• Due Diligence Can Equal Cost Savings

    Time is money, and money means profit - who doesn’t love keeping hard earned cash in their pocket? Alberta’s upstream oil and gas industry is the same, they work hard for every dollar they make, so they must make each dollar count. We in the environmental industry are trusted to put

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    Time Management; &quote;You Want It When?&quote;

    After another Monday morning of scheduling and rescheduling, I find that time management for consultants is often more like playing Jenga. For those who don’t know, Jenga is a game where players take turns removing wooden blocks from within a stack of blocks and placing them on top of the

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    Spinning Augers and Pounding Spoons… Part 2

    This month’s blog continues our discussion of some of the problems that consultants can inadvertently create with our drilling contractors. Thanks again to my friends at CMT Drilling, Landshark Drilling and Altech Drilling for their input. When consultants are aware of some of the problems to

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    Spinning Augers and Pounding Spoons… Part 1

    In keeping with recent articles about making life easier for various subcontractors utilized by environmental consultants, this month’s blog addresses some of the common issues that potentially impede the relationship between the consultant and drilling contractor. When conducting subsurface

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    Asbestos in your Home

    If you are completing renovations, restorations, or repairs of your home and hiring a contractor to do it, make sure that they abide by all regulations when conducting the work. In Ontario, Regulation 278/05: Designated Substance – Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair

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    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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