CPD Module 4 - Introduction to Soil Logging

 Finally, back to hands on learning with real soil and real people!

Who should attend:

 This module will target all professionals within the contaminated land industry (ideally 0-4 years experience) completing intrusive soil investigations.



 The objective of this module is to provide an introduction to soil logging to Australian and USCS standards via both theory and practical (hands-on) sessions and provide confidence and calibration to field staff completing intrusive assessments.

At the end of the session your staff should:

  • Gain an understanding of Melbourne lithology and expected soils types.
  • Become familiar with the relevant Australian and USCS guidance documents for soil logging (AS1726:2017)
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of soil logging parameters (e.g. colour, consistency, grain size, moisture, in situ condition, structure) and associated field tests commonly used in the field and laboratory
  • Identify common anthropogenic inclusions, odours, staining

The session will be presented by:

Temma Carruthers-Taylor (EESI) has a background in geology and landscape science from ANU and a PhD in soil science from Monash University, with 6 years’ experience in teaching and tutoring soil knowledge. Recently, she has joined the contaminated land industry and worked on a variety of projects in VIC.  

Geordie McMillan (EESI) has 20 years’ experience in contaminated land and groundwater, primarily in consulting in VIC, NSW, ACT and QLD. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Site Contamination) with experience in gasworks, mining and resources, acid sulfate soils, urban renewal and remediation contracting.


Date:     Thursday 22 April 2021

Time:    3-7pm (which includes time for refreshments and discussion)

Venue:  Environmental Earth Sciences International (EESI), Level 1, 98 Maribyrnong Street Footscray Vic 3011

Cost:     $220

(Class size maximum of 20)

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