13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on

Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources

9–12 June 2015 • Copenhagen, Denmark

Ramboll – a leading environment consultancy


Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. We employ 12,300 experts and have a strong presence in the Nordics, North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and India, supplemented by a significant representation in Asia, Australia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. With almost 300 offices in 35 countries, we emphasise local experience combined with a global knowledge-base, and we work across the following markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting.

By combining resources across geographic boundaries and technical and scientific disciplines, we provide clients with the best, most responsive teams – whether responding to existing challenges, evaluating opportunities to improve performance or seeking to reduce future liabilities.

We acknowledge that our solutions depend on the creativity, insight and integrity of the people within our organisation. Therefore, we empower the people within our organisation and believe in their inherent abilities, embrace their individual differences and enable them to work in multi-talented teams to produce inspired solutions. As a result of this, people in Ramboll are given an opportunity to achieve greater insight and increase their own potential. After all, consultancy is about individuals assisting others in reaching the optimal solutions.


Merge with Environ has led to new business units

Recently, the US based environment consultancy Environ became a part of Ramboll which led to the establishment of two new business units within Environment & Health and Water, respectively. The new business units have 2,700 employees working across 128 offices in 26 countries.

Within soil, sediment and resources, we are in front with the newest knowledge and technology built on extensive experience with water resources management, site surveys, risk assessments, remediation and development of thousands of contaminated sites. We develop scientifically defensible sediment quality guidelines (SQGs), sediment management goals and achievable remediation performance standards. We also use both screening-level and detailed assessment techniques to evaluate chemical, biological and habitat conditions and to identify issues affecting different management options.


Site Solutions

Ramboll engineers, geologists and scientists deliver value-added, site-specific solutions that address all aspects of the remediation process — from site investigation and feasibility studies to risk assessment, remedy selection, remedial design and construction management to site reuse.

At the forefront of green and sustainable remediation, our innovative thinking and turnkey solutions have been applied successfully to thousands of industrial, mining, development and hazardous waste sites around the world. We have established an unsurpassed reputation with both public- and private-sector clients and regulators around the world for achieving cost-effective site closure.

Ramboll has extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive site evaluations. We harness a complete range of field services to identify the nature and extent of substances of potential concern in soil, sediments, surface water, groundwater and building systems. Our tiered, risk-based approach ensures focused, cost-effective site investigations. Our skills in collecting, interpreting and managing site data complement our capabilities in fate and transport modeling and health risk assessment, enabling our investigators not only to evaluate the current status of site contamination, but also to provide valuable input into the development of site-specific, risk-based remediation goals.










Site-Specific Risk Assessment

We have been at the forefront of environmental, human health and ecological risk assessment for more than 30 years. We draw on experts in the toxicological, biological and physical-chemical principles underlying the risk assessment process, as well as on experts in conducting exposure assessments, enabling us to apply innovative, scientifically defensible risk assessment and management to:


• Optimize the scope of work for site investigations

• Quickly and conservatively identify potential problem areas and provide early estimates of the nature and magnitude of problems

• Reduce unnecessary data collection

• Focus efforts where the greatest gains in risk reduction can be achieved


Ramboll's interdisciplinary approach to site remediation helps clients manage the complex and interrelated issues that drive remedial decisions. Reflecting our commitment to be at the forefront of remediation technology, we are integrally involved in a valuable innovation in site management—sustainable remediation. When engineering a solution, we consider ultimate site risk-reduction goals, risk management during implementation, management of long-term risk and future liabilities, and the short- and long-term costs of various alternatives. We have applied formal decision and probabilistic cost analysis techniques to consider the effects of uncertain cost components on the overall cost of alternative remedies.

Remediation strategies for site closure have undergone a significant paradigm shift. Once the exclusive domain of energy-intensive, mechanically driven processes, passive strategies such as in situ bioremediation, chemical oxidation and chemical reduction are emerging as integral remediation tools. The growing use of remedy optimization strategies and innovative diagnostic tools is advancing these processes to facilitate more rapid site closure. Ramboll integrates our experience with streamlined risk assessment methods, conventional and innovative remediation design, process optimization and diagnostic tool development to achieve cost-effective remedies leading to faster site closures.


Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA)

NEBA demonstrates the positive and negative impacts on natural resource services associated with a remedial action relative to the incremental changes in risk. In some cases, for example, a proposed remedial action or reuse alternative may destroy or significantly degrade the ecological landscape, yet achieve little or no reduction in ecological or human health risk. In simpler terms, a NEBA can be used to determine, for each alternative considered, whether the detrimental impacts of the remedy outweigh the benefits.

Ramboll develops cost-effective, risk-based approaches to the evaluation, remediation and redevelopment of landfills and former industrial or hazardous waste facilities to return the land to productive use. We work with site developers to find the optimum approach to managing soil and groundwater risks in the context of the proposed land use, and have successfully negotiated these integrated risk management strategies with regulatory agencies. Our sustainable approach to brownfield redevelopment plans provides long-term economic and socio-economic benefits for the client and the community.


Site Decommissioning and Demolition

Site decommissioning and closure is a complex, highly regulated process. Ramboll works with clients to manage the process of decommissioning sites to mitigate risks to the environment, while also attaining the best value for the plant, equipment and the land itself. We assist with tender document preparation, supervision of site decommissioning work, and preparation of supporting information to achieve regulatory closure.

Ramboll provides consulting services, expert testimony, strategic advice and technical litigation support to clients. We have worked on many seminal environmental, toxic tort and product liability cases. We recognize the importance of well-reasoned expert opinions based on defensible science, rigorous analysis and an intimate understanding of environmental practice, policy and regulation.










Source: Ramboll

Source: Ramboll

Source: Ramboll

Source: Ramboll

Version: 20 April 2015