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Air & Waste Management Association's 117th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Emissions Reductions for Sustainable Energy Futures, June 24-27. 2024, Calgary, AB

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All courses will be conducted on Monday, June 24. Continuing Education credit opportunities are available. Register for courses on the ACE 2024 Registration page.

Course Descriptions


AIR-272: Quality Assurance of Air Quality and Meteorological Data
Monday, June 24, 2024 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Dennis Fudge, Retired Air Quality Specialist 
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

The course is designed to show techniques for quality assuring air quality and meteorological data. The course will identify common errors seen in data and the causes for these errors. The course will show how to determine if suspicious data is valid. This is an information sharing course where you not only learn how to quality assure data, but there is an opportunity for others attending to discuss the techniques they found more useful compared to other techniques, and the issues they have noticed with the monitors they used. It is an excellent opportunity to network with others in the monitoring and reviewing of data.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Review air quality data and meteorological data
  • Identify outliers and erroneous values and determine whether the data is invalid and should be removed
  • Adjust data due to drifts so that it is more representative of the ambient air which will improve on the accuracy for trend analysis
  • Identify common errors made when measuring air quality and meteorology
  • How to use data to determine if a monitoring site is set up correctly

AIR- 262: Puff Dispersion Modeling Course with CALPUFF and SCICHEM
Monday, June 24, 2024 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Jesse Van Griensven Thé, Ph.D., P.Eng. President, Lakes Environmental Software
Level: Intermediate

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 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 these modeling systems and their capabilities, including many recent developments.

This course builds upon essential ADM concepts demonstrating the potential for accurate results at small and large scales or in regions of immense complexity. At the end of the course, the attendee will be able to use the appropriate model necessary for a variety of regulatory applications, efficiently using the model at-hand. Case studies will be used throughout the course, giving "real world" applicability to atmospheric dispersion theory.

Attendees should have a working knowledge of air dispersion modeling (e.g., AERMOD). Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop.
AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling
Monday, June 24, 2024 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Michael Hammer, CCM, Senior Meteorologist, Lakes Environmental Software
Level: Beginner

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.

No prerequisites are required. Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop.
Course Instructors

Dennis Fudge, Retired Air Quality Specialist
Dennis Fudge is an Air Quality Specialist who just recently retired after spending seven years with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment as a Senior Air Quality Scientist. Prior to that he worked for the B.C. Ministry of Environment as an Air Quality Meteorologist for 21 years. During those terms, he spent many hours reviewing data, trying to determine the validity of the data and on several occasions got in trouble for criticizing the lack of quality assurance of data. For the past 30 years he has also been involved in air quality forecasting, air dispersion modelling, air shed management, preparing air quality reports and trend analysis. He has a B.Sc. in Physics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Diploma in Meteorology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, as well as Atmospheric Chemistry courses from York University in Toronto and University of Northern B.C. in Prince George.

Jesse Van Griensven Thé, Ph.D., P.Eng., President, Lakes Environmental Software
Prof. Jesse Van Griensven Thé, PhD., P.Eng., is the President of Lakes Environmental Software. He has over 28 years of experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and environmental simulations. Dr. Van Griensven Thé is the main author of AERMOD View, CALPUFF View, SCIPUFF View, IRAP View, and Emissions View, among others. He consults for regulatory agencies in Canada, the USA, and abroad on topics related to complex air modeling projects. He is a Professor at the University of Waterloo, and has authored commercial software, co-authored technical environmental books, is an Executive Editor of the Elsevier Journal of ENERGY, and the Editor-in-Chief of ENN.Com (the largest environmental news network site on the internet). Dr. Van Griensven Thé is a great public speaker, who has received outstanding reviews from those attending his courses.

Michael Hammer, CCM, Senior Meteorologist, Lakes Environmental Software    
Mr. Michael Hammer, CCM serves as Senior Meteorologist for Lakes Environmental Software’s global operations. He has over 18 years of experience in the field of air quality modeling and manages all aspects of software technical support for Lakes Environmental’s wide range of commercial air quality modeling software products. He plays a key role in advancing commercial software products and meteorological data solutions using automation and design of innovative functionality. Mr. Hammer provides consulting expertise on many meteorological topics including data validation, review of modeling studies, and meteorological data processing using advanced models such as MM5 and WRF. He is experienced in preparing meteorological and geophysical data for use with numerous air quality models including AERMOD, ADMS, CALPUFF, and SCIPUFF/SCICHEM.