August 9, 2016

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Savron Hosts Annual Researcher’s Meeting

Savron held its annual Researcher's Meeting in Guelph, Ontario on July 27-28, 2016. Savron is a division of Geosyntec.

Savron shared with the students and researchers the practical field applications of the STAR process. The field applications included the full-scale application to treat coal tars in situ at a site in New Jersey; the results from in situ pilot tests for the STAR treatment of gasoline and diesel range organics at refinery in both Michigan and Virginia; the full-scale STARx (ex situ) system currently being deployed to the Philippines for the treatment of sludges, and STARx pilot testing of hydrocarbon impacted soils in Indonesia.

The inventors of the STAR process Dr. Jason Gerhard from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Dr. Christine Switzer from the University of Strathclyde, and Dr. Jose Torero from the University of Queensland, along with graduate students met with the Savron team. The teams reviewed new applications (e.g., treatment of municipal biosolid and food processing wastes); monitoring techniques (e.g. geophysics, microseismology); recovery of microbial activity following STAR application; geotechnical impacts; and modeling and optimization of the STAR smoldering process.

These annual meetings help focus the researchers' efforts towards practical use of STAR and new applications of smoldering. Meeting attendees included Cody Murray, Dr. Gavin Grant, Dr. Jason Gerhard, Dr. Christine Switzer, Dr. Jose Torero, Gavin Overbeeke, Josh Brown, Lais Trento, Rebecca Solinger, Tarek Rashwan, Andrew Sims, Benoit Boulay, Grant Scholes, Dr. David Major, Warren Ferguson, Laura Kinsman, Marco Zanoni, Jorge Dominguez, David Liefl

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