Winners of the NICOLE Technology Award 2012 “Innovative
solutions for soil monitoring”
For more than 15 years NICOLE, the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe, has been the pre-eminent European open platform for industry and business 
to share good practice for contaminated land management and to collaborate on developing better solutions. NICOLE launched its 2012 Technology Award on “Innovative Solutions for Soil Monitoring” with the aim stimulating engineers and scientists to submit technical
innovations that can contribute to an improved practice for contaminated land monitoring and verification of remediation performance. The three winning
entries received their prizes on 14 June 2012 at NICOLE’s 2012 spring workshop in Baden-Baden, Germany. Entries were judged by a NICOLE jury based on their innovation, potential contribution to cost savings, technical applicability and plans for communication
and market availability. The 2012 Award was won by a project funded by the French Agency of Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) called Pollution Investigation by Trees (PIT).
PIT is an International research project led by Environment International with HPC Envirotec, Sévêque Environnement, Cabinet Conseil Blondel, Exponent
and Triassic Technology. Trees act as proxy-recorders of their current and past environmental exposures. These phytoforensic methods allow to delineate
and map plumes, as well as to age date past pollution events. The project develops the use of phytoscreening and dendrochemical applications at polluted sites.
Second prize was awarded to the company Berghof (Tübingen, Germany) and the University of Stuttgart (VEGAS) in Germany for the Thermo-Flowmeter System.
This is designed to detect vertical flow in ground water observation wells and to measure profiles of the hydraulic conductivity in aquifers. The third prize was awarded to VITO and partners for a site and receptor specific risk management approach for groundwater pollution, called the Contaminant
Mass Flux (CMF) approach. This uses in situ measurements of contaminant mass flux using the recently developed Passive Flux Meter technology. More information about the winning entries can be found on
Posted: 19/06/2012 By: Professor Paul Bardos