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  • Brownfields and Big Data: A 21st-Century Moonshot

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    West Hall A – Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    If one accepts that the entire world is a brownfield, then reclamation requires nothing less than 21st-century moonshot. Our moonshot must leverage the power of big data and harness technological advances in computing and algorithmic decision making. Presently, sites are remediated in silos: Data for each brownfield site are largely relegated to dedicated Excel tables, while qualitative information is mostly ignored and experiential insight lost. Imagined on the near horizon is a brownfield universal database which captures qualitative and quantitative data streams from across the world to inform conceptual site models, cost risk modeling, and remediation strategies. Together, we can crowdsource the remediation of the planet.
    Maria Coler
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