Geosyntec News and Events

ORLANDO, Fla. — Geosyntec welcomes Mark Ellard, PE, CFM, as Associate. Mark is based in the firm's Orlando, Fla., office.Mark's career spans over 20 years in the water resources and environmental engineering industry, serving federal, state, and local government clients. Completing hundreds of water resources-related projects, his experience comprises diverse stormwater management and water quality assessment projects, including watershed management, master planning, hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, pollutant load assessment, floodplain management, stormwater retrofits, National Pollutant…
Scott Sheridan, PE, and Tom Ramsey, PE, will present at the 2010 Annual Solid Waste Conference. The conference, coordinated by the Old Dominion Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), will be held July 14 - 16, 2010, in Virginia Beach, Va.With Geosyntec permitting the first mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) berm in Virginia, Scott will give an overview of the current status of MSE design and permitting. His presentation, "Mechanically Stabilized Earth…
COLUMBIA, Md. — Geosyntec staff co-authored two articles in the July 1, 2010 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. The articles document two research projects that achieved significant advancements in the state-of-the-science regarding bioremediation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater. The first article, "Field Evaluation of Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination in Clayey Till" (44:5134-5141), co-authored by Neal Durant, PhD, and Evan Cox, MSc, of Geosyntec, and Phil Dennis of SiREM, describes a rigorous demonstration of in situ…
PORTLAND, Ore. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Sean Ragain, PG, as Principal. He is based in the firm's Portland, Ore., office.Sean has more than 20 years of professional experience providing consulting services to both private industry and governmental agencies, much of that in the strategic management of environmental contaminant investigation and remediation projects for industrial and federal clients. He has managed the closure and reuse of contaminated properties formerly used in the aerospace, forest products, agricultural,…
PORTLAND, Ore. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Wayne Huber, PhD, PE, to its Portland, Ore., office as Senior Consultant in watershed and stormwater management. Wayne brings a wealth of experience in stormwater modeling, water resources, urban hydrology, and environmental issues in natural waters. Before joining the firm, Wayne spent more than 40 years in research and teaching at the University of Florida and Oregon State University (OSU), collectively.Wayne is a primary author of the U.S. Environmental…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Ganesh Krishnan, PE, CPESC, delivered the short course "Managing Stormwater with Low Impact Development" to approximately 150 U.S. Air Force personnel and contractors at the 2010 Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Training Symposium in Nashville, Tenn. The annual symposium focuses on the operational needs of personnel from Air Combat Command, Air Force Space Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard, and Air Education and Training Command.Ganesh shared his…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geosyntec's Tom Naymik, PhD, PG, along with Ohio State University professor Scott Bair, PhD, recently instructed a course offered by the National Ground Water Association in Westerville, Ohio. The session, "Principles of Groundwater: Flow, Transport, and Remediation," examined the concepts, theories, and procedures in hydrogeology. Instructors led discussions on the movement and occurrence of groundwater, transmissivity, hydraulic head and gradient, aquifer test procedures and analysis, water-quality characterization, solute transport, plume configuration and…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Neven Matasovic, PhD, PE, GE, and Jennifer Donahue, PhD, PE, delivered presentations at the Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics in San Diego, Ca., on May 26 - 29, 2010.Neven presented an invited paper entitled "Recent Advances in Seismic Design of Geosynthetically-Lined Waste Containment Facilities." This paper presents the state-of-the-practice on seismic design of landfills, heap leach pads, and tailings impoundments. Neven further presented recent…
ATLANTA, Ga. — MMI Engineering congratulates Guzhao Li, PhD, PE, on his appointment as Associate. Guzhao, who joined MMI in 2002, is based in the firm's Houston, Texas, office. He currently serves as the MMI Houston Engineering Manager.Guzhao applies his experience as a structural engineer to the development of blast-resistant designs for modular buildings and other structures in high-risk environments, such as offshore oil and gas platforms. Since joining MMI, he has helped the company…
BOSTON, Ma. — Geosyntec Consultants was recently awarded a contract to prepare the remedial design for the Sutton Brook Landfill Superfund Site in Tewksbury, Mass.Also known as Rocco's Landfill, the Sutton Brook Landfill was added to the Federal Superfund List in 2001. The site is located off South Street in the eastern part of Tewksbury, where waste disposal activities can be traced back to the mid-1950s. The site comprises several areas of concern, including a…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Lisa Austin, PE, on her appointment as Associate. Lisa, who joined Geosyntec in 2002, is based in the firm's Oakland, Ca., office.Lisa serves as a project manager and technical team leader for assignments involving municipal and industrial NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permitting; municipal stormwater program planning and operations; stormwater best