"Our approach to using IT is to add value when solving our client's problems," says Don Fay, senior project manager with The Payne Firm Inc. of Cincinnati, whose clients include Nortek Inc., General Electric and Clear Channel Communications.
"We present the technical information in terms that business decision makers can understand."
When presenting technical information, effective graphical presentations are invaluable.
This software, says Fay
, also helps estimate cleanup costs."The EarthVision software allows us to automatically calculate very precise volumes of any kind of geometrical distribution, rather than drawing boxes and trying to figure out the geometry of very irregular shapes," he
Another tool Payne frequently employs is "decision tree" graphing, which correlates analytical environmental data to financial prognoses."As you go into a brownfields project," says Fay
, "a lot of times the client -- whether an end user wanting to purchase or a municipality looking to have an underutilized site redeveloped -- wants to have some idea of the magnitude of exposure before they invest a lot of money in the property."With a decision tree tool such as Williamstown, Mass.-based TreeAge Software Inc.'s Decision Analysis by TreeAge (DATA), explains Fay
, "this is something you can come up with for a few thousand dollars rather than $50,000 or $100,000 of Phase II testing.
"It's cheaper, faster and better -- which is why we use the IT tools," continues Fay
."We use the probability analysis to estimate the expected costs -- clients can see how they'll need to structure a transaction or purchase insurance."
To view samples of Payne's decision tree and 2-D/3-D analyses and graphics, visit www.paynefirm.com.Further information about EarthVision software is available at www.dgi.com; visit www.treeage.com for details on DATA software.
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