Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Greg Corcoran (California) and Becky Oliver (California) to present at Principles and Practices of Mine Cover System Design Conference in Pocatello, Idaho at Idaho State University on April 20, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Snake River Section of Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Greg and Becky will be presenting on the topic of drainage design, entitled "Drainage Design Considerations." The objective of the conference is to exchange information about current approaches…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed to add Vapor Intrusion (VI) to the Superfund program's Hazard Ranking System (HRS). U.S. EPA uses the HRS to place sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) by evaluating four scoring pathways: ground water, surface water, air, and soil exposure. The proposed regulation would expand the HRS to include assessment of public health risk from VI. U.S. EPA and state agencies, through a Cooperative Agreement, will…
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi (California) received the New Faces Award from DiscoverE for the year of 2016. She was nominated by Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The award is for emerging engineers under the age of 30, who are making an impact in their industry. Peers in the engineering community view this as a sought-after award and it is acknowledged as a top honor for a young engineer to receive. There are only a few that receive…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) and Patrick Medland (Colorado) will lead a two-day environmental sampling training course for Alaska's State and Tribal Response Program (STRP) in Anchorage, Alaska on April 26-26, 2016. The attendees will learn the scientific foundation of representative environmental sampling through classroom and field instruction. After completing the two-day course, attendees will have met the new Alaska regulatory requirements for qualified sampling technicians which will provide sufficient knowledge to begin sampling soil, groundwater, sediment,…
Bob Anderson (Washington) will co-present a start-to-finish primer on California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) mechanics and implications from 10:00 - 11:00am PDT on April 26, 2016. Stoel Rives has asked Bob to co-present the webinar sponsored by California Cement and Industrial Minerals Association (CALcima). The webinar is tailored for mine operators and their Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) managers. Topics will include: compliance-focused steps to prepare for new groundwater management requirements, how and where…
Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec Consultants while presenting at the Future of Oil and Gas Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 18, 2016. Robert will be one of the panelists that lead a discussion designed to develop thinking around the future of oil and gas. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. The workshop panelists will then produce a report, highlighting the regional differences and…
Adrienne ​Nemura (Michigan) and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will present at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the Mayors Water Council (MWC) on April 15, 2016. Adrienne's topic is entitled: "Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule - 4" and Duane's topic is entitled "Potable Water Treatment Triad - Understanding the Risk for Unintended Consequences." The MWC's goal is to help local governments deliver superior water resources in a cost-effective manner and to provide a forum to share information.…
Gary Wealthall (Canada) will Present at Princeton Remediation Course in Santos, Brazil on April 12 – 14, 2016. This will be Gary's second term as an instructor for the Princeton Remediation Course. The three-day course introduces the basic concepts of groundwater hydrology, contaminant fate and transport, and presents a detailed discussion of current and emerging remediation technologies. The instructors include Robert Cleary of Princeton Groundwater, Inc., Paulo Negrão of Clean Environment Brazil, and Rodrigo Cuhna…
Jane Besch (California) and Robbie Ettinger (California) to present regulatory updates at the 18th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2016. She will be presenting on the advanced secondary treatment (AST) regulatory update entitled "What to Watch in 2016: A Regulatory Update." Jane has focused on environmental health and safety compliance and is a Certified Permitting Specialist within the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Robbie will…
Glenn Rix (Georgia) has been appointed to a three-year term with the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) for the United States Department of Commerce. A significant honor for a geotechnical earthquake engineer, the committee Glenn joins is charged with assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction; the effectiveness of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP); as well as the management, coordination, implementation, and activities of NEHRP.…
Geosyntec staff will present and chair sessions at the 2016 Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, Texas on April 10-13, 2016. Our staff will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is an organization within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CCPS addresses process safety in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. AIChE is the worlds largest organization for…
Megan Otto (California) and Brandon Steets (California) were recently published in the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) March issue of Water Resources IMPACT magazine. Megan and Brandon are both members of the Los Angeles water resources practice. They co-authored the article with Paul Costa the Environmental Operations and Compliance Manager at The Boeing Company's Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The article is entitled "Using Subcatchment Monitoring Data to Prioritize Stormwater Treatment Control Placement: A New Statistical…
Phil Reidy (Malaysia) and Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will present Water Security and Land Contamination" at Asia Water 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11:15am -11:45am on April 6, 2016. Phil and Robert's topic covers pressure and stresses on water resources continuing to increase. In Malaysia, as in many Southeast Asian countries, the response of industry and community to increased water demand is to move more towards the development of groundwater as a water…
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