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Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

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Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

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World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

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Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

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Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

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Economics

Strategy and transformation

Commercial and technical advisory

Transaction advisory

Project investment and finance

ESG consulting

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Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

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Creative, visualisation and immersive design

Social advisory and research

Data management, analytics and insights

Spatial intelligence and GIS

Software development

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Design and development

Technical and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure and cities including architecture, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and urban design.

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Lifts and escalators

Building services engineering

Civil engineering

Fire engineering

Geotechnical engineering

Landscape architecture

Structural engineering

Surveying

Utility options and design

Urban design

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Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

AgroScience analysis

Food safety analysis

PFAS Analysis

Environmental analysis

Analysis of unknowns

Workplace exposure analysis

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Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Planning consultancy

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Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Program management

Project management

Cost management / quantity surveying

Building consultancy

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Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Health, safety and risk

Training: project management

Capability development and training for the energy sector

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Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

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Leisure and tourism

Industrial

Health and healthcare

Education

Data centres

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Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Oil and gas

Renewables

Nuclear facilities

Power and gas networks

Storage

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Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Rail

Aviation

Ports

Roads

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Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Defence

Security and safety

Information and telecommunications

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Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Water management

Wastewater

Flooding and drainage

Groundwater

UK and Ireland regulated water asset management

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Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

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Waste

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We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

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We provide a complete water analysis service for our clients, from project management, sampling services, refrigerated transport, analysis, data management and reporting. This provides peace of mind as they receive high quality data within their expected timescales.

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Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are complex mixtures of polychlorinated n-alkanes. The chlorination degree of CPs can vary between 30 and 70 wt%. CPs are subdivided according to their carbon chain length into short chain CPs (SCCPs, C10–13), medium chain CPs (MCCPs, C14–17) and long chain CPs (LCCPs, C>17). Depending on chain length and chlorine content

SCCPs are primarily used in metalworking applications and in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) processing. SCCPs are also used as plasticizers and flame retardants in a variety of applications, including in paints, adhesives and sealants, leather fat liquors, plastics, rubber, textiles and polymeric materials. SCCPs are sufficiently persistent in air for long range transport to occur and appear to be hydrolytically stable. Many SCCPs can accumulate in biota. It is concluded that SCCPs are likely, as a result of their long range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse environmental and human health effects.

SCCP’s have now been listed as a POP under the Stockholm Convention and under the European Water Framework Directive an Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) has been set at 1.4ug/L in water. RPS can test for SCCPs in surface water and waste water in line with the required WFD EQS of 1.4ug/L

Water Framework Directive and POPs

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted by the EU in 2000 to halt and reverse the trend of declining water quality measured across Europe. It will direct management of the aquatic environment in Europe for the foreseeable future.

To effectively protect the water environment, river basin management planning is integrated and coordinated with other European and national policies. These include land use and spatial plans, conservation plans, water services plans, pollution reduction plans and programmes, licensing of polluting sources, and cost recover y regimes. The Water Framework Directive sets out a strategy against pollution of water and has several daughter directives which outline specific steps to be taken regarding certain compounds. The Priority Substances Directive was one of the first strategies established by the WFD.

RPS have a significant presence in the water sector with over 65 offices through the UK and Ireland.

The Priority Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds identified among those presenting a significant risk to, or via the aquatic environment. These compounds were highlighted at EU level and are listed in Annex X to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC. The priority list is reviewed every 4 years by the EU via a review of the Environmental Quality Standards Directive (EQSD) 2008/105/EC in which environmental quality standards are set.

Our specialist trace organics laboratory focuses on low-level pesticides in environmental samples and routinely tests the POPs having gained significant experience and expertise in their analysis over the last decade.

We have an active R&D programme continually striving to improve and enhance existing analytical methodology as well as developing techniques for the analysis of the new compounds that are added to the list. In addition to providing analytical services, RPS can provide:

  • Sample containers
  • Coolboxes
  • Bespoke chain-of-custody
  • Import licenses
  • Global coverage
  • Help and advice on sampling procedures

The current chemicals are but not limited to: 

  • 1,2-Dichloroethane
  • 17a-ethinylestradiol
  • 17ß-estradiol
  • Aclonifen
  • Alachlor
  • Anthracene
  • Atrazine
  • Benzene
  • Brominated Diphyenylethers
  • Cadmium and its compounds
  • Chlorfenvinphos
  • Chloroalkanes C10-13
  • Chlorpyriphos
  • Cybutryne
  • Cypermethrin
  • DEHP
  • Dichlor vos
  • Dichloromethane
  • Diclofenac
  • Dicofol
  • Dioxins
  • Diuron
  • Endosulphan
  • Epoxide
  • Fluoranthene
  • Heptachlor and Heptachlor
  • Hexabromocyclododecanes
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Hexachlorobutadiene
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Isoproturon
  • Lead and its compounds
  • Mercur y and its compounds
  • Naphthalene
  • Nickel and its compounds
  • Nonylphenols
  • Octylphenols
  • PAHs
  • Pentachlorobenzene
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • PFOS
  • Quinoxyfen
  • Simazine
  • Terbutr yne
  • Tributyltin compounds
  • Trichlorobenzenes
  • Trichloromethanes
  • Trifluralin

Of these, 44 are organic and are collectively known as the POPs.

  • Cypermethrin
  • Hexabomocyclododecane (HBCDD)
  • PFAS EU DWD list of 20
  • PFAS UK DWI list of 47
  • PFOS and PFOA to WFD EQSD levels
  • Tributyltin (TBT)
  • Glyphosate and AMPA
  • Steroids
  • Surfactants including nonylphenols and octylphenols
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Heavy metals total and dissolved
  • Low level hexavalent chromium
  • Low level mercury
  • Flame retardants
  • Antimicrobials
  • Olfactory contaminants
  • Chloroalkanes & Polychloronaphthalenes
  • Routine Inorganics
  • Microbiology
  • Chlorophyll and phaeophytin
  • Dechloranes & Siloxanes
  • Phthalates
  • PAHs and PCBs
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Personal care by-products
  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Algicides and biocides
  • Phenols
  • Chelating agents (EDTA, NTA)
  • Disinfection by-products (Nitrosamines, THMS, haloacetic acids, chlorate, chlorite, bromate)
  • Perchlorate
  • Triclosan