August 2, 2017

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Geosyntec’s Advanced Field Data Collection Highlighted in The Military Engineer

Geosyntec is supplying advanced field data collection technology to our Ahtna partner for a remedial investigation and risk assessment at a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) from World War II in a remote area of Alaska. The challenging project is highlighted in two articles written by Karina Quintans in The Military Engineer May-June, 2017 issue.

The first article, "Amidst Fog, Rain, And Volcanos: Environmental Restoration in Alaska's Aleutian Islands," is focused on the difficulties of remedial investigation and data collection in remote areas due to complex logistics, harsh weather, the need to preserve history and habitat, limited transportation and infrastructure, and safety concerns.

Despite the challenges, a remedial investigation, risk assessment, and feasibility study is being performed by Ahtna Engineering Services LLC in partnership with the Alaska District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Geosyntec Consultants, and Jacobs Engineering Group. Geosyntec's Anchorage, Alaska office is providing advanced field data collection and management services for the project.

The second article, entitled "One Chance to Get it Right," highlights the complex tasks needed to identify sources of contamination and gather the different types of actionable data in remote areas. Details of Geosyntec's mobile field application, custom database, and project website include: preloaded GPS coordinates, historical aerial photos, maps, and as-builts; a Global Navigation Satellite System connected via Bluetooth to the mobile app to compare real field locations with preloaded data; digital field forms tied to a GPS location to record field data; verified project database that is synced daily; and a web portal to provide real-time access to site maps and data tables for managers, clients, and stakeholders.

The Geosyntec project team included Olga Stewart, Sam Fox, and Ben Martich from our Anchorage office, Dan Pankani from Portland, Andrew Higgins and David Sardella from Waterloo.

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