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Al-Khalidy N.H.,SLR Consulting
Proceedings - 2016 3rd International Conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sciences and in Industry, MCSI 2016 | Year: 2016

With advances in computational processing power and commercial software combined with customized user-defined functions, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools are now routinely used to produce a combined real time internal-external flow and heat transfer analysis, solve a wide range of building design problems and address a wide range of environmental impacts associated with the building sector. Many building applications and modelling have been carried out to evaluate indoor and outdoor building environments under well controlled conditions. This paper presents case studies for a number of topics including the assessment of pedestrian comfort and safety and complex wind-driven rain ingress The paper also discusses some of the challenges facing CFD for modelling complex built environments. ©2016 IEEE.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INFRAIA-1-2014-2015 | Award Amount: 10.00M | Year: 2015

The coastal area is the most productive and dynamic environment of the world ocean with significant resources and services for mankind. JERICO-NEXT (33 organizations from 15 countries) emphasizes that the complexity of the coastal ocean cannot be well understood if interconnection between physics, biogeochemistry and biology is not guaranteed. Such an integration requires new technological developments allowing continuous monitoring of a larger set of parameters. In the continuity of JERICO(FP7), the objective of JERICO-NEXT consists in strengthening and enlarging a solid and transparent European network in providing operational services for the timely, continuous and sustainable delivery of high quality environmental data and information products related to marine environment in European coastal seas Other objectives are: Support European coastal research communities, enable free and open access to data, enhance the readiness of new observing platform networks by increasing the performance of sensors, showcase of the adequacy of the so-developed observing technologies and strategies, propose a medium-term roadmap for coastal observatories through a permanent dialogue with stakeholders. Innovation JERICO-NEXT is based of a set of technological and methodological innovations. One main innovation potential is to provide a simple access to a large set of validated crucial information to understand the global change in coastal areas. Although JERICO-NEXT already includes industrial partners, it will be open to other research institutes, laboratories and private companies which could become associated partners to the project. Added values of JERICO NEXT JERICO-RI shall send data and information in an operational mode to European data systems, with dedicated service access. One of the strengths of JERICO-NEXT lies in the fact that technological and methodological developments shall be deployed in natural environment.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA-Infra | Phase: INFRA-2012-1.1.11. | Award Amount: 8.61M | Year: 2013

The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 will build on the significant advances achieved through the FP7 programmes EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN. With a budget of 7.00 Million Euros over 4 years (starting September 2013) the proposal has 29 partners drawn from academia, research institutions and SMEs. In addition 14 international experts from a wide range of disciplines comprise an Advisory Board. The programme will be achieved through: 1. Coordination activities to integrate and harmonise the current procedures and processes. Strong links will be fostered with the wider community across academia, industry, policy and the general public through outreach, knowledge exchange and training. 2. Support actions to offer a) access to observatory infrastructures to those who do not have such access, and b) free and open data services and products. 3. Joint research activities to innovate and enhance the current capability for multidisciplinary in situ ocean observation. Open ocean observation is currently a high priority for European marine and maritime activities. FixO3 will provide important data on environmental products and services to address the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and in support of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy. The FixO3 network will provide free and open access to in situ fixed point data of the highest quality. It will provide a strong integrated framework of open ocean facilities in the Atlantic from the Arctic to the Antarctic and throughout the Mediterranean, enabling an integrated, regional and multidisciplinary approach to understand natural and anthropogenic change in the ocean.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INFRADEV-3-2015 | Award Amount: 4.53M | Year: 2015

The EMSODEV general objective is to catalyse the full operations of the EMSO distributed Research Infrastructure, through the development and deployment of the EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM). EGIM will provide accurate, consistent, comparable, long-term measurements of ocean parameters, which are key to addressing urgent societal and scientific challenges (e.g. climate change and hazards). This will lead to an increased interoperability of EMSO nodes and to the common collection of ocean essential variable time series. The specific objectives are: (1) to design and implement a state-of-the-art, standardized multidisciplinary EGIM, a common, harmonized, observation system; (2) to fully test, calibrate, validate and assess the effectiveness of this innovative module in order to ensure its maximum quality, long-term durability, and reliability; (3) to strengthen the data management and delivery backbone of the EMSO RI; this will require a coordinated approach to data capture, archiving, management, and delivery, in turn spurring the development of a wide range of data products and services; (4) to promote the uptake of the project results and public-private partnerships establishing links with industry and SMEs for technology transfer. These objectives will be achieved through: (a) Research & Innovation activities focused on the design, development, test, replication and deployment of EGIMs at EMSO nodes and data management system implementation; (b) Communication, dissemination and exploitation activities aimed at disseminating and facilitating the uptake of the project results, and setting up activities to increase the innovation potential of EMSODEV technological output, and to explore EGIM commercialization. All these activities are in line with those listed in the part B of the section Specific features for Research Infrastructures. The consortium includes 11 multi-skilled partners, with two industries, ensuring the fulfilment of the objectives.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-03-2014 | Award Amount: 5.80M | Year: 2015

