Geosyntec News and Events

Neal Durant (Maryland) and Dogus Meric (Illinois) will present at the 254th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 20-24, 2017. Neal's presentation is entitled "From bench experiments to full scale application: development of three commercially successful technologies for reducing the time and cost for remediating contaminated industrial sites." His co-authors were Dave Major, Evan Cox, James Wang, Sandra Dworatzek, Elizabeth Edwards, Gavin Grant, Jason Gerhard, Denis O'Carroll, and David Gent.…
Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. (Guelph) has co-authored a paper, entitled "Integrity of Clay Till Aquitards to DNAPL Migration: Assessment Using Current and Emerging Characterization Tools," published in the journal Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation on July 17, 2017. The paper is the second of a paired set of papers from the same site in Denmark, where Geosyntec partnered with COWI, NIRAS, the Danish Technical University (DTU), and the Capital Region of Denmark. Gary's co-authors were Annika S.…
SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, was founded in 2002 to provide the highest quality testing services and remediation products combined with unparalleled technical support to increase remediation effectiveness, decrease remediation costs, and provide peace of mind during field implementation. Their focus is the remediation of chlorinated solvents, metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and other recalcitrant contaminants in soil, sediment, and groundwater. SiREM professionals are active in research and development (R&D) and often collaborate with leading research organizations.…
Geosyntec staff will make a significant technical contribution to the 12th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia on August 23-25, 2017. Geosyntec professionals will be moderating three technical sessions, serving as topic coordinator for four technical sessions, and delivering four presentations. Ganesh Krishnan is a Steering Committee member for the Georgia Environmental Conference and the Scholarship Committee Chair. Geosyntec is a Gold Sponsor of the conference. The Georgia Environmental…
The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) has released a five-year science plan for research toward technical breakthroughs to improve the resilience and sustainability of existing and future civil infrastructure. Geosyntec's Lelio Mejia (California) participated in the Science Plan Task Group that developed the plan. The plan provides the engineering community with a roadmap for research on mitigation of natural hazards using the NHERI facilities and equipment at the 10 academic institutions that are part…
Geosyntec was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Geotechnical Project by the San Diego Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the Alta La Jolla Drainage Repair – Phase 2 Project in California. The Alta La Jolla Drainage Repair Project mitigated progressive erosion of an ephemeral channel that was threatening the stability of slopes below adjacent residential properties. The project restored natural hydraulic conditions through use of an innovative weir to direct pre- and…
Man Zhang (Minnesota) co-authored a paper entitled "In-situ degradation of soil-sorbed 17β-estradiol using carboxymethyl cellulose stabilized manganese oxide nanoparticles: Column studies" that was published in the journal Environmental Pollution in Volume 223 on pages 238-246 in April of 2017. The study is the first of its kind on in-situ remediation of 17β-estradiol -contaminated soil in a column setting. The work tested a new remediation technology for in-situ degradation of estrogens by delivering a new class…
Geosyntec is supplying advanced field data collection technology to our Ahtna partner for a remedial investigation and risk assessment at a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) from World War II in a remote area of Alaska. The challenging project is highlighted in two articles written by Karina Quintans in The Military Engineer May-June, 2017 issue. The first article, "Amidst Fog, Rain, And Volcanos: Environmental Restoration in Alaska's Aleutian Islands," is focused on the difficulties of…
Stephanie Jones (Maryland) will present at the National Groundwater Association's conference on Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources in Arlington, Virginia in the Emerging Contaminants session at 4:25-4:50 p.m. on August 8, 2017. Her presentation is entitled "Boron as an Emerging Contaminant at Coal Ash Sites and Large Plume Management Metrics." The session will focus on emerging contamination threats to groundwater resources, and the state of the art in how they…
Scott Struck (Colorado) was elected Vice President by the members of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) on July 17, 2017. The EWRI Vice President is a member of the Institute's Governing Board who provides oversight and direction to the affairs, activities, and concerns of the Institute. The Governing Board is also responsible for the fiscal operations and strategic planning for EWRI. Eight voting members comprise the Governing Board.…
