APEM aerial surveys extended at Gwynt y Môr

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 14/07/2016 19:22:00

APEM aerial surveys extended at Gwynt y Mor

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APEM will carry out an initial first year of post-construction aerial surveys at the world’s second largest offshore wind farm, off the coast of North Wales.

Ultra-high resolution aerial surveys will monitor birds and marine mammals at the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm plus a 4 km buffer, as well as a wider area in Colwyn Bay (NW5) where the wind farm sits.

A grid design will be used to survey the wind farm area, as well as NW5. A month-long series of surveys will take place in summer 2016 and a series of surveys will take place in winter 2016-17. During mid-winter a dawn and dusk survey will also be undertaken.

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WFD demands innovation, says APEM director

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 07/07/2016 09:17:00

WFD demands innovation, says APEM managing director

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The Water Framework Directive is driving water companies to find ever more innovative ways to track down the sources of pollution, improve water quality and restore river function, APEM’s managing director, Dr Keith Hendry, recently told the journal of the Institute of Water.

Dr Hendry said: “The water sector has a history of innovation, with water companies having done an incredible job of tackling what were the major causes of pollution, in the sewers and at treatment works.

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Cargill volunteers join APEM aboard litter boat

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 01/07/2016 13:30:00

Cargill volunteers join APEM aboard litter boat

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This summer volunteers from the Manchester factory of international food processing company, Cargill, will join staff from APEM aboard the Irwell Pride litter boat to help clean up the River Irwell.

Cargill has sponsored a further six litter collection days and each trip will see two volunteers from the company collecting rubbish from the river where it passes through Manchester city centre. The boat is available for companies to hire for volunteer days or to sponsor through advertising on the boat’s awnings.

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Fish passes installed and weirs removed on River Worfe

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 08/06/2016 10:56:00

Fish passes installed and weirs removed on River Worfe

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Three fish passes have been installed and two weirs removed on the River Worfe in Shropshire, as part of efforts to make it easier for fish and other species to move throughout the catchment.

In all five structures were tackled. One weir was removed and another partially removed, while two eel ramps and a multi-species pass were built. The work was led by APEM on behalf of the Severn Rivers Trust and funded through DEFRA’s catchment restoration initiative.

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Anglian Water commissions AMP6 ecological monitoring

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 01/06/2016 10:25:00

Anglian Water commissions AMP6 ecological monitoring

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Anglian Water has commissioned APEM to undertake a two-year programme of ecological monitoring, river flow gauging and water quality sampling at almost 100 sites across Eastern England, as part of their Water Resources National Environment Programme.

The results will inform Anglian Water’s next business plan, as well as providing valuable data for the Environment Agency.

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Beatrice offshore windfarm receives consent

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 25/05/2016 09:11:00

Beatrice offshore windfarm receives consent

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Construction is set to begin next year on the £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland’s Moray Firth, for which APEM provided extensive marine benthic surveys.

The new windfarm will single-handedly quadruple Scotland’s offshore wind energy. APEM’s surveys carried out during the planning phase in 2015 comprised an array of field work, sample analysis and technical reporting.

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Vattenfall chooses APEM for Norfolk Vanguard bird surveys

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 16/05/2016 08:45:00

Vattenfall chooses APEM for Norfolk Vanguard bird surveys

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Vattenfall has contracted aerial survey specialists APEM to provide ultra-high resolution bird and marine mammal surveys for its Norfolk Vanguard West site, using its new state-of-the-art camera system.

The combination of APEM’s market leading camera systems and the use of grid-based survey patterns provides exceptionally robust data, which is favoured by regulators and eases consents.

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Labs hit the mark with NMBAQC scheme

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 26/04/2016 08:31:00

Labs hit the mark NMBAQC scheme

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Work on this year’s NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme has been completed on time, to a new more rigorous schedule, two years after APEM took over running components of the prestigious scheme.

APEM’s marine laboratories led two components of the scheme, benthic invertebrates and particle size analysis, which involved auditing almost 270 samples and associated specimens, leading to 117 interim reports and four annual reports.

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APEM helps deliver Welsh coastal surveys

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 21/04/2016 09:15:00

APEM helps deliver ambitious Welsh coastal surveys

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APEM is leading detailed environmental surveys of the Welsh coast as part of the largest programme of scientific coastal investigation work ever undertaken by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

The two-year, £8 million project on behalf of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) involves field surveys, water quality monitoring and water quality modelling at almost 50 sites around the entire Welsh coastline. It will provide DCWW with the tools to better understand and protect Wales’ coastal waters for years to come.

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APEM joins team for Severn Trent Water framework

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 18/04/2016 14:12:00

APEM joins team for Severn Trent Water framework

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APEM has joined with ESI Consulting and Hydrologic Services to secure a leading role in delivering Severn Trent Water's commitments to water resource management.

The alliance has won a place on Severn Trent’s AMP6 Water Resource Planning Framework to deliver water resource management, hydrology and hydrogeology projects. The framework agreement runs for a minimum of three years with an option to extend for a further two.

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