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COVID-19 has presented many challenges for the construction industry, and many doubt it will ever be the same again. Practices such as social distancing and working from home are likely to continue beyond this epidemic, as the industry seeks to mitigate future risk to people and projects. Considerations Externals Contractors Will be Taking Moving Forward As an external contractor, what considerations must be taken when facing this new future? Paul Pickering from Aeroqual discusses the possible challenges in his recent post. To summarize: Physical interactions are likely to be limited between company employees and...

Selecting the Right Dust Monitoring Equipment – A Comparison of Dust Monitoring Equipment Industrial operators have long known that prolonged exposure to the fine dust particles generated by construction projects that involve excavation or earth-moving can be hazardous to human health, contributing to both lung and cardiovascular disease. In order to prevent these harmful effects on workers at the project site and residents in surrounding communities, operators are required to measure the concentration of airborne pollutants or particulates generated by construction and remediation site activities in order to ensure that the...

Top 3 Reasons to Automate Your Air Quality Monitoring Program Construction projects often create airborne contaminates that can impact the workers at the site and nearby communities. Dust and gases from demolition, excavation, construction, remediation and related activities can be harmful to human health and the surrounding environment. To decrease the harmful impact these types of activities can have on the public, protection agencies and government authorities require compliance with regulatory and reporting standards. In order to comply with these standards, operators need to implement a comprehensive, real-time dust monitoring program that simultaneously...

Construction and demolition projects that involve excavation or earth-moving can potentially produce air-borne contaminants such as dust particles (PM10) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to the workers at the excavation site as well as those in surrounding communities.  In order to prevent lung irritation and disease, projects that involve excavation are subject to regulations such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DER-10 Technical Guidance for Site Investigation and Remediation and associated Community Air Monitoring Plans (CAMP). Although DER-10 CAMP is specific to New York, other...

Blog Series: Automated Motorized Total Stations (AMTS): Common Issues and How to Correct Them (Blog 3 of 3) In our first blog in the “Automated Motorized Total Stations (AMTS): Common Issues and How to Correct Them” series, we explored Geometry and the how the proper geometry can ensure accurate monitoring. In the second blog, we looked at Reference Locations and the importance of ensuring the stability of reference prisms. In this blog, we will explore the issues of: Weather and Refraction. Defining Refraction Merriam-Webster defines refraction as the deflection from a straight path undergone by a light ray or...

Blog Series: Automated Motorized Total Stations (AMTS): Common Issues and How to Correct Them (Blog 2 of 3) In our first blog in the “Automated Motorized Total Station (AMTS): Common Issues and How to Correct Them” series, we explored Geometry and how the proper geometry can ensure accurate monitoring. We looked at the proper way to set up your Total Station Land Surveying Equipment network in order to get good, reliable measurements and concluded that Software Cannot Fix Bad Geometry.  In other words, if you have laid out your Automated Motorized Total Station...

Automated Motorized Total Station (AMTS): Common Issues and How to Correct Them Specto Technology offers hands-on, in-person training classes on the use of Automated Motorized Total Stations (AMTS) several times a year in our Linden, New Jersey Training Center. These trainings include a troubleshooting section which outlines the common issues that have been experienced with the Automated Total Station and how to correct them. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of the sessions yet – or if you have attended a training and would like to revisit...

Pedestrian Bridge Monitoring – An application example from the Katy Trail in Dallas, Texas WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT? The project aimed to deliver a unique hardware and software monitoring solution for the transition of land from old Railroad grounds to a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path. The Katy Trail is a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas, Texas, following the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was known as MKT or the Katy. The...

DER-10 and Community Air Monitoring – What You Need to Know This post was written by Paul Pickering of Aeroqual. Specto Technology is a partner and distributor of Aeroqual in North America. This blog post summarizes what regulations apply to remediation sites in New York, and what air monitoring equipment can help you comply. BROWNFIELD CLEANUP IN NEW YORK CITY As New York City’s need for space grows, existing stock of land must be used more effectively. Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment represents one of the best opportunities to engage communities and reclaim land for...