Geosyntec News and Events

Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E. (Texas) will present at the Integrity and Risk Assessment of Pipelines and SCRs Workshop hosted by The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) in Houston, Texas on September 29, 2017. Dr. Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 18 years of experience focused on geohazard evaluations, geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement solutions, and advanced foundation analyses for large industrial facilities and civil…
Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario), a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, was invited to will present at the Raleigh Remediation Short Course at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina on September 20, 2017. Her presentation, entitled "Use of pH Tolerant Bioaugmentation Cultures for Bioremediation at Low pH," is part of an educational half-day short course on in situ remediation of chlorinated VOCs sponsored by Tersus Environmental.…
Emily Campbell (Illinois) presented at the 7th International Symposium for Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control (WETPOL) at Big Sky Resort in Montana on August 21-25, 2017. Emily's presentation was entitled "Constructed Wetlands for Milking Facility Wastewater: Transforming Research into Best Management Practices." It was a continuation of her master's degree research on the treatment of milking facility wastewater. She collaborated with the Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Michigan State University. Her research was…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) was recently elected President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Greatland chapter for 2018. This chapter covers all of Alaska, with the majority of participating members residing in Anchorage. Olga will coordinate social and technical events for members, outreach to K-12 girls, scholarships for aspiring women engineers, and collaboration with other professional groups. Olga is an environmental engineer with more than nine years of experience as an environmental consultant helping clients…
Amid rising tribal frustrations and widespread concerns emphasized during protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Justice, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosted a series of meetings with Indian Tribes in the Fall of 2016 to discuss their input in Federal infrastructure project decisions. Federal agencies are required to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties that are listed or eligible for inclusion in…
In an interview with Waste360, Nick Yafrate (Massachusetts) outlines the challenges and solutions for hazardous elevated temperature landfills. The interview discusses Nick's interests in his work, changes he has brought about, things he wishes his clients knew, advice he would give young person considering a career in the waste management industry, what he would like to see in terms of new regulations or behaviors for clients, and proactive monitoring of landfills. Nick was recently named…
Yonas Zemuy (California) will present at the 2017 Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Annual Meeting at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 12-16, 2017. Yonas' presentation is entitled "Large Landslide Remediation by Slot-Cut Construction Technique at a Southern California Landfill," and his project team members were Saverio Siciliano, Chris Conkle, Alex Stern, Zahra Amini, Mike Minch, Chris Hunt, Goodwin Wharton, and Robert Bachus. Abstract Construction in existing landslide debris can be…
As in previous years, Geosyntec staff will make a significant technical contribution to WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, Illinois on September 30 - October 4, 2017. Geosyntec professionals will conduct two workshops, lead a special seminar, moderate a technical session, and deliver 12 presentations. WEFTEC is the largest conference in North America to offer water quality professionals from around the world with water quality education and training. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule for crude oil and natural gas facilities on June 3, 2016 for construction, modification, or reconstruction of facilities commenced after September 18, 2015. The regulation addresses air emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds, and sulfur dioxides from various affected facilities. The effective date of this regulation was August 2, 2016 and the initial monitoring survey to identify fugitive leaks was to be performed by June…
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched a new online CFR (oCFR) mobile application for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA's) Hazardous Material Regulations in 49 CFR 100-180 and PHMSA's Pipeline Safety Regulations in 49 CFR 190-199. According to the U.S. DOT, the new oCFR app provides the first-ever mobile access to search, view and navigate PHMSA's Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR parts 100-180 for the classifying, handling and packaging of hazardous…
Martha Carr (Georgia) was elected to the Board of Directors for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter for 2018-2019. The Georgia Chapter serves members in Georgia by providing conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses. SWANA-Georgia represents industry leaders from every discipline in solid waste management. The chapter provides members opportunities to hear about the latest technologies and developments in our industry and to network with other solid waste professionals. The…
Doug Mateas (Illinois) co-authored an article entitled "In situ stabilization of NAPL contaminant source-zones as a remediation technique to reduce mass discharge and flux to groundwater," published in the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology on July 25, 2017. Doug's co-authors were Geoffrey R. Tick and Kenneth C. Carroll. The Journal of Contaminant Hydrology is an international journal publishing scientific articles pertaining to the contamination of groundwater. Emphasis is placed on investigations of the physical, chemical, and…
Geosyntec staff will make a substantial technical contribution to the CleanUp 2017 Conference at the Crown Conference Center in Melbourne, Australia on September 10-14, 2017. CleanUp 2017 is 7th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference incorporating the 1st International PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Conference. Geosyntec professionals have been invited to deliver a keynote, lead a workshop, chair a technical session, and deliver five presentations. The team from Geosyntec includes Rula Deeb (California), Paul Nicholson, Sarah…
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) is currently revising California's vapor intrusion (VI) guidance to provide consistency among CalEPA agencies when they address the vapor intrusion pathway. A Geosyntec team led by Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (San Francisco Area) and Robert Ettinger (Santa Barbara) has completed a review of the preliminary draft, and concluded that the draft includes very conservative and restrictive requirements which could lead to burdensome investigation and remediation requirements. One of the key…
Geosyntec Consutants is pleased to announce our new location in Fresno, California. Our Fresno office will be home to a number of professionals known internationally for their technology leadership, broad experience, and exceptional client service. Amer Hussain is the Principal Engineer who will lead the office and focus local efforts on expanding our services to clients in the oil and gas, water resources, solid waste, and sand and gravel mining sectors in California. With more…
Rula Deeb (California) will deliver a keynote address at CleanUp 2017 Conference at the Crown Conference Center in Melbourne, Australia on September 10-14, 2017. CleanUp 2017 is 7th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference incorporating the 1st International PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Conference. In addition to her keynote, Rula will lead a workshop, chair a technical session, and deliver a technical presentation. Rula is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in California with…
Geosyntec professionals will present at Dam Safety 2017 at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas on September 10-14, 2017. Melissa Setz (Georgia) will deliver a presentation entitled "Turning Disaster into Knowledge: Assessment of South Carolina Dam Failures Related to Offshore Hurricane Joaquin by the GEER Team," Lelio Mejia (California) will deliver a presentation entitled "Construction of Dam 1E For The Panama Canal Pacific Access Channel," Robert Bachus (Georgia) will…
Clinton Carlson (Georgia) co-authored an article entitled "A Metric to Screen Acceptable Velocity and Displacement Time Histories of Modified Ground Motions," published in Earthquake Spectra, The Professional Journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Clinton's co-author was Dimitrios Zekkos. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) established Earthquake Spectra with the purpose of improving the practice of earthquake hazards mitigation, preparedness, and recovery. It is intended to serve the informational needs of professionals engaged in earthquake loss…
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…
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