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S-Risk in Brussels starting in January 2016

As of January 1, 2016, IBGE-BIM will put forward S-Risk as the standard model for use in the framework of sustainable soil management in the Brussels region.

Brussels will rely on the same S-Risk model that is currently applicable for the Flanders region. Hence, companies with a license for the Flemish version of S-Risk will not have to order an additional license.

Companies interested in purchasing a license can find more information on our Registration page.

User manual updated

The S-Risk user manual has been updated and can be found on our Documents page, in English and Dutch. Typos and inconsistencies have been corrected and we included new content on the features introduced by S-Risk 1.1.

Technical Guidance Document has been updated

The updated Technical Guidance Document can be found here.

New FAQ added

A new entry was added to our FAQ page, explaining why certain metals can not be customized:

FAQ updates

Two of our Frequently Asked Questions have been revised and updated, and a new one added:

Explanations have been adjusted and extended, and a new, more efficient workaround for a basement in contact with groundwater has been formulated. The FAQ content was discussed and developed in close collaboration with VEB and OVAM.

S-Risk license agreement updated

The S-Risk license agreement has been revised and updated, in order to make it more suitable with regard to the use of S-Risk in an interregional or international context. The new license agreement will be applicable to all new S-Risk licenses. For existing licensees, the old license agreement remains in effect. 

These adjustments do not affect or change the S-Risk operational service in any way.

S-Risk updated to 1.1.3

Yesterday, S-Risk has been updated to version 1.1.3. This release resolves a number of issues with the new features introduced in 1.1.0 and some other minor adjustments.

More details can be found on our Release notes page.

S-Risk 1.1.3

Released on May 3, 2015.
 
List of changes in this release
 
S-Risk release 1.1.3 resolves a number of issues with the new features introduced in 1.1.0 and some other minor adjustments. We encourage our users to keep on reporting potential issues whenever they are encountered, via the S-Risk helpdesk at info@s-risk.be.
  • calculation of CI results now takes into account enabled exposure routes
  • the "Graph" tab now shows correct units when the groundwater layer is selected
  • the "Main results" section now shows consistent results in applications I & III
  • fixed an issue with K_p parameter validation in Exposure tab
  • adjusted the S-risk scheduling algorithm to avoid incompatibilities with changing S-Risk accounts
  • adjusted data fetching algorithm for summary report
  • fixed Excel output format for extended report
 

S-Risk updated to 1.1.0

This morning, S-Risk has been updated to 1.1.0. This is a major release introducing two new features, the summary report and batch simulation of concentration ranges. This is explained in more detail on our Release notes page.
We are still in the process of updating the S-Risk user guide to document these features, but the Release notes describe their basic functioning.

S-Risk 1.1.0

Released on April 14th, 2015.
 
List of changes in this release
 
S-Risk 1.1.0 is a major release introducing two new features: the summary report and simulating over concentration ranges. We also extended the S-Risk calculation capacity and adjusted a number of minor issues.

These are newly introduced features and, while tested as thoroughly as possible, they may still show problems in some situations. If you notice any problems, or if you suspect any errors or malfunctioning, please let us know via the S-Risk Helpdesk at info@s-risk.be.

Summary report
 
S-Risk now provides a "summary report", an overview of the main S-Risk results on the Results tab. This report shows the latest calculation results in a more efficient and attractive way, while still aiming to be as complete as possible.
The summary report will also be generated for your existing simulations. The existing, extended S-Risk PDF reports are still available, and complement this summary report with a lot more detailed configuration details and intermediate results. Whenever the summary report does not provide the level of detail needed, the extended report can be used.
 
The summary report contains the following sections:
  • "Main results"
    This table shows, per chemical, the most critical risk results and concentration indices (application II) or the most stringent soil concentrations (applications I and III) for the different risk endpoints. Values exceeding the risk thresholds are shown in red for quick inspection.
  • "Conceptual site model"
    This section summarizes the model configuration you have made, showing the main determining parameters and concentrations in your simulation.
  • "Results per chemical"
    This section shows the detailed results per chemical substance in your simulation and resembles the "Summary" section in the extended PDF report. This concerns the risk (or critical soil concentration) results, concentration indexes, the detailed exposure results per pathway and local versus background exposure.
  • "Listing of user-modified parameters"
    This last section gives an overview of all parameters that were changed from the default value by the user in this simulation. Comments, if provided by the user, are shown.

Clicking the "Print" button enables you to get a clean printout of the summary report. Via "print to PDF" functionality, you can save the report to hard disk (the Chrome browser allows saving to PDF directly, for other browsers there are solutions like PDFCreator, Adobe Acrobat, ...).

Simulating ranges of soil/groundwater concentrations

The second new feature can be found in the new "Graph" tab, next to the "Results" tab.

Here, you can simulate a range of concentrations for a selected chemical, soil layer/groundwater layer and result parameter. S-Risk will vary the concentration of this chemical in the specified soil layer between the specified lower and upper limits, and calculate the corresponding values for the result parameter (risk or concentration index).
When the calculations have been executed, a graph will be constructed showing the value of the result parameter over the specified concentration range.

This functionality serves various purposes:

  • it allows you to quickly get an overview of how the risk evolves in function of the concentration, without manually changing concentrations all the time
  • it allows you to get a quick estimate of the remediation goal, by visualizing the point where, for example, the risk index exceeds the RI = 1 level
  • it allows you to get more context for the results in Application I and III. Especially when application I or III results in strange remediation goals (e.g., negative values or warning messages in the extended report), this feature can show you why.

Extended calculation capacity

Until now, S-Risk relied on two calculation servers to perform the requested S-Risk simulations. Calculation scheduling was based on a FIFO (first-in, first-out) principle. On occasion, this resulted in simulations being "queued" for some time before calculations could start.

We have now added a third calculation server and a per-user "simultaneous simulation" limits to reduce the chance of temporary calculation bottlenecks.

Additional adjustments

  • resolved issues with periods versus commas in entered values in the Dutch interface
  • adjusted saving of measured egg concentrations 
  • resolved issues with K_p value display in Exposure tab
  • land use parameter comments now shown in the extended report

 

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