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Ground Gas Risk Assessment

We can offer ground gas risk assessments based on desk studies, and primary data collection. We have done both many times since 2009. A desk study may very occasionally close out risks, whilst RB17 method can prove useful in some situations and avoid 3 (typical) or 6 (extreme) months of monitoring.

If you need a ground gas risk assessment we are willing and able to assist, please contact us for a quotation. gas analyser

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Understanding the Ground Gas Risk Assessment Process

A ground gas risk assessment in the UK typically involves several key steps:

Ground Gas Desk Study

This involves gathering information about the site, including its history, surrounding land use, geology, and potential sources of ground gas (landfills, infilled ground, etc.). You can consult historical maps, environmental reports, and seek relevant local authority information.

This uses the information gathered in the preliminary assessment to identify potential risks and determine if a detailed ground gas investigation is necessary. Guidance documents like CIRIA C665 and BS 8485 can help guide this step.

Ground Gas Monitoring

If your desk study indicates potential risks there are two option moving forward:

Ground Gas Risk Assessment and Mitigation

Based on the monitoring results and desk study findings, a qualified professional like a Chartered Engineer or a geotechnical consultant assesses the level of risk and recommends appropriate mitigation measures. These can include gas protection membranes, ventilation systems, or even redesigning the development if necessary.

Reporting and Validation

Whilst mitigation measures are installed it is very important to make thorough records. Lots of photos, and video should be taken as evidence that gas membrane etc. are installed correctly. Warranties from the NHBC etc. will not be given unless evidence can be provided. These records are added to a comprehensive report documenting the assessment process, findings, and recommended mitigation measures is prepared. Depending on the project and local regulations, validation by a qualified professional might be required.