Bridging Gaps between Sensor Developers and (End) Users in a Pragmatic Approach (NICOLE project)

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/9/2002         Duration: 21 months         Project Type: Concerted Action
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Organisation Type:  Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks
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Project objectives:
This project executed between September 2002 and June 2004 was a joint study between NICOLE members and the SENSPOL-network to share expertise and identify 
available sensors and instruments that have a potential to be applied in site characterisation and monitoring of contaminated land.
Project Summary:
Three main activities aimed at the identification and implementation of faster, cheaper and better technologies have been performed and reported by the participants. 
These were: - SENSPOL Survey of Sensor Capabilities (available on CD) - Technical support and expertise in two field technical meetings (Seville 2002, Koblenz 2003) - Field demonstration of sensors for mercury related contaminated land problems at a site in the Netherlands (2004). Mercury was identified as one of the specific parameters of interest by industrial members of the NICOLE-network. Four instrument supplying groups took
part demonstrating 5 fieldable instruments for on site measurement of mercury in soil and groundwater. Although some of the instruments can detect more than
one parameter the efforts were restricted to mercury. For comparison the samples were also analysed in the laboratory.
Achieved Objectives:
The meeting clearly demonstrated that the instruments can be successfully applied in a rapid site assessment approach with adequate detection limits. The 
characteristics per instrument differ in some cases leading to different ways of using them within the overall site characterisation strategy. Immediate
feedback in the field strongly supported decisions on sampling locations and samples to be analysed in the laboratory. QA/QC issues (representativeness,
reproducibility) were looked at and effects could be quantified and addressed in the field during this meeting. The Bridging GAPS project has shown that benefits can be obtained in the field of site characterisation and monitoring through cooperation with the sensor
developing community. Field demonstrations have shown to be mutually beneficiary and are an important development and implementation tool.
Product Descriptions:
More information on this project can be found in the NICOLE Projects Meeting report (Runcorn 2004) via: ... 
Additional Information:
This project was contained within the FP5 SENSPOL Project 
Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
NICOLE Funding Scheme
Link to Organisations:

Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  10/10/2006 11:04:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  29/11/2017 15:39:00