Change can be difficult…but it doesn’t have to be. Given that we live in the Information Age, change involving software can be the most painful of all — just ask Microsoft.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses software to enforce the Clean Air Act, which restricts certain pollutants found in urban areas with heavy traffic. Cities that exceed these standards are said to be in “nonattainment.” Using software called MOBILE6, agencies can estimate future vehicle emissions, and individual states can use data to create these implementation plans to bring their nonattainment areas into compliance.
The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) helps support the Texas State Implementation Plan by using MOBILE6 to estimate emissions. “Once an area is in noncompliance, it must demonstrate how it will conform to future air quality standards,” explains Dennis Perkinson, manager of TTI‘s Transportation Modeling Program. “Our work provides these crews with the information to do so.” Read article