CEN Lunch & Learn: Identify False Tier 1 Exceedances – Biogenic Interference Calculation- March 13, 2018
13-Mar-2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
105 12 Ave SE
Kahanoff Centre
Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A1

Title: Identify False Tier 1 Exceedances – Biogenic Interference Calculation


Gordon Dinwoodie, P.Ag. - Land Reclamation Specialist with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Gordon has a B.Sc. (Agronomy) and M.Sc. (Soil Science) from the University of Alberta. Gordon works in the Land Conservation and Reclamation Policy group developing policies for land reclamation and remediation, and land application of industrial and municipal by-products.

Dr. Francine Kelly-Hooper - an Environmental Contaminant Scientist and Global Technology Lead with over 20 years of experience in the government and private consulting sectors. Francine operated her research-based consulting firm, Kelly Hooper Environmental Incorporated, for 16 years before joining Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., CH2M HILL Ltd. in 2014. She completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2013, where she developed the BIC Scale for identifying petroleum hydrocarbon sources and biogenic interferences in organic soils and sediments.


The Biogenic Interference Calculation (BIC) Scale is a tool for identifying false exceedances of the Alberta Tier 1 soil guidelines for F3 (C16-C34) petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC) due to the presence of natural biogenic organic compounds (BOC). The BIC Scale will help delineate petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC) releases in peat soil. It will also identify false F3 PHC guideline exceedances in other organic materials such as compost. This seminar will discuss sampling, analysis, and data interpretation for applying the BIC Scale in field sampling programs. The seminar will also include directions for using the BIC Scale as a component of a regulatory site closure package.

Member Benefits:

This event supports a member's practice by providing:

  • Information on a new tool - The Biogenic Inteference Calculation as related to the F3 PHC fraction
  • Networking opportunity
  • CPP credits

Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Students: $20
Webinar: $15

Contact Information: Natasha Harckham (natasha.harckham@calgary.ca OR (403) 268-3475)

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