Shira Colsky, P.E. (Georgia) was awarded the Outstanding Young Professional (OYP) Award from the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) at the ACE Virtual Honors & Awards Ceremony on July 2, 2020. Shira Colsky is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with consulting experience focused on industrial wastewater treatment, water distribution system modeling, process design and optimization, and groundwater remediation technology selection and implementation. She currently manages the groundwater remediation programs at…
Daniel Montiel, Ph.D. (Florida) coauthored a paper entitled "Microbial community composition across a coastal hydrological system affected by submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)" that was published in the PLOS ONE journal on June 29, 2020. Daniel's coauthors were Dini Adyasari, Christiane Hassenrück, and Natasha Dimova. Daniel Montiel is a Senior Staff Scientist based in Florida focused on hydrogeology, karst terrain, and water resources management. He has additional experience with aquifer testing, groundwater flow and particle tracking…
Melissa Setz (Georgia) will present on "Internal Erosion Remediation and Dam Safety" at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute's Virtual Technical (V-Tech) Global Engineering Conference on September 17, 2020. Melissa is a project engineer with more than six years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering. She has made significant contributions to dam safety projects involving the development and permitting of field investigations; the formulation of laboratory testing programs; the oversite and management…
Travis Kline, MEM (Washington D.C.) and Dylan Eberle, Ph.D.(Massachusetts)will present at the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) Fate of PFAS: From Groundwater to Tap Water Conference on August 12, 2020. Travis will present "PFAS Health Exposure Assessment: Inconsistency and Challenges," and Dylan will present "Application of PFAS Forensic Techniques – Interpreting Data to Tell A Story." Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience focused…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) presented "Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites" at the Emerging Contaminants Summit that was held in March 2020. Geosyntec has now released a video of the 2-hour workshop. The workshop video is part of a larger U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project to develop guidance on evaluating PFAS ecological risks, which has been led by Geosyntec experts Dr.…
Geosyntec has successfully identified the presence of SARS-COV-2 in wastewater for multiple public, private, and government clients. Wastewater testing provides a leading indicator and can provide an early warning for the presence of virus before people display symptoms. Geosyntec provides timely wastewater data to our clients to help them make informed decisions about appropriate, community-specific responses. Through monitoring a sewer system for the flow-normalized presence and concentration of SARS-CoV-2 virus, we are able to help…
Nathan Higgerson (St. Louis) will present on "Closure of CCR Impoundments: A Discussion of Construction Issues and Strategies from the Owner and Engineering Perspective" at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 3 on July 27, 2020. Nathan's co-presenter is Matt Balance from Vistra Energy. Nathan is a Principal Scientist based in Missouri with more than 18 years of experience in both the consulting and private industries focused on…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Georgia) will present on the topic "The Geotechnical Engineering Response to Big Data: Reactive Versus Proactive… You Can Choose" as part of the 2019-2020 Cross USA Lecture hosted by the Geo-Institute live on YouTube at 1:50 p.m. EDT/10:50 a.m. PDT on July 23, 2020. Robert is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 40 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization,…
Geosyntec is assisting the City of St. Augustine, Florida with testing wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is known to survive into wastewater. Geosyntec's testing method is sound because it uses tracer material that would positively identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 if it were present. Employing reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), Geosyntec's lab is able to detect SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and environmental samples. The analysis reduces the potential for false positives…
Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, ENV SP; and Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM (Florida) will deliver four presentations at the Florida Stormwater Association's (FSA) 2020 Annual Conference on July 15-17, 2020. Mark will present "Future Conditions 100 Year Flood Map for Resiliency" and "Stormwater Outfall Resiliency Master Planning in Nation's Oldest City." Mike will present "An Innovative "Smart" Stormwater Harvesting Treatment Train System." Mark Ellard is a Senior Principal Water Resources and Environmental Engineer based…
Geosyntec is hosting a free three-part webinar series to provide a thorough synthesis of key technical, regulatory, and legal issues associated with assessments, optimization, and implementation of vapor intrusion solutions.The "Vapor Intrusion 2020" webinars will take place from 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET, on July 14, 22, and 28, 2020. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available upon request. Vapor Intrusion Webinars Optimizing Vapor Intrusion Pathway Assessment Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Ontario) authored a paper entitled "Mathematical analysis and flux-based radius of influence for radon/VOC vapor intrusion mitigation systems" in the journal Science of the Total Environment. His coauthors were William Wertz, Darius Mali, and Paul Nicholson, also of Geosyntec. Todd McAlary is a Practice Leader for Vapor Intrusion Services at Geosyntec with more than 30 years of international consulting experience focused on the evaluation of contaminant fate and transport in…
