Formed as a Wyoming corporation in January 1999, AristaTek is a certified HUBZone small business concern located in Laramie, WY.
The four founders are former employees of the University of Wyoming Research Corporation (UWRC) and were the core technical staff
of the Hazardous Materials Research Group that conducted field scale research studies at the Nevada Test Site’s Hazmat Spill Center (HSC).
The research was mandated in the 80’s when Congress decided to include UWRC in the 1986 Superfund and Reauthorization Act (SARA) to
investigate and develop new hazardous chemical technology while developing a Technology Transfer Program to convey these new technologies
to the public sector. Again in 1990, UWRC was directed in the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) to develop calibrated data sets of field-scale
vapor cloud dispersion releases of dense-gas stimulants under worst-case scenarios that would be used to establish a basis for the Risk
Management Plans (RMPs) to be implemented in 1999. These investigations were funded by industry, DOE and EPA and managed by the UWRC
technical staff that eventually formed the AristaTek spin-off.
The field-scale research studies involved source strength studies to validate mathematical model formulations for the evaporation rates
of liquid chlorine and liquid anhydrous ammonia in the existing wind tunnel at the HSC. The vapor dispersion studies culminated in the
Kit Fox Series conducted in the summer of 1995 that were the first of a kind investigations to document dispersion of heavier-than-air gases
under neutral and stable meteorological conditions across multiple surface roughness configurations. The project required management and
collaboration with ten petrochemical participants*, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, DOE’s Office of Nonproliferation and National Security,
EPA’s Office of Research and Development, EPA’s Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office, University of Nevada – Reno, and US
Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds.
* Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF Project 93-16), which comprised the following ten companies: Allied Signal Corporation; Amoco
Corporation; Chevron Research and Technology Co.; CITGO Petroleum Corporation; Clark Oil and Refining Co.; Exxon Research and Engineering Co.;
Marathon Corporation; Mobil Research and Development Co.; Phillips Petroleum Co.; and Shell Research and Development Co.
An earlier study under the SARA program undertaken by the UWRC employees was to conduct an investigation of a large number of hazardous material
incidents and report on their cause and the resulting emergency response actions taken. The investigation indicated that First Responders had
used essentially no prediction tools to develop evacuation zones or consider what portion of the public might be at risk. At a number of these
incidents Responders did not have appropriate tools available and those that did, did not have a properly trained individual on site that could
operate the software.
Based upon these findings and the knowledge developed during the field scale investigations, the UWRC employees conceived and developed PEAC®
(Palmtop Emergency Action for Chemicals) to provide the First Response community with a field-deployable software solution. The system centers
around a comprehensive database of hazardous materials indexed to multiple databases, e.g., chemical/physical properties, toxicities,
appropriate respirator recommendations, breakthrough times for chemical protective clothing, and symptoms of exposure. The application also
included an integrated plume model to calculate exclusion zones for toxic vapor cloud releases.
The formation of AristaTek by the UWRC employees and transfer of the technology patent rights has led to enhancement of the PEAC product beyond
just a resource for dealing with Hazmat response. The database is now comprised of 100K+ hazardous substance names and includes a comprehensive
threat matrix to support events with multiple hazardous agents combined with a chemical reactivity analysis feature to assess consequences of
multiple substances mixing. The integrated computational tools have expanded to include calculation of safe standoff distances from different
types of hazardous events, e.g., explosions, unconfined vapor cloud explosions, radioactive isotope release, radioactive fallout exposure, and
detonation of a nuclear device, with the results displayed as polygons on mapping tools.
Today, PEAC is the acknowledged "gold standard" for this type of solution and is used by hundreds of municipal fire departments, and many
Department of Defense agencies. Recent DOD fieldings include all the NGB’s CSTs, the NGB TAGs in the 54 states and territories, and the
Fire and Emergency Services for the USAF bases worldwide. The USAF fielding included development of on-line training courseware for DOD
personnel with AristaTek staff serving as SMEs to the USAF course development contractor. A civilian fielding in 2008 via the DHS CEDAP
(Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program) that provided hardware, software, NET (new equipment training) and extended technical
support contracts for 89 jurisdictions spread across the USA.
In addition to the enhancement and support of the PEAC COTS product, AristaTek participates in other development projects, such as:
- 1999-2000 - Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) to incorporate the CWAs and their precursors into the PEAC-WMD database and
the integrated plume-modeling tool.
- 2004-2005 - CARAT (Chemical Agent Risk Assessment Tool) project for TSWG and funded by DHS that created a software tool to evaluate
user selected PPE ensembles for duration of protection based on a user specified contaminated environment and working conditions.
- 2008-2009 - Subcontractor for the NGB J7 JSRTS (Joint State Response Training System) web-based project. AristaTek provides
deliverables in the form of software code development for the GUI and digital art development for a virtual Cityscape environment
used in the US-Nexus portion of the JSRTS Program. AristaTek also is providing hosting services for the web-based project.