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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APEM flying high over Norfolk Vanguard

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 11/04/2016 08:10:00

APEM flying high over Norfolk Vanguard

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Aerial survey specialist APEM will complete a final survey over Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard East site this month, as part of an eight month project to gather data on birds and marine mammals in the area.

Vattenfall will use analysis of the survey data as part of its environment impact assessment.

Eight surveys were flown out from Norwich International Airport at monthly intervals between September 2015 and April 2016 and the resulting images were analysed by APEM’s in-house ornithology team. They reveal data on the numbers and distribution of bird species throughout the non-breeding period in this area of the southern North Sea, including auks, gannets, kittiwakes and fulmars.

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New consultant will lead APEM in Germany

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 06/04/2016 21:27:00

New consultant will lead APEM in Germany

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Dr Timothy Coppack has joined APEM as an associate consultant to support our aerial survey and remote sensing services in Germany and northern Europe.

Based in northern Germany, Tim will be the primary contact for our clients and collaborators in the water and energy sectors, as well as for governmental bodies in Germany.

Tim joins the team that is currently providing monthly aerial bird and marine mammal surveys for offshore windfarm developments in the German North Sea, ensuring that regulatory investigation standards are met.

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Concrete infrastructure - the answer to flooding?

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 07/01/2016 16:35:00

Concrete infrastructure - the answer to flooding?

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The end of 2015 saw northern parts of Britain subject to record breaking rainfall and subsequent destructive flooding across both rural and urban areas.

The Cumbrian fells were the worst affected with exceptionally high rainfall; over 340 mm of rain fell in 24 hours on 05 December, the highest documented in UK rainfall records. The resulting severe flooding was exacerbated by the previous month’s rainfall in the same region, recording more than twice the monthly average for November, thus ensuring already very wet ground conditions.

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APEM welcomes COP21 agreement

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 15/12/2015 09:43:00

APEM welcomes COP21 agreement

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The historic signing in Paris of the COP21 agreement has seen 196 governments around the world commit to limiting the rise in global temperatures to below two degrees, an ambition that will require a dramatic increase in renewable energy.

With offshore wind energy expected to make a major contribution, APEM welcomes the COP21 agreement and the opportunity to play a leading role in delivering new offshore wind energy.

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My life as an APEM camera technician

Posted by Matthew Sutcliffe | Posted on 27/11/2015 08:47:00

My life as an APEM camera technician

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One of APEM’s camera technician’s, Zoe Barrett, recently told Offshorewind.works about her work and career. Here’s Zoe’s story:

I am Zoe Barrett and I joined APEM having gained a BSc (hons) in environmental biology, followed by a Masters in geographic information systems. Whilst studying, I never thought my career would lead me to sea survival, air crew and fire safety training in order to take to the skies to support the rapidly growing offshore renewables industry.

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