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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Introduction to hydrogeological risk assessment for Contaminated Land

With the Environment Agency continuing to cut-back their support for planning authorities, including in relation to controlled waters risks, local authorities are increasingly having to get to grips with hydrogeological risk assessments.

The Environment Agency’s Remedial Targets Methodology and Worksheet provide a framework for assessing the risks to controlled waters from land contamination, and for deriving site-specific remedial targets for contaminated soils and groundwater where those risks are unacceptable.

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The course will teach delegates

  • The importance of the conceptual site model (CSM) for assessing risks to controlled waters from land contamination
  • The tiered framework for assessing risks of pollution of controlled waters from land contamination
  • Methodology for deriving remedial targets for soils to protect water resources
  • When to use the remedial targets worksheet – applicability of the models to the CSM
  • How to use the remedial targets worksheet – parameterisation; prediction; and sensitivity

Delegates will need to bring their own laptops capable of running Excel with the Remedial Targets Worksheet v3.2 already loaded and ready to use (if this is a problem, please give us a call on 0115 7484080). Full joining instructions including details of where to download Remedial Targets Worksheet v3.2 will be sent to each delegate prior the course.

By the end of the course you should be:
• Familiar with the sources of information available to develop an initial CSM for assessing risks to controlled waters from land contamination
• Aware of the tiered framework for assessing risks to controlled waters from land contamination and deriving remedial targets
• Aware of the types of solute fate and transport models used in each tier of the remedial targets worksheet, along with their assumptions and limitations
• Aware of the input parameters required by the remedial targets worksheet
All delegates will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance – which should be retained and used to provide evidence of CPD activity when required by employers or professional bodies.

This is an introductory course equally suited for those without any chemistry background or those who require a refresher course relevant to their current job activities.

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 in-depth understanding of contaminated land issues
  • Anyone producing contaminated land reports
  • Anyone reviewing third party reports
Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 5
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 11


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

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  2. 10% discount for bookings of 2 or more delegates from the same organisation on any given day selected is automatically applied.
  3. Public sector  rates only apply to qualifying organisations (i.e. Local Authorities, Health Authorities, the Environment Agency, SEPA, etc.).
  4. LQM may occasionally issue other promotions & vouchers.  Please note only one voucher can be used per order.
  5. LQM reserve the right to modify charges if the above discount rules are not followed.

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Feedback comments have included:


Very happy with the course as a whole. It demystifiyed the RT spreadsheet and the thinking behind it. Links to up-to-date sources of EQS values also very useful. Judith covered everything with the right level of detail and made sure that the entire group was up to speed before moving on, making sure that no one was left behind. The material covered in the course will definitely be of use in our project work. (Consultant, Nov 2017)

The course was very well structured, presented and delivered. Judith is a fantastic orator!, I will be certainly registering to future LQM sessions. Many thanks (Consultant, Nov 2017)

The course leader knew what we (well, at least, I) required from the course and knew how to teach it. (Consultant, Nov 2017)


"Learning about how the remedial targets work. The way the course was structured meant you could easily pay attention throughout the day (i.e.. theory interlaced with practical sessions)."  (Local Authority, Nov 2016)


“The course was generally fantastic. Helpful practical's. Appropriate breaks to ask questions. The quality of the handouts were great and will be a very useful resource in the future. The course was well paced and easy to follow.” (Consultant, Nov 2016)

"Course delivery by the trainer and one to one help offered when working through the practical's." (Local Authority, Nov 2016)

"The practical sections were very worth while" (Consultant, Nov 2016)

“The course being interactive, actually using the model in the course helps to retain the information much more effectively.” (Local Authority, Nov 2016)

"The course was very well broken down and because of that it was easy to follow and motivational throughout the day. The trainer did a very good job in explaining everything even when it got complicated." (Consultant, Nov 2016)

“The legislation/ regulatory framework was covered in sufficient detail and it was useful to know where to find the relevant standards e.g. priority substances directive and the EQS directive, etc” (Local Authority, Nov 2016)

“The practical sessions were very useful, and helped to further cement the application of the RTM and spreadsheets.” (Consultant, May 2016)

"Enjoyed the hands-on aspects, with this sort of subject the best way to learn is to do it." (Local Authority, May 2016)

“Good to spend a bit more time on the workings and information sources used in the assessment.” (Consultant, May 2016)

"The amount of information covered - I feel much better informed about the whole groundwater DQRA process." (Consultant, May 2016)

“The whole course was very enlightening, as I usually read the results of such assessment. It was great to see and understand the process of reaching those results. I loved the practical’s, as it felt like you could put into practice the theory.” (Local Authority, May 2016)

"A good all-round introduction to hydrogeological risk assessment. I left the course feeling confident in using RTM." (Consultant, March 2016)

“I liked how we pushed through and got all the information covered.” (Consultant, March 2016)

“Detailed, provided confidence in the approach to complete risk assessments.” (Consultant, March 2016)

"I found the structure and presentation style of the course very good. The systematic way in which we were guided through the P20 / Hydrogeological Risk Assessment meant that I left the course having gained all the outcomes which i had hoped for. LQM trainer gave plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and was very helpful in answering as many as possible. Lunch was also very nice!" (Consultant, March 2016)



“Background to the equations used - i knew the 'how' but not necessarily the 'why'...” (Consultant, Nov 2015)

"Overall excellent. Practicals very useful." (Consultant, Nov 2015)

“Overview of legislation, working through of practical examples.” (Consultant, Nov 2015)

"It was hands on, there was space for discussion and everything was explained from base principles" (Consultant, Nov 2015)

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