Los Angeles, CA – Today, January 13, 2021, LA County released the public review draft of the LA River Master Plan encompassing the 51-mile river. The LA River Master Plan is a goal-driven plan that combines community input with geospatial needs analyses to form the foundation of the Master Plan and supports a 25-year vision for the LA River and its associated communities. The goals cover reducing flood risk; creating parks and healthy, connected ecosystems;…
Ron Gestler (California) and James Linton (Florida) presented "The Application of Engineered Phytotechnology for Remedial System Optimization and Ultimate Site Closure –Two Case Studies" at U.S. EPA Engineering Forum on January 6, 2021. At the U.S. EPA Engineering Forum Ron and James gave a brief description of Engineered Phytoremediation and a short summary of the key benefits of using that type of technology. They also discussed its limitations, benefits, and management considerations. They concluded the…
Babak Mahmoodi, Ph.D. (Massachusetts) coauthored a paper entitled "Assessing Persistence of Entrapped Gas for Induced Partial Saturation" that was published in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Volume 147, Issue 3, in December 2020. Babak was the lead author and his coauthor was Aaron Gallant, Ph.D. Babak Mahmoodi is a Senior Staff Professional based in Massachusetts focused on ground improvement, slope stability analyses, settlement analyses, and…
Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario) will present "Current Activities and Future Directions from a Data Manager" in workshop "1021 - Getting the Most Out of Big Data Analytics for All Facets of Transportation Geotechnics" at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting. This is a virtual event hosted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET on January 21, 2021. Geosyntec is a proud sponsor for the Section…
Geosyntec was awarded a 2020 Outstanding Groundwater Remediation Award for "Launch Ready! High-Resolution Site Characterization and the Expedited Remediation of a Multi-Acre Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compound Plume at NASA's Launch Complex 39B" from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Geosyntec teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to restore groundwater resources and protect sensitive aquatic habitats at Launch Complex 39B (LC39B), a National Historic Site located within the John F. Kennedy Space Center on…
Dan Pankani, (Oregon) and Scott Struck, Ph.D., (Colorado) coauthored an article entitled “Estimating Regionalized Planning Costs of Green Infrastructure and Low-impact Development Stormwater Management Practices: Updates to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Stormwater Calculator” for publication in Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment on December 23, 2020. Dan and Scott’s coauthors were Jason Bernagros, U.S. EPA, and Marion Deerhake, RTI. Dan Pankani is a licensed Engineer in Oregon with more than 18…
Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee) presented at Kisco's Greensboro facility town hall discussing Geosyntec's role in providing early warnings for senior living residents with pooled saliva surveillance and testing. Kisco employees discussed how they have helped their residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted their effective use of pooled saliva surveillance and testing. Ed Ward, Vice President of Operations, reviewed the overall approach to keeping residents safe and Duane Graves explains the pooled saliva…
Shooka Khoramfar, Ph.D., (Texas) coauthored an article entitled “Mathematical modeling of CO2 separation using different diameter hollow fiber membranes” for publication in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control on November 28, 2020. Shooka’s coauthors were Jalil Ghobadi, Sterlitech Corporation; David Ramirez, M.M. Kabir, Texas A&M University; Robert Jerman, Markel Corporation; and Muhammad Saeed, University of Oslo. Shooka Khoramfar is a Senior Staff Engineer based in Texas with a focus on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., NAE is named the recipient of the Ralph B. Peck Award from the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This is one of the most prestigious awards given by ASCE each year and past recipients have been distinguished leaders of the Civil Engineering profession. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of a thoughtful, carefully researched case history or…
Jerko Kocijan, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE (California) will co-teach an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) online continuation course entitled "Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities” sponsored by Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and the COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee Certificate in Port Engineering Task Committee on January 25 – April 16, 2021. Jerko's co-instructor will be Nason McCullough, Ph.D., P.E., GE, M.ASCE. Jerko Kocijan is a Principal Civil and Geotechnical Engineer based in…
Seth Kellogg, P.G. (New Jersey) served on the planning committee for the National Groundwater Association's (NGWA) Virtual Groundwater Week 2020 on December 8-11, 2020, during which Rebecca Daprato, Ph.D., P.E., (Texas) and James Langenbach receive NGWA's Groundwater Remediation Project Award for "Launch Ready! High-Resolution Site Characterization and the Expedited Remediation of a Multi-Acre Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compound Plume at NASA's Launch Complex 39B." Additionally, Geosyntec will have a virtual tradeshow booth. Seth has been a…
