Module 5: Introduction to Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

Event Info :

Event Date - 19/06/2024
Event Start - 8:30 am
Event Ends - 4:00 pm
Event Location - SMEC, Collins Square, Tower 4, Level 20, 727 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost - $400 (incl GST)

This Module will take you on a journey through the basics of environmental chemistry, the classes, sources and origins of contaminants, natural occurrence, impacts of contaminants on the environment and effects of the environment on contaminants. Also, the application of how simple chemistry principles can affect the environmental behaviour of a chemical in a natural environment.

This course will also cover the role of laboratories in site contamination work, what labs can (and can’t) do, what NATA accreditation means, analytical uncertainty and QA/QC, what ‘the numbers’ mean and how to manage your samples for best outcomes.

The course will be split up into two main focus areas:
Module 5A session will be presented by Alan Bull and focus on the basic concepts of chemistry and environmental chemistry.
Module 5B session will be presented by Brent Davey and will run after the lunchtime break in the afternoon and will focus on understanding how laboratories work, what laboratory and QA/QC data means (and doesn’t mean) for soil, groundwater and soil vapour / gas, and how to use measures such as 95%UCL and RPDs in interpreting your data.

This event is open to ACLCA members only and spaces are limited to a maximum of 40 attendees. Bookings close COB Thursday 13 June and cancelations made after this date will not be refunded.

Unless you majored in chemistry at university this module is for you. From graduates to seniors and principals this is the essential course for all contaminated land management practitioners.


Alan Bull, Technical Principal – Environment at SMEC with over 22 years’ experience in various aspects of soil, surface water, groundwater and environmental investigations, remediation and management of projects and programs in Australia and Brazil. He has also worked on natural resource management, water and wastewater treatment efficiency, riparian zone restoration with the re-introduction of endemic species. His experience also includes in depth environmental chemistry, statistical review of data, interpretation and reporting. He has managed various site assessment projects as part of urban rezoning, Environmental Audit processes and complex options assessment for waste management. Additionally, Alan has worked on a major project involving the assessment of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) present in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF firefighting foam) in surface water, sediment, soil and groundwater; with a focus on the risk of these compounds to human health and the environment.

Dr Brent Davey, Principal Environmental Scientist at Fyfe with over 40 years of experience within the contaminated land consulting industry, a former Auditor and a former Regional Director of the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories, working on a wide range of site assessment, remediation and auditing projects across Australia. He is particularly interested in environmental chemistry, in biological approaches to the detection and remediation of contamination and in the impacts of contaminants in the environment.

If you are claiming CPD points from attending ACLCA events, we encourage you to keep a record of your attendance on file as evidence for your CPD recognition.

Up to 15 CPD points (CEnvP) may be earned by attending this event.