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ProUCL Fact Sheet
About Version 5.0.00
References
Training
Contacts
Installation Instructions
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Downloads
Documentation for current and past versions

Statistical Software ProUCL 5.0.00 for Environmental Applications for Data Sets with and without Nondetect Observations

ProUCL version 5.0.00 (5.0) is the latest update of the ProUCL statistical software package for analysis of environmental data sets with and without nondetect (ND) observations. ProUCL version 5.0 is a comprehensive statistical software package with statistical methods and graphical tools to address many environmental sampling and statistical issues.

Updated Operating Systems:  ProUCL 5.0 is compatible with Microsoft Office 8.0 and represents an upgrade of all previous versions of ProUCL. ProUCL 5.0 has been developed in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 using the C# programming language. To provide Excel-compatible Spreadsheet functionality, ProUCL uses FarPoint Spread 5 for .NET; and for graphics, ProUCL uses the development software package, ChartFx 7. The look and feel of ProUCL 5.0 is quite different from its previous versions; all main menu options have been re-arranged. Most of the statistical tests and methods (e.g., Outlier tests, Goodness-of-fit tests, Single and Two-Sample hypothesis tests, Oneway ANOVA, OLS regression, and Trend Analysis) are now available under the Statistical Tests module.

UCLs/EPCs and Upper Limits/BTVs modules enhancements:  A new statistic, an upper simultaneous limit (USL), has also been incorporated in ProUCL5.0.  For data sets with NDs, ProUCL 5.0 computes upper confidence limits (UCLs), upper prediction and tolerance limits (UPLs, UTLs), and USLs which adjust for data skewness. For data sets with NDs, ProUCL 5.0 computes upper limits using KM estimates in gamma (normal, lognormal or nonparametric) UCL, UPL, and UTL equations provided the detected observations follow a gamma (normal, lognormal or nonparametric) distribution. The graphical methods include histograms, multiple quantile-quantile (Q-Q) plots, and side-by-side box plots. The Dixon and Rosner outlier tests and Goodness-of-Fit (GOF) tests for normal, lognormal, and gamma distributions can be used on data sets with and without NDs. Single-sample hypothesis tests include: t-test, Sign, Wilcoxon Signed Rank, and proportion tests; and two- sample tests include: t-test, Wilcoxon Rank Sum (WRS) test, Gehan, and Tarone-Ware (new in ProUCL 5.0) tests, and the new statistic, an upper simultaneous limit (USL) incorporated into ProUCL can compute parametric (e.g., normal, gamma, lognormal) and nonparametric (e.g., bootstrap, Chebyshev inequality, and Central Limit Theorem) statistics including UCLs of mean, upper percentiles, UPLs for future k (≥1) observations, UTLs, and USLs. The Trend Module performs Mann-Kendall and Theil-Sen tests on time-series data sets with missing values and generates trend line graphs displaying OLS and Theil-Sen trend lines. The Time Series Plot option is useful to compare multiple time-series data sets. The Sample Sizes module is used to develop data quality objectives (DQOs) based sampling designs and power evaluations needed to address statistical issues associated with the various site projects. ProUCL 5.0 can process multiple variables simultaneously by a group variable to perform the various tests (e.g., ANOVA, GOF, and trend tests) and compute decision statistics including UCLs, UPLs, UTLs, and USLs. 

User and Technical Guide Updates:  Both guides have been updated to include all recent changes to the program and to be more user friendly and informative.

ProUCL 5.0 also includes the Background Incremental Sample Simulator (BISS) module which has been blocked awaiting guidance on its use from the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI).  The objective of the BISS module is to take advantage of the information provided by large existing background discrete samples for comparison to more recently taken incremental site background data.  Since comparing background incremental sampling to old discrete data is a relatively new approach and must be performed with great caution and restrictions, the performance of the BISS module requires further investigation; however it is expected that this module will be released in a future version of the ProUCL software, along with strict conditions for how it is applied.  Those interested in this strategy can contact Deana Crumbling, crumbling.deana@epa.gov.

References

Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC). 2012. Incremental Sampling Methodology. Technical and Regulatory Guidance, 2012.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 1989a. Methods for Evaluating the Attainment of Cleanup Standards, Vol. 1, Soils and Solid Media. Publication EPA/230/2-89/042.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 1992. Statistical Analysis of Ground-water Monitoring Data at RCRA Facilities. Addendum to Interim Final Guidance. Washington DC: Office of Solid Waste. July 1992.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 1994. Statistical Methods for Evaluating the Attainment of Cleanup Standards, EPA 230-R-94-004, Washington, DC.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2000. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, et al. Multi- Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM). Revision 1. EPA 402-R-97-016. Available at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/marssim/ or from http://bookstore.gpo.gov/index.html (GPO Stock Number for Revision 1 is 052-020-00814-1).

