Geosyntec News and Events

Sandy Owens (Florida) presented best practices for facilities with regulated hazardous substances to manage chemicals safely at the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Louisiana Section 2017 Annual Conference at the L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 19, 2017. Her presentation, entitled "Section 112(R)(1) - The General Duty Clause Under RMP," provides examples of general duty clause (GDC) violations and proper steps to take and improve compliance with the GDC. In the…
Robert Ettinger (California) has been selected to receive the 2017 ITRC Industry Affiliates Program Award for his contributions to the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites Team. Robbie's team members are quoted in the award letter, saying "The Team Leaders greatly appreciate that Robbie volunteered to lead the Introduction chapter of the TPH Risk guidance. Robbie has consistently shown his superior ability to lead the Introduction…
Greg Gibbons (Illinois) and Anne Fitzpatrick (Washington) are featured in an article entitled "Geosyntec's Strong Sediment Remediation Practice Supports Years of Consistent Growth" in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) in Volume 30 Number 7&8, Fall 2017, pages 26-17. In the article, they examine the changes in the sediments market, what the client drivers are, and the geographic location the sediment market is currently focused. The article discusses how Greg and Anne's project teams deploy subcontractors…
Jamey Rosen (Ontario) was recently tapped for insight on current advancements in geospatial database technology and geographic information systems (GIS) for the "Underground Today III, Digging Deeper" section of the Engineering News-Record Magazine October 9 edition. In the section titled "Deep Foundation Advancements," Jamey highlights how Geosyntec teams use advanced geospatial database technology and geographic information systems in two- and three-dimensions, resulting in significant savings of time, staff, and money on projects by providing real-time…
Julianna Connolly and Todd Creamer (Massachusetts) will serve as technical panelists for a meeting of the Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) at the offices of CDM Smith in Boston on November 2, 2017. The program, entitled "MassDEP Reopening Old Trichloroethylene (TCE) Sites," will focus on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) recent interest in reviewing and evaluating closed sites with trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination. This effort…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) and Brandon Steets (California) will share their experience during a joint webinar entitled "Stormwater Management for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Compliance" with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 31, 2017. The webinar introduces CRWA members to leaders in the field who are working on the planning and implementation of programs and projects aimed at addressing stormwater management issues with a focus on TMDL…
Ron Arcuri (Pennsylvania) delivered a presentation to the Allegheny County Bar Association's (ACBA) Construction Law Section Council on October 18, 2017. Ron presented a case study of a project where Geosyntec provided expert services for a contractor engaged in a constructability dispute with the project owner in Newark, Delaware. The presentation underscored the high cost that can be associated with litigating constructability claims and how avoiding litigation can potentially be beneficial to both parties. The…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) is featured in an article entitled "How to Avoid Construction Site Compliance Violations: An IECA Conference Preview," in Environmental Connection magazine from the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) in the September/October 2017 issue. Andrea provided an interview and a preview of her presentation for the upcoming 2018 IECA Annual Conference in February in Long Beach, California. Her presentation is for engineers and contractors who want to keep water resources clean. Over the…
Jessie Fears (Tennessee) has contributed to the design of a 15-acre natural area in the heart of a rapidly developing sector of north Knox County in Tennessee. The property, planned by the Legacy Parks Foundation, will provide recreational access to scenic Beaver Creek and the opportunity for the public to observe the wildlife and natural setting using the trails and resting areas. Collier Preserve will be located at the former homestead of Stella Moore Collier…
Eric Stiffler (Texas) has been elected Vice Chair of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Texas Chapter for 2017-2019. Eric is a professional geologist and certified emergency medical technician who has eight years of consulting experience managing and performing due diligence assessments, site investigations, remedial implementations, environmental compliance oversight, and geohazard investigations in varying geologic conditions at facilities for multiple private industrial clients. He has performed work on several projects that were regulated…
Curtis Laush (Texas) and Brian Adair (North Carolina) will present at the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology conference to be held at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in California on November 7-9, 2017. Curt's presentation, entitled "Rapid Monitoring of ppb-level BTX and SO2 in Ambient Air via Portable UV-DOAS," describes the development of a portable monitor to measure benzene, toluene, xylenes (BTX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) in air.…
