When Being Passive Just Isn’t Enough

The last decade has seen the Passivhaus standard become established as the gold standard for ‘eco’ housing in the UK. The original Passivhaus standard has recently been upgraded, with two new, more demanding levels added. The most stringent of these – Passivhaus Premium – has yet to be achieved in the UK.

So we are particularly excited to have been appointed as Project Manager, overseeing the design and construction of The Sheds which aims to be the UK’s first Passivhaus Premium house. Our in-house Certified Passivhaus Designer is currently leading the design effort, including PHPP midelling, and will then be overseeing the construction on site, ensuring that the rigorous building standards are met. We’ll be posting regular updates here as the project progresses.

Corana Virus – 3D Printing Face Masks

The BBC yesterday published an article asking for people with 3D printers to volunteer to print facemasks for NHS staff and other health professionals. We’re proud to say that we’ve joined the effort and our 3D printer, which we normally use for prototyping equipment designs and for printing disposable parts, has been pressed into action and is now working 24/7 printing face mask components.

Fame and Fortune

The APEA recently featured an interview with our very own James Edley. If you’d like to read James’ view on recent developments in the world of geo-environmental consultancy then please click on this link.

Pot of Gold

They say there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow.

We aren’t sure our Geoprobe drillrig qualifies as that, but we liked the photo and thought we’d share it.

All Work and No Play…..

We like to believe that we work pretty hard, but it’s always nice to get a chance to get some time off. We’re lucky enough to work very close to some of the most beautiful countryside in England, within sight of the challenging Wendover Woods mountain biking trails. So when someone suggested a ‘team building’ day on the trials, we weren’t short of volunteers. I think you’ll agree they’re a fine looking bunch…and that was before the ride.

Corporate Memory….

Sites Mapped using Prism

We’ve been in business for over 25 years, and in that time we have worked at literally thousands of sites around the UK. So many, in fact, that we can’t always recall the details of each one. So, to aid our ‘corporate memory’, we’ve added a geo-location tool to our Prism software.

This quickly tells as all the sites where we’ve worked in any given area, which can be useful in determing the local geology or hydrogeology. It’s also useful in reminding us of where we’ve been!

Prism is our bespoke business and data management software. It runs our phones and email, our accounts, our laboratory, HSE and project management in one neat, intergrated package.

For more information about Prism please contact Duncan Eastland – 01296 739431.

Tooting our Horn

It’s a great feeling when we get a good result for our client, particularly when it has involved delicate negotiations with a somewhat obdurate bureaucracy. But it’s an even better one when our efforts are recognised, so you can imagine how we felt receiving the following email:

“Finally, may I say a personal thank you for all your help in getting my site through the planning process; it has always been a struggle and, at times, a bit of a nightmare but we got there in the end and I have no doubt that your involvement and professionalism helped enormously in achieving this result.”

And yes, we know this is tooting our own horn, but if we can’t do that once in a while, who can?

We Want You…..

We have an opportunity for a full time operator for our window sampling/dynamic rigs. We offer training/mentoring to  help you achieve NVQ in Land Drilling and we are looking for someone who will eventually progress to lead driller on our more complex drill rigs.

You should have experience in a range of plant operation, maintenance, have a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Ideally, you will also have C1+E or minimum BE endorsements to your driving licence. However, we offer training for these for the right applicant.

Please apply in the first instance by sending your CV to Angus Gale.

Subadra Partner with River Thame Conservation Trust

River Thame Wetlands

River Thame Conservation Trust and Freshwater Habitats Trust, along with their partners Waddesdon Estate and the Environment Agency, are creating an exciting wetland mosaic on the floodplain of the River Thame, close to our offices in Stoke Mandeville.

They contacted us to ask for our help drilling boreholes and installing groundwater monitoring wells to investigate the underlying geology and hydrogeology of the site. After hearing about the positive impact that the project will have on the local wildlife, we offered to provide a drill crew for the day free of charge.

We know that worthwhile projects like these rely on the goodwill of local people and organisations to make them happen and we’re really happy to have been able to play our part. Despite the hailstones and mud (really, lots and lots of mud – they don’t call them wetlands for nothing) everyone had a worthwhile and fun day.

We look forward to visiting the new wetland when it’s been completed ….but perhaps we will wait until the weather has improved.

Environment Agency RTM

Every environmental consultant involved in assessing the risk to controlled waters will be familiar with the Environment Agency’s preferred assessment tool, Remedial Targets Methodology Worksheet or RTM for short.

It’s always been our opinion that you would have to try hard to design a less user-friendly piece of software. It is, frankly, a stinker. You might say that we shouldn’t complain since it is provided by the Environment Agency free of charge. But we believe that we can, and should, do better. So we have taken the methodology/models used in RTM and we have built them into a modern, user-friendly application. Key improvements include

– Input parameters read/calculated directly from the project database;

– Runs parametric/sensitivity studies for each model;

– Assesses variation in receptor concentration v time for each model for multiple contaminants;

– Assesses variation in receptor concentration v distance from site for steady state conditions for multiple contaminants;

– Automatically exports results to individual spreadsheets for each contaminant and each set of parameters;

– Automatically creates a detailed pdf report for each model.

If you’d like a copy of our Remedial Targets Methodology software then contact Duncan Eastland.