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Transferring Technologies in the Navy

January 22, 2013

The NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command) Technology Transfer (T2) Program supports information sharing in order to identify the Navy’s environmental restoration (ER) challenges and to promote the use of innovative and cost-effective solutions. The transfer of information about a new technology or improved methodology is predominately a process of communication.

For a quick overview or to jump directly to a desired page within NAVFAC's T2 Program, see the Quick Reference Guide (PDF in browser, two pages).

According to a statement, NAVFAC delivers "specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities."

NAVFAC's goal is to exchange information about the latest research, technology innovations, and lessons learned from real-world applications. The T2 Five Year Program Plan (PDF in browser, 43 pages) was prepared to summarize the key technical challenges faced within the ER Program in order to focus the T2 Program on specific issues relevant to NAVFAC remedial project managers.

"Navy technology transfer programs encourage the private sector and government to creatively and effectively work together to increase the safety of our forward-deployed war-fighters and protect Americans on the home front," said Capt. Lyal Davidson, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division commanding officer.

To that end, NAVFAC’s website offers many T2 tools open to the public. The purpose of these tools is to enhance technology transfer efforts within the Navy environmental restoration community. The tools are meant to support Navy Remedial Project Managers by providing information on various contaminant and technology issues

The site also offers many resources, including fact sheets, handbooks, white papers, and checklists.

There are a number of related T2 Web pages available for engineering consultants to access:

Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents Web Page
Biodegradation mechanisms are a cost-effective treatment option for sites where groundwater is contaminated with chlorinated solvents. This Web page provides information on the state-of-the-practice for bioremediation of dissolved-phase plumes and Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) areas, including monitored natural attenuation, enhanced anaerobic bioremediation, and combined technologies.

Contaminated Sediment Web Page
This Web page provides information that is useful for the management, monitoring, and remediation of contaminated sediment sites. Navy policy and guidance are discussed on key topics including source identification, scientifically and technically defensible data collection, risk management, and remedial action evaluation when appropriate.

Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) Web Page
This Web page is a collection of resources for Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) who are interested in implementing GSR practices. The Department of the Navy (DON) GSR metrics are presented, along with methodologies for determining the environmental footprint of a remedial alternative. The SiteWise(TM) software and associated training materials are also available through this Web page.

Optimization Web Page
This Web page provides resources for RPMs to maximize the effectiveness of remedial actions and long-term monitoring through optimization efforts. Links to the Navy's Optimization Workgroup page, Navy Guidance documents that describe optimization activities to be conducted during each CERCLA phase, and other useful documents are provided.

Vapor Intrusion (VI) Web Page
This Web page provides links to useful information for understanding, assessing, and mitigating VI. VI is defined as the migration of volatile contaminants from the subsurface into overlying buildings. Volatile contaminants from buried wastes and/or contaminated groundwater or soil can migrate through sub-surface soils and into air spaces of overlying buildings.

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