Why do none of the InfoMine Tools ever get used anymore? In answer to this question from a colleague, I guessed that nobody likes doing simple calculations anymore—we all like fancy black box computer codes. They are authoritative, take a lot of time to use (high consulting fee income potential), and are never questioned by reviewing regulatory authorities.

I have never use RACER which is short for Remedial Action Cost Engineering and Requirements System. To judge from the websites promoting it purchase and use it meets al my software code desirability criteria. Here is an overview of sites promoting the code:

Delta Research Corporation. They prepared the code for the U.S. Air Force, Directorate of Construction Cost Management. The code as they describe it is an engineering based environmental cost estimating system, that estimates costs for studies, remedial design, remedial action, and related site-work for environmental restoration projects. RACER estimates capital and O&M costs, contingencies, overhead and profit, and general indirect costs.

EarthTech is much slicker in their presentation, to wit: “Earth Tech’s Remedial Action Cost Engineering and Requirements (RACER) software is a Windows-based environmental remediation/corrective action cost estimating system. RACER software quickly and accurately estimates costs for all phases of environmental remediation projects – from site investigation through site closeout. The system enables users to develop and update cost estimates, evaluate and compare the cost of various treatment options, quantify environmental liability for budgeting or regulatory/financial disclosures, and develop a consistent approach for project budgeting.

The US Army Corps of Engineers clarifies matters somewhat: “RACER is a Windows-based environmental remediation parametric cost estimating system developed for the Air Force by Talisman Partners. The HTRW CX continues to support the Air Force in the development of the RACER software and provides technical support for the remediation models included in the software.”

Actually, by far the best listing of links to information for estimating the cost of environmental restoration is the EPA site: sixteen pages of links to sources of cost estimating information.