16Nov / 2016
GGS Managing Director, Simon Talbot, has recently returned from running a series of training events Australia, presenting to over 75 consultants and professionals with an interest in continuous monitoring.
From speaking to the Australian regulators and consultants, Simon reports that there is a determination to learn from the UK’s mistakes and leap frog to best practice. To that end, much of the recent UK guidance, including British Standards and CIRIA documents, is referenced in state regulators guidance.
Brisbane and Perth may be 4,300km apart on opposite sides of Australia, but they both share similar growth and the development challenges that come with it. In March 2016 Australia’s population topped 24 million for the first time. Over the last five years Brisbane’s population grew by 9.4% while Perth’s has grown by an astounding 13.7%. Coupled with long term and sustained economic growth averaging over 3%, the result has been a vibrant construction and housing boom.
Housing development in Australia is running at a rate of five times that of the UK, relative to its population. As the main cities and conurbations grow, they are now experiencing some of the same problems the UK encountered 25 years ago. Namely the problems associated with re-development of former industrial land and, more significantly, new development in close proximity to uncontained former landfills. As in the UK, these were originally filled out beyond the city boundaries but as the urban envelope has expanded, new development has taken place next to, and in some cases, over these former landfills.
The Cranfield Melbourne event that hit the press in 2010 was a major wake up call for the Australian environmental sector and the risk of migrating landfill gas and other contaminated gases has become a key concern ever since.
A straw poll of the training event delegates indicated that there was currently a wide spread understanding of the benefits of continuous environmental monitoring with at least a third having used, or had considered using, continuous monitoring techniques.
Simon’s recent trip was the third commissioned by the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) and is likely to not be the last. Simon commented, “It is fantastic that continuous monitoring, a technique that has only been commercially available for seven years, has now been adopted as a best practice tool on the other side of the world. The Australian professionalism and approach to adopting best practice techniques makes it an exiting and rewarding market to be working in.”
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