LQM is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Nottingham (UK) with an international reputation for assessing and managing the risks posed to human health and the environment by contaminants in soil. Increasingly this is being done within a context of sustainable development and specifically sustainable brownfield regeneration.

We provide consultancy, peer review and expert witness services, contract research and training courses on all aspects of the management of land contamination to problem holders, developers and local government.

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  1. You can control WIYvoBY …

    The demise of the What’s In Your Backyard (WIYBY) web site from the Environment Agency may have brought a sense of loss to many in the contaminated land (and wider) community but it has provided a stimulus to environmental search providers to issue open environmental data viewers with some limited tools, such as a distance measure. They may be easy to use and may provide a useful “look-see” to help you gather some pre-intelligence on your sites but can you interact spatially with any historical site investigation data or the expanding open datasets out there? Can you add your own knowledge to a static data viewer platform, such as walkover photographs, borehole logs, annotations or generate your own 3D model for the site integrating the latest offering of LIDAR data? Will you be able to evaluate any future site investigation data, utilise your AGS data more effectively, delineate groundwater contamination plumes, animate your time-series gas monitoring data, evaluate risks more effectively, calculate subsequent remediation volumes, costs, monitor and clearly communicate site verification?

    Hence, the demise of WIYBY also provides a stimulus to companies and regulators looking to more effectively utilise their own datasets and integrate them with environmental datasets to make use of open source GIS options such as QGIS.

    So you can be in control of What’s In Your very own Backyard (WIYvoBY) for all of your projects, to develop your initial conceptual site model, plan your preliminary or staged site investigations (SI), interpret and communicate any risks or verification, to improve efficiency in regulatory decision making, volume calculations and costs to clients.

    If the potential cost of buying and maintaining GIS software or a lack of training is a potential problem then find out more about the upcoming LQM training course: 5th June 2018  Getting value from your data: a hands on GIS Course  or view this Video for more information.

  2. The Lesson of Brian …. caveat emptor …

    Whether you have been following the intricacies of rural life at Ambridge on the BBC series The Archers or not the concept of “caveat emptor”  is an important one, especially for worried Brian who has just been interviewed under caution by the Environment Agency in connection with contamination of the (fictional) River Am being linked to the floating dead fish found by Kirsty on 14th January 2018 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lylpr).

    In real-life, a diesel leak in 2012 in Dorset at Christchurch hospital  resulting in groundwater contamination has, this week, resulted in fines and costs of £180,000 to two sub-contractors, for offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/contractors-fined-over-diesel-leak-at-christchurch-hospital).

    Thus the important lesson of understanding risks from land contamination has been highlighted in several places in the media recently and illustrates the need to do research on land being purchased and importance of environmental permitting regulations to prevent your site investigation or other contracting activities from affecting the local environment. Therefore, all those involved with land (including Brian) – owners, operators, contractors, insurers, lenders, consultants and regulators need to understand how land can become contaminated, the legislation surrounding it, and what to do if contamination is suspected.

    LQMs long running 5-day training course Introduction to Contaminated Land provides all this and more. This ever popular training series starts again on the 6th February 2018 in the 2 and 3 days format (6-7th and 13-15th February 2018) with some places still available. All days include practical sessions to cement understanding and the sessions also provide the opportunity to meet and network other players in the industry. Delegates can attend individual days but booking all 5-Days and pay online provides the best available value (i.e. 5 days for the price of 3).

    For details follow links below, all courses held at our Nottingham training venue (located at the former Rayleigh factory):

    Other currently scheduled courses:

  3. Risk Assessment November … LQM training courses update (2017)

    November is a busy training month for LQM which includes the ever popular suite of risk assessment and GIS 1-day training courses. Most of the courses are hands-on training experiences led by the course tutor (CLEA v1.071, QGIS and Hydro courses) with delegates learning how to make more effective use of some of the most readily available risk assessment and data visualisation tools available to us in the contaminated land sector. The aim is to learn by doing and picking up useful tips along the way.

    For details follow links below, all courses held at our Nottingham training venue with a hot lunch and refreshments provided:

  4. New and updated ground gas course: meet an industry expert

    In early October, LQM are again partnering with Steve Wilson (from EPG ltd) to deliver a training course on the investigation and mitigation of ground gas.  Steve is a world-respected authority on ground gas and author of many of the current guidance documents.

