Geosyntec News and Events

Duane Graves (Tennessee) authored an article entitled "Winning the Brownfields Gambit" for the Tennessee Bar Association Website on March 1, 2017. Winning the Brownfields Gambit Duane Graves, Ph.D., BCES Senior Principal Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. 180A Market Place Blvd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37922 Introduction Urban landscapes in most cities show the pockmarks of long-gone industry in the form of derelict buildings; silent, cold factories; and vacant lots fenced to keep people out and contamination in. These properties…
Helen Dawson (Washington, D.C.) will speak on "The Science Behind Water Quality" with Kelly DiNatale at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 35th Water Law Conference at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017. For its 35th year, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) Water Law Conference will bring together government, nonprofit, and private practitioners to discuss emerging issues, hot topics, and…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) and Dan Bourdeau (New Hampshire) will be co-presenting at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Massachusetts at 9 a.m. on March 29, 2017. Andrea and Dan's presentation is entitled "Active Floodproofing for Coastal Resiliency of Small Businesses in New York City." It will provide an overview of a project aimed at helping to increase the resiliency…
Mark Hanna (California) and Howard Cumberland (Oregon) will present at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 46th Spring Conference at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California on March 29-31, 2017. Mark will lead a technical round table from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on March 30, 2017 entitled "Issues & Opportunities in Urban River Restoration and Revitalization." The round table will discuss the Los Angeles River, a 51-mile urban waterway running through one of…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrea Braga, Brandon Mogan, Christopher Gale, Douglas Baumwirt, Janet Goodfellow, Jennifer Nyman, Jeremy Morris, John Persico, Len deVlaming, Matthew Wissler, Melissa Schmitt, Tamara Hebeler, Thomas Bristol, and Victor Damasceno to Principals within the Geosyntec Family of Companies. These individuals have each made substantial contributions in leading the development and delivery of highly valued solutions to our clients, recruiting and mentoring our next generation of exceptional staff, growing…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Hitchens, Brian Petty, Christopher Greene, Jamie deLemos, Julianna Connolly, Kirk Craig, Matthew Bardol, and Scott Sheridan to Senior Principals within the Geosyntec Family of Companies. These individuals have each made substantial contributions leading the development and delivery of highly-valued solutions to our clients, recruiting and mentoring our next generation of exceptional staff, growing our practice capabilities, and collaborating with colleagues across the firm. Please join me…
Nick Yafrate and Scott Luettich (Massachusetts) will have a paper published in the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) EM Magazine in March 2017. The article is entitled "Elevated Temperature Landfills (ETLFs) - Challenges Facing the Solid Waste Community." It considers the uncommon but costly problem of high temperatures in landfills resulting not from subsurface fires but from abnormal biological or chemical reactions within the landfill. Nick and Scott describe how elevated temperatures (ETs) have…
Julia Caprio and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will present at a symposium entitled "Fire in the Smokies, Rising from the Ashes" hosted by Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law and Geosyntec Consultants at the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Law in downtown Knoxville from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 16, 2017. The symposium will address legal matters, problems, concerns, and questions that the community is dealing with while trying to rebuild. The symposium was…
Liz Marsh (Michigan) will present at the Manufacturers' Education Council's (MEC) 26th Annual Business & Industry's Sustainability and EHS Symposium at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on March 21, 2017. Her presentation is entitled "Best Management Practices ... Maximizing Value with Your Environmental Compliance Audits." The presentation will cover practical tips to consider in setting up an audit program to ensure legal compliance with U.S. EPA's Audit…
Jarad Champion and Mike Hickey (Illinois) presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Illinois in Chicago on March 1, 2017. Jarad also served as the co-chair of the environmental session at the conference. Their presentation detailed a coal-fired steam electric power plant water balance study being conducted to develop a computational model for compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency effluent limitation guidelines. The AIChE Midwest Regional…
