Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from the Morning ChairDr Tom HenmanDirector - Geosciences, RSK
Optimising the Viability and Deliverability of Brownfield Land in Development
Update on Changes to the Scottish Planning Framework and Implications for Brownfield & Contaminated Land Development
Gordon ThomsonAssociate Director, Lichfields
- Update on the new Scottish Planning Bill and timescales for the development of National Planning Framework 4
- Clarifying the role of brownfield in Local Development (LDP) and Local Place Plans (LPP)
- what safeguards will be put in place to effectively deal with contaminated land?
- how can enforcement of planning conditions be better monitored and verified?
- Evaluating what further steps are needed to facilitate brownfield development and “unlock” viable land:
- how will the new NPF4 improve delivery of housing and infrastructure across Scotland?
Transforming Vacant & Derelict Land in Scotland – Unlocking Inclusive Growth
Dr Martin Valenti FRSGSStrategic Director, Scottish Land Commission
- Outlining key aims and objectives of the strategy to deal with vacant and derelict land in Scotland
- Exploring potential tools and mechanisms that could be used to address the problem
- Finding innovative ways to bring the land back into productive use
Morning Refreshments & Networking
Contaminated Land Risk Assessment
Ground Gas: Managing Scotland’s Mining Legacy with Appropriate Ground Gas Risk Assessment & Protection
Simon TalbotManaging Director, GGS
- Examining Scotland’s coal mining legacy and current hazards, including specific hazards and risks associated with mine gas:
- the gases, their properties and the source-pathway- receptor model
- Clarifying the current regulatory stance on ground gas risk assessment on development sites, including former mine-works:
- to what extent are increased energy efficiency requirements and climate change impacting on this?
- assessing the effect of ground conditions on gas occurrence and management
- Assessing possible implications arising from the Gorebridge mine-gas case
- what is the likely impact of mandatory gas protection on new developments for Local Council CLOs and EHOs and their consultants?
- Managing the issues around the effective validation and verification of gas protection measures
- Mine gas management and opportunities for the future
Exploring the Benefits of Digital Data Collection to Optimise Site Investigation & Remediation
- Examining the benefits that site-based data collection is intended to bring
- Providing an overview of some of the available technologies and their application in the various stages of site investigation and remediation
- Exploring some applications of remote telemetry to improve field data collection
- Optimising the benefits of visualisation for enhanced site understanding and communication
Project Examples will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate technology applicationsJonathan CoulsonPrincipal Consultant, Site Evaluation & Restoration, Arcadis
Asbestos in Soil: Practicalities of Working on Sites with Low Level, ‘Trace’ & Sporadic Asbestos Contamination
Steve EdgarManaging Director (Designate), Vertase FLI
- Defining soils with low level, ‘trace’, “negligible” and sporadic asbestos contamination
- Best practice for applying CARSOIL guidance to a site with minor asbestos contamination issues
- Effectively managing material with minor asbestos contamination:
- segregation of materials and avoiding cross contamination
- techniques for processing and remediating low levels of asbestos fibres in soil
- waste classification and reduction and assessing the costs of disposal
- giving confidence to landfill and waste site operators in managing this material
Welcome back from the Afternoon ChairDr Iain McLellanLecturer in Environmental Chemistry, Centre for Environmental Research, University of the West of Scotland
Contaminated Land Remediation Solutions
Developing a Framework for Achieving Safe, Compliant & Effective Remediation
"Why do many remediation projects go wrong?" Because those involved forget to focus on the five cornerstones of remediation i.e. Design : Contract : Review : Implementation : Close.
RemSoc is a UK society established by a group of professionals and practitioners, all working in the remediation sector and dedicated to supporting and representing individual practitioners involved in the remediation of contaminated and brownfield land. RemSoc have created a Practitioners Framework for Remediation to assist remediation practitioners and stakeholders in the planning and execution of remediation projects; from design through to implementation and verification.
The Framework has been developed to guide practitioners through the key stages of a remediation project and to signpost factors and decisions that may be required at each stage of the project. Aspects of legal compliance and reference points are also provided to assist in the safe and competent delivery of a remediation project.
This presentation will introduce the Framework and how it can be used to help deliver safe, compliant brownfield remediation in Scotland.Richard ClaytonDirector & Head of Ground Risk and Remediation, WSP Group
Smouldering Remediation of Heavily Contaminated Soils: Case Studies in Ex Situ and In Situ Applications
Smouldering remediation is capable of removing 99.9+% of heavy hydrocarbon contamination from soil using self-sustaining flameless combustion. Non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminant serves as fuel for smouldering supplying energy to the exothermic combustion reactions within the inert porous soil medium. Process efficiency increases with scale. In cases where insufficient NAPL is present, a benign fuel such as vegetable oil can be added to support smouldering. This presentation will examine in situ and ex situ case studies at sites around the world as well as frontiers in smouldering remediation research.Dr Christine SwitzerDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Waste Management & Re-use of Materials in Remediation Projects
Case Study: Sighthill TRA Remediation and its Place in the Scottish Circular Economy
The concept of a circular economy is one way we can help eradicate waste by keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible, and Scotland is leading the way in developing a more circular economy. The VHE team’s approach to the Sighthill TRA Remediation, where nearly 1,200,000 cubic metres of materials movements and processes were planned, optimised and managed, achieved the best use of materials and met Scotland’s "Zero Waste" Plan targets.
This presentation will demonstrate how this was achieved.Gordon WilsonConstruction Director, VHE Construction Plc
Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Outlining the changes to waste management policy and legislation in Scotland and the implications for contaminated land projects
Laura TainshPartner & Head of Environment & Waste, Davidson Chalmers LLP
- Detailing recent and forthcoming changes to waste policy in Scotland:
- integrated authorisation framework
- SEPA and sector plans
- bio-degradeable municipal waste to landfill ban from 2021
- Outlining how enhanced compliance will affect sites going forward:
- clarifying duty of care and associated liabilities
- Assessing the cost implications for brownfield and construction projects:
- what can be to done to manage and mitigate these?
Best Practice Waste Management Strategies for Remediation & Construction Projects in Scotland
John CurranManaging Director, Soilutions
- Ensuring effective classification and risk-assessment of materials in line with current guidance
- Developing an effective Materials Management Plan (MMP) as part of your remedial strategy
- Evaluating different treatment, storage, disposal and re-use options to ensure the safe, compliant and cost-effective movement of materials on and off-site
- Accurately testing, reporting and verifying waste re-use on-site: what levels of testing should be undertaken?
- Project examples of innovative waste treatment and re-use
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Close of conference followed by a Networking Drinks Reception