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DustScan's office is closing from 13.00 on December 24th over the festive period and reopening on 4th January to give all of our staff a well deserved break.
We wish everyone a fantastic festive period and look forward to a great 2021.
Dr. Hugh Datson, a Business Partner of DustScan, has just been appointed to the Committee of the Institute of Air Quality Management. The IAQM is the authoritative voice in the UK in maintaining, enhancing and promoting the highest standards of working practice in the field of air quality and for professional development of those who undertake this work. Hugh is the first member of the DustScan “family” to be recognised in this manner.
DustScanAQ are looking for domestic and international partners to work with our new online platform 'DSX', which will allow local partners to measure directional dust levels, dust deposition and soiling without sending samples back to our UK laboratory.
DustScanAQ are also looking forward to complementing their suite of dust measurement devices with a certified continuous dust monitor with real-time output.
In line with government guidance, all DustScanAQ staff who can work from home are currently doing so. Only a small number of staff remain in the office, to allow our analytic dust services to continue operating.
All consultants are continuing to work on our wide portfolio of client projects and will be available for direct contact by e-mail or mobile during normal business hours. For their contact details please see the Key Personnel page.
It is our intention to continue to provide our usual client focussed service and we look forward to working with you through these challenging times.
DustScanAQ are proud to announce the appointment of David Povey as a Graduate Trainee Consultant. David joined DustScan as a Graduate Trainee Consultant in July 2020 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a first class degree in Geography. As part of this degree, he undertook a 10-month placement at DustScan during which he was trained in the key areas of the business. In part fulfilment of his degree, he completed a dissertation investigating the impacts of traffic variables on the proportion of non-exhaust emission dust particles in deposited road dust, using Optical Light Microscopy. As part of the DustScan rotation training programme, he is working in different sectors, including Dust and Air Quality whilst also assisting with day-to-day analytical services.
Mike Fowler, one of the firm’s earliest academic consultants, has been promoted to the position of Professor of Geochemistry with effect from 1st September. Mike, working in conjunction with the staff, encouraged by Dr. Geoff Walton now Chairman and Dr. Hugh Datson, retained consultant, has been instrumental in assisting the firm with the development of dust monitoring techniques and interpretation, and in dust modelling and mapping. In particular he has worked closely on the geochemistry of directional dust to identify specific elements for forensic purposes
The firm has had close links with Portsmouth University ever since Mike moved there in 2008; the School of the Environment, Geography and Geoscience now awards the DustScan Prize for the best undergraduate project in Applied Environmental Science. A close consultancy-academia link is essential to any responsible technical consultancy especially in developmental R&D.
At DustScanAQ we like to celebrate our achievements and today the company reached another unique milestone: our intern Sam Wootton analysed our 100,000th dust sample!
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Tarmac was our client who submitted the 100,000th dust sample and as a celebration we will issuing a certificate, waiving the analysis fee and enjoying a slice of cake in the office.
A thanks must go to our own Tracey Volley, who we calculate has logged, batched, sealed and scanned about 30,000 samples in her time with us.
DustScanAQ analysed its first dust sample in 2004 and it feels like only yesterday we analysed our 50,000th sample in 2014. Samples have come from all corners of the globe including Australia, Bermuda and Azerbaijan.
The second 50,000 samples took half the time of the first 50,000. This reflects the organic growth of the company: since 2014 we have grown in numbers and expertise, offering a wider suite of consultancy services including air quality, odour and occupational exposure.
DustScanAQ are proud to announce the appointment of Gordon Allison as a Principal Consultant. Gordon has a degree in Environmental Chemistry and an MSc in Air Pollution Management & Control from the University of Birmingham, where he has been a guest lecturer since 2001. His primary interests lie in air quality management and wider environmental management. Gordon has over 20 years’ experience in environmental consultancy, with a focus on air quality in the context of both transport and industrial sources.
Gordon has been an expert witness for air quality at planning enquiries. He was the lead for air quality for High Speed Two between 2013 and 2016, providing the evidence for the Phase 1 Parliamentary select committees, and assisting in negotiating the settlements with stakeholders, writing the HS2 Air Quality Strategy, and setting its targets for health impact and carbon vehicle emissions. Gordon has contributed to the development of IAQM odour guidance, construction dust monitoring guidance and to the 2019 Environment Bill. Welcome to the team Gordon!
DustScanAQ can also announce that Connor Wilkinson has also joined us a Graduate Trainee Consultant. Connor has an honours degree in Applied Geology from the Camborne School of Mines and has just graduated with a Distinction in an MSc in Air Pollution Management & Control from the University of Birmingham. He is working on a range of air quality projects including planning assessments and dispersion modelling used to support the construction and extractive industries.
DustScanAQ are proud to announce the appointment of Claus Hjoerringgaard as our new Managing Director. Claus is a visionary and experienced leader who, over 25 years, has promoted strategic growth and business development with national and international companies.
He brings senior leadership with experience from global consultancy firms such as Fichtner Consulting Engineers, Mott MacDonald and Wood. Claus has extensive global knowledge and networking experience to establish sound relationships with senior decision makers. He is overseeing the cooperation of clients, partners and others to ensure sustainable development and growth.
