Geosyntec News and Events

As in previous years, Geosyntec will be a Gold Sponsor of the 13th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia on August 22-24, 2018. Ganesh Krishnan, P.E., CPESC, D.WRE (Georgia) is a Steering Committee member for the Georgia Environmental Conference and serves as the Scholarship Committee Chair. Chris Saranko, Ph.D. will present on changes to the methodology for deriving Risk Reduction Standards (RRS) for soil and groundwater included in…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), and Lange Jorstad, Ph.D. (Sydney, Australia) will be leading a Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE) workshop "Technical and regulatory issues resulting from the use of PFAS at contaminated sites" in Sydney, Australia on August 27 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. and again in Melbourne, Australia on August 30 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. These one-day workshops will provide…
Sandra Owens, CHMM, CSP (Florida) will present "Section 112(r)(1) The General Duty Clause Under RMP" at the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) 2018 National Conference in Reno, Nevada from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. on August 27, 2018. Sandy is a Senior Scientist with more than 20 years of experience in environmental, health and safety compliance with specific technical expertise in process safety management (PSM) and risk management programs (RMP) compliance. She performs PSM and…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will be moderating and Sean O'Donnell, Ph.D. (Maryland) will be a panelist in a session entitled "Cost Effective Organics Collection and Processing Out in the Country" at the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) WASTECON 2018 at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee on August 20-23, 2018. Geosyntec is sponsoring the session and the Young Professional Oganization of SWANA at WASTECON. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. (California) has been selected by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to serve on the Independent Review Board (IRB) for DWR's comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) project for the Oroville Dam facilities. Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the nation with a height of over 770 feet, a crest length of about 1 mile, and an embankment volume of about 80 million cubic yards. In February 2017, an incident…
Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Texas) served as Lead Principal Investigator and John Seymour, P.E. (Illinois) served as Co-Principal Investigator for the "Alternative Cover Systems for Coal Combustion Residuals Landfills and Surface Impoundments" Technical Report 2017 for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Beth is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental site characterization and management, as well as siting, design, permitting, operations, construction, and closure…
Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE (Louisiana) will present "Living Breakwaters: Designing for Resiliency" at the 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland July 30-August 3, 2018. The presentation will discuss the Living Breakwaters Project, a unique design of an offshore breakwater system to promote coastal resilience in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York. It combines physical risk reduction through wave attenuation and erosion prevention functions with ecological enhancement and habitat creation as…
Wassim Tabet, Ph.D. (Kennesaw) coauthored a technical paper “Characterization of Hydration Products’ Formation and Strength Development in Cement-Stabilized Kaolinite Using TG and XRD” that will be published in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, a publication from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in October 2018. Wassim is a Senior Staff Engineer who joined Geosyntec’s Kennesaw, Georgia office in February 2016 after graduating with a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.…
Marc J. Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida), coauthored an article entitled “So You Want To Be An Expert Witness?” published in The Reporter, published by the Florida Bar’s The Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS), on pages 7-8 in volume 38, Number 4, July 2018. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, facility site selection, property…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Toronto), authored an article entitled "Fluid Flow Model for Predicting the Intrusion Rate of Subsurface Contaminant Vapors into Buildings " published in the Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) journal on June 25, 2018. His coauthors were John Gallinatti, P.G., CEG, CHg (California), Gordon Thrupp, Ph.D. (California), William Wertz, Ph.D. (New York), Darius Mali (Ontario), and Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington D.C.). Todd is a Senior Principal Engineer with more than 30…
Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington D.C.), and Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Toronto) co-authored six vapor intrusion (VI) technology fact sheets recently published by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The VI fact sheets were developed by the DoD Tri-Services Environmental Risk Assessment Workgroup (TSERAWG) for the purpose of updating and supplementing the DoD Vapor Intrusion Handbook published by the TSERAWG in 2009. State-of-the-art VI assessment approaches and technologies described in the fact sheets include use…
