Virtual summit programme 

Ground Gas  |  Groundwater Data Collection & Analysis

Ground Gas

12-13 MAY 2020


Ground Gas Risk Assessment

10:00 Understanding the True Risks from Ground Gases and Soil Vapours to Provide Cost-Effective Solutions to Brownfield Development

  • Clarifying the requirements of current regulations for ground gas and vapour risk assessment on development sites and recent progress made both in the UK and internationally

  • Understanding where uncertainties and misconceptions occur in risk-assessing the most common contaminants and how these can be addressed:

    • techniques for preventing overly conservative or incorrect assessments

  • Effectively interpreting continuous gas monitoring data and analytics

  • Understanding the reasons for elevated gas concentrations to determine if / the extent to which gas membranes are required

Steve Wilson, Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd (EPG) 

10:25 Examining the Risk of Carbon Dioxide Arising from Disused Mineral Mines and the Implications: Recent Findings

RSK was appointed by the Scottish Government to carry out a research project into the prevalence of CO2 from disused mineral mines and the resulting risk to residential buildings, which was published recently. This talk will cover:  


  • Introduction and context to the Scottish Government research project

  • The Gorebridge incident in Scotland and other identified incidents of mine related CO2 emissions in the UK and beyond

  • The nature of abandoned mine-workings and circumstances where risks related to CO2 emissions are raised

  • Key findings of the research report including expert views on the adequacy of current standards and guidance versus use of mandatory gas protection measures in coalfield areas

  • The role of uncertainties including groundwater rise, climate change effects and cumulative development

  • Report recommendations including proposed changes to planning and building standards and guidance,  further research requirement and wider implications for all UK coalfields beyond Scotland

Dr Tom Henman, Director - Geosciences, RSK  


10:50 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by Groundsure

11:10 Case Study: Innovative and site-specific ground gas investigation and assessment at Whitecliffe, Kent

This case study will explain how the latest ground gas investigation and risk assessment methods have added significant value on a major development project. The site is a 260-hectare former chalk quarry with consent for residential development with over 6,000 homes. Land forming earthworks are in progress, with the reuse of millions of cubic metres of soil. The challenging ground conditions have led to unique ground gas considerations. While the initial cost of investigation and assessment increased to accommodate the innovative approach, the long-term benefits will dwarf the initial investment. 


The presentation will explore:

  • The importance of the conceptual model in defining the gas risk assessment

  • How continuous monitoring techniques and advanced data analytics can be used

  • The benefit of multiple lines of evidence in robustly demonstrating conclusions and supporting regulatory approval to novel approaches that go beyond published guidance

  • The potential tension between good science and commercial risk

Amy Juden, Contaminated Land Consultant, Arup 

11.35 Examining the Role of Sewers as a Preferential Pathway in Vapor Intrusion Risk Assessment ​

The role of sewer systems as preferential pathways for vapour intrusion is poorly understood. As a result, these pathways are often not considered when developing vapour intrusion risk assessment or mitigation strategies. This presentation will explore the importance of sewers as preferential pathways in buildings and how they should be accounted for when developing the CSM.

Craig A. Cox, Principal Scientist, Cox-Colvin & Associates


12.00 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by Cox Colvin


Retrofitting Gas Protection Measures to Existing Buildings

14.30 Retrofitting Gas Protection Measures to Existing Buildings: Outlining the Findings, Conclusions & Recommendations of Soon to be Published CIRIA Guidance

Hugh Mallett, Technical Director, BuroHappold


Improving the Quality of Gas Protection
Installation and Verification

10.00 Outlining the Objectives and Timescale of the Proposed Gas Protection Verification Accreditation Scheme

  • Detailing the key objectives of the scheme and results of the recent consultation

  • Outlining the accreditation and scrutineering process

  • To what extent might the scheme become compulsory?

