMET. These updates include the latest U.S. EPA AERMOD and AERMET executable 15181, released on July 24, 2015.
Aug 19, 2015
Last week, BREEZE staff made the trip to U.S. EPA’s offices in North Carolina for their 11th Modeling Conference to get the latest updates on upcoming changes to the AERMOD system, CALPUFF, and other issues. The highlights include:
Jul 14, 2015
Receptors are specific locations where AERMOD will compute a concentration or deposition value. In an AERMOD analysis, at least one receptor must be defined in order for the model to run successfully. To assist modelers in including receptors into their AERMOD scenarios, BREEZE AERMOD offers users with a wealth of options and ways for creating model objects and for entering their parameters. For example, in BREEZE AERMOD receptor elevations can b
Jun 23, 2015
BREEZE Software, the market-leading provider of dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its air dispersion modeling software, AERMOD. BREEZE AERMOD 7.9.2 integrates a number of key features focused on improved graphics capabilities and powerful productivity enhancements. With these new fixes and features, BREEZE AERMOD offers more functionality and innovative features-all designed to enhance productivity for air quality analyses.
Apr 21, 2015
Failure to identify and mitigate explosion hazards is a persistent cause of industrial accidents, impacting sites ranging from fertilizer storage facilities to refineries. While some explosion consequence assessments are performed to comply with regulatory requirements or industry-specific process safety standards, in many cases the potential for loss of life and property damage is overlooked until a tragedy occurs. Explosion Consequence Modeling (ECM) can provide detailed information about the possible effects of a blast, and can be used to identify and design mitigation measures. The two traditional ECM techniques have been: 1) basic phenomenological models that are very cost-effective but provide very simplistic results, and 2) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques which provide great detail but are time consuming and can be prohibitively expensive. Many facilities are in need of a detailed ECM analysis to identify and mitigate explosion hazards, but require a moderate approach that can provide detailed damage and injury predictions without the high costs of CFD modeling.
For these facilities, the Explosive Damage Assessment Model (ExDAM) can provide many of the benefits of CFD modeling with a much smaller commitment of time and money. Originally developed by Dr. Frank Tatom and marketed as part of Trinity Consultants' BREEZE® Software, ExDAM expands on the basic phenomenological model concept by adding the ability to model damage and injury while accounting for the structural details of buildings as well as the shielding effect of structures and equipment on the area behind them. Thus, ExDAM provides the safety benefits of a detailed ECM study to a much wider range of facilities at risk from either conventional high explosive (HE) materials or vapor cloud explosions (VCE). Facilities around the world have used this approach to evaluate and prepare for both potential industrial explosions and potential terrorist attacks. ExDAM has been applied to a broad range of facilities, including chemical/petrochemical, military, chemical storage, oil and gas exploration, ammunition manufacturing, rocket assembly, and stadiums/public buildings.
Mar 23, 2015
Most AERMOD dispersion modeling is conducted using meteorological data from a nearby airport. As long as the airport is reasonably representative of your source location, there is nothing wrong with that: airports are often a source of high quality data and located near major population centers and thus, major air pollution sources.
But airport data isn't always the best option for dispersion modeling. A great example is the Los Angeles, California area. The Los Angeles airport is located right on the Pacific Ocean and to make room for its four runways, has more flat, open space than the rest of Los Angeles. If you are using AERMOD to model a facility that is only a few kilometers farther inland, and in the heart of urban Los Angeles, wind and temperature patterns at your site may be very different from those at the airport. In other parts of the world, a nearby airport simply may not exist, or it may not record an important meteorological parameter needed by AERMOD, such as cloud cover. Whatever the problem, “onsite” meteorological data can be the solution.
Mar 17, 2015
BREEZE Software, the market-leading provider of dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new Version of AERMET, the powerful meteorological data preprocessing software for AERMOD. BREEZE AERMET simplifies the process of creating
Feb 24, 2015
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new Version of its powerful post-processor, 3D Analyst. BREEZE 3D Analyst enables you to analyze and visualize data in multiple formats to help you better understand, interpret, and summarize your modeling results.
This release unveils a refined start page design with a modern look and feel as well as a new contour library that provides more accurate and precise contouring results.
Feb 17, 2015
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new Version of its powerful data analysis tool, MetView. BREEZE MetView allows users to create fully customizable data tables and graphics to evaluate meteorological conditions at specific time intervals.
This Version resolves several issues where certain file formats would not load properly or caused unhandled exceptions. These bug fixes will make the process of generating graphical results of your model-ready meteorological data much more efficient.
