Programme

  1. Registration & Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Chair

  3. A Regulatory Perspective on Groundwater Issues

    • Update on recent changes and updates to groundwater guidance and outlining any proposed new guidance
    • Outlining how land management approaches are impacting on groundwater quality and resource protection
    • Detailing the Regulator’s view on:
      • innovative monitoring and data collection techniques
      • groundwater risk assessment and remediation approaches
      • remediation closure criteria
    • To what extent can differences in regulatory approach and detail across different regions be minimised and managed?
  4. Developing a Groundwater Watch List for Substances of Emerging Concern

  5. Q&A

  6. Morning Refreshments & Networking

  7. Advanced DNAPL Source Zone Characterisation for Targeted Remediation: Is the Gain Worth the Pain?

    Examining what techniques are being used in practice for contaminant source and plume zone characterisation to inform remedial strategies. This presentation, illustrated with case studies, will draw on 20 years of research and practice to reveal recent advances in site characterization methods and present an evaluation of which methods provide the best return on investment.

    Dr Gary Wealthall Dr Gary Wealthall
    Senior Principal and Adjunct Professor (Toronto), Geosyntec Consultants Ltd
  8. Clarifying Natural Source Zone Depletion (NSZD) for Better Assessing Groundwater Contamination Risk

    This presentation will provide insight into effectively calculating the NSZD rate, understanding the natural process and the effect it has on groundwater plumes, as well as applying it in groundwater models.

    Presentation co-authored by Rob Sweeney, Project Director, CL:AIRE

    Dr Michael Rivett Dr Michael Rivett
    Director, GroundH2O plus Ltd & Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  9. Best Practice Techniques for Better Characterizing the Sub-Surface and Understanding the Fate & Transport of Contaminants in Groundwater

    • Determining what information you need, and what to do with it, to get suitable outputs for effective decision-making
    • New techniques for characterising groundwater quality and pollutant fate in the sub-surface:
      • better understanding sub-surface contaminant distribution
      • assessing the impact of heterogeneity on groundwater flow
    • Advances in digitalisation of the collection, presentation and use of groundwater data – enabling real-time data in a usable format
    • Developing robust Conceptual Site Models which support and justify risk assessment decisions
  10. Understanding & Managing NAPL for More Accurate Risk Assessment

    • Understanding how NAPL behaves as it moves from source to aquifer and the impact of source zone depletion
    • Best practice in understanding and modelling NAPL and plume migration over time
    Ben Fretwell Ben Fretwell
    Associate Director, Wood Environment & Infrastructure
  11. Q&A

  12. Lunch

  13. Selecting the Most Appropriate Laboratory Analysis for Different Contaminants to Achieve Optimum Cost-Efficiency

    This presentation will give an insight into current laboratory analysis capabilities and their suitability for different contaminants, particularly those with low EQS targets. By better understanding which analysis techniques achieve the best characterisation, you can select the most appropriate for your site and achieve optimum results within budgetary constraints.

  14. Examining the Use of Fluorescence to Monitor Microbial Contamination Risk in Groundwater

  15. Case Study: Exploring the Benefits of Flux Measurement Technology to Assess the Speed & Direction of Contaminant Dispersion in Groundwater

    • Introducing the principle of flux measurements and their applicability to contaminated land and groundwater projects
    • Outlining the Regulatory view on this new groundwater monitoring technique
    • Project case studies
    Tim Op 't Eyndt Tim Op 't Eyndt
    Managing Director, iFLUX
  16. Q&A

  17. Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  18. Assessing the Implications for Groundwater of Sources & Sinks of Nitrogen & Phosphorus Associated with Public Water Supply

    Matthew Ascott Matthew Ascott
    Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  19. Understanding the Interaction of Groundwater with River, Coastal & Surface Water Systems and the Implications for Groundwater Quality

    • Exploring different groundwater interfaces and the impact of their interactions on the fate and transport of contaminants:
      • urban groundwater - surface water interactions
      • soil and sediment impacts
      • the impact of biogeochemical processes
    • Exploring the aims, challenges and potential of an integrated modelling approach for better environmental risk assessment
    • Practicalities of integrating groundwater flow and transport with other environmental models, eg water resource planning to achieve better decision-making
  20. In-Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater using Bio-Remediation

    • Determining when bio-remediation can be used effectively and the costs, benefits and practicalities of it as a remedial solution
    • Examining how it can be demonstrated to have a consistent approach appropriate for regulatory sign-off
  21. Q&A

  22. Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference