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At this course, the mechanics of groundwater flow, contaminant migration, behaviour of inorganic and organic contaminants including non-aqueous phase liquids are discussed. New approaches to groundwater monitoring and interpretation are examined.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • use practical information for investigating groundwater contamination problems at industrial and municipal hazardous waste sites
  • develop a clear understanding of the geological influences on water quality
  • discover how to interpret groundwater data, analysis and leading edge groundwater model
  • select successful remediation  methods used in situations  similar to your own from the experience of others

Water quality is crucial for public health.  Those who are responsible for managing groundwater quality, must understand groundwater contamination problems including the nature of contaminants, how they migrate in soil, how their presence is detected and quantified and how remedial action is designed and implemented.  At this course, the mechanics of groundwater flow, contaminant migration, behaviour of inorganic and organic contaminants including non-aqueous phase liquids are discussed. New approaches to groundwater monitoring and interpretation are examined.  The available technologies for well-head protection and groundwater remediation are presented and evaluated.


To familiarize participants with aspects of groundwater contamination, assessment and remediation.

Who Should Attend

Professionals from any discipline in industry and government who have responsibility  for or are directly engaged in groundwater quality management; geochemists, hydrogeologists, chemical engineers, engineering and mathematical modelers, geomechanists, soil physicists, biologists, toxicologists, geographers, defence and other public agency personnel, urban planners, owners and operators of disposal sites, remediation contractors and lawyers.

Program Outline

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Hydrogeology Fundamentals

  • The hydrologic cycle
  • Groundwater occurrence and flow systems
  • Basic hydrogeology parameters
  • Geologic influences on ground water flow
  • Types and sources of contaminants
  • Conceptual models of contaminant flow
Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Basic processes (advection, dispersion and diffusion)
  • Equilibrium and rates of reaction
  • Partitioning coefficients
  • Dissolved inorganic compounds: dissolution, precipitation, redox, transformations, radioactive decay, surface adsorption and exchange
  • Contaminant Retardation Coefficients
Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPL)
  • Non aqueous phase organics
  • LNAPLs and DNAPLs
  • Predicting the presence of NAPL
Site Characterization
  • Sampling Plans
  • Data quality objectives
  • Data quality indicators
  • QA / QC plan
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Site hydrogeology
  • Soil characterization
  • Field screening methods
  • Analytical suites
  • Laboratory methods overview
Day II

Ex Situ Contaminant Treatment

  • Pump and treat
  • Hydraulic containment
  • Pumping well design and network requirements
  • NAPL recovery
  • Remediation method screening criteria
  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Treatment
  • Air stripping
  • Ion exchange
  • Physical chemical treatment
In Situ Contaminant Treatment
  • Air sparging
  • Permeable reactive barriers (Zero Valent Iron, GAC, other)
  • In situ oxidation technologies
  • Hydrogen release compounds (HRCs)
  • Oxygen release compounds (ORCs)
In Situ Bioremediation
  • REDOX zones in groundwater
  • Monitored natural attenuation (Application, Evidence, Monitoring Requirements)
  • Pumped systems (nutrient injection)
  • Monitoring Parameters
Data Interpretation and Presentation
  • Statistical data analyses
  • Normal / lognormal distributions
  • Trend analyses
  • Presentation techniques

 Forensic Environmental Chemistry and Analyses

  • Techniques and case studies
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Chlorinated dioxins / furans
  • Waste lubricating oils
  • Statistical regression analyses
  • Trend analyses
Determination of Background Contaminants
  • Statistical methods
  • Site specific background concentrations
  • Area background concentrations
  • Natural background chemicals
  • Anthropogenic background chemicals
Risk Assessment  
  • Risk assessment: regulatory requirements and linkage with site characterization
  • Required elements in human health risk assessment
  • Required elements in ecological risk assessment
  • Risk assessment conceptual site models
  • Calculations of different exposure scenarios
Risk Assessment Case Studies
  • Salt contaminated sites
  • Petroleum contaminated sites
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Chlorinated dioxins / furans
Case Studies by Participants
  • Hydrogeological description of property: history and background
  • Priorities for investigation of the problem and selection of remedial action
  • Participants will work in small groups
  • Groups will decide on the priorities and select remedial action
Questions and Answers - Feedback to Participants on Achievement of  Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Dr. Nasrat Hijazi, Ph.D., C.Chem., QPRA, ISO 14001 Auditor, MCIC is Principal of TDA Associates and former Professor in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC). Dr Hijazi has 35 years experience in environmental management consulting; hazardous and industrial waste management, site remediation, research and development.  He is an environmental expert in areas of compliance to environmental acts, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies and procedures.  Dr. Hijazi is actively involved in Continuing Engineering Education where he developed and taught professional development courses. Dr. Hijazi also served as the founding Chairman, President & CEO of the Canadian Environmental Industry Association-Ontario Chapter (ONEIA 91-92); Director of CEIA - National (92-93); and a member of various government and institutional advisory committees.  Dr. Hijazi received his B.Sc.(Chemistry) in 1970 from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Ottawa. Since 1981, Dr. Hijazi held senior positions at leading environmental consulting and management companies including: managing principal-in-charge / general manager of Dames and Moore, Canada Inc.(currently URS), vice president and general manager (Canadian Operations) of Clayton Environmental Group, and general manager of Sanexen International (Currently Sanexen Environmental Inc.). Dr. Hijazi formed TDA Associates in 1997 to provide cost effective and high quality professional training and consulting services.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEU / 18 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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