Brownfield Summit 2020

12 May 2020 | London

Stream 3

Data Collection & Analysis 

In partnership with Envirocon

About this stream

The Data & Collection Analysis Stream is organised in partnership with Ambisense's Envirocon​. 


This Stream will address the challenge of how best to collect, analyse, interpret and present the huge volumes of data associated with environmental and brownfield projects. Using case-study examples of best practice, it will assess the latest techniques in data management and explore how digital innovations can facilitate a better understanding of ground conditions, both above and below the surface. Improved site characterisation is crucial in developing appropriate investigation, remediation and redevelopment strategies.  

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Improving data access, sharing and management, including:

    • legal responsibilities and obligations ​

    • developing common standards

    • linking environmental and building data 

  • Digital innovations for enhanced data collection, management and presentation

  • Current guidance and best practice in asbestos risk assessment

  • Advances in laboratory techniques for handling, analysing and presenting sample data 

View the full conference programme here.

Why attend?

Practical advice - Learn from a range of specialist presentations. Get insight into how to best collect, analyse, interpret and present the huge volumes of data associated with environmental and brownfield projects. Protect your company from liability by staying current with the latest changes in legislation.

Case studies - Learn from hands-on experience in a series of case studies which will provide technical guidance and practical frameworks. You will come away with best practices that you can apply immediately within your organisation.

Share and engage - Find out what your competitors and peers are doing, not doing, contemplating and committing to.

Networking - Meet and mingle with professionals in your sector. Whether you want to have a 1-on-1 with a speaker, raise your profile, attract new clients or simply catch up with peers, the Brownfield Summit 2020 provides invaluable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Contaminated Land Officers

  • Contaminated Land Specialists

  • Managing Directors

  • Operations Directors

  • Regional Directors

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Officers

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Principal Consultants

  • Geologists

  • Environmental Scientists


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Harnessing New Technologies to Enable Better Decision-Making through Targeted, Timely
& Cost-Effective 
Data Collection & Analysis


Registration & Refreshments

Maximising the Usefulness of Site Data through Cost-Effective Digital Data Collection

  • Techniques to achieve the effective capture of sampling, ground condition and sub-surface data in-situ, in real-time 

  • Successfully integrating real-time site data with laboratory analysis and existing data records

  • Assessing the cost-benefits and improved efficiencies achieved by using remote sensing and drone technology for better data collection, especially on large sites

  • Overcoming acceptance issues – demonstrating the accuracy and reliability of information collected using new technologies to regulators and stakeholders 


Opening Remarks from the Chair





 Morning Refreshments & Networking


Practicalities of Using the New CIRIA Asbestos App to Improve the Identification & Management of Asbestos on Site

This presentation will outline the potential use of an app that has been developed in conjunction with industry to provide a smart-phone based tool that can be easily used on site to identify suspected asbestos and provide first-response guidance on what to do as a result. 

Claire Dickinson, Director, Geo-Environmental Matters & Project Steering Group Chair


Optimising the Use of AI and Machine Learning for Managing “Big Data” and to Enable More Informed Decision-Making

The volume of data involved in many environmental, remediation and infrastructure development projects is huge. This presentation will explore how this plethora of information can be best managed and explore the role that AI and machine learning might play in managing “big” environmental data.



Successfully Integrating Different Data Streams & Optimising Digital Workflows for Improved Access & Sharing of Data 

  • Exploring the current obstacles to integrating geo-technical, environmental and site data and how these could be overcome:

    • strategies for achieving better visibility and provenance of data

  • Effectively aligning environmental and geo-technical data with BIM

  • Optimising digital workflows and user interfaces to achieve better, more integrated project delivery:

    • managing potential security risks

    • addressing mind-set and behavioural issues around data ownership

Dr Anne Kemp OBE, Fellow & Technical Director, Atkins & Chair, UK BIM Alliance



Afternoon Refreshments & Networking




Innovations in Data Modelling & Visualisation to Add Value to Your Site Data and Improve Client & Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Effectively integrating geo-technical and environmental data with advanced modelling and data visualisation technology

  • Using GIS to add value to your desk study and SI data

  • Exploring the cost-benefits of using virtual reality, photogrammetry and drone technologies for improved visualisation of projects and development plans

  • Demonstrating how good visualisation and presentation techniques can effectively communicate complex, technical projects to stakeholders and facilitate understanding and sign-off


Lunch and Networking


Case Study: High-Resolution Geological Characterisation of the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC), SE England

This presentation describes the whole-system approach the British Geological Survey (BGS) undertook in collaboration with LTC-CASCADE to provide a high resolution geological characterisation of the tunnel zones and associated infrastructure. A number of novel techniques were deployed to identify and mitigate against surface and subsurface hazards.


These included:


  • Flint distribution mapping and characterisation using field measurements, logging, laser scanning and 3D modelling techniques

  • Passive seismic surveying ('Tromino') for rapid non-invasive measurements of rockhead and other major geological horizons

  • 3D geological modelling of the of the artificial, superficial and bedrock deposits

  • Reporting on BGS held data, including geohazards, engineering and historical data - knowledge exchange

Ricky Terrington, 3D Geospatial Lead, British Geological Survey


Ensuring the Timely & Regulatory-Compliant Management, Access & Sharing of Huge Volumes of Environmental & Project Data

  • Exploring how data is currently provided, accessed and managed for site investigation, EIA & other environmental reports

  • Improving the access, use and management of data:

    • keeping data current and “live” 

    • successfully linking BIM and environmental 

    • managing both “big” and micro-data

    • making technical and environmental reports accessible to a non-technical audience

  • To what extent might a set of common standards for data collection and integration be developed and enforced?

  • Achieving an effective balance between innovation and risk when developing and employing new technologies

  • Outlining current and future Government data policies and their implications for end-users


Examining the Legalities Regarding the Collection, Use and Sharing of Environmental and Site Assessment Data

  • Detailing the key legal responsibilities, obligations and liabilities surrounding data collection, sharing and use and how they are enforced

  • Managing the balance between competitive advantage and legal liabilities when making data available to clients and projects

  • Maintaining data security on sensitive sites

  • Examining solutions to protect yourself when 3rd parties are using and relying on your data

  • Tips for developing effective robust and compliant “big data” strategies


Closing Remarks from the Chair 


Close of Conference followed by a Networking Drinks Reception


Interactive Break-Out Session

This focused, interactive session runs cross-stream giving delegates the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to them in a more participative format with professionals working across different areas of brownfield risk assessment. Each session will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas.

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