Geosyntec Engineer Logan Johnson (New Hampshire) recently joined the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Victoria Sheehan, as guests on the New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) call-in talk show The Exchange with Laura Knoy. The discussion centered around New Hampshire's transportation infrastructure. NHPR invited Logan to participate because she is the Chair of the Report Card Committee for the New Hampshire Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-NH). ASCE-NH plans…
Ali Ebrahimi (Texas) presented at the 2017 Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) Research Exchange Meeting at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas on February 21-22, 2017. He is a senior geotechnical engineer with Geosyntec and his presentation at PRCI covered geohazard monitoring techniques for infrastructure projects. The Research Exchange Meeting is scheduled each year to provide PRCI member companies, our key research partners, and external stakeholders with a report on the important research…
Dr. Jason Conder (Huntington Beach, California) will be the first to present in a series of continuing legal education (CLE) events for the Environmental Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) on March 28, 2017. Dr. Conder's presentation is entitled "Passive Sampling – An Innovative Technology for Evaluation of Petroleum Impacted Sediments." LSBA members are welcome to attend the presentation in the Taylor Porter Founder's Room, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Registration is…
Jeff Roberts, Sandra Dworatzek (Guelph), and Elizabeth Edwards will present at the RemTEC Summit at the Colorado Conventions Center in Denver, Colorado on March 7-9, 2017. Jeff and Sandra will be representing SiREM, a division of Geosyntec. Jeff's presentation is entitled "Optimizing Injection Methods Using High Quality Anaerobic Injection Water and Dealing with Low pH Groundwater during Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents." Sandra's presentation is entitled "Bioaugmentation Approaches for Anaerobic Benzene Remediation." University of Toronto professor…
Joe Cleary (New Jersey) will present at the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Technology Transfer Seminar at the Sheraton Eatontown at Eatontown, New Jersey on March 7, 2017. His presentation will discuss the latest trends in industrial water reuse. The discussion will include a review of key drivers, water reuse approaches, current technologies, risk assessment approaches, and design system process issues. Case studies will feature water reuse projects in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical…
Lange Jorstad (Australia) was elected President of the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) at the annual general meeting in November 2016. The appointment followed over ten years serving in state and national committee roles with IAH Australia. The IAH is a scientific and educational charitable organization for scientists, engineers, water managers and other professionals working in the fields of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. The Australian Chapter is the largest…
Geosyntec's Fort Gillem Vapor Intrusion Investigation project received an Honor Award at the 2017 ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Awards on February 25, 2017 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia and the Georgia Engineering Alliance based the award on the successful and innovative consulting engineering services Geosyntec provided to the Fort Gillem Vapor Intrusion (VI) Investigation. Fort Gillem is a former United States Army…
Sandra Dworatzek and Phil Dennis delivered a presentation entitled "Bioremediation Approaches and Tools for Anaerobic Benzene Remediation" at SMART Remediation held in Toronto, Ontario on January 26, 2017 and Ottawa, Ontario on February 16, 2017. Smart Methods in Advanced Remediation Technologies (SMART) is a series of technical learning seminars for environmental professionals to bring the North American environmental community together to enhance the collective understanding of cutting-edge characterization and remediation technologies. "Bioremediation Approaches and Tools…
Chunling Li and David Espinoza (Maryland) co-authored a paper entitled, "Assessment of Reinforced Embankment Stability over Soft Soils Based on Monitoring Results" that will be published in Geosynthetics International in Issue 1 of 2017. The paper presents a semi-empirical method to assess the stability during construction of a reinforced embankment constructed over soft ground. A finite-element model calibrated using obtained monitoring results was used to evaluate the process of how the reinforcement tensile strength and…
