Geosyntec News and Events

Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, to Present at the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Conference Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, are scheduled to present at the Illinois Water Environment Association's 37th Annual Conference in Champaign, Illinois, on February 29 – March 2, 2016. The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) promotes water knowledge at its annual conference by having technical presentations, speakers, competitions, vendor exhibits, networking, roundtable discussions, and more. This year's…
Geosyntec Water Resources staff will be busy traveling the Great Lakes region in the next few months, sharing their expertise and experience at several exciting state conferences. Our practitioners will share case studies and lessons learned from recent and ongoing projects ranging from using green infrastructure to reduce localized flooding in a combined sewer system to the newest developments in water quality trading to exploring watershed models. We invite you to find out more about…
Matt Bardol and Rishab Mahajan are scheduled to present at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Annual Conference at Tinley Park Tinley Park, Illinois, on March 9 - 10, 2016. The Illinois Association of State Flood Plain and Stormwater Managers (IAFSM) promotes the common interest of floodplain and stormwater management and the 2016 IAFSM Conference is one of their biggest events which includes presentations, speakers, vendor exhibits, networking, and roundtable discussions. Geosyntec Participation…
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi will give four technical and professional development presentations at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region ABJ 2016 Conference from February 18-21, 2016. The conference will be in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, and will include multiple tracks aimed to address the variety of professional and personal challenges faced by women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. Sessions are intended to encourage dialogue and will highlight strategic planning,…
On March 14-16, Kim Williams, Mike Harding, and Courtney Wilson will be the leading a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) certification training course hosted by Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), in San Diego, California. This course is a prerequisite for the California Construction General Permit (CGP) QSD and QSP Exams. This course is suited for managers, site superintendents, and inspectors. It will give an overview of the National Pollutant Discharge…
Dogus Meric to Participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action ​Dogus Meric, a Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Illinois, has been invited to participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action. The task group was created as part of the ExxonMobil Environmental Services' initiative, and has participants from DuPont, ExxonMobil, and WE Energies. Three law firms participating…
Pete King will be moderating a program to examine Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) for the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). CECs such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), 1,4-Dioxane, pharmaceuticals, microbeads and nanoparticles are increasingly being detected in the environment. Several distinguished speakers will define the scope of the problem, provide regulatory and scientific viewpoints, and discuss the challenges for assessing and remediating these compounds. Following the presentations, a panel discussion…
On January 27, Paul Brookner and Eric Tollefsrud (Minneapolis) led a two-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Session for the Minnesota State Bar Association that examined the environmental science behind some of the current regulatory and legal challenges facing environmental attorneys and other practitioners in the areas of vapor intrusion and vapor migration. This CLE addressed risk assessment, the science behind vapor intrusion and vapor migration, groundwater and surface water interactions and the use of big…
David Vance (Senior Scientist – Kennesaw, Georgia) will be part of the hosts leading a tour of the Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project at the Southern Gas Association's (SGA) Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction in Savannah, Georgia. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM EST.  Geosyntec was responsible for the salt marsh mitigation at Elba Island, a project selected as one of Georgia's five State Award…
In 2016, Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Doug Larson (Massachusetts) will once again serve as instructors for the Princeton Groundwater Hydrology Course, a one-week course that comprehensively covers groundwater hydrology and contaminant fate and transport from theory to practice. This year's sessions will be held in Tampa in February and in San Francisco in March and September. Mike is a longtime instructor for the Princeton Groundwater courses, this being his twelfth year; Doug has been teaching…
The Emerging Contaminants Summit (March 1-2, 2016 in Westminster, CO) is a brand new conference dedicated to the latest developments in the detection, fate and transport, risk assessment, treatment and regulation of emerging contaminants. The summit draws leaders and key stakeholders from academia, government, and regulators, as well as site owners, private consulting agencies and various other environmental professionals.  The purpose is to discuss the mitigation of emerging contaminants across all environmental media, including surface…
We are very proud to announce that Principal Rula Deeb (Oakland) was invited to serve as a member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board's Environmental Engineering Committee through September 2018. This prestigious appointment was made by the Administrator of the EPA, who defines the role as follows: "As Administrator, I am committed to employing sound science in the EPA's pursuit of resolutions to a broad range of urgent environmental issues. Committee members' scientific and…
John Seymour will serve as an instructor at the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) & University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), "Workshop on Current Issues in Ponded CCPs" meeting in Tampa, Florida on February 3, 2016. His topic is "Structural Integrity Considerations under the CCR Rule." John will consider the significant requirements to evaluate the "structural integrity" (slope stability and hydraulic spillway capacity) of existing…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, will present at the Florida Water Environment Association's 2016 Integrated Water Seminar on January 22, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. His presentation is titled "The Use of Green Roofs, Pervious/Permeable Pavements, and Stormwater Harvesting to Reduce the Volume and Improve the Quality of Stormwater Runoff." Mike's presentation explains how the integration of Low-Impact Development (LID) principles into site design can have a significant effect on the volume and quality…
A new Caltrans video shows some highlights of a Geosyntec geotechnical instrumentation system project. Our consultants supported the design, installation and project management for the work. Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvtGMaLTlW0 The project involves a section of Highway 101 in California, known as the "Last Chance Grade," that crosses through a large landslide complex. At the project location, five GPS units will monitor lateral movement of the roadway, an 80 foot long Measurand ShapeAccelArray…
