Site Assessment According to Alberta Tier I and II Soil and Groundwater Guidelines

Online /
Dec 7 - 8, 2020 /
Course Code: 1208-ONL20

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand tiered structure issued by Alberta Environment on soil and groundwater remediation
  • Devise soil and groundwater sampling and analysis plans as part of site assessment
  • Build conceptual models for site assessment and formulate problems for environmental risk assessment and management
  • Develop the phased approach to site assessment and remediation using environmental risk assessment and modeling approach
  • Gain practical knowledge on conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods and processes

Alberta Environment has implemented a new framework and guidelines for assessing contaminated sites as of February 2016. The Guidelines are based on the now universally accepted risk assessment approach aimed at pollution prevention, health protection and productive use.

This course will provide the participants with the scientific basis of human health and ecological risk assessments used by Alberta Environment and the detailed application of the Tier I and Tier II Criteria to optimize decision making based on scientifically defensible data.

Course Outline:

  • Environmental Risk Assessment Approach
  • Alberta's Tiered Approach
  • Scientifically Based Site Investigation Methodologies
  • Modeling Approaches and Methodologies
  • Overview of Remediation Technologies

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Engineers • Scientists • Consultants • Industrial Staff • Technicians and technologists • Regulators Reviewing and Accepting Risk Standards Being Applied to the Contaminated Land According to Alberta Environment Guidelines

More Information


Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

Environmental Risk Assessment Approach

  • Tier I and Tier II Criteria and Risk Assessment Approach
  • Overview of Environmental toxic properties of contaminants
  • Overview of contaminant fate and transport in porous media
  • Overview of Environmental Risk Assessment: Source/Exposure Pathways/Receptor

Alberta’s Tiered Approach

  • Risk Assessment Approach to Criteria Development
  • Tier I and Tier II Applications and Exceptions
  • Site Specific Risk based criteria development (Tier II Criteria)

Scientifically Based Site Investigation Methodologies

  • Phase I and II ESA Standards
  • Developing a conceptual site model (CSM) as a basis of a sampling plan
  • Data quality objectives & indicators
  • Sampling Plans
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plans
  • Soil investigation methodologies
  • Groundwater investigation methodologies

Modeling Approaches and Methodologies

  • Overview of modeling methodologies and approaches for
  • Subsurface Fate and Transport of Contaminants
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Uncertainty
  • Applicable Models
  • Risk Management

Overview of Remediation Technologies

  • Natural Attenuation/Intrinsic Remediation
  • Bioremediation
  • In Situ Treatment (Reactive Permeable Barriers)
  • Soil Vapor Extraction
  • Phytoremediation
  • Groundwater Pump & Treat
  • In Situ Treatment Using Nano-Particles (Nanoremediation)

Questions and Answers

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Edwin Safari, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Edwin Safari, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Edwin is currently President and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Comnipex Corporation leading innovative projects in Geo-Environmental area focusing on modern technologies and materials for soil and groundwater remediation including nano-technology as well as waste management. He has also been Visiting Professor at GeoEngineering Research Group, Carleton University. He has 20 years of industrial and research experience in geo-environmental engineering. He has been involved in many environmental and geo-environmental engineering and research projects around the world in different areas such as environmental assessment of contaminated sites, contaminant fate and transport in porous media, soil and groundwater remediation, waste management, environmental risk assessment and environmental nanotechnology. His current research focuses on application of zero valent iron and carbon based nano-materials in in-situ and ex-situ remediation of contaminated groundwater. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching environmental and geo-environmental engineering courses.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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