Geosyntec News and Events

Todd McAlary (Ontario) and his co-inventors from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Tadeusz Górecki and Dr. Suresh Seethapathy, were recently named inventors of a passive sampling device and method of sampling and analysis by the United States Patent and Trademark office. The invention provides a device, named the Waterloo Membrane SamplerTM (WMSTM), and a method to quantitatively measure concentrations of volatile organic compound vapors below the ground surface using a passive device that is placed…
Geosyntec Employees will be presenting at the International Low Impact Development Conference at the Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay, in Portland, Maine on August 29-31, 2016. The name of the conference is "Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure" and its focus will highlight the mainstreaming of green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) in municipal stormwater programming, as well as new and existing work and research in the United States and internationally. The LID conference is organized…
Rudy Bonaparte will share his experience with students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia this fall in a course entitled "Global Engineering Leadership and Management." Geosyntec's President and CEO will co-teach the class, which uses industry leaders and a variety of faculty members to teach students the principles of leadership in engineering environments. More Information For more information on the new people joining the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty this…
Geosyntec's ranked in many categories according to Engineering News Record (ENR) for 2016. Notably, we rank 43th in the Top 200 Environmental Firms, and 34th in the Top 100 Pure Designer Firms. Geosyntec ranks as the following in 2016. Top 200 Environmental Firms - #43 Top 500 Design Firms - #54 Top 150 Global Design Firms - #104 Top 225 International Design Firms - #131 Top 100 Pure Designers #34 Top Design Firms – Power…
Derek Tomlinson (Pennsylvania) will present at the 252nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition entitled "Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People" at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 1:30pm on August 24, 2016. He will discuss innovative remediation techniques for dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source areas in his presentation entitled "Development of Innovative Technologies for the Remediation of DNAPL Source Zones Throughout their Lifecycle," presented during…
Recent guidance document recognizes SiREM as a recommended passive sampler laboratory. SiREM is a division of Geosyntec. The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program and United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Office of Research and Development recently released a draft User's Manual for Laboratory, Field, and Analytical Procedures for Using Passive Sampling in the Evaluation of Contaminated Sediments. Within the document, SiREM's laboratory is listed as a commercial analytical laboratory…
Duncan Talbert (Scotland) authored an article entitled "Jacket Integrity Monitoring" for Wind Energy Network Magazine, Issue 33, August 2016. In his article, he discusses the more traditional methods of monitoring the structural integrity of offshore wind energy structures, including visual inspections and flooded member detection, before moving on to more efficient means, such as accelerometers. Duncan has more than 20 years of experience as a Technical Safety Engineer. His focus is in the areas of…
Kevin Kopp (California) co-authored an article entitled “Heat Management Strategies for MSW Landfills” in the journal Waste Management, published on July 25, 2016. Waste Management is an international journal devoted to the presentation and discussion of information on the generation, prevention, characterization, monitoring, treatment, handling, reuse and ultimate residual disposition of solid wastes, both in industrialized and in economically developing countries. The journal addresses various types of solid wastes including municipal (e.g., residential, institutional, commercial,…
Savron held its annual Researcher's Meeting in Guelph, Ontario on July 27-28, 2016. Savron is a division of Geosyntec. Savron shared with the students and researchers the practical field applications of the STAR process. The field applications included the full-scale application to treat coal tars in situ at a site in New Jersey; the results from in situ pilot tests for the STAR treatment of gasoline and diesel range organics at refinery in both Michigan…
Geosyntec’s Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. (Ontario), and Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng., BCEE (Pennsylvania), contributed to the creation of a series of webinars based on the LNAPL illustrated handbook. The LNAPL illustrated handbook presents best-practice guidance for the assessment and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) in the subsurface. The 7 section webinar series presents best-practice guidance for the assessment and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) in the subsurface. The production of the LNAPL…