Dec 16, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERMET meteorological data preprocessing software for AERMOD. This Version integrates the recent executable of the U.S. EPA 1-minute ASOS wind data processor, AERMINUTE, and contains an important bug fix for users who utilize ADMS surface data. BREEZE AERMET Version 7.5.1 includes the following features:
Dec 16, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERMOD air dispersion modeling software. This release unveils a new start page design that will provide users with a wealth of resources in an easy-to-find layout, as well as a number of critical bug fixes.
Oct 01, 2014
BREEZE Software will be presenting the following two papers at the upcoming Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium in College Station, TX on October 28-30, 2014. Experts from all around the world will gather to discuss critical issues of research in process safety.
Jul 02, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of AERMET, a meteorological data preprocessing tool. AERMET processes commercially available and custom on-site metrological data to create model-ready input files for AERMOD. With these new features incorporated into Version 7.5, BREEZE AERMET 7 is more powerful and easier to use:
Jun 27, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERSCREEN, a screening model based on the U.S. EPA AERMOD air dispersion model. Version 1.6 contains the latest updates to the U.S. EPA AERSCREEN and AERMOD models, ensuring full regulatory compliance for all BREEZE AERSCREEN users.
BREEZE products are developed and distributed by Trinity Consultants, an environmental consulting firm with exten
Jun 27, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERMOD air dispersion modeling software. This new version includes the updated 14134 U. S. EPA executable, released on May 16, 2014, that provides more detailed background concentration tools and added flexibility for international users. BREEZE AERMOD Version 7.9 includes new features that:
Apr 09, 2014
The potential for accidental release of toxic chemicals to the environment is a daily threat for many industrial facilities and plants. These releases can occur very suddenly and unexpectedly, putting employees and the public at risk of injury or death, and the surrounding environment at risk of damage or destruction. A consequence modeling analysis is a powerful tool (and sometimes a regulatory requirement) in order to understand the impact that a potential release could have on personnel, equipment, and the surrounding community. Modeling can be used to address a full spectrum of threats including toxic/flammable gas dispersion, explosions, and fires (thermal radiation).
Consequence modeling is used to predict the behavior of a hazardous release, and provides a better understanding of the potential impacts caused by the release. There are many benefits to performing this type of analysis, ranging from regulatory compliance to incident reconstruction.
Mar 03, 2014
The BREEZE Remote Modeling System (BRMS) for AERMOD is a Web-enabled application that executes AERMOD model runs on a massively parallel computer cluster. Once a model run is started on the BRMS, results are returned in a fraction of the normal execution time (e.g., up to 100 times faster!).
With the BRMS you'll be able to complete what would normally take days or even weeks in
Feb 05, 2014
On December 24, 2013, U.S. EPA released an updated version of the AERMOD model (v13350), as well as the meteorological preprocessing program, AERMET (v13350). The new versions are not anticipated to impact results significantly; rather the changes are more focused on new options associated with NO2 modeling and non-regulatory options for addressing low wind speeds in meteorological data. The release of the updates will likely require any ongoing modeling work which has not been
Jan 23, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERSCREEN, a screening model based on the U.S. EPA AERMOD air dispersion model. Version 1.5 supports the latest U.S. EPA AERMOD executable 13350 that was released on December 24, 2013.
BREEZE products are developed and distributed by Trinity Consultants, an environmental consulting firm with extensive expertise in dispersion modelin
Jan 23, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERMOD air dispersion modeling software. This new version includes the updated 13350 U. S. EPA executable, released December 24, 2013, that provides new, state-of-the-science tools for modeling NO2.
Jan 15, 2014
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its CALPUFF non-steady-state puff dispersion modeling software. Version 2.2 includes the latest U.S. EPA-approved CALPUFF and CALMET Version 5.8.4 that was released on December 4, 2013.
BREEZE CALPUFF provides modelers with the tools and functionality required to perform air quality analyses that help to address both permitting, regulat
Nov 25, 2013
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of CALPUFF, a non-steady-state puff dispersion model that simulates the effects of time- and space-varying meteorological conditions on pollution transport, transformation, and removal.
Oct 01, 2013
Driven by advances in scientific knowledge, tightening and constantly changing regulations, and higher-resolution raw data, environmental modeling is demanding more and more from EH&S professionals and their computers. AERMOD run times for large projects are measured in days rather than minutes and terrain data file sizes routinely exceed 100 MB. Modelers can increase productivity and keep the increasing model complexity under control with a number of tools from BREEZE Software.
Aug 16, 2013
BREEZE®, the market-leading provider of air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, today announced the release of Incident Analyst 1.2 for accidental chemical releases and consequence modeling. It provides safety professionals with a full suite of industry-proven toxic dispersion, fire, and explosion models and powerful tools for assessing threats to life and property due to accidental chemical releases.