John Barrett, P.E.; (Tennessee); Logan Brant, Ph.D., P.E.; Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE; and Ali Ebrahimi, P.E. (Texas) coauthored multiple papers for publication by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) for the 2021 International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics. Logan, Ali, John, and Rodolfo as well as Juan Pestana and Ajay Shastri served as reviewers for other papers that were published by DFI for the symposium. In addition, Rodolfo is a member of the symposium's…
Jason Conder, Ph.D., (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) coauthored an article entitled “Assessing Human Health Risks from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS)-Impacted Vegetable Consumption: A Tiered Modeling Approach” for publication in Environmental Science & Technology on November 17, 2020. Jason and Jennifer’s coauthors were Christopher Higgins and Juliane Brown, Colorado School of Mines. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist based in California with more than 15 years of experience focused on risk assessment and contaminated…
Felipe Solano (Ontario) coauthored an article entitled “Simple Resistivity Probe System for Real-Time Monitoring of Injected Reagents” for publication in Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation on November 20, 2020. Felipe’s coauthors were David Stevenson, NOVA Chemicals; Yunxiao Wei, BCEG Environmental Remediation Company; Neil Thomson, James Barker, University of Waterloo; and J.F. Devlin, University of Kansas. Felipe Solano is a Professional Scientist based in Ontario, focused on environmental site assessment and remediation projects. His experience includes the…
Patricia Varela, Ph.D. (Texas) was highlighted in an article entitled “Patricia Varela’s Daring Career as a Geologist” for publication by Women Offshore on November 30, 2020. Patricia Varela is a Professional Consultant based in Texas with a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering. Her practice is focused on integrated site characterization using geological and geotechnical field surveying techniques to help clients construct subway tunnels, highways, dams, and buildings. Her professional skills include the estimation of soil properties,…
The Woodlands office will focus on geohazard assessment, monitoring, and mitigation; process and procedure development for pipeline geohazard programs; and geological characterization. The office will be run by Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G.; Aaron Orr; Patricia Varela, Ph.D.; Tim Cramer; Colby Reece; and Heather Dailey. Alexander McKenzie-Johnson is a Principal Engineering Geologist based in Texas with more than 17 years of professional experience focused on geohazard assessment and management for oil and gas clients. Prior…
Matthew Basso, CHMM and George Hollerbach, P.E., BCEE, CSP (New Jersey) will present "The Science of Making Colleges and Universities Safe in the Age of Covid-19 – A Case Study" at the Westchester Chemical Society Special Seminar at 7:00 PM EST on December 3, 2020. Matt Basso is a Senior Consultant based in New Jersey with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental due diligence processes and environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance…
Berend Velderman, P.Geo (Ontario), Phil Dennis (Toronto), Tracy Dannell, EP, (Virginia), and Trevor Carlson, QP, (Saskatoon) will present "Novel Testing, Treatment Tools and Approaches that Predict and Manage COVID-19 Outbreaks and Pandemics for Real Property Management" at the 2020 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Real Property National Workshop at 12:45 PM EST on November 26, 2020. Berend Velderman has more than 25 years of hydrogeology experience as a subject matter expert in environmental due…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) and Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) coauthored an article entitled “Application of Hybrid Drained-Undrained Model for Analyzing the Stability of Reinforced Soil Structures Over Soft Foundations with Prefabricated Vertical Drains” for publication in the International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories on November 19, 2020. Their coauthors were Chunling Li, Soil and Land Use Technology and Ranjiv Gupta, Freeport-McMoRan. David Espinoza is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Maryland…
Richard J. Dulcey, P.E. (Pennsylvania) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Principal. Rich has more than 35 years of experience in environmental consulting, insurance, and government sciences. At Geosyntec, Rich will focus on providing site assessment and remediation services to our private and public sector clients to help them address their contaminated site challenges. Rich’s areas of expertise include site remediation strategy, portfolio management, engineering and treatment technologies, superfund and RCRA corrective action programs,…
Kenneth Yass, P.E., CHMM will present “EPCRA Changes (PFAS reporting under SARA 313)” at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri at 10:00 AM on December 2, 2020. Ken Yass is a Principal Environmental Engineer with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental compliance services for a wide range of industrial clients. Ken's focus is on understanding and ultimately helping to own his client's…
Ben Amos, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) and Will Burke, P.G., (Alabama) will present “University and Municipal COVID-19 wastewater surveillance” at the Alabama Stormwater Association’s (ASA) virtual seminar at 1:30 PM CT on November 17, 2020. Ben Amos is a Principal Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with more than 11 years of experience focused on soil and groundwater remediation and the management of groundwater risks at large, complex sites, including those in the utility sector. Will…
