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BISMITHE Workshop - 12-14 July, 2016


Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment (BISMITHE)


The Tasmanian EPA Division in association with the CASANZ is running a workshop 'Biomass smoke in the human environment' (BISMITHE) to highlight the real-world consequence of living in an environment with exposure to smoke particle pollution. The term ‘Biomass smoke’ is considered to include smoke from domestic heating, planned burns, and wildfires. 


The workshop will be held in Deloraine, Tasmania on the 12-14 July 2016. This sites the meeting in a contextual environment, and potentially provides out-of-state attendees with an opportunity for field-visits to gain familiarity with Tasmanian circumstances.




Day 1 - Welcome - Woodheater/Woodburner Smoke in Australia and New Zealand


·         Morning: Where are the problems and how big is it?

·         Afternoon: Regulation/education/interventions, policy/legislation

·         Evening: Public Forum ‘Woodsmoke - and what I should know about it’ (or similar)
(a light evening meal will be available to attendees prior to the forum)


Day 2 – Smoke Measurement - Planned burns/wildfire smoke


·         Morning: Smoke measurement, emissions and characterisation

·         Afternoon: Planned burns, wildfires - smoke impacts, management, modelling and climate change issues

·         Evening: Workshop dinner


Day 3 – Health Impacts and issues and the future


·         Session start to morning tea: Health impacts and issues

·         Morning tea to lunch: Synthesis from the workshop themes, the future

·         Lunch ~ 12:30 and close 13:30 to allow for travel to airport
There will be time allocated in each session for discussion.


Call for Presentations:


The program organising committee welcomes submissions of presentations on any of the general topics noted earlier, or on other issues related to smoke in the human environment. Abstracts can be prepared using the standard CASANZ template (click here). Closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 7 June, 2016. The committee will consider all submissions and make the selection for presentation in keeping with the overall aims of the workshop.





12 - 14 July, 2016 

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8.30am-5.30pm Tuesday and Wednesday
8.30am-1.30pm Thursday


The Auditorium
Deloraine Community Centre
Alveston Drive
Deloraine, TAS  

Click here for map.


Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 


$550 Member
$450 Student
*$125 Council (Tuesday only)


* Note: A special rate for council environmental health officers for the first day (Tuesday) of the workshop is $125.00. This reduced fee does not include the airport and hotel transfers or the Wednesday workshop dinner, but does include all food (morning and afternoon tea, lunch and the pre-forum meal) for the day.  The Council rate can only be purchase via the Registration Form.


To download the Registration Form click here.

To download the Workshop Brochure click here.

To receive a copy of the Abstract Template, please contact Denice Barker: Email 





There is a wide variety of accommodation in Deloraine, ranging from Backpackers to Bed and Breakfasts, country hotels, and heritage accommodation.

The Great Western Tiers Tourism Centre ( offers a free accommodation booking service. Call them directly on (61) 03 63 625280 or email on and they will negotiate a price with the various accommodation places on your behalf. (You can mention you are attending ‘the EPA smoke workshop’ in your message.)

To view accommodation options please visit

Accommodation should be booked as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We also suggest you plan to arrive on Monday, 11 July, 2016 – see ‘Transport’ below.

We recommend that if you are travelling to Tasmania for the meeting that you plan to arrive at Launceston airport on the afternoon of Monday, 11 July, 2016.  One shuttle bus service (cost included in the registration fee) for conference attendees will operate on this Monday in the late afternoon/evening, travelling from Launceston airport to Deloraine, and timed to suit as many attendees as possible. The return shuttle to the airport will travel on Thursday at about 1:30 pm.  There will also be a ‘hotel to conference venue’ shuttle on Tuesday and Wednesday (morning and evening) and on Thursday morning (cost also included in the registration). 

There is plenty of free parking at the venue for those driving to the workshop.


Other transport options:

Taxi: from Launceston to Deloraine this will cost approximately $120.00 - $150.00. To arrange a taxi please call Taxi Combined Services on 131 008.

Car hire: A number of hire car companies operate at Launceston airport.

There is an ‘Airport to the Launceston Transit centre’ shuttle bus that runs regularly during the day. Redline Bus Service runs buses from the Launceston Transit Centre to Deloraine.  For specific times please visit Note: In general, buses to Deloraine depart from Launceston in the afternoons, and buses to Launceston depart Deloraine in the mornings. These times would not allow attendees to bus from Launceston airport to Deloraine on the morning the conference starts. Hence we have organised the conference ‘airport-Deloraine’ shuttle bus for the Monday and Thursday as noted.

