Geosyntec News and Events

Geosyntec Consutants is pleased to announce our new Saskatoon, Canada location. Our Saskatchewan office will be home to a number of professionals known internationally for their technology leadership, broad experience, and exceptional client service. Our practitioners are some of the most creative scientists and engineers from leading universities around the world. Lead Consultant in Saskatoon Trevor Carlson, Principal Trevor Carlson is a Principal Environmental Consultant with over 20 years of experience focused on environmental remediation…
Sid Nadukuru (Georgia) co-authored an article entitled "Maturing of the contacts and ageing of silica sand" that was published in the journal Géotechnique on June 16, 2017. In "Maturing of the contacts and ageing of silica sand," Sid discusses nominal inter-granular contact evolving. This contact causes ageing of silica sand. He also talks about the demonstration of micro-morphology of silica sand grains and how the process works. The tests conclusions were equivalent to the hypothesis.…
Duane Graves (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Biogeochemical Oxidation of Calcium Sulfite Hemihydrate to Gypsum in Flue Gas Desulfurization Byproduct Using Sulfer-Oxidizing Bacteria" published in the Journal of Environmental Management online in Volume 201 on pages 357-365 on July 7, 2017. The article outlines the application of microbial physiology. It also addresses flue gas desulfurization, its composition, and its capabilities. The article concludes that the conversion rate of calcium sulfite hemihydrate to gypsum is around…
Zahra Amini (Huntington Beach) has been appointed to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute (GI) Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee effective July 6, 2017. Zahra's position is a renewable three-year term designed to: develop technical publications and guidelines of practice; organize technical content and sessions for conferences, workshops and short courses; provide technical review for the conference sessions; and provide expert opinions and respond to emergencies. A Project Engineer, Zahra joined Geosyntec…
Yu Jun Leong (Texas) authored an article entitled "Overview of Surface Measurements and Spatial Characterization of Submicrometer Particulate Matter During the DISCOVER-AQ 2013 Campaign in Houston" in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association on February 28, 2017. The article is a result of his graduate research at Rice University and is part of the NASA DISCOVER-AQ 2013 field campaign in Houston, Texas. Yu lead mobile sampling efforts in the Houston area in…
Richard Tedder (Florida) will co-present at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Florida 2017 Summer Conference at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Fort Myers, Florida at 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. on July 24, 2017. Tedder's presentation is entitled "Alternative Final Cover (AFC) Systems for the Closure of Solid Waste Landfills in Florida Regulation" and will be discussing systems for closing the solid waste landfills. His co-presenters are: Paul O'Malley, Watershed Geo…
Dr. Gary Wealthall (Guelph) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto (U of T). This appointment consolidates his current collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Edwards and provides an opportunity to extend his links with other distinguished academics including Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar (Earth Sciences) and Professor Brent Sleep (Civil Engineering). He was previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph for the…
Geosyntec was awarded the 2017 Western Dredging Associations (WEDA) Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Dredging for project work on the Onondaga Lake Restoration project in Syracuse, New York. Project team members were Honeywell International; Parsons Corporation; Anchor QEA, LLC; O'Brien & Gere; Geosyntec Consultants; Sevenson Environmental Services; Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc.; de Maximis, Inc.; and Brown & Sanford Consultants. According to the WEDA, the Onondaga Lake project is one of the largest restoration projects in North…
The Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Site Remediation Project in Tewksbury, Massachusetts has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Alliant Build America Award in the Environmental Enhancement category. Geosyntec performed remedial design and construction quality assurance services, Charter Contracting Company served as the project's general contractor, and Engineering Management, Inc. was the project coordinator. This is the second recent award for the project, which also was awarded…
Geosyntec staff will present at the 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 18-21, 2017. The event consists of one day of discussion sessions followed by three days of panel sessions. Geosyntec-led sessions will discuss topics including waste regulation, low-impact development, risk-based corrective action, watershed evaluation, and permitting. Chris Herin and Nandra Weeks (Florida) will also be attending the event. The seminar is produced by…