To reduce the total cost of low enthalpy geothermal systems by 20-30 % the project will improve actual drilling/installation technologies and designs of Ground Source Heat Exchangers (GSHEs). This will be combined with an holistic approach for optimum selection, design and implementation of complete systems across different underground and climate conditions. The proposal will focus on one hand on the development of more efficient and safe shallow geothermal systems and the reduction of the installation costs. This will be realized by improving drastically an existing, innovative vertical borehole installation technology of coaxial steel GSHE and by developing a helix type GSHE with a new, innovative installation methodology. These GSHEs will be installed to a depth of 40 50 meters ensuring improved safety and faster permitting. On the other hand, the proposal will develop a decision support (DSS) and other design tools covering the geological aspects, feasibility and economic evaluations based on different plant set-up options, selection, design, installation, commissioning and operation of low enthalpy geothermal systems . These tools will be made publicly available on the web to users, including comprehensive training to lower the market entry threshold. Given that drilling and GSHE technologies are mature but costly, this holistic approach is included in the proposal to bring the overall cost of the total project down, i.e. not just the cost of the GSHE itself but the avoidance of ground response tests, the engineering costs for the design of the GSHE and the integration of heat pumps with building heating and cooling systems. Also the use of novel the heat pumps for higher temperatures developed within the project will reduce the costs in the market for retrofitting buildings. The developments will be demonstrated in six sites with different undergrounds in different climates whilst the tools will be applied to several virtual demo cases.

News Article | December 14, 2016

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwired - Dec. 13, 2016) - SLR Consulting, a global environmental and advisory firm, has appointed several key executives to support the growth of its international operations. Rick Smith has joined in a new role as Chief Operating Officer, North America, and will enhance the leadership structure in SLR's businesses in the United States and Canada. Mr. Smith is based in Houston, Texas and has extensive experience in leading EHS businesses. He was formerly ERM's Southern Division Managing Director (US) and a member of the Global Senior Leadership Team. To further support the growth of the North America operations, Kent Miller has also joined SLR in Houston as its US Oil and Gas Business Sector lead. He will support ongoing investments in oil and gas initiatives at the domestic and global level. Mr. Miller was previously with ERM in Houston. SLR is also pleased to announce that in its Asia Pacific region, Paul Gardiner has recently been appointed as Regional Manager based in Brisbane, Australia. Mr. Gardiner was formerly General Manager for Cardno's Asia Pacific Region and joins SLR to lead its operations throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand. At the Group level, Diane Buchanan has joined SLR as its Chief Financial Officer and will be working with the regional teams to provide leadership across the business on financial and commercial matters. She is located in SLR's office located near Oxford, U.K. office. SLR Chief Executive Officer, Neil Penhall, commented, "I would like to welcome these executives to SLR. We have an ongoing and exciting growth strategy for SLR over the coming years, and attracting new leaders of such calibre to the SLR team will further enhance our ability to bring this strategy to life." SLR Consulting (SLR) is a UK based environmental and advisory consultancy, with its US operations based near Seattle, Washington and Canadian operations based in Vancouver, B.C. SLR has over 1200 employees based in 70 offices around the world with over 350 employees in North America. SLR is a leading provider of consulting services to clients in the oil & gas, mining, industry, infrastructure, power and built environment business sectors.

Couth R.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Trois C.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Vaughan-Jones S.,SLR Consulting
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control | Year: 2011

Data on waste management in Africa are poor. There is uncertainty over the quantity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from waste management, notably from waste disposal. Data have been collected on solid waste management for territories in Africa and a multi-phase first order decay (FOD) model has been prepared to calculate GHG emissions from waste disposal in accordance with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance. The multi-phase FOD model calculates the GHG emissions from waste disposal as 8.1% of the total GHG emissions in Africa in 2010. This is similar to the last published figure of 6.8% for 2004 data but considerably more than the world average figure of 3% GHG emissions from landfill. Probability modelling of the data used to calculate the multi-phase FOD model demonstrates that the data are variable, with a high standard deviation. The GHG emission rate from waste disposal in African territories will increase leading to further climate change as the population increases and becomes more urbanised. Whilst the UNFCCC is dedicated to minimise climate change globally, this paper demonstrates the need for the creation, at the African level, of a waste management body to assess the situation country by country with the objective to elaborate country specific recommendations for waste management. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Hinze B.,SLR Consulting
INTER-NOISE 2015 - 44th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering | Year: 2015

Noise mapping over geographically large regions such as cities has yet to make a large impact in Australia, with only a handful of noise mapping studies completed over the past decade. Unlike the European Union (EU), where noise maps are used extensively and carried out to achieve numerous outcomes, projects to date in Australia have been undertaken to achieve more specific goals, with additional positive outcomes emerging after project completion. This paper provides an overview of the key noise mapping projects delivered in Australia to date, summarising their primarily goals and outcomes. © 2015 by ASME.

Itakura T.,SLR Consulting
Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law | Year: 2015

Soil contamination has been recognised as one of the most pressing environmental issues in the People's Republic of China ('PRC'). However, there has hitherto been no national law to implement and enforce regulations to manage these issues while national laws for other environmental issues such as water pollution and air pollution have already been enacted. Various measures have been undertaken at different government levels, but they are yet to be proven efficient or effective to implement and enforce regulatory requirements directed at controlling and managing soil contamination. This article has attempted to develop an understanding of the policies, regulations and technical guidelines of the PRC on soil contamination by probing into and analysing the current regulatory framework, and identifying gaps between that framework, and legal and environmental practice. © Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law 2015.

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