Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop program now available!

CASANZ 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop program is now available to view and register. Please visit this page to find updates on Workshop speakers and more!


The Modelling Special Interest of CASANZ will be holding a discussion forum prior to the coming CASANZ conference. There will be four sessions, two on modelling topics, two to be joint with the transport and odour special interest groups. The forum will take the form of short presentations, after each of which will be a discussion. Each of these will be led by an expert panel.

Session 1 (09:00AM-10:30AM) Handling Uncertainty

•Ella Castillo Representing Geophysical Data
•Matthew Pickett Bushfire Emissions
•Open Discussion What does the word “representative” actually mean?

Session 2 (11:00AM-12:30PM) Bumps in the Road
•Francine Manasala Modelling Using GRAL
•Piya Dewundege Modelling Guidelines, Mixing Heights
•Open Discussion Are our regulators too proscriptive?

Session 3 and 4 (1:30PM-5:00PM) Will join with Transport and Odour SIG

•The broad aim of these sessions will be to work toward agreed views on best practice in air quality modelling and assessment for road transport and odour in Australia and New Zealand. The transport session will draw on TSIG’s own work on creation of a guidance document on this subject under the CASANZ banner.

Featured Panelists
•Ella Castillo, Air Environment
•Barry Cook, GHD
•Martin Cope, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
•Jennifer Barclay


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Session 1 (9:00AM–10:30AM) Application of Low-Cost Sensors for air quality and personal exposure monitoring

• To discuss the application of Low-Cost Sensors at a round-table and Q&A session to discuss where to use the sensors
• How reliable are these devices, and how to benefit from the data in conjunction with existing air quality data for spatial coverage monitoring

Session 2 (11:00AM – 12:30PM) Requirements relating to selection of ambient air quality monitoring stations to conform with the NEPM
• As proposed in the Clean Air for NSW consultation paper, NSW is reviewing the air quality monitoring protocols. The aim of this SIG workshop is to engage with the experts within the community and discuss the requirements and criteria for establishing background, road-site and hotspot monitoring.

Featured Panelists
•Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology
•John Innis, Environment Protection Authority Tasmania
•Yvonne Scorgie, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
•Matthew Riley, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
•Gavin Fisher, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

ODOUR Workshop

Session 1 (9:00AM-10:30AM) An ambient odour assessment method for Australia. Are the German VDI and new European EN standards applicable in Australian and New Zealand conditions?

• This session will provide a brief overview of the current methods in use in Australia and overseas, and will have a focus on the new EN standard.
• With the current EN and German VDI standards in mind, the potential for an Australian standard suitable for Australian conditions will also be discussed.

Session 2 (11:00AM-12:30PM) Update on each state’s odour policy

• Representatives from the regulatory agencies will provide an update on their current state odour policies.
• In particular, Philippe Najean from the WA DWER will update the group on the soon to be released WA odour policy.
• Other panel members will discuss key issues around odour assessments and policy interpretation in their state. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss issues that arise in odour assessments and management across Australia.

Session 3 (1:30PM-3:00PM) Meteorological and dispersion modelling for odour impact assessments

• OSIG will participate in a dual session with MODSIG to discuss the latest in meteorological and odour dispersion modelling.
• This will include a discussion around the appropriateness of various meteorological (TAPM, WRF, CALMET) and dispersion (AERMOD, CALPUFF, AUSPLUME) models for assessing odour impacts.
• Evaluation of meteorological model performance will be discussed to determine whether the model is appropriate for use in key conditions under which odour impact occur. The methods for modelling of dispersion of stack and fugitive emissions with various models will also be discussed.

Session 4 (3:30PM-5:00PM) Fugitive and area source sampling methods. Where are we at? What is best practice?

• This session will discuss the latest research on flux chambers and wind tunnels, and discuss the appropriateness of these and alternative methods for the sampling of various fugitive and area sources
• For example, discussions will include best practice methods to measure and assess fugitive odour emissions from biofilters, quiescent and aerated ponds, buildings, spray irrigation areas, feedlots, composting windrows, landfill tipping faces and other large fugitive sources.
• Following on from discussions at the 2015 Odour SIG workshop, the idea of an Australian odour measurement and assessment guideline to incorporate the best practice measurement techniques will be discussed.

Featured Panelists
•Andrew Balch, Air Environment
•Geordie Galvin
•Philippe Najean, Department of Water and Environment Regulation
•Mark Dunlop, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD
•Tim Pollock, GHD
•Chris Bydder, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
•Elzbieta Chelkowska, Environment Protection Authority Tasmania
•Suhail Khan, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
•Janelle Pickup, Environment Protection Authority, NSW
•Pushan Shah, Environment Protection Authority, NSW


Session 1 (1:30PM-3:00PM) Hot topics and recent developments in transport related air quality

• This TRANSPORT workshop brings together experts in the area of transport emissions, air quality impact and greenhouse gas emissions to discuss a range of relevant and/or emerging issues in this field.
• A range of discussion topics will be included in the workshop, with contributions from different members.

Session 2 (3:30PM-5:00PM) What are the commonly used emission and dispersion models in Australia and New Zealand to access transport projects

• “Guidance for assessing air quality for road transport projects.”
• “The use of IoT AQ Sensors in an ITS network”
• “Put that in your (exhaust) pipe and smoke it! PEMS testing of New Zealand vehicles”
• “PEMS in Hong Kong – assessing impacts of retrofit technology on bus emissions and other interesting outcomes”
• “In-vehicle NO2”
• “NZ Transport and environmental knowledge hub – an exciting collaboration for TSIG”

Featured Panelists
•Robin Smit, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
•Paul Boulter, Pacific Environment
•Jeff Bluett, Golder Associates Ltd NZ

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Workshop Program

Registration Fees

$170 Half Day – Discounted price if also registering for CASANZ 2017
$200 Half Day – Workshop registration only

$340 Full Day – Discounted price if also registering for CASANZ 2017
$400 Full Day – Workshop registration only

Workshop only registration

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