Several Geosyntec practitioners co-authored a paper entitled "Groundwater uranium stabilization by a metastable hydroxyapatite" published in the journal Applied Geochemistry. Geosyntec's David Adilman, P.G., Jamie deLemos, Ph.D., Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., and Doug Larson, Ph.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) co-authored the paper with Laura Lammers, Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and Hope Rasmussen and Andrew Quicksall, Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. The paper, based on Geosyntec's work at the Nuclear Metals Superfund Site (NMI) in…
Andrea Braga and David Roman (Massachusetts) will chair, moderate, and give a presentation at an event sponsored by the Environmental Business Council of New England's (EBC's) Water Resources Committee entitled, "Impact of Climate Change on Stormwater Management - Shaping a Path Toward Resiliency" at the law offices of Greenberg Traurig in Boston from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on October 26, 2017. Andrea will be acting as Program Chair and moderate the event and David…
Geosyntec"s Denver branch was recognized for environmental leadership by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at the 18th annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the Infinity Event Center in Glendale, Colorado on October 4, 2017. The Denver branch was recognized for maintaining membership in this program at the gold level for nine years. Gold Leaders must have in place a fully operational, facility-specific Environmental Management System, with goals. They must meet the beyond-compliance requirements…
Chris Herin (Florida), John Hollar (Georgia), Joe Esseichick (Colorado), and Jenna Newcombe (Massachusetts) will attend the NAEM Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Sustainability Management Forum at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Florida on October 25-27, 2017. A Gold Sponsor for the event this year, Geosyntec has sponsored this event since 2010. Our staff has provided webinars and articles on a number of topics including green remediation, vapor intrusion, clean air act…
Jill Johnson (Pensacola) has been appointed the 2018 Incoming Chair of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Coastal Plains Chapter. In her new role, she will lead the chapter's efforts to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, community and student support, and to improve environmental knowledge and decisions in a neutral forum for exchanging information. Jill's role will help her remain at the forefront of technical excellence and better serve Geosyntec clients in the…
Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) was named the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus by the department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at The University of Texas at Austin at the CAEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni Banquet in Austin, Texas on September 29, 2017. The award recognizes a graduate of the CAEE department under the age of 40 who has distinguished himself with outstanding service and contributions to the engineering profession and community. Brandon received his B.S.…
Geosyntec professionals will make a significant technical contribution to the 33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from October 16-19, 2017. Geosyntec will lead a workshop, deliver two platform presentations, four poster presentations. Jessica Yeager serves on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The conference is presented by The Association for Environmental Health & Sciences Foundation (AEHS), and is expected to have over 200 poster presentations,…
Geosyntec staff made a significant technical contribution to the 13th Annual California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Conference entitled "CASQA in the Capital: Building Bridges for Water" at the Sacramento Convention Center on September 25-27, 2017. Key contributions of Geosyntec staff: Lisa Austin served as the Conference Co-Chair Aaron Poresky led the "BMP Science and Planning" track 17 Geosyntec papers were presented by staff representing six Geosyntec offices Geosyntec's Sacramento office hosted a client-event that attracted…
Jay Thompson (Minneapolis) is teaching a course on environmental forensics to graduate and advanced undergraduate students at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. The course, entitled "Environmental Forensics and Remediation," provides students with a broad overview of the chemical, mathematical, and statistical tools used by practitioners in environmental forensics engagements. Jay is an environmental engineer with expertise in environmental remediation, litigation support, fate and transport modeling, and sustainability. Experienced in environmental physico-chemical…
Sanjam Singh (South Carolina) has published an article for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Volume 2671, 2017. Sanjam's article, entitled "Real-World Freeway and Ramp Activity and Emissions for Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicles," was co-authored by Christopher Frey and Maryam Delavarrafiee. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice…
Optical remote sensing (ORS) technologies are well suited for monitoring emissions along plant boundaries and beyond. At this type of location, pollutants are well mixed and dispersed and therefore require monitoring techniques that can detect low levels (parts per billion or parts per trillion concentrations) of hydrocarbons and/or VOC. The dispersed emission plumes at a property boundary are often transient in nature and highly dependent on ambient wind speeds and directions. To assess these plumes,…
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