Promoting good practice in the brownfield sector
Since May 2020, we have held regular webinars to promote good practice in everything from site investigation to report writing for land contamination assessment and management. Recorded webinars can be viewed on our YouTube channel and slides from previous webinars are provided below.
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WEBINAR 1 : LAND CONTAMINATION REPORT WRITING - OVERVIEW OF TECHNICAL FRAMEWORK, 11 MAY 2020
Alison McKay, Leapmoor LLP
The first webinar in this series was be delivered by one of our Executive Committee members, Alison McKay, who set the scene by providing an introduction to the technical framework i.e. Model Procedures CLR11 and draft Land contamination: risk management (2019). [The LCRM has since been published and can be found here]
WEBINAR 2 : LAND CONTAMINATION REPORT WRITING - HUMAN HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT, 14 MAY 2020
Kirstie Ogilvie, South Lanarkshire Council
This webinar was delivered by Kirstie Ogilvie, another of our Executive Committee members. It provides an outline of the key elements to be included when reporting the results of a land contamination Human Health Risk Assessment. Kirstie explored some of the common problems encountered in such reports as well as offering suggestions on how these can be mitigated and improved.
WEBINAR 3 : LAND CONTAMINATION REPORT WRITING - WATER ENVIRONMENT RISK ASSESSMENT, 21 MAY 2020
Murray Dobson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Murray looked at the main elements that should be covered when undertaking a Water Environment Risk Assessment within a Part IIA or Planning context. The key information requirements and pitfalls to be avoided were also be considered.
WEBINAR 4 : LAND CONTAMINATION REPORT WRITING - VERIFICATION, THE POOR RELATION, 28 MAY 2020
Sarah Hamill, West Dunbartonshire Council
Sarah explains the importance of agreeing both a remediation strategy and remediation scheme which should include the details of the verification checks required. Sarah also provided examples of common problems faced as well as offering suggestions as to how the situation can be improved.
WEBINAR 5 : GROUND INVESTIGATION DESIGN AND STRATEGY, 11 JUNE 2020
Lisa West, Arup
This webinar was delivered by one of our Executive Committee members, Lisa West who outlined salient considerations with respect to scoping a geo-environmental ground investigation and present some common issues and "watch its" with respect to developing the scope and strategy.
WEBINAR 6 : GROUND INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES, 18 JUNE 2020
Ross Cameron, A&I Geotechnical
Ross provided an outline of the main ground investigation techniques used in geo-environmental investigations. He provides a practical insight into the pro’s and con’s of the most common investigation techniques as well as ‘watch points’ to consider when designing and implementing ground investigations.
WEBINAR 7 : LAND CONTAMINATION SAMPLING PROTOCOLS 101, 25 JUNE 2020
John Cleland, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
John presents key considerations in soil and groundwater sampling protocols to maintain the integrity of the results and reflect on some good practice that should be adopted.
WEBINAR 8 : EMERGING CONTAMINANTS - PFAS, 16 JULY 2020
Ian Ross, Arcadis
Ian presents an overview of the emerging issues with per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFASs) as they are increasingly being discovered in drinking water above regulatory standards globally. The properties of these contaminants were described as their extreme persistence, bioaccumulation potential, mobility and toxicity are driving increased regulatory awareness. The sources of PFAS, the regrettable replacement chemistry and alternative products are described.
WEBINAR 9 : SUSTAINABLE AND APPROPRIATE SELECTION OF GROUND GAS BARRIERS, 30 JULY 2020
Patrick Flood, JUTA (UK)
Patrick Flood coves the use of geosynthetic materials used to prevent Ground Gas migration into new buildings; the associated guidance; and relevance to applications in the built environment. The seminar was designed for those with a basic understanding of ground gas protective measures looking to increase awareness and understanding.
WEBINAR 10 : SOIL TESTING STRATEGIES FOR SOIL MANAGEMENT, 6 AUGUST 2020
John Cleland, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
John provided a supplementary presentation to previous webinars on Sampling Protocols 101 and Design and Strategy. Making sure you have collected the right numbers of samples and scheduled the correct testing is imperative and is dependent on the rationale for the investigation. A generic investigation to inform Human Health or Environmental Risk Assessment will differ from a sampling strategy to determine waste classification for disposal purposes, so getting the rationale right and understanding the client requirements is key to a successful investigation.
