Geosyntec News and Events

Senior Consultant Helen Dawson, Ph.D., (Washington, DC) wrote a key summary of the EPA's June 2015 "Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway." This summary is a valuable way to inform clients and stakeholders about the ways that the new EPA guidance might affect vapor intrusion investigations going forward. Geosyntec's Vapor Intrusion Practice Team leveraged the new guidance as a valuable opportunity to promote the technical and regulatory expertise that continues to…
The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of 18 individuals to the position of Associate. Each of these new Associates has made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own expertise and experience of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their co-workers. Please join us in congratulating them on achieving this career milestone. Matthew Bardol,…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend in July. 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. Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School July 7-July 10, 2015 Orlando, FL Associate Mark Ellard (Lake Mary) is co-instructing "Comprehensive Watershed Evaluation, Planning and Management.” Senior Hydrogeologist Todd Kafka (Tampa) is co-instructing…
Associate Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, (Jacksonville) has been elected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to the grade of Fellow, a position held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members. This honor is awarded to ASCE members that have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. Dr. Badu-Tweneboah joined Geosyntec in 1987 and has over 25 years of consulting and research experience focusing on the design…
Principal Mark Hanna (Los Angeles) will be presenting the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Stormwater Capture Master Plan at this evening's final hearing. Geosyntec was awarded this project as the prime contractor two years ago and will be closing the project out Thursday, June 25. Project Engineer Rebecca Batchelder (Los Angeles) was critical to this project and Sr. Engineer Aaron Poresky and Sr. Staff Engineer Scott Mansell (Portland) were integral as well. The…
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently awarded a 2014 Texas Rain Catcher Award to the City of Austin’s Twin Oaks Library for excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting. Geosyntec staff from the Austin and Brookline offices, in collaboration with the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), installed an OptiRTC (Opti) internet-enabled real-time controller to optimize the water conservation and stormwater runoff reduction benefits of an existing 5,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system at the library. The…
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 June, we have 14 practitioners from the Geosyntec Family of Companies giving 15 presentations and chairing or moderating 2 sessions at 9 events in 4 countries. MODFLOW and More 2015…
Principal Mike Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, WEF Fellow, will be giving a lecture titled “Reflections on Sustainable Futures: The Trade-Off Challenge” on Friday, May 22 at Stanford University as part of The Perry McCarty Distinguished Lecture Series. Mike's lecture will address how, inevitably, development decisions confront a “trade-off” problem. For environmental professionals, who often have a lead role in development projects, the “trade-off” challenge has become more complex over the past 50 years. In this…
During the months of June and July 2015, Brandon Steets, P.E., is leading or co-presenting a series of four live webinars on the single most frequent cause of water quality impairment in the U.S., elevated fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Continuing Education and ASCE’s Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) are the sponsors. The webinars are based on the EWRI 2014 publication “Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems.” Brandon was a…
J. David Krause, Ph.D., MSPH, CIH, a Geosyntec senior toxicologist and national practice leader for building health sciences based in Tallahassee, Florida, is a co-editor of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHA) publication "Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Legionella in Building Water Systems." David is a co-editor along with fellow editors William Kerbel of Environmental Health Investigations, Inc., Brian G. Shelton of Pathogen Control Associates Inc., and John P. Spingston of TRC Environmental. This publication…
Glenn Rix, Ph.D., a Principal geotechnical engineer based in Georgia, has been appointed to the National Research Council's (NRC) Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering (COGGE). As a focal point within the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR), the committee's scope encompasses Earth processes and materials, including the mechanics of rock and soil, and focuses on safe and responsible human development, risk assessment, and mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards. At Geosyntec Consultants Inc.…
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 May, we have more than 30 practitioners from the Geosyntec Family of Companies giving approximately 34 presentations and chairing or moderating 16 sessions at 12 events in 5 countries and…
Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $19 billion in damages in New York City alone. Power outages, downed telecommunications, liquid fuel cutoffs, and flooding affected tens of thousands of businesses and drained much of their available resources into recovery efforts. Many of these businesses are either unable to sufficiently invest in resiliency measures or require technical assistance and still remain vulnerable to future storms. Geosyntec Consultants and OptiRTC Inc. (Opti) have been awarded a competitive grant…
Geosyntec's environmental and remediation services for the Mahogany Mill Historic Park and Boat Ramp in Pensacola, Florida resulted in the project being awarded the 2014 Environmental Project of the Year Award by the Northwest Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and the 2015 Member Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Partners for Environmental Progress. The project redeveloped a three-acre brownfield site into a historic park and boat ramp, which was the location of the former Mahogany…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E, (Orlando) will serve as an instructor for the University of Central Florida’s Stormwater Management Academy’s BMPTRAINS Model Training Workshop. The workshop provides participants with essential knowledge for use of the BMPTRAINS model to assist in the analysis and design of Stormwater Best Management Practices for nutrient removal. It also aids in defining and setting up input data required to estimate annual loads and effectiveness for treatment trains using the BMPTRAINS program.…
