Neil and Anthony’s presentation focused on data collection methodologies and how GIS can present data better in a range of formats to inform understanding and interpretation of site investigation data. They looked at data collection and presentation tools in real-life situations, now and in the future, including RSK’s work at a former oil blending and grease manufacturing plant at Birkenhead docks, UK, that had been active for over 100 years. The presentation gave an overview of the site work, the timeline and data gathering, including data collection and analysis, and the innovative technological techniques used. The full presentation is available to view here.
Next, Piers Edgell of the Landmark Information Group talked about the online tools available for obtaining and presenting the digital information used to inform contaminated land risk assessments. This included the latest online mapping technologies and the wealth of environmental data available from the Environment Agency, Defra and other public sector organisations in England and Wales.
Matt Byerly of WSP then spoke about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to collect data for use in contaminated land investigations and risk assessment. He demonstrated how drones with multispectral imaging capabilities are slowly beginning to revolutionise the understanding of and approach to field-based site investigations.
The final speaker was Maryam Hussain from technology firm AmbiSense, who provided an intriguing insight into how big data and machine learning are being used to understand environmental systems better and to construct smarter risk assessments for groundwater investigations and ground gas risks.
Organised in association with WSP Group, more than 30 industry professionals from environmental and engineering consultancies, local authorities, the Environment Agency and Public Health England gathered to hear the presentations. A brief question and answer session followed during which delegates had the opportunity to question the various speakers concerning their professional disciplines and presentations.
For more information on the speakers and to view the presentations, please visit the North West Brownfield Regeneration Forum website.