EVENTS

FUTURE EVENTS

II MEETING ON CONCEPTUAL SITE MODELS

Following on from the successful experience we had by the end of March, we announced the holding of the II Meeting on Conceptual Models of Areas (in Portuguese), again using the Zoom platform.

The II Meeting will be held on May 29, from 10 am to 12 pm, and will discuss the theme “Dynamic Conceptual Model throughout the life cycle of a contaminated area: technological and financial approaches”, presented by Cesar Malta and moderated by Camilo Chaves, both from Finkler Ambiental.

As in the previous event, the II Meeting will be free of charge and exclusive for NICOLE members.

In order to increase the possibility of public participation in this second edition, the event will consist of an initial presentation of a case study, addressing itss technological and financial issues, then going on to a debate and sharing of the participants’ experiences on the topics:

a) MCAs built with traditional versus new technologies usage approaches. What: “we know we know”, “we know we don’t know” and what “we don’t know we don’t know”

b) How to effectively “streamline” the understanding of a contamination throughout the entire life cycle of a contaminated area project? How can we conduct a project considering the main objective of a dynamic MCA?

If you are a member of the network and have not received the invitation through Google Calendar, please contact us via email: nicolebrasil@ekosbrasil.org.

PAST EVENTS

DEBATE PANEL ON SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CONTAMINATED AREAS

On May 15, the Debate Panel on Sustainable Technologies for the Management of Contaminated Areas, promoted by the network’s Sustainable Remediation Working Group, occurred online (via Zoom).

The event, open to the general public, had as guests: Paulo Negrão, CEO of Clean Environment Brasil, Paulo Oliveira, Business Development Manager at Reconditec Sistemas, and Nilson Guiguer, President of Water Services and Technologies. They made brief presentations on Sustainable Remediation Technologies. Questions from the public were then answered.
About 250 people participated in the event, including representatives of several companies and institutions.

The recording of the event (in Portuguese) can be accessed through the link:

I PANEL ON THE CHALLENGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SITE CONCEPTUAL MODELS – ONLINE

The 1st Meeting on Challenges in the Development of Conceptual Models took place on the 27th of last month, in an online format through Zoom.

The Meeting was free and open to all members of the NICOLE network, involving more than 80 participants and with representatives from the industrial, academic and service sectors.

With the direction of Kamylla Silva and the support of the NICOLE secretariat for moderation, the event was hosted by Reginaldo Bertolo, professor and researcher at the Groundwater Research Center (CEPAS), from the USP Geosciences Institute. At the end of the event, there was also an opening for comments, questions and discussions involving the participants.

 

“CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND THE MANAGEMENT OF CONTAMINATED AREAS” WORKSHOP – São Paulo

The Circular Economy and the Management of Contaminated Areas workshop took place in São Paulo on March 5 and 6, 2020 and was attended by numerous representatives from several companies in the environmental area.

We had two very productive days of practical activities and presentations by members of the Circular Economy Working Group of the NICOLE network, led by Hugo Maurer, and by representatives of the public (José Amaral Wagner Neto – SMDU, São Paulo City Hall), industrial (James Henderson, Renata Lagoa and Carlos Henrique Araújo – Corteva), legal (Lina Pimentel – Mattos Filho) and academic (Aldo Ometto – USP) sectors.

“Management, Innovation and Cases of Success in Remediation” Seminar – COFIC

On November 20, the seminar “Management, Innovation and Cases of Success in Remediation” was held in Camaçari, Bahia, organized by the Camaçari Industrial Development Committee (COFIC), an association that represents more than 90 companies located in the Camaçari Industrial Area.

The GIS workshop, presented by Paulo Rego, Michel Santana, Guilherme Amaro and Cesar Merjan, addressed various aspects and techniques related to project georeferencing and best practices in the use of the Geographic Information System.

The Modeling: REMChlor workshop, presented by Mariana Favero and Rosialine Roedel, presented the REMChlor method of analytical modeling and offered participants a hands-on exercise.

Both workshops were heavily attended by the audience, consisting of representatives from industries such as BASF, Oxiteno, White Martins, Tronox, Bracell , Continental, Ford, among many others, as well as numerous environmental consultancies and other companies from the services sector.

NICOLE’s participation was sponsored by ERM, Reconditec and Servmar – many thanks to our sponsors!

Sustainable Remediation Workshop

A workshop on Sustainable Remediation was held in the Auditorium A1 of the Institute of Geosciences of USP, in São Paulo, on November 22.

It was free of charges and directed exclusively for members of the network. The workshop occurred throughout the morning and had a practical exercise, in which the main goal was to simulate the application of the concepts of Sustainable Remediation in a project, dividing participants into groups.

It was a very productive day with interesting debates on the subject.

I MEETING ON CONCEPTUAL SITE MODELS

On November 27th, the First Meeting on Conceptual Area Models and Case Studies took place at the Chemical Engineering Department of the USP Polytechnic School, in São Paulo. The event, organized by the Conceptual Site Model Working Group (WG), through its leader Marilda Vianna and secretary Lélia Soares, had as its main goal the definition of case studies to be included in the Guide on Conceptual Site Models that is being developed by the group.

