Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Field investigations of contaminated sites

Overall Course Objectives

The students obtain a practical knowledge of planning, sampling and field analysis of soil, groundwater and air useful for investigations and risk assessment at contaminated

Learning Objectives

  • Plan a field investigation at a given site in order to assess the contamination level and redox conditions including determination of relevant contamination constituents, geochemical parameters, and sampling strategy
  • Make a geological description and an assessment of the hydrogeological conditions
  • Conduct a field investigation including correct sampling and analysis of soil, groundwater, and air
  • Evaluate variation and uncertainty of data collected during field investigations
  • Make an assessment of the current contamination at a specific site (delineation, composition, and source strength) and a risk assessment
  • Make a flux based evaluation of contamination risk
  • Make an assessment of potential remediation technologies targeting a specific contaminated site
  • Write a well-structured technical report including relevant maps showing the geological, hydrogeological and redox conditions as well as the spreading of the contamination

Course Content

The course consists of practical field investigations, lectures on
selected topics and reporting (written, oral presentations):
a) Planning of field investigations at contaminated sites (soil and groundwater).
Soil and groundwater sampling with application of different methods. PID screening of soil gas, chemical field analysis, preparation of samples for GC-analysis. Evaluation af results. Reporting of field investigations.
b) Lectures on field investigations at contaminated sites, drilling methods, soil and
groundwater sampling, organic characterization of contaminated soil and groundwater, organic contamination and redox conditions in groundwater and soil gas surveys.

Recommended prerequisites

12330, Contaminated sites

Teaching Method

Lectures, assignments, field investigations, sampling and analysis, project work in groups, oral presentation and hand in of written reports



The course is primarily designed for master students who would like a job in consulting engineering firms or with authorities dealing with soil and groundwater contamination and as preparation for thesis/project work to specialize in soil and groundwater contamination

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 12, Maximum: 25.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12331
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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