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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Geology as a Source Pathway and Receptor

An understanding of the geological and hydrogeological conditions is vital to identifying potential contamination issues at a site and effectively managing any significant risks. Geological considerations include the potential for natural contamination (source), identification of significant contaminant migration (pathway) through drift and solid geology; and determining the sensitivity of groundwater resources and the potential for significant impacts on groundwater as a receptor.
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The course will teach delegates:

  • essential geological terms and ideas (taught on day and provided as quiz based confirmatory learning for those with some geological background)
  • sources of geological information  - essential and additional (includes paper maps, reports and internet resources)
  • information on geological maps (including side notes, cross section, key, and stratigraphic column)
  • the relevant geological information for contaminated land
  • typical sources of confusion including terminology changes
  • how to describe site geology
  • interpret aquifer maps
  • interpret site investigation data to understand the geology
  • determine if underlying strata can act as a source, pathway and/or receptor

Practical sessions using geological maps and other information include:  

·         Describing site geology

·         Third party Review of site geology

·         Sketch CSMs of site geology

·         Updating CSM geology using SI information 

The course assumes no background knowledge of geology and is aimed at those without a geology degree although all are welcome.

Delegates will be encouraged to use online resources during the course, a laptop is best for most of these, but many are also accessible using tablets.  

By the end of the course you should be better able to:

  • understand the relevance of geology to contaminated land
  • write the geology section of a report
  • create the geological part of a CSM
  • understand the significance of logged site data
  • better specify site investigation requirements to establish the significant geological conditions
  • identify weaknesses in interpretation within thirdparty reports
  • acknowledge the importance of geological data in establishing the significance of pollutant linkages within site conceptual models
  • decide whether a qualified geologist needs to be consulted
The courses will be of relevance to:
  • Regulatory and local authority staff involved with contaminated land issues
  • Consultants
  • Problem holders and developers needing a more indepth understanding of contaminated land issues
  • Anyone producing contaminated land reports
  • Anyone reviewing third party reports


The course assumes no background knowledge of geology and is aimed at those without a geology degree although all are welcome.

Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 3
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 4


Note: All prices exclude VAT, which we are obliged to charge at the prevailing rate

DISCOUNTS (please read carefully) *:
  1. 20% discount for orders paid by a debit orcredit card is automatically applied when selected at Paymentotherwise select invoice and pay the non-discount price.
  2. Public sector  rates only apply to qualifying organisations (i.e. Local Authorities, Health Authorities, the Environment Agency, SEPA, etc.).
  3. LQM may occasionally issue other promotions & vouchers.  Please note only one voucher can be used per order.
  4. LQM reserve the right to modify charges if the above discount rules are not followed.

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Can't make these dates?  Have lots of potential delegates? Have you considered hosting this course for your staff? Or commissioning a bespoke course to meet your training needs?

Feedback comments have included:

February 2018

"Delivery and expertise of course instructor" were the best aspects (Consultant)

"Overall a brilliant course" (Consultant)

"Good overview of Geology knowledge and how these concepts can be applied to contamination and groundwater aquifers" (Consultant)

"Lots of information on a broad subject base" (Consultant)

"Practicals broke up the lectures well and ensured understanding" (Consultant)

"Reading and interpreting geological maps and CSMs" were the best aspects (Consultant)

"Very useful training course and picked up some good tips" (Consultant)

May 2013

"Practicals helped build on the preceding lecture.  Good to work through examples not just theoretical risks"

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