Introduction to Contaminated Land

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Introduction to Contaminated Land is a one day training course that provides a practical introduction to contaminated land, the legislation surrounding it and its impacts on the design and development of construction projects.

The day starts by providing a background to current legislation. This is followed by an outline of key assessment criteria for both desk study and ground investigation, including chemical analysis requirements. Risk assessment methodologies are also presented and discussed together with an outline of the remediation techniques in common use and waste management issues. Finally, some thoughts on consultant selection are considered.

The course attracts a wide range of disciplines, which creates a good forum for open discussion with many perspectives being generated.



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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme. 
All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.​

Session 1 - Overview of contaminated land
Session 2 - Legislation update
Session 3 - Ground investigation - desk studies
Session 4 - Ground investigation - site investigation, sampling and analysis
Session 5 - Risk assessment
Session 6 - Remediation techniques
Session 7 - Consultant selection

Lewis Barlow 

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Lewis provides expert advice on environmental risks and contamination issues for regulators, developers and prestige multi-site owners at the highest level. As an external professional reviewer for Chartered Environmentalists and Chartered Engineers through CIWEM and a regular guest lecturer on environmental matters, Lewis is keen to promote professional development and share best practice wherever possible.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates should understand:
  • The current legislation relating to contaminated land and associated issues
  • The requirements of a desk top study and useful information sources
  • Ground investigation - requirements, parameters, techniques, sampling and analysis of soils and groundwater
  • Risk assessment as applied to contaminated land in the UK
  • Remediation methods in common use
  • Associated waste management issues
  • Consultant selection
Who Should Attend?
This introductory course has been designed for those for whom contaminated land is not their primary design function. Delegates will include:
  • Geotechnical, civil and structural engineers
  • Project managers
  • Landowners
  • Developers
  • Earthworks contractors
  • Builders and regulators
  • Non-technical professionals looking to develop an informed and considered opinion

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