Caroline Field (England) will present "Engineering for the Future – a Resilience-Based Approach" at the Institution of Structural Engineers Technical Lecture Series in London at 5:30 p.m. on June 29, 2017. Caroline is a Principal at MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Her presentation discusses what strategies must be used to create a lasting future environment. One of the concerns of this future environment is modern buildings. Climate change alone will affect the loads that…
Mike Hardin (Florida) wrote an article entitled "The Control of Nutrients in Green Roof Runoff" that was published in "Living Architecture Monitor" in Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2017 Issue, page 9. The article discusses the benefits of low-impact development (LID) green roofs in urban environments as well as the organic materials that are related to the roofs. The article also examines a number of studies by the University of Central Florida's Stormwater Management Academy…
Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia) will be co-presenting at the Georgia Bar Environmental Law Section Summer Seminar at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida at 11:40 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Raphael and Bill Rogers from Skytec will deliver a presentation entitled "Using Drones to Investigate and Remediate Contamination: State of the Art and Law". The webinar will highlight Geosyntec's innovative use of drone technology, including LiDAR sensors, to capture high-resolution aerial photography and generate…
David Roman (Maryland) led a stormwater project for Geosyntec at Conowingo Elementary School (Maryland) that was featured in an article entitled "Rainwater Retrofit" in Stormwater Solutions Magazine on June 7, 2017. In June 2014, the Cecil County Department of Public Works Development Services was provided a grant agreement to add stormwater solutions to Conowingo Elementary School. Geosyntec installed a system to collect rainwater and save the rainwater to irrigate the landscape. While this system has…
Martha Carr (Georgia) has been appointed to the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Council of Examiners (COE) effective March of 2017. Twice a year, the COE convenes to analyze results and statistics of past questions. Three members of the COE write future exam questions while the other three members review each question. The questions are then reviewed by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in another peer review session to ensure the questions are…
Bob Anderson will join the 17th Annual Comprehensive Conference onClean Water and Stormwater at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at 8:30 a.m. on June 23, 2017. Bob will address emerging persistent contaminants in water supplies and discuss "Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanoic Sulfonate (PFOS), 1-4 Dioxane, and various pharmaceuticals: What are they? Where are they used? How do they get into water supplies?" Bob Anderson is a Senior Principal…
Aaron Poresky (Oregon), Marty Christman (Texas), and Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) will represent Geosyntec and host a booth at the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Continuing Education Workshop in Austin, Texas on June 16, 2017. At the workshop, Aaron Poresky (Oregon) will be presenting "Percentile Storm Approaches for Stormwater Management: A Nationwide Perspective on Implementation and Effectiveness." Aaron collaborated with Marty Christman (Texas) on a paper entitled "Smarter Stormwater Systems" that was selected as the…
Ken Suslio (California) will speak during a webcast, "Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure," that will be held by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Stormwater Institute from 1- 2:30 p.m. EST on June 08, 2017. According to WEF, this webcast will summarize highlights from a new report “Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure” released in April by Storm and Stream Solutions LLC and Willamette Partnership, in collaboration with the WEF…
Dr. Tim Mattes (University of Iowa) will be featured as the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The webinar will feature a discussion on how vinyl chloride (VC) oxidizing bacteria could support an overall reductive dechlorination scheme. VC-oxidizing microbes are likely to be the methanotrophs and the etheneotrophs known to operate at low oxygen concentrations with VC oxidation processes likely significant at many VC sites that are considered anoxic…
Geosyntec is proud to sponsor the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as part of Geosyntec's Diversity Initiative. The firm provides sponsored professional memberships for employees who wish to sign up. Geosyntec believes membership to SWE will support and develop leadership within the firm. Membership includes access to hundreds of hours of online professional development, local SWE section events and networking, and outreach opportunities to children in K-12th grade in order to inspire and support the next generation…
