Preliminary Site Investigations in Victoria


Preliminary Site Investigations

Embarking on a construction or development project requires a solid foundation, and this begins with a thorough understanding of your site's conditions.

This is where the importance of a preliminary site investigation (PSI) becomes evident. A PSI is a critical step in assessing the viability of your project and avoiding unexpected site conditions, compliance requirements and subsequent impacts to timelines and cost.

It involves a comprehensive preliminary site investigation, ensuring that potential issues, from soil quality to risks posed to off-site neighbours are considered.

This initial phase helps in painting a broad yet detailed picture of the site, guiding your project's direction from the beginning.

Our team of experts specialises in conducting these investigations, utilising automation and artificial intelligence to prepare a preliminary site investigation report that offers you a clear and concise overview of the site's conditions.

This report is an invaluable tool in your project planning, providing insights and recommendations that are crucial for informed decision-making.

A key aspect of the PSI is the assessment of potentially contaminated land, often a requirement of local council planning conditions. As experienced consultants reporting on contaminated land, we understand the complexities and risks associated with such sites.

Our contaminated site assessment process is designed to identify, analyse, and provide solutions for managing any contamination issues, ensuring your project's compliance with environmental regulations.

Our approach is to provide you with a professional, informative, and communicative service. We aim to establish a partnership with you, ensuring that your project is built on a foundation of understanding and insight.

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PSI Service Overview

Our service offerings in Preliminary Site Investigations are designed to provide you with a comprehensive initial understanding of your project site to assist with project planning and decision-making.


Our Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) Includes:

  • Initial Consultation and Planning: We begin with an in-depth discussion about your project's scope, objectives, and any known concerns. This helps us tailor our investigation to your specific needs and if needed provide an explanation of the overall process.
  • Site History Review and Data Collection: Our team conducts a thorough review of historical data, including previous land uses, to identify potential environmental risks.
  • Site Inspection: We perform an on-site visit to observe current conditions and identify visible signs of potential issues, such as indications of contamination.
  • Sampling and Analysis: Soil and water samples are collected as per the preliminary site investigation checklist. These samples are then analysed to assess quality and identify any contaminants.
  • Preliminary Site Investigation Report: We compile our findings into a detailed report, providing you with a clear understanding of the site's condition and any potential risks and potential next steps.

Further information on the process of assessing potentially contaminated land can be found here in a fact sheet prepared by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

Benefits of Using Our PSI Services:

  • Risk Assessment: Our investigations help you identify and understand potential risks, allowing for proactive management and mitigation strategies.
  • Informed Project Planning: With detailed knowledge of the site's conditions, you can plan your project more effectively, avoiding unexpected challenges and delays.
  • Regulatory Compliance: We ensure that your project meets all relevant environmental regulations, helping you navigate the complexities of compliance.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: By identifying potential issues early, our services help you avoid costly surprises and delays, ensuring a smoother, more cost-effective project execution.

In summary, our Preliminary Site Investigations are essential tools in your project planning, providing you with the insights needed to execute your project successfully and responsibly.



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How We Can Help You

When it comes to Preliminary Site Investigations, choosing the right partner is crucial. Automated Environmental stands out as offering a unique blend of expertise, technology, and customer-focused service. Here’s why we are the preferred choice for your site investigation needs:


1. Contaminated Land Expertise:

  • Experienced Professionals: Our team comprises seasoned experts with extensive knowledge in contaminated land management and regulatory compliance.
  • Continuous Learning: We are committed to staying ahead of industry developments, ensuring that our team is always equipped with the latest knowledge and best practices.

2. Cutting-Edge Technology:

  • Workflow optimisation technology through the use of Datanest environmental data management software. 
  • Innovative Analysis Techniques: Our incorporation of artificial intelligence into our workflow allows for fast adaptation of the latest regulation and relevant guidelines into dynamic reports with cost and time savings passed onto our clients.

3. Commitment to Accuracy and Reliability:

  • Rigorous Procedures: Our methodologies are designed to ensure the highest levels of accuracy. Every step of our process, from fieldwork to reporting, is conducted with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Quality Assurance: We implement stringent quality control measures at every stage, ensuring that our findings and recommendations are reliable and actionable.

4. Focus on Safety and Compliance:

  • Safety First: Safety is a top priority in all our site based operations. We adhere to strict site specific health and safety plans and safe work method statements to ensure the well-being of our team and all stakeholders.
  • Regulatory Expertise: Our team is well-versed in local and national environmental regulations.

In choosing Automated Environmental, you are not just selecting a service provider; you are partnering with a team that values your success. Our commitment to accuracy, timeliness, and reliability makes us the ideal choice for your site investigation needs.

Our Approach to Preliminary Site Investigations

At Automated Environmental, our approach to site investigation is guided by a philosophy of precision and adaptability. We believe in providing services that not only meet but exceed industry standards.


Adherence to Best Practices and Standards:

  • We are committed to following industry best practices, ensuring that our methods are up-to-date and effective.

Client-Centric and Tailored Solutions:

  • Understanding that each project is unique, we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs and project requirements.
  • We engage closely with our clients to understand their objectives, challenges, and expectations, ensuring that our services are perfectly aligned with their goals.

In essence, our approach is about delivering a service that is not only technically sound but also meets the specific demands of your project. With Automated Environmental, you can expect a site investigation service that is thorough, compliant and customised to your project.

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PSI Compliance and Standards

Automated Environmental assists clients in navigating Victoria's environmental laws, emphasising the new General Environmental Duty (GED).

This duty, effective from 1 July 2021, requires Victorians to minimise harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste. The company guides businesses in responding to pollution incidents, managing contaminated land, identifying and controlling risks, and properly handling waste.

By ensuring compliance with these responsibilities, Automated Environmental helps clients fulfil their legal obligations while protecting the environment.

Getting Started with Your Preliminary Site Investigation

Embarking on your site investigation with Automated Environmental is a straightforward and client-focused process. Here’s how you can get started:

  • Initial Contact: Reach out to us through our website’s contact form below or via email at [[email protected]]. You can also give us a call at 1300 39 00 39 to speak directly with one of our experts.
  • Schedule a Preliminary Discussion: We’ll arrange a preliminary consultation at your convenience. This initial discussion is crucial for us to understand your project needs and expectations. You can Book a Project Discussion directly by clicking here.
  • Data Gathering: Prior to the consultation, we recommend gathering any relevant data you have about your project site, such as previous environmental reports, site plans, and relevant regulatory requirements such as planning permits. This information will help us in tailoring our services to your specific requirements.
  • Consultation and Tailored Plan: During the consultation, we’ll discuss your project in detail, including scope, timelines, and any specific concerns you might have. Based on this, we’ll develop a tailored plan for your site investigation.
  • Project Initiation: Once you’re ready to proceed, we’ll guide you through the next steps to officially initiate your site investigation project.

We are here to ensure that your site investigation process is seamless and informative. Contact us today to start laying a solid foundation for your project’s success.

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