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As award winning specialists in environmental chemistry, PSK can undertake soil testing and water sampling analysis to deliver science based solutions for your next project.

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Soil Testing Experts

PSK are experts in soil testing and provide assessments and testing for your project. Here are some common questions.

There are many different types of soil testing with the desired objective being the determining factor in which type of testing is appropriate. The PSK team ensure that we understand the question so that an individualised soil testing program can be developed that will get the best results for our clients.

At PSK, we soil test for many purposes, including, but not limited to, Acid Sulfate Soils, contaminated land and land resource use.

Contacting a professional that has the necessary qualifications and experience to assess your soil is the best place to start.  Such professionals include Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) and Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS).  From there, the professionals can conduct a desktop assessment of your site, review your proposed works on site and develop a scope of works to undertake soil sampling and assessment in accordance with the legislation and industry best practices.

Information on how soils are classified is readily available online and in libraries for free and DIY soil pH kits can be purchased for a small price from hardware and landscaping stores. These options are suitable for activities such as home gardening but for more complex issues pertaining to Acid Sulfate Soils, contaminated land and land resources, a specialist needs to be engaged.

Testing soils is imperative to understanding the nature of your soils. Testing helps to determine the properties and chemistry of soil. At times, soil testing may be unavoidable. To comply with legislation, lots that are listed on the Environmental Management Register and Contaminated Land Register (EMR/CLR) may require soil testing prior to developing or changing the land use of the lot. Similarly, development in low-lying areas that are likely to contain acid sulfate soils may also trigger an investigation to meet the relevant Queensland legislation. Soil tests are also required when carrying out a land resource assessment to evaluate whether land listed as strategic cropping land actually meets the determining criteria.

Soil testing may also be needed to establish baseline levels of soil chemistry for due diligence purposes. In this instance, an assessment may not be triggered by legislation but may be in the best interest of the owner to understand a site before purchasing or developing a site.

Soil testing can be costly; therefore, it is important to contact a professional environmental consultant so that a targeted test program can be developed and excess cost be avoided.

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We are a friendly, professional and dedicated team of consultants. Our Principal Consultant is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) and is complemented by a team of Environmental Scientists, Environmental Engineers, Project Managers and Support Staff. We are experts in Acid Sulfate Soils and can assist with your soil testing and management needs.

With extensive experience in research and consultancy, you can trust us to deliver the best outcome on your next project.

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AWARD WINNING CONSULTANCY

2020 ALGA industry Award. Photo of Dr Silvana Santomartino who won Outstanding Contribution by an Individual. expert in Soil testing and Acid Sulfate Soils

Founding Director, Dr Silvana Santomartino was awarded the 2020 Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) Annual Industry Excellence Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’.

Silvana was recognised for her work in Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS), specifically for advancing the knowledge of peers in industry and at universities, for working with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) to advance improvements to the ASS guidelines and for her decade-long contribution, with respect to ASS and groundwater treatment and management, on the Parallel Runway Project at the Brisbane Airport.

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Brisbane Airport Parallel Runway

As part of the duplication of Brisbane Airport’s existing runway, PSK was commissioned to undertake a detailed environmental impact assessment to develop methods to treat acid sulfate soils when impacted by Asbestos Containing Material.

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The development of infrastructure is critical to meet the demands of a growing population and economy. In our control is the ability to protect the environment so that it can continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. For over eight years, Australian companies and Government departments have entrusted PSK Environmental with land and water preservation.

If you think we might be able to help you, call us today.

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“If you require assistance with contaminated land assessment you can’t go past the team PSK Environmental. They are very knowledgeable and always a pleasure to deal with.”

Mark SwaffieldMark Swaffield , Area Sales Manager / Business Development, REMONDIS Australia

“Thank you for your patience and hard work in getting the contamination works over the line. I know it’s not been the easiest project but PSK have been excellent to work with.”

Tom HallewellTom Hallewell, Associate, Civil Team Leader, Arup Melbourne