Geosyntec News and Events

Gavin Grant (Toronto) authored and David Major (Ontario), Grant Scholes (Ontario), and Susan Hill (Illinois) co-authored an article entitled "Smoldering Combustion (STAR) for the Treatment of Contaminated Soils: Examining Limitations and Defining Success" in the Remediation Journal Volume 26, Issue 3, Pages 27 – 51, Summer 2016. The article examines the limitations and defines the success of Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) smoldering technology across a wide-range of hydrocarbons in a variety of hydrogeologic…
Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah (Florida) and Ramil Mijares (Florida) will deliver a presention entitled “Intensive Management of Dredged Material to Maximize Storage Capacity of a Confined Disposal Facility in Savannah Harbor, Georgia – A Success Story” at the World Dredging Congress & Exhibition (WODCON XXI) at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida at 2:00pm on June 16, 2016. WODCON is the only global event dedicated exclusively to dredging and maritime construction, and provides a unique platform for…
The fact sheet, entitled "Sustainable Long Term Management of Landfills under the Navy's Environmental Restoration Program," was published to the NAVFAC Technology Transfer (T2) Program official list of Fact Sheets and Tech Data Sheets. Jeremy's fact sheet describes how sustainable long-term management (SLM) helps to minimize the lifecycle depletion of energy, material resources, and financial resources. This fact sheet describes SLM strategies that may be suitable for landfills managed under the Environmental Restoration (ER) and…
Saeedreza Hafeznezami (California) published an article entitled "Adsorption and desorption of arsenate on sandy sediments from contaminated and uncontaminated saturated zones: Kinetic and equilibrium modeling" in Environmental Pollution in Volume 215, Pages 290-30, August 2016. The article is based on Saeedreza's research project at University of California, Los Angeles and addresses the application of kinetic and equilibrium models to adsorption of arsenate, As(V), on sediment samples collected from a study site in Maine. Mobility of…
Ravi Mullapudi (Texas) and Yavuz Mentes (Texas) from MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, published a paper entitled "Blast Response Simulation of Reinforced Concrete Panels" in American Concrete Institute (ACI) Special Publication (SP-306). In this Special Publication, they presented their results from where they won first place at an international competition called “Blast Blind Simulation Contest.” The results showed their ability to accurately predict the response of reinforced concrete slabs subjected to specified blast loads…
As in previous years, Geosyntec will make a significant technical contribution to the Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on May 22-26 2016. The activities of our 26 attendees will include six session chairs, 27 platform presentations, two panel moderators, 21 poster presentations, and a display in booth 405 at the exhibition hall. The conference will provide a robust technical program…
Geosyntec met with the Alternative Restoration Technology Team (ARTT) a Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) chartered workgroup established to promote the use of cost-effective, innovative technologies in the Navy's Installation Restoration (IR) program at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. The ARTT fosters partnerships, supports research and technical resources, and encourages participation in NAVFAC-wide efforts. As part of these efforts, Geosyntec employees, and David Gent (USACE ERDC) met with 24 members from ARTT and the Optimization…
MMI Engineering (MMI), a division of Geosyntec, will present a paper and poster at Hazards 26 in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 24-26, 2016. David Sanderson (England) will present his paper, "Environmental Loads in the North Sea – The Missing Piece in the MAH Jigsaw" which examines work performed to predict the frequency of fixed jacket structure failures for a variety of structural types. The paper addresses what extent Spouge's guidance on quantitative risk assessments (QRA)…
Chris Robinson (England) represents MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, while assisting in organizing and will jointly chair the upcoming one-day event "Multiphase CFD Modeling: State-of-the-art applications and challenges" at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE), London on May 19, 2016. This one-day event will provide a crucial opportunity to hear how engineers can support the advancement of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for multi-phase flows. The models dealing with multiphase flows are continuously evolving and…
Yuval Cohen (New York) invited to serve a two-year term on a national steering committee at the Columbia University Water Center. Yuval's particular interest will focus around innovations in financing and project delivery. As a member of the Steering Committee, Yuval will join members from industry, academia, and the government, including a White House representative, since water infrastructure and finance are now national priorities. Steering Committee members help develop solutions to the U.S.'s pressing water…
