Geosyntec Senior Engineer Graham Webb (Dublin) is one of thirteen experts speaking at the Brownfield Land 2015 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 25. Experts at the conference will deliver practical insights into the implications of imminent reforms to Northern Ireland’s Planning System and offer strategies for managing and developing brownfield projects efficiently and cost-effectively under the new regime. Graham with present a session titled “Techniques for achieving more robust risk assessment of groundwater…
Principal Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., Engineer Claire Wildman, Ph.D., P.E., (Oakland branch) and Senior Engineer Deepa Gandhi, P.E., (San Francisco branch), recently published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of the American Water Works Association. The article, titled “Iodine Addition to Drinking Water for Perchlorate Mitigation: Engineering Feasibility,” examines the feasibility of adding iodine to drinking water to offset the potential health impacts of exposure to low levels of perchlorate. The paper examines relevant iodine…
Todd Creamer, P.G. (Portsmouth) and Eric Lovenduski (Albany) accepted invitations to be instructors for a Continuing Education Seminar on vapor intrusion sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) of Massachusetts. The popular seminar, entitled
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us. 2015 RemTEC Summit RemTEC Summit March 2-4, 2015 Westminster, Colorado The RemTEC Summit is focused on advancing the environmental science and remediation industry. This event showcases essential…
Geosyntec Principal Rula Deeb (Oakland) co-chaired and organized the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) 2nd annual Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, held December 13-15, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. In partnership with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman, this symposium was designed to bring together young scientists, engineers, and professionals to exchange ideas and advances within their respective fields for the purpose of enhancing dynamic scientific exchange and collaboration between the Arab world…
In December 2014 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) published a policy document, entitled “The Danish Solution: A BluePrint for Clean Soil.” The document provides a policy framework for identifying and prioritizing soil-contamination sites in Denmark and developing green-technology solutions to remediate these sites. This document highlights innovative and successful remediation technologies that have been developed with funding by the Capital Region of Denmark, including two novel technologies developed by Geosyntec and its partners: Electrokinetically-Enhanced…
AUSTIN, TX — Geosyntec staff member Zahirul Islam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., co-authored two journal articles on the durability of high density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane in landfill application. The first article, "Aging of High Density Polyethylene Geomembranes of Three Different Thicknesses", was published in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Vol. 140, No. 5, 2014). Other co-authors of this article were R. Kerry Rowe and Fady Abdelaal of GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's University in…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us 8th Annual International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments Battelle Memorial Institute January 12-15, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana Battelle's 8th Annual International Conference on Remediation…
Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical and sustainable remediation technologies in the United Kingdom. Geosyntec practitioners were contributing authors to CL:AIRE's recent document entitled "Illustrated Handbook of LNAPL Transport and Fate in the Subsurface", released 18 December 2014. Geosyntec's Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. and Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng. are contributing authors to the document, and Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP was…
Boston, MA, Boca Raton, FL, and Norwalk, CT (December 12, 2014) - OptiRTC Inc. (Opti) announced its formation today as an independent company from parent company Geosyntec Consultants (Geosyntec). Opti's mission is to protect clean water by actively managing stormwater infrastructure. Opti, headquartered in Boston, MA, delivers intelligent control and decision support solutions through its cloud-based platform to U.S. municipalities and Fortune 500 companies. For these infrastructure owners, Opti reduces operating and capital costs, enables…
The cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geosyntec Consultants to develop and pilot-test a permeable reactive mat to treat chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) discharging from groundwater seeps into the tidal wetlands was recently highlighted in an article titled “New Remediation Technology: Bioreactive Mat for Treatment of Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds in Wetlands at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland” in the EPA’s fall issue of Technology News & Trends. The pilot test, in…
Last month, a group of Geosyntec engineers and scientists contributed to an Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) guidance document titled "Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigating, and Management." Geosyntec's Robbie Ettinger, Dave Folkes, P.E., Ben Martich, QEP, and Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng. all contributed to the document. This ITRC guidance provides regulators, managers, and practitioners with information to support improved Petroleum Vapor Intrusion (PVI) decision-making at potential PVI sites and a comprehensive methodology…
Senior Engineers Ed Fahnline and Lee Kim Yik of Geosyntec’s Kuala Lumpur office conducted technical training sessions at a seminar on the investigation of contaminated soil and groundwater. The seminar, co-organized by Geosyntec Asia, was held at ALS Technichem Sdn. Bhd. in Shah Alam on 28 October 2014. ALS Technichem is an environmental analytical testing laboratory services company and a co-organizer of the event. Over 40 manufacturing and institutional representatives took part in the half-day…
Philip Reidy, P.E., a senior water resources engineer and principal consultant for Geosyntec in Malaysia will be among the speakers at iChemE’s 2nd Regional Sustainability Seminar on 24 November 2014. The seminar will be held at the Grand Millenium Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The IChemE 2nd Regional Sustainability Seminar will be an intensive one-day seminar that brings together professionals in the relevant fields to discuss the challenges involved in the actual implementation of energy and…
Scott Drew, LSRP (Princeton/Ewing) will be a co-presenter at a training program sponsored by Alpha Analytical Labs entitled “New Jersey Vapor Intrusion Guidance Update. The event, scheduled for November 6, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, New Jersey, will discuss the changes in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) technical guidance and screening levels for vapor intrusion programs, technical approaches for site investigation and preemptive mitigation, practical considerations, best practices, and application…