Nicola Harries, Project Director, CL:AIRE

10.20 Outlining the Role of the British Verification Council in Improving Gas Protection Verification Standards  

  • Exploring key issues that often arise in installation of gas protection measures and how to avoid them

  • Outlining the aims and principles of the BVC and how it hopes to raise standards within the industry


Paul Colbeck, Director of Site Services, GeoShield

GeoShield are Founder Members of the British Verification Council

10.40 Virtual panel with Q&A with live audience


19-20 MAY 2020


Groundwater Risk Assessment and Remediation

14.00 Successfully Deriving Robust Groundwater Risk Assessment Criteria that Meets Regulatory Requirements & Avoids Unnecessary Remediation 

  • Applying legislative guidance: 

    • remedial objectives should be proportionate, pragmatic, sustainable and achievable

  • Reducing/managing uncertainty in CWRA:

    • conceptual uncertainty and importance of site characterisation 

  • GQRA: Understanding your results

  • DQRA: Know your model and your parameters, importance of sensitivity analysis and identifying conservatism

  • Iterative Process - Importance of revisiting and refining your model


Katie Gamlin, Principal Hydrogeologist, WSP



14.25 Effectively Characterising a TCE Groundwater Plume to Complete a Remediation Pilot Trial Using In-Situ Bioremediation and Liquid Activated Carbon


Emma McAnaw, Senior Hydrogeologist, Golder Associates

14.50 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by In-Situ


15.05 Optimising Remote & Continuous Monitoring Technology to Achieve Real-Time, Targeted Data Collection

When most environmental and remediation professionals think of telemetry, they think complicated, expensive, and unnecessary.  However, recent advances in wireless data collection and data management services have changed the game. Remote monitoring and data management is now easier and more cost-effective and can improve data quality while facilitating rapid decision making and reducing project costs. 


Adam Hobson, Hydrogeologist & Application Development Manager, In-Situ



15.35 Evaluating and Remediating a Complex Contaminated Groundwater Plume

This case study presents the results of over twenty years of the assessment and remediation of one of the largest commingled chlorinated VOC plumes in the Midwestern United States. The plume was sourced from a variety of industries along its 7.5 km length and had adversely affected the community's water supply.  The presentation will:

  • Describe methods that were used to leverage existing data sets in the development of conceptual site models, direct ongoing assessment efforts, and identify local source areas in a commingled plume

  • Discuss ways to identify, manage, and/or eliminate the various risks to both the public and your client so that assessment and remediation can move forward in a measured manner

  • Provide insight into a wide variety of technologies (Excavation, ISCO, AS/SVE, Thermal Desorption, etc) that have been used to remediate source areas throughout the plume.       

Craig A. Cox, Principal Scientist, Cox-Colvin & Associates


16.00 Developments in BioGeoChemical Reagents for Treatment of Chlorinated Solvent and Pesticide Contaminated Waters: Research & Case Studies

Following two decades of the worldwide application of EHC® reagent to treat contaminated groundwaters and saturated soils by physical, chemical and microbiological means, two new reagents (EHC® Plus & GeoFormTM) have been introduced by PeroxyChem to the European & American markets; these combine multiple reaction pathways to adsorb, reduce & destroy particularly persistent chemicals. 


This presentation will cover the detailed science behind the products' development, their provenance in bench scale results (in conjunction with groundwater and soils provided by, and monitored alongside, four US Consultants), and then provide early results from three applications in the UK & Italy over the past years.

Mike Summersgill, Technical Representative, UK & Ireland, PeroxyChem

16.25 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by PeroxyChem




GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data
Analysis Tool (GWSDAT)

10:00 GWSDAT: A Tool for Analysing Groundwater Quality Data and Contamination Plumes to Achieve Optimum Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation

GWSDAT  is a user friendly, open source, decision support tool for the analysis and reporting of groundwater monitoring data.  The software can handle large data sets with multiple monitoring locations, variable sampling events, and differing chemical constituents. 

GWSDAT has been used extensively in the assessment of soil and groundwater conditions in numerous locations world-wide. This will demonstrate its use as a tool to achieve optimum groundwater monitoring and remediation.