SiREM has launched a new website to help clients learn about the advantages they gain with SiREM products and services. SiREM is widely recognized as a leader in bioaugmentation for chlorinated solvent remediation and bench-scale treatability testing applied to a wide range of remediation technologies including in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), in situ chemical reduction (ISCR), bioremediation and permeable reactive barriers. SiREM also offers a range of laboratory testing services for remediation site monitoring, management…
Morteza Khorshidi (North Carolina) co-authored a paper entitled "Intrinsic Relationship between Specific Surface Area and Soil Water Retention" in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering on July 20, 2016. The paper that explores a new methodology for specific surface area (SSA) determination of both expansive and nonexpansive soils based on interpretation of the soil water retention curve (SWRC). Abstract Specific surface area (SSA) is a fundamental property of soil. A new methodology for SSA…
Geosyntec employees will be presenting at the Ekos Brazil Seminar, entitled "International Seminar for Remediation and Development of Contaminated Sites," at Senac Santo Amaro on September 28-29, 2016. Dr. Gary Wealthall, Dr. Silvia Mancini, Michaye McMaster, Dr. Gavin Grant, and Grant Scholes from Ontario will attend the conference. Dr. Gavin Grant and Grant Scholes will be representing Savron, a division of Geosyntec. Session 7 entitled "Investigation Technologies – Real Time Investigation" will be presented by…
David Sanderson presented at a Health and Safety Executive (HSE)/Offshore Structural Integrity Technical Authority Engagement event on July 26, 2016. David presented his paper, "Robustness in the Design of Offshore Structures," during a session which focused on Analysis, Inspection, and Maintenance. The HSE is Great Britain's independent watchdog for work-related health, safety, and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across workplaces. The event, entitled "Structural Integrity Management…
Saeedreza Hafeznezami (California) has published a research article entitled "Arsenic mobilization in an oxidizing alkaline groundwater: Experimental studies, comparison and optimization of geochemical modeling parameters" in Applied Geochemistry, the Journal of the International Association of GeoChemistry, on July 22, 2016. Contamination of groundwater resources with naturally occurring arsenic (As) is a major health concern globally. Geochemical modeling can be a useful tool in predicting the mobility of As and assessing the remediation solutions for affected…
The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), awarded a Master Service Agreement for environmental restoration and regulatory compliance support services to a team composed of Geosyntec Consultants, Permafix Environmental Services, and Engineering Remediation Resources Group. Geosyntec was one of four successful bidders under this five-year agreement, which has a total capacity of $7M. Geosyntec and MMI Engineering have supported LBNL with civil engineering, remedial design, vapor intrusion risk assessment, construction…
Ivan Mihajlov (California) published a research article entitled "Recharge of low-arsenic aquifers tapped by community wells in Araihazar, Bangladesh, inferred from environmental isotopes" in Water Resources Research an AGU Journal, Volume 52, Issue 5, pages 3324-3349, May 2016. This article is an outgrowth of Ivan's Ph.D. research at Columbia University and is a significant step forward in the evaluation of groundwater conditions in Bangladesh, where a large rural population is exposed to potentially harmful levels…
Genome Canada announced research funding under the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) for SiREM and the University of Toronto to research anaerobic benzene culture on July 11, 2016. SiREM is a division of Geosyntec. The research could revolutionize how benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene contaminated sites are cleaned up. Benzene will be a project focus given its toxicity, carcinogenicity and prevalence as a groundwater contaminant. SiREM is partnering with University of Toronto Professor Elizabeth Edwards…
Joe Applegate, Kevin Warner, and Richard Tedder have joined Geosyntec Consultants' Tallahassee office, and will partner with Principal Toxicologist David Krause to expand the services Geosyntec offers clients. Joe Applegate, PG brings 30 years of experience as a Principal Hydrogeologist managing remedial programs for private and public projects at industrial sites including petroleum, hazardous, and nonhazardous waste sites. Joe's knowledge of federal and state environmental rules, regulations, and permitting processes allow him to meet the…
David Burt (England) and Darrell Egarr (England) from MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, co-authored an article entitled "Using CFD to Optimize Unit Treatment Processes in a Waste Water Treatment Works" that was featured in Hydrolink Magazine number 2, 2016. The article highlights studies that MMI has undertaken in order to assess and improve performance within a number of treatment units. Abstract Computational Fluid Dynamics can be used to generate a computational model of a…