Geosyntec's Eric Sager and Alex Warzinski (Florida) were honored with NASA Silver Dollar Awards at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The awards were presented by the environmental division chief Denise Thaller during a surprise ceremony on February 16, 2017. Geosyntec and our subcontractor (FECC, Inc.) received this award for overcoming a large number of logistical and scheduling challenges to successfully fast-track a soil remediation project in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) presented at the Alaska Forum on the Environment 2017, at the Dena'ina Center in Achorage, Alsaka on February 8, 2017 and at the 51st Alaska Survey and Mapping Conference at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on February 16, 2017. The presentation at the Alaska Forum on the Environment 2017 was entitled "Creating and Utilizing Spatial Data in Remedial Investigations: From Archives to Desktops to Mobile Devices," and was delivered with…
SiREM will host a webinar featuring Shaily Mahendra, Ph.D. at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Dr. Mahendra is an Associate Professor and Samueli Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She will discuss the challenges with current remediation techniques for cleanup of 1,4-dioxane contaminated sites, a culture which can grow using 1,4-dioxane as its only source of carbon and energy, and the…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Principal in our Oakland, California office. Dr. Mejia will take a leading role in the continued development of the firm’s geotechnical and earthquake engineering practice, with a focus on dams and levees. Dr. Mejia has devoted much of his 35-year career to the challenges of dam and levee engineering. He is a leading international authority in this…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) and Ganesh Krishnan (Georgia) will be co-presenting at the 2017 Environmental Connection Conference of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia in Room 113/114 at 9:10 a.m. on February 22, 2017. Andrea and Ganesh will co-present with Mark Goldsmith, Director of EHS Compliance at Walmart. Their presentation, entitled "Establishing a Compliance Audit Program for Your Company" will provide an overview of how to setup a…
Lance Fontenot (Louisiana) will deliver a presentation entitled "Safety of Dietary Supplements: A Toxicological Perspective," during the Louisiana Environmental Health Association track, at the 2017 Louisiana Solid Waste Association (LSWA) Annual Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 15 - 17, 2017. Valerie Mayhall (Louisiana), as part of the LSWA Conference Steering Committee, has been actively involved in the planning and execution of the annual conference. She is a Senior Scientist based in Louisiana with more…
Thom Bristol and Brian Cole (South Carolina), Spencer Varnado and Anica Haynes (Louisiana) will attend the Southern Gas Association Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, Florida on February 22-24, 2017. The SGA Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction is designed to provide professionals in the pipeline design and construction industry a better understanding of the requirements associated with permitting complex projects and ensuring…
Valerie Mayhall is honored to be serving on the Board of Directors of the Women's Energy Network, South Louisiana Chapter for 2017. Valerie is a Senior Scientist based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental permitting and compliance. She has extensive experience in project management for entities in the industrial, municipal, and utility sectors. A diverse mix of companies, Valerie's clients include sugar mills, refineries, railroads, and petrochemical companies. Her…
Ron Arcuri (Pennsylvania) and Neal Durant (Washington, D.C.) presented at the Allegheny County Bar Association's (ACBA) Environment and Energy Law Section Council meeting in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on January 26, 2017. They were invited to present to the ACBA's Environment and Energy Law Section Council on the topic of "Applications of Environmental Forensics in Legal Matters." Their presentation incorporated information from one given by Silvia Mancini (Toronto) at the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy,…
The Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) named the stormwater management project at Conowingo Elementary School in Conowingo, Maryland as the winner of the 2017 Award of Excellence in the Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award category during the annual awards banquet at the Baltimore Convention Center on January 26, 2017. The project included the design and construction of multiple stormwater management facilities using Environmental Site Design (ESD) practices on the school campus. The ESD practices were designed to capture and…
The Hydrocarbon Passive Fire Protection Network (PFPNet) will be hosting an introductory meeting at the Texas Training and Conference Centers in Houston, Texas from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday February 15, 2017. The event is free of charge, lunch will be provided, and a reception will conclude the afternoon. Examples of companies registered include BP, CB&I, Fluor, Shell, Chevron, International Paint and NACE International. All attendees will have the opportunity to offer their…
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