• Dirty Jars And Other Bad Things… Part 2

    This month’s blog continues our discussion of some of the problems that consultants can inadvertently create with our sample submissions for laboratory testing. Thanks again to my go-to lab folks at ALS Canada for their input. Now that we know what can go wrong, let’s all work to improve

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    Dirty Jars And Other Bad Things... Part 1

    In keeping with the recent theme about making life easier for the drafting department, this month’s blog addresses some of the problems that consultants can create when we submit samples for laboratory testing. When conducting environmental assessment and remediation, we collect and submit all

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    How did you want that drawing to look? Part 2

    In my last blog I discussed how figures and drawings play an important part of our Phase One and Two ESA reports. This month I continue with some more helpful hints from my drafting colleagues. Thanks again to my go-to drafting suppliers at THINK Envirotechnical Services in Calgary AB, and Automated

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    How Did You Want That Drawing To Look? Part 1

    In our industry, figures and drawing are a huge and important part of our Phase One and Two ESA reports. The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is especially true when you get involved in complex sites requiring contaminant delineation drawings, conceptual site models, cross

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    So You need a Record of Site Condition… Part 2

    In last month’s blog, I discussed the issue of obtaining a Record of Site Condition (RSC) in Ontario, specifically directed at property owners and buyers and consultants who are unfamiliar with the RSC process.  This month I will explore some of the realities faced by stakeholders who

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    So You need a Record of Site Condition.. Part 1

    In Ontario a Record of Site Condition (RSC) is legally required when a property is to be changed to a more sensitive land use (e.g. from Industrial or Commercial to Residential). The legislation was formally adopted in 2011, but I still take a lot of calls from prospective clients who are caught by

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    What’s in your toolbox? Part 2: Groundwater Sampling

    Last month I discussed some of the common tools and equipment for soil sampling in a Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment. Many investigations will also require groundwater sampling, which will necessitate some additions and alterations to your sampling toolbox. Of course, you will still require

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    What’s in your toolbox? Part 1: Soil Sampling

    It must be January because I find myself out in the field conducting Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments, more than when the weather was nice and the ground was free of snow and ice. Loading up my gear got me thinking of all the equipment on my mental checklist for field sampling; which became

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    A Day in the Life, Part 2

    Further to last month’s blog about the day to day activities of an environmental consultant; here are a few more ‘day in the life’ summaries for various disciplines in the environmental field. Realistically, you likely wouldn’t (or couldn’t) do all this in a normal

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    A Day in the Life, Part 1

    Recently I have had several discussions with students and mentees who are interested in the activities of an environmental consultant. Understanding the daily tasks and business undertakings related to a potential career in environmental geoscience or engineering, is an important part of evaluating

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