Mark Hanna (California) is featured in an article entitled "The Flood Keeper" written by Willy Blackmore in the Pacific Standard, Volume 9, Number 3, May/June 2016 Issue. The article highlights Geosyntec's central role in revitalizing the Los Angeles River. It covers different roles that Geosyntec filled including advising Gehry Partners on its master plan, designing Metabolic Studio's water wheel, and preserving its hydrological functions. It describes the issues with flooding from the time of the…
Ushang Desai (Florida) co-authored an article entitled "Associations Between Ultrafine Particles and Co-Pollutant Concentrations in the Tampa Bay Area" in the Journal of Environmental Health, Volume 78.9, pages 14-21, May 2016. Ushang addresses Ultrafine particles (UFPs) are ubiquitous in urban air and have been recognized as a risk to human health. The aim of this study was to measure the relationships among ultrafine particles and other ambient air pollutants and meteorological factors in the Tampa…
Clinton Carlson (Georgia) co-authored an article entitled "Predictive Equations to Quantify the Impact of Spectral Matching on Ground Motion Characteristics" in Earthquake Spectra, Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 125-142, February 2016. Clinton addresses spectral matching, the process of modifying a seed acceleration time history in intensity and frequency content until its acceleration response spectrum matches a target spectrum, is used extensively in practice. Predictive equations that quantify the impact of spectral matching on the peak…
Gary Wealthall (Ontario) co-authored an article entitled "Characterization of chlorinated solvent contamination in limestone using innovative FLUTe® technologies in combination with other methods in a line of evidence approach" in the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology Volume 189, Pages 68-85, June 2016. The article discusses the characterization of chlorinated solvent contamination in limestone bedrock aquifers using innovative FLUTe® technologies in combination with other methods (FACTTM) in a multiple lines of evidence approach. Gary's topic examines how…
Jeremy Morris (Maryland) led a study (as primary investigator) on a recent Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) project and presented his findings in a report entitled "Transitioning from Active to Passive Care at Municipal Landfills: Full-Scale Site Evaluations using the EPCC Methodology" and the EREF published the report documents with a press release on May 2, 2016. The study was to illustrate how the performance-based Evaluation of Post-Closure Care (EPCC) methodology developed by Geosyntec…
Geosyntec is set to attend the Kinder Morgan Supplier Showcase in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas on May 10-12, 2016. Kinder Morgan is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and it is sponsoring a supplier trade fair to comprise key suppliers and Kinder Morgan leaders. The event is by invitation only and is limited to 184 key suppliers. Geosyntec is excited about the showcase and considers Kinder Morgan one of their key…
Jay Thompson (Minnesota) co-authored an article that was published in Environmental Science & Technology. His article was entitled "Measuring and Modeling Organochlorine Pesticide Response to Activated Carbon Amendment in Tidal Sediment Mesocosms" and it addresses activated carbon (AC) sediment amendment for hydrophobic organic contaminants. The article presented the results of an 18-month field mesocosm trial at a site containing dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and chlordane. Different AC applications were applied and, for the first time, a recently…
Kate Graff (Pennsylvania) co-wrote an article that was published in the American Bar Association (ABA) Air Quality Committee Newsletter in the April issue. Her article was entitled "SO2 Data Requirements Rules" and it addressed the recently published U.S. EPA rule that requires state and local air pollution control agencies to submit information to U.S. EPA to inform attainment determinations for the 2010 SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The article provides background on the rule…
Craig Pregnalato (Australia) will be presenting at Ozwater'16 in South Wharf, Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center on May 11, 2016. He will represent MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. His presentation is entitled "Risk-Based Performance Analysis of Final Settling Tanks." Ozwater's theme for this year is "Water: For Livable Communities and Sustainable Industries" and it is anticipated to be one of the world's largest water conference and trade exhibitions. It is run…
