As a nonprofit, independent science and technology organization, APM-I is well suited for conducting independent reviews of complex and highly technical projects requiring multidisciplinary expertise. Our staff provides unbiased, science-based, and practical recommendations to address complex challenges. We bring credibility to independent reviews. As appropriate, we reach out to our associates and partners in academia, government, or industry to obtain the best possible advice. APM-I utilizes the standards established by the National Academy of Sciences and the Office of Management and Budget as well as other proven practices and standards.
APM-I has been awarded a multi-year contract for conducting congressionally mandated Independent External Peer Reviews (IEPRs) of the Army Corps of Engineers' water resources projects through 2025 include, dams, levees, navigation systems, and ecosystem restoration to address a multitude of issues, in particular, flood risk management. APM-I staff has extensive experience providing subject matter expertise to other government agencies and organizations, including AFCEC’s use of remediation approaches and technologies, DHS’ Safety Act reviews, OSD’s emerging contaminants and ITRC's application of innovative remediation processes, and PEO-ACWA’s safety of chemical agent destruction facilities and mobile systems.
Providing unbiased, science-based, and practical recommendations
The Nation’s infrastructure is vulnerable to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. There are engineering tools and techniques, and innovative approaches available to determine possible impacts on public safety and economic security whether the events are intentional or unintentional. APM-I utilizes a variety of techniques to evaluate and manage risks. These include risk and hazard analysis using Monte Carlo and other quantified methods, deterministic modeling using numerical or analytical methods, and applying the concept of defense-in-depth, which provides multiple and successive levels of active and passive protection.
APM-I has staff with expertise in the design and engineering of safety systems to protect against possible attacks or accidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) threats. Our staff has applied CBRNE expertise to analyze the engineering and safety of the Army’s PEO-ACWA and DOE’s nuclear weapons complex, to conduct DHS’ Safety Act reviews involving CBRNE and cybersecurity, and to perform R&D in the design of mobile nuclear detection systems as well as the use of drones for the inspection of assets. APM-I conducts independent reviews of engineering, environmental and economic aspects of the Corps of Engineers' water resources infrastructure and the Bureau of Reclamation dams to ensure proper design and public safety.
Protecting against terrorist attacks and natural disasters
The current rapid increase of the human population requires developing effective sustainable solutions. We use our multi-disciplined staff’s risk assessment and risk management expertise to help evaluate the competing aspects of sustainability, including health, environmental, and economic aspects. APM-I focuses on finding optimum solutions with minimal unintended consequences. For high-hazard operations, we recognize the importance of the organization's Culture of Safety, which represents a shared frame of reference through which individuals exchange and interpret information. We utilize tools, such as nonlinear dynamic simulation models, to help us identify and assess the relative impact of different interrelated stressors.
APM-I provides capabilities to address these challenges. Our collaboration with other nonprofit organizations, such as UNF, ITRC, and LMI, enables us to combine our scientific and engineering specialized expertise of others to develop innovative, sustainable solutions. APM-I staff with expertise in remediation of contaminated Air Force sites has developed approaches and techniques to ensure adequate and proper remediation levels. Our experts with in-depth knowledge of AFCEC challenges, supported by our internal research efforts, enable us to address issues such as emerging contaminants and OSD's sustainability efforts. APM-I's support to the Army Corps of Engineers ensures that engineering, environmental and economic aspects are considered in maintaining dams and levees, reducing flood risk, restoring ecosystems, and dredging of harbors and waterways.
Developing effective and sustainable solutions