For more than 10 years NICOLE has carried out multiple projects and organised a series of workshops, providing a discussion platform in Europe and a sound technical basis for risk based management of contaminated land. Our network is today recognized as a leader in the European Union, and reaches everywhere in the world. Reoccurring themes in the discussions on risk-based land management, site investigation and remediation are sustainability and cost-efficiency and one of NICOLE’s primary missions is the continuous promotion for development and improvement in these fields.
Given the success of the first NICOLE Technology Award in 2010 on “Innovative site characterization tools” which was presented to a wide audience during the May 2011 Copenhagen workshop, the NICOLE Steering Group decided to launch the NICOLE Technology Award every 1,5 year with the intent to stimulate engineers and scientists to bring forward technical innovations that can contribute to an improved practice for contaminated land management in line with the NICOLE ambition.
Technology Award 2015: Innovative Investigation or Remediation Technology or Practice, leading to a more time-and/or cost efficient remediation
After the nominated top three candidates presented their submitted abstracts to the Manchesterworkshop, the participants voted to determine the final result. In a very close race, it turned out that the winner of the Technology Award 2015 is the proposal on "Solar/Wind-Powered Subgrade Biogeochemical Reactors" submitted by Claudio Albano and Bill Diguiseppi (CH2M, see picture).
The 2nd place winner is "Innovative remediation technology for the treatment of PFC/PFAS-contaminated groundwater" proposed by Quentin Hulm (Cornelsen).
The 3rd place winner is "Brownfield Remediation of Hexavalent Chromium Using an Innovative Form of Calcium Polysulphide" submitted by Richard Bewley (AECOM).
NICOLE congratulates all three on this success and we would once more very much like to thank every one for submitting their abstracts, the basis for a great edition of the NICOLE Technology Award.
All abstracts for the Technology Award 2015 which are Submitted to NICOLE are available for NICOLE members to download at Members after login.
Technology Award 2013: Sustainable remediation by using natural or reusable/recycled materials.
During the NICOLE Workshop November 2013 in Namur Belgium the 3 nominees for the NICOLE Technology Award 2013 were announced.
The winner of 2013 NICOLE Technology Award is Tobias Praamstra, consultant in In situ soil remediation TAUW. The basis of the concept is to prevent expensive, non-durable and non-sustainable remediation techniques for chemical landfills/leachate. The solution is using a (local) natural (rest) product for the absorption of contaminants in combination with other sustainable remediation steps.
His presentation at the workshop is available at the NICOLE member only pages after login.
The runner up in the NICOLE Technology Award 2013 is Maurice Henssen Bioclear BV. His second winning concept is: Sustainable chlorinated ethylene remediation ... using nature and equipment effectively.
The 3rd price winner is Johan van Leeuwen at Dutch Railways (SBNS). His third winning concept presented several engineering designs for the Dutch railway sustainable remediation.
Technology Award 2012
NICOLE launched its 2012 Technology Award on “Innovative Solutions for Soil Monitoring” with the aim stimulating engineers and scientists to bring forward technical innovations that can contribute to an improved practice for contaminated land monitoring and verification of remediation performance. The entries received were judged by a NICOLE jury based on their innovation, potential contribution to cost savings, technical applicability and plans for communication and market availability. The three winning entries received their awards at NICOLE’s 2012 spring workshop in Baden-Baden, Germany.
The 2012 Award was won by a project funded by the French Agency of Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) called Pollution Investigation by Trees (PIT). PIT is an International research project led by Environment International with HPC Envirotec, SevequeEnvironnement, Cabinet ConseilBlondel, Exponent and Triassic Technology. Trees act as proxy-recorders of their current and past environmental exposures. These phytoforensic methods allow to delineate and map plumes, as well as to age date past pollution events. The project develops the use of phytoscreening and dendrochemical applications at polluted sites. Download: PIT
Second prize was awarded to BERGHOF and the University of Stuttgart (VEGAS) in Germany for the Thermo-Flowmeter System. This is designed to detect vertical flow in ground water observation wells and to measure profiles of the hydraulic conductivity in aquifers. Download: Thermo-Flowmeter System
The third prize was awarded to VITO and partners for a site and receptor specific risk management approach for groundwater pollution, called the Contaminant Mass Flux (CMF) approach. This uses in situ measurements of contaminant mass flux using the recently developed Passive Flux Meter technology. Download: CMF approach
Technology award 2010/2011
The 2010 topic for the NICOLE Technology Award was “Innovative site characterisation tools”.
The winning entries were:
1. EnISSA technology, submitted by Wouter Van de Putte, MAVA Belgium. Download: EnISSA
2. Development of a geophysical method for quantitative risk assessment, submitted by R.L. Koomans (Medusa Explorations, NL), M. van Houten (Witteveen+Bos, NL), and others. Download: Risk Assessment
3. The Gamma Excavation Bucket Monitor (GEM) System, submitted by Helen Beddow, Ian Adsley, Mike Davies and Pete Burgess, Nuvia UK. Download: GEM