Dan Elliott, Ph.D. (Princeton/Ewing) was a co-author of a recent article in the spring 2015 issue of Remediation magazine. The article, "Nanoremediation and International Environmental Restoration Markets," provides a risk–benefit assessment for nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) based on published information and describes the steps that will be taken by NanoRem, a major European research project, as part of its work to provide a basis for better informed decision making in European environmental restoration markets. The…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D., (Oakland) and Deepa Gandhi, P.E., (San Francisco) co-published an article in the Spring 2015 issue of Remediation. The article, titled “California’s Low-Threat LUFT Site Closure Policy: Looking Forward,” emphasizes the way that policy can fullfil the role of risk management in environmental remediation, and it encourages the identification of additional categories of sites that are “low threat” in order to develop similar closure guidance to apply to a wider range of sites.…
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) have selected Geosyntec Consultants to develop an assessment and web-based planning tool for tide gates in the Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays region. The project will be led by Robert Hartzel of Geosyntec’s office in Acton, Massachusetts. This project will involve development of a comprehensive geodatabase on tide gates, protocols for tide gate field evaluations, and a web-based tool to…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend this month. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us. MGP Conference MGP Conference 2015 April 15-17, 2015Providence, Rhode Island This conference is designed to stimulate knowledge exchange, with strong technical presentations and experienced technical panels that…
In Geostrata's March/April issue, two articles authored by Geosyntec Practitioner's were featured, "Geotextile Tube Dewatering" by Senior Engineer Ming Zhu, Ph.D., P.E., and Principal Jay Beech, Ph.D., P.E., (Kennesaw) and "Very Long-Term Care of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Berms: Limiting the Liability of Future Stakeholders" by David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., and Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E., (Columbia). Ming and Jay explain geotextile tube dewatering, its benefits, and several design considerations when using geotextile tubes. They describe in…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us. International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo 2015 IFCEE 2015 March 17-21, 2015 San Antonio, Texas The International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo 2015 is a joint congress…
Geosyntec Senior Engineer Graham Webb (Dublin) is one of thirteen experts speaking at the Brownfield Land 2015 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 25. Experts at the conference will deliver practical insights into the implications of imminent reforms to Northern Ireland’s Planning System and offer strategies for managing and developing brownfield projects efficiently and cost-effectively under the new regime. Graham with present a session titled “Techniques for achieving more robust risk assessment of groundwater…
Principal Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., Engineer Claire Wildman, Ph.D., P.E., (Oakland branch) and Senior Engineer Deepa Gandhi, P.E., (San Francisco branch), recently published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of the American Water Works Association. The article, titled “Iodine Addition to Drinking Water for Perchlorate Mitigation: Engineering Feasibility,” examines the feasibility of adding iodine to drinking water to offset the potential health impacts of exposure to low levels of perchlorate. The paper examines relevant iodine…
Todd Creamer, P.G. (Portsmouth) and Eric Lovenduski (Albany) accepted invitations to be instructors for a Continuing Education Seminar on vapor intrusion sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) of Massachusetts. The popular seminar, entitled
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us. 2015 RemTEC Summit RemTEC Summit March 2-4, 2015 Westminster, Colorado The RemTEC Summit is focused on advancing the environmental science and remediation industry. This event showcases essential…
Geosyntec Principal Rula Deeb (Oakland) co-chaired and organized the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) 2nd annual Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, held December 13-15, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. In partnership with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman, this symposium was designed to bring together young scientists, engineers, and professionals to exchange ideas and advances within their respective fields for the purpose of enhancing dynamic scientific exchange and collaboration between the Arab world…
In December 2014 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) published a policy document, entitled “The Danish Solution: A BluePrint for Clean Soil.” The document provides a policy framework for identifying and prioritizing soil-contamination sites in Denmark and developing green-technology solutions to remediate these sites. This document highlights innovative and successful remediation technologies that have been developed with funding by the Capital Region of Denmark, including two novel technologies developed by Geosyntec and its partners: Electrokinetically-Enhanced…
AUSTIN, TX — Geosyntec staff member Zahirul Islam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., co-authored two journal articles on the durability of high density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane in landfill application. The first article, "Aging of High Density Polyethylene Geomembranes of Three Different Thicknesses", was published in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Vol. 140, No. 5, 2014). Other co-authors of this article were R. Kerry Rowe and Fady Abdelaal of GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's University in…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us 8th Annual International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments Battelle Memorial Institute January 12-15, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana Battelle's 8th Annual International Conference on Remediation…
Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical and sustainable remediation technologies in the United Kingdom. Geosyntec practitioners were contributing authors to CL:AIRE's recent document entitled "Illustrated Handbook of LNAPL Transport and Fate in the Subsurface", released 18 December 2014. Geosyntec's Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. and Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng. are contributing authors to the document, and Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP was…
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