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NICOLE Workshop : Turning failure into success – What can we learn when remediation does not go as planned?

ENOVEO is invited to the NICOLE Worshop which will take place in Vienna (Austria) in June for the 20th anniversary of the organization. For this occasion, feel free to contact us in order to have a description of our company and innovative services related to polluted sites management (o.sibourg@enoveo.com).

NICOLE is a leading forum on contaminated land management in Europe, promoting co-operation between industry, academia and service providers on the development and application of sustainable technologies. The overall objective of NICOLE is to pro-actively enable European industry to identify, assess and manage industrially contaminated land efficiently, cost-effectively, and within a framework of sustainability.

Turning failure into success – What can we learn when remediation does not go as planned?

Date : 15 – 17 June 2016, Vienna, Austria

There is continuous effort needed to manage land contamination in an effective way and hence to find ways to optimize the current ways of working. Often, workshops and conferences try to find the solutions in presenting success cases as templates to replicate. Yet, there are a number of remediation projects not meeting the various stakeholders’ expectations and thus requiring new thinking to achieve the outcome expected. Owing to the level of trust NICOLE’s members have built over time among themselves, it seems possible to have open discussions around projects having encountered obstacles on their way to completion and to learn from these. Therefore the decision was taken to hold a workshop on the non-successes, and even on the failures or on “what goes wrong” and what we can learn from this for the next project or the future.

The first topic to deal with is the definition of “failure” in the context of remediation projects. During the workshop, the results of a questionnaire will be communicated, together with experiences out of other businesses (lawyers, chemical production,…). As a first approach, failures can be technical, strategical, due to environmental or regulatory boundary conditions etc.

Examples are: exceeding the budget, disappointing the stakeholders, application of suboptimal or even “wrong” technology, Health & Safety requirements or remediation goals may be finally met, but not within the expected time frame.

The Organizing Committee drafted a program based on the submitted Cases dealing with issues mentioned above with examples of “lessons learned” from these non-success projects: what type of “failure” happened and why and what should be done to prevent it from happening again.