Ferry: For sailing times and bookings please visit and for connecting bus services from Devonport to Deloraine please visit

Student travel assistance

We hope to be able to provide some travel assistance to students enrolled in research studies on smoke-related issues. Please contact or for further details.

Catering and dietary requirements

Registration includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch, as well as the pre-forum meal on Tuesday, and the conference dinner on Wednesday for those attending for 3 days. Food will be provided by the highly regarded Deloraine Deli.  The Deli takes pride in using as much locally sourced produce as possible, and they have provided a menu based on availability.

Please provide details on any specific dietary requirements to to ensure that your needs are accommodated during the workshop.

Workshop dinner

This will be held in Deloraine on the evening of Wednesday, 13 July, 2016. More information regarding the dinner (cost included in the full 3-day registration) will be available shortly.


We guarantee (almost!) that the weather will be brisk to freezing outside, with a chance of rain (possibly with snow on the nearby hills), but mild to very pleasant and dry inside!

Don’t let the cold slow you down, bring your winter woollies, coats, hats, gloves and thermals with you as there are lovely walks, historic buildings, cafes, and many artist studios to explore.  Warm ‘sleepwear’ (or a large fluffy teddy) may also be an advantage.

Conference organising committees

Program organising committee (in alphabetical order): Travis Ancelet (GNS, NZ), Gavin Fisher (EPA Vic, Aus), John Innis (EPA Tas, Aus), Ashok Luhar (CSIRO, Aus), Tim Mallet (Environment Canterbury, NZ), Katie Proctor (Meander Valley Council, Tas, Aus), Pushan Shah (EPA SA, Aus).

Local organising committee (so far): Denice Barker (EPA Tas), Ellis Cox (EPA Tas), John Innis (EPA Tas).

We look forward to seeing you in Deloraine in July. 

Stack Testing Courses - Introductory and Advanced 
11 - 15 July, 2016  - Wollongong, NSW

The objective of the Introductory Stack Testing course is to provide attendees with the necessary foundation of understanding of the key principles and guidance in applying methodologies for stack emissions testing of air pollutants from industrial sources. The course will present the various integral methodologies for sampling air pollutants as identified in Australian, USEPA and CARB standards. In addition to course notes and lectures, there will be demonstrations on the various equipment used  including a live demonstration of a complete stack test.

Participants will learn how to select and implement relevant sampling methodologies, importance of mandated QA/QC requirements associated with each methodology including calibrations, fundamental calculations and reporting requirements.

The Advanced course targets current stack testers and operators with some degree of experience wishing to improve their knowledge base in advanced methods such as Dioxin & Furans, Poly-Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Metals. Topics such as the validation of Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS), role of uncertainty and a case study on Waste to Energy Facilities from an emissions perspective will also be covered.


INTRODUCTORY COURSE - 11 - 13 July, 2016


  • Basic overview of Stack Emissions Testing
  • Key principles
  • Application of safe systems of work
  • Periodic and continuous monitoring
  • Selection of sampling location and points
  • Selection and application of integral Methods
  • Importance of quality assurance
  • Overview of equipment
  • Calibration and equipment maintenance
  • Reporting format
  • Fundamental calculations including Isokinecity
  • Identification of problems and non-conformance

 Methods Discussed:

  • Preliminary Methods: USEPA Method 1 - 4
  • Particulate Matter: USEPA Method 5 & 17
  • Oxygen & Carbon Dioxide: USEPA Method 3A
  • Carbon Monoxide: USEPA Method 10
  • Oxides of Nitrogen: USEPA Method 7E
  • Sulphur Dioxide: USEPA Method 6C
  • Volatile Organic Compounds: USEPA Method 18
  • Chlorides & Fluorides: USEPA Method 26 & 26A
  • Sulphur Dioxide and Sulphur Trioxide: USEPA Method 6 & 8

 Program subject to variation

Practical Demonstrations:

  • Sample point selection
  • Conducting a stack flow/velocity traverse and preliminary methods
  • Conducting a USEPA Method 5 - Particulate Matter test

Group discussion/participation exercises:

  • Stack Testing Safety relating to participant specific industry
  • Process to Result: Basic principles in identifying pollutants from common sources, appropriate abatement, selection of method, obtaining a representative result.

