National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance - Identification and Assessment Professional Short Course
The Environmental Analysis Laboratory and Southern Cross GeoScience are offering a short course for professionals responsible for assessing and managing acid sulfate soils, in accordance with the National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance (2018).
The program is designed for professionals such as consultants, engineers, contractors, scientists, environmental officers and planners.
The course includes a series of presentations from leading academics and practitioners, practical exercises examining real-life examples and a field excursion to local acid sulfate soil sites. The training program follows the five stages required in a full acid sulfate soil investigation process. It is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess acid sulfate soils in a variety of landscapes. Participants should note the course is specifically designed for professionals with at least a basic understanding of the issues.
The course will be led by Dr Nick Ward and Graham Lancaster, co-authors of these national guidance documents. Leading researchers Professors Ed Burton and Scott Johnston (SCGS), and practitioners including Nadia Toppler (EAL), Dr Dave Morand (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage), Michael Wood (Michael Wood and Associates) and Dr Mark Rosicky (SCGS), experienced in the identification and assessment of acid sulfate soil materials, will also help deliver the course.
The course has now run four times over the past year to positive review:
“Presenters were well educated and knowledgeable on ASS but were good at communicating the science and legislation. I originally thought it was a bit expensive but after attending the course it is good value for money!”
“Having people from labs, unis, regulators and consultants made for many different views which was helpful. The calculations were also very useful!”
“Quality technical and practical course.”
“The course was well presented with great content. Will be requesting others from my team attend future sessions."
"Thank you so much for a very informative course. Learnt lots! Will be in contact with you as questions come up."
Due to COVID related border closures, the October course in Perth has been re-scheduled for 17-18 March, 2022. The course costs $1500 (including GST). Early bird tickets are now available at $1400 (including GST) if paid by 13 February, 2022. Places are limited to 30 participants per course. Please register interest to secure a place for the Perth course.
A Gold Coast course is now being advertised for 12-13 May, 2022. The early bird tickets for this course are available until 17 April, 2022. The register of interest is now open for the Gold Coast course.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending the Perth or Gold Coast courses.
Day 1: Introduction to acid sulfate soils and the new national guidance documents for identification and sampling
The first day covers the issue of acid sulfate soils: what they are, where they exist and why they are important to manage. The implications of the new National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance on assessment of these materials is discussed. The process of desktop assessment and sampling is examined.
A field excursion to local acid sulfate soil sites will demonstrate appropriate techniques for sampling acid sulfate soil materials.
Day 2: Laboratory assessment, using the new national guidance documents, and management of acid sulfate soil materials
The second day examines the use of laboratory assessment of acid sulfate soil materials and the reporting of Net Acidity. A practical exercise on interpreting the results of field and laboratory analysis will include calculating an acid base account and liming requirements. Management options will be outlined for acid sulfate soil materials where disturbance is unavoidable. An overview and management of monosulfidic black ooze (MBO) accumulations in waterways and wetlands will also be provided.