April 3, 2019

Geosyntec Staff Contribute to the 2019 Battelle Bioremediation Symposium

Geosyntec professionals will make a substantial technical contribution at the Battelle International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor in Maryland on April 15-18, 2019.

Geosyntec contributions include a Technical Steering Committee member, four session chairs, eight platform presentations, one short-course instructor, one Learning Lab instructor, and a poster presentation. Geosyntec has also collaborated with universities and other parties in the preparation of conference materials. Geosyntec professionals will be at booth #221 to meet with attendees and answer questions about bioremediation services.

The Bioremediation Symposium is a forum for sharing research results, practical experiences, and opportunities associated with advances in bioremediation, and green and sustainable practices in remediation. The development, implementation, use, and results of advanced tools for assessment and monitoring, as well as the challenges of applying bioremediation at various types of complex sites, will also be examined. Several sessions will focus on treatment technologies for emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The symposium offers nine short courses, a plenary session, more than 500 platform and poster presentations and nearly 50 exhibitors, 10 learning lab demonstrations and multiple daily networking opportunities.

Geosyntec Participation

Symposium Steering Committee Members

Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., PE (Maryland) (Geosyntec)

Session Chairs

Session: C7. Addressing Emerging Contaminants
Chairs: Rula Deeb (Geosyntec) and Christopher Hook (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

Session: D4. Aerobic and Anaerobic Biodegradation of Contaminants
Chairs: Adria Bodour (U.S. Air Force) and Neal Durant (Geosyntec)

Session: D9. Innovative Tools for Evaluating Vapor Intrusion Risk
Chairs: Lisa Goode (Geosyntec) and Thomas Szocinski (Land Science)

Session: E4. Modeling and Monitoring Approaches to Improve Remedy Design and Implementation
Chairs: Andrea Leeson (SERDP/ESTCP) and Heather Rectanus (Geosyntec)

Platform Presenters

Title: 10 Years of SURF: Have We Reprogrammed? 
Authors: McNally and J. Torrens 
Presenter: Amanda McNally (Geosyntec)

Title: Sustainability Assessment: Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact and Benefit Sustainability Analysis 
Authors: S.E. Apitz, D. Edwards, A. Fitzpatrick, D. Harrison, and A. McNally
Presenter: Amanda McNally (Geosyntec)

Title: Combined ISCR and Bioaugmentation: New Insights for Sulfidated ZVI
Authors: D. Fan, J. Wang, N. Durant, K. Rügge, T. Jørgensen, M. Hag, and N. Tuxen
Presenter: Dimin Fan (Geosyntec)

Title: Bench Tests of Biofilm Reactors as an Alternative Ex Situ Treatment Technology for 1,4-Dioxane
Authors: C. Zhou, Y. Xiong, Y. Tang, B. Petty, and A. Barnes
Presenter: Chao Zhou (Geosyntec)

Title: Factors Affecting Enhanced In Situ Biological Reduction of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane in Groundwater: Case Studies from Central California
Authors: S. Varadhan, E. Suchomel, M. Asher, and S. Dworatzek 
Presenter: Srinivasa Varadhan (Geosyntec)

Title: Accounting for Background Sources for Risk-Based Decision Making at Vapor Intrusion Sites
Authors: L. Goode, N. Durant, R. Ettinger, V. Hosangadi, and M. Pound
Presenter: Lisa Goode (Geosyntec)

Title: Building-Specific Attenuation Factors from Flow and Vacuum Data
Authors: T. McAlary, W. Wertz, and D. Mali
Presenter: Darius Mali (Geosyntec)

Title: Using Factor Analysis to Assess Bioremedation Efforts at a Contaminated Site in South America
Authors: S.L. Capozzi, C. Merjan, P. Voese, M.M. Chitsaz, L.A. Rodenburg, and E.E. Mack
Title: Staci Capozzi (Geosyntec)

Short Course Instructor

Title: Managing PFAS Contamination at Your Site: Site Characterization, Remediation Alternatives, Risk Assessment, and Risk Communication
Instructors: Kristi Herzer (Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation), Kerry Pflugh (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection), Jennifer Guelfo (Texas Tech University), Dora Chiang (CDM Smith), Jason Conder (Geosyntec), Melissa Harclerode (CDM Smith), Chuck Neslund (Eurofins), and Shalene Thomas (Wood)
Objective: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are an emerging group of contaminants that present unique issues with site characterization, sampling and analysis, fate and transport, and remedial choices. Regulators, site managers, problem owners, consultants, and technology developers will gain state of the art knowledge on PFAS and make better decisions on managing PFAS-impacted sites.

Learning Lab Instructors

Title: 3-D Printing of Conceptual Site Models
Instructor: Chris Martin (Geosyntec)
Description: This demonstration will introduce 3-D printing technology to conference attendees and present an overview of how this novel tool can be used to visualize environmental data. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with several 3-D printed models representing a variety of potential applications.

Poster Presenter

Title: Effective Characterization of Building Susceptibility to Vapor Intrusion with Building Pressure Cycling
Authors: H. Dawson, W. Wertz, T. McAlary, and T. Gabris
Presenter: Mary Margaret Allen (Geosyntec)

More Information

About the event: https://www.battelle.org/newsroom/conferences/bioremediation-symposium
Symposium program: 2019 Battelle Bioremediation Symposium
For consultation regarding bioremediation, contact Rula Deeb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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