The magazine "Georgia Engineer" featured the Geosyntec "Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project," in an article entitled "Engineering Projects of Excellence" in the February/March 2016 edition. It emphasized the Engineering Excellence award that was given for the project's success by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and the Georgia Engineering Alliance. The restoration of 1.9 acres of historical salt marsh and 2.5 acre upland buffer was necessary not only for the continued operation…
Bill Harris (Georgia) co-presented a seminar at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Georgia Chapter Spring Conference at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia on April 18-20, 2016. His presentation with Terry Pallotto of Tukuh Technologies, a tribally owned 8(a) firm, was entitled "Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications in the Solid Waste Industry." Bill and Terry explained how UAS, also known as UAVs, provide a cost-effective platform for a wide variety of…
The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of Arthur Forma, Darrell Nicholas, Dave Adilman, Derek Tomlinson, Eric Sager, Eric Suchomel, Helen Dawson, Jeff Ahrens, Kyle LaClair, Marc Leisenring, Mark Johnson, Mike Lambert, Ming Zhu, Rebecca Daprato, and Steve Foster to the position of Principal within the Geosyntec family of companies. Each of these people have made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients,…
The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Morrison, Carl Elder, Dave Reynolds, Gavin Grant, Lisa Van Tassell, Lucas de Melo, Mark Ellard, Mike Minch, Rob Annear, and Robby White to the position of Senior Principal within the Geosyntec family of companies. Each of these people have made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own experience…
Rodolfo Sancio will present two papers at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on May 3, 2016. Rodolfo's papers "A Perspective on the Development of a Basis of Design for Evaluation of Seismically-induced Offshore Geohazards," and "Seismic Stability Performance of a Coastline Slope Beneath a Pipeline: A Case History of Onshore Observations for Offshore Application" will be part of the Seismic Design of Subsea Structures session. Founded in 1969 and…
Brandon Steets (California) to Co-Present a four-part American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) continuing education webinar: Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems. He will co-present in all four webinars given as part of the ASCE continuing education webinar series. This four-part series will probe those challenges and opportunities, based on the 2014 ASCE report co-edited by Brandon entitled Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems. Protection of recreational beneficial uses is becoming one of the costliest and ubiquitous challenges…
Geosyntec will be exhibiting, presenting, and teaching a class, 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. Our staff will have an exhibit and will deliver seven presentations including the following topics: vapor intrusion, dispersion modeling, data management, ambient air monitoring, climate change policy, and odor management. The staff will also be teaching a 4-hour class on open-path monitoring.…
Geosyntec received an Engineering Excellence Award for Kinder Morgan's Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project, designed by Geosyntec, from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Georgia, in February, 2016. The restoration of 1.9 acres of historical salt marsh and 2.5 acre upland buffer was necessary not only for the continued operation of the facility but has proved to be a benefit to Southern LNG Company, LLC (SLNG) for the future expansion of the Terminal…
Chris Robinson (United Kingdom) represented MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec Consultants while presenting at the Modelling Techniques for Optimizing Wastewater Treatment Plant Performance event at The Studio in Leeds, United Kingdom on April 21, 2016. He presented his paper entitled "When Process Met Hydraulics" and the overall aim was to ensure that those attending understand the needs and limitations of each model, especially those that have found widespread usage in the UK. The event…
Logan Johnson (New Hampshire) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-NH) for the 2016-2017 term. She will serve as the Board Clerk, the responsibilities of which include documenting board meetings, providing communication throughout the board, and participating in board votes. She will be officially sworn in at the ASCE-NH Annual Meeting & Order of the Engineer Ceremony on April 25 at the…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of its seventh annual student paper contest for 2016. The winner of the competition is Tyler Marcet (Tufts University, Advisors: Dr. Natalie Capiro and Dr. Kurt Pennell) for “Impacts of Low Temperature Thermal Treatment on the Activity of PCE-to-ethane Dechlorinating Consortium.” Tyler receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Battelle Palms Springs conference in May. The two second place prizes of $500 each are awarded to Yanlai…
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