Geosyntec News and Events

Ravi Arulanantham (California) will present at the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Environmental Law Meeting on February 2, 2017. Ravi will present alongside Norman A. Dupont, Esq. (Ring Bender LLLP) and Debbie Soukup, Ph.D. (Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.). The series, titled "You've Got the Lab Data, Now What?" will discuss how to navigate lab reports and increasingly diverse regulatory action levels. This program is useful for both experienced and newer environmental lawyers whose cases…
Logan Brant (Texas) was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Houston Branch of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), and was promoted to Full Member status within the society's Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) Committee. Through his involvement with SUT Houston, Logan regularly volunteers with the School Touring Program as a presenter to Middle School Science Classes on the topics of "Geology Rocks" and "Seeing with Sound: Exploring Oceans and…
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. was awarded a 2-year contract for the Geotechnical Instrumentation Monitoring and Data Management as a subcontractor to the general contractor, Heeter Geotechnical Construction, for the US Army Corps of Engineers Chickamauga Lock Replacement project. Project background: Chickamauga Navigation Lock, seven miles upstream of Chattanooga, Tenn., at river mile 471, is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upstream of Chickamauga Lock are 318 miles…
Geosyntec's Thomas Bristol, Brandon Mogan, Melissa Setz, Robert Bachus, Glenn Rix, and Njoroge Wainaina were among the contributors to the report, entitled "The Hydraulic and Geotechnical Aspects of the South Carolina Floods of October 1-5, 2015 Related to Offshore Hurricane Joaquin." The other contributors to the report were Hermann M. Fritz (Team Leader), Ronald Andrus, Alejandro Martinez, Fikret Atalay, Barnabas Bwambale, and Jeremy Varner. The report presents the field observations the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance…
On January 19, 2017 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program released its final assessment of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), the last step in process that required about six years to complete. BaP is a member of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) family of chemicals, which are naturally present in crude oil and other petroleum products and are also generated during the combustion of many common materials (e.g., wood, oil, and…
Geosyntec will sponsor a Minnesota State Bar Association program event entitled "Environmental and Energy Law and Policy under a Trump Administration," a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event for the Minnesota State Bar Association at the Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 19, 2017. Change and uncertainty appear to be two of the outcomes of the recent presidential election. This may be especially true for the area…
Dan Bourdeau (New Hampshire) is presenting in Session 2, "Watershed Management," at the 2017 New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibit at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts at 8:30-10:30 a.m. on January 23, 2017. His presentation is entitled "Use of a Nutrient Control Plan by the City of Rochester, New Hampshire to Develop a Long-term Plan to Reduce Nutrient Loads to Receiving Waters." Dan has extensive experience in…
Rula Deeb (California) will deliver a presentation on the Development and Testing of an Analytical Method for Real Time Measurements of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a webinar hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) on February 1, 2017. Focused on educating remediation practitioners, this webinar will outline the latest developments and current efforts to detect, measure, and remove this emerging contaminant from the environment. Presentations will address new developments in field screening methods;…
Geosyntec practitioners Dr. Zita L.T. Yu, P.E., Dr. Mark Hanna, P.E., and Ken Susilo, P.E., DWRE, CPSWQ co-authored an article with Joan Oppenheimer, BCEE and Dr. Allegra Da Silva, P.E. from MWH-Stantec entitled "Capturing Alternative Water Resources in Supplement Drinking Water Supply." The article is featured in the Total Water Solutions Column in the Journal of American Water Works Association (AWWA) January 2017, Volume 109, Number 1. The article discusses the latest trends, opportunities, and…
Anica Haynes and Mike Mckibben will attend the 15th Annual Gas Storage Outlook Conference at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas on January 12-13, 2017. The conference features gas storage experts discussing liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas-electric integration, the outlook of Mexico's gas storage needs, and additional demand drivers. Gas storage developers, investors, end-users, and thought leaders will be in attendance. Anica Haynes is a Senior Environmental Engineer based in Louisiana with more than…
Yazen Khasawneh (Michigan) co-authored a paper entitled "A simple soil model for low frequency cyclic loading" that will appear in Science Direct's Computers and Geotechnics journal, Volume 84, April 2017, Pages 225-237. Abstract A three-dimensional elastoplastic soil constitutive model capable of capturing the response of granular soils under low-frequency cyclic loading is introduced and verified. The model is piecewise linear with a hyperbolic stress-strain relationship. The size of the hysteresis loop is controlled using different…
