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Remote Air Monitoring On Construction Sites: Resilience and ConTech Meet New Challenges

In recent screen-to-screen conversations with industry leaders three words keep coming up in respect to air monitoring on construction sites: Resilience, Remote and ConTech. For the construction sector to survive and thrive beyond COVID-19, companies must implement systems-thinking approaches which mitigate risks to people and projects, provide access to real-time data from anywhere, and leverage new technologies to [...]

05 May 2020
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Disrupting the Consultancy Model

Change the only certainty for environmental consultants – that and defensible data The pace of technology in the air monitoring world is not only outstripping the ability of people to respond to the changes, but it is also modifying existing behaviours and introducing new players into the mix – the results of disrupting the consultancy [...]

18 Nov 2019
Vice-Chair of U.S. A&WMA, Bernadette Shahin, Joins Aeroqual

According to WHO, there are over 4.2 million deaths every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution. This staggering number is demanding more attention to the global problem and encouraging an increase in air quality monitoring. To keep up with the demand for real-time sensor-based instruments, the Aeroqual team is rapidly [...]

22 Aug 2019
Drew Dintaman to Accelerate Aeroqual’s US Momentum

The recent June 5 World Environment Day theme 'Beat Air Pollution' is a timely reminder that air quality is taking centre stage with local communities, industry, city government and Federal and State authorities. If you needed further proof of the increased priority of air quality, look no further than the phenomenal uptake of Aeroqual's air [...]

04 Jul 2019
Is this the End for the Specialist Consultant?

The 23rd Annual Joint Technical Conference On March 26, 2019, Paul Pickering attended the A&WMA & AIHA 23rd Annual Joint Technical Conference. The following are key takeaways he observed from his time at the conference in New York. Wandering down Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District I was charmed to find an Irish sports bar called Lefty’s [...]

24 Apr 2019
Rule 1466 compliance & SCAQMD: 3 Simple Steps

All earth-moving operations at notified remediation sites in California involve Rule 1466 compliance. It applies to all parts of California regulated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The rule ensures that off-site fugitive dust emissions containing toxic air contaminants are minimized. It came into effect in early 2018. For an overview of [...]

16 Apr 2019
Consultants Need to Become Better Educators

Environmental consultants have always had some level of community interaction. What’s changed, however, is a shift in the balance of power towards the public and this has all sorts of ramifications for the air testing community. Senior Consultant, Drew Hill Senior Consultant and Air Quality, Health, and Data Scientist with SHAIR at Ramboll in San Francisco, Drew [...]

22 Mar 2019
DER-10 and Community Air Monitoring – What you need to know

This blog post summarizes what regulations apply to remediation sites in New York, and what air monitoring equipment can help you comply. Brownfield cleanup in New York City As New York City’s need for space grows, existing stock of land must be used more effectively. Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment represents one of the best opportunities [...]

15 Mar 2019
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Air Sensor Technology – Opportunity or Threat for Environmental Consultants?

The air quality consulting industry is experiencing an age of disruption. Disruption brought about by increased accessibility to low cost air monitoring equipment, growing public awareness, activism and greater regulation. But according to many consultants in the business, the biggest threat to consultants remains consultants themselves. Headlines like ‘Air monitoring at grade school near Rockwool [...]

11 Dec 2018
Air Monitoring at Remediation Sites - What I Learned from a Visit to GowanusAir Monitoring at Remediation Sites ꟷ What I Learned from a Visit to Gowanus
Air Monitoring at Remediation Sites – What I learned from a visit to Gowanus, NYC

What is remediation? Environmental site remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water. It includes systematic steps involving detection, investigation and hazard assessments of suspected contaminated sites. Remedial activities are designed to reverse toxic changes in soil and water, eliminate site pollution, and protect sensitive receptors, such [...]

16 Nov 2018
SCAQMD Rule 1466 - Remediation site air monitoring
Rule 1466 – Everything you need to know about SCAQMD Rule 1466

In July 2017, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopted Rule 1466 - Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. The new rule was amended last December before going into effect in early 2018 for all applicable earth-moving operations that take place in parts of California regulated by the SCAQMD. [...]

26 Oct 2018
Part 1: Why monitor NO2 and PM at construction sites?

Part 1 of this blog series discusses how these pollutants occur on construction sites, the impact on our health and environment, and what monitoring regulations apply.

14 Sep 2017
Part 2: Methods for monitoring NO2 and PM at construction sites

The first blog in this series addressed two critical air pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM), how they occur on construction sites, impact on health and environment, and what monitoring regulations apply. In this post we discuss the principal methods used to measure NO2 and PM and their relevance to monitoring in [...]

14 Sep 2017
Part 3: Installing NO2 and PM monitors around a construction site – when, where and how many?

In this blog series, Part 1 explained how construction activities can generate harmful emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM), and what monitoring regulations apply. Part 2 discussed principal NO2 and PM monitoring techniques, and guidance for selecting appropriate methods for construction and demolition sites. In this final post, we look at siting [...]

14 Sep 2017
Ozone Pollution
Why do I have an ozone pollution problem (and what can I do about it)?

This is a question we often get asked. Especially by people intent on safely sterilizing locations or in less built-up areas and are surprised to find they have an ozone pollution problem which they associate with big cities. Ozone formation and dispersion is complex and is influenced by many factors. We wrote this blogpost to […]

17 Nov 2016
Air pollution in India
Why air pollution in India requires compact monitoring stations

I recently returned from a tour of India which took in the megacities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, plus the smaller cities of Pune and Vishakhapatnam. What struck me most on this trip was the depth of air pollution knowledge from people in the street. Locals in hotels, bars and airports chatted about PM10 […]

09 Jun 2016
Melbourne CASANZ conference
CASANZ embraces next generation air monitoring

September 20-23 saw the 22nd International Clear Air and Environment Conference come to Melbourne, Australia. This biennial conference, also dubbed CASANZ 2015, was a collaboration of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) and the Federal Australian Government. With the theme of New Frontiers, this conference and exhibition was designed to demonstrate […]

29 Oct 2015