Theatre Hall 29

Wednesday 11th September

Thursday 12th September


11.00 - 11.30

Simon Farr

Reuse and Disposal of contaminated soils on construction sites

We will explore the processes, pit falls and consequents involved in the reuse and / or disposal of contaminated soils on construction sites. We will demonstrate best practice and permitting requirements. We will also explore various soil disposal options and how to comply with legislative requirements and still achieve a sound commercial outcome.


11.45 - 12.15

Aidan Hubbard

Monitoring Noise Correctly and Selecting the Right Equipment

Discussion around noise monitoring equipment, including explanations of which technology is suitable for various applications and requirements, why this makes a difference and why is it important. We will also review cloud-based monitoring platforms for data reporting and look at how they work.


12.30 - 13.00

Kyle Dumke

On-site, Real-Time Screening for ACMs Using a Handheld NIR Analyser

To protect worker health and the environment, before any building renovation or demolition property developers, contractors, and construction companies must identified and properly abate any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This seminar examines worldwide asbestos regulations, traditional ACM testing methodologies, and the newer technology of handheld near-infrared (NIR) analysers. It considers the science behind ACM screening methods and evaluates the benefits, limits, and best practices for portable, on-site asbestos screening using NIR.


13.15 - 13.45

Sarah Bergin

The Saddleworth moor fires: an air quality monitoring response

This seminar discusses the air quality considerations during a major incident, in particular when moving from the emergency phase to the recovery phase. When the Saddleworth moor fire broke out, appropriate air quality limits were applied that aimed to consider all exposed receptors e.g. the fire service as workers, or affected residents. The talk discusses these air quality limits and the actions that were taken based on air quality monitoring.


14.00 - 14.30

Jon Murthy

UKAS Accreditation: Delivering confidence in the management of contamination

Businesses rely on accurate testing, analysis and surveys in the protection of the environment and management of contamination. UKAS accreditation ensures that test results, surveys, and certificates can be relied upon in terms of technical competence and impartiality. It covers all areas from contaminated land, geotechnical, asbestos and legionella, to air and water quality, and is increasingly recognised by Regulators and required for public and private sector contracts.


14.45 - 15.15

Dr. Andrea Junker-Buchheit

Microbiological FOG (Fat and Grease) Disposal and Prevention in Sewerage Systems

Modern microorganism based FOG control in wastewater sewers. As a technology supplier, we supply the supsension for specialist companies that use modern working methods in sewers.


15.30 - 16.00

Paul Singh Bhatia

Monitoring ground subsidence in support of planning and remediation

Reports on subsidence are crucial to develop and re-develop land. Long term subsidence can be a root cause of ongoing and future issues and concerns. Land-motion is dynamic and continuous monitoring can lead to new insights. This seminar will introduce a low cost patent pending remote sensing technique, that utilises satellite radar data to allow high precision continuous monitoring of land motion over long periods of time and large areas.


16.15 - 16.45

Dr Simon Houghton

From Magic mineral to Prohibition: UK’s partnership with Commonwealth asbestos

The UK has had a historical privileged access to Commonwealth mined asbestos fibre – especially amphibole asbestos. Maximum imports occurred prior the first effective waste legislation introduced in 1974. The first legislation controlling work on UK asbestos was the licensing of the more hazardous activities in 1983. The legacy of this industrial usage and the late legislative controls is witnessed by the UK having the highest reported mesothelioma death rate.