WEBINAR 11 : LABORATORY ANALYSIS - A WHISTLESTOP TOUR OF LAB BASICS, 13 AUGUST 2020
Will Fardon, i2 Analytical
Will presents a review of the laboratory process from sampling requirements, sources of deviation, the purpose of accreditation, and some of the common errors encountered in turning soil into analytical data.
WEBINAR 12 : INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION WASTE PORTAL, 27 AUGUST 2020
John Logan, Mudataco
John introduces the Construction Waste Portal. Construction produces over 60% of all UK waste, yet there is a lack of coherent and valid data in relation to construction waste forecasting and costing. This means that waste management planning in terms of volume and cost is unpredictable at best, and guesswork in the worst cases. 30% of all profit margins in construction are lost to overspend on waste. There is demand within the construction industry for better cost and waste estimation; ConstructionWastePortal.com will deliver better interfacing and commercial opportunities between construction and the waste industry. Not only does the website provide a platform for cost certainty and planning, it also provides a platform for best practice in terms of waste minimisation and resource efficiency.
WEBINAR 13 : THE IMPACT OF MINING ON LAND CONDITION, 3 SEPTEMBER 2020
Keith Torrance, University of Strathclyde
Keith presents an overview of the geotechnical and environmental impacts of historical mining on land condition in Scotland, with an emphasis on subsidence, water quality and waste.
WEBINAR 14 : AN INTRODUCTION TO CIRIA'S NEW GUIDANCE ON UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE, 17 SEPTEMBER 2020
Russell Bowman, Soil and Structures Ltd
Russell introduces CIRIA's new guidance on the risk management of Unexploded Ordnance on land based projects (C785).
WEBINAR 15 : RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE VACANT AND DERELICT LAND TASK FORCE, 1 OCTOBER 2020
Shona Glenn, Scottish Land Commission
Shona provides an overview of the work of the Vacant and Derelict Land Task Force and it's published recommendations which have since been adopted by the Scottish Govenment.
WEBINAR 16 : IN-SITU GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION - DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS, 8 OCTOBER 2020
JP Renaud, Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd
JP provides a general overview of what a groundwater remediation contractor will consider as part of the design and implementation of an in-situ groundwater remediation scheme.
WEBINAR 17 : GROUNDWATER SAMPLING, 29 OCTOBER 2020
David Pearks, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
This webinar was delivered by David Pearks of SEPA. Reliable and representative groundwater sampling is key to understanding impacts of a range of pressures from land contamination to diffuse pollution. This session covers sampling design, equipment, methods, data management and reporting, together with an outline of SEPA's groundwater sampling plan and data holdings.
WEBINAR 18 : 2020 SURF-UK GUIDANCE - SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT FOR REMEDIATION, 12 NOVEMBER 2020
Paul Bardos, r3 Environmental Technology
In July 2020 SuRF-UK released a major overhaul of its guidance on sustainability assessment, including Supplementary Report 1 with detailed methodology and explanation for the process of sustainability assessment; and Supplementary Report 2 with the same for indicators. In this presentation, Paul outlines process and indicators and how they are best deployed.
WEBINAR 19 : BENEFICIAL REUSE OF DREDGED CANAL SEDIMENTS, 26 NOVEMBER 2020
Keith Torrance, University of Strathclyde
Dredging of canals, harbours and waterways is necessary to maintain navigation. Dredged sediment is a waste but can be reused if its geotechnical properties can be improved and any contamination addressed. in this talk, Keith gives an overview of SURICATES pilot projects in Scotland to reuse dredged canal sediment.
WEBINAR 20 : COMPARING SOIL CONTAMINATION DATA WITH A CRITICAL CONCENTRATION. WHAT'S CHANGED IN THE NEW STATISTICAL GUIDANCE?, 10 DECEMBER 2020
Nigel Marriott, Marriott Statistical Consulting
In Sept 2020, CL:AIRE published new professional guidance on using statistics when comparing soil contamination data with a critical concentration. The new guidance is heavily influenced by 2 statements published by the ASA (American Statistical Association) in 2016 & 2019 which seek to "move to a world beyond P<0.05" and in this presentation, Nigel explains how statistics should be used to supplement practitioners judgement, not replace it.
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