The remediation of contaminated sites is essential to enable many landowners to manage liability and create value. Using innovative techniques can create significant cost savings. This symposium will show the science behind the techniques and the successes achieved in different industries.

Our international research and development department with top experts in the field make it possible for us to provide a variety of techniques.

RSK will present the newest techniques for biological and other types of remediation with the support of international expert speakers from

·     HMVT

·     SGS’s competence centre for PFOS/PFAS in Antwerp

·     GreenSoil

·     iFLUX

·     CSU Ventures (Colorado State University, E-flux technology)

·     RemedX.

The moderator of this event will be Prof. dr. ir. Willy Verstraete, an internationally recognised environmental specialist. Since 2014, Professor Verstraete has been on the list of highly cited researchers, as several of his papers are in the top 1% most cited papers in his field. He is also an inspired speaker, so we are proud to have him as our event moderator.


08:30–09:00  Welcome with coffee and cake
09:00–09:20  Welcome by Nigel Board, RSK Europe and Stefan Bangels, RSK Benelux
09:20–09:40  Introduction by Professor Verstraete


09:40–10:00  PFAS source area contamination, investigation and remediation by Paul Verhaagen, HMVT
10:00–10:20  PFAS compound approach, actual status: Do’s and don’ts by Luc De Ren, SGS
10:20–10:40  PFAS in Germany – Knowledge and research needs by Michael Schubert, RSK Germany
10:40–11:00  Break

Biological treatment

11:00–11:30   Proven biological treatment to remediate MTBE/TBA and other exotic contaminants such as phthalates, dioxane and chloroform, Martin Slooijer and John Dijk, GreenSoil
11:30–11:50  Petroleum natural source zone depletion (NSZD): Geochemical processes and measurement methodologies to quantify natural attenuation at refineries, depots, etc. by Julio Zimbron, E-flux
11:50–12:10  A new technology to determine the mass flux of an existing contamination: An important tool in the risk assessment of MNA by Tim Op ‘t Eyndt and Goedele Verreydt, iFlux
12:10–12:30  Agfa-Gevaert (BE): 40,000 t soil: >99,5 % concentration reduction; complete biological treatment (soil, water and air) by Marijke Van Camp, RSK Benelux
12:30–13:30  Lunch

Remediation techniques

13:30–13:50  In situ steam-enhanced DPE for the removal of high viscosity oils – UK by Felipe Couto, RemedX
13:50–14:10 New technology to remediate high concentrations of heavy metals (up to 1 million ppb) for cost saving of €1.2–7 by Véronique Christoffels, RSK Europe
14:10–14:30 Behaviour of LNAPLs or statistical tools to predict the end of remediation, by Lars Van Passel, RSK Benelux
14:30–14:50 Environmental forensics: oil spill – When you need to be sure (source–contaminant relation) by Arnout Laureys, SGS
14:50–15:00   Break

Examples of successful remediation projects

15:00–15:20 Grassmoor tar lagoons remediation (biological treatment), UK, for cost savings of more than €10 million by Pete Findon, RemedX
15:20–15:40  Remediation of a CrVI and CAH groundwater plume with an area of 70 ha under 150 houses by injecting molasses – 15 years later by Alex Ectors, RSK Benelux
15:40–16:00  Reducing costs by quantifying natural source zone depletion processes in risk-based remediation by Michael Schubert, RSK Germany
16:00–16:20 An innovative approach to SVE remediation, France by Felipe Couto, RemedX
16:20–16:40 Summary by Prof Verstraete
16:40–17:00  Final words by Nigel Board and Stefan Bangels
17:00–19:00 Networking event with drinks and appetisers

The conference costs €100 to attend; details are included on the booking form. Places are limited but your reservation is guaranteed once payment is received.

A certificate of attendance will be issued after the conference that can be used as evidence of continuing professional development with agreement from your member organisation.