Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Operations - Oak Ridge, TN
(Certified Best Practice by BMPCOE)
The Technology Logic Diagram (TLD) integrates and cross references information about a site's environmental and waste management problems with analyses of technologies which can potentially be applied to solve the problems.
The Oak Ridge TLD (available in hard copy and as a database) is expected to be a prototype for the development of TLDs for other DOE facilities. The TLD will provide a planning tool to assist in the selection of cost effective technology options.
For each environmental management (EM) activity, the
logic path (Figure 4-3) flows through DOE goals, specific site problems and legal requirements to potentially applicable technologies. The status of each technology is described along with the scientific development needed to mature the technology, implementation needs, and cost. Each technology option is described in separate supporting volumes to the TLD. The diagram references points of contact who can provide detailed information on each technology. The TLD technique identifies the research necessary to develop each technology to a state that allows for technology transfer and application to each EM activity.
Use of this TLD provides several benefits to the DOE community, universities, and private industry. It identifies a host of technologies that can be used to solve environmental management problems. It acts as a vehicle to identify the deficiencies in technologies which otherwise would hold promise to speed remediation, allow safer project activities, and result in better, lower cost remediation efforts. Utilizing the TLD, improvements to existing technologies, demonstration of promising technologies, development of immature technologies, and support for fundamental technology investigations become options which can be explored to deploy the suite of technologies necessary for successful environmental management.
The TLD will aid in strategic planning, improved prioritization, and enhanced focus and leveraging of RDT&E efforts. Finally, the filtering aspects of the diagram that include regulatory drivers, technology costs and implementation needs allow the selection of technologies that will meet committed schedules and milestones.