Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Geosyntec’s Gary Wealthall, Ph.D., presented at a workshop focused on groundwater pollution, hydrology, and remediation at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria from December 15-19. Gary gave several lectures and presented case studies on nuclear and non-nuclear pollution to workshop attendees from 21 IAEA member states. This opportunity was made available due to the support and collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Geosyntec’s Rula Deeb, Ph.D.,…
Boston, MA, Boca Raton, FL, and Norwalk, CT (December 12, 2014) - OptiRTC Inc. (Opti) announced its formation today as an independent company from parent company Geosyntec Consultants (Geosyntec). Opti's mission is to protect clean water by actively managing stormwater infrastructure. Opti, headquartered in Boston, MA, delivers intelligent control and decision support solutions through its cloud-based platform to U.S. municipalities and Fortune 500 companies. For these infrastructure owners, Opti reduces operating and capital costs, enables…
The cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geosyntec Consultants to develop and pilot-test a permeable reactive mat to treat chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) discharging from groundwater seeps into the tidal wetlands was recently highlighted in an article titled “New Remediation Technology: Bioreactive Mat for Treatment of Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds in Wetlands at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland” in the EPA’s fall issue of Technology News & Trends. The pilot test, in…
Last month, a group of Geosyntec engineers and scientists contributed to an Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) guidance document titled "Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigating, and Management." Geosyntec's Robbie Ettinger, Dave Folkes, P.E., Ben Martich, QEP, and Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng. all contributed to the document. This ITRC guidance provides regulators, managers, and practitioners with information to support improved Petroleum Vapor Intrusion (PVI) decision-making at potential PVI sites and a comprehensive methodology…
Senior Engineers Ed Fahnline and Lee Kim Yik of Geosyntec’s Kuala Lumpur office conducted technical training sessions at a seminar on the investigation of contaminated soil and groundwater. The seminar, co-organized by Geosyntec Asia, was held at ALS Technichem Sdn. Bhd. in Shah Alam on 28 October 2014. ALS Technichem is an environmental analytical testing laboratory services company and a co-organizer of the event. Over 40 manufacturing and institutional representatives took part in the half-day…
Philip Reidy, P.E., a senior water resources engineer and principal consultant for Geosyntec in Malaysia will be among the speakers at iChemE’s 2nd Regional Sustainability Seminar on 24 November 2014. The seminar will be held at the Grand Millenium Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The IChemE 2nd Regional Sustainability Seminar will be an intensive one-day seminar that brings together professionals in the relevant fields to discuss the challenges involved in the actual implementation of energy and…
Scott Drew, LSRP (Princeton/Ewing) will be a co-presenter at a training program sponsored by Alpha Analytical Labs entitled “New Jersey Vapor Intrusion Guidance Update. The event, scheduled for November 6, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, New Jersey, will discuss the changes in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) technical guidance and screening levels for vapor intrusion programs, technical approaches for site investigation and preemptive mitigation, practical considerations, best practices, and application…
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland (NIH), has awarded the team of Geosyntec Consultants, the Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a $700,000 grant to perform novel and applied research regarding bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes in groundwater and sediments. Principal investigators for the research project include Dr. Neal Durant and Dr. Amar Wadhawan of Geosyntec’s Columbia Maryland office, as…
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. Alabama Environmental Conference The University of Alabama October 20-21, 2014 Orange Beach, Alabama The Alabama Enviornmental Conference is a two-day event that will address broad challenges of energy and resources, waste reduction, compliance, management and sustainability.…
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. 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy Association for Envrionmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) October 20-23, 2014 Amherst, Massachusetts The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, at the University of…
Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng., a Geosyntec senior engineer and hydrogeologist based in Pennsylvania, is among the instructors for a series of two-day courses upcoming in 2014 and 2015 entitled “Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids: Science, Management, and Technology.” The next session will be held October 29-30 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, which is hosted by ITRC state member Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The course series is based on the Interstate Technology and…
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has selected Geosyntec Consultants to develop a web-based tool for statewide Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs). The project will be led by Robert Hartzel of Geosyntec’s office in Acton, Massachusetts. According to Bob, “This exciting project will allow us to develop an innovative watershed planning tool at the crossroads of science, engineering, public policy, and public education.” Geosyntec will create an interactive web-based tool to help users develop…
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