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expert witness

My expert witness story….. I got my start as an expert witness in air quality by assisting my then boss with his cases. Initially it was reviewing specific parts of a brief, checking calculations, investigating alternative methods, searching through literature and carrying folders to meetings. Later, I would shadow him on meetings, take notes and…

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Where it’s at: AAQ NEPM

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On 29 April 2014, Australian Environment Ministers signalled their intention to vary the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) particle standards. To coincide with the consultation process, Katestone hosted a series of events in 2014 to help our clients understand the proposed changes to the AAQ NEPM particle standards. So what has been…

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Rainfall analysis

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The process of planning a water storage facility requires that several issues be addressed. Typically, this will require the design to account for the specific conditions at the chosen site. Issues to consider include the rainfall statistics for the catchment; the geography, geology and topography of the area where the dam is planned; any impacts…

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AMOS conference update 2015

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With a conference theme of ‘Research to Community: Communicating our science’, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) held their National Conference in Brisbane on July 15-17 2015. As Chair of Brisbane Regional Centre of AMOS and chief organiser it was my responsibility to make sure the event went smoothly. The conference spanned three days and covered…

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NPI data – more than just a bunch of numbers

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Has a lack of data or unreliable analysis caused you to make a poor business decision? The three levels of government in Australia can pull your business in different directions with sometimes duplicated, overlapping and inconsistent environmental reporting requirements. These reporting requirements can seem unrelated to you achieving your business goals. However, it is possible…

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Peer review – a second opinion can save your project

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We were engaged to peer review the work of an international air quality consultant. On face value it all looked very professional. Latest models, high resolution, 3-D, temporal and spatial…blah, blah. However, the results of the assessment just didn’t ring true. The assessment predicted considerable impacts in the oddest of circumstances. So we dug into…

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Focus: PNG

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Though based in Australia, Katestone’s experience and expertise extends beyond Australian shores to all corners of the globe including our northern neighbour Papua New Guinea. PNG has access to phenomenal natural resources including significant reserves of both gold and natural gas. Environmental approvals are part and parcel of the rapid phase of development currently underway in…

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Katestone to present on proactive heat stress management

Katestone presenting on Proactive Heat Stress Management at SIA Brisbane Conference April 2015

Katestone is pleased to announce that Managing Director Christine Killip will be presenting on Proactive Heat Stress Management at the upcoming the SIA Brisbane Safety Conference 2015. Taking place on 22nd and 23rd April at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the SIA Brisbane Safety Conference is proudly presented by the Safety Institute of Australia.…

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High heat stress risk for Queensland

HEATX Forecast for Milton on March 18

The Outlook Temperatures in many parts of SEQ are predicted to exceed 35°C by midday on Thursday and remain above average until Saturday. But temperature is not the whole story when assessing the risk of heat stress. Although the temperatures are probably going to be hotter on Thursday, the risk of heat stress is higher…

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Getting a handle on carbon for NGER

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NGER Reporting Can you believe that we are already more than six months into the 2015-16 NGER reporting period? To help you prepare for reporting this year, Lisa Smith has prepared this update of recent developments in reporting requirements and some suggestions to make your NGERs reporting more valuable to your organisation. Recent amendments Prior…

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