Sid Nadukuru (Georgia), co-authored an article entitled "Performance and damage evolution of plain and fibre-reinforced segmental concrete pipelines subjected to transverse permanent ground displacement," in the journal Stucture and Infrastructure Engineering on July 12, 2017. "Performance and damage evolution of plain and fibre-reinforced segmental concrete pipelines subjected to transverse permanent ground displacement" addresses the three expeiments done on three different pipes where three stages of damage were tested. Results show the tests caused damage at…
Geosyntec Consutants is pleased to announce our new location in Saskatoon, Canada. Our Saskatchewan 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 Consultant in Saskatoon Trevor Carlson, Principal Trevor Carlson is a Principal Environmental Consultant with over 20 years of experience focused on environmental…
Sid Nadukuru (Georgia) co-authored an article entitled "Maturing of the contacts and ageing of silica sand" that was published in the journal Géotechnique on June 16, 2017. In "Maturing of the contacts and ageing of silica sand," Sid discusses nominal inter-granular contact evolving. This contact causes ageing of silica sand. He also talks about the demonstration of micro-morphology of silica sand grains and how the process works. The tests conclusions were equivalent to the hypothesis.…
Duane Graves (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Biogeochemical Oxidation of Calcium Sulfite Hemihydrate to Gypsum in Flue Gas Desulfurization Byproduct Using Sulfer-Oxidizing Bacteria" published in the Journal of Environmental Management online in Volume 201 on pages 357-365 on July 7, 2017. The article outlines the application of microbial physiology. It also addresses flue gas desulfurization, its composition, and its capabilities. The article concludes that the conversion rate of calcium sulfite hemihydrate to gypsum is around…
Zahra Amini (Huntington Beach) has been appointed to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute (GI) Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee effective July 6, 2017. Zahra's position is a renewable three-year term designed to: develop technical publications and guidelines of practice; organize technical content and sessions for conferences, workshops and short courses; provide technical review for the conference sessions; and provide expert opinions and respond to emergencies. A Project Engineer, Zahra joined Geosyntec…
Yu Jun Leong (Texas) authored an article entitled "Overview of Surface Measurements and Spatial Characterization of Submicrometer Particulate Matter During the DISCOVER-AQ 2013 Campaign in Houston" in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association on February 28, 2017. The article is a result of his graduate research at Rice University and is part of the NASA DISCOVER-AQ 2013 field campaign in Houston, Texas. Yu lead mobile sampling efforts in the Houston area in…
Richard Tedder (Florida) will co-present at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Florida 2017 Summer Conference at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Fort Myers, Florida at 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. on July 24, 2017. Tedder's presentation is entitled "Alternative Final Cover (AFC) Systems for the Closure of Solid Waste Landfills in Florida Regulation" and will be discussing systems for closing the solid waste landfills. His co-presenters are: Paul O'Malley, Watershed Geo…
Dr. Gary Wealthall (Guelph) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto (U of T). This appointment consolidates his current collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Edwards and provides an opportunity to extend his links with other distinguished academics including Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar (Earth Sciences) and Professor Brent Sleep (Civil Engineering). He was previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph for the…
Geosyntec was awarded the 2017 Western Dredging Associations (WEDA) Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Dredging for project work on the Onondaga Lake Restoration project in Syracuse, New York. Project team members were Honeywell International; Parsons Corporation; Anchor QEA, LLC; O'Brien & Gere; Geosyntec Consultants; Sevenson Environmental Services; Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc.; de Maximis, Inc.; and Brown & Sanford Consultants. According to the WEDA, the Onondaga Lake project is one of the largest restoration projects in North…
The Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Site Remediation Project in Tewksbury, Massachusetts has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Alliant Build America Award in the Environmental Enhancement category. Geosyntec performed remedial design and construction quality assurance services, Charter Contracting Company served as the project's general contractor, and Engineering Management, Inc. was the project coordinator. This is the second recent award for the project, which also was awarded…