The meeting began with a brief introduction by Marilda on the activities currently being developed by the WG and the agenda for the day. Then there was also a NICOLE institutional presentation, presented by Luciana Ferreira, current secretary of the network. The moment was also ideal to clarifying some questions of those present about the activities of the WG and the network.

Then occurred the presentation of the structure of the Guide, with each chapter being presented by the person responsible for its coordination.

Finally, three different case studies were presented, all considered quite interesting by the public: the first was presented by Sasha Hart, the second by Lucas Andreatta and Carine Martins and, finally, the third was presented by Cesar Malta. It was agreed at the end of the presentations that the case studies will be reviewed by their developers considering the suggestions and comments expressed by the public so that their final versions can be included in the publication.

At the end of the event, the Modeling WG was also presented by its leader, Mariana Favero. The Group was started this year and took the opportunity to invite all interested parties to participate in its activities.

International Technical Workshop on Soil Remediation

The event, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 1 and 2, 2019, featured several speeches on the central theme of investigation and remediation of contaminated areas, a roundtable discussion on the legal and institutional challenges of multiple stakeholder issues, and three workshops developed by the network’s working groups. There were about 100 participants in the two days of the event, with speakers and participants from Argentina, Brazil and several other countries.

Technologies, case studies and techniques focused on various areas within the environmental remediation pillar were presented. The workshops, which addressed the topics Conceptual Site Models, Vapor Intrusion and Sustainable Remediation, had good public participation and involvement in all the presentations, discussions and practical activities that took place.

The event was supported by the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires, which provided the venue in which the activities took place, and was sponsored by Arcadis, ERM, Beacon, Vapor Pin, Reconditec, Columbia Technologies, GreenSoil and Savron.

Click here to download the schedule of activities featured in the event and in the titles below to access the presentations made available by speakers.

International Technical Workshop on Soil Remediation

The event, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 1 and 2, 2019, featured several speeches on the central theme of investigation and remediation of contaminated areas, a roundtable discussion on the legal and institutional challenges of multiple stakeholder issues, and three workshops developed by the network’s working groups. There were about 100 participants in the two days of the event, with speakers and participants from Argentina, Brazil and several other countries.

Technologies, case studies and techniques focused on various areas within the environmental remediation pillar were presented. The workshops, which addressed the topics Conceptual Site Models, Vapor Intrusion and Sustainable Remediation, had good public participation and involvement in all the presentations, discussions and practical activities that took place.

The event was supported by the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires, which provided the venue in which the activities took place, and was sponsored by Arcadis, ERM, Beacon, Vapor Pin, Reconditec, Columbia Technologies, GreenSoil and Savron.

Click here to download the schedule of activities featured in the event and in the titles below to access the presentations made available by speakers.

Symposium on Contamination in Fractured Bedrock

The Symposium, held in Curitiba on June 27 and in Rio de Janeiro on July 1, 2019, was supported and attended by the NICOLE Latin America network. There was a presentation of the network, its benefits and achievements, as well as numerous very productive lectures related to the theme of fractured bedrocks.

There was participation and presentations by authorities, academics and representatives of numerous companies in the environmental field.

AquaConSoil

From May 20th to 24th, 2019, one of the largest environmental events of the year took place in Antwerp, Belgium, the AquaConSoil (International Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources). NICOLE Latin America Network participated in the event represented by members Joyce Cruz and Olivier Maurer.

Joyce presented at the conference the lecture entitled “Challenges of Sustainable Remediation in Latin America,” based on the White Paper developed by the Sustainable Remediation Working Group, which she currently leads. NICOLE’s participation in AquaConSoil was made possible by sponsors Umicore and GreenSoil.

Discussion Panel on Sustainable Remediation and ISO 18.504

The Discussion Panel, opened to all members of the network and organized by the Sustainable Remediation Working Group, took place in São Paulo, on May 30, 2019.

In the Panel, two case studies were presented and there were discussions and exchanges of experiences throughout the morning. In the end, there was a collective debate regarding ISO 18.504 and the changes that this standard brings to remediation projects.

The discussion was very productive and strongly contributed to one of the main goals of the network, which is to foster brainstorming and knowledge sharing.

More events like this are planned in the near future.

XI Ekos Brasil Seminar / SUSTREM 2018

The Ekos Brasil Seminar reached its eleventh edition also bringing, for the first time in Latin America, SUSTREM (International Sustainable Remediation Conference). The event attracted participants and speakers from around the world, with the focus of discussing good practices and successful solutions to complex cases, leveraging the Latin American environmental market.

NICOLE was responsible for offering six workshops on the last day of the event: Sustainable Remediation, Back Diffusion Modeling, Environmental Risk Access, Vapor Intrusion, Conceptual Models, GIS and Stakeholder Engagement.

First International ReLASC – NICOLE Seminar 2017

Organized in Lima, Peru, in 2017, the First International ReLASC – NICOLE Seminar was an event to disseminate and discuss international experience on site investigation, assessment and management of sites contaminated with hydrocarbons. NICOLE presented in the occasion three workshops: Vapor Intrusion, Conceptual Site Model and Sustainable Remediation.