Geosyntec News and Events

Geosyntec is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of its seventh annual student paper contest for 2016. The winner of the competition is Tyler Marcet (Tufts University, Advisors: Dr. Natalie Capiro and Dr. Kurt Pennell) for “Impacts of Low Temperature Thermal Treatment on the Activity of PCE-to-ethane Dechlorinating Consortium.” Tyler receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Battelle Palms Springs conference in May. The two second place prizes of $500 each are awarded to Yanlai…
Greg Corcoran (California) and Becky Oliver (California) to present at Principles and Practices of Mine Cover System Design Conference in Pocatello, Idaho at Idaho State University on April 20, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Snake River Section of Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Greg and Becky will be presenting on the topic of drainage design, entitled "Drainage Design Considerations." The objective of the conference is to exchange information about current approaches…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed to add Vapor Intrusion (VI) to the Superfund program's Hazard Ranking System (HRS). U.S. EPA uses the HRS to place sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) by evaluating four scoring pathways: ground water, surface water, air, and soil exposure. The proposed regulation would expand the HRS to include assessment of public health risk from VI. U.S. EPA and state agencies, through a Cooperative Agreement, will…
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi (California) received the New Faces Award from DiscoverE for the year of 2016. She was nominated by Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The award is for emerging engineers under the age of 30, who are making an impact in their industry. Peers in the engineering community view this as a sought-after award and it is acknowledged as a top honor for a young engineer to receive. There are only a few that receive…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) and Patrick Medland (Colorado) will lead a two-day environmental sampling training course for Alaska's State and Tribal Response Program (STRP) in Anchorage, Alaska on April 26-26, 2016. The attendees will learn the scientific foundation of representative environmental sampling through classroom and field instruction. After completing the two-day course, attendees will have met the new Alaska regulatory requirements for qualified sampling technicians which will provide sufficient knowledge to begin sampling soil, groundwater, sediment,…
Bob Anderson (Washington) will co-present a start-to-finish primer on California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) mechanics and implications from 10:00 - 11:00am PDT on April 26, 2016. Stoel Rives has asked Bob to co-present the webinar sponsored by California Cement and Industrial Minerals Association (CALcima). The webinar is tailored for mine operators and their Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) managers. Topics will include: compliance-focused steps to prepare for new groundwater management requirements, how and where…
Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec Consultants while presenting at the Future of Oil and Gas Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 18, 2016. Robert will be one of the panelists that lead a discussion designed to develop thinking around the future of oil and gas. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. The workshop panelists will then produce a report, highlighting the regional differences and…
Adrienne ​Nemura (Michigan) and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will present at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the Mayors Water Council (MWC) on April 15, 2016. Adrienne's topic is entitled: "Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule - 4" and Duane's topic is entitled "Potable Water Treatment Triad - Understanding the Risk for Unintended Consequences." The MWC's goal is to help local governments deliver superior water resources in a cost-effective manner and to provide a forum to share information.…
Gary Wealthall (Canada) will Present at Princeton Remediation Course in Santos, Brazil on April 12 – 14, 2016. This will be Gary's second term as an instructor for the Princeton Remediation Course. The three-day course introduces the basic concepts of groundwater hydrology, contaminant fate and transport, and presents a detailed discussion of current and emerging remediation technologies. The instructors include Robert Cleary of Princeton Groundwater, Inc., Paulo Negrão of Clean Environment Brazil, and Rodrigo Cuhna…
Jane Besch (California) and Robbie Ettinger (California) to present regulatory updates at the 18th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2016. She will be presenting on the advanced secondary treatment (AST) regulatory update entitled "What to Watch in 2016: A Regulatory Update." Jane has focused on environmental health and safety compliance and is a Certified Permitting Specialist within the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Robbie will…
Glenn Rix (Georgia) has been appointed to a three-year term with the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) for the United States Department of Commerce. A significant honor for a geotechnical earthquake engineer, the committee Glenn joins is charged with assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction; the effectiveness of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP); as well as the management, coordination, implementation, and activities of NEHRP.…
Geosyntec staff will present and chair sessions at the 2016 Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, Texas on April 10-13, 2016. Our staff will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is an organization within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CCPS addresses process safety in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. AIChE is the worlds largest organization for…
Megan Otto (California) and Brandon Steets (California) were recently published in the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) March issue of Water Resources IMPACT magazine. Megan and Brandon are both members of the Los Angeles water resources practice. They co-authored the article with Paul Costa the Environmental Operations and Compliance Manager at The Boeing Company's Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The article is entitled "Using Subcatchment Monitoring Data to Prioritize Stormwater Treatment Control Placement: A New Statistical…
Phil Reidy (Malaysia) and Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will present Water Security and Land Contamination" at Asia Water 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11:15am -11:45am on April 6, 2016. Phil and Robert's topic covers pressure and stresses on water resources continuing to increase. In Malaysia, as in many Southeast Asian countries, the response of industry and community to increased water demand is to move more towards the development of groundwater as a water…
Judd Goodman, P.E. a Geosyntec Senior Engineer based in Oakland, California and Eric Strecker, P.E., a Geosyntec Senior Principal Engineer based in Portland, Oregon will help to lead a webinar entitled "Real-Time Cloud-Based Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Storm Water Control." The webinar will explore technologies, provide different applications with case examples, demonstrate performance and added value, and open a dialogue about the merits of innovative use of continuous monitoring and/or adaptive control (CMAC) for active management…
