Mr Blair Sowman
BSc - Massey University
Leads and mages the School of Environment Technical Team, based in the City Campus 300 Sector (buildings 301 and 302). Blair manages the technicians who look after school facilities (laboratories and workshops) which support teaching and research in the areas of Geology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, GIScience and Geography; as well as field activities.
The technical team operate and look after over 30 laboratories and workshops for the School of Environment. Blair provides administration, guidance and ongoing development of health & safety systems relating to School activities, CapEx and OpEx purchasing, SciQuest purchasing, MPI Transitional Facility for quarantine imports, management of laboratories, workshops, fieldwork, vehicles and watercraft. The School has eight technicians broadly covering the following areas; environmental chemistry, climate and geophysics, x-ray, palaeontolgy, geocartographics, sedimentology, coastal and hydrology processes, earth science processing.
Research | Current
National Environmental Monitoring Standard - Rainfall (V2) co-author. Exposure and hemispherical photography for use in rainfall monitoring, site selection and data processing.
Management of the Technical Services team and School of Environment Laboratory Facilities.
Health and Safety Manager for the School of Environment (and contributor for University working groups)
Operator for the School of Environment Transitional Facility
Areas of expertise
- Management (people, data and contracts)
- Water quality
- Health and Safety
- Also hold the following qualifications;
- First Aid
- Traffic Controller
- 4WD (basic and advnaced)
- ATVs (basic and advanced)
- Swift Water Safety
- Confined Spaces
- Gas Testing
- Health and Safety (L1 & L2)
- Day Skipper
- Fall Arrest Systems
- Basic Welding (MIG, TIG, ARC)
Co-Author for NEMS Rainfall V2 (National Environmental Monitoring Standard)
New Zealand Hydrological Society (NZHS) Member
New Zealand Hydrological Society Technical Branch Committee Member
New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZSIM) Member
Australasian Laboratory Managers Association (AMLA) Member