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Geosyntec Technical Participation at the SERDP-ESTCP Symposium

Geosyntec professionals will deliver two short courses, one keynote address, one platform presentation, and ten poster presentations during the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Symposium entitled "Enhancing DoD's Mission Effectiveness" at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on November 28-30, 2017.

Geosyntec's technical contributors include Dr. Jason Conder, Dr. Rula Deeb, Dr. Dave Reynolds, Dr. Michael Kavanaugh, Dr. Todd McAlary, Dr. James Wang, Dr. Silvia Mancini, Evan Cox, Dr. Neal Durant, Theresa Gabris, and Dr. Lisa Goode.

The SERDP-ESTCP Symposium is a nationally-recognized conference focusing on the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) priority environmental and installation energy issues. The 2017 Symposium will highlight SERDP and ESTCP's recent efforts to enhance mission capabilities, reduce costs in times of increasing fiscal constraints, and improve environmental and energy performance. The Symposium brings together environmental and energy researchers and technology developers with the defense user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting edge environmental technologies and ideas. The 2017 Symposium will offer 16 technical sessions, a number of short courses, more than 450 technical poster presentations, and exhibitors from funding and partnering organizations. There will be a variety of networking opportunities for the more than 1,000 attendees from the military services; academic and research institutions; private sector technology and environmental firms; and Federal, state, and local regulatory and policy making organizations.

SERDP and ESTCP are DoD's environmental research programs, harnessing the latest science and technology to improve DoD's environmental performance, reduce costs, and enhance and sustain mission capabilities. Programs respond to environmental technology requirements that are common to all of the military services, complementing the services' research programs. SERDP and ESTCP promote partnerships and collaboration among academia, industry, the military services, and other Federal agencies. They are independent programs managed from a joint office to coordinate the full spectrum of efforts, from basic and applied research to field demonstration and validation.

Geosyntec Participation

Short Courses

Title: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) At Military Sites
Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00 - 2:50 PM
Location: Columbia Room 1/2
Instructors: Dr. Jennifer Field, Oregon State University, Dr. Jason Conder, Geosyntec Consultants, Dr. Rula Deeb, Geosyntec Consultants and Dr. Chris Higgins, Colorado School of Mines
Description: The Frequently Asked Questions on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) Short Course is a 1.5-hour workshop in which eight frequently-asked questions are addressed including 1) what are PFASs, 2) what are aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), 3) what are other sources of PFASs, 4) in what environmental media have PFASs been found, 5) what are the fate and transport of PFASs in the environment, 6) what characterization and remedial tools are available/effective for PFASs, 7) what are the human exposure pathways and health effects, and 8) what are the current regulatory issues? The short course is aimed towards remedial project managers and other stakeholders by offering a concise summary on the state-of-knowledge regarding PFASs associated with the use of AFFFs at U.S. military sites.

Title: Training System for Reducing Costs of Remediation and Long-Term Management of Contaminated Sites
Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:10 - 5:00 PM
Location: Columbia Room 8
Instructors: Dr. Dave Reynolds
Description: This course will present TEMPO (Training for Environmental Monitoring Performance Optimization), an interactive training tool that will focus on teaching its users the methodology and science behind monitoring, critical performance indicators and metrics, inherent uncertainty in field-acquired data, the difference in investigation and monitoring approaches, and the design and assessment of monitoring systems. The course will offer insights into how TEMPO aims to a) increase the potential for significant life-cycle savings for long-term management sites; b) improve the ability of DoD site management personnel to design and review long-term management programs, and c) educate the next generation of contaminated site specialist who will have a direct positive impact on cost-to-complete.

A significant portion of the course will be hands-on learning by the attendees using the TEMPO tool. Attendees are therefore asked to bring their laptops for this purpose. No special software is required as TEMPO is web-based, however TEMPO requires either Firefox or Chrome to run and will not run in Internet Explorer.

Keynote Address

Session Title: Chlorinated Solvents – Challenges and Progress
Session Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:30 - 11:45 AM
Session Location: Jefferson Room
Session Description: Chlorinated solvents are a class of chemical compounds that were used widely by DoD across its industrial operations. Chlorinated solvents have contaminated the soil and groundwater at thousands of DoD sites. Great progress has been made by DoD but challenges remain in managing large groundwater contaminated sites with persistent source zones in complex sub-surface environments. Additionally, these compounds are also found mixed with other contaminants that pose a different set of challenges. This session will address the advances in characterization, management, and monitoring of chlorinated solvent sites.
Keynote Address: Restoration of Chlorinated Solvent Contaminated Groundwater Sites: The Value of Information Challenge
Time: 8:40 AM
Presenter: Dr. Michael Kavanaugh

Platform Presentation

Session Title: Vapor Intrusion – Pathways to Solutions
Session Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 8:30 - 11:45 AM
Session Location: Columbia Rooms 7/9/10
Session Description: Vapors from soil and groundwater contaminated by VOCs have the potential to migrate into overlying buildings, dwellings, sewers, and drain lines through cracks and fissures and create health hazards. DoD is faced with the challenge of addressing vapor intrusion issues arising from the thousands of contaminated sites that have the potential to affect DoD structures and surrounding communities. Our understanding of the issues posed by vapor intrusion is rapidly evolving. This session will delineate the new approaches for assessment, monitoring, sampling, mitigation, and management of these sites.
Presentation Title: Sub-Slab Depressurization System – Easy Improvements
Presentation Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:10 AM
Presenter: Dr. Todd McAlary

Poster Presentations

Title: Interactive Training System for Reduction in Cost and Complexity of Remediation and Long‐Term Management of Contaminated Sites
Number: 229
Presenter: Dr. Silvia Mancini

Title: Effective Site Characterization and Remediation Decision Making: The Value of Information
Number: 230
Presenter: Dr. Silvia Mancini

Title: ElectrokineticallyDelivered, ThermallyActivated Persulfate (EKTAP) for Remediation of Chlorinated
Compounds in Low Permeability Source Zones
Number: 316
Presenter: Evan Cox

Title: Pilot Tests of Different In‐Situ Smoldering Combustion Approaches for Remediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon NAPL
Number: 323
Presenter: Dr. James Wang

Title: Electrokinetic‐Enhanced (EK‐Enhanced) Amendment Delivery for Remediation of Low Permeability and Heterogeneous Materials
Number: 324
Presenter: Dr. James Wang

Title: Intrinsic Biodegradation in a Marine Hyporheic Zone: Containment of a Large Chlorinated Solvent Plume at NAS North Island
Number: 332
Presenter: Dr. Neal Durant

Title: Biodegradation of Chlorinated Solvents in High Strength Source Areas and Petroleum LNAPL: Microcosm Study Results from NAS North Island
Number: 333
Presenter: Dr. Neal Durant

Title: Building Pressure Cycling Methods for Mass Flux Characterization
Number: 341
Presenter: Theresa Gabris

Title: Successful Rapid Response Mitigation of High Strength Vapor Plume Underneath a Large, Active Navy Building
Number: 344
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Goode

Title: Verification Monitoring for In Situ Chemical Reduction Using ZeroValent Zinc, A Novel Technology for
Remediation of Chlorinated Alkanes
Number: 350
Presenter: Dr. Rula Deeb

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