07Sep / 2016
Taking a break from risk assessments, workshops and conferences, GGS Technical Director, John Naylor, talks about how much he enjoys taking time out to provide ground gas training to industry experts and graduates.
Having worked in contaminated land for a long time, I’ve been involved with developing, testing and applying a range of improved techniques within the environmental monitoring sector.
One of these initiatives was continuous monitoring established by GGS, which makes possible the long term and accurate collection of data relating to ground gases. The success of these initiatives, including their influence on regulatory guidance, made me think it was a good time to start sharing some of these new ideas and help people understand what they are seeing in the data.
‘I did this course… when it came to Glasgow and would highly recommend it for all consultants and regulators. It is really informative and highlights many of the pitfalls encountered in the installation and verification of gas membranes – it was quite an eye opener.’ – Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
What does a typical two day training session cover?
The training material is always tailored towards the latest innovative techniques and industry guidance to ensure the information is current. We also make extensive use of real world project experience and case studies to put the theory into practice. Risk assessment is delved into, and naturally the topics that follow, such as solutions design and installation, validation and verification, are covered. There is always a practical demonstration and exercise included so delegates can get some hands on experience.
Who should attend the course?
Having worked in the public and private sector, I have a good understanding of the pressures associated with contaminated land management in different contexts. With this in mind, the training is designed to suit the needs of consultants, regulators such as local authorities and the Environment Agency.
Developers, contractors and facility managers can also derive real value from attending the course, which can help them improve their understanding of ground gas risks and the importance of managing them. We also cover Radon detection and remediation, which despite its damaging effects, often gets forgotten it.
I’ve been told by delegates that our two day courses are very useful for professionals at the peak of their career as well as recent graduates, so everyone is welcome regardless of experience.
‘The training material and delivery were fantastic. The case studies and examples of conceptual site models were particularly useful, as was the guidance on landfill gas concentrations.’ – AMC Environmental
What do you enjoy about training?
It’s a real pleasure to be able to convey some of the skills and expertise I’ve developed to my peers. I’ve always been aware of the importance of keeping on top of the latest thinking and techniques associated with environmental monitoring, so I developed the training with the aim of making this easier for industry professionals.
It really is a diverse course with lots of benefits, which attracts a varied audience, meaning I get to meet a lot of interesting and ambitious delegates from a range of backgrounds. I particularly enjoy events when we get into a debate between experienced consultants and new graduates. It highlights just how important ongoing training is, as best practice and industry guidance is always evolving, and we should follow suit.
‘An excellent course. Suitable for graduates and good as a refresher for senior staff’ – Hydrock
To find out the remaining dates and locations for this years training and to book a place, head over to our GGS training page.