Absolutely no project comes without challenges. We think that it is how you rise to meet the challenge and elevate your approach in the face of adversity (and most often taking the high road), that challenges are best overcome. Delivering environmental monitoring services is challenging, as is accepting and recognizing the value of the service. We know this. Challenges will crop-up along the way, problems will surface, and if these are expected, and can be anticipated well in advance, solutions will be found and come more easily. Our group brings substantial experience to every project: we have seen challenges, and as a team we’ve learned to anticipate them. We have developed an environmental management system that integrates our lessons-learned, and it is proven to be effective. We are fully committed to helping clients, contractors, and agencies alike by proactively identifying challenges and finding solutions, transparently, ethically, and diligently.
A construction environmental monitor (often simply referred to as an Environmental Monitor, or an ‘EM’) is an appropriately qualified person retained, either by a developer or a contractor, to monitor construction activities and assist with environmental mitigation during the course of construction. Construction EMs are required as part of most industrial developments (e.g., linear projects such as road and pipeline construction, aquatic developments such as docks, marine terminals, and submarine electric corridors) that pose a risk to environmentally sensitive and socially valuable ecosystem components.
Similar to the IEM role, the role of the EM requires strong social skills, in depth knowledge of provincial and federal environmental regulations and guidelines, a sound understanding of construction processes, and trusting relationships with Agencies, developers, and contractors. A key difference between the two roles is that often the EM will help clients plan, mitigate, and manage the various environmental risks associated with their construction project. Sound experience and extensive exposure to construction impact mitigation are key factors in distinguishing an excellent construction EM from others.As a team, we have several decades of environmental management experience, of which a significant proportion is in construction environmental monitoring and impact mitigation.
Since incorporating (in 2005), our staff has applied this experience and have acted as EMs on hundreds of projects in BC and AB. Among others, these projects include: pipeline crossings, geotechnical investigations, hydropower facilities upgrades and maintenance, linear developments such as public and forest service road construction, bridge construction and replacement, pile driving and foreshore developments, and mine development. These projects span the oil and gas sector, the hydropower development sector (including transmission and distribution lines), the mining sector, large civil infrastructure such as roads and public transportation (e.g., cruise ship terminals, sky train stations), the urban development sector, the forestry sector, and habitat restoration (e.g., bank stabilization, wetland construction, instream and riparian habitat compensation construction).