The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course

  • Teacher: Gillian Nielsen and David Nielsen
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Duration:
  • Price: $ 1,295
Certificate:

Must complete all E-Modules

Table of Contents

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Field Equipment Decontamination Procedures for Soil Sampling
Field Quality Assurance/Quality Control Practices for Soil Sampling
Field Sample Analysis Options for Soil Samples
Soil Sample Handling and Shipment
Sampling Event Documentation

Description

Collection of soil samples for volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis is a critical component of environmental investigations at many sites, ranging from service stations and drycleaners to Superfund sites, and at many key stages of site investigations, from initial characterization to remedial design to verification that site closure standards have been met. Traditional soil sample collection and handling methods used for VOCs are subject to significant sources of bias and error that commonly result in gross underestimation of actual sample concentrations. Given the magnitude of the decisions that are made based on these data, the technical and economic impacts of using these sampling methods can be enormous.

This 14-module E-Course covers the topic of soil sampling for VOCs comprehensively. The first 3 modules of the course set the stage for the remainder of the course by covering the science behind soil sampling, including the importance of developing an understanding of the heterogeneity of subsurface materials and the physical and chemical properties of soil samples (and any contaminants in the samples), how samples should be collected and handled to preserve these properties, how traditional sampling methods can result in significant sources of error in field and lab analyses, and how more up-to-date sampling methods provide much higher confidence in sample analytical results. Also addressed are the limitations of conventional site characterization approaches, the economic and technical advantages of using accelerated/expedited site characterization, and how to determine how many soil borings and samples are enough to satisfy site-specific sampling program objectives.

The remainder of this E-Course focuses on operation and use of a variety of soil sampling equipment (from hand augers and push-tubes to direct-push and sonic drilling, including numerous ASTM standards on soil sample collection methods); proper use of US EPA Method 5035B for soil sample collection and preservation (volumetric methods and chemical preservation methods); soil sample description and handling in the field; field sample analysis options for VOCs in soil samples; field equipment decontamination procedures; implementation of field quality assurance/quality control protocols to ensure both precision and accuracy in soil sampling events; soil sample handling and shipment; and documentation of environmental sampling events to ensure defensibility of data.

In the field video portions of these modules, students learn how to collect soil samples using direct-push, hollow-stem auger and sonic drilling methods; how to describe and handle soil samples in the field; how to properly clean soil sampling equipment; how to collect quality control samples for soil; how to use headspace and extraction methods to analyze samples for VOCs in the field; and how to correctly use the volumetric sampling methods and chemical preservation/extraction methods required by U.S. EPA Method 5035B for collection and preservation of soil samples for VOC analysis.

Students will be able to immediately apply information provided in this course to field projects where VOCs are of concern and, in doing so, should significantly improve the quality of data generated during soil investigations so sound decisions can be made in a cost-effective manner.

Total CEUs for This E-Course: 15.2 CEUs

Price

Plan Name Price
5 Weeks (includes Study Guide with shipping to the continental US, AK and HI only): $ 1430
5 Weeks (includes Study Guide with shipping fees, duty, border and customs documents, taxes and other fees to addresses outside the continental US, AK and HI): $ 1590
1 Month (no Study Guide included): $ 1295

Teacher

Gillian Nielsen and David Nielsen

GillGWSGillian Nielsen is Vice President of Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc. the parent company of The Nielsen Environmental E-School and The Nielsen Environmental Field School. 

She is also Chairman of the International Certification Program for Environmental Samplers and Specialists.  She has 36 years of International experience as an environmental and ground-water consultant and trainer.  During her professional career she has developed, managed and implemented ground-water monitoring and sampling programs, soil gas monitoring investigations, multimedia environmental sampling programs, RCRA compliance audits, environmental site assessments and remediation programs at hazardous and non-hazardous waste sites in the U.S. and Canada. She has also played a key role in the development and management of corporate standard operating procedures as well as health and safety procedures and policies. 

Gillian specializes in developing and instructing a wide variety of field practice-oriented training programs for private industry, consulting firms, state and Federal regulatory agencies, universities, professional and trade associations. She has lectured extensively and taught hundreds of field courses on the topics of ground-water monitoring and sampling, environmental sampling and field sample analysis, design and implementation of soil gas investigations and RCRA compliance throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, England, Guatemala, Mexico and Australia. Gillian also conducts 8-hour health and safety refresher training courses for clients across the U.S. who are involved in environmental contamination investigation and remediation projects. In addition to training, she works closely with industry and consulting firms as a consultant conducting audits of field investigation activities, negotiating with PRPs and regulatory agencies, developing corporate standard operating procedures and health and safety plans and providing technical reviews of site investigation reports. She also works closely with environmental instrumentation companies in the evaluation of new equipment and in development of new instrumentation. 