Geosyntec ranks highly in a number of categories according to Engineering News Record's (ENR) "The Top 500 Design Firms" for 2016. Notably, we rank 34th in the Top 100 Pure Design Firms, and 54th in the Top 500 Design Firms. These rankings reflect our growing practice diversity and client service excellence. Here are the rankings we earned in 2016: Top 500 Design Firms #54 Top 100 Pure Designers #34 Top Design Firms – Power #48…
Aaron Poresky (Oregon) co-authored an article entitled "Smarter Stormwater Systems" in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal on May 26, 2016. Other co-authors included individuals from Clean Water Services, OptiRTC, University of Michigan, University of Toledo, Emnet, and Michigan Aerospace Corporation. The lead author was Dr. Branko Kerkez of the University of Michigan Real-Time Water Systems Lab. The article discusses recent advances in implementing Smart Stormwater Systems to improve the performance of stormwater management systems…
Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) was named the 2016 Texas Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) at the 2016 Professional Engineers Conference in Dallas, Texas on June 24, 2016. The award recognizes a young TSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and the community. For the last four years, Brandon chaired the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Austin Branch University of Texas Mentoring Committee.…
Yuval Cohen (New York) presented at IDB/MIF PPP Americas 2016 Conference in Santiago, Chile on June 20-22, 2016. His session was on The Challenges of Financing Urban Infrastructure in Latin American Countries (LACs): The Role of PPPs. The session, entitled, "Scaling Down – Advancing PPP Micro-Projects in Regional Latin American Cities," demonstrated that properly structured PPPs, featuring performance payment mechanisms and contingent guarantees to cover shortfalls, are an effective means of delivering solutions where the…
Dan Elliott (New Jersey) co-authored an article entitled "Remediation of Hexachlorocyclohexanes by Electrochemically Activated Persulfates" in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research Journal, Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 765-773, January 2016. According to the article, the hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) are a family of formerly widely-used classical organochlorine pesticides that are persistent in the environment, capable of undergoing long-range transport, and that tend to bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue. Their widespread global utilization, coupled with a…
Zita Yu (California) has expanded Geosyntec's graywater practice capability in an article where she and her co-authors consider the performance and economic feasibility of residential bathroom graywater treatment. The research results were recently published in a paper entitled "Performance and Economic Evaluation of a Semibatch Vertical-Flow Wetland for Onsite Residential Bathroom Graywater Treatment." The paper was published in Journal - American Water Works Association, Volume 107, Number 7, July Issue 2016. Journal is published by…
Geosyntec delivered twelve presentations and taught two courses at the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 20-23, 2016. They had twelve different staff members participate in the conference. Geosyntec also had an exhibit for follow-up and so the attendees could meet their staff. They showcased the Air Quality Group's knowledge and expertise at the conference by focusing mainly on air quality…
Jeff Roberts (Ontario) and Karen Bechard (Ontario) presented at the Laurentian Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 21st Annual General Meeting & Conference entitled "Watershed Science Under Multiple Stressors" at the University of Waterloo in Ontario on June 24, 2016. Jeff Roberts introduced the SP3 passive sampler in the presentation entitled "Passive sampling for measuring the availability of hydrophobic organic chemicals: The end-user perspective." Karen Bechard highlighted Geosyntec's knowledge of mercury remediation and the…
Yu Jun Leong (Texas) co-authored an article entitled "Composition and Sources of Particulate Matter Measured near Houston, TX: Anthropogenic-Biogenic Interactions" in Atmosphere Special Issue: Air Quality and Source Apportionment, Volume 7 Issue 73, May 2016. This co-authored article is a result of Yu's collaborative graduate research work at Rice University involving several research institutions as part of the NASA DISCOVER-AQ 2013 field campaign in Houston, TX. Leong's primary role during this field study was leading…
Shagun Bhat (Texas) and Morgan Reed (Texas) from MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, presented a technical paper at the Air & Waste Management Association's 109th Annual Conference & Exhibition entitled "Unmasking the Industrial Renaissance" at New Orleans, Louisiana on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Shagun and Morgan's topic was on the evaluation of advanced numerical models for regulatory air dispersion modeling, it was entitled "Evaluation of the Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics Models for Regulatory…
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