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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QGIS 1: Building a QGIS project - the road to data visualisation (ONLINE)

NOTE1: This course is now being run as an online course. You will be supplied with the exercises and links to recorded online tutorials for the practicals, to work through at your own pace. You will then have the opportunity to interact with a tutor at a mutually agreed time slot to work through any queries.

NOTE2: If a course date is not convenient we can run the course in a modified format to meet individual needs (please enquire).

Site investigations involve considerable cost in both time and money. The British Standard 'Investigation of potentially contaminated sites' (BS10175:2011+A2:2017) states that "In all cases, data should be presented in a clear and easily assimilated way as possible ...".  But for many consultants this can seem a difficult and complex task that requires specialist software and skills. However, being able to clearly present your SI data can help prevent costly delays and mistakes and facilitate regulatory sign-off.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful tools that can help visualise contaminant data and investigate relationships with other spatial information, such as buildings and features shown on historic mapping. Where remediation is potentially required, if GIS analysis can show that the contamination is localised, and particularly when a credible source can be identified, then more sustainable, cost effective and targeted solutions can often be designed, which are acceptable to regulators.

Using QGIS 3+, a free and open source GIS, this one day hands-on introductory course for beginners or new users provides a series of practical exercises with detailed instructions to utilise some of the most useful tools and functions of direct relevance to your contaminated land work. This course will quickly provide you with the ability to plot out and interrogate your chemical data and combine it with other geographic information to help you understand the sources and risks at a site. This approach helps you to identify and justify more cost effective solutions - getting better value from the data for you and your clients.

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The course will involve hands-on experience with the QGIS 3+ software with main activities including:
  • basic principles of GIS relevant to contaminated land;
  • installing QGIS & Plugins;
  • explore Toolbars & Panels;
  • explore Coordinate Reference Systems;
  • explore measuring and identify tools;
  • explore panning & zooming around maps;
  • create a QGIS project;
  • loading shapefiles, rasters and SI (csv) datasets;
  • creating and editing vector layers (polygon and point data); 
  • accessing open source datasets (e.g. WMS, GeojSON, KML);
  • georeferencing raster data and historical background maps;
  • displaying your SI data in QGIS;
  • begin to query your SI data in QGIS;
  • viewing your site investigation photos and logs directly within your QGIS project;
  • using simple Vector geoprocessing tools (Clip, Buffer, Difference);
  • extract simple maps for use in your reports.

Delegates will need their own laptops (large display screens recommended) with the QGIS 3+ software installed and ready to use. Full joining instructions including details of which QGIS install version we will be using will be sent to each delegate prior to the course.

By the end of the course you should be better able to:
  • understand how GIS (QGIS) can help you in your work;
  • produce spatial plots showing contaminant distributions;
  • understand the risks to relevant receptors at your sites;
  • make use of open and other data sources to develop and personalise your own queriable Whats In Your Back Yard (WIYBY) database;
  • extract outputs for use in your reports;
  • inform your clients and regulator about the results of your site investigations.
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 suited for those without any GIS contaminated land background or those who have used GIS to view data but not actively create a GIS project from scratch.

The course will be of relevance to:

  • Consultants & SI Contractors
  • Regulatory and local authority staff involved with contaminated land issues
  • Anyone producing contaminated land reports
  • Anyone reviewing third party reports
  • Problem holders and developers seeking to improve information and sustainability from their costly SI works
Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 4
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 5


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

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  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:

Feb 2020 (ONLINE)

"Thank you for your help, it was very useful" (Consultant)

"Video's made it very easy to follow" (Consultant)

"Video's very clearly explained" (Consultant)

June 2019

"I thought the day was incredibly useful. As a user of ArcGIS I had no idea how to go about starting a QGIS project, but now feel confident in doing so. Now I have a real awareness of how powerful the software can be." (Consultant)

"Sector appropriate examples and good structure to practicals" (Consultant)

February 2019

"Help and advice when stuck - would not get that if self taught" (Consultant)

"Rich course content, presentation and approachability of course tutor" (University Postdoc)

"Help when needed. Learnt a lot in a short space of time" (Consultant)

"Good introduction to QGIS" (Consultant)

June 2018

"Excellent course, very practical and hands on - best way to learn this kind of software. Very useful course." (Consultant)

"Good intro to how QGIS can be used for contaminated land. Very thorough note pack" (Consultant)

"Good to understake the work on own laptops - so could continue with course at a later date. Quite a lot to do in the day!" (Consultant)

"Worked examples and interactive aspect were the best aspects" (Local Authority)

"Lots of on-hand help if needed" (Consultant)

November 2017

"Really good hands-on training - much better than the manual. Good to get a contaminated land specific view of how QGIS can improve data analysis & presentation" (Consultant)

"Structured examples that were well designed" (Consultant)

"Very helpful instructor" (Consultant)

"Level of detail was very high" (Consultant)

"Good there was lots of time for practical work" (Consultant)

June 2017

"Good overall introduction" (Consultant)

"Good being able to use the software whilts being taught" (Consultant)

"Good course and good knowledge of sofware" (Consultant)

"Good notes to go home with" (Local Authority)

March 2017

"Hands-on course, very appropriate to my profession. Excellent demo material" (Consultant)

"It was practical & directly relevant to using data for practical contaminated land applications" (Local Authority)

"I would have liked more time to practise but course notes are well written so can continue it back at office !" (Local Authority)

"Knowledgeable presenter, practical" (Consultant)

"Hands on focus, with support. Good" (Consultant)

"Getting a good grounding on QGIS" (Consultant)

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