The State of Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) have recently released their ‘Better Apartment Design Standards’ (BADS) which includes internal noise requirements for apartment buildings. These requirements are for properties within stated catchment areas from industrial, road and rail land uses. This has the potential to impact over 400,000 land parcels within Greater Melbourne. SLR have developed the tools to quickly and easily support our clients in screening sites for possible noise implications. This is to help understand the potential cost impacts due to noise abatement during early costing exercises on a development site. Ben Hinze (Manger – Environmental Mapping) and Alex Campbell (Sector Lead – Infrastructure) provide a summary of the impacts and an enlightening case study.View Article
SLR is a globally-respected provider of environmental scientific and engineering services to government and private clients delivering projects across the transportation, infrastructure, waste management and government works sectors.
We support the conceptual and detailed design, assessment and operational phases of major projects involving:
- Roadways and Busways
- Railways and Transit Systems
- Shipping and Ports
- Waste Management and Recycling
- Water and Sewerage Facilities
- Energy Generation and Transmission
- Communications Networks
- Health Facilities and Civic Buildings
SLR’s expertise and capabilities assist clients in relation to:
- Design monitoring and management
- Environmental assessment
- Planning and approvals
- Site optimization and route selection
- Stakeholder engagement and consultation
A selection of clients across SLR’s global Infrastructure business sector includes:
- BAM Construction
- National Grid (UK)
- Port of Seattle
- SITA Suez
- Veolia Environmental Services
- Public Works Government Services Canada
- Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
Infrastructure Design & Engineering
SLR’s industry experienced technical experts provide design and engineering support to infrastructure and environmental systems during process changes and capital improvement projects. Our services include:
- Project Development Support: we work closely with our clients to design energy, waste and water projects that take into account a whole-of-life cycle approach. Maintenance and operational characteristics are optimised along with the capital costs.
- Feasibility Studies: SLR works with clients to assure that considered process changes are feasible with respect to near term and long term environmental permitting requirements.
- Wastewater Engineering: SLR provides support in the design, construct, and operation of process wastewater systems and system upgrades.
- Civil Engineering, Pollution Control and Architecture Evaluation: SLR provides technical support in the physical expansion or decommissioning of facilities which includes review and selection of pollution control technologies and equipment.
- Experienced team with diverse experience with a wide range of industries including petroleum refining, oil exploration, environmental contracting, energy, forest products, chemicals, processing contracting and general manufacturing as well as former environmental regulators.
- Matching Project Objectives with Business Objectives: SLR assures that clients’ business drivers and objectives such as such as cash flow management and critical production times are integrated into the project strategy to minimize adverse impact to facility operations.
- Full Life-Cycle Services: SLR provides support from initial planning of capital improvement projects through design and construct.
Airport: Government Contamination Risk Assessment (CAN)
Light Rail: Geotechnical Advice (IRE)
Port: Air Quality Management (US)
Port: Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment (AUS)
Rail: Geotechnical Investigations (UK)
Rail: Noise & Vibration Assessment (AUS)
Rail: Site Investigation & Risk Assessment (UK)
Rapid Transit: Noise & Vibration Assessment (Singapore)
Road Bypass: Geotechnical Assessment (IRE)
Road: Highway Air Quality Analysis (US)
SLR Consulting has this week announced the appointment of Andrew Joycey as Principal Consultant with the firm’s Transport Advisory team based in the Melbourne office.View Article
Like you, staff at SLR are receiving many briefings being circulated about the new EIA Regulations. Much of the comment appears to be raising the potential for concern, pushing those developing projects to seek additional advice that in reality may well be unnecessary. Our perspective is that if you were already pro-actively applying the old EIA Regulations to the specific advantage of your project, then the new regulations change little.View Article
Road Safety is one of the most important community issues worldwide. Whilst it is a global problem, we all need to think “and act” locally to seek an improvement in road safety and a reduction of injuries and fatalities on our transport network.View Article
IOSH is co-hosting four ISO workshops in different venues across the UK from 27 March 2017.View Article
Fuad Fredericks (AFR)Close
Fuad is the Sector Leader for Infrastructure for SLR’s African Operations. He has more than 16 years’ experience in a wide range of environmental disciplines, including environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans/programmes, environmental auditing & monitoring, environmental control officer services, and public consultation & facilitation.
Fuad has been responsible for management and quality control of environmental assessments dealing with a number of highly complex and controversial projects, such as the proposed toll roads on some of the national routes in South Africa. He has also managed the environmental assessment of major road development proposals in Mauritius. Fuad also has extensive experience in the environmental assessment, monitoring and auditing of projects related to railway facilities, landfill sites, wastewater treatment facilities, and water and sewage infrastructure.
Prior to his entry into environmental consulting, Fuad worked in the Environmental Education field where he was responsible for the development and implementation of various Environmental Education programmes at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.
Briony Croft (CAN)Close
Dr. Croft has fifteen years of experience encompassing design, project management, acoustic consulting and collaborative research with industry. Her experience includes the measurement, modelling, assessment and control of noise and vibration emissions from industry, ports, mines, railways, roads, airports and construction sites.
Briony has been based in Vancouver since 2014. Prior to joining SLR in Australia in 2009, Briony spent four years as a staff researcher at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton in the UK. During this time she worked on several collaborative transportation noise research projects funded by the European Union. She registered as a part-time PhD student, and was awarded her doctorate in 2009.
In addition to projects involving “terrestrial” acoustic impacts on people and wildlife, Briony is also involved in underwater noise and vibration impact assessment, particularly the prediction of underwater construction noise propagation and impacts of blasting and construction on marine fauna. She has provided acoustic support in the planning, development, construction and operational stages of numerous projects in Australia and North America.
Alban Forster (EUR)Close
With 20 years’ experience in the field of waste and resource management, Alban is currently responsible for the Waste Resource Management group in the UK. He has extensive experience in the field of strategic waste resource management, planning, policy, procurement and infrastructure delivery, with specialist knowledge covering strategy development and policy review, strategic waste plan development, PFI/PPP tender support and operational service reviews.
Brian Hoefler (US)Close
Mr. Hoefler has over 25 years of experience with a range of project management services that support Infrastructure development and expansion. His experience includes multi-media project management, air quality services, NEPA documentation, environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, spill prevention and response, utility planning, noise studies, and siting studies.
Alex's experience in the Infrastructure sector includes some of the largest projects underway in Australia, working for a range of government and private-sector clients.
As an Acoustic Engineer Alex specialises in architectural and building acoustics; environmental impact assessments; building services noise control; and vibration assessments and mitigation measures. More recently he has carried out environmental assessments on key projects including Sydney Metro Northwest and was the Acoustic Project Director on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.
Alex is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is an active member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Acoustic Society.