Dr. J.F. Beech, PE, principal engineer based in Georgia, has 30 years of experience in design and construction of waste containment and subsurface barrier systems, demolition and remediation of former industrial sites, and consulting on litigation involving geotechnical and civil engineering issues. He has extensive experience managing complex projects involving municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, ash, coal combustion products, low-level radioactive waste, and material impacted by past industrial activities.
Dr. Beech is a leading authority in the field of geosynthetics and has been instrumental in the development of U.S. EPA background and guidance documents for liner systems. His interactions with regulators for permits and approvals have often involved development of technology equivalency demonstrations for liner and cover systems, containment systems, and landfill construction. He has prepared and implemented demolition plans, sampling and waste delineation plans, impacted material removal plans, and health and safety plans, often serving as engineer of record, resident engineer, construction manager, and/or project manager. He has experience working with PRP groups and interacting with a variety of state and federal regulatory agencies. His geotechnical engineering experience includes design of earthen retaining berms, structures on soft soils, sheet pile systems, and foundation improvement systems. His civil design experience includes grading and technical specifications for large earthwork projects. In earthwork construction, Dr. Beech has provided technical oversight of more than 200 construction quality assurance projects across the country. He performs constructability reviews, solves difficult construction problems, and serves as a technical expert on litigation assignments involving civil works construction projects.
Dr. Beech continues to advance the state-of-the-practice in geotechnical engineering through the publication of more than 25 technical papers. One of his recent projects was recognized by the North American Geosynthetics Society as an Award of Excellence recipient for the innovative use of geosynthetics at a Superfund site in Ohio.