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From Risk to Remediation 2020: CRC CARE Online Masterclass on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication


Monday, 22 June 2020 at 8:30 am - Friday, 14 August 2020 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

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From Risk to Remediation 2020: CRC CARE Online Masterclass on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication

Theory and practice 
This course can be used towards continuing professional development (CPD) points* 

Online, 22 June 2020 – 14 August 2020

Given the travel and social distancing restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,
The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has partnered with the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), the University of Newcastle (UoN) to deliver Online Masterclass on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication.

This 8-week self-paced online masterclass has been developed especially for individuals who manage, regulate, investigate, remediate, or are impacted by contaminated sites. It provides participants with a unique appreciation of the underpinning science and technology coupled with practical approaches to site characterisation, assessment and remediation as well as risk communication.

Regardless of their current level of expertise, this online masterclass will provide participants with enhanced skills, knowledge, and confidence to manage even the most challenging sites and help them become leaders in the global remediation industry.

This is an all-inclusive online masterclass that will provide participants with the cutting-edge skills to manage and remediate contaminated sites all around the world. This online course has been developed in response to the critical need to build capacity to address the growing global contamination crisis. While technical lessons can be learned through the online study by the way of video tutorials, presentations, quizzes and exercises an advantage of this course will be the six live webinars with our presenter along with Q&A sessions, problem-solving and interactions that allow participants to consider the many facets of modern contaminant site assessment and remedial design. The course will also discuss aspects of sustainable low impact remediation approaches, climate change considerations, policy and regulatory matters, and economic considerations – all within the context of gaining and maintaining a social licence to operate.

The course will bring the following benefits to the participants.

Expert instruction

In-depth instruction by, and online interaction with, leading environmental experts from academia, consulting, and government from across Australia and the rest of the world. These experts provide participants with a comprehensive insight into toxicology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, and geochemical principles, site assessment procedures, risk management tools, remediation technologies and strategies, and management issues relating to contaminated land and hazardous waste sites.

Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment based on the conceptual site model will be practised and the effect of different legal contexts explored. The role and cost/benefit of modern advanced analytical chemistry (e.g. GCxGC, Time of Flight Mass Spectroscopy, physiologically based bio-accessibility testing, isotope analysis, asbestos fiber release) will be explored.

Participants will receive detailed technical information on the best-available remediation technologies, design and selection criteria, remediation implementation strategies, and field monitoring.


At the end of the online course, CRC CARE will take the consent to share the name and email details of all the registered participants and prepare a list to distribute among registered participants for networking purposes.


Participants will receive: 

  • Extended access to online course material
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit of 24 hours*

*Please check with your certification scheme regarding CPD points.


  • Professor Ravi Naidu (CRC CARE / GCER, UoN)
  • Dr Paul Nathanail (Land Quality Management, UK)
  • Mr Scott Warner (Ramboll, USA)
  • Dr Jill Woodworth (SLR Consulting, Western Australia) 
  • Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada (CRC CARE)
  • Dr Dawit Bekele (GCER, UoN)
  • Dr Joytisha Jit (CRC CARE) 
  • Ms Danielle Torresan (M/s Lumary, South Australia)


Course Coordinators

  • Dr Prashant Srivastava, CRC CARE (, 08-8302-6821) 
  • Ratin Mathur, CRC CARE ( 08-8302-3933)
  • Adam Barclay, CRC CARE (, 02-4033-9439)

Our instructors are experts on:

  • Legislation: new vs historic pollution; change of land use vs ongoing land use; permitted operations – lessons from around the world (Paul Nathanail)
  • Analytical chemistry (Paul Nathanail)
  • Site assessment (Ravi Naidu and Dawit Bekele)
  • Conceptual site models (Paul Nathanail and Dawit Bekele)
  • Environmental data management (Paul Nathanail)
  • Geostatistics (Paul Nathanail)
  • Emergent contaminants (Paul Nathanail)
  • Vapour intrusion (Paul Nathanail and Dawit Bekele)
  • Groundwater modeling (Dawit Bekele and Sreenivasulu Chadalavada)
  • Risk characterisation (Paul Nathanail)
  • Human health risk assessment (Paul Nathanail)
  • Ecological risk assessment (Jill Woodworth)
  • Ecotoxicology (Jill Woodworth) 
  • Remedial action plan development (Scott Warner)
  • Sustainability appraisal (Paul Nathanail)
  • Remediation design and implementation (Scott Warner)
  • Climate change considerations to site characterisation and remedial design (Scott Warner)
  • Community Engagement (Danielle Torresan) 
  • Govt Policy and framework (Joytishna Jit). 