Lance Fontenot, Ph.D., PWS (Louisiana), delivered a presentation entitled "Effects of Salt Water Intrusion on Coastal Amphibian Populations: Biodiversity and Evolutionary Perspectives" at the Louisiana Coastal Geology Symposium 2018 at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Energy, Coast & Environment Building in Baton Rouge on July 11, 2018. Lance is a Principal Toxicologist based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience focused on assessing the human health and ecological effects of hazardous substance releases,…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (California), will be participating as a panelist for the seminar series: Hazardous Waste and Sites, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington D.C. on July 17, 2018. Ravi is a Senior Principal Consultant based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on risk assessment and remediation management. He is recognized as a leader in applying risk-based decision-making to the development of remediation strategies for environmentally impacted sites.…
Geosyntec will make a substantial technical contribution to the 32nd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School produced by the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) on Marco Island, Florida on July 17-20, 2018. Geosyntec will deliver four technical presentations, and our professionals will be at booth #320. Presenters from Geosyntec will be Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida); Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE (Louisiana); Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida); and Joe Applegate, P.G. (Florida). Additional Geosyntec staff…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida); Bill Gaffigan, CVA; and Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) co-authored an article entitled "Solid Waste Ratemaking: The Whys and How" published in the July 2018 Issue of Waste Advantage Magazine. This article focuses on the cost of service studies as an essential tool in managing a solid waste agency in these uncertain times. They provide opportunities for the introduction of smart technologies, cost optimization, improved customer service, and long-term financial planning.…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will moderate a panel discussion entitled "The Chinese Import Ban - Impact on Florida: A Panel Discussion" at the 2018 Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Florida Summer Conference at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on July 16, 2018. Other Geosyntec professionals attending are Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida), Daniel Schauer, P.G. (Florida), Fred Chandler, and Jaime Feliciano. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM (Florida) presented "Optimization Analysis of Lakeland's Street Sweeping Program" at the Florida Stormwater Association's 2018 Annual Conference in Fort Myers, Florida on June 14, 2018. The presentation was focused on a recent assessment of the city of Lakeland's street sweeping program. Mike's co-authors were Nick Hartshorn and Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida). Mike is a water resources engineer based in Florida with more than 13 years of experience, including…
A​ndrea Braga, P.E. , CPESC (Massachusetts); Hayley O'Grady, and Turgay Dabak, Ph.D., P.E. (Washington, D.C.), co-authored an article entitled "Performance of Two Advanced Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Washington D.C." published in the journal Water, Volume 10, Issue 5, on May 22, 2018. Their coauthor was Cecilia Lane of the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). This paper is the culmination of an eight-year partnership between Geosyntec and the DOEE,…
Emily Stockwell (Colorado) coauthored an article entitled "Thermal Monitoring of Natural Source Zone Depletion" published in the National Groundwater Association's (NGWA) journal, Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation, on May 3, 2018. Her co-authors were Kayvan Karimi Askarani, Keith R. Piontek, and Tom C. Sale. Emily's experience includes investigating and characterizing sites contaminated with light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL), dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPL), and metals. Emily has assisted in selecting, implementing, and evaluating remediation strategies for…
Dimin Fan, Ph.D. (Maryland) will co-present a webinar entitled "In Situ Activated Carbon-Based Technology for Groundwater Remediation: Overview, Best Practices, and Case Studies," sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. The live webinar will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. Dimin will co-present work that he conducted as a research fellow with the U.S. EPA on activated carbon-based technologies for in situ groundwater remediation.…
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., PE., D.GE. (Texas) and Logan Brant, Ph.D., PE. (Texas) will present "Slope Stabilization Techniques for Pipelines: Concepts" at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Technical Training at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on June 20, 2018. Rodolfo is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 18 years of experience focused on geohazard evaluations, geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement solutions, and advanced foundation analyses for…
Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio) co-authored an article entitled "The Case for Integrated Wastewater and Stormwater Planning for Ohio"s Communities" published in the Ohio Water Environment Association"s Buckeye Bulletin Volume 91:2, Issue 2 on May 18, 2018. The article covers integrated planning and includes a section from the recently published User's Guide, available free of charge, from the Water Research Foundation "User's Guide for integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning." Elizabeth managed this research and Adrienne Nemura, P.E.…
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