Brian Cochran

  • 18 years with AECOM’s Air Quality practice; managing the 35-person Ambient Air Monitoring Group
  • Fenceline and ambient air monitoring system design, fugitive emissions monitoring and air quality data analysis.
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis

Brian’s primary areas of focus are fenceline and ambient air monitoring, fugitive emissions monitoring, and air quality data analysis. He has wide-ranging experience in the design, operation, and management of ambient air monitoring networks, and has worked with an assortment of sampling equipment and monitoring instrumentation in measurement studies addressing air toxics, criteria pollutants, particulate matter (TSP, PM2.5, PM10), VOCs, H2S, methane, and benzene. He has developed novel measurement approaches to address fugitive emission sources, including authoring the testing protocol used by companies needing to meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for the quantification of uncollected VOC loading losses during marine vessel loading. He also has extensive involvement with EPA’s refinery fenceline monitoring program (U.S. EPA method 325), and has successfully worked with refineries on the development, submittal and approval of Site-Specific Monitoring Plans to account for the impact of offsite and near field sources on measured fenceline benzene concentrations.

Brian has presented at numerous conferences on air quality topics including source attribution modeling, real-time benzene monitoring via automated gas chromatography, and low-cost air quality sensors. He has represented clients in interactions and negotiations with various regulatory agencies and has testified as an expert witness in deposition.