Geosyntec News and Events

Melissa Grover, Jennifer Arblaster, and Jason Conder of California were part of the project team honored with Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) 2016 Project-of-the-Year Award for Environmental Restoration on November 28, 2016. Dr. Bart Chadwick from SPAWAR Systems Center led the project team for an ESTCP-funded project that aimed to demonstrate and validate the placement, stability, and performance of reactive amendments for treatment of contaminated sediments in active DOD harbor settings. The project was…
Morteza Khorshidi (North Carolina) co-authored an article entitled "Intrinsic Relationship Between Matric Potential and Cation Hydration," published in the Vadose Zone Journal on November 22, 2016. Vadose Zone Journal is a publication outlet for interdisciplinary research and assessment of the Critical Zone, which comprises the Earth's critical living surface down to groundwater. Vadose Zone Journal is a peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes reviews, original research, and special sections across a wide range of disciplines. Morteza…
Melissa Grover and Jason Conder of California will have two of their projects as the focal point of the next webinar hosted by SERDP and ESTCP. The webinar, entitled "Advances in the Assessment and In Situ Treatment of Contaminated Sediments," will take place at noon Eastern time, 9am Pacific, on December 15, 2016. The two projects to be highlighted during the webinar involve the effectiveness of reactive amendments at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in…
Rula Deeb (California) has been reappointed to the Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Ad-Hoc Oversight Committee through 2017. This will be her third year as a member of the oversight committee after serving as the Arab American Frontiers Symposium co-chair for two years in Kuwait (2011) and Oman (2014). The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Frontiers of Engineering program of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering initiated the Arab-American Frontiers of…
Shira Colsky, Amanda Kunkle, and Raphael Siebenmann of the Kennesaw Georgia office gave a lunchtime presentation on the profession of engineering to the Georgia Tech Chapter of Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AEES) on December 1, 2016. The team spoke to 19 students about the day-to-day life of a staff engineer and about Geosyntec's sell-manage-do culture. Amanda gave an in-depth look at the litigation support she provides as part of our sediments practice, and…
Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to celebrate our new Washington, D.C. location with an open house gathering on December 5, 2016. Our Washington D.C. office will be home to a number of professionals known internationally for their technology leadership, broad experience, and exceptional client service. Our practitioners are some of the most creative scientists and engineers from leading universities around the world. Lead Consultants in Washington, D.C. Neal Durant, Ph.D., Senior Principal Engineer Dr. Durant is…
Darrell Egarr, Ph.D., (England) published an article entitled "Deephams STW Analysis of Mixing Chamber, Aeration Lanes and Final Settlement Tanks" in UK Water Projects 2016 Edition. Deephams Sewerage Treatment Works, located in East London, is the ninth largest works in the UK and serves a population equivalent of 891,000 (as of 2011). In order to accommodate population growth, meet new wastewater quality standards, prepare for weather variations, and replace an ageing plant; a major upgrade…
Juan Pestana (Massachusetts) will deliver a keynote address at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Dinner and Program entitled "Saving Venice" at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts at 5:30pm on December 8, 2016. Juan's keynote will focus on the methodology used to estimate the consolidation settlements of the highly heterogeneous silty sandy clayey soils, accounting for the variability in the stratigraphic units.…
SiREM launched a new webinar series on November 17th, 2016. The webinars in this series will feature guest speakers who are subject matter experts to provide the latest information on technology advances in environmental remediation and site characterization. The webinars will combine recent research and development activities for new and emerging contaminants and technologies with real word applications to characterize and remediate contaminated sites. The first webinar titled"Looking inside microbial dechlorinating communities"featured Dr. Elizabeth Edwards…
David Espinoza co-authored and article entitled "Infrastructure investing and the peril of discounted cash flow: Valuation techniques remain anchored in arcane ideas" in Financial Times on November 3, 2016. The article discusses infrastructure investing and the thoughts and risks behind Joel Dean's method. It goes on to talk about its theoretical flaws with cash flow problems and the unknowns of the discount rates. Finally, it examines how modern economists have not really solved the problems…
