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Training course review

The Van Walt Limited Environmental Soil and Groundwater Research Training Course, has been held since 2003.

These intensive two day courses cover many aspects including sampling of soil and groundwater for volatiles and non volatiles, installation of monitoring wells, measuring of acidity and conductivity, redox and dissolved oxygen, sampling for soil gas, sediment and soil moisture…

Delegates are from many different areas within the United Kingdom and Europe and include:

ALcontrol Laboratories, Alpha Environmental Ltd, Amec, Arcadis Geraghty & Miller, Ashdown Site Investigation, Atkins, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Bodycote Al Futtaim UAE, Bourne Community College, Brunel University, BWB Consulting, Capita Symonds Ltd, Cleantec Restoration Services, Complete Tank Solutions, Concept Site Investigations, Costain, DEC Associates, DSTL, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Envirocentre Ltd, Environmental Efficiency Consultants Ltd Ireland, ESI, First Environment Ltd, Fluor Limited, GEA Welltech Sweden, Geoffrey Walton Practice, Geotechnics Ltd, Grontmij, Groundsure Ltd, Halcrow Group Limited, Health Protection Agency, Hill Burn Ltd., Hyder Consulting, Ian Farmer Associates, IGER, Institute of Naval Medicine, Inverclyde Council, JBA Consulting, Knight Environmental Ltd, Liverpool University, Lloyds Environmental, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, McHugh Consultants, Marcus Hodges Environment, Merebrook Projects Ltd, Mitchellson Formwork & Civil Engineering Ltd, MWH Belgium, Nexia Solutions, Norfolk Partnership Laboratory, Norwest Holst, OES Consulting, OSRL EARL, Queen Mary University, Research Institute for Soil Science Romania, Sanctus Limited, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Scott Wilson Ltd, Selby District Council, Sellafield Ltd, SEPA, Serco TA&S, Soil Environment Services Ltd, South Gloucestershire Council, Spill Go, UKAEA, University College Dublin, University College of Northampton, University of Leeds, University of Portsmouth, URS Corporation, Vector Environmental Services, White Young Green, WRC Swindon, WSP Remediation, Wycombe District Council.

What they say about the course:

  • "Overall the course was excellent and lecturers very knowledgeable and experienced." - Philip Purdie, Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • "Excellent" - Claire Betts, Mitchellson Formwork & Civil Eng Ltd
  • "Excellent overview of environmental sampling, risk assessment & remediation" - David Abiorwerth, Wycombe District Council
  • "Best course I've been on in years" - Chris Taylor, London Borough of Brent
  • "Inspiring" - Jon Roberts, Concept Site Investigations
  • "Relevant, interesting, useful" - Brecan Mooney, White, Young Green, Ireland
  • "Spot-on" - Matthew Cleece, Complete Tank Solutions
  • ‘Superb’  - Liam Doherty, WRC Swindon
  • ‘Excellent, nice people ... talented and committed.’  - Stuart Berwick, Norfolk Partnership Laboratory
  • ‘Great refresher in sampling techniques and source of information with regards to remediation techniques’  - Matthew Penny, Halcrow Group Ltd
  • ‘… I saw this training course as an opportunity to refresh, but also build upon my current knowledge. I particularly hoped to develop skills that were more appropriate to the business rather than academic field. I found the course to meet all my expectations, and more, having already identified areas in our approach that require updating and improvement… I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to all current and future employees throughout my career. I see these new found skills to provide me with a sound base for environmental research for many years to come...’ - J. Webster (Environmental Consultant), Capita Symonds
  • ‘I am a reasonably experience site investigation worker… On this course I was able to learn how to refine the techniques that I already use in site investigations and also gained a considerable amount of new practical information that will help me in my career ahead. With excellent lecturers and support staff taking the course in the pleasant surroundings of VanWalt base in the south-east of England, I can thoroughly recommend this course to those who are starting out in environmental sampling and those who have a few years experience under their belt.’ - M.O. Ross, (Environmental scientist), Nexia Solutions
  • ‘…The course had a very good mix of theory sessions backed up by practical sessions, which would be useful for consultants with all levels of knowledge, from the inexperienced to the very experienced, everyone should be made to take this course. I found everyone at Van Walt very kind and very helpful and will certainly be recommending the course to my colleagues...’  - L. Fuller, (environmental consultant), GroundSure Ltd
  • ‘Should have done it months ago ....’  - Nick Tomlin, Alpha Environmental
  • ‘Well constructed and informative with amusing Dutch variations of some English!’  - Sean Gregory, Merebrook Science & Environment
  • ‘I really enjoyed the course and learned a great deal. The staff at Van Walt made me feel welcome and the food/drinks were perfect.’  - Toby Smith, Health Protection Agency
  • ‘Time well spent!’  - Alexa Gray, Sanctus Limited
  • ‘Superb in-depth review.’  - Stephen Guy, Alpha Environmental

Further info: Tel: +44 (0)1428 661660
Fax: +44 (0)1428 656808
E-mail: vincent@vanwalt.com