Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Robbie Ettinger, Simone Smith, and Olga Stewart joined the new Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) Risk Evaluation Committee formed by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). The Committee will review, update, develop guidance methods and procedures for evaluating risk, and establish cleanup requirements at TPH contaminated sites. A comprehensive state guidance document based on making scientific, risk-based decisions at petroleum-contaminated sites will be developed by the team. The ITRC document will primarily be a compilation…
Geosyntec Water Resources staff will be busy traveling the Great Lakes region in the next few months, sharing their expertise and experience at several exciting state conferences. Our practitioners will share case studies and lessons learned from recent and ongoing projects ranging from using green infrastructure to reduce localized flooding in a combined sewer system to the newest developments in water quality trading to exploring watershed models. We invite you to find out more about…
Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, to Present at the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Conference Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, are scheduled to present at the Illinois Water Environment Association's 37th Annual Conference in Champaign, Illinois, on February 29 – March 2, 2016. The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) promotes water knowledge at its annual conference by having technical presentations, speakers, competitions, vendor exhibits, networking, roundtable discussions, and more. This year's…
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi will give four technical and professional development presentations at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region ABJ 2016 Conference from February 18-21, 2016. The conference will be in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, and will include multiple tracks aimed to address the variety of professional and personal challenges faced by women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. Sessions are intended to encourage dialogue and will highlight strategic planning,…
Matt Bardol and Rishab Mahajan are scheduled to present at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Annual Conference at Tinley Park Tinley Park, Illinois, on March 9 - 10, 2016. The Illinois Association of State Flood Plain and Stormwater Managers (IAFSM) promotes the common interest of floodplain and stormwater management and the 2016 IAFSM Conference is one of their biggest events which includes presentations, speakers, vendor exhibits, networking, and roundtable discussions. Geosyntec Participation…
On March 14-16, Kim Williams, Mike Harding, and Courtney Wilson will be the leading a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) certification training course hosted by Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), in San Diego, California. This course is a prerequisite for the California Construction General Permit (CGP) QSD and QSP Exams. This course is suited for managers, site superintendents, and inspectors. It will give an overview of the National Pollutant Discharge…
Dogus Meric to Participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action ​Dogus Meric, a Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Illinois, has been invited to participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action. The task group was created as part of the ExxonMobil Environmental Services' initiative, and has participants from DuPont, ExxonMobil, and WE Energies. Three law firms participating…
Pete King will be moderating a program to examine Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) for the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). CECs such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), 1,4-Dioxane, pharmaceuticals, microbeads and nanoparticles are increasingly being detected in the environment. Several distinguished speakers will define the scope of the problem, provide regulatory and scientific viewpoints, and discuss the challenges for assessing and remediating these compounds. Following the presentations, a panel discussion…
On January 27, Paul Brookner and Eric Tollefsrud (Minneapolis) led a two-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Session for the Minnesota State Bar Association that examined the environmental science behind some of the current regulatory and legal challenges facing environmental attorneys and other practitioners in the areas of vapor intrusion and vapor migration. This CLE addressed risk assessment, the science behind vapor intrusion and vapor migration, groundwater and surface water interactions and the use of big…
David Vance (Senior Scientist – Kennesaw, Georgia) will be part of the hosts leading a tour of the Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project at the Southern Gas Association's (SGA) Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction in Savannah, Georgia. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM EST.  Geosyntec was responsible for the salt marsh mitigation at Elba Island, a project selected as one of Georgia's five State Award…
In 2016, Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Doug Larson (Massachusetts) will once again serve as instructors for the Princeton Groundwater Hydrology Course, a one-week course that comprehensively covers groundwater hydrology and contaminant fate and transport from theory to practice. This year's sessions will be held in Tampa in February and in San Francisco in March and September. Mike is a longtime instructor for the Princeton Groundwater courses, this being his twelfth year; Doug has been teaching…
The Emerging Contaminants Summit (March 1-2, 2016 in Westminster, CO) is a brand new conference dedicated to the latest developments in the detection, fate and transport, risk assessment, treatment and regulation of emerging contaminants. The summit draws leaders and key stakeholders from academia, government, and regulators, as well as site owners, private consulting agencies and various other environmental professionals.  The purpose is to discuss the mitigation of emerging contaminants across all environmental media, including surface…
We are very proud to announce that Principal Rula Deeb (Oakland) was invited to serve as a member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board's Environmental Engineering Committee through September 2018. This prestigious appointment was made by the Administrator of the EPA, who defines the role as follows: "As Administrator, I am committed to employing sound science in the EPA's pursuit of resolutions to a broad range of urgent environmental issues. Committee members' scientific and…
John Seymour will serve as an instructor at the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) & University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), "Workshop on Current Issues in Ponded CCPs" meeting in Tampa, Florida on February 3, 2016. His topic is "Structural Integrity Considerations under the CCR Rule." John will consider the significant requirements to evaluate the "structural integrity" (slope stability and hydraulic spillway capacity) of existing…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, will present at the Florida Water Environment Association's 2016 Integrated Water Seminar on January 22, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. His presentation is titled "The Use of Green Roofs, Pervious/Permeable Pavements, and Stormwater Harvesting to Reduce the Volume and Improve the Quality of Stormwater Runoff." Mike's presentation explains how the integration of Low-Impact Development (LID) principles into site design can have a significant effect on the volume and quality…
A new Caltrans video shows some highlights of a Geosyntec geotechnical instrumentation system project. Our consultants supported the design, installation and project management for the work. Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvtGMaLTlW0 The project involves a section of Highway 101 in California, known as the "Last Chance Grade," that crosses through a large landslide complex. At the project location, five GPS units will monitor lateral movement of the roadway, an 80 foot long Measurand ShapeAccelArray…
Tom Krug (Principal – Guelph, Canada) is an invited speaker at the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Northern California Section (AIHA-NCA) Forum on "Management of PCBs in the Built Environment" on December 17, 2015 in Oakland California. Tom will be talking about Management of PCBs in Building Materials including work conducted by Geosyntec sampling for PCBs in indoor air in schools and as part of an ESTCP project demonstrating an extraction and treatment process for PCBs…
Migration of vapors into buildings from contaminated soil and groundwater has become a significant concern for EHS professionals in recent years. This webinar, presented by Helen Dawson and Robert Ettinger of Geosyntec Consultants, is designed to provide EHS Managers an overview of the vapor intrusion pathway and highlight the new science and guidance documents related to vapor intrusion. The webinar will provide a summary of the most promising technologies being used today to assess and…
Dr. Garry Smith, Senior Consultant at Geosyntec and Chairman of the Sustainable Remediation Forum of Australia and New Zealand (SuRF ANZ), was invited to give a presentation at the 12th International Meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL) held in September in Melbourne Australia. Garry's topic was "The Development of Sustainable Remediation in Australia". Other presentations included Australian and international regulators and industry practitioners from several European states, New Zealand, China, Korea, Africa…
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Philip Reidy of Geosyntec’s Malaysia office presented on the evolution of environmental regulations in Malaysia and their impacts to businesses at the Industrial Waste Management Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur on 4 November 2015. Entitled “Contaminated Land Management in Malaysia: Lessons Learned from the West”, the presentation reviewed the evolution of environmental regulations in the U.S. and EU as a proxy to what could evolve in Malaysia, the impacts to businesses…
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