Sam Wootton also joins the firm for his sandwich year between the second and third years of his course in Environmental Science at Bournemouth University. He is gaining experience in laboratory skills and assists with a range of Dust and Air Quality work.
We will be exhibiting at the Contamination Expo in the Contamination zone at NEC Birmingham from 11th - 12th September at stand F91. DustScanAQ's John Bruce will be giving a seminar on 'Where is silica dust a problem?' on Thusrday 12th at 12.30 in Theatre 28.
We'd be delighted to meet past, present and potential clients at these events so please come and see us if you're planning to attend.
DustScan Ltd has become an Employee Owned Business with its shares owned by an Employee Ownership Trust (DustScan Trustees Ltd) as of 18 December 2018. Our firm is one of many professional firms – architects, lawyers, consulting engineers and scientists taking this well-established step to help in their firm’s co-ownership and profit sharing activities.
We continue to grow – there are now 11 staff and a number of retained consultants and we are currently active in a wide range of industrial projects some with a significant research element at home and abroad.
DustScanAQ is currently advertising for a Senior/Principal Air Quality Consultant ideally with working experience on overseas and UK based projects. The candidate would ideally be a full member of the IAQM and hold a relevant environmental/scientific Chartership (i.e. CEng, CEnv and CSci). Applicants should be capable of illustrating their competences from project scope to delivery, their understanding of a range of dispersion modelling techniques and potential for progression within the firm.
Also we are looking for a 10 month long salaried intern for an Environmental Science or Applied Geography undergraduate, ideally now in their second year at university and likely to obtain high academic marks in the relevant course. The successful candidate would commence work in July 2019.
Similarly we are seeking good graduates and post graduates in Environmental Science or relevant disciplines, to commence a programme of training in dust and air quality consultancy. Our interest is primarily, but not exclusively, in the cohort graduating in mid-2019.
In all cases please send a covering email and CV to the Director of Administration, Sue Radbourne - email@example.com.
We will be exhibiting at the Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference at Durham University from 12th - 15th September at stand 13 and DustScanAQ's Daniel Quinn will be presenting a poster on Application of Microscopy in Dust Source Apportionment at Mineral Sites.
We'll also be exhibiting at the Contamination Expo in the Clean Air Technology zone at NEC Birmingham from 12th - 13th September at stand 5Q111. DustScanAQ's Andrew Green will be giving a seminar on Ambient and Occupational Dust Characterisation and Assessment on Wednesday 12th at 11.45am in Theatre 20.
For more information, please visit the EIG Conference website and the Clean Air Expo website
We will be exhibiting at the Safety in Construction Show at the Roundhouse, Derby on Wednesday 18th July at stand OR26.
We'd be delighted to meet past, present and potential clients at this event so please come and see us if you're planning to attend.
For more information, please visit the Safety in Construction Show website.
We will be exhibiting at the Hillhead show 2018 on 26, 27 and 28 June 2018 at Stand PB12.
For more information, please visit the Hillhead website.
DustScanAQ is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of staff to our consultancy team.
Satty Jandu joins the firm as a Senior Consultant on the Air Quality side. He has an MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control, is experienced with working on power, energy, permitting and construction projects and has specialist skills in modelling.
Also joining us as Technical Officer/Environmental Scientist is Pedro Amador Guiral, a graduate of Cadiz University with experience of semi-arid environments who will be organising much of the laboratory work.
DustScanAQ is pleased to announce the appointment of Ayan Chakravartty as Technical Director with effect from 1 December 2017. Ayan has a background in civil engineering and environmental science and previously worked for regulating agencies and in consulting engineering before joining the firm in August 2016.
The firm is currently looking to recruit a Senior Transport Consultant. For more details please see our Careers page.
We were pleased to meet clients and others at the recent Mineral Products Association (MPA) Members' Environment and Mineral Planning Conference on 29 November and we hope to meet these and others again at the RTPI/MPA meeting on 24 May and the Hillhead Exhibition on 26-28 June.
We'd be delighted to meet past, present and potential clients at these event so please come and see us if you're planning to attend.
We are very pleased to announce that we were joined by Eleanor Winning in September 2017. Eleanor completed her MSc in Environmental Engineering at Newcastle University this year and joins us as Graduate Air Quality Scientist.
In August 2017 we were also joined by Nassim Azzout, a Bournemouth University Geography student who is on a 12-month employment placement.
We will be exhibiting at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Members' Environment and Mineral Planning Conference.
We launched our new website in July 2017 and would really appreciate your feedback. Certain areas are still in development but we hope you find all the information you're looking for. Please call us on 01608 810110 if you need any assistance in navigating the new site.
To reflect our growing involvement and expertise in air quality matters we began trading as DustScanAQ in early 2017. We now offer a comprehensive range of air quality, odour and transport assessment and related services to complement our existing dust monitoring and consultancy services.
Our monitoring capabilities have also expanded: we now specify, supply and install real-time MCERTS accredited air quality monitoring stations and provide data management and reporting services; we now also provide occupational and workplace exposure assessments for gases, fumes, vapours and mists as well as dust.
DustScanAQ would be pleased to hear from you if you would like to discuss your requirements and how we can help you with your project, please contact us on 01608 810110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.