Ken Susilo, P.E., CPSWQ (California) will moderate a session and present during a roundtable at the P3 Water Summit Virtual Conference on July 8-9, 2020. He will moderate "Stormwater Partnerships: Not just municipalities. Not just stormwater. Owners seeking bigger solutions serving our communities" and his roundtable presentation is entitled "Partnership and P3 Innovations and Opportunities with Stormwater." Ken's co-presenter is Greg Cannito, Partnership Innovator, Corvias. Ken Susilo is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based…
Geosyntec is assisting the City of St. Augustine, Florida with testing wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Geosyntec has developed a method for testing wastewater as an early warning measurement for viral load in communities. Public health officials and municipalities can benefit from reliable data on SARS-CoV-2 virus prevalence in their communities. Geosyntec provides timely wastewater data to public agencies to help them make informed decisions about appropriate, community specific responses that do…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. was named as a 2020 Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSW) Legacy Award Winner in the Municipal Solid Waste Management journal June Edition. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, including waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, facility site selection, property acquisition, environmental permitting, operation plan development, solid waste facility benchmarking, ordinance development, solid waste plans, financial assessments,…
Allison Kreinberg (Ohio) presented "Approval of an Alternate Source Demonstration Under Oklahoma's State CCR Program" and Lane Dorman, P.G. (Florida) Presented "Case Study: High Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) to Inform CCR Groundwater Remedial Design and Implementation" at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 1 on June 18, 2020. Allison's co-presenter was Jill Parker-Witt, American Electric Power. Lane's co-presenter was Lauren Petty, Southern Company Services. Allison is a Project…
Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) and Andrea Siefers, P.E. (North Carolina) will present in the ACE 2020 Gateway to Innovation Virtual Conference, Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) 113th Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 30, 2020. Lynn McGuire is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 34 years of experience in process and environmental engineering consulting for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) management supporting corporate programs, permitting, reporting, and sustainability practices.…
Brandon Steets, P.E., Megan Otto, P.E., and Jared Ervin, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Assessing Sediment Recontamination from Metals in Stormwater" that was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in Volume 737 on May 2020. Coauthors for the article were Ilektra Drygiannaki; Balaji Rao; John A Dawson; Magdalena Rakowska; Danny D Reible; Nicholas T Hayman; Gunther H Rosen; Marienne A Colvin; Bart D Chadwick; and Robert Pitt. Brandon Steets is a…
Geosyntec is hosting a free five-part webinar series to provide a thorough synthesis of key technical, regulatory, and legal issues associated with compliance in several market sectors. The "Compliance Camp" webinars will take place on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET, with the first webinar presented on June 25, 2020. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available upon request. REGULATORY COMPLIANCE WEBINARS Changing Processes & Manufacturing in Response to COVID -19: What you need to…
Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) will be a panelist presenting on the topic "Creating an Investable Business Model for Carbon Emissions Management" for the 2020 Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC) Clean Air Summit's meeting on June 17, 2020. Lynn's co-panelists are: Lars-Erik Gaertner, Head of Transformational R&D- Americas, Linde; Xavier Pettiau, Director CO2 Research, Lhoist; Algert Prifti, Decarbonization and CCUS Technologies Lead, Black & Veatch; Lee Solsbery, Technical Director and Lead for Low Carbon Energy…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will present "Developing an Effective Public Engagement Campaign" at the 2020 SWANAPalooza Virtual Conference hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on June 25, 2020. Marc's co-presenter is Mark Spafford, General Manager, Municipality of Anchorage / Solid Waste Service. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, including…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Tennessee) coauthored a paper entitled "Small and mighty: adaptation of superphylum Patescibacteria to groundwater environment drives their genome simplicity" that was published in the journal Microbiome in Volume 8, Article 51, on April 6, 2020. Andrea's coauthors were Renmao Tian, Daliang Ning, Zhili He, Ping Zhang, Sarah J. Spencer, Shuhong Gao, Weiling Shi, Linwei Wu, Ya Zhang, Yunfeng Yang, Benjamin G. Adams, Brittny L. Detienne, Kenneth A. Lowe, Dominique C. Joyner, Dawn…
Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario) and Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) were featured in the May-June edition of the Deep Foundations Institute's (DFI) e-magazine. Jamey Rosen is a Senior Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management System design and development. Jamey has built systems to validate, manage, analyze and visualize construction, geotechnical, and environmental data for projects and facilities in the United States and Canada. Robert…
Ogul Doygun, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "High strain damping for sands from load-controlled cyclic tests: Correlation between stored strain energy and pore water pressure" that was published in the journal Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering in volume 134 on July 2020. Ogul's coauthor was H.G.Brandes. Ogul Doygun is a Senior Staff Professional based in California focused on civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and construction quality assurance. His experience also includes geotechnical design for various…
Geosyntec has partnered with Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc. (Ground Effects) to develop decontamination equipment to safely and reliably raise building atmosphere ozone concentrations to a precise target virus-treatment concentration. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not survive elevated ozone concentrations. After the ozone concentration is maintained, the levels are quickly reduced to non-detect. There are clear advantages to this method: it is more comprehensive than wiping, spraying, or fogging; this method does not…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of our Eleventh Annual Student Paper Contest for 2020. We are proud to continue our support of top students across the United States through our paper competition, and we send our sincere thanks to all participants. The quality of papers received was extremely high and only the narrowest of margins separated the top papers. It really was a difficult decision picking the winners. As always, we…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Australia) coauthored a paper entitled “Innovative Contaminant Mass Flux Monitoring in an Aquifer Subject to Tidal Effects” published in the journal Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation Spring 2020 issue. Fred’s coauthors are a team from University of Liège including Pierre Jamin, Pierre Briers, Philippe Orban, and Serge Brouyère as well as Ken De Greene from Jacobs. Fred is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 20 years of experience…
Geosyntec continues to rank highly in several categories according to Engineering News-Record's (ENR) "The Top 500 Design Firms" for 2020. Notably, Geosyntec ranks 46th in the Top 500 Design Firms. These rankings reflect Geosyntec's continuous commitment to delivering exceptional service and best-value solutions to our clients. Here are our 2019 rankings: #46 Top 500 Design Firms #10 Top 10 Hazardous Waste #14 Top 20 Sewer and Waste #38 Top 50 Designers in International Markets #32…
Ivan Mihajlov, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Arsenic contamination of Bangladesh aquifers exacerbated by clay layers" that was published in Nature Communications, 11, article number 2244 on May 7, 2020. Ivan Mihajlov is an environmental scientist working as a consultant in groundwater remediation. He has a Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Columbia University with a strong research background in trace metal geochemistry, hydrogeology, biochemistry, and chemical analysis. The article, co-authored by Rajib…
Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) was invited by the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) to present as a panelist on a live webinar workshop entitled "COVID-19 and Environmental Law-Master Series Roundtable" on April 23, 2020. Randy Brandt is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30 years of management and technical experience with Brownfield and hazardous waste issues. He has focused on development and implementation of environmental restoration programs for blighted hazardous…
Emily Anderson (Minnesota) coauthored a paper entitled "Isolation and Characterization of Denitrifiers from Woodchip Bioreactors for Bioaugmentation Application" that was published in the Journal for Applied Microbiology on April 7, 2020. Emily was the lead author, and her coauthors were Jeonghwan Jang, Rodney T. Venterea, Gary W. Feyereisen, and Satoshi Ishii. Emily is a Staff Scientist based in Minnesota focused on bioremediation, environmental microbiology, and bioinformatics/data analysis. A remediation and water treatment practitioner, she is…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (California) served as a distinguished panelist for the discussion entitled "Something New: The Intersection of Policy, Science, and Litigation" on the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (SEER)'s 49th Spring Conference live webinar at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT on April 23, 2020. Ravi's co-panelists were Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; Stan Meiburg,…
Gizem Bozkurt, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (Georgia) has been named to the Editorial Board of GEOSTRATA, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute's (G-I) official bi-monthly magazine. Gizem Bozkurt is an Engineer based in Georgia. Her primary focus is engineering design and analyses for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects, including civil design and site layout, performing field investigations, site characterization through analysis of laboratory and field data, and stability and settlement assessments of soil slopes and…