    This time around the course has been updated to include new sections on:

    • Getting the most from continuous monitoring technologies (including monitoring of flow rates);
    • Addressing the 40 ml/m2/day/atm requirement for gas membranes in BS8485:2015;
    • Latest research on piles and other preferential pathways fro ground gases.

    The course is open to delegates of all levels from both regulatory and industry sectors.

    For full details and to book your place, please go to www.lqm.co.uk/training/gasintro/

  5. Did you know LQM run courses nationwide in conjunction with EMAQ+?

    EMAQ+ and Land Quality Management Ltd (LQM) are working together in partnership to offer a programme of contaminated land seminars for local authorities at 3 venues across England; Leeds, London and Birmingham.  The training, in a formal classroom environment, provides opportunities to work with expert trainers on realistic practical exercises, ask questions, and network with colleagues undertaking similar work in other local authorities. The training is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

    EMAQ+, part of Ricardo Energy & Environment, also provide a range of other seminars covering courses providing professional development training and technical guidance to assist Environmental Protection Officers implement their LA-IPPC/LAPPC and Local Air Quality Management responsibilities.  The contaminated land seminars further extent this remit to include considering land contamination issues under either Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the planning regimes.

    In 2017/18, LQM/EMAQ+ are delivering a series of five ‘Essentials’ seminars (syllabus detailed here), which is based on our ever-popular 5-day series,  and some additional ‘Introduction to Chemistry’ Seminars (dates and venues can be viewed here). ). So if you are looking for a different venue or date why not look to see if EMAQ+ offer a more accessible alternative.

    The training is just for local authority delegates and can be booked even if your authority is not part of the EMAQ+ subscription scheme.  The cost for “non-member” delegates is currently £295 excl. VAT.  For full details, and to book places, please go to the EMAQ+ website  or email emaq@ricardo.com for further details.

  6. New staff or in need of expanding your contaminated land skill set? LQM Courses for Autumn 2017 updated …

    The ever popular 5-Day ‘Introduction to contaminated land’ series starts in 2 weeks in the 2 and 3 days format (6-7th and 12-14th September 2017) with some places still available. As always book all 5-Days and pay online to get the best available prices (i.e. 5 days for the price of 3 days).

    Other courses by popular demand have also been added (Ground Gas & Vapours, CLEA, Asbestos, GIS & Hydrogeology). For details follow links below, all courses held at our Nottingham training venue:


  7. Invitation to join us for a seminar on polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

    Most of us are normally concerned with traditional contaminants, such as lead, arsenic and benzo[a]pyrene, but there are a growing number of emerging environmental contaminants around the corner.  We are all likely to become increasingly familiar with many of them as governments and regulators begin to try to control their effects on health and the environment.  One of these emerging contaminants, is PFAS; a family of persistent, bioaccumulatory and toxic chemicals that

    have been widely used in industry and in firefighting applications.

    LQM are collaborating with consultants GHD to present a seminar on PFAS in London on July 5, 2017.  The seminar will harness the knowledge of two industry experts Dr Paul Nathanail (LQM) and Dr Peter Nadebaum (GHD) and will be of interest to a wide range of delegates including local authorities, regulators, problem holders and developers.

    Full details of the event and booking details can be found on GHD’s website

  8. Free LQM webinar (12 June 2017): How GIS adds value to desk study and site investigation data

    This free 1-hour webinar on the 12th June 2017 provides an extended version of the LQM talk recently presented by Judith Nathanail at the Brownfield Briefing Effective Site Investigation and Data Management Conference held at Birmingham (24-25th May 2017). The conference was designed to assist site investigation professionals and their clients in sourcing, manipulating and sharing the ever-increasing volumes of data required when evaluating previously used land.  As discussed at the conference, communication of information between disciplines has never been more important and so the ability of data users to utilise relevant GIS tools to more fully understand the flow of informatics in their supply chain is critical.

    Sign-up to webinar here (number limited to 100):


    LQM are also running their Getting value from your data: a hands on GIS Course on 20th June 2017 at their Nottingham training venue. This course gives you the opportunity to use QGIS in anger to load up historical maps, open source datasets (e.g. flood maps, LiDAR, BGS WMS) plus your hard won site data such as walkover photos and AGS data … view your geology (even borehole logs) and contaminant data quickly to improve your understanding of site conditions, conceptual site model and help you formulate more cost effective decisions.