Overview of Water and Wastewater System Planning, Engineering, and Design

Our engineers and scientists draw from a comprehensive mix of specialties and practical knowledge. Our engineers and scientists draw from a comprehensive mix of specialties and practical knowledge.

Geosyntec provides specialized solutions for the most challenging industrial water supply and water management projects. We work with our clients from the initial concept development phase through to the operation and management of the facility.

This holistic approach, which includes engineering design, construction, and start-up, ensures that our practitioners can simplify environmental compliance requirements, reduce life-cycle costs, and optimize existing process to decrease resource usage.

Concept Development

Decisions made during the initial phases of a project have the greatest potential to optimize project execution and affect overall cost. Our experienced practitioners have the necessary skill sets to devise and implement realistic strategies and practical concepts in order to provide the best solutions for our clients through their expertise in:

  • water characterization and treatability studies;
  • numerical modeling and advanced simulations;
  • cost-benefit analyses;
  • sustainability reviews and pre-design optimization studies; and
  • conceptual designs

In order to ensure that our services meet our client's requests and provide the best benefit-cost ratio, our practitioners often consult with other Geosyntec practice leaders in the fields of risk assessment, the treatment of unconventional and emerging pollutants, and geotechnical and seismic engineering to guarantee that the project will meet and exceed the client's objectives.

Engineering Design and Implementation

In order to mitigate potential hazards and ensure that the project is cost effective and efficient, our clients rely on us to produce innovative and customized designs. We have successfully designed:

  • physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes;
  • beneficial water reuse systems and closed-loop processes;
  • advanced primary and secondary treatment plants;
  • land and water body discharge systems;
  • physical and biological nutrient removal systems;
  • biosolids management facilities employing aerobic and anaerobic digestion; and
  • water conveyance and supply systems.

Geosyntec's value-added engineering services guarantee that we meet our project goals in an efficient and timely manner. Whether they are commercial or government clients, our practitioners can design, construct, assist in permitting, and oversee the implementation of any water supply or management system regardless of the water source, constituents of concern, or end use. For highly innovative and custom designs, our clients depend on us for specialized construction-phase services to deliver finished products that adhere to design goals.

Process Optimization

For existing processes, Geosyntec develops optimization strategies through innovative and proprietary modeling tools, measurement techniques, and sustainability metrics. We utilize computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to increase throughput of existing systems without compromising treatment effectiveness, identify beneficial reuse options for industrial wastewater, and perform water footprinting and mass balances to identify and eliminate process bottlenecks. We also provide sustainability reviews that assist our clients by identifying potential opportunities to improve resource usage and meet their sustainability goals.

Advancing the State of the Practice

Geosyntec's engineers and scientists draw from a comprehensive mix of specialties and practical knowledge. Combining a powerful blend of state-of-the-art analytical and computational tools with our proven experience, our practitioners provide Geosyntec clients with practical and effective solutions. Through our advanced simulation modeling tools, we can design new systems and optimize existing infrastructure investments to extend the operational life of process units. Our CFD team is experienced in solving challenges associated with surface water and wastewater, dispersion and gaseous release, internal equipment flows, and external building flows

Our practitioners have deployed process optimization and sustainability solutions that enabled our clients to realize long-term cost savings and greater efficiency. We have worked with clients and regulators to implement innovative techniques for water management, such as constructed wetlands discharges, beneficial re-use of organics in wastewater, and designed ex situ groundwater treatment systems, that allow the reuse of treated waters for industrial purposes, which allows for decreases in maintenance demands, improved public image and stakeholder relations, and the reduction of impacts on the natural environment.

Our Consultants

  • Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP

    Rula Deeb is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of contaminants, and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids. She earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on substrate interactions of ga ...
  • Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

    Mike Kavanaugh is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of consulting experience focused on the areas of water quality, water treatment, and groundwater remediation. He has served a highly diverse group of private and public sector clients directly, through industry associations, and through attorneys. More than 20 years ago, Mike's professional practice started in the areas of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, water quality ...
  • Susan Hill, P.E.

    Susan Hill, P.E., a Senior Principal at Geosyntec, is an Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on the investigation and remediation of sediment mega sites. She has worked extensively with large PRP groups within the CERCLA program. Susan is a recognized leader in the development of remedial approaches for waterways with contaminated sediments and associated floodplain soils. She has served as project manager for the feasibility study of one of the larges ...
  • Douglas Larson, Ph.D., P.E., LSP

    Doug Larson is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in Massachusetts with more than 30 years of experience focused on the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites throughout the United States since 1985. He is a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts and manages Geosyntec's five New England Branch offices, with a combined staff of over 70 engineers and scientists. Doug has designed and managed the implementation of a wide variety of remedial s ...
  • Greg Corcoran, P.E.

