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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Site Characterisation (Day 2) 10 11 Sept 2020

The webinar is LQMs classic training course now delivered online over 2 half days.

Detailed site characterisation is often an essential step in the assessment of potential contamination issues at a site. Therefore, the ability to plan and carry out effective intrusive site investigations in order to characterise a site is an important skill for anyone working in the field of contaminated land management 


This is one of a series of 5 one-day courses covering the fundamental subject matter relevant to the investigation, assessment and management of land contamination. The courses aim to improve knowledge of the subject matter and the application of this knowledge in the risk-based approach for the assessment and management of land contamination.  The courses in this series cover legislation and conceptual models, site characterisation, human-health risk assessment, remediation and risk management and reviewing 3rd Party reports.  These courses can be taken individually or in combination.

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The course will teach delegates:

  • how to develop risk-driven conceptual site models;
  • how to set site investigation objectives;
  • the different sampling techniques available;
  • the different sampling strategies available;
  • analytical strategies and associated issues;
  • quality assurance and quality control issues; and
  • what should be expected in a good site investigation report.

There will be several practical sessions throughout the day to practice the skills learned. Practical sessions involve the use of data for a contaminated site to identify objectives for a site investigation, plan a sampling strategy, and plan an analytical strategy.

Land Quality Management courses are renowned for their relevance and quality.  This comes from our belief that training should be interesting, relevant and make a difference to the way our delegates go about their normal contaminated land related business.  We always select top quality tutors with both the experience to communicate and the knowledge to share – as well as the enthusiasm to improve the way land contamination issues are tackled.

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

  • design a site investigation;
  • implement a site investigation; and
  • effectively report the results of a site investigation. 

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 suitable for new starters, those needing a refresher or for those managing contaminated land staff.

This course is 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
Webinar (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 0


Webinar (Public Sector) TBC £170.00 0



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

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DISCOUNTS (please read carefully) *:
  1. Card payment discount: A 20% discount is automatically applied to all orders paid by a debit or credit card. This is the default payment option.
  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:

September 2018

"Case studies were the best aspects, very enjoyable, but lots of chemicals!" (Local Authority)

"Good introduction to site investigation and data" (Local Authority) 

"Understanding the various methodologies and options for ground investigation works and putting together a sampling strategy" (Consultant)

"The amount of information was the best aspect" (Consultant)

"Easy to follow, the right pace for me" (Local Authority)

February 2018

"Very informative" (Local Authority)

"Use of the same site throughout for practicals and step by step approach ro be very helpful to understand all aspects" (Consultant)

"Well presented, useful, clear, relevant and understandable information" (Consultant)

"Very knowledgeable facilitator. Good learnt a lot" (Local Authority)

"Practicals and model answers" were the best aspects (Consultant)

"Comprehensive overview and answers to specific questions" (Consultant)

September 2017

"Handouts, practical tasks and explanations" were the best parts (Consultant)

"Lots of practical to reinforce learning" (Local Authority)

"All of it really interesting. Complex but really good." (Consultant)

February 2017

"Pitched at the right level"

"Friendly trainer, nice venue, nice lunch, discussion not just lectured, small group"

"understanding of complete design for a site investigtion, friendly + knowledgeable, very approachable"

October 2016

“Pointed out some drilling techniques that I had never heard of” (Consultant)

"Site investigation logic was the best aspect" (Local Authority)

"The chemistry side was very difficult" (Local Authority)

"Very complex chemistry which was far above my level of knowledge" (Local Authority)

November 2014

"Informative, detailed information and foundation to the requirements of Phase 2 site investigations"

"Very informative and enthusiastic lecturers"

"Practicals were useful. Good balance between breadth and depth"

March 2013

"Able to get clarification on things I wanted"

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Human-health risk assessment (Day 3) 14 and 15 Sept 2020

This course builds on the fundamental principles of risk assessment introduced in Day 1- Introduction and Development of Conceptual Models. The focus will be on the principles of human health risk assessment & generic quantitative risk assessment. It will cover issues such as the use of Soil Guideline Values (SGVs) and what to do when there is no SGV available 

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