This last two months have been a quite busy period at Ecologia: there have been several important projects running at the same time and I could observe how the Main Consultant has been able to manage this situation choosing how to distribute the time of everyone of us. Our timetables matched each other perfectly and this allowed us to be a profitable consultancy group.
My timetable was predominantly occupied by one project in particular: a huge site in Canterbury that is going to be redeveloped as a mainly residential area (700 units) with an educational and an hospital pole. This redevelopment will also be completed by infrastructures, and one of the most important of this is the Sturry Highway.
During September I spent most of my time figuring out how to improve my knowledge about how a planner could use AutoCAD: specifically, once I had to define the geographical coordinates of the Ground Investigation works from AutoCAD, extracting them and putting them into the British National Grid.
During this phase I learned that in some cases, for some specific projects, the Planning Authority (in this case the Kent Council) can indicate the positions of some works that need to be carried out: in fact, the coordinates of the 25 trial pits of Sturry Highway were decided by Kent County Council and Ecologia needed to stick perfectly to that information.
But I also remembered to myself that planning in a very precise and definitive way on-site works can be useless because it is quite likely to find unexpected conditions that can force ourselves to change our strategies and ideas about the project: that is why we had to change and eliminate some of the boreholes that were planned on site, updating all of the plans. It has been a very exhausting part of the job, but at least we did not need to call a
After that phase, once I got back from a tiny pause period in Italy, I got focused on another step of project: Soil Sample collection and analysis. Since part of the site is occupied by a shooting ground, we need to be sure of how much Lead (and other contaminants) are present within the ground and how this presence changes when we analyse soil samples from different depth of the ground. We are still working on the XRF Analyse Method to find the most effective and quick way to extract all the information we need to assess how much that site is contaminated.