Environmental Forensics

  • 10 - 14 July 2017, Kuala Lumpur
  • 16 - 20 July 2017, Dubai

Course Summary

This course will provide useful information related to a variety a variety of environmental issues including contamination characterization and source determination as well as site remediation.  Any study involving environmental forensics always has a number of basic questions to address:

1) What is the contaminant(s)?

2) What is the source(s)?

3) When did the release occur?

4) Is the contaminant degrading?

There is a wide array of analytical techniques available to address these questions bearing in mind that there may not always be a unique answer for all the questions at every site. This course will discuss the analytical techniques that are available to fingerprint a wide variety of contaminants along with why certain techniques are more appropriate than others and problems that may be encountered with the interpretation of the results. Secondly examples will be provided from a variety of environmental forensic investigations involving a range of contaminants. Issues encountered during these investigations will be discussed. Age dating of contaminants is certainly a topic of interest but certainly cannot be thought of as a precise science at this point in time. Age dating techniques and associated problems will be discussed in this course. The final topic will center around site remediation and how some of the techniques used in topics discussed above can also be used to monitor site cleanup, particularly those sites being remediated by natural attenuation.


Who Should Attend



1) Analytical chemists



2) Engineers



3) Geologists



4) Hydrogeologists


5) Microbiologists


6) Attorneys



7) Regulators




Key Benefits Of Attending This Course

1) How to undertake a forensic investigation rather than a monitoring investigation

2) Utilization of novel analytical techniques

3) How to evaluate data quality and determine good data from bad and useless data.

4)Applications and intepretations

  • Prof. R. Paul Philp



    Prof. R. Paul Philp is a Emeritus Professor in the School of Geology & Geophysics, University of Oklahoma. His research interests are petroleum, environmental and forensic geochemistry with the emphasis on molecular and isotopic characterization of oils, gases, rock extracts and contaminants for the purposes of source determination, characterization of depositional environments, maturity, bio degradation and for correlation purposes. He has published a lot of peer-reviewed papers and has taught a number of petroleum and environmental geochemistry courses in many countries and companies. Some of the reputed companies for which he has conducted trainings are: Petrobras, Saudi Aramco, Petronas, Shengli Oil Field China, Petrovietnam and ONGC