Prof. Russell Thomas
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Russell is a Technical Director within WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Bristol office. A biotechnologist by training, after finishing a PhD on nuclear waste treatment, Russell worked within the industrial research sector of the UK gas industry, before transferring to the consultancy sector 16 years ago.
Although Russell has worked across a wide range of areas, he is best known for his knowledge of the manufactured gas industry and a range of successful innovation projects he has managed.
Russell was recently appointed to a Professorship at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, in addition to his lectureship at the University of Manchester. Russell manages a variety of innovations projects in collaboration with these universities, which stretch from environmental applications of nanotechnology to research into environmental forensics.
Invited to become a member of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers history Panel, Russell has an in depth knowledge of the history, processes and past activities of the gas industry. He has written numerous papers and been an invited speaker at conferences globally on this subject.
Innovative Approaches to Understanding Environmental Legacy of the British Gas Industry.
Gasworks were a common feature across the UK, which have left an environmental legacy, for which the application of accurate environmental forensic methods may help provide a greater degree of understanding than that currently provided by standard analytical methods. This presentation reviews the development of this industry, the technologies used and demonstrate how new innovative techniques such as environmental forensics can be used to interpret this legacy.
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