Live Webinars Schedule  - Time 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM AEST



Panel Members


Introduction to the course

Prof Ravi Naidu
Dr Paul Nathanial
Mr Scott Warner
Dr Jill Woodworth
Ms Danielle Torresan
Dr Sreeni Chadalavada
Dr Dawit Bekele
Dr Joytishna Jit


Live Q&A session at the end of Module 1

Dr Paul Nathanail
Mr Scott Warner
Dr Joytishna Jit


Dark Water – A movie portray environmental matters
Live Q&A panel discussion (Voluntary session)

Dr Paul Nathanial
Mr Scott Warner
Dr Joyleen Christensen  


Live Q&A session at the end of Module 2

Dr Sreeni Chadalavada
Dr Dawit Bakele


Live Q&A session at the end of Module 3

Dr Paul Nathanial
Dr Jill Woodworth


Live Q&A session at the end of Module 4

Prof Ravi Naidu
Dr Paul Nathanial
Mr Scott Warner
M. Danielle Torresan


Module-1: Policy and Contaminants

Duration: 2 weeks
Start Date: 22-6-2020
End Date : 3-7-2020


A global perspective on overview of contaminated and hazardous waste site management, challenge and solutions – By Professor Ravi Naidu


Legal context and policy – International key case study – By Dr Paul Nathanail

  • Legislation: new vs historic pollution
  • Permitted operations – lessons from around the world
  • Major treaties – UNCDD; Minamata
  • UK and EU perspective
  • Grenfell Tower soil contamination and risk communication

Legal context and policy – Australia – By Dr Joytishna Jit

  • National policy frameworks for site contamination in Australia
  • Commonwealth and state responsibilities – intersections and discontinuities
  • Examples of policy drivers – industry; community outrage


Legal context and policy – National Remediation Framework (NRF) – By Dr Joytishna Jit

  • What is the NRF?

-       Philosophy, including context and principles

-       Practice including principle guidance

  • What are the purpose and objectives of NRF?
  • Linkages to ASC: NEPM


Legal context and policy – USA key case study – By Scott Warner

  • Legislation: “Superfund” History, CERCLA, TOSCA, RCRABrownfields
  • Accreditation schemes requirements


Toxicology – By Dr. Paul Nathanail

  • Hazard identification and dose-response assessment
  • Threshold behavior
  • Non-threshold behavior
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Points of departure; NOAEL; LOAEL; Benchmark Doses; Margins of Exposure


Environmental chemistry of organic and inorganic contaminants and treatments
- By Dr. Paul Nathanail

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Fate and transport properties
  • Chemical reactions


The development, use, and role of the conceptual site model – By Dr Paul Nathanail

  • Case examples
  • Sources of information
  • Formats
  • The function of the CSM
  • Link to site investigation
  • Link to remediation


Module-2: Site Characterisation

Duration: 2 weeks
Start Date: 6-7-2020
End Date: 17-7-2020


Assessment of site contamination – By Dr Dawit Bekele

  • Assessment of Site Contamination (NEPM 1999, as amended 2013)
  • Staged approaches site assessment
  • Principles drivers and practice of site assessment
  • How the sampling strategy affects risk assessment
  • Implementation of appropriate Data Quality Objectives (DQOs) i.e., field and laboratory data quality control and quality assurance


Soil, water, and soil gas sampling tools and techniques – By Dr Dawit Bekele

  • Soil and Groundwater Characterization Tools and Techniques
  • Sediment Characterization Tools and Techniques
  • Soil gas vapour and ground gas characterisation tools and techniques
  • Case studies from PSI, DSI to remediation site investigation to illustrate the concepts presented


Groundwater sampling issues – By Dr Sreeni Chadalavada

  • Purge vs no purge;
  • Accounting for seasonal influences especially where groundwater experiences large fluctuations in level within an annual cycle;
  • Where should monitoring well screen be located,
  • Which drilling method should be used


Data analyses including how to compare site data against assessment criteria?
By Dr Sreeni Chadalavada

  • Should depth samples be averaged?
  • Should each data point be compared against assessment criteria, or means, medians, non-parametric methods for aggregating data?


