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CEEQUAL Assessor Course

Finally completed my CEEQUAL assessor course last week. This was something I signed up for when CIRIA made me redundant last year but with one thing and another I hadn’t managed to have free time to coincide with a course in London. Still the work I have been doing in the meantime meant that I was a bit more of an expert when it came to the ecology section.

I was pleased to discover that most of my civil engineering knowledge remained intact. In fact working on the M25 widening project meant I had much more experience of projects in action than previously.

They pushed us quite hard over the two days, not surprising really given the breadth of topics we had to cover. The section on energy seemed a bit vague at first but I suppose I had the advantage of doing a course on energy the week before (see last post). I think for a lot of companies it will be the first time they have thought about energy and carbon during construction and particularly in use.

The assessment divides into 12 categories starting with the project management which underpins it all and then looking at different areas of environmental performance in a civil engineering project. Ecology, for instance  deals with all the improvements you can make and also avoiding any problems you can get like Japanese Knotweed and how they are dealt with. The methodology is a bit like the waste hierarchy, you score highest for not removing environmental features but you can make things back by introducing mitigation strategies and making improvements around the project.

Having learnt all this I am eager to get started on an assessment either for Ecology Consultancy or as a freelancer so let me know if you need one doing. I can also assess a project quite quickly and let you know how it might perform.

Construction Expo 2009

Hawks30th September (I am doing some catching up). Went to Chatham Maritime for Construction Expo 2009.

I was representing Ecology Consultancy again we had a small stand in the eco village area. The keynote address in the morning was given by Wayne Hemingway, very enjoyable with lots of good ideas. Particularly enjoyed his piece about our neglect of future generations declaring that for each rubbish playground with a springy chicken we are creating another set of ASBO’s.

The rest of the day wasn’t as exciting but we met some good contacts. Apparently numbers were down on last year, not surprising given the current climate but those who were there were keen to talk and develop business.

Late in the day the stand was visited by some guys from NBC Pest Control with their Harris Hawks

Brede Valley

Brede ValleySpent the day with Ecology Consultancy in the Brede Valley near Hastings. We were cataloging plant and animal species for the Friends of Brede valley group. Learnt a lot about grasses and pond weeds.

They provided a great barbecue in the evening and the others camped out in the farmyard. Had to head home to get a flight in the morning. Got some good photos on Flickr