Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) presented in EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: Landfill Post Closure Care, the Gift the Keeps on Giving from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST on September 29, 2020. The webinar will be hosted by the Environmental Business Council (EBC). Jeremy Morris is a Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 20 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management with an emphasis on closure and post-closure performance of…
Geosyntec's case study on the "Challenges Faced in Portlands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI) Toronto Project" was selected as the Best Case Study during the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference. The award-winning case study was co-authored by Geosyntec's Charbel Abi-Nahed (Waterloo), Hannah Chessell (Waterloo), David Drago (Toronto), Jim Hansen (Oak Brook), and Ali Nasseri-Moghaddam (Waterloo). After presenting the case study this past September 16, 2020, Charbel Abi-Nahed was presented with the Best Case Study Award. The…
Amir Ahmadipur, Ph.D. and Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Texas) will present at the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) 2020 Virtual Conference on September 28-29, 2020. Amir will present "Identification and Mitigation of a Landslide Threatening Four Operating Natural Gas Pipelines" about landslide identification and mitigation. The paper Rodolfo will present is entitled "Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Model for Estimating the Probability of Failure at River Crossings." It details the development of a probabilistic model for evaluation…
Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G (Texas) will moderate the session entitled "Effectively Managing Landslide Hazards within an Integrity Management Framework" at the 10th Annual SHALE INSIGHT™ 2020 Conference from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. September 29, 2020. The panelists for the session are Jonathan Bell, P.E., Senior Engineer, Williams; Patrick Fleck, P.E., Integrity Engineer – Geohazards, Marathon Petroleum Corporation; and Clayton Johnson, LG, Integrity Engineer – Weather and Outside Forces, TC Energy. Geosyntec is a…
Rachel James and Kevin Dufresne, P.E. (Ontario) will Chair the "Treatment Solutions" session at the 2020 Water in Mining Digital Conference on September 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Geosyntec is a sponsor of the 2020 Water in Mining Digital Conference, 28th – 30th September 2020. Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.Geo. (Ontario) Principal Geoscientist and Andrew Holmes, Ph.D., Water Treatment Specialist will be attending the conference. Rachel James is a Project Professional with more than 10…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) will participate in a roundtable discussion titled "PFAS Roundtable II" on October 6, 2020 as part of the "Ask the Experts" PFAS series from the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). The Roundtable discussion will focus on PFAS fate and transport in the environment, physical and chemical properties, and unique considerations for site characterization. Participants are encouraged to review ITRC's PFAS Technical and Regulatory Document and PFAS training modules…
McKinley (Mac) Olsen (California) coauthored a paper entitled “Informing water distribution line rehabilitation through quantitative microbial risk assessment” that was published in Science of the Total Environment on June 6, 2020. Mac’s coauthors were Rubayat Jamal, Sierra Sahulka, Ramesh Goel, Jennifer Weidhass, Shaista Murarak, Junaid Kori, Ayesha Tajammul, Jamil Ahmed, and Rasool Mahar. Mac Olsen is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California with more than six years of experience focused on environmental engineering, particularly…
Several Geosyntec practitioners will present and moderate sessions at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials' (ASDSO) Dam Safety 2020 Conference to be held virtually between September 21 and 25, 2020. The Geosyntec presenters and moderators are Derek Morley, P.E. (Davis), Joe Goldstein, P.E. (Los Angeles), Robert Annear, Ph.D., P.E. (Portland), and Brian Martinez, Ph.D., P.E. (Oakland). Dam Safety is one of the leading conferences in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety…
Geosyntec’s Denver Branch has been accepted as a Renewing Gold Leader of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program (COELP). The Denver Branch of Geosyntec has been a Gold Leader of COELP since 2008 and commits to environmental, social, and governance goals within branch activities. Denver branch employees are involved in the community in many different ways, such as presenting to undergraduate environmental science students, holding sustainability management system workshops, and…
Amanda McNally, P.E. (Pennsylvania) and Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington) coauthored a paper entitled "Tiered approach to sustainability analysis in sediment remediation decision making" that was published in the journal Remediation on September 13, 2020. Their coauthors were David Harrison Jr., Andrew Busey, and Sabine Apitz. Amanda McNally is a Project Engineer based in Pennsylvania with more than 12 years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation on projects involving fuel-related hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and military…
Charbel Abi-Nahed will present a case study on the "Challenges Faced in Portlands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI) Toronto Project" at the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference on September 16, 2020. The presentation focuses on the main challenges faced during the installation of a full depth secant pile wall around the perimeter of the area of Work in the PLFPEI project. The complexity of this project from conception to implementation necessitated the employment of numerous measures…
Christina Pump (New Jersey) and Matt Basso, CHMM (New Jersey) will present "Using SARS-CoV-2 Virus Detection as an Advance Warning System for Municipal, Industrial, and University Facilities" on September 15, 2020 at 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST. Christina and Matt will be the featured presentation at the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Metropolitan Chapter's "Impacts of COVID-19 on the Water and Wastewater Industry" virtual event. The event will be presented by the Chapter's University…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Career Prospects in Geotechnical Engineering: Academia and Industry" as a panelist during the Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) Lecture Series at 6:00 a.m. EDT on September 11, 2020. The lecture series is entitled "Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice." The panel will explore some of the key questions around starting and steering successful careers in academia and industry as Geotechnical professionals. Bob…
Dave Major, Ph.D. (Guelph) co-authored "Remediation of PFAS-Contaminated Soil and Granular Activated Carbon by Smoldering Combustion", recently published in the Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) Journal. Dave's co-authors are Alexandra L. Duchesne, Joshua Brown, and Jason I. Gerhard from the University of Western Ontario, and David Patch, and Kela Weber from the Royal Military College of Canada. The study presented in the paper explored smoldering combustion for remediating PFAS-impacted granular activated carbon and PFAS-contaminated soil.…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Standard of Practice Update AASHTO Subsurface Characterization Geotechnical Engineering Circular #5" at the Second Geotechnical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series at the University of Nevada, Reno from 12:00-12:50 p.m. PDT on September 18, 2020. Bob is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities.…
Several Geosyntec staff members will present at the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) 2020 Virtual Conference on September 15 and 16, 2020. Geosyntec personnel will lead or contribute to 10 presentations and two panels at the conference. The CASQA Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the stormwater field. Each year the conference draws leading members of the stormwater community including local, state, and federal decision makers, stormwater program coordinators, contractors,…
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public-sector clients around the world to address complex problems involving water, the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure. Since our founding in 1983, Geosyntec has excelled by implementing sustainable principles and cutting-edge technologies to engineering and design projects for industrial wastewater, stormwater, water resources, civil infrastructure and environmental clients. Geosyntec's WEFTEC-Related Specialties Engineering and design Water reuse, minimization and zero discharge Process…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) and Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (District of Columbia) will participate in a panel discussion titled "Ubiquity and Uncertainty: Unusual Challenges of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Bring Unorthodox Approaches to Environmental Law" at the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) 2020 Annual Meeting on September 17, 2020. Panelist presentations will be followed by a lively exchange of perspectives to identify viable solutions to challenges posed by the PFAS uncertainties.…
Shooka Khoramfar, Ph.D. (Texas) coauthored a paper entitled "Effect of surfactants at natural and acidic pH on microbial activity and biodegradation of mixture of benzene and o-xylene" that was published in the journal Chemosphere in Volume 260 on July2, 2020. Shooka was the lead author, and her coauthors were Kim D. Jones, Jalil Ghobadi, and Parisa Taheri. Shooka Khoramfar is a Senior Staff Engineer based in Texas with a focus on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…
Scott Struck, Ph.D. (Colorado) will present "Planning More Efficient Drainage Infrastructure: Applying Optimization Algorithms and Triple Bottom Line for Stormwater Management Planning and Improved Resiliency" at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Denver Branch & Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP) Virtual Meeting from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MDT on September 3, 2020. Scott Struck is a Principal based in Colorado with more than 15 years of experience focused on planning, design, and…
Geosyntec hosted a free webinar entitled "Groundwater/Surface Water Interface – Emerging Regulatory Challenges and New Solutions for the Mining Industry." It is now available as an on-demand webinar Sign Up to Watch the Webinar Now » The recent U.S. Supreme Court judgement in County of Maui, Hawaii vs. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, has opened the door for new groundwater quality compliance requirements for facilities where there is a functional equivalent of a direct discharge. While this…
Geosyntec supported our client in transactional due diligence and negotiation of a Brownfields designation for a Site in Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly known as the "Delta Airbase". Constructed during the WWII era, Delta Airbase was used as a flight training school and aircraft maintenance facility and later as a location for airplane parts reclamation and warehousing. Geosyntec conducted site assessment and vapor intrusion investigation activities to facilitate a risk evaluation from chlorinated solvent impacts in…
Geosyntec was awarded a 2020 Outstanding Groundwater Remediation Award for "Launch Ready! High-Resolution Site Characterization and the Expedited Remediation of a Multi-Acre Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compound Plume at NASA's Launch Complex 39B" from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Geosyntec teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to restore groundwater resources and protect sensitive aquatic habitats at Launch Complex 39B (LC39B), a National Historic Site located within the John F. Kennedy Space Center on…
Geosyntec will deliver five presentations and one keynote at EcoForum 2020 eConference on September 14-18, 2020. The Geosyntec presenters are Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Australia), Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Robert Ettinger (California), Paul Nicholson, P.Eng. (Ontario), David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Australia), and Kathy Phillips, Ph.D. (Australia), Douglas Larson, Ph.D., P.E., LSP (Massachusetts), and David Adilman, P.G. (Massachusetts). Frederic Cosme is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia with more than 20 years of experience focused…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Knoxville) will present on "Novel Improvement of Fate and Transport Considerations at a Closing Inactive CCR Landfill utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)" at the at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 5 on August 27, 2020. Andrea's co-presenter is Harold Register, Jr. from Consumers Energy. Andrea is a Scientist with more than 10 years of experience focused on research using geochemical, microbial, computational, and genomics…
Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G (Texas) coauthored a guidance document entitled "Guidelines for Management of Landslide Hazards for Pipelines" that was published for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and a group of sponsors on August 21, 2020. Alexander was the lead author and project manager. His coauthors were Bailey Theriault, Yong-Yi Wang, Dunji Yu, Don West, Ali Ebrahimi, Martin Derby, Anthony Rice, and Alexander Greene. Alexander McKenzie-Johnson is a Principal Engineering Geologist…
Geosyntec partnered with Pratt Institute to develop reopening, monitoring, and contingency plans for student and facility return this Fall. The strategy started with gathering guidance from New York State and the New York State Department of Health, then addressing main concerns that the students, facility, and administration had for reopening. This strategy included daily activities, interior campus spaces, and mechanical air handling systems for air quality improvements. They are also working together on environmental testing…
Benjamin Mejia-Tickner (Georgia) coauthored an article entitled "Inactivation of Bacteria by Peracetic Acid Combined with Ultraviolet Irradiation: Mechanism and Optimization" for publication in Environmental Science & Technology on July 9, 2020. Ben's coauthors were Tianqi Zhang, Ting Wang, Jessica Kissel, Xing Xie, and Ching-Hua Huang. Ben Mejia-Tickner is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with experience in the fields of environmental engineering and environmental microbiology. His experience includes remedial technology selection and…
Dimin Fan, Ph.D. (California), Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland), and Neal Durant, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.) coauthored a technical guidance document recently published by the U.S. Navy (NAVFAC EXWC) entitled "In Situ Chemical Reduction: State of the Practice and New Advances." The guidance document was written to support Navy Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) in their efforts to improve selection and use of in situ chemical reduction (ISCR) technologies for the remediation of chlorinated solvents, explosives constituents,…
Rica Enriquez, Ph.D., (Minnesota), Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ (Illinois), and Beth Toot-Levy (Ohio) will present on "Lakeview Beach Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment: City of Lorain, Ohio" at the Central States Water Environment Association's (CSWEA) 93rd Annual Meeting from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. EDT on August 18, 2020. The V-Tech conference will feature experts who have advanced technology, methods, and studies in the water industry. Rica Enriquez is an Engineer based in Minnesota with more…
Brandon Steets, P.E., Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), Adam Questad, P.E. (Massachusetts), and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont), coauthored an article paper entitled "PFAS in Surface Water: The state of the practice" published in Stormwater: The Journal for Surface Water and Erosion Control Professionals on Pages 20-21 in the August 2020 edition. Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 19 years of experience specializing in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System…
Curtis Laush, Ph.D. (Tennessee) will present "FTIR-CEM Applications, O&M Concerns, Data Management and Process Control" in the Air & Waste Management Association Webinar from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 20, 2020. The moderator for the presentation will be Peter Zemek, SVP, Montrose Environmental Group. Curtis Laush is a Senior Physical Chemist based in Tennessee with more than 20 years of professional experience focused on the detailed analysis, monitoring, tracking, and management of air…
Christopher Robb, P.E. (Wisconsin) will present "Soil Mixing for Environmental Remediation: An Effective Tool for Challenging Sites" in the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) webinar from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT on August 13, 2020. Chris' co-presenters are Darin Payne, President – Geo-Solutions, Inc. and Daniel Ruffing, P.E. Vice President of Engineering – Geo-Solutions, Inc. Chris Robb is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Wisconsin with more than 20 years of experience in environmental…