Geosyntec News and Events

Mike Hardin (Florida) wrote an article entitled "The Control of Nutrients in Green Roof Runoff" that was published in "Living Architecture Monitor" in Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2017 Issue, page 9. The article discusses the benefits of low-impact development (LID) green roofs in urban environments as well as the organic materials that are related to the roofs. The article also examines a number of studies by the University of Central Florida's Stormwater Management Academy…
Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia) will be co-presenting at the Georgia Bar Environmental Law Section Summer Seminar at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida at 11:40 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Raphael and Bill Rogers from Skytec will deliver a presentation entitled "Using Drones to Investigate and Remediate Contamination: State of the Art and Law". The webinar will highlight Geosyntec's innovative use of drone technology, including LiDAR sensors, to capture high-resolution aerial photography and generate…
David Roman (Maryland) led a stormwater project for Geosyntec at Conowingo Elementary School (Maryland) that was featured in an article entitled "Rainwater Retrofit" in Stormwater Solutions Magazine on June 7, 2017. In June 2014, the Cecil County Department of Public Works Development Services was provided a grant agreement to add stormwater solutions to Conowingo Elementary School. Geosyntec installed a system to collect rainwater and save the rainwater to irrigate the landscape. While this system has…
Martha Carr (Georgia) has been appointed to the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Council of Examiners (COE) effective March of 2017. Twice a year, the COE convenes to analyze results and statistics of past questions. Three members of the COE write future exam questions while the other three members review each question. The questions are then reviewed by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in another peer review session to ensure the questions are…
Bob Anderson will join the 17th Annual Comprehensive Conference onClean Water and Stormwater at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at 8:30 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Bob will address emerging persistent contaminants in water supplies and discuss "Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanoic Sulfonate (PFOS), 1-4 Dioxane, and various pharmaceuticals: What are they? Where are they used? How do they get into water supplies?" Bob Anderson is a Senior Principal…
Aaron Poresky (Oregon), Marty Christman (Texas), and Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) will represent Geosyntec and host a booth at the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Continuing Education Workshop in Austin, Texas on June 16, 2017. At the workshop, Aaron Poresky (Oregon) will be presenting "Percentile Storm Approaches for Stormwater Management: A Nationwide Perspective on Implementation and Effectiveness." Aaron collaborated with Marty Christman (Texas) on a paper entitled "Smarter Stormwater Systems" that was selected as the…
Dr. Tim Mattes (University of Iowa) will be featured as the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The webinar will feature a discussion on how vinyl chloride (VC) oxidizing bacteria could support an overall reductive dechlorination scheme. VC-oxidizing microbes are likely to be the methanotrophs and the etheneotrophs known to operate at low oxygen concentrations with VC oxidation processes likely significant at many VC sites that are considered anoxic…
Ken Suslio (California) will speak during a webcast, "Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure," that will be held by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Stormwater Institute from 1- 2:30 p.m. EST on June 08, 2017. According to WEF, this webcast will summarize highlights from a new report “Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure” released in April by Storm and Stream Solutions LLC and Willamette Partnership, in collaboration with the WEF…
Geosyntec is proud to sponsor the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as part of Geosyntec's Diversity Initiative. The firm provides sponsored professional memberships for employees who wish to sign up. Geosyntec believes membership to SWE will support and develop leadership within the firm. Membership includes access to hundreds of hours of online professional development, local SWE section events and networking, and outreach opportunities to children in K-12th grade in order to inspire and support the next generation…
Jeff Roberts and Hester Groenevelt (Ontario) will Present at International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW) at the Ferguson Block in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1-2, 2017. Jeff Roberts, a Senior Scientist at SiREM, will present on the SP3 sampling service and his presentation is entitled "Using Passive Sampling as a Decision Making Tool." Hester Groenevelt, also a Senior Scientist at SiREM will present "Quantitative Passive Soil Gas Sampling for VOCs – Mathematical Model, Lab…
Jim Culp, Ron Arcuri, Kate Graf (Pennsylvania), Bill Gaffigan (Georgia), Lisa Goode (Oregon), and Joe Cleary (New Jersey) will all be presenting at the 2017 Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 5–8, 2017. The ACE, entitled "Bridging Environment, Energy & Health", will examine how leaders in industry, government, academia, and non-governmental citizen groups work together to improve community…
Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario), a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, was invited to participate as a panelist in a workshop for End Users presenting on the topic of the positive impacts of bioremediation at the 6th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (ISMOS6) at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in San Diego, California at 2:35 – 3:55 p.m. on June 7, 2017. ISMOS is the largest event…
As we continue to enrich our safety culture in everything we do, Geosyntec has become a certified contractor with the Gold Shovel Standard. We are committed to improving the safety of our employees, subcontractors, and the public, as well as protecting the integrity of buried infrastructure. Gold Shovel Standard is a nonprofit organization that provides third-party confirmation of Safety Management Systems for the protection of buried assets, and provides fair and transparent metrics for damage…
Lelio Mejia (California) will present at Geo-Risk 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Colorado at 2:30-4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. He will be presenting "Response of Fena Dam to the 1993 Guam Earthquake" in Track D/ Advances in Geotechnical Reliability Based Design in D32/ Performance-Based Liquefaction Assessment and Mitigation. A Senior Principal with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, Lelio has directed the investigation and seismic stability evaluation…
Phil Dennis and Jeff Roberts (Ontario) will represent SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, at the upcoming Battelle Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, being held in Miami, Florida, 22–25 May 2017. Phil will present "Verification of Analytical and Amendment Approaches for an In Situ Microcosm Device for Testing Enhanced Bioremediation Processes;" and Jeff will present "Laboratory Bench-Scale Testing in Support of MNA." Phil and Jeff will be joined at the symposium by Fei Lou…