    Greg Corcoran is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience with a focus on the design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for waste containment facilities and brownfield sites impacted by contaminants in soil, soil gas, and groundwater.  During his career, he has become a recognized national expert in the design, permitting, and construction of liner and cover systems for municipal, industrial, mine, mill, and haza ...
  • Scott Drew, LSRP

    Scott Drew is a Principal Environmental Scientist based in New Jersey with more than 25 years of experience focused on the fields of environmental technology, site remediation, and environmental chemistry. His practice focuses on the in situ remediation of organic compounds, including chlorinated solvents, explosives, and MTBE. His recent work in fractured rock environments has included the application of anaerobic bioaugmentation in mudstones and biosparging in karst. Over the course ...
  • Michael Lodato, P.G.

    Michael Lodato is a Principal Geologist based in Florida with more than 25 years of experience focused on the field of hydrogeology, site assessment, and remediation using innovative technologies. Specializing in the evaluation of industrial wastewater and contamination assessment and the remedial design of sites impacted with chlorinated solvents, metals, pesticides, and petroleum products, Mike has spent his career developing cost effective environmental solutions for public and pri ...
  • Neil Davies, C.Eng., P.E.

    Neil Davies is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of experience focused on the environmental remediation of former industrial manufacturing sites, and the design of civil infrastructure projects located throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in the management and technical direction of large multidisciplinary civil and environmental infrastructure projects, Neil's project experience includes treatment systems, pi ...
  • Peter King, P.E., LSP, LEP

    Pete King is a Principal Engineer based in New England with more than 30 years of experience focused on the integration of environmental regulations and policies with his clients' industrial, institutional, and commercial business objectives, sometimes balancing the competing interests of a wide range of project stakeholders. He has engineering experience with expertise in water supply and treatment, site assessment, and remediation of soil, groundwater and non-aqueous phase liquid (N ...
  • Beth Pittaway, PMP

    Beth Pittaway is a Senior Consultant based in Maryland with more than 25 years of utility engineering experience and over 10 years of project management experience as a certified Project Management Professional. Beth’s practice is focused on utility assets and operations, including regulated and deregulated utilities, regulatory compliance, fuel and Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) handling systems, fossil fuel boiler construction and repair, and electric distribution system mainte ...
  • Chriso Petropoulou, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

    Chriso Petropoulou is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in Illinois with more than 25 years of consulting experience focused on a wide variety of clients in the industrial manufacturing sector. Her clients include foundries, metal product manufacturing, rubber manufacturing, metal recycling facilities, malting operations, aerospace companies, automotive manufacturers, electroplating operations, municipal waste landfills, power industry, gas pipelines, railroads, and nucl ...
  • Bertrand Palmer, Ph.D., P.E.

    Bertrand Palmer is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on developing innovative approaches and designs for projects involving site assessment, remedial investigation, feasibility study, chemical fate and transport analysis, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater remediation. He is experienced in remediation system design, construction, operation, monitoring, and maintenance. With more than 20 years experience in geotechnical ...
  • Gregory Menniti, P.E., P.S.

    Gregory Menniti is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in West Virginia with more than 35 years of professional experience focused on challenging projects related to water, wastewater, and environmental facility design. His practice includes municipal, governmental, as well as industrial water and wastewater treatment plant, pump station, collection, and distribution systems. His experience also includes other related facility design and operations consulting services. ...
  • Bruce Sass, Ph.D.

    Bruce Sass is a Senior Consultant, Environmental Scientist, and Geochemist based in Ohio with more than 20 years of experience focused on the development and implementation of chemical process improvements and environmental remediation technologies. His practice focuses on developing a deep understanding of chemical processes in engineered systems and in geological settings. He provides analysis, design, and forensic investigation services to clients in the electric power, manufacturing, and ...
  • Chris Robinson, Ph.D., CEng, MIMechE

    Chris Robinson is a Principal Engineer based in England, with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on fluids systems engineering, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), gas dispersion, and aerodynamics. This experience has been developed through work in Government, academia, and 15 years of consultancy experience across a wide range of industries. Chris' practice uses CFD to optimize waste water and drinking water processes. He has performed design and design assurance ...
  • Janet Goodfellow

    Janet Goodfellow is a Principal Engineer based in Ontario with 19 years of professional experience focused on water and wastewater challenges for the food and beverage sector. Her areas of expertise include: upfront planning and feasibility studies to develop best technical solution, treatability and pilot studies, process development and modeling, engineering design, construction management, operation and maintenance, troubleshooting, and training services. In addition, she help ...
  • Joe Volpe, P.G.

    Joe Volpe is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Georgia with more than 30 years of diverse experience in all aspects of water management. Joe has been working in the food/beverage and consumer products industry for over 15 years addressing both corporate-driven and external factors related to risk and social license to operate including water supply/management, climate change, global energy issues, net-zero initiatives, environmental programs, and extended producer responsibilities. B ...
  • Jason Kerstiens, P.E.

    Jason Kerstiens is a Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer with over 17 years of experience providing process engineering, regulatory compliance, water resource optimization, and strategic planning services to industrial, municipal, state, and federal organizations. Jason specializes in working with clients to evaluate and solve challenging water management, treatment, and reuse issues. His experience includes the evaluation and implementation of innovative treatment technolog ...
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