May 15, 2013
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, today announced the release of ExDAM 8.4 for explosion assessment and consequence modeling. It provides emergency response and safety professionals with a unique, 3D tool to evaluate the damage to structures and injury to people caused by explosions. BREEZE ExDAM 8.4 improves on existing capabilities with these new features:
Feb 19, 2013
Trinity’s BREEZE Software team provides two powerful modeling software tools that enable environmental and safety professionals to analyze and prevent a variety of hazards. With both BREEZE Incident Analyst and ExDAM, EHS professionals will be well-equipped to perform risk management planning (RMP) and emergency response planning—especially where toxic chemical releases, fire, or explosion are of concern.
Aug 24, 2012
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of AERMET, a meteorological data preprocessing tool. AERMET processes commercially available and custom on-site meteorological data to create input files into AERMOD for air dispersion modeling. BREEZE AERMET 7 is more powerful and easier to use with these new features.
Jun 01, 2012
BREEZE Software offers powerful software solutions designed to meet the increasing risk and challenges faced by today's EHS, security, and engineering professionals. BREEZE Incident Analyst is an all-new product designed for industrial facilities to assess toxic, fire, and explosion threats for emergency response and risk management. The program includes a suite of scientific models developed, recommended, or recognized by the U.S. EPA. The intuitive Windows-based ribbon-bar GUI helps user
Mar 12, 2012
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, released a new version of its AERMOD air dispersion modeling software. Version 7.5 includes the latest U.S. EPA executable 12060 that was released on March 2, 2012.
Feb 28, 2012
BREEZE®, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, recently released a new version of its Incident Analyst modeling software. First responders and risk management planning teams use BREEZE Incident Analyst to evaluate worst-case and alternative scenarios for chemical releases, explosions, and fire threats. Industrial facilities also use BREEZE Incident Analyst to demonstrate due diligence and regulatory compliance.
Jan 23, 2012
BREEZE released a new version of its AERMOD air dispersion modeling software. This new version includes the updated 11353 U. S. EPA executable that addresses recently defined NAAQS standards, namely for NO2 and SO2 daily maximum concentrations.
Jul 01, 2010
In addition to the BREEZE product line, the development staff evaluates, develops, and adapts dispersion modeling algorithms for specific needs and builds custom software for government and various industries worldwide. The adaptability of BREEZE software is apparent in these demonstrations.
Jun 16, 2009
BREEZE® Software introduces BREEZE Risk Analyst, human health and ecological risk assessment software. BREEZE Risk Analyst can be used to conduct GIS-based analyses of multi-pathway human health risk assessments or food-web based ecological risk assessment modeling. The application provides the framework for conducting risk assessment modeling for both regulatory and non-regulatory applications.
Feb 02, 2009
The University of Belgrade’s Department of Mining and Geology selected BREEZE® Software as the preferred air dispersion modeling software for use in its Air Pollution undergraduate course. The course addresses the basic concepts of air pollution in general and focuses on specific air quality issues as it relates to the mining industry. The software is used to predict concentrations of air pollutants in areas surrounding the industrial site. It accounts for the relationship between source characteristics, terrain, nearby buildings, and meteorological conditions.
Aug 17, 2008
BREEZE, the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, advances dispersion modeling with its parallel version of AERMOD, the U.S. EPA approved refined air dispersion model for most modeling scenarios. BREEZE AERMOD Parallel produces the identical AERMOD results with significantly faster runtimes.
Jun 20, 2008
Trinity Consultants' BREEZE® Software and Data Services group was recently certified as a Qualified Supplier for the Idaho Cleanup Project, initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) Office of Environmental Management. The DoE evaluation was based on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) NQA-1-2000, Subpart 2.7, “Quality Assurance Requirements for Computer Software for Nuclear Facility Applications,” which found BREEZE software development practices were based on sound principles resulting in quality software. As a result of the certification, Trinity Consultants will supply the Idaho National Laboratory with BREEZE VEXDAM and DEGADIS software applications.
Mar 26, 2008
The BREEZE Software and Data Services group, which produces the market-leading air dispersion modeling software used by environmental professionals around the world, introduces the BREEZE Remote Modeling System for AERMOD. This Web-enabled application delivers air dispersion modeling results in a fraction of normal runtimes (i.e., 8 hour runs completed in less than 10 minutes).
Mar 29, 2005
Since 1987, Trinity Consultants has been under contract to provide on-site meteorological support at the Pine Bluff (AR) Arsenal related to weather data collection and hazards analyses associated with the storage and disposal of chemical munitions. On Tuesday, March 29, 2005, supported by Trinity meteorologists Erwin Prater and Lee Moody, the Army safely disposed of two M55 rockets filled with GB nerve agent at the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (PBCDF). The destruction of the first chemical munitions was a milestone, culminating years of preparation to determine a safe, environmentally sound disposal process.