Module-3: Risk Assessment

Duration: 2 weeks
Start Date: 20-7-2020
End Date: 31-7-2020


Site-specific human health risk assessment – By Dr Paul Nathanail

  • basic process and fundamental steps involved in conducting a health risk assessment
  • Exposure assessment
  • Tiered approaches to environmental health risk assessment (EHRA): Qualitative and generic & detailed quantitative risk assessment
  • Role of generic assessment criteria (HILs, and others)


Detailed quantitative risk assessment - By Dr Paul Nathanail

  • Role of bioavailability
  • Plant uptake studies
  • Air monitoring


Ecological risk assessment – By Dr Jill Woodworth  

  • Qualitative
  • Use of EILs
  • Detailed quantitative risk assessment


Module-4: Remediation

Duration: 2 weeks
Start Date: 3-8-2020
End Date: 14-8-2020  


Remediation action plan development – By Scott Warner

  • Evaluation of collected data
  • Consideration of data/CSM to regulatory goals and site protection objectives
  • Remedial Action Plan components and its development
  • Presentation of general remediation techniques-site wise concepts to localised treatment


Remediation techniques and technologies of: - By Scott Warner

  • Soil remediation
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Soil vapour remediation
  • Sediment (i.e marine / wetland) remediation


Remediation in practice – By Scott Warner and Dr Paul Nathanail

  • Economics and net environmental benefit analysis
  • Social license to operate
  • Resilient remediation designs
  • Health and safety at a contaminated site
  • Sustainable remediation
  • Treatment/technology trains


Public participation in decision making – an Australian perspective – By Danielle Torresan

  • Diverse methodologies and principles to appropriate public participation
  • Localism
  • Lawmaking
  • Activism


Public participation in decision making – International perspective – By Dr Paul Nathanail 


Note: There will be quizes and exercises in between and/or at the end of each topic. 



Professor Ravi Naidu


CEO, Managing Director and Chief Scientist, CRC CARE, Australia Global Innovation Chair and Director, Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), University of Newcastle, Australia


Professor Ravi Naidu is the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, and Chief Scientist of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). Professor Naidu was also the Founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR). He has researched environmental contaminants, bioavailability, and remediation for over 25 years and has gained advanced leadership and management experience in environmental sustainability throughout this period. Professor Naidu has co-authored over 500 research articles and technical publications and six patents and co-edited 10 books and over 55 book chapters in the field of soil and environmental sciences. He has also supervised over 30 Ph.D. completions.


Dr Paul Nathanail 
Managing Director, Land Quality Management Ltd, UK


Paul Nathanail is a Chartered Geologist and Specialist in Land Condition (broadly akin to an Auditor) who combines consultancy, research and training in all aspects of risk-based contaminated land management. Paul's team provides tailored training and support to Local Authorities across the UK. Three of his former Master's students now working for local authorities are members, along with Paul, of the national contaminated land expert panel. He is the lead author of the UK standard guide on asbestos in soil and of the UK’s largest compilation of soil screening values. Paul is well known to us here in Australia as a regular contributor to CRC CARE’s CleanUp conferences and was the recipient of a CRC CARE Fellowship. He also delivered the 2017 Brian Robinson Memorial Lecture. 


Mr Scott Warner
Principal Hydrogeologist (Environment & Health) Ramboll, USA


Scott Warner has nearly 30 years’ experience in water resource consulting, development of innovative and sustainable remediation approaches, and business consulting regarding environmental issues. His projects have been located in many parts of the world including North and South America, Australia, Europe and Hong Kong.


