04 November 2019 | Environmental, health & safety, Water, Environmental testing | E-news
GHD found the bar code scanner in ALS Compass to be a highlight of the app, as well as the ability to quickly tag potential risks (such as high HC concentration, potential asbestos, etc.) for ALS laboratory workers who handle the samples.
“ALS Compass is a fantastic tool to reach a paperless target in the field. After using the app, it is hard to go back to the old days of labelling bottles.”
— Jeremy Canard, Environmental Scientist, GHD.
With the possibility to create new sample locations in the field, GHD was able to sample additional locations from a drain, at the client’s request, during a quarterly GME at a landfill. “It took us less than five minutes to add the location in ALS Compass, assign the analysis suite and with the GPS feature, we could quickly update the location in our figure and database.”
During a project for further delineation of a LNAPL plume contamination, GHD had to drill 10 monitoring wells to a target depth of 15 meters. In addition to the investigation of hydrocarbon contamination at the site, PFAS contamination was looked at in the upper layer of the site. With a limited budget for the analysis of certain concerning pollutants, a large number of samples had to be put on hold while making sure various depths for each contaminant were covered. “With ALS Compass, we quickly covered the fill and upper layers for the PFAS investigation for the different BH while focusing on the saturated zone for the hydrocarbon contamination. Due to the remote aspect of the site, we were able to quickly get the samples ready in the eskies prior to the courier deadlines.”