The second annual Vapor Intrusion Conference hosted by the Association of Vapor Intrusion Professionals took place in New Orleans from November 5 – 8. Over 200 people attended this event which highlighted subjects including vapor intrusion regulation, industry best practices, current remediation trends, and the design and implementation of vapor barrier systems.

Across the three days, there were many informative sessions; each day started off with more technical regulatory presentations focusing on state-specific remediation. These talks also took a closer look at monitoring and successful site cleanup in states including North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Texas.

Afternoon sessions started off with learning labs where participants could see testing equipment, active barrier systems, and other VI tools up close and ask questions of industry experts.

Each day rounded out with a range of 20 to 30-minute seminars. On the first day, EPRO’s Peter Grant highlighted some similarities and differences between waterproofing and vapor intrusion mitigation systems. Next, Jordan Knight of MTN (EPRO Certified Contractor and Matt Ambrush of Langan Engineering spoke on the topic, “The Art of Designing Constructible VIMS for Complex Industrial Projects.” The presentation considered elements needed for a successful vapor barrier system on large scale, industrial sites, and the design of these systems.

“Effectiveness of Passive Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Systems: Key parameters for Success” by Sigrida Reinis of Langan Environmental and Engineering Services examined the importance of vapor barrier systems. Many factors come into play when evaluating a successful system including venting, airflow and riser density. Passive systems also tend to be simple with sustainable designs, and are cheaper to install, operate and maintain – all markers of success. The proof of a system, however, is in the continued monitoring and testing of air quality; if contamination is eliminated and maintains acceptable levels, the barrier has done its job.

Of course, there was also plenty of time to enjoy New Orleans, and attendees were treated to plenty of live music, cocktails, and local fare during the evening networking sessions – complete with a parade around Bourbon Street led by a brass band.

Next year, the conference heads to Anaheim and EPRO is looking forward to attending, speaking and exhibiting out in California!