Erin Reed (Florida) authored a paper entitled "Chemical and isotopic composition of nitrogen and boron in septic tank wastewater samples" that was published in the Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences on November 25, 2016. Abstract Most of earth’s population depends on onsite sewage systems to dispose of their wastewater to the environment. Samples used to estimate contaminant transport in the environment have typically been collected from nitrogen loads external to the septic tank. Here we…
In the early decades of Clean Air Act implementation, it was common for permitting agencies to require facilities seeking Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits to conduct pre-construction ambient air quality monitoring prior to permit issuance. While less common, it was not unprecedented to require facilities to conduct post-construction ambient air quality monitoring to confirm that the new or modified facility would not cause a violation of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard or consume…
The Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Project in Tewksbury, Massachusetts was named 2016's Best Project in the Water/Environment Category by Engineering News-Record (ENR) New England on December 8, 2016. The award was presented at a breakfast banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Boston, Massachusetts. Geosyntec's Scott Luettich, Steven Poirier, and Michael Paonessa joined representatives from Charter to accept the award. This year's panel of industry judges reviewed and discussed 20 projects located throughout New England…
The Green Harbor Energy team, including Darrell Sandlin, Tom Flynn, Paul MacGregor, and Tim Graham, working in partnership with U.S. EPA, secured the 2016 Energy STAR CHP Award for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. EPA presents the Energy STAR CHP Award to leaders who increase the nation's electric generation efficiency through the development of highly-efficient combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The Award recognizes the importance of CHP as a way to reduce emissions…
Man Zhang (Minnesota) co-authored a paper entitled, "Transport of stabilized iron nanoparticles in porous media: Effects of surface and solution chemistry and role of adsorption." The paper is published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials' Special Issue for Environmental Nanotechnology in Volume 322, Part A, pages 284-291 in January 2017. The paper discusses the results of a study to investigate the effects of iron oxide and aluminum oxide on retention and transport of carboxymethyl cellulose…
Tom Wurzinger (Georgia) was elected Vice Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Georgia Chapter on December 9, 2016. The A&WMA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, and public education. A&WMA promotes environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society. The A&WMA's Georgia Chapter's mission is to promote a…
Lee Mullon and Mike Hardin (Florida) presented at the Florida Stormwater Association's (FSA) Winter 2016 conference in on December 7, 2016. Lee presented on a case study of a 2.5 year stormwater best management practice (BMP) monitoring project for Orange County, Florida and Mike presented on a street sweeping optimization project recently completed for the City of Lakeland, Florida. The Florida Stormwater Conference is a municipal stormwater conference which helps organize stormwater-related research, advocacy, and…
Melissa Grover, Jennifer Arblaster, and Jason Conder of California were part of the project team honored with Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) 2016 Project-of-the-Year Award for Environmental Restoration on November 28, 2016. Dr. Bart Chadwick from SPAWAR Systems Center led the project team for an ESTCP-funded project that aimed to demonstrate and validate the placement, stability, and performance of reactive amendments for treatment of contaminated sediments in active DOD harbor settings. The project was…
Geosyntec's Fort Gillem Vapor Intrusion Investigation project received an Honor Award at the 2017 ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Awards on February 25, 2017 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia and the Georgia Engineering Alliance based the award on the successful and innovative consulting engineering services Geosyntec provided to the Fort Gillem Vapor Intrusion (VI) Investigation. Fort Gillem is a former United States Army…
Morteza Khorshidi (North Carolina) co-authored an article entitled "Intrinsic Relationship Between Matric Potential and Cation Hydration," published in the Vadose Zone Journal on November 22, 2016. Vadose Zone Journal is a publication outlet for interdisciplinary research and assessment of the Critical Zone, which comprises the Earth's critical living surface down to groundwater. Vadose Zone Journal is a peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes reviews, original research, and special sections across a wide range of disciplines. Morteza…
Melissa Grover and Jason Conder of California will have two of their projects as the focal point of the next webinar hosted by SERDP and ESTCP. The webinar, entitled "Advances in the Assessment and In Situ Treatment of Contaminated Sediments," will take place at noon Eastern time, 9am Pacific, on December 15, 2016. The two projects to be highlighted during the webinar involve the effectiveness of reactive amendments at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in…
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