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2002a. Calculating Upper Confidence Limits for Exposure Point Concentrations at Hazardous Waste Sites. OSWER 9285.6-10. December 2002.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2002b. Guidance for Comparing Background and Chemical Concentrations in Soil for CERCLA Sites. EPA 540-R-01-003-OSWER 9285.7-41. September 2002.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2002c. RCRA Waste Sampling, Draft Technical Guidance – Planning, Implementation and Assessment. EPA 530-D-02-002, 2002.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2006a, Guidance on Systematic Planning Using the Data Quality Objective Process, EPA QA/G-4, EPA/240/B-06/001. Office of Environmental Information, Washington, DC. Download from: http://www.epa.gov/quality/qs-docs/g4-final.pdf

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2006b. Data Quality Assessment: Statistical Methods for Practitioners, EPA QA/G-9S. EPA/240/B-06/003. Office of Environmental Information, Washington, DC. Download from: http://www.epa.gov/quality/qs-docs/g9s-final.pdf

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2009. Statistical Analysis of Groundwater Monitoring Data at RCRA Facilities – Unified Guidance. EPA 530-R-09-007, 2009.

Singh, A. and Nocerino, J.M. 1997. Robust Intervals for Some Environmental Applications." The Journal of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Vol 37, 55-69.

Singh, A.K., Singh, A., and Engelhardt, M. 1997. The Lognormal Distribution in Environmental Applications. Technology Support Center Issue Paper, 182CMB97. EPA/600/R-97/006, December 1997.

Singh, A., Singh, A.K., and Iaci, R.J. 2002. Estimation of the Exposure Point Concentration
Term Using a Gamma Distribution, EPA/600/R-02/084, October 2002.

Singh, A. and Nocerino, J.M. 2002. Robust Estimation of Mean and Variance Using Environmental Data Sets with Below Detection Limit Observations. Vol. 60, pp. 69-86.

Singh, A., Maichle, R., and Lee, S. 2006. On the Computation of a 95% Upper Confidence Limit of the Unknown Population Mean Based Upon Data Sets with Below Detection Limit Observations. EPA/600/R-06/022, March 2006. http://www.epa.gov/osp/hstl/tsc/Singh2006.pdf


User Guide for ProUCL 5.0 (PDF, 254pp., 5.9MB)

Technical Guide for ProUCL 5.0 (PDF, 312pp., 5.6MB)

Training for ProUCL

Two archived webinars, each three hours long, are available.

Contact Information for ProUCL

The ProUCL software is developed under the direction of the Technical Support Center (TSC). As of November 2007, the direction of the TSC was transferred from Brian Schumacher to Felicia Barnett. Therefore, any comments or questions concerning ProUCL should be addressed to:

Felicia Barnett (STL)
US EPA, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA   30303-8960
barnett.felicia@epa.gov
(404) 562-8659   phone
(404) 562-8439   fax

Installation Instructions:

{ Using Winzip (or equivalent, e.g., EasyZip) to unzip files}
  1. Download and save SETUP.zip to any directory. Note: You can delete this file when the installation is complete if desired and always re-download the latest version of ProUCL 5.0 from this website.

  2. Run SETUP.zip Double-Click on SETUP.zip or using Run option (Start gets you to that option), browse to the directory setup.zip was saved to and run it by finding it using the "all files" (not Programs) choices of files to open.

  3. Unzip and install from SETUP.zip to a Root Directory or Folder where you wish to install ProUCL 5.0. This will create a directory named ProUCL 5.0; add all the necessary files; create two subdirectories, adding sample data to one and documentation to the other.

  4. You can create a shortcut by dragging the program (ProUCL.exe) to where you want the shortcut.

  5. Run ProUCL 5.0 by double clicking the program or the shortcut if you created one (You can now delete the file SETUP.exe if desired).

Minimum Hardware Requirements

ProUCL 5.0.00 will function but some titles and some Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) will need to be scrolled. Definition without color will be marginal.

Software Requirements

ProUCL 5.0.00 has been developed in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 using the C# programming language. To properly run ProUCL 5.0.00 software, the computer using the program must have the .NET Framework 4.0 pre-installed. The downloadable .NET Framework 4.0 files can be obtained from one of the following websites:

Software Downloads

Version 5.0.00, updated 9/19/13:   setup.zip (ZIP, 16.5MB)   (Please follow the instructions above.)

Version 4.1.00, setup.zip (ZIP, 50.6MB)

Documentation Downloads

ProUCL version 5.0.00 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 15KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 1pp., 66KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 254pp., 5.9MB)
Technical Guide
(PDF, 312pp., 5.6MB)
ProUCL version 4.1.00 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 15KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 18pp., 532KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 284pp., 7.1MB)
Technical Guide
(PDF, 282pp., 4.2MB)
ProUCL version 4.00.05 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 12KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 18pp., 532KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 263pp., 5.9MB)
Technical Guide
(PDF, 267pp., 2.8MB)
ProUCL version 4.00.04 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 12KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 18pp., 532KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 248pp., 8.1MB)
Technical Guide
(PDF, 244pp., 4.2MB)
ProUCL version 4.00.02 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 12KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 18pp., 532KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 239pp., 7.3MB)
Technical Guide
(PDF, 232pp., 3.1MB)
ProUCL version 3.00.02 Instructions
(PDF, 1pp., 12KB)
Fact Sheet
(PDF, 6pp., 182KB)
User Guide
(PDF, 166pp., 1.5MB)
 

 



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