Tom Krug (Principal – Guelph, Canada) is an invited speaker at the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Northern California Section (AIHA-NCA) Forum on "Management of PCBs in the Built Environment" on December 17, 2015 in Oakland California. Tom will be talking about Management of PCBs in Building Materials including work conducted by Geosyntec sampling for PCBs in indoor air in schools and as part of an ESTCP project demonstrating an extraction and treatment process for PCBs…
Migration of vapors into buildings from contaminated soil and groundwater has become a significant concern for EHS professionals in recent years. This webinar, presented by Helen Dawson and Robert Ettinger of Geosyntec Consultants, is designed to provide EHS Managers an overview of the vapor intrusion pathway and highlight the new science and guidance documents related to vapor intrusion. The webinar will provide a summary of the most promising technologies being used today to assess and…
Dr. Garry Smith, Senior Consultant at Geosyntec and Chairman of the Sustainable Remediation Forum of Australia and New Zealand (SuRF ANZ), was invited to give a presentation at the 12th International Meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL) held in September in Melbourne Australia. Garry's topic was "The Development of Sustainable Remediation in Australia". Other presentations included Australian and international regulators and industry practitioners from several European states, New Zealand, China, Korea, Africa…
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Philip Reidy of Geosyntec’s Malaysia office presented on the evolution of environmental regulations in Malaysia and their impacts to businesses at the Industrial Waste Management Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur on 4 November 2015. Entitled “Contaminated Land Management in Malaysia: Lessons Learned from the West”, the presentation reviewed the evolution of environmental regulations in the U.S. and EU as a proxy to what could evolve in Malaysia, the impacts to businesses…
Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng., BCEE, a senior engineer in Geosyntec's Philadelphia office, is among the instructors for a two-day classroom training. The course is entitled, “Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids: Science, Management, and Technology.” The course will take place November 18-19, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The course will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin by Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The course is based on the ITRC Technical…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next month. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. For questions or edits regarding the Event Roundup or if you want your participation in an event included, contact us. In November, we have 12 practitioners from the Geosyntec Family of Companies giving 11 presentations and instructing or moderating 3 sessions at 8 events in Europe and North America. 6th 14th…
MMI Engineering joined the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC) in September 2014 and has since supported the centre on a number of fronts, one of those being the 2015/16 ISC working groups to develop guidance documents for Process Safety Competency and Leading Process Safety Metrics. MMI Principal Consultants, Paul Heierman-Rix (Perth) and Garry Law (Melbourne) were recognized by the ISC for their contributions to both documents in May 2015, as were the contributions from several Operating…
Project Engineer David Roman (Acton) and Sr. Engineer Bill Steier (Columbia, Maryland) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22nd to mark the completion of a green infrastructure project at the Conowingo Elementary School in Conowingo, Maryland. The project, meant to function as both a stormwater management system and as part of the school’s science curriculum, included bioretention basins and swales, gravel wetlands, a green roof, pervious pavers, a rain garden, and a rainwater harvesting…
Sr. Consultant Helen Dawson, Ph.D., (Washington, DC) was quoted in a recent Bloomberg BNA Energy and Environment Blog post titled "Final Vapor Intrusion Guide Spurs Activity." The blog discusses the recent uptick in activity addressing vapor intrusion (VI) since the publication of the EPA's VI 2015 guidance five months ago. Helen also wrote a key summary of the EPA's June 2015 "Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway." Access the PDF here…
Principals Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED, and Ken Susilo, P.E., D.WRE, (Los Angeles) will be speaking at the October meeting of the Southern California Water Dialogue. The title of their presentation is "Stormwater Capture: Are We Ready if the Rains Come?" Mark and Ken, along with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, will discuss the prospects for capturing additional stormwater once the Enhanced Water Management Plans (EWMPs), now being completed, are implemented. This…
Sr. Engineer Susan Welt, M.P.H., P.E., (Albany) and Marketing Manager Chuck Raymond (Acton) co-authored an article in the recent online edition of "High Profile Monthly," a New England-based journal focused on news and topics of interest concerning the commercial real estate industry. The article, entitled "Aerated Floors for Green and Sustainable Mitigation of Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air," discusses the advantages of passive vapor intrusion methods, such as the Cupolex system, as a greener and…
On Monday, 24 September, Principal Robert Bruce (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) served as a keynote speaker at the held in Bangkok, Thailand. During his keynote, Robert discussed the application of inherently safer design principles. The RSCE was hosted by the Thai Institute of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (TIChE) and the ASEAN Federation of Chemical Engineering Society. This conference was co-organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang…
Enrique Munoz Garcia, a Senior Engineer from our Kuala Lumpur office, and Andy Nelson, a Principal from our Perth office, have been invited to be Discussion Leaders at the SPE “Process Safety & Integrity” Workshop. Enrique and Andy will present during Session 4, which will focus on Accidental Loads and Response Assessment. The workshop will take place between the 7th and 9th of December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its aim is to provide a platform…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next month. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. For questions or edits regarding the Event Roundup or if you want your participation in an event included, contact us. In October, we have 42 practitioners from the Geosyntec Family of Companies giving 36 presentations and chairing or moderating 4 sessions at 15 events in 3 countries. Environmental Remediation and Risk…
Geosyntec professionals Helen Dawson, Hester Groenevelt, and Todd McAlary co-authored a key Technical Memo issued recently by the U.S. Navy about the use of passive samplers for vapor intrusion investigations. This document summarizes the key findings of a 5 year research program about passive sampling in vapor intrusion investigations. Until Geosyntec performed this research for the Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), there was limited data to demonstrate and validate the use…
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