Juan Pestana (Massachusetts) taught a course entitled "Advanced Course on Computational Geotechnics," in Santiago, Chile on November 17-18, 2016. He lectured on Numerical Modeling Concepts for Performing Seismic Analysis of Ground Improvement, Soil Structure Interaction and advanced topics, including liquefaction and liquefaction mitigation. Juan has been lecturing on Numerical Modeling for over 20 years and has led or participated in over 30 professional courses worldwide. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Arthur…
Geosyntec professionals will deliver a number of presentations at the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Specialty Conference on Vapor Intrusion, Remediation, and Site Closure. The conference, entitled "Balancing Technical Defensibility, Risk, Sustainability, and Costs," will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley in San Diego, California on December 7-8, 2016. The Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) organizes this specialty conference on important technical considerations involving the vapor intrusion (VI)…
John Evans (Scotland) was appointed to the position of Managing Director for MMI Engineering (MMI) in November of 2016. Since 2010, Dr. Evans has successfully managed MMI's Aberdeen office while fulfilling the role of technical safety lead, an area in which he has more than 25 years of professional experience. His combined role saw him retain management of the multi-disciplinary teams in the Aberdeen office, however, his responsibilities were increased to cover the whole of…
As in previous years, Geosyntec will make a significant technical contribution to Battelle's Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 9-12, 2016. Geosyntec is scheduled to have 11 platform presentations, 16 poster presentations, and an instructor for a short course. The sediments conference series is a forum for sharing research results, practical experiences, and opportunities associated with remediating, restoring and managing the environmental and economic vitality…
Chris Robb (Wisconsin) presents at the local chapter meeting of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) at the Metropolitan Building, in Chicago, Illinois at 6:00pm on November 17, 2016. His presentation, entitled "What's the big deal with coal ash?" will be an informative discussion of coal combustion residuals, their regulatory history, the debate over toxicity, and the long term outlook for coal-burning power plants. Chris has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting,…
Roads & Bridges magazine has named La Pata Avenue Gap Closure one of the top 10 best roads in the U.S. for 2016. The publication features the Geosyntec-designed project on the October cover: "Digging Your Way Out / Massive Excavation Keys California Project." La Pata Avenue Gap Closure is a 2.3-mile long, new Class 1 Arterial Highway with four grade separation structures, constructed over challenging geologic conditions (including large landslide deposits and an old municipal…
Marissa Simpson (Massachusetts) co-authored a paper entitled "Will Dam Removal Increase Nitrogen Flux to Estuaries?" which was published in the MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) journal "Water" on November 8, 2016. The paper concerns a study of 7,550 dams throughout New England and compares analyses of dam functions and benefits with individual dam attributes and effects on downstream receiving waters. Dam removal often generates improvements for safety or migratory fish passage but might increase nitrogen…
Geosyntec's Teresa Fischer (Tennessee) was certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) with specialization in Hazardous Waste Management and Site Remediation. She is a Senior Geologist based in Knoxville, Tennessee with more than 28 years of experience in environmental consulting. Teresa specializes in the areas of site investigation and remediation; due diligence; and compliance program development and auditing. She has focused particularly on environmental…
Joe Cleary (New Jersey) will present at the 94th Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) Fall Meeting at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on November 9-10, 2016. Phillips 66 will host the 94th PERF Fall Meeting at their Research & Development headquarters. The agenda includes the following topics in the Water and Air focus areas: Induced seismicity Water treatment Water valuation New policies and regulations Source identification for PM and VOCs Air quality…
Julie Konzuk (Ontario) and Drew Raw (Maryland) will present to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) International Committee. Their presentation is entitled "Challenges Related to Remediation of Military Sites Impacted by Munitions and Emerging Contaminants." The presentation will share experience regarding common contaminants and environmental release mechanisms at military sites, specific hazards and planning needs for military site investigation and remediation, other investigation considerations, and remediation techniques. Julie is a Principal Engineer with 18…