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland (NIH), has awarded the team of Geosyntec Consultants, the Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a $700,000 grant to perform novel and applied research regarding bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes in groundwater and sediments. Principal investigators for the research project include Dr. Neal Durant and Dr. Amar Wadhawan of Geosyntec’s Columbia Maryland office, as…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. Alabama Environmental Conference The University of Alabama October 20-21, 2014 Orange Beach, Alabama The Alabama Enviornmental Conference is a two-day event that will address broad challenges of energy and resources, waste reduction, compliance, management and sustainability.…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy Association for Envrionmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) October 20-23, 2014 Amherst, Massachusetts The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, at the University of…
Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng., a Geosyntec senior engineer and hydrogeologist based in Pennsylvania, is among the instructors for a series of two-day courses upcoming in 2014 and 2015 entitled “Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids: Science, Management, and Technology.” The next session will be held October 29-30 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, which is hosted by ITRC state member Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The course series is based on the Interstate Technology and…
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has selected Geosyntec Consultants to develop a web-based tool for statewide Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs). The project will be led by Robert Hartzel of Geosyntec’s office in Acton, Massachusetts. According to Bob, “This exciting project will allow us to develop an innovative watershed planning tool at the crossroads of science, engineering, public policy, and public education.” Geosyntec will create an interactive web-based tool to help users develop…
See which conferences, symposia, and other events our practitioners will attend next week. Click the name of the conference to visit that event's website. Please call or email the contact person listed to learn specific details on our participation. For questions regarding the Event Roundup, please contact us. ABA 22nd Fall Conference ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Law October 8-11, 2014 Miami, Florida Geosyntec Consultants is a sponsor of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy,…
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the publication of the new ASCE Environmental Resources Institute report, “Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems.” Brandon Steets, P.E., of Geosyntec Consultant’s Santa Barbara office, was a co-editor of the report, along with lead editor Jane Clary of Wright Water Engineers and co-editor Robert Pitt, P.E., Ph.D., D.WRE, of the University of Alabama. Many other contributors and reviewers also made important contributions to the report.  Focusing primarily…
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has approved the state’s updated Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan (NPS Plan). The NPS Plan, primarily authored by Robert Hartzel of Geosyntec and Andrew Pelloso of Burns & McDonnell (formerly of Geosyntec), identifies the state’s priorities and activities to reduce the impacts of pollution from diffuse “nonpoint” sources and restore water quality statewide for the five-year period of 2014-2019.…
Rob Roseen, Ph.D., P.E. of Geosyntec's Portsmouth, New Hampshire office, will participate in a panel discussion for an upcoming program presented by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). The program, to be held on Tuesday, October 7 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland, New Hampshire, is entitled "Flood Plain Impact on Development." It will focus on floodplain developments in the state of New Hampshire that…
Doug Larson, Ph.D., P.E., LSP and David Adilman, P.G. of Geosyntec’s Acton, Massachusetts office will both participate on a panel for an upcoming program presented by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). The program, to be held on Thursday, October 9 in Providence, Rhode Island, is entitled “Bioremediation and Sustainable Technologies for Site Restoration.” It will bring together experts from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)…
Geosyntec provided an extended briefing to the Malaysian Department of Environment (DOE) Deputy Director General (Dato Dr. Ahmad Kamarulnajuib bin Che Ibrahim) and a team of more than 30 senior DOE officers from DOE headquarters and 6 states.Held on 18 September 2014 in Ipoh, Malaysia, the briefing was part of a DOE exercise in capacity building for their staff and the topic was management and disposal of naturally occurring radioactive material, or NORM wastes.Geosyntec has…
The city of Rochester, New Hampshire has selected a team led by Geosyntec Consultants to provide professional engineering services related to their planned stormwater infrastructure capital improvements. The three-year, on-call contract will allow Geosyntec to help the city with projects related to municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) and NPDES compliance, nutrient management, stormwater drainage, Capital Improvement Planning (CIP), stormwater management plans (SWMP), wetlands, stream restoration, and others. In fact, the team, which includes VHB,…
Two Geosyntec initiatives featuring innovative environmental strategies for managing and funding stormwater projects for regional runoff treatment through natural processes earned distinguished awards this week from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). The Measure M Tier 2 Grant Program supported by Geosyntec's water resources engineers and geospatial practitioners for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in Orange, California, earned CASQA's 2014 award for Outstanding Stormwater BMP Program. It was presented to OCTA officials and Geosyntec…
A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability, chaired by Geosyntec's Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, BCEE, WEF Fellow, provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with recommendations and guidance for use of sustainability tools and methods in the Sustainability Assessment and Management (SAM) process. For every major decision, the report says EPA should include a strategy to assess implications for the three dimensions of sustainability…
California Stormwater Quality Association September 15-17, 2014 Garden Grove, California Geosyntec Participants: Workshops: Prinicipal Eric Strecker (Portland) - Selection and Design of BMPs on Public Works Projects Associate Kathleen Harrison (San Diego Old Town) - Industrial General Permit Associate Lisa Austin (Oakland) and Assoicate Brandon Steets (Santa Barbara) - Watershed Planning and the MS4 Permit: How it all Fits Together Paper Presentations (lead author): Project Engineer Megan Otto (Los Angeles) - Reasonable Assurance Analysis Approach…
Practitioners from Geosyntec Consultants will host a one-hour webinar August 13 addressing the challenges of vapor intrusion in Australