Monitoring Services

 

Monitoring services

BioLogiQ provides a range of monitoring services including monitoring for environmental noise, occupational noise and vibration, environmental dust and ecology including biological water quality assessments and habitat surveys.

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Noise monitoring

Why just carry out routine noise surveys at a cost when you can get practical noise assessments which can lead to actual cost savings? Thanks to our links with the award-winning Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre and their dedicated engineering expertise you now have that option. In conjunction with the INVC, we provide expert services in environmental and occupational noise monitoring and cost-saving noise control measures. We also provide monitoring services for occupational vibration.

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Environmental dust

Construction sites and some other industrial activities such as mining, quarrying and handling of wastes can generate environmental dust issues which can present a nuisance to surrounding neighbours and residents. Permits and licences will typically set limits which are to be met in relation to these activities. Complaints about ambient dust are considered possible at rates of about 200 mg/m2/day and are likely at levels of around 260 mg/m2/day. We use aptly-named “Frisbee” gauges to determine if you are creating a nuisance or are meeting your legal requirements.

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Ecological monitoring

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Water quality assessments

Freshwater biological water quality assessments are an essential part of water resource management due to their effectiveness in establishing the true health of a body of water. In essence, the presence and numbers of indicator species are calculated against a number of standard biotic indices to provide a baseline biological water quality rating for a watercourse (the most commonly used is the EPA’s Q-value methodology). Our freshwater biological water quality assessments are a rapid, cost-effective service, providing you with accurate and robust data on your aquatic environment.

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Habitat surveys

A habitat survey is the first step in assessing the ecological value of a site. It is often required by a planning authority to accompany a planning application or to form part of an Environmental Impact Statement. Typically, it is carried out at an early stage in the development of a plan or project.

Ecological concerns should be identified as early as possible in any proposed project to lower the chances of delays by determining potential issues and incorporating mitigation measures at the project design stage.

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Bund integrity testing

Bund integrity testing is required at least every 3 years to establish that they do not leak and would hold spilled materials in the event, for example, of a tank rupture. Bunds should also be hydrostatically tested after construction and before tanks and other equipment are placed inside.

For Irish EPA regulated sites, periodic hydrostatic testing is required for Class 1 (high risk) and Class 2 (medium risk) bunds. Where bunds cannot be filled with water to capacity for practical or safety reasons a visual inspection by a Chartered Engineer is allowed. We provide both hydrostatic and visual inspection services.

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