Aqua-Fact is an Environmental Consultancy specialising in environmental legislation, EIA`s ,monitoring and managing resources in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. We offer a comprehensive range of Environmental, Hydrographic, Engineering, Photographic and Filming capabilities incorporating specialised sampling techniques. This ensures up to date contact with current developments in the scientific world and gives access to international networking and data transfer and retrieval facilities.
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The directors are closely associated with NUIG and are holders of higher degrees, including Ph.D.'s, in relevant disciplines. Dr. Brendan O'Connor and Dr. John Costelloe head up the team, who between them, have accumulated over 60 years of active involvement in environmental R & D. AQUAFACT springs directly from a tradition of involvement in both marine, fresh water and terrestrial research. The Company was formed in response to an increasing national and international awareness of the need to understand, develop, manage and protect the environment. In terms of the spread of expertise resident in its directors, its well-established contacts with the scientific community at home and abroad and its enduring association with NUIG, AQUAFACT offers a suite of services, which was hitherto unavailable in Ireland and even elsewhere in the E.U.
AQUAFACT has had the opportunity of working with various European Institutes through the directors' extensive network of academic contacts. This has led to collaboration with French (Laboratoire Marine, Roscoff, Laboratoire Marine, Dinard, Laboratoire Marine, Banyuls, University of Perpignan, University of Rouen), Italian (University of Genoa, University of Ferrara), Spanish (University of Barcelona, Marine Institute, La Coruña), Greek (University of Athens, Marine Institute of Crete), Swedish (University of Christineberg), Norwegian (Akva-Plan, Tromso), German (Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, GeoMar, Kiel), Dutch (Marine Institute, Yerseke), Portuguese (University of Lisbon), U.S. (SAIC, Marine Institute of Virginia) and U.K. (University of North Wales, Welsh Museum, Cardiff, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory and Waters, Oban, Scotland, Unico Marine, Hartfordshire, University of Hull, University of Southampton, CEFAS (MAFF)) groups.
This collaboration varied from working with one Institute on a single topic to interrelationships with a number of groups on more complex questions. These interdisciplinary projects involved coordination and technical meetings both prior to and during the execution of the study. Some of these projects were E.U. co-funded projects under the aegis of DG XII (MAST) or DG XIV (FAIR) and Euromarge while others were projects funded by national research projects.
AQUAFACT's health and safety regulations are implemented under our ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance system. All aspects of field work are governed by our health and safety regulations and addressed in our safety policy. In addition to this, all field personnel have undergone offshore training and first aid courses. Site/survey-specific risk assessments and safety plans are generated prior all survey mobilisations. Health and safety concerns of each task to be carried out during a contract are detailed in our risk assessments and are also discussed in routine pre-job tool box talks.
AQUAFACT provides a staff with extensive applied and academic research experience, possessing a strong theoretical background in understanding all aspects of the environment. AQUAFACT personnel are fully competent in all current environmental assessment methods and are active in further development and refinement of such techniques and their applications.
AQUAFACT’s applications include the following:
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s) for offshore and onshore windfarms, aquaculture, fisheries and industry.
- Baseline and characterising surveys aimed at identifying the type and scale of natural variations of ecosystems.
- Predictive modelling of water, air and noise environments.
- Shallow and deep water environmental baseline and monitoring studies for the oil and gas industry.
- Studies and surveys related to domestic, municipal and industrial effluent discharges.
- Pre- and post-impact surveys on dredge-spoil disposal sites.
- Site-selection investigations for proposed aquatic and terrestrial activities estimating the productivity and carrying capacity of locations with respect to aquaculture development.
- Monitoring and managing aquaculture activities particularly with respect to the surrounding environment.
- Wave climate studies for environmental and engineering purposes.
- Environmental protection and conservation.
- Landfill studies.
- The application of high technology developments in environmental survey and monitoring.
- Coastal zone management.
AQUAFACT is widely used by industrial and government agencies to research and resolve environmental problems. The company has international experience in a wide range of monitoring, research and development studies of the environment and is active in the development of new and more effective techniques of environmental assessment.
AQUAFACT is the first certified ISO 9001:2000 environmental consultancy to be established in Ireland. Quality assurance certification creates a climate of confidence in the procedures and practices applied in support of all services provided. In addition to strict quality assurance and control, client confidentiality is guaranteed.