Shawcity Seminar 3: Environmental Organic Gas Analysis - Soil and Water

On Wednesday 14th September 2016, Shawcity hosted the third in their 2016 series of seminars for the occupational hygiene, health and safety and environmental industries.

 The theme for the event was 'Environmental Organic Gas Analysis - Soil and Water' and the speaker line-up was of the highest calibre, with four PhD-level experts sharing their knowledge on the subject.

Delegates from across the country came to learn more about the science and technology driving this area of environmental monitoring forward and were rewarded with some of the leading names in the fields of environmental analysis, brownfield and remediation giving insightful technical presentations and demonstrations.

Dr. Peter Morris of Ion Science kicked off proceedings, discussing headspace and environmental monitoring of VOCs with PID technology. Pete also unveiled Ion Science's latest project, a new PID sensor which works both in and out of water, aptly named Ampidian.

Second up was Dr. Stephen Boult from the University of Manchester who discussed his postgraduate programme's work on continuous VOC monitoring, focusing on GasClam technology and how environmental factors such as changes in air pressure, rises in the water table etc can all affect readings. Steve discussed in detail time integrated measurement and the reasons behind false positive measurements for carbon dioxide.

After lunch, Dr. Steve Goodman from Shawcity gave a very interactive presentation on infield organic gas analysis in soil and water. Delegates were invited to perform simple tests using gas detection tubes to identify the presence of gases in samples, before using the latest electronic VOC detection instrumentation to begin to identify what the gases present might be. Steve also demonstrated the FROG-4000, currently the only portable gas chromatography available which analyses VOCs in water, soil and air.

Finally, Dr. Alex Lee of WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff rounded off the day with a fascinating insight into current advances being made in VOC degradation studies which is allowing faster, more accurate and in-depth understanding of land studies. Alex also discussed SoBRA (the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment), which aims to improve technical knowledge in risk-based decision-making related to land contamination and offers membership and professional accreditation.

Priced at just £35 including a hot lunch, the seminars are invaluable as they are not only a great way for delegates to learn directly from presentations but also offer the opportunity to chat with and question experts over coffee or lunch in a relaxed, informal environment.

Feedback from September's seminar included the following:

'Very enjoyable day with enthusiastic, charismatic and interesting speakers'
Joseph Begaj, Oceans ESU

'Knowledgeable speakers on latest innovative techniques and technologies'
Simon Talbot, Ground Gas Solutions

'Very interesting, informative and good value'
Sam Johnson, DTS Raeburn Ltd.

Further comments included: 

'Lovely location, easy to get to'
'The practical elements were great'
'Coffee and lunch breaks were great in terms of extra opportunities to interact with speakers and ask questions'.

Make sure you don't miss the last in the series of seminars for this year. Our final event of 2016 is based on the theme of 'Noise and Vibration' and takes place on Tuesday 8th November. For further information and to book your space, please click here

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