Gillian was a 16-year member of the Editorial Board of Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and a member of the ASTM Subcommittee D-18.21 task group on ground-water sampling. She is the recipient of Ground Water Publishing Company's Outstanding Service Award for her work on the editorial board of the journal Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and has received several Standards Development Awards from ASTM. She has authored a number of scientific papers and written many ASTM Standards dealing with ground-water sampling, soil-gas monitoring, field analysis of environmental samples, and field decontamination procedures, and was a contributing author for first (1991) and second (2006) editions of The Practical Handbook of Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring as well as Technical Guidance on Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and Minimum- Purge Sampling (2002). She is also a co-editor and contributing author of the text The Essential Handbook of Ground-Water Sampling, published in January 2007. Gillian frequently provides technical reviews of state and Federal regulatory agency technical guidance documents. Gillian holds B.Sc. degrees in geography (hydrology) and biology (aquatic) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario Canada.

gwm2David M. Nielsen is President of Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc., the parent company of The Nielsen Environmental E-School and The Nielsen Environmental Field School.  He is a Certified Professional Geologist (AIPG #5040), a Professional Hydrogeologist (AIH #991), a Certified Ground-Water Professional (AGWSE #179) and a Certified/Licensed/Registered Professional Geologist in 7 states (AK, AR, DE, FL, IN, SC, TX). He has 39 years of experience in ground-water and environmental consulting, training and research. He has managed ground-water contamination investigations, environmental site assessments, ground-water monitoring and sampling programs, petroleum hydrocarbon spill investigations and remedial projects across the U.S.  David was one of the primary instructors for Princeton Groundwater's Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Course for 12 years, and he has also developed curriculum for and instructed: undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses in ground-water science at Wright State University; Technology Transfer workshops on Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring and Sampling for the U.S. EPA; and Waste Management, Inc.'s Landfill University; and a one-year Hydrogeologic Training Program for the Environmental Response Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He has instructed more than 500 ground water and environmental science short courses and workshops for consulting firms, regulatory agencies, industrial concerns, the Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, trade and professional organizations, educational institutes and universities in the U.S., England, Canada, Australia, Guatemala and Mexico. 

David is former Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee D-18.21 on Ground-Water and Vadose Zone Investigations, a consultant to the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board, a member of the U.S. Department of Defense SERDP/ESTCP Peer Review Panel, and an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy National Advanced Drilling and Excavation Technology Program. He is the editor and a contributing author for The Practical Handbook of Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring (First and Second Editions; 1991 and 2006), The Essential Handbook of Ground-Water Sampling (2007) and Technical Guidance on Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and Minimum-Purge Sampling (2002). He is also an active member of AIPG, the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, the American Institute of Hydrology and the Association of Engineering Geologists. He served for 12 years as Editor of Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and served for 12 years on the Wright State University Geology Department's Board of Counselors. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in geology from Miami University (1974) and Bowling Green State University (1977) respectively. Prior to co-founding the Nielsen Environmental Field School and Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc., he managed regional offices for two geoscientific and engineering consulting firms, served as director of research and education for the National Ground Water Association and worked for state environmental agencies in Massachusetts, West Virginia and Ohio.

David has also written guidance documents on direct-push technology and ground-water sampling for the U.S. EPA Superfund program, and reviewed dozens of technical reports for the U.S. EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, The Outstanding Achievement Award of ASTM, and a 4-time recipient of ASTM's Special Service Award.

Courses by this teacher

Name Level Release Date
The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Certification) 12/28/2016 02:08:34
The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
The Environmental Sampling E-Course(Without the Option for Certification) 12/31/2016 21:23:54
The Environmental Sampling E-Course (With the Option for Certification) 12/31/2016 21:23:54
MA LSP-1034A: The EnvironmentalSampling E-Course 12/31/2016 21:23:54
The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course (With Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course (With Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1039A: The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course (With Option for Certification) 12/28/2016 02:08:34
MA LSP-1571: The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
MA LSP-1035A: The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1039A: The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1574: The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1201A: The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-348E: The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-067E: The Environmental Sampling E-Course 12/31/2016 21:23:54
CT LEP-227E: The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-069E: The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-065-224E: The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-094E: The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-068E: The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
SS-09 Selection and Use of Soil Sampling Equipment – Part 1 01/29/2017 22:03:52
SS-15 Soil Sample Collection, Description & Handling in the Field -- Describing Soil Samples in the Field (Part 2); Handling Soil Samples in the Field 01/29/2017 22:03:52
SS-17 Sampling Event Documentation 01/29/2017 22:03:52
The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course (With Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
Viewed
Duration
Level
Field Equipment Decontamination Procedures for Soil Sampling
Field Quality Assurance/Quality Control Practices for Soil Sampling
Field Sample Analysis Options for Soil Samples
Soil Sample Handling and Shipment
Sampling Event Documentation