Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Geologist Ed Jones, Ph.D., (Houston) received a 2014 EPA Honorable Mention for Pioneering Research on Transport and Fate of Nanocopper in Water Environments. His paper, "Fate and transport of elemental copper (Cu0) nanoparticles through porous media in the presence of organic materials," was published in Water Research and was coauthored with Dr. Cumming Su of US EPA. The EPA's Extramural Research supports high quality research by the nation's leading scientists and engineers to improve EPA's…
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 of passive samplers as a reliable method for the low concentration measurements of interest for human health risk assessment. Learn more here >>
At the Florida EHS Roundtable's November meeting, Engineer Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E, (Orlando) will discuss how engineering natural systems into low-impact design is changing the game for stormwater management. The Roundtable's meeting will be held on Thursday, November 5 at the Embraer Engineering and Technology Center in Melbourne, Florida and will explore the nexus between natural and engineered systems. Mike is a Geosyntec water resources engineer based in Orlando, FL and specializes in stormwater best…
Geosyntec Consultants has expanded its presence in Alaska with the opening of an office in Anchorage. The Anchorage office is home to three practitioners and primarily focuses on contaminated sites assessment, remediation services, and data management, visualization, and analysis. Office Location: 4101 Arctic Boulevard Suite 206, Arctic Business Park 1 Anchorage, Alaska, 99503 Senior Scientist Ben Martich, QEP Ben joined Geosyntec in 2013 and has 20 years of experience in environmental assessment and remediation with…
Associate Terence Holman (Oak Brook, IL) will be speaking at this year's DFI/ADSC Micropil & Anchored Earth Retention Design and Construction Seminar on Tuesday, September 15. His presentation, titled "Minicaisson and Tiedown Design and Installation Challenges on 52nd And 53rd Streets, Manhattan," describes two case histories of minicaisson foundation and tiedown projects in the area of 52nd and 53rd Streets of the Borough of Manhattan. During his presentation, Terence will document the design and construction…
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 September, we have 19 practitioners from the Geosyntec family of companies giving 26 presentations, teaching two (2) courses, chairing a symposium, and participating in two (2) panel discussions at eight…
The Geosyntec family of companies will have a high-profile role at the 6th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference (CleanUp) in Melbourne, Australia. During the conference, held September 13-16, 2015, Geosyntec will have a total of 14 platform presentations, including 2 keynotes, and 3 invited speakers, as well as sponsoring and presenting a unique audience-interactive panel session on remediation and instructing two short courses. Presentations will be made by Lange Jorstad, Garry Smith, Ryan Wymore, Bruce…
Judd Goodman, P.E., a Geosyntec water resources engineer based in Oakland, California, will host a webinar on September 10th at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT to explore hydromodification and a step-by-step approach that water resource engineers can use to predict, model, and mitigate long-term fluvial geomorphic impacts (i.e., stream channel instability) caused by land use alteration. This webinar is presented through Forester University. If left unmanaged, hydromodification can cause increased channel erosion, sedimentation, planform migration, and baseflow…
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 “The Vapor Intrusion Issue and What We Have Learned: An Updated Perspective on Investigating the Pathway, Sampling Techniques and Effective Mitigation Measures,” focuses on recent developments in investigating the vapor intrusion pathway,…
Associate Jamey Rosen (Toronto) will be speaking at the Society of Military Engineers' (SAME) 2015 South Central/ South Atlantic Joint Engineer Training Symposium Thursday, August 27. Jamey's presentation is titled "Barrier Wall Installation at Wolf Creek & Center Hill – Data Management" and is being co-presented with Vanessa Bateman of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Jamey is a leader in Geosyntec's Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization practice. Geosyntec Consultants specializes in designing, developing…
Three (3) articles co-authored by five (5) Geosyntec practitioners were featured in the August 2015 edition of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' Waste and Resource Recovery Committee Newsletter. This edition of the newsletter focused on the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) final rule that was published in April 2015. The Geosyntec co-authored articles are (Geosyntec practitioners in bold): "EPA's Coal Combustion Residuals Rule: Review of Applicability, Exemptions, And Technical Requirements"…
Principal Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, (Los Angeles) is speaking at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) LA Post and the Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) "Regional Resilience Workshop." The workshop will discuss infrastructure resilience within the LA River region with the goal of bringing together leaders, experts, and community members—concerned about the LA River region's ability to respond to an infrastructure disaster—to problem solve technical and public policy solutions. The workshop will focus…
Geosyntec Principal Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. (Guelph) and Sr. Engineer Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng. (Philadelphia) were contributing authors to the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) recent document entitled “Generic Work Plan to Assess Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid Mobility in the Subsurface at Manufactured Gas Plant Sites.” This work plan, published August 4, 2015, provides standardized characterization protocols for assessing subsurface DNAPL mobility that can be reproduced at multiple manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites to yield an…
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