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Expand your learning with 11 Professional Development Courses offered at ACE 2017 this year.

 
Course Title Instructors Day/Time   Level 
EMGM-245 Successful Evaluation and Procurement of Commercial Environmental, Health and Safety and Sustainability Management Systems Technologies  Tom Morahan Sunday, June 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Beginner/Intermediate
AIR- 135: Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion Modeling
 
Anthony Sadar Sunday, June 4
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Beginner 
AIR- 214: Noise 101 and Best Practices to Control Environmental and Workplace Noise
 
Robert Stevens Sunday, June 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner/Intermediate
AIR-295: Air Quality Engineering  Mark Rood Sunday, June 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Beginner/Intermediate
AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling  Jesse Thé
Cristiane Thé
Sunday, June 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Intermediate 
EMGM-130: Introduction to Environmental Forensics Brenton Cox 
Dr. Laurie Benton
Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Beginner
 
AIR-205: Fabric Filter Baghouse 101 Including Fine Particle Emission Control, Baghouse Fundamentals, Design, QA/QC, Troubleshooting, Filter Media Selection, & Nano-Filtration John McKenna
Christina C. Clarke
Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
All levels 
AIR-240: Air Pollution Control and Compliance for Industrial Applications  Thomas McGowan  Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
All levels 
AIR-252: Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics Ali Farnoud
Courtney Adcock
Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Beginner/Intermediate
AIR-262: Puff Dispersion Modeling  Jesse Thé
Cristiane Thé
Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Beginner
EMGM-351: Project Management Essentials for Environmental, Health, and Safety Professionals  David Elam, Jr.  Monday, June 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
All levels 



Course Descriptions 

EMGM-245: Successful Evaluation and Procurement of Commercial Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Management Systems Technologies
Sunday, June 4 • 8:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Tom Morahan, Principal Consultant, Chief Technology Officer, Greystone Environmental Management, LLC

Today, businesses that develop or maintain strong corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) cultures are moving toward the acquisition or replacement of technology-based management systems. The author of the book Information Technology Solutions for EHS Professionals will provide an introduction of the steps necessary for the successful evaluation and procurement of commercial EHSS technologies. Systems requirements concepts will include capital budgeting; return on investment; analysis; working with stakeholders and senior management; and documenting system requirements. The process for the identification and screening of candidate technologies and vendors will then be presented. Once the vendors have been identified, a Request for Proposal must be developed that meets corporate purchasing requirements and the bid process moves forward culminating in the development of a short list. Next live demonstrations are coordinated and evaluated. The process culminates with development of a consensus, confirmation of the alignment with corporate IT strategy and the recommendation to senior management.

AIR-135: Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion Modeling
Sunday, June 4• 1:00pm-5:00pm
Instructor: Anthony Sadar, CCM, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Air Pollution Administrator Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Program

The bridging of components in the air quality field can be quite challenging without a fundamental understanding of air pollution meteorology.  “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion Modeling” will introduce participants to the basic theory and practice of this crucial environmental component using familiar concepts and engaging classroom demo equipment. Furthermore, the lecture portion of this course was acclaimed in Mr. Sadar’s reception of the “Outstanding Service to MARAMA” award in February 2015.  (MARAMA is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association.  The popular course he taught was via webinar and titled “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling.”)

AIR- 214: Noise 101 and Best Practices to Control Environmental and Workplace Noise
Sunday, June 4 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Robert Stevens, MASc, PEng- Principal, HGC Engineering

Managing noise emissions to the environment and in the workplace continue to increase in importance.  From a regulatory perspective, many jurisdictions now classify sound and vibration emissions to be “contaminants” similar to chemical, particulate, thermal or radioactive emissions.  Yet acoustics is one of the least intuitive and least understood issues in the field of environment, health and safety.
The first half of this course will present a concise “Acoustics 101” covering the fundamentals of noise, acoustics, and vibration including: sound pressure level versus sound power level; frequency, A-weighting and octave bands; quantifying time-varying sounds – LEQ, LN%, LDN, and fundamentals of noise regulations/guidelines. The second half of the presentation will apply the fundamentals to the two related by separate fields of environmental noise (outdoors) and workplace noise. The applications will include understanding the basis of regulatory sound level limits, the types of measurements, analysis and engineering studies that regulators often require, and best practices for noise management into the environment and in the workplace.

AIR- 295: Air Quality Engineering
Sunday, June 4 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Mark J. Rood, Ph.D.

This course gives participants an understanding of air quality engineering fundamentals pertaining to the outdoor ambient environment. Background information describes air pollutants, application of the ideal gas law, impacts of air pollutants, and regulations for sources and the ambient environment. Overall methods to reduce the generation and emissions are then described. Methods commonly used to selectively remove particulate matter and gases from gas streams are discussed. Finally meteorology and dispersion of air pollutants emitted from point, line, and puff sources are described to predict concentrations of pollutants in the outdoor atmosphere. Example problems and videos will be provided. There are no prerequisites.  However, scientific or engineering background would be beneficial to the participants.