Geosyntec is one the premier sponsors of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 34th Water Law Conference and the 45th Spring Conference on Environmental Law. Both conferences take place in Austin, Texas; the Water Law on March 29-30 and the Environmental Law on March 30-April 1st, 2016. Geosyntec staff will take part on the public service project "Lady Bird Lake" for shore clean up and habitat restoration work, including planting native plant species as well as…
Steve Layman (Georgia) will participate in a panel for relicensing small hydropower projects at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2016. His session (2B) is entitled "Relicensing: Emerging Trends and Effects on Small Hydro," and addresses emerging trends and challenges facing small hydropower owners. He will also share ideas and insights on best practices for preventing delays, minimizing costs, and risks to small hydropower operations. Between now and…
The Geosyntec family of companies is proud that ASCE has honored Rudolph Bonaparte with the 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. The OPAL awards, given to only five of 150,000 ASCE members, recognize outstanding civil engineering leaders like Rudy whose significant accomplishments across their careers have contributed to construction, design, education, government, or management. Rudy's award is based on his extensive experience in the siting, design, permitting, construction, and closure…
Yuval Cohen (New York) will moderate an invitation-only session on Urban Water, Challenges and Opportunities for Finance and Innovation, at the Earth Institute at Columbia University March 25, 2016. The Water Initiative is a program that aims to build a network of academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to address the nation's major water challenges (water treatment, as well as supply, recycled water, and stormwater). The focus of the event will be…
Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Travis Chapter at the Engineer's Banquet on February 26, 2016. The award recognizes a young TSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and the community. For the last four years, Brandon chaired the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) University of Texas Mentoring Committee. In this program, practicing engineers mentor undergraduates in…
Zita Yu (California) organized and will be a speaker at the Southern California Water Dialogue at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles, California at 12pm-1:30pm on March 23, 2016. The dialogue is entitled "Onsite Non-Potable Water Use: Building Drought Resiliency from the Bottom Up." The speakers will discuss the use of onsite non-potable water (including graywater) to meet onsite non-potable demands, and will discuss success stories of onsite graywater recycling…
Zahirul Islam (Texas) has been appointed Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes. The ASTM Subcommittee D35.10 develops standard test methods, specifications, guides, and practices dealing with geomembranes. A geomembrane is an essentially very low permeability synthetic membrane liner or barrier used with foundation soil, rock, earth, or any other geotechnical engineering-related material in order to control fluid (or gas) migration in a man-made project, structure, or system.…
Geosyntec staff will present at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation's 26th annual international conference in San Diego, California on March 21-24, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference will be Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. Key topics include environmental and public health effects, analysis, fate, and remediation. The list of Geosyntec platform sessions and workshop presenters include: Todd McAlary (Ontario), Helen Dawson (Washington, DC), Dave Folkes (Colorado) and Bill Wertz (New…
Matt Bardol, Tom Wallace, Craig Clarkson, Rishab Mahajan, and Adrienne Nemura are scheduled to present at the 2016 Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA) and the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Joint Annual Conference at Osage Beach, Missouri, March 20-23, 2016. The MWEA/AWWA Joint Annual Conference is for water and wastewater professionals to explore the state of the practice concerning wastewater and drinking water. Geosyntec Participation Matt Bardol - MWRD of Greater…
MMI Engineering (MMI), a division of Geosyntec, recently sponsored an event hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Engineering Institution of Thailand (EIT), and the Thai Institute of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (TiChE). The IChemE-EIT-TiChE event was held in Rayong, Thailand on March 7 and was attended by MMI’s President Simon Thurlbeck (England). During the event, Simon delivered a presentation entitled “Lifecycle of Passive Fire Protection (PFP).” PFP is one of MMI's core…
Valerie Mayhall (Louisiana), as part of the steering committee, has been actively involved in the planning and execution of the Louisiana Solid Waste Association (LSWA) Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 17 and 18, 2016. Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia) will be presenting at the Conference from 12-12:30pm on March 18, 2016. His presentation is entitled "Data Management / GIS & 3D Landfill Visualization". The LSWA provides training and continuing education for the solid waste industry. The…
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has granted full site closure to a store operated by Home Depot in Burbank, California. Home Depot retained Geosyntec in 2000 to design and operate a remedy to address the vadose zone and shallow groundwater contamination at a former defense manufacturing facility within Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After 16 years of advanced remediation of legacy contamination (vadose zone and shallow groundwater), the site has attained regulatory…
Curtis Laush (Texas) and Brian Adair (North Carolina) will be presenting at the Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology Conference at Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 15-17, 2016. This conference is sponsored by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and plans to explore advances in measurement technology, data quality assurance, and data uses. Curtis is scheduled to present two topics: “Quantitative Compositional Analysis of Aerosols by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),” and “Real-Time…
Derek W. Tomlinson (Pennsylvania), will teach a two-day classroom training course entitled, "Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids (LNAPL): Science, Management, and Technology" at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia on April 5 and 6, 2016. The course is hosted by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), a member of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The course is based on the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance document, Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project…
Geosyntec is leading a research project for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) about integrated planning for wastewater and stormwater for communities to develop a Users' Guide. The first step in the project is for communities to take the national survey. The research is designed to answer the following questions: How can communities obtain regulatory support for truly cost-effective and implementable wastewater and stormwater plans? How can communities achieve commensurate environmental and public health improvements…
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