Neven Kresic, Ph.D., P.G., (Washington, D.C.) coauthored an article entitled “Modeling of groundwater flow and transport in coastal karst aquifers” for publication in Hydrogeology Journal on October 24, 2020. Neven’s coauthor was Sorab Panday, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Neven Kresic is a Senior Consultant based in Washington, D.C. with more than 30 years of experience focused on groundwater- and surface water-related consulting, research, and teaching. Neven specialized in analyzing and understanding complex groundwater systems. He…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir., and Lange Jorstad, Ph.D., (Australia) will present a webinar on “Practical Considerations on Resolving Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction at Contaminated Site” at 1:00 PM EDT on November 19, 2020. Frederic and Lange’s co-presenters are Matt Edwards and Greg Luke, BlueSphere Environmental. Frederic Cosme is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental consulting and hydrogeology. Frederic helps clients convert scientific outcomes…
Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee) coauthored an article entitled “COVID-19 Wastewater Epidemiology: A Model to Estimate Infected Populations” published as a preprint in medRxiv on November 7, 2020. The article describes a model to provide an estimate of the total number of infected individuals in a sewershed based on the mass rate of RNA copies released per day. This overcomes some of the limitations associated with individual testing campaigns and thereby provides an additional tool that…
Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., (California) will serve as Program Co-Chair, Rula Deeb, Ph.D., (California) will present “PFAS Fate and Transport, Source Forensics, and Treatment”, and Brandon Steets, P.E., (California) will present “PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws” at the PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference on December 3-4, 2020. Lydia’s co-chair is Jeffrey Dintzer from Alston & Bird. Rula’s co-presenter is Jennifer Field from Oregon State University. Brandon’s co-presenters are Sarah Peterman Bell from…
Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) will present “Summary of Technical Causes of the 2019 Feijao Iron Mine Tailings Dam 1 Failure (Brumadinho, Brazil)” as part of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Twin Cities Subsection’s Lecture Series on November 19, 2020. Lucas is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 20 years of experience in dams and mining related projects, geotechnical design and field studies, risk quantification, hazardous materials…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) will present “Lessons and Challenges from Rehabilitation of a Major Landslide in Colluvium” and Duane Graves, Ph.D., (Tennessee) will present “Challenges and Benefits of Analyzing Environmental Samples for SARS-CoV-2 Virus” at the Chattanooga Development Symposium on November 10, 2020. Bob is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design…
Jason Conder, Ph.D., (California), Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont), and Alice Wang, Ph.D., (Massachusetts) will present at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 41st Annual Meeting at 8:00-12:00 PM CST on November 15, 2020. Jason and Jennifer will lead a short course entitled “Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites” with co-instructor Chris Higgins, Colorado School of Mines. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia), and Christie Hale, Ph.D., (California), with assistance from Kate Darby, Ph.D., (California), developed a two-day technical course on “Earthquake Engineering for Embankment Dams” for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) to be delivered on November 2-3, 2020. Glenn Rix is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering…
Geosyntec is expanding services to new and existing clients from our new location at 309 N. Water St., Suite 350, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. Geosyntec is expanding our client services in Wisconsin with a new office in downtown Milwaukee. This office will help our clients create exceptional solutions for investigating and remediating contaminated properties, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorinated solvents, manufactured gas plant (MGP), and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminated properties; providing due diligence and…
Gary Wealthall, Ph.D., (United Kingdom) presented “Technical challenges of characterizing fractured bedrock for the management of contaminated areas” at XII Seminário Ekos Brasil at 10:50 AM on October 28, 2020. Dr. Wealthall is a Senior Principal Consultant based in United Kingdom with more than 25 years of experience focused on contaminant hydrogeology research and practice. He advises regulatory authorities and clients in the chemical, waste disposal, land development, and insurance industries. Gary is the Managing…
Todd Kafka, P.G., (Florida) will present “From Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida” at 2020 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) at 1:30 PM EDT on October 29, 2020. Todd’s co-presenters are Anna Cawrse, Sasaki and Bill Tinsley, Bonnet Springs Park. Todd Kafka is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Florida with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on site assessment, remediation, and hydrogeological…