Derek Tomlinson (Pennsylvania) will present on "Vapor Intrusion Investigation Best Practices" as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Vapor Intrusion Guidance Updates, Impacts & Considerations seminar hosted by Alpha Analytical Laboratories at Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. PADEP has revised the Land Recycling Program Technical Guidance Manual (TGM) for Vapor Intrusion into Buildings from Groundwater and Soil under Act 2, to assist…
John Seymour (Illinois) will teach a short course entitled "Geotechnical Considerations in Surface Impoundment Management and Closure" at the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) and University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) Midwest Workshop on Current Issues in Ponded CCPs at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, Kentucky on November 2, 2016. About the Workshop A similar workshop about issues in ponded coal combustion products (CCPs) was held in Tampa, Florida in…
Gary Wealthall (Ontario) and Doug Larson (Massachusetts) will teach upcoming sessions of the Princeton Groundwater Hydrology Course in Miami, Florida, October 24 – 28, 2016. This five-day intensive course introduces the basic concepts of groundwater hydrology and contaminant fate and transport, and presents a detailed discussion of current and emerging remediation technologies. The Princeton courses are widely acknowledged as the established standard in groundwater remediation training courses. The Princeton Groundwater courses are the established standard…
Alan Munn (Malaysia) will be presenting his paper "Taking Tank Farm Safety to a New Level" at the Tank Farm Tech Asia 2016 at the Royal Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 31, 2016. Alan will also join the panel during the Process Safety session that will conclude the conference on day two. The theme for this year's conference is "Enhance Asset management, Reliability and Safety." This annual conference is organized by Hydrocarbon Asia…
Geosyntec will deliver a number of presentations at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida on November 6-10, 2016. This year, Geosyntec continues our tradition of practice excellence by providing presentations on the cutting edge environmental science and technology including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of emerging chemicals of concern, and the use of activated carbon as an…
Geosyntec will co-present a Short Course entitled "Passive Sampling of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds at Sediment Sites: Practical Advice for Decision-Makers and End-Users" at the Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1:00-5:00pm on January 9, 2017. Presenters Jason Conder, Ph.D.,
Senior Scientist,
Geosyntec Consultants Upal Ghosh, Ph.D.,
Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Matt Lambert, M.S.,
Environmental Scientist,
United States Environmental Protection Agency Matt Vanderkooy, M.S.,
Environmental…
Nancy Bice (California) was appointed to the University of California, Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Advisory Council on October 7, 2016. Nancy occupies a position formerly held by Rudy Bonaparte. She manages Geosyntec's San Francisco Bay Area operations, has served on the firm's Board of Directors, and is the firm's Diversity Leader. She is also an actively practicing Engineering Geologist, bringing clients more than 35 years of experience in the environmental remediation field. The…
Derek Tomlinson (Pennsylvania) recorded a video presentation for the 252nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition August 21-25, 2016. Derek's presentation, entitled "Development of innovative technologies for the remediation of DNAPL source zones throughout their lifecycle," appears in the Presentations On Demand section of the ACS website. Abstract Derek Tomlinson (Geosyntec Consultants, Philadelphia, PA, USA) Evan Cox (Geosyntec Consultants, Waterloo, ON, Canada) David Reynolds (Geosyntec Consultants, Kingston, ON, Canada) Gavin Grant (Savron Solutions,…
The 22nd Annual Florida Remediation Conference (FRC) has been rescheduled for December 1-2, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida and as scheduled Geosyntec will be featured in a keynote address, moderate a panel discussion, and present in four platform presentations. The Florida Remediation Conference is the Southeast's premier soil and groundwater cleanup conference of the year. Over the years, FRC has developed a solid reputation for a casual atmosphere that's conducive to…
Geosyntec will sponsor and attend the 2016 Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) & Sustainability Management Forum held by NAEM at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado on October 26-28, 2016. A Gold Sponsor for the event this year, Geosyntec has sponsored this event since 2010 and has provided webinars and articles on a number of topics including green remediation, vapor intrusion, clean air act monitoring, and integrating financial and sustainability reporting for its…
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