Courses

Take advantage of ten professional development courses offered at ACE 2016 on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20.  Make sure you register early to secure your spot. 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Half Day Courses

  • EMGM-130: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSICS

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 • 8:00am-12:00pm

Instructors: Laurie Benton, Managing Scientist, Exponent; Brenton Cox, Senior Engineer, Exponent

Environmental Forensics provides a scientific basis for determining quantitative liability allocation among Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at contaminated sites, as well as for identifying contaminant sources in toxic tort cases. The need for Environmental Forensics frequently occurs when there are successive owners of a contaminated property, when there are commingled groundwater plumes, or when air-borne contaminants have been distributed in a community. In addition to identifying the origin of contaminating material, it is often necessary, particularly in insurance coverage cases, to determine how and when contaminating events occurred. Finally, after determining the timeframe for the contamination event, it may also be necessary to perform quantitative or semi-quantitative modeling to determine the extent and impact of a contamination event or release scenario.

An Environmental Forensics consulting assignment may combine historical documentation such as  aerial photographs, historical maps, facility engineering, and other company records, with fact-witness accounts, and with recent environmental monitoring data. Many tools are available including chemical fingerprinting and isotope analysis, as well as mathematical techniques, for both statistical analysis and modeling chemical transport and behavior in groundwater, sediments, air, and other media.

This course will provide attendees with an introduction to various Environmental Forensic tools with an emphasis on case studies throughout the course.

  • AIR -135: FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR POLLUTION METEOROLOGY AND DISPERSION MODELING 

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 • 1:00pm-5:00pm

Instructor: Anthony J. Sadar, CCM, Air Pollution Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Program

Navigation of air quality issues can be quite challenging without a fundamental understanding of air pollution meteorology.  “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion Modeling” will introduce participants to the basic theory and practice of this crucial environmental field using familiar concepts and engaging classroom demo equipment.

Furthermore, the lecture portion of this course was acclaimed in Mr. Sadar’s reception of the “Outstanding Service to MARAMA” award in February 2015.  (MARAMA is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association.  The popular course he taught was via webinar and titled “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling.”)

Full Day Courses

  • AIR -173 CALPUFF VERSION 7 INTRODUCTORY COURSE  Course Cancelled 

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: Irene Lee, Managing Scientist, Exponent; Christopher DesAutels, Managing Scientist, Exponent 

This one-day course will introduce the student to CALPUFF Version 7, an advanced non-steady-state meteorological and air quality dispersion modeling system.  CALPUFF is recommended by agencies throughout the world for a wide range of applications, including assessing long-range transport of pollutants as well as near-field applications involving complex meteorological conditions.  This course is designed to give the student a theoretical and practical overview of the elements comprising the CALPUFF modeling system as well as touching on new advancements and features in the modeling system and CALApps, the new graphical user interface to CALPUFF.  The steps for running CALPUFF will be illustrated through on-screen case study application demonstrations.

  •  AIR- 240: AIR POLLUTION CONTROL AND COMPLIANCE FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 • 8:00am-5:00pm

Instructor: Tom McGowan, President and Founder of TMTS Associates Inc.

The course is focused on theory and operation of air pollution control systems for a wide range of applications, in particular, for those associated with combustion processes, such as boilers, refinery heaters, kilns and the like. The interactions between the two are covered in detail. Attendees must know and understand both the “front end” combustion or raw material processing system and “back end” air pollution control systems to comply with myriad regulations and promote safe and economical operation. Part of the value of this course is the practical experience of the presenter and their knowledge of what works and what does not.   Case studies are used for illustration purposes and photos are provided of actual industrial equipment.

  • EMGM-345: TRANSITION TO ISO 14001: 2015 – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: UNDERSTANDING THE NEW REQUIREMENTS AND TRANSITION TO THE NEW STANDARD  

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 • 8:00am-5:00pm

Instructor: Yogendra Chaudhry, Ph.D., EP, CRSP, Vice-President, Professional Services, ECO Canada

The ISO 14000 series of standards address various aspects of environmental management and ISO 14001 is one of the world’s most widely used environmental management system standards. ISO 14001 standard provides practical tools for organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and continually improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001 standard has been technically revised and the new standard, ISO 14001:2015 was released on September 15, 2015. This third edition of the Standard cancels and replaces the ISO 14001:2004. The Standard has undergone significant revisions and many new requirements have been incorporated to ensure demonstrated improvement in the environmental performance. The High Level Structure (Annex SL) of the Standard is one of the key highlights of the changes and helps the organizations to set up an effective environmental management system that is integrated and aligned with the business strategies of the organization.

This 1-day training course will give attendees the background to understand the new requirements and more importantly, it will focus on strategies and provide tools to implement the new Standard. Practical examples and interactive exercises will be used throughout the course.

Course outcomes include:  Identify key changes between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015 standards; Understand the new requirements and learn how they affect your existing EMS; Interpret the new requirements and develop a strategy to upgrade your existing ISO 14001 EMS; and Develop and implement an EMS based on ISO 14001:2015 requirements.