Worked examples & practice questions relating to each topic area to aid learning and understanding will be included. 




Plus more




With the assumption made that participants already have an understanding of the general principles of stack testings the Advanced Stack Testing course will look more closely at higher level calculations, individual methods, their applications, limitations and reporting. 


ADVANCED COURSE - 14 & 15 July, 2016


  • Combustion Gas Analysers - in depth look at variations, theory of technology, applications and selection.
  • Continuous Emissions Monitors: types, selection, theory of technology, verification and calibration requirements across Australia.
  • Uncertainty: basic understanding and application
  • Monitoring volatile organic compounds - in depth
  • Advanced calculations of flow and Isokinetics

Methods discussed:

Advanced Particulates

  • Condensable Particulates: USEPA Method 202
  • Particle Sizing PM10 & PM2.5: USEPA Method 201A

Organic and Multiphase Sampling:

  • Dioxins & furans: USEPA Method 23
  • Poly aromatic hydrocarbons: USEPA SW846 0010 comparison to CARB Method 429
  • Total volatile organic Compounds: USEPA Method 25
  • Volatile organic compounds: USEPA Method 18


  • Chlorides & Fluorides: USEPA Method 26 & 26A
  • Sulphur Dioxide and Sulphur Trioxide: USEPA Method 6 & 8
  • Hydrogen Sulphide USEPA Method 11
  • Metals & Hg: USEPA Method 29



  • AS 4323.3 Odour from Sources

Group discussion/participation exercises:

  • Waste to Energy Plants - A rising industry and the role we play.
  • Emission Reduction: An involved look at consulting to clients on how to reduce dangerous emissions.  Selection of available abatement systems.

Participants will be surveyed to confirm their level of experience and expectations of the course.  The agenda may be altered to ensure topics are relevant and beneficial to participants.




Stuart Inglis - Air Quality Manager


Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Environmental Sciences and has extensive experience in Stack Emissions Monitoring Internationally, including working in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. 

Expertise within stack emissions testing has been formed through 15 years of experience working on a wide range of both local and large scale international multidiscipline projects.  These include being contracted to conduct monitoring on behalf of the UK Environment Agency for legislative compliance, research and development of new plant processes, Waste to Energy Plant and Gas Turbine Commissioning. 

Knowledge of the wide range of methods and approaches has been a pre-requisite of testing internationally with USEPA, AS, BS EN and ISO forming the common basis worldwide. 

Fully endorsed MCERTS Level 2 Team Leader (formal UK professional stack testing qualification) and has experience in all areas of stack emissions monitoring programs including quality, method validation, safety, sampling and reporting.

CASANZ welcomes sponsorship for this course.  Please contact Jacinda Shen for more information: Email.




Student/ Retired


Early Bird Registration
Closes: 13 June, 2016




Register Online Now

Closes: 27 June, 2016









Student/ Retired


Early Bird Registration

Closes: 13 June, 2016




Register Online Now

Closes: 27 June, 2016









Student/ Retired


Early Bird Registration

Closes: 13 June, 2016




Register Online Now

Closes: 27 June, 2016






For five or more registrations from the same organisation, a 20% discount will apply.



Note: Late registrations may incur an additional administration fee.

To download the Course Brochure click here.

To download the Registration Form click here.




Vicki Callaway
CASANZ Administration Office
Tel: +61 3 9723 6588


9.00am to 5.00pm
Registration: 8.30am


Blue Scope Steel
Research Admin Building
Old Port Road, Port Kembla,  NSW





CALPUFF Introductory and Advanced

Brisbane, QLD

29 June - 2 July, 2015


Transport Emissions Modelling (COPERT Australia + PDP)

To download a copy of the course slides, click here.  (4.9M)


The Training Activities Executive (TAE) oversees the provision of air quality related training courses throughout Australia and New Zealand. Comprised of a Chair and a representative from each Branch Committee, it plans and co-ordinates the schedule of courses on request or rotationally through interested Branches.


Branches hosts training courses in their capital city or, when there is sufficient interest, in regional centres. 


Training includes both introductory and advanced courses covering general air quality, ambient and emissions measurement, meteorology and modelling, pollution control and more.  

Contact us to register your interest.


Training Co-ordinator Jacinda Shen
Deputy Chair Andrew Martin  

Branch Representatives
Justine Firth
New Zealand

Doug Boddy

Dr John Taylor



Dr Paul Torre

James Forrest



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