Craig Browne is a Principal Engineer based in Florida with more than 19 years of experience in solid waste facility design, permitting, construction, and closure services. His solid waste design expertise includes settlement and slope stability evaluation, leachate management system design, stormwater management system design, and landfill gas management system design.
Craig provides clients solid waste containment solutions at sites across North America and internationally. His work for clients includes design for sites with challenging conditions such as landfills overlying soft or unstable foundations such as design for facilities over soft clay foundations for which strengthening of the underlying soft clays with preloading and wick drains was necessary to maintain stability during and after construction. Craig has also used coupled geophysical-traditional testing to evaluate potentially unstable foundation conditions in karst environments for multiple sites in Florida.
Along with colleagues at Geosyntec, Craig has advanced the state of practice relative to landfill odor assessment and mitigation. He has led efforts to evaluate the source, dispersion, and mitigation of odors at multiple active and inactive facilities in Florida. Through collaboration with clients, Craig developed innovative, tailored approaches that have been implemented at multiple facilities to effectively collect gas and minimize the release of odors.
Craig has also been deeply involved helping clients assess and mitigate of subsurface landfill gas migration at multiple facilities in Florida, which has posed a concern from a Federal regulatory standpoint as well as potential groundwater contamination. Craig spearheaded efforts at a landfill in Pensacola to pilot test an innovative approach to aerate the subsurface vadose zone to address landfill gas migration. The successful pilot test ultimately led to a design-build project for a full-scale vadose zone air injection system. The air injection system continues to operate effectively, yielding significant cost savings for the client in terms of avoided air permitting, landfill gas management, and condensate management efforts.
Craig has uniquely positioned Geosyntec to support the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on closure of abandoned facilities within the state. Often faced with limited funding, the FDEP turned to Geosyntec for innovative and cost-effective solutions to closing facilities in their custody. To date, Craig has led multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate and design tailored, cost-effective closures at four facilities in the Florida panhandle.
Career Summary of Craig Browne, P.E.
- Specialties: Karst Terrain Characterization and Mitigation; Geotechnical Infrastructure and Foundation Engineering; Waste Containment Facility Permitting and Design; Leachate Management System Design; Landfill Gas Management System Design
- Practice Areas: Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control, Civil Infrastructure, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Facility Hazards
- Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
- Education: M.S., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical focus), University of Texas at Austin, 2001; B.S., Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 1999
- Registration: Florida Professional Engineer No. 68613