As in previous years, Geosyntec will make a significant technical contribution to Battelle's Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel in Florida on May 22-25, 2017. Geosyntec will provide eight session chairs, two poster presentations, and 15 presentations to the technical program, which consists of more than 500 platform and poster presentations. Presentations will include information on advances in bioremediation and the incorporation of green and sustainable…
Curt Laush (Texas) will present and join an Industry Expert Panel at the Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance Stack Testing Seminar at the Intel office in Chandler, Arizona from 9:30-3:30 p.m. on May 25, 2017. Geosyntec is also sponsoring a lunch for the event. Curt's presentation, entitled "Determination and Interpretation of FTIR Detection Limits," emphasizes the analytical treatment and interpretations of extractive Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy detection limits when monitoring process tool and stack emissions…
Andy Nelson (Australia) a Senior Principal at MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, helped organize a half-day technical meeting entitled "Managing Fire and Explosion Risk on Ageing Assets" with Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG) in Melbourne, Australia on May 25, 2017. Andrew Nelson is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Australia with more than 20 years of experience in technical safety engineering and risk management. His practice is focused on hazardous industries including upstream…
Scott Struck (Colorado), Turgay Dabak (Washington, D.C.), Aaron Poresky, and Lucas Nguyen (Oregon), will present papers at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Sacramento, California on May 21-25, 2017. The theme of the conference is "Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment." The ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE…
Chris Pracheil, Teresa A. Fischer (Tennessee), Justin Knight, and Robert Bachus (Georgia) will make significant technical contributions to the Environmental Show of the South at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee on May 17-19, 2017. Mary Tyler, Jamey Dotson, and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will be on hand at the Geosyntec booth in the exhibit hall to discuss issues and answer questions concerning solid and hazardous waste, contaminated site remediation, and environmental preservation. The Environmental Show…
Gizem Bozkurt (Georgia) co-authored an article entitled "Capillary Forces between Equally Sized Moving Glass-Beads: An Experimental Study" that was published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal on April 14, 2017. The paper is based on Gizem's doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her co-authors were Dante Fratta, Ph.D., PE and William J. Likos, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Abstract The mechanical response of near-surface unsaturated soils in large-strain environments such as earthquakes, landslides,…
Nick Yafrate (Massachusetts) was recognized by Waste360 as an awardee in their "40 Under 40" awards program on March 6, 2017. Waste360's 40 Under 40 program showcases the next generation of leaders who are shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry and recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work has made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are involved in many different aspects of the waste…
Lauren Wellborn and Amber Greune (North Carolina) Presented at the 2017 ASCE North Carolina Section 2017 Spring Technical Conference held at Duke University's Fitzpatrick Center in Durham, North Carolina on April 28, 2017. ASCE North Carolina members come from all disciplines of civil engineering, from all types of backgrounds, and from all corners of the state. Benefits are geared to meet the high standards of the profession and keep engineers on the cutting edge of…
Chriso Petropoulou (Illinois), Chris Robb, and David Zolp (Wisconsin) will attend, and Geosyntec will sponsor and exhibit at the Water Leaders Summit 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 23-24, 2017. The Water Leaders Summit 2017 is The Water Council"s headline event for the local, national and global water industry. The theme of this year's summit is "A Secure Future Needs Water." This year"s summit is focused on water security and brings together thought-leaders at the…
Brian Penserini (Massachusetts) co-authored and article entitled "A morphologic proxy for debris flow erosion with application to the earthquake deformation cycle, Cascadia Subduction Zone, USA" that was published in the journal Geomorphology volume 282, pages 150-161 on April 1, 2017. The paper concerns work that Brian and his team performed using airborne LiDAR data of the western Oregon Coast Range. They developed an empirical model to relate the morphology of valleys scoured by periodic debris…
Jenna Newcombe (Massachusetts) and John Hollar (Georgia) will attend the 2017 NAEM EHS Management Excellence Conference at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland on May 17-18, 2017. Geosyntec will be hosting a dinner on Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m. It is planned to be an evening filled with camaraderie, fine food, and libations. You can follow this link to a form and let us know you are interested in attending. We'll…
Geosyntec is developing business-specific active floodproofing systems and conducting resiliency audits in support of New York City Economic Development Corporation's RISE : NYC program. Geosyntec's Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) and Kelly Havens (California) are leading the effort. Featured in New York City's OneNYC 2017 Progress Report (p. 190), Geosyntec's active floodproofing project is one of 11 projects selected to receive Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) funds as part of the RISE:NYC Technology Competition.…
Lee Mullon, Mike Hardin, and Max Wallace (Florida) presented separate water resources topics at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 33rd Annual Water Resources Seminar in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on April 28, 2017. This seminar is organized by the ASCE East Central Branch Florida Section where Lee Mullon, Thomas Amstadt, and Mark Ellard all serve as officers of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute Committee. The event helps raise funds for engineering scholarships,…
Ranjiv Gupta (Arizona) will co-present a two-day short course with Jeffrey Kuhn, Director of the Geotechnical Laboratory at TRI Environmental (TRI). The course, entitled "Slope Stability of Containment Systems: Understanding Issues Related to Design and Interface Friction Testing," will take place at TRI in Austin, Texas on May 23-24, 2017. Ranjiv has over ten years of academic and professional experience in the field of geotechnical, geoenvironmental and geosynthetics engineering. Since joining Geosyntec, he has been…
Grant Wallace (North Carolina) co-authored an article entitled "Quantifying the electron donating capacities of sulfide and dissolved organic matter in sediment pore waters of wetlands" that was published in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts on April 25, 2017. The paper concerns the estimation of electron donating capacity (EDC) values for a set of pore water samples collected from the sediments of four separate wetlands in the Cottonwood Lakes Study Area in Jamestown, North…
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