IWEA Conference

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016

IWEA-coferenceCome visit us at our stand at the IWEA Conference. Tim and Tina would be delighted to talk to you and help you with any queries you may have.

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€3m Kuwait consulting project win

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016

kuwait-pipesFehily Timoney wins €3m consulting project to assist Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water at Doha Water Distribution Complex in Kuwait City

FT, as lead consultant, with local Kuwaiti partners Arab Engineering Consultants, has been awarded this multi million euro project won against significant international competition.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water sought to engage a highly qualified international firm in association with a local Kuwaiti Firm both specialising in the design and analysis of pump-stations and pipe-lines for the study, design, and preparation of tender documents for new pump-stations with their associated transmission pipelines at Doha Complex.

Download Project profile for more information

For more information contact:

John Nolan, Director at email: john.nolan@nullftco.ie

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Draft Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

The Draft Fingal Development Plan 2017 – 2023 is currently on public display welcoming submission from the public up and until 29th April 2016.

http://fingal.ie/devplan/

It is important for people who will be affected by this Plan to get involved so that relevant issues can be considered in the future planning strategy.

FT has extensive experience in making Development Plan and Local Area Plan submissions. Acting as stakeholder advocates, FT can provide an integrated approach to Development Plan and Local Area Plan representation. Combining planning, ecology, hydrology and GIS expertise, FT can review how the plan impacts or may impact on key assets and develop a case to protect and or enhance your property asset.

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Bat Activity Survey Period

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

Daubenton’s Bat A.K.A. the water bat are strongly associated with waterways. This individual was recorded in an old stone arched bridge.

Daubenton’s Bat A.K.A. the water bat are strongly associated with waterways. This individual was recorded in an old stone arched bridge.

The bat activity period is fast approaching, running from April to September each year. The extent of surveys now required for developments has increased in line with recent guidance from Bat Conservation Ireland and Eurobats Guidelines.

FT offer a range of services for appraisals in relation to bats.

 

Roost surveys

FT ecologists provide specialised bat roost surveys for maternity roosts, swarming or hibernation sites in bridges, buildings, trees, etc.

Bat activity survey

Bat activity survey at old stone arched bridge

Bat activity survey at old stone arched bridge

Bat activity surveys are conducted by experienced bat ecologists at regular intervals over the period of bat activity (April to September). Surveys are typically carried out during early, mid and late season.

FT ecologists conduct bat surveys using the Frequency Division Detectors. Frequency Division is a technique used to convert the inaudible bat echolocation calls to audible sounds and sonograms (2-d sound pictures).

Activity surveys typically incorporate both walked and driven transects. Driven transect are conducted using 4×4 vehicles with specially adapted microphone mounted on the roof of the vehicle reducing the time required to cover large sites and the overall cost of surveys.

Roof mounted microphone for driven transects

Roof mounted microphone for driven transects

Passive bat survey

In line with best practice guidelines a Passive Monitoring System of bat detection is used to retrieve baseline data over extended periods of time. Unmanned automated detectors can be left on site for weeks on end gathering data reducing the cost of surveys and man hours required to conduct comprehensive bat surveys.

Surveys from height

Current guidance states that bat surveys for wind farm applications must be carried out from height within the sweep of proposed turbines to assess the potential impact to high flying species like Leisler’s Bat. FT ecologists offer surveys using automated bat detectors with microphones attached to extendable cables.

 

Useful Links

Bat Conservation Ireland Wind Turbine/Wind Farm Development Bat Survey Guidelines (2012): http://www.batconservationireland.org/pubs/reports/BCIreland%20Wind%20Farm%20Turbine%20Survey%20Guidelines%20Version%202%208.pdf

Guidelines for consideration of bats in wind farm projects. Eurobats Publication Series No. 6 (English version)

http://www.eurobats.org/publications/eurobats_publication_series

 

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