Air Quality Dispersion Modelling for Managers in British Columbia

This 1-day course provides environmental managers, plant managers, and others with air quality responsibilities with a broad understanding of air dispersion modeling as a tool for compliance studies, permitting submittals, or air quality assessments. The course covers the fundamental modelling concepts as well as regulatory requirements for modelling in British Columbia. Screening and refined modelling tools are introduced, including commonly used models in British Columbia: AERSCREEN, AERMOD, and CALPUFF. The courses combines short lecture and interactive classroom example problem sets for maximum comprehension. Topics include:

  • Regulatory Requirements in British Columbia for Air Dispersion Modelling
  • Overview of the Guidelines for Air Quality Dispersion Modelling in British Columbia
  • New B.C. NO2 and SO2 Air Quality Objectives
  • PM2.5 issues and possible solutions
  • Modelling best practices and common pitfalls


Course topics
  • Regulatory Requirements for Air Dispersion Modelling
    • Environmental Management Act
    • Waste Discharge Regulation
    • Air Quality Assessments
    • Guidelines for Air Quality Dispersion Modelling in British Columbia
  • Special Modelling Concerns
    • New B.C. NO2 and SO2 Air Quality Objectives
    • PM2.5 Modelling
    • Recent Model Updates
  • Modelling Details Overview
    • Types of Models
    • Inputs to the Model
    • Model Outputs
  • Potential Project Roadblocks from Modelling
    • Completion Time
    • What to do if the Model "Fails"
    • Permit and Compliance Constraints based on Modelling
  • Key Items for Reviewing Modelling
    • Common Mistakes and How to Catch Them
    • Review and Interpretation of Results
    • What the Reviewing Agency Expects
  • Modelling Submittals and Agency Follow-Up
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    Apr 02, 2020 -- Vancouver, BC
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Introduction to Air Quality Regulations in British Columbia

    This 1-day course covers federal and provincial air regulations, permit requirements, reporting programs, and updates on recent regulatory developments. Main topics include federal and provincial air quality regulations, waste discharge authorizations, the environmental assessment process, and climate change. The course format includes case studies, group exercises, and multimedia intended to maximize understanding of the regulations and permitting requirements.

    Apr 01, 2020 -- Vancouver, BC