Ricardo launches Openair software masterclass

Environmental consultancy Ricardo has announced the launch of a three-day training course in London to help air quality professionals enhance their use of the Openair suite of advanced data analysis tools.

Openair is an open-source software package dedicated to the analysis of air quality data. The software has been download nearly 100,000 times worldwide, according to Ricardo, which makes it one of the most powerful air quality analysis tools available.

Ricardo is hosting a three-day masterclass for users of the Openair software package

Delivered by the developer of Openair software and Ricardo knowledge leader Dr David Carslaw, the course will help air quality professionals from around the world to understand the power of Openair, master its use and analyse air pollution data.

Use of Openair offers greater insight than has traditionally been possible through the application of previously available tools, where even skilled air quality specialists have struggled to apply analyses in a robust and reproducible way, Ricardo adds.

The course will be held at Ricardo’s office in Paddington, London, from Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June 2018. Delegates will be given instructions on how to extract hidden value from their data, improve the credibility and robustness of their reporting and reduce the time and cost of analysis.


Ricardo’s three-day masterclass will help participants to overcome their air pollution data challenges through practical exercises that use advanced Openair techniques to handle and analyse delegates’ own data.

Using participant data means attendees will learn techniques relevant to their own management challenges and are more likely to retain course knowledge due to learning within a familiar context, according to Ricardo.

Attendees will receive one-to-one coaching from Ricardo’s team of air quality experts, led by Dr Carslaw, and will attain fresh insights into their data and build the skills to replicate and expand on this within their organisations.

Commenting on the software and the course, Dr Carslaw, said: “Openair provides a suite of tools specially designed for the analysis of air quality data. The power and versatility of the software and the almost endless capabilities of the R coding language which underpins it, has driven demand from users wanting to understand how to unlock the full value of the tools.

“That’s why we are making our training available to the international air quality community, equipping users with the skills and knowledge necessary to extract maximum value from their data sets and the openair software.”

To find out more about the openair course and how to register to attend, click here.


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