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Technical Paper: Assessing the reliability and the cost-effectiveness of routine site investigation

Paul D. Taylor, Michael H. Ramsey, and Katy A. Boon, Department of Biology and Environmental Science School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, and Joe Kelly, STConsult. This paper was first published in GE’s August 2007 issue.


A two-year research project, on cost-effective investigation of contaminated land, aimed to demonstrate that recently developed techniques can be applied to routine commercial investigations of contaminated land to assess and improve the reliability of the measurements taken. These techniques also match the expenditure on the investigation to the specific technical and financial circumstances of that particular site. This paper aims to show how these can be easily implemented during any commercial site investigation (SI) and to highlight their benefits.

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