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23Oct / 2020

Conceptual Site Model: Why is it so important to ground gas risk assessment?

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Through conducting a conceptual site model, GGS is able to accurately pinpoint the conditions and risks at a site rather than taking potentially misleading maximum gas readings at face value.

03Sep / 2020

Environmental graduate: How Annabel has enjoyed her first year at GGS

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Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Annabel Edwards and I am an Environmental Science graduate from the University of Manchester. I spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at GGS and it’s great to now be a member of the team.

GGS environmental graduate

How did you get into consultancy?

My degree was varied and like most other students; I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated. I had a very stern lecturer who ran the first and second year field trips and introduced us to what environmental consultants do on a day-to-day basis. I had another lecturer who taught us the relevance of environmental monitoring outside of an academic space. They made me realise that a role in consultancy could be for me, as it relies on all the problem-solving skills you develop at university and allows you to apply them to real life projects.

What was it like when you first started with GGS?

One of the best things about working at GGS is the environment; I instantly felt part of the team. This is in part due to our small size compared to many larger consultancies, but also due to how everyone pulls together. Teamwork is a critical ethos here and I have never felt alone or embarrassed to ask questions. This along with the extensive knowledge of the team is a real asset to GGS and makes working here both challenging and enjoyable.

What is your favourite aspect about your work at GGS?

It is exciting to be involved in a diverse range of projects. The balance of site and desk work keeps me driven. I have found site work particularly useful as a junior member of staff for helping me to understand different concepts and appreciate site specific risks. It is an essential part of working in our industry and I am fortunate to have been guided though this in such a professional yet approachable manner.

Site work is even more important to get to grips with when our own instruments are involved. Having contact with leading continuous monitoring equipment, like the GGS Gas Sentinel®, has been invaluable, not only for the unique skills developed but also for improving my ability to handle large sets of data.

What have you gained out of your time so far at GGS?

It has been very fulfilling for me to see how the skills and knowledge I developed over my degree can be converted to ‘real world’ situations. My appreciation of the source-pathway-receptor model has hugely expanded as now I am working on real sites that have real consequences. Consultancy leans on the intelligence I acquired at university while allowing me to expand my skills base through hands on experience, which I have found particularly refreshing. I was nervous that I did not have enough specific knowledge but working at GGS has helped me develop confidence in areas I had not considered before.

What do you think the future will bring for you?

I am looking forward to becoming more proficient on site and getting involved with a wide variety of GGS projects. I also hope to continue to build on the skills I have developed as a graduate at GGS to further become a well-rounded member of the team.

GGS occasionally has graduate internships available. If you’d like to hear more, please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected].

Xmas party axe throwing: Can you spot Annabel?

28Aug / 2020

A-Z Training Events Recommencing Sept 2020

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Great News! GGS is pleased to announce that it is recommencing its A-Z training events, in collaboration with PAGeotechnical, with appropriate Covid-19 protection measures.

These events give professional training on the latest best practice in continuous ground-gas monitoring techniques, risk assessment, solutions design and installation. Hundreds of consultants, regulators and developers benefit every year from attending the GGS “A – Z of Ground Gas” training course.

We look forward to finishing the year by training lots of new delegates who, like us, are committed to raising industry standards in ground gas monitoring.

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30Apr / 2020

Expanded Free Ground-Gas Webinar Programme

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GGS had arranged to run a full series of ‘A-Z of Ground-Gas’ training events throughout 2020. This is the tenth year we would have run these in collaboration with PAGeotechnical. However, due to Covid-19 social-distancing, these events have now been postponed.

As an alternative, GGS has put together the following programme of FREE 1 hour technical webinars to be held at 10:30 BST. Find the registration links on our training page or below:

11th May – Introduction to continuous ground-gas monitoring

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2nd June – Best practice in continuous ground-gas monitoring

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23rd June – Geology 101 for ground-gas contamination

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Further webinars are scheduled on the following dates at 10:30 BST and registration links will be published soon.

14th July – Continuous monitoring and the Source-Pathway-Receptor pollutant linkage

4th August – The Lines of Evidence approach to ground-gas risk assessment

8th September – Radon – source, hazards, monitoring and remediation

29th September  – Mine gas hazards, monitoring and risk assessment

If the current lockdown is relaxed this programme may be revised and the A-Z training events will be re-established if this can be done safely.

24Feb / 2020

UK’s Hydrogen Economy: A Pathway to Sustainability?

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Hydrogen is potentially a big game changer for sustainability in the UK and achieving our net zero carbon emissions target.

13Feb / 2020

Global carbon dioxide emissions flatlined in 2019 according to IEA data

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According to International Energy Agency (IEA) data, global emissions and carbon dioxide were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019.

21Jan / 2020

Brownfield Land Scotland 2020 – See you in Edinburgh

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GGS looks forward to spending the day in Edinburgh discussing the latest challenges and successes in brownfield development at Brownfield Land Scotland.

17Dec / 2019

Ground gas training dates for 2020 and delegate feedback

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There’s nothing more satisfying and reassuring than hearing that you’re doing a good job. Following another year of delivering ground gas training across the country, we’re happy to say that our course delegates have confirmed just that.

20Nov / 2019

Ground gas risk assessment: Is it getting easier?

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The last twelve months has again been busy for the ground gas sector with new and revised guidance, research reports and equipment developments. The question is has all of this made ground gas risk assessment easier?

05Nov / 2019

CO2 protection recommended following Gorebridge incident

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A report has been published by engineering and environmental consultancy, RSK Stirling, presenting the findings of their investigation into the pervasiveness of carbon dioxide in disused mineral mines in Scotland and the implications for residential buildings.