Geosyntec News and Events

Duane Graves (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Natural Attenuation in Streambed Sediment Receiving Chlorinated Solvents from Underlying Fracture Networks" that was published in Environmental Science & Technology Journal on March 22, 2017. Duane's co-authors were Burcu Simsir, Jun Yan, Jeongdae Im, and Frank E. Loffler. Abstract Contaminant discharge from fractured bedrock formations remains a remediation challenge. We applied an integrated approach to assess the natural attenuation potential of sediment that forms the transition zone between…
Yazen Khasawneh (Michigan) and David Espinoza (Maryland) will be presenting at the upcoming Purdue Geotechnical Society's annual workshop on "Climate Change and Geotechnical Engineering" at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on Friday, April 21, 2017. Yazen's presentation is entitled "Displacement Analysis of World Islands' Breakwater." David's presentation is entitled "Bringing the Engineers Back into the Boardrooms: Connecting Climate Risk to Financial Performance." The workshop attracts geotechnical engineers from Indiana and the Midwest. The Purdue…
Ken Susilo (California) will join a panel discussing public-private partnerships (P3) and performance based infrastructure (PBI) for stormwater management at the P3 Water Summit at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel in San Diego, California in Grand Ballroom C from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on May 5, 2017. The Panel, entitled "Applying P3s to Stormwater," will discuss how cities and counties are in need of technically sound solutions and funds for implementation, funds…
Jennifer Wilkie and Amanda Hughes (Illinois) co-authored an article published in the American Bar Association's (ABA) journal Natural Resources & Environment in Volume 31, number 4, Spring 2017. The article, entitled "Volunteer Citizen Scientists, Unintentional Legal Consequences," discusses how crowdsourced citizen environmental science volunteers necessarily but unwittingly also volunteer to follow complex laws that have yet to be clearly interpreted by the courts. The Geosyntec authors collaborated with Steven M. Siros, and Alexander J. Bandza,…
Ranjiv Gupta (Arizona) will co-present a two-day short course with Jeffrey Kuhn, Director of the Geotechnical Laboratory at TRI Environmental (TRI). The course, entitled "Slope Stability of Containment Systems: Understanding Issues Related to Design and Interface Friction Testing," will take place at TRI in Austin, Texas on May 23-24, 2017. Ranjiv has over ten years of academic and professional experience in the field of geotechnical, geoenvironmental and geosynthetics engineering. Since joining Geosyntec, he has been…
Dr. Kevin Finneran (Clemson University) will be featured as the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series to discuss "Microbial and Chemical Reactions in Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA)" on April 20, 2017. Dr. Finneran will discuss critical data used to assess the potential for MNA at sites contaminated with several major contaminants including chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbon compounds, metals and metalloids, and mixed contaminant plumes. Also in the webinar, SiREM's Jeff Roberts (Ontario) will present…
Silvia Mancini (Ontario), Mike Kavanaugh, and Mark Davidson (California) co-authored an article published in the American Bar Association's (ABA) journal Natural Resources & Environment in Volume 31, Number 4, Spring 2017. The article, entitled "The 'CSI' in Environmental Forensics Using Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis in Legal Matters," discusses the utility of compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA) in environmental forensics, with a particular focus on appropriate use in legal settings. The Geosyntec authors collaborated with William Pence,…
Rodolfo Sancio (Texas) will deliver a presentation entitled "Integrity and Risk Assessment of Pipelines and SCRs" at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute's (NGI) workshop at the NGI office in Houston, Texas from 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017. According to Rodolfo, delivering safe, reliable and cost effective solutions to complex and challenging problems is the ultimate goal in our industry. Currently, the codes and standards lack specific guidance on geotechnical soil modeling for pipelines…
Mary deFlaun (New Jersey), Claire Wildman (California), and Neal Durant (Washington, D.C.) presented at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition entitled "Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes" at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on April 3-4, 2017. Mary was invited to present on bioreactors in South Africa, Claire's presentation was about chromium chemistry in bioreactors, she also co-moderated a session on metals treatment in remote areas, and Neal was invited…
Lee Mullon (Florida) co-authored and article published in the Journal of Hydrology on March 9, 2017. The article is entitled "Multi-scale Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting Using Nonlinear and Nonstationary Teleconnection Signals and Artificial Neural Network Models." It analyzes at how climate change teleconnection signals are used in predicting precipitation in the Adirondack Mountains. The research used a statistical approach to isolate unique teleconnection signals that exist in the Adirondack Mountains. Those unique signals were then utilized…
A Geosyntec project was selected as the Silver Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies New Hampshire Chapter (ACEC-NH). The award was presented at the Chapter's 2017 EEA ceremony for the design and construction of a high-capacity groundwater supply with in situ treatment. Geosyntec designed and constructed the system for a Midwest biotech production facility to augment their existing water supply and treatment system. The water supply changes were necessary…
