2020 Environmental Site Assessment Field School


2020 ESA Field School

Keltech Environmental Ltd.'s 2020 Environmental Site Assessment Field School. The Field School has been designed for the environmental professional and the curriculum will cover a variety of topics that are critical to you and your field staff. Participation will prepare you and your staff with the fundamentals to collect better data as part of your environmental site assessment investigations. 

Please contact Keltech for more information and group registration.  

This is a module based program, so participants can either register for the entire course or select modules.  Please email allan@keltechenviro.com for more information

Course Content

  • General Site Safety and Investigation Planning Considerations: Planning a successful and safe investigation.
  • Utility Locates: The importance of how to do it well, and the risks if you don’t.
  • Borehole Drilling Methods: A review of the most common drilling methods, the pros and cons of each method, and a demonstration using a truck mounted drill rig during a field module; 
  • Test Pit Excavation: The pros and cons, how to be safe, and best practices for logging your findings;
  • Monitoring Well and Vapour Probe Installations: Learn about best practices, and observe the complete installation of both during a field module;
  • Soil and Stockpile Sampling Methods: Best practices for collecting quality soil samples, bulk soil characterization and soil headspace vapour screening techniques;
  • Soil Logging, Description and Characterization: Based on ASTM Unified Soil Description Method. Get hands-on experience identifying fine grained soils and their behavior;
  • Groundwater Sampling Techniques: Review types of water quality monitoring equipment, learn equipment care and calibration procedures. Observe demonstrations and hand-on practice setting up and collecting quality water samples from on Site monitoring wells using inertial foot-valve pump, peristaltic pump, and bladder pump methods;
  • Soil Vapour Sampling Techniques: Observe and practice vapour sampling from both an installed vapour probe and a sub-slab installation. Learn about and observe a vapour probe integrity test using helium leak tracer test method.
  • Hydraulic Response Testing: Learn about hydraulic response testing and complete a falling and rising head test in the field (slug test).
  • Sample Handling and Laboratory Practices: A guest speaker will provide some insider information about laboratory practices and analytical methods for common sample analysis. 

Course Schedule

You will spend mornings in the classroom learning the technical and theoretical aspects of environmental field investigations and afternoons putting that information to use and quite literally “getting very hands-on field experience”. 

Qualified and Experienced Trainers

In the classroom you will learn from highly qualified, experienced professionals who have completed countless environmental and geotechnical field investigations and you will gain valuable hands-on experience during the field components of the Field School. 


Demonstrations of utility locating and field training in the areas of assessing and clearing your Site for hazards and underground utilities. Safe practices while working around and proper soil sampling techniques from an operational drill rig. Practice soil logging and soil description as it is collected by the drillers and get to observe and practice operating and collecting groundwater samples using a variety of different sampling pump equipment. Observe how to assess the integrity of a soil vapour probe, use of field screening equipment, and collection of a vapour sample.

Course Dates and Location

Dates: September 22, 23 and 24, 2020

Location: Kelowna, BC