Study visit at a brownfield

Published: 5 September 2017

Lokstallarna, the decommissioned marshalling yard in Luleå center is part of a hundred year old railway history but may also an example of potential industrial sins that need to be further investigated. Students from the civil engineering program Natural Resources Engineering got the chance to assist to an environmental survey at the site including soil and groundwater sampling and installation of groundwater pipes will a drill rig.

The consulting company Ramböll has been commissioned to investigate possible contamination of both groundwater and soil, to increase knowledge about the site.

Christian Maurice is a university lecturer at Luleå University of Technology Photo: Richard Renberg
Christian Maurice, second from right, is a university lecturer at Luleå University of Technology, but also employed at the consulting company Ramböll. Photo: Richard Renberg

"Knowing if and to what extent the area is polluted may be necessary to take measures to reduce spreading and possibly find ways to clean the area. One common way is simply to transport the polluted soil  and place it on landfill, if a delineated area can be identified. Another method may be to contain potential pollutant withinthe area", says Christian Maurice, Senior Lecturer at Luleå University of Technology.

During this study visit, the students were involved in both drilling in soil and sampling of groundwater with various types of equipment.

"The test results will be assessed and a possible further measures  will be taken during this fall," concludes Christian Maurice.

Christian Maurice

Maurice, Christian - Associate Professor

Organisation: Soil Mechanics, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491755
Room: F1034 - Luleå»