Geosyntec staff will present at the 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 18-21, 2017. The event consists of one day of discussion sessions followed by three days of panel sessions. Geosyntec-led sessions will discuss topics including waste regulation, low-impact development, risk-based corrective action, watershed evaluation, and permitting. Chris Herin and Nandra Weeks (Florida) will also be attending the event. The seminar is produced by…
Caroline Field (England) will present "Engineering for the Future – a Resilience-Based Approach" at the Institution of Structural Engineers Technical Lecture Series in London at 5:30 p.m. on June 29, 2017. Caroline is a Principal at MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Her presentation discusses what strategies must be used to create a lasting future environment. One of the concerns of this future environment is modern buildings. Climate change alone will affect the loads that…
Mike Hardin (Florida) wrote an article entitled "The Control of Nutrients in Green Roof Runoff" that was published in "Living Architecture Monitor" in Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2017 Issue, page 9. The article discusses the benefits of low-impact development (LID) green roofs in urban environments as well as the organic materials that are related to the roofs. The article also examines a number of studies by the University of Central Florida's Stormwater Management Academy…
Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia) will be co-presenting at the Georgia Bar Environmental Law Section Summer Seminar at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida at 11:40 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Raphael and Bill Rogers from Skytec will deliver a presentation entitled "Using Drones to Investigate and Remediate Contamination: State of the Art and Law". The webinar will highlight Geosyntec's innovative use of drone technology, including LiDAR sensors, to capture high-resolution aerial photography and generate…
David Roman (Maryland) led a stormwater project for Geosyntec at Conowingo Elementary School (Maryland) that was featured in an article entitled "Rainwater Retrofit" in Stormwater Solutions Magazine on June 7, 2017. In June 2014, the Cecil County Department of Public Works Development Services was provided a grant agreement to add stormwater solutions to Conowingo Elementary School. Geosyntec installed a system to collect rainwater and save the rainwater to irrigate the landscape. While this system has…
Martha Carr (Georgia) has been appointed to the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Council of Examiners (COE) effective March of 2017. Twice a year, the COE convenes to analyze results and statistics of past questions. Three members of the COE write future exam questions while the other three members review each question. The questions are then reviewed by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in another peer review session to ensure the questions are…
Bob Anderson will join the 17th Annual Comprehensive Conference onClean Water and Stormwater at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at 8:30 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Bob will address emerging persistent contaminants in water supplies and discuss "Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanoic Sulfonate (PFOS), 1-4 Dioxane, and various pharmaceuticals: What are they? Where are they used? How do they get into water supplies?" Bob Anderson is a Senior Principal…
Aaron Poresky (Oregon), Marty Christman (Texas), and Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) will represent Geosyntec and host a booth at the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Continuing Education Workshop in Austin, Texas on June 16, 2017. At the workshop, Aaron Poresky (Oregon) will be presenting "Percentile Storm Approaches for Stormwater Management: A Nationwide Perspective on Implementation and Effectiveness." Aaron collaborated with Marty Christman (Texas) on a paper entitled "Smarter Stormwater Systems" that was selected as the…
Ken Suslio (California) will speak during a webcast, "Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure," that will be held by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Stormwater Institute from 1- 2:30 p.m. EST on June 08, 2017. According to WEF, this webcast will summarize highlights from a new report “Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure” released in April by Storm and Stream Solutions LLC and Willamette Partnership, in collaboration with the WEF…
Dr. Tim Mattes (University of Iowa) will be featured as the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The webinar will feature a discussion on how vinyl chloride (VC) oxidizing bacteria could support an overall reductive dechlorination scheme. VC-oxidizing microbes are likely to be the methanotrophs and the etheneotrophs known to operate at low oxygen concentrations with VC oxidation processes likely significant at many VC sites that are considered anoxic…
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