Wayne Jones, Principal Data Scientist, Shell 

11.00 Virtual panel with Q&A with live audience

Data Collection
& Analysis

26-27 MAY 2020


Achieving Cost-Effective & Compliant Access
& Sharing of Data

10.00 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 data

    • 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

Chris Jarvis, Data Sharing and Access Manager, Environment Agency

Nicola Giles, National Lead - Assessing Risk in Sharing Data and Information, Environment Agency

10:30 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by Cox Colvin


10.50 Achieving a Better Understanding of What is Underground: Presenting Two Collaborative Projects


The Outcome of the National Underground Asset Register Pilots

Did you know... that there are 1.5 million kilometres of underground services in the UK all working hard to keep our country supplied with water, gas and electricity.  With all these assets and different companies involved working beneath the ground is both complex and inefficient. The estimated economic cost of accidental strikes on underground pipes and cables is £1.2 billion a year. Workers who strike gas pipes and electric cables by mistake can also put themselves and others in danger of death or serious injury.  These are just two of the reasons why the Geospatial Commission launched our National Underground Assets Register Pilots, to make it easier to find out what exactly is beneath the ground.


Holger Kessler, Geoscience Technical Advisor, Geospatial Commission


The Dig-To-Share Initiative: “Unlocking”, and Increasing the Availability of,
Sub-Surface Data  

The Dig-To-Share project started life as a 1 year project aimed at unlocking the vast quantities of borehole data locked away inside a system that has no clear central repository or submission routes. By utilising the BGS’ national archives as that repository, and encouraging people to share their data in a more collaborative way, the Dig-To-Share Team hope to overcome the difficulties associated with sharing data (embedded in contract liabilities, ownership of data) and help steer the conversation in a more open way. The project aimed to unlock 10,000 borehole in its start-up year. Listen in to find out what we have achieved so far, and how the project has progressed in the 2nd year of life. The talk will also touch on how to access the data through software and portals and what data is stored. And no doubt we’ll also touch on the thorny issue of confidentiality…


Steve Thorpe, Geospatial Data Specialist, British Geological Survey

11.30 Q&A


Maximising the Potential of Your Site & Project Data 

14.30 Streamlining Assessment of Environmental & Geo-Technical Risks to Improve Land Use & Development Decisions

As geoenvironmental and geotechnical characteristics at sites are so variable the Consultant’s role is to help their client to balance certainty and the cost of acquiring information reach a suitable level of certainty. With the explosion in technology, new national data sets being created and ways of using them are being applied to help get ahead of the uncertainty and allow good decisions to be made early in a development of purchase.

Ceri will take a look at open data, some of the new data in development and some of the ways familiar data is being used to help the decision-making process.


Ceri Sansom, Head of Consultancy, Groundsure


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

This presentation will outline the potential uses of an app that has been developed in conjunction with industry to provide a smart-phone based tool that aids in the challenges of spotting suspected asbestos in soils and provides first-response guidance on what to do as a result. Feedback from early adopters of this App provides insight as to how the App is working in practice.

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

15.20 Q&A followed by ad break, sponsored by Groundsure


15.35 Techniques for Improving & Verifying the Quality of Data Collection


The benefits of technology and new digital techniques in facilitating data collection are being increasingly recognised. However, it does not matter how advanced your technology is if there is a fundamental problem with data quality. Inputting inaccurate data into your modelling will have a significant impact on risk assessment and future decision making. Trying to incorporate historical, desk-based information into new software programmes can be difficult and possible errors and limitations in the data can be overlooked. This presentation will look at these challenges recent industry examples to summarise the challenges presented and suggest solutions for best managing them to ensure accurate and reliable data collection and input.   


Pamela Welburn, Director, PA Welburn Ltd

16.00 Achieving the Greatest Value from Data for Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Assessments Today, and Tomorrow

  • Thoughts on data, the challenges it presents and the direction of travel

  • How far have we as an industry, travelled…

  • … But how much further we have yet to travel

  • How should we be looking to shape the future?


Piers Edgell, Account Director, Landmark Information

16.25 Virtual panel Q&A with live audience


16.40 Close


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

10.30 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 photogrammetry and satellite data for improved visualisation of projects and development plans 

  • Automated data collection and analysis to assist in trend evaluation

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


Tony Windsor, Technical Director, Site Evaluation & Restoration, Arcadis


10.50 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


11.20 Virtual panel Q&A with live audience

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