Scott has substantial experience providing consultation on regulatory matters and has guided clients through land development and reuse issues. He was the project director and a lead designer for an innovative groundwater remediation system in New York State, USA that received the 2011 National Ground Water Association Outstanding Remediation Award.


Scott has prepared more than 50 publications on the subject of groundwater remediation, hydraulics, and climate change considerations is co-editor of a book on dense non-aqueous phase liquid characterization and remediation published by the American Chemical Society.


Dr Jill Woodworth
Technical Director, Ecotoxicology, SLR Consulting


Jill is a Technical Director – Ecotoxicology with international consulting company SLR. Jill has over 25 years’ experience in the science of ecotoxicology and 35 years’ experience in water quality. Jill has recently been working on developing Australian environmental guidelines for PFOA and PFOS for soils and marine waters. Jill has also been selected as an Independent Technical Reviewer for the revised ANZECC water quality guidelines. Jill provides advice in the areas of integrated environmental assessments, environmental risk assessments, environmental management plans, site-specific trigger values, and developing monitoring programs for the water industry, contaminated sites,
mines, and desalination plants throughout Australia.

Jill has extensive experience in the risk assessments of PFAS contaminated sites while working with a previous employer. In particular:

  • RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Base Learmonth, Harold E Holt Defence Base (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • RAAF Base Oakey, RAAF Base East Sale (Advisor to Technical Assessor)
  • Gold Coast Airport (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • Hunter Water Corporation (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • Metropolitan Fire Board Victoria (Ecological Risk Assessment) 

Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada 

Research Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist, CRC CARE, Australia Conjoint Senior Lecturer, GCER, University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr. Sreenivasulu Chadalavada is Research Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist at CRC CARE. Sreeni is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at GCER, University of Newcastle, Australia. He is responsible for managing the research projects of CRC CARE and conducts research in hydrogeology and mathematical modeling of groundwater flow and pollutant transport. Sreeni’s current research involves developing various models for simulation of contaminant transport in the environment. Sreeni is also currently engaged in teaching Hydrogeology and supervising Masters and Ph.D. students at the University of Newcastle. Sreeni is involved with writing the source codes for developing numerical simulation models which help in the decision making process to manage the contamination.


Dr Dawit Bekele
Research Fellow and Senior Hydrogeologist, GCER, University of Newcastle, Australia

Dawit is a Research Fellow and Senior Hydrogeologist at GCER, the University of Newcastle conducting and directing environmental projects and research in the assessment, remediation, and management of contaminated sites.  He has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental field. Dawit has consulted on various contaminated land investigation and remediation projects and has delivered pragmatic, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.  He is lead soil and groundwater remediation at GCER developing innovative technology for managing contaminated sites.



Dr Joytishna Jit
Research Fellow, Best Practice Policy Program, CRC CARE

Joyti is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and has been responsible for leading or participating in a number of guidance development projects in the Best Practice Policy Program, CRC CARE. She has over 12 years of training and experience as a scientist and policy analyst in the interdisciplinary areas of environmental, social, and legal research. Joyti has published and contributed to national and international technical and policy projects in previous positions held in academia, industry, and inter-governmental organisations. She has qualifications in applied science (BAS), marine management (MA), and law (Ph.D.).


Danielle Torresan
Communications Officer, Lumary

Danielle Torresan has over 15 years of experience in site contamination, including leading the Orphan Site Project Team for the South Australian EPA. In addition to her technical skills, Danielle’s aptitude for communications and engagement saw her working with various stakeholders including political and public, media, PR, and the community. She is currently employed by Lumary, a specialised, enterprise-level tech company. 



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CRC CARE is a partnership of organisations dedicated to developing new ways of dealing with and preventing contamination of soil, water and air including solid and liquid waste management. We focus Australia’s foremost expertise and resources on this issue and develop close links with research partners at the cutting edge in this field around the world.



Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), University of Newcastle, Australia (


The University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within regions throughout Australia and across the globe. The University of Newcastle is recognised as a world-class university with current rankings placing us in the top 3% of universities worldwide.

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