management practices (BMP) selection, design, and maintenance; and construction erosion control. By applying her previous experience in…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Andrew Montgomery, PE, on his appointment as Associate. Andrew, who joined Geosyntec in 1995, is based in the firm's Atlanta area office.Andrew has been a key contributor to Geosyntec's remediation program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, serving as a technical contributor and project manager on assignments under Geosyntec's successive contracts at the installation. In addition, he has been a significant contributor to the railroad sector client team…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Jimmy Whitmer, PG, on his appointment as Associate. Jimmy, who joined Geosyntec in 2000, is based in the firm's Atlanta area office.Earlier in his career at Geosyntec, Jimmy focused on environmental site assessments and RCRA-related compliance assessments. Jimmy was also assigned to perform an assessment of an underperforming remediation system at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia's largest industrial complex. This was the first task under a new five-year…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Brian Hitchens, PG, C.HG., on his appointment as Associate. Brian, who joined Geosyntec in 2000, is based in the firm's San Diego office.Brian specializes in applied in situ remedial technologies, sediment remediation, and bioremediation, as well as data management and visualization. He has been involved with many diverse projects focused on evaluation and improvement of water quality, with responsibilities including project management, data analysis and visualization, and risk assessment.…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Numerous Geosyntec staff members will deliver 50 presentations and papers at Battelle's Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds on May 24 — 27, 2010 in Monterey, Ca. Visit Geosyntec's Battelle 2010 site to read about these presentations and the firm's participation in the conference. Over 1,750 scientists, engineers, regulators, and other environmental professionals from 32 countries are expected to attend.
SAN DIEGO, Ca. — The Imperial County Public Works Department has awarded Geosyntec Consultants a contract to design and permit the closure for the Brawley Solid Waste Facility in Brawley, Ca. Imperial County is a new municipal client for the firm.The key feature and issue associated with the landfill closure is the New River, which forms the northern boundary to the landfill. Presently, three of the river meanders are impinging on the northern waste boundary.The…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Alok Jha, PhD, presented the paper "On Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines in US Waters" at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, on May 5, 2010. Alok's co-authors were Dan Dolan, PE, of Geosyntec Consultants' subsidiary MMI Engineering, Walt Musial of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Charles Smith of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada.Alok explored the future of offshore wind farms being developed in U.S. waters to meet the goal…
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently named Geosyntec Consultants' project, the Cherry Island Landfill Expansion in Wilmington, Del., "Outstanding Civil Engineering Project" for 2010.The Cherry Island Landfill is located at the confluence of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. The project, which began in 2001 and is still ongoing, initially presented various challenges. One of these involved the existing landfill, which was constructed over an area partly…
CHICAGO, Il. — American Electric Power (AEP) selected Geosyntec Consultants to provide investigation, engineering, design, and permitting services for a new residual waste landfill in Ohio.The contract includes evaluating two sites using a value engineering approach to choose a final location for the landfill. The two sites have challenges that will need to be addressed, such as: avoiding or mitigating underground coal mines and oil wells; managing mine spoil areas; and handling pre-existing ash disposal…
SAN DIEGO, Ca. — Ron S. Johnson, PE, PG, presented "Geotechnical Considerations, Opportunities, and Strategies for Infiltration Stormwater BMPs" at the California Geotechnical Engineering Association's Annual Conference held in La Jolla, Ca., on April 28 — May 1, 2010.Ron's presentation covered geotechnical considerations when evaluating sites or preparing design recommendations for infiltration best management practices (BMPs). Ron also discussed the geotechnical engineer's unique role in this process.Often considered as an ideal solution for many water…
BOSTON, Ma. — Todd Creamer, PG, of Geosyntec's Boston office will be speaking at the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) Association's monthly meeting in Westborough, Mass., on May 11, 2010.Todd's presentation, "Improving Vapor Intrusion Site Conceptual Models through High Quality Data and Innovative Assessment Techniques," was co-authored by Todd McAlary, PEng, PG, and Robert Ettinger. Todd's talk will highlight sources of data variability and review state-of-the-art investigative and analytical techniques that can be used to reduce…
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Phil Reidy, PE, and Marcus Quigley, PE, CPESC, D.WRE, will be participating in the upcoming World Environment & Water Resources Congress 2010 taking place in Providence, RI, from May 16 — 20. The conference is sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).On May 18, Phil Reidy will present "Integrating Rainwater Harvesting for Innovative Stormwater Control." Phil's presentation will provide a view of…
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