AIR-299:  AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling

Sunday, June 4 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: Jesse Thé, Ph.D., P. Eng, President Lakes Environmental and Cristiane Thé

The course provides attendees with a full understanding of the AERMOD modeling system by balancing theory with hands-on-real world case studies. At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion modeling for permit applications and risk assessments.
 

EMGM-130: Introduction to Environmental Forensics
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-12:00pm
Instructors: Laurie Benton, Managing Scientist, Exponent; Brenton Cox, Senior Engineer, Exponent

Environmental Forensics provides a scientific basis for determining quantitative liability allocation among Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at contaminated sites, as well as for identifying contaminant sources in toxic tort cases. The need for Environmental Forensics frequently occurs when there are successive owners of a contaminated property, when there are commingled groundwater plumes, or when air-borne contaminants have been distributed in a community. In addition to identifying the origin of contaminating material, it is often necessary, particularly in insurance coverage cases, to determine how and when contaminating events occurred. Finally, after determining the timeframe for the contamination event, it may also be necessary to perform quantitative or semi-quantitative modeling to determine the extent and impact of a contamination event or release scenario.
An Environmental Forensics consulting assignment may combine historical documentation such as aerial photographs, historical maps, facility engineering, and other company records, with fact-witness accounts, and with recent environmental monitoring data. Many tools are available including chemical fingerprinting and isotope analysis, as well as mathematical techniques, for both statistical analysis and modeling chemical transport and behavior in groundwater, sediments, air, and other media. 
This course will provide attendees with an introduction to various Environmental Forensic tools with an emphasis on case studies throughout the course.

AIR -205: Fabric Filter Baghouse 101 Including Fine Particle Emission Control, Baghouse Fundamentals, Design, QA/QC, Troubleshooting, Filter Media Selection, & Nano-Filtration
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: John McKenna, Ph.D., is principal and founder of ETS, Inc. and Christina C. Clark, Engineering Manager, ETS, Inc.

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, technical sales representatives, operators, maintenance personnel, and government agency employees. It covers what a baghouse is, how it works, the effects and relative importance of critical operating parameters, how to achieve maximum performance capability, how to maintain the equipment in good working order, and trends in bag and baghouse technology, including fine particle control through nanofiber filtration.  No prerequisites are required.  An environmental, scientific or engineering management background would be beneficial to the attendees.   

AIR-240: Air Pollution Control and Compliance for Industrial Applications
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: Thomas McGowan, President and Founder of TMTS Associates Inc.

The course is focused on theory and operation of air pollution control systems for a wide range of applications, in particular, for those associated with combustion processes, such as boilers, refinery heaters, kilns and the like. The interactions between the two are covered in detail. Attendees must know and understand both the "front end" raw material processing system or combustion system and "back end" air pollution control systems to comply with myriad regulations and promote safe and economical operation.  Part of the value of this course is the practical experience of the presenter and their knowledge of what works and what does not. Case studies are used for illustration purposes and photos are provided of actual industrial equipment.

AIR-252:  Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics    
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: Ali Farnoud, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ and Courtney Adcock, Senior Associate, Ramboll Environ

The course will review the history of the federal regulations under the Clean Air Act, the main portions of an air quality construction/operating permit, and a general review of state permitting nuances.  The course is designed to provide an overview of permitting and compliance in the United States with respect to the Clean Air Act.

AIR-262: Puff Dispersion Modeling
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: Jesse Thé, Ph.D., P. Eng, President Lakes Environmental and Cristiane Thé

The recent changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Guideline on Air Quality Models (40 CFR Part 51 Appendix W) did not list a specific model as preferred for long-range pollutant transport applications. This opens up an avenue for modelers to choose from a variety of models. Two models which perform well in both near and far-field applications are CALPUFF and SCIPUFF, puff models which simulate full three-dimensional gridded fields. This course will provide an overview of the se modeling systems and their capabilities, including many recent developments.

EMGM-351:   Project Management Essentials for Environmental, Health, and Safety Professionals
Monday, June 5 • 8:00am-5:00pm
Instructor: David Elam, Jr. CIH, CMQ/OE, PMP, QSTO (I-IV)

Projects are how environmental service work gets done. While an educational background may prepare the environmental professional for the technical aspects of the work, the environmental professional is typically expected to learn project management skills “on the job,” a situation that can end in disappointment for environmental professionals and project sponsors.  Fortunately, project management skills can be learned, creating successful environmental project managers and sponsoring organizations.

Although environmental projects can be small in terms of cost and resource requirements, they can have significant financial and legal implications for their sponsors.  The economic downturn and focus on sustainability are forcing environmental professionals to manage projects in terms of demonstrated returns and benefits in addition to the historical terms of cost-avoidance and compliance.  As a result, environmental professionals must possess strong project management skills to produce demonstrated value for their organizations and succeed within this challenging and evolving field. This one-day course will help environmental professionals better serve their organizations and advance their careers through the development and improvement of project management skills.  The course format will consist of presentations and exercises.  Each participant will receive a course notebook containing a copy of presentation materials.  No prerequisites are required.