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Bertrand Palmer, Ph.D., P.E.


Site Investigation & Remediation 

Groundwater Assesment & Remediation 

Waste Containment Facility Permitting & Design

Geoenvironmental Containment/ Cleanup Engineering

Geotechnical Infrastructure/ Foundation Engineering 

Brownfields Redevelopment Planning & Design

Industrial Water Supply/ Wastewater Treatment Planning & Design 


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

M.S., Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

Diplome d'Ingénieur, Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics

Primary Disciplines:
Civil Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering,

Dr. Bertrand S. Palmer, PE, principal engineer based in southern California, focuses on developing innovative approaches and designs for projects involving site assessment, remedial investigation, feasibility study, chemical fate and transport analysis, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater remediation.  He is experienced in remediation system design, construction, operation, monitoring, and maintenance.   

Practice Specialties  
With more than 20 years experience in geotechnical, civil, and environmental engineering applications, Dr. Palmer has extensive experience in the design and implementation of programs to resolve health risk, compliance, and redevelopment issues at sites impacted by soil and groundwater contamination.  As part of his experience, he has developed site-specific engineering solutions for more than 40 industrial, commercial, and landfill sites in California.  He has managed or directed over 100 projects involving investigation and remediation of BTEX hydrocarbons, MTBE, chlorinated solvents, metals, and perchlorate.  He has provided these solutions at underground storage tank sites, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites, oil production sites, Brownfield redevelopment sites , industrial sites, and military installations. 

Advancing the State-of-the-Practice
Dr. Palmer continues to advance the state-of-the-practice through his bench scale and pilot scale studies to evaluate the engineering properties of various soil, sludge, and waste materials.  Many of these programs involved the research and development of new testing procedures and treatability study techniques designed to evaluate the retention or migration of organic compounds in the subsurface. This includes leachability analyses to evaluate the mobility of priority pollutant volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) from solidified waste and soil samples.  Dr. Palmer has developed and designed various custom field and laboratory equipment for sampling and testing soil and groundwater.

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