MONDAY, JUNE 20

Half Day Courses

  • AIR-186: INTRODUCTION TO OPEN-PATH MONITORING FOR FENCELINE MONITORING AND FLUX MEASUREMENT 

MONDAY, June 20 • 8:00am-12:00pm

Instructors: Curtis Laush, Ph.D., Director, Austin Physical Chemical Laboratory, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.; Steve Ramsey , PE, BCEE, Principal Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Open-path monitoring technologies use light in various portions of the electromagnetic spectrum to “see” air pollutants.  Often referred to as optical remote sensing, or ORS, these technologies, when properly used, can significantly enhanced the understanding of the sources and magnitude of air pollutants from non-point emission sources.  This course will provide an introduction to open-path measurement technologies and how they can, and have, been used for perimeter monitoring, for enhanced leak detection, and for conducting emission surveys.

Use of ORS technologies will be discussed in the context of the new Petroleum Refinery Sector Residual Risk and Technology Review rules as well as anticipated Bay Area Air Quality Management District rules.  Case studies will be used to present and differentiate the capabilities of various ORS technologies.  Cost information will be presented.  Return on investment will be discussed as part of the case studies.

 Full Day Courses

  •  AIR-205: FABRIC FILTER BAGHOUSE 101 INCLUDING FINE PARTICLE EMISSION CONTROL, BAGHOUSE FUNDAMENTALS, DESIGN, QA/QC, TROUBLESHOOTING, FILTER MEDIA SELECTION, & NANO-FILTRATION                        

          MONDAY, June 20 • 8:00am-5:00

Instructor: John McKenna, Ph.D., principal and founder, ETS, Inc.

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, technical sales representatives, operators, maintenance personnel, and government agency employees.  It covers what a baghouse is, how it works, the effects and relative importance of critical operating parameters, how to achieve maximum performance capability, how to maintain the equipment in good working order, and trends in bag and baghouse technology, including fine particle control through nanofiber filtration. No prerequisites are required.  An environmental, scientific or engineering management background would be beneficial to the attendees.

  • AIR-291: CONSIDERATION AND REMEDIATION OF AIR POLLUTANTS IN MUNICIPAL   SOLID WASTE LANDFILLING AND INCINERATION Course Cancelled 

MONDAY, June 20 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Amirhossein Malakamad, Associate Professor at Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia

The course Considerations and Remediation of Air Pollutants in Municipal Solid Waste Landfilling and Incineration has a novel approach by addressing pollution which can release to the air through solid waste landfilling and incineration. Landfilling and incineration are globally among popular methods to manage municipal solid waste. So, if the activities in those sites do not get monitored well, there is high potential of releasing huge amount of pollutants to the air which contribute to GHG emission and global warming. In addition, some of air pollutants produced by waste incineration including dioxin and furan are classified as hazardous and can cause irreversible effects on human and environment. In this course, activities in landfilling and incineration will be introduced first. Then, the paths which air get polluted via landfills operation and waste incineration will be discussed. The effects of air pollutants on human health and environment and the legislation regarding to those effects will be highlighted. Finally, the remediation methods to overcome air pollution created in municipal solid waste landfills and incinerators will be discussed and evaluated.

  • AIR-299: AERMOD AIR DISPERSION MODELING

MONDAY, JUNE 20 • 8:00am-5:00pm

Instructors: Jesse Thé, Ph.D., P. Eng, President Lakes Environmental; Michael Hammer, CCM, Senior Product Specialist for Lakes Environmental

The course provides attendees with a full understanding of the AERMOD modeling system by balancing theory with hands-on-real world case studies. At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion, modeling and to use screening and refined models for permit applications and risk assessment. No prerequisites are required. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel™ would be beneficial to the attendees.

  • EMGM-348: AUDITING ISO 14001: 2015 – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: AUDITING THE NEW REQUIREMENTS OF THE EMS STANDARD 

MONDAY, JUNE 20 • 8:00am-5:00pm

Instructor: Yogendra Chaudhry, Ph.D., EP, CRSP, Vice-President, Professional Services, ECO Canada

The technical revision of the ISO 14001: 2004 brings many significant changes to the Standard. The revisions in the standard are expected to have major implications on how the environmental management system is implemented to achieve the intended outcomes of the new standard, ISO 14001: 2015. The standard’s explicit requirements on continual improvement in the environmental performance is expected to influence how the EMS auditors look at the ISO 14001 implementation and align the organization’s context, its strategic and business goals, its environmental risks and how they have been incorporated in the process of achieving continual improvement.

This one-day training focuses on providing a deeper understanding on the standard from the EMS auditor’s perspective. The focus of this course will be on auditing the requirements of the new standard and what kind of evidences the auditor may look for while auditing ISO 14001: 2015.

Course outcomes include: Learn about how to audit the new requirements; Understand the audit criteria and specific evidences with respect to “documented information” and “implementation”;  and Learn what to look for while monitoring and auditing the EMS transition process.

Note: A decision on whether a course will be offered will be determined shortly after the May 23 Advance Registration deadline.  If a course is cancelled, all registrants will be notified by our registrar.