Considered a leading groundwater modeler, Gordon has applied models to conduct water resource evaluations; evaluate the hydraulic connection between surface water and groundwater; investigate the potential for contaminant migration and sea water intrusion; evaluate hydraulic containment alternatives; locate and design municipal supply wells; design sewage and groundwater infiltration basins; assess impact of open-pit mines on groundwater systems; and predict seepage rates into excavations for dewatering feasibility studies.
As a consultant on a number of high profile assignments involving groundwater resources evaluations, sea water intrusion, and groundwater production, Gordon has conducted water needs assessments and characterized hydrogeologic regimes, and evaluated potential groundwater mounding associated with operation of infiltration basins. He has overseen the design and installation of groundwater extraction wells at depths of up to 550 feet; evaluated potential groundwater mounding associated with infiltration basins, and developed and refined groundwater models to evaluate remediation alternatives for containment of chlorinated solvents and perchlorate impacts to groundwater.
To advance the state of the practice, Gordon utilizes his design and construction of instruments to record transient pressure response to soil vapor extraction (SVE) or landfill gas extraction. He has championed the analysis of transient pressure response to make much more reliable assessments of pneumatic conductivity than are possible by steady-state measurements, and to quantify the influence of leakage of air through the ground surface, which is the dominant control on the extent of influence of SVE. Gordon has conducted efficient transient-response pneumatic testing and applied analytical models of soil vapor flow as tools to evaluate the extent of influence and optimize the design of soil vapor and landfill gas extraction systems.