Jim Culp, Ron Arcuri, Kate Graf (Pennsylvania), Bill Gaffigan (Georgia), Lisa Goode (Oregon), and Joe Cleary (New Jersey) will all be presenting at the 2017 Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 5–8, 2017. The ACE, entitled "Bridging Environment, Energy & Health", will examine how leaders in industry, government, academia, and non-governmental citizen groups work together to improve community…
Jeff Roberts and Hester Groenevelt (Ontario) will Present at International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW) at the Ferguson Block in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1-2, 2017. Jeff Roberts, a Senior Scientist at SiREM, will present on the SP3 sampling service and his presentation is entitled "Using Passive Sampling as a Decision Making Tool." Hester Groenevelt, also a Senior Scientist at SiREM will present "Quantitative Passive Soil Gas Sampling for VOCs – Mathematical Model, Lab…
Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario), a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, was invited to participate as a panelist in a workshop for End Users presenting on the topic of the positive impacts of bioremediation at the 6th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (ISMOS6) at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in San Diego, California at 2:35 – 3:55 p.m. on June 7, 2017. ISMOS is the largest event…
As we continue to enrich our safety culture in everything we do, Geosyntec has become a certified contractor with the Gold Shovel Standard. We are committed to improving the safety of our employees, subcontractors, and the public, as well as protecting the integrity of buried infrastructure. Gold Shovel Standard is a nonprofit organization that provides third-party confirmation of Safety Management Systems for the protection of buried assets, and provides fair and transparent metrics for damage…
Lelio Mejia (California) will present at Geo-Risk 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Colorado at 2:30-4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. He will be presenting "Response of Fena Dam to the 1993 Guam Earthquake" in Track D/ Advances in Geotechnical Reliability Based Design in D32/ Performance-Based Liquefaction Assessment and Mitigation. A Senior Principal with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, Lelio has directed the investigation and seismic stability evaluation…
Phil Dennis and Jeff Roberts (Ontario) will represent SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, at the upcoming Battelle Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, being held in Miami, Florida, 22–25 May 2017. Phil will present "Verification of Analytical and Amendment Approaches for an In Situ Microcosm Device for Testing Enhanced Bioremediation Processes;" and Jeff will present "Laboratory Bench-Scale Testing in Support of MNA." Phil and Jeff will be joined at the symposium by Fei Lou…
Curt Laush (Texas) will present and join an Industry Expert Panel at the Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance Stack Testing Seminar at the Intel office in Chandler, Arizona from 9:30-3:30 p.m. on May 25, 2017. Geosyntec is also sponsoring a lunch for the event. Curt's presentation, entitled "Determination and Interpretation of FTIR Detection Limits," emphasizes the analytical treatment and interpretations of extractive Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy detection limits when monitoring process tool and stack emissions…
As in previous years, Geosyntec will make a significant technical contribution to Battelle's Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel in Florida on May 22-25, 2017. Geosyntec will provide eight session chairs, two poster presentations, and 15 presentations to the technical program, which consists of more than 500 platform and poster presentations. Presentations will include information on advances in bioremediation and the incorporation of green and sustainable…
Andy Nelson (Australia) a Senior Principal at MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec, helped organize a half-day technical meeting entitled "Managing Fire and Explosion Risk on Ageing Assets" with Fire and Blast Information Group (FABIG) in Melbourne, Australia on May 25, 2017. Andrew Nelson is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Australia with more than 20 years of experience in technical safety engineering and risk management. His practice is focused on hazardous industries including upstream…
Chris Pracheil, Teresa A. Fischer (Tennessee), Justin Knight, and Robert Bachus (Georgia) will make significant technical contributions to the Environmental Show of the South at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee on May 17-19, 2017. Mary Tyler, Jamey Dotson, and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will be on hand at the Geosyntec booth in the exhibit hall to discuss issues and answer questions concerning solid and hazardous waste, contaminated site remediation, and environmental preservation. The Environmental Show…
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