MMI Engineering (MMI) is featured in an article entitled "Improving Passive Fire Protection Systems" in Offshore Engineer magazine on pages 26-27 in the April 2017 edition. Coinciding with the magazine's focus on asset integrity, the article discusses the importance of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) and how, more often than not, incorrect systems are specified and installed, a practice which compromises safety and loss prevention. The article also details The Hydrocarbon Passive Fire Protection Network (PFPNet), an independent,…
Bob Hartzel, Andrea Braga (Massachusetts), and Dan Bourdeau (Portsmouth) will present at the 28th Annual Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Conference, sponsored by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), at the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, Massachusetts on April 12-13, 2017. Geosyntec's presentations will focus on recent groundbreaking projects that use advanced stormwater management tools to minimize NPS impacts on water quality. Bob's presentation, entitled "Massachusetts Watershed Based Plans (WBPs): A New Web-Based Tool…
SiREM technologies will be featured in two platform presentations at the annual Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium at Clemson University in South Carolina on April 6, 2017. Sandra Dworatzek, a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, will present "Laboratory Testing in Support of Monitored Natural Attenuation of Chlorinated Solvents." The talk presents Gene-Trac qPCR testing and next-generation sequencing for microbial community characterization along with magnetic susceptibility, X-ray diffraction for iron mineral speciation, and other leading-edge…
Lelio Mejia will present a lecture at the 40th Spring Seminar and 20th Geo Expo of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute Los Angeles Chapter in Long Beach, California at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on April 12, 2017. Lelio's lecture, entitled "Engineering Challenges of the Dams of the Panama Canal Expansion," will present an overview of the Panama Canal Expansion Project and of the dams that form the new Pacific Access Channel, known as the…
Dogus Meric (Illinois) is the lead author of an article published in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering on March 17, 2017. The article, entitled "Nonlinear, Nonequilibrium One-Dimensional Large-Strain Consolidation Coupled Contaminant Transport Model of Capped Sediments," considers numerical modeling to estimate transient chemical flux leaving the capped sediments. The new model offers the use of site-specific time-dependent sorption in addition to its previously existing capabilities on finite-strain…
Geosyntec staff will make a substantial technical contribution to the United States Society on Dams (USSD) 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, California on April 3-7, 2017. Presentations will be made by Lelio Mejia, Chris Conkle, Al Preston (California), Glenn Rix, Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia), Lucas deMelo (Maryland), Jamey Rosen (Guelph), Andrew Higgins (Ontario). The 2017 USSD Conference Theme is "It's a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources." The theme makes lighthearted reference to the…
Euan Stoddart will present at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Dinner and Conference of the Institute of Explosives Engineers (IExpE) at Norton Park in Winchester, England on April 4, 2017. Euan will represent MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. His presentation is entitled "Structural Response of Building Facades and Architectural Features to Explosion Loads." Euan's primary areas of expertise are in structural analysis and response, skills he has applied within the security, nuclear, and hydrocarbon…
Scott Luettich (Maine), Nick Yafrate, and Michael Paonessa (Massachusetts) will be conducting upcoming presentations to the Younger Member Group of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES). The goal of the presentations is to provide the Younger Member Group a training ground to develop future leaders of BSCES, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the civil engineering profession as a whole. Scott's presentation is entitled "Elevated Temperatures in Landfills" and it will…
A team of Geosyntec professionals received the Innovation Award during the 2017 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois on March 8-9, 2017. The award was given for their work on the Phase II Pilot Study. In the fall of 2016, The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and Geosyntec completed a first of its kind pilot study within a 17 square mile…
Duane Graves (Tennessee) authored an article entitled "Winning the Brownfields Gambit" for the Tennessee Bar Association Website on March 1, 2017. Winning the Brownfields Gambit Duane Graves, Ph.D., BCES Senior Principal Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. 180A Market Place Blvd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37922 Introduction Urban landscapes in most cities show the pockmarks of long-gone industry in the form of derelict buildings; silent, cold factories; and vacant lots fenced to keep people out and contamination in. These properties…
Helen Dawson (Washington, D.C.) will speak on "The Science Behind Water Quality" with Kelly DiNatale at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 35th Water Law Conference at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017. For its 35th year, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) Water Law Conference will bring together government, nonprofit, and private practitioners to discuss emerging issues, hot topics, and…
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