It’s been 14 years since GGS was founded. Like many entrepreneurs, Managing Director, Simon Talbot, sat at his dining room table with a sense of excitement and trepidation, as he set his mind to making a difference in the contaminated land sector. As director of the Greater Manchester Geological Unit (GMGU), he had just completed a three-year DTI funded research project into better characterisation of ground gas contamination. The fact that this resulted in the successful development of the world’s first in-borehole continuous ground gas monitoring device, the GasClam, made him and his team best placed to raise the standards of ground gas risk assessment. After over a decade in the field, thousands of complex successful projects and countless happy clients, GGS is still at the top of their game.
The question is, how have we proven our worth in that time? Why should, or should that be why do, our clients choose GGS?
It’s a word that is bandied about with abandon, but it is a label GGS can justify. We were there during the formative steps towards better ground gas characterisation, and have advanced its development ever since through consistently championing continuous ground gas monitoring. Our expertise has been sought from Scandinavia, where we ensured the safe redevelopment of a former port, to as far as Australia and New Zealand, where we have delivered training in association with the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA).
Continuous ground gas monitoring is at our core, but our services range much further. We help clients navigate the complex planning process system, establish baselines for large scale developments, and ensure clients satisfy landfill gas completion criteria. We’re always looking for new ways we can apply our extensive skills and experience, such as providing health and safety gas monitoring for site staff working on crucial infrastructure upgrades.
Our clients benefit from us having successfully planned, monitored, and analysed data for a great number and variety of complex projects. Significant examples of our work include providing robust compliance safety data for site operators for the Forth Road Bridge, ground gas monitoring and weather station maintenance at the Lower Thames Crossing and providing crucial health and safety services via gas leak detection during the TransPennine Route Upgrade. We have encountered and overcome demanding projects in the infrastructure, development, contaminated land and energy sectors, which has honed our swift and accurate response to challenges.
Our involvement in developing the first-generation ground gas monitoring device, the GasClam, spurred us on to design an advanced unit that could meet the advanced needs of modern developments. The GasSentinel® is our industry leading UK designed in-situmonitoring instrument that uses the latest high-resolution sensor technology to collect the best quality data, offering clients a clear view of their challenges and guiding them towards ideal and prompt solutions.
5. We are trustworthy
We are, and have always been, committed to raising standards in the industry. Our ground gas monitoring plans and practices are precise and site specific, eliminating the risk of overly conservative judgements that could lead to unnecessary expenses and increased timescales. We use our professional judgement when developing risk assessments and assessing the need for remedial measures, resulting in targeted ground gas protection which is appropriate and of the highest standard. We’ll do what’s right for the site.
The following pages include news articles, videos, guidance notes and white papers on a range of ground gas related topics which we hope you will find of interest. Please browse through but if you can’t find something on your particular issue of interest, we’d be very pleased to hear from you so we can put that right.
New GGS recruit, Matthew Thompson, discusses his fascinating research into the eriophorum genus and its significance to ground gas activity.