Berend Velderman, P.Geo (Ontario), Phil Dennis (Toronto), Tracy Dannell, EP, (Virginia), and Trevor Carlson, QP, (Saskatoon) will present "Novel Testing, Treatment Tools and Approaches that Predict and Manage COVID-19 Outbreaks and Pandemics for Real Property Management" at the 2020 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Real Property National Workshop at 12:45 PM EST on November 26, 2020. Berend Velderman has more than 25 years of hydrogeology experience as a subject matter expert in environmental due…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) and Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) coauthored an article entitled “Application of Hybrid Drained-Undrained Model for Analyzing the Stability of Reinforced Soil Structures Over Soft Foundations with Prefabricated Vertical Drains” for publication in the International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories on November 19, 2020. Their coauthors were Chunling Li, Soil and Land Use Technology and Ranjiv Gupta, Freeport-McMoRan. David Espinoza is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Maryland…
Richard J. Dulcey, P.E. (Pennsylvania) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Principal. Rich has more than 35 years of experience in environmental consulting, insurance, and government sciences. At Geosyntec, Rich will focus on providing site assessment and remediation services to our private and public sector clients to help them address their contaminated site challenges. Rich’s areas of expertise include site remediation strategy, portfolio management, engineering and treatment technologies, superfund and RCRA corrective action programs,…
Kenneth Yass, P.E., CHMM will present “EPCRA Changes (PFAS reporting under SARA 313)” at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri at 10:00 AM on December 2, 2020. Ken Yass is a Principal Environmental Engineer with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental compliance services for a wide range of industrial clients. Ken's focus is on understanding and ultimately helping to own his client's…
Ben Amos, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) and Will Burke, P.G., (Alabama) will present “University and Municipal COVID-19 wastewater surveillance” at the Alabama Stormwater Association’s (ASA) virtual seminar at 1:30 PM CT on November 17, 2020. Ben Amos is a Principal Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with more than 11 years of experience focused on soil and groundwater remediation and the management of groundwater risks at large, complex sites, including those in the utility sector. Will…
Neven Kresic, Ph.D., P.G., (Washington, D.C.) coauthored an article entitled “Modeling of groundwater flow and transport in coastal karst aquifers” for publication in Hydrogeology Journal on October 24, 2020. Neven’s coauthor was Sorab Panday, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Neven Kresic is a Senior Consultant based in Washington, D.C. with more than 30 years of experience focused on groundwater- and surface water-related consulting, research, and teaching. Neven specialized in analyzing and understanding complex groundwater systems. He…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir., and Lange Jorstad, Ph.D., (Australia) will present a webinar on “Practical Considerations on Resolving Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction at Contaminated Site” at 1:00 PM EDT on November 19, 2020. Frederic and Lange’s co-presenters are Matt Edwards and Greg Luke, BlueSphere Environmental. Frederic Cosme is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental consulting and hydrogeology. Frederic helps clients convert scientific outcomes…
Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee) coauthored an article entitled “COVID-19 Wastewater Epidemiology: A Model to Estimate Infected Populations” published as a preprint in medRxiv on November 7, 2020. The article describes a model to provide an estimate of the total number of infected individuals in a sewershed based on the mass rate of RNA copies released per day. This overcomes some of the limitations associated with individual testing campaigns and thereby provides an additional tool that…
Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., (California) will serve as Program Co-Chair, Rula Deeb, Ph.D., (California) will present “PFAS Fate and Transport, Source Forensics, and Treatment”, and Brandon Steets, P.E., (California) will present “PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws” at the PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference on December 3-4, 2020. Lydia’s co-chair is Jeffrey Dintzer from Alston & Bird. Rula’s co-presenter is Jennifer Field from Oregon State University. Brandon’s co-presenters are Sarah Peterman Bell from…
Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) will present “Summary of Technical Causes of the 2019 Feijao Iron Mine Tailings Dam 1 Failure (Brumadinho, Brazil)” as part of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Twin Cities Subsection’s Lecture Series on November 19, 2020. Lucas is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 20 years of experience in dams and mining related projects, geotechnical design and field studies, risk quantification, hazardous materials…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) will present “Lessons and Challenges from Rehabilitation of a Major Landslide in Colluvium” and Duane Graves, Ph.D., (Tennessee) will present “Challenges and Benefits of Analyzing Environmental Samples for SARS-CoV-2 Virus” at the Chattanooga Development Symposium on November 10, 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…
Jason Conder, Ph.D., (California), Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont), and Alice Wang, Ph.D., (Massachusetts) will present at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 41st Annual Meeting at 8:00-12:00 PM CST on November 15, 2020. Jason and Jennifer will lead a short course entitled “Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites” with co-instructor Chris Higgins, Colorado School of Mines. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia), and Christie Hale, Ph.D., (California), with assistance from Kate Darby, Ph.D., (California), developed a two-day technical course on “Earthquake Engineering for Embankment Dams” for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) to be delivered on November 2-3, 2020. Glenn Rix is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering…
Geosyntec is expanding services to new and existing clients from our new location at 309 N. Water St., Suite 350, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. Geosyntec is expanding our client services in Wisconsin with a new office in downtown Milwaukee. This office will help our clients create exceptional solutions for investigating and remediating contaminated properties, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorinated solvents, manufactured gas plant (MGP), and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminated properties; providing due diligence and…
Gary Wealthall, Ph.D., (United Kingdom) presented “Technical challenges of characterizing fractured bedrock for the management of contaminated areas” at XII Seminário Ekos Brasil at 10:50 AM on October 28, 2020. Dr. Wealthall is a Senior Principal Consultant based in United Kingdom with more than 25 years of experience focused on contaminant hydrogeology research and practice. He advises regulatory authorities and clients in the chemical, waste disposal, land development, and insurance industries. Gary is the Managing…
Todd Kafka, P.G., (Florida) will present “From Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida” at 2020 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) at 1:30 PM EDT on October 29, 2020. Todd’s co-presenters are Anna Cawrse, Sasaki and Bill Tinsley, Bonnet Springs Park. Todd Kafka is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Florida with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on site assessment, remediation, and hydrogeological…
Bob Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia), Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario), and Dan Schauer, P.G. (Florida) will present at the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 2020 Virtual Conference on October 29, 2020. Bob will co-present “Value Added and Risk Management Considerations of Site Characterization for Deep Foundation Projects and Programs”, a session moderated by Benjamin Rivers, P.E. from the Federal Highway Administration. Jamey will present a case study on the “Geospatial Project Information Management System at Herbert Hoover…
Jim Wragg, FGS, and Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. (United Kingdom), contributed to the digital Network of Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (NICOLE) Workshop on October 22-23, 2020. Jim serves on the NICOLE Organizing Committee. Dr. Wealthall will present “Alternative strategies for determining the endpoint of liability management” with his co-presenter, James Henderson, Ph.D. (Corteva Agriscience). Jim Wragg is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in the United Kingdom with more than 30 years of experience…
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, (Texas) will lead a breakout session on “Geohazard Management for Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines” at the 2020 Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) virtually at 2:45 PM CDT on November 5, 2020. Rodolfo Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 20 years of experience focused on geohazard management (i.e., identification, characterization, and mitigation of geohazards), geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement…
Geosyntec is expanding our client service with a new office located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis office will help our clients create exceptional solutions for managing solid waste, perform contaminated site investigation and remediation services, and apply our global resources to solve local problems. Megan Martz, L.P.G., is a Senior Geologist based in Indiana with more than 15 years of experience as an environmental consultant providing services in the fields of landfill engineering and environmental…
Jenna Newcombe, CHMM (Acton) and Coleman Hoyt (Seattle) will be featured during the National Association for EHS&S Management’s (NAEM) Forum on October 20-22, 2020. As an active affiliate member of NAEM for over 15 years, Geosyntec has provided NAEM members with expertise in environmental, health, safety and sustainability challenges. Jenna and Coleman will be actively participating at the forum and are featured in a video highlighting our relationship with NAEM and its members. Jenna Newcombe…
Paul Brookner, P.G. (Minnesota) and Nandra Weeks, P.E. (Florida) will attend the Virtual Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) 28th Fall Conference: Webinar Series on October 19-27, 2020. Other Geosyntec staff attending are Jennifer Wilkie, Ph.D., P.E. (Illinois), Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (Washington, D.C.), and Jeffery Thompson, Ph.D, P.G. (California). Paul Brookner is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience focused as a regulator, consultant, and environmental…
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) has awarded Geosyntec's Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman (MEW) Superfund Study Area Project the 2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Honor Award for Design. The project is located in Mountain View, California and involves working closely with the U.S. EPA and other stakeholders to update and optimize the groundwater monitoring and treatment program, develop a proactive approach to assess and address the potential for vapor intrusion into existing or…
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® (AAEES) has awarded Geosyntec's Northwest Corner Project the 2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Grand Prize for Environmental Sustainability. The submission, entitled "Success of an Integrated Approach for Groundwater Clean-up Beneath an Urban University Campus" explained how an innovative and aggressive approach was used beneath public streets, apartment buildings, and a university campus to remove perchloroethylene (PCE) from the subsurface. This approach combined technologies to achieve…
Michael Berman, P.E. (Washington D.C.) will present “The Cost of PFAS: Assessing Environmental and Legal Risk and Costs” at the Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference (Virtual) at 1:20 PM EST on October 22, 2020. Geosyntec will serve as an exhibitor for the conference. Michael’s co-presenters are Adena Edwards, Starr Adjustment Services and Matthew Schroeder, Esq., Akerman LLP. Michael Berman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience…
Geosyntec is a Gold Sponsor at the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) MEGA Symposium, where Robert Glazier, P.G. (Maryland) will present "Geochemical Forensic Tools Support Alternative Source Demonstrations at CCR Units" at 12:00-2:00 p.m. EDT on November 17, 2020. The presentation focuses on various geochemical forensic tools that have been successfully used, in a multiple lines of evidence approach, to support Alternative Source Demonstrations (ASDs) for coal combustion residual (CCR) constituents in groundwater downgradient…
Omneya El-Sharnouby, Ph.D. (Ontario) coauthored an article entitled “Mechanochemical remediation of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) amended sand and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) impacted soil by planetary ball milling” for publication in Science of The Total Environment on October 6, 2020. Omneya’s coauthors were Lauren Turner, Bernard Kueper, Kevin Mumford (Queen’s University), Kela Weber, Kevin Jaansalu, David Patch, and Nick Battye (Royal Military College of Canada). Omneya is a Senior Staff Scientist at…
Ron Gestler (California), Chuck Whisman, P.E. (Pennsylvania), and Kirk Craig, P.E., PEE (Arizona) will present on site remediation at the Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Virtual Symposium on October 26-28, 2020. Ron Gestler is a Senior Scientist based in California with 18 years of professional experience in remediation services. He has participated at every level in the design, implementation, operation, maintenance, and monitoring for remediation systems using a variety of technologies…
Haley Schneider, Ph.D. (California) authored an article entitled “High-Resolution Characterization of a Chlorinated Solvent Impacted Aquifer Using a Passive Profiler” for publication in Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation on September 13, 2020. Haley’s coauthors were Andrew Jackson, Paul Hatzinger, and Charles Schaefer. Haley Schneider is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California focused on the development of an innovative passive groundwater sampling technology in conjunction with the evaluation of existing profiling tools for the delineation of…
Multiple Geosyntec practitioners will present at the virtual 36th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy on October 19-23, 2020. The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy has become the preeminent national conference in this important environmental area. The conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually, including a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia. The Association…
Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) will present “Risk-Informed Decision Making for Dams” at the Canadian Geotechnical Society – Southern Ontario Section (CGS-SOS) Webinar at 12:00-1:30 PM EDT on October 13, 2020. Glenn is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. His practice includes seismic risk assessment for civil infrastructure. Many dam owners and regulators in North…
Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Texas) has been inducted to the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Beth is recognized for her national leadership in the field of geoenvironmental engineering as applied to the design of municipal, hazardous, and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities; and, for more than 25 years of service to the profession, including as President and Governor of the ASCE Geo-Institute. A…
Natalie Shearer, QEP, PWS (Pennsylvania) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Project Scientist. She has more than 15 years of experience in conducting and managing wetland and stream delineation projects and rare, threatened, and, endangered botanical projects. At Geosyntec, Natalie will focus on wetland and stream delineations, botanical surveys, and permit package preparation for Geosyntec’s Energy Branch and the Pittsburgh office’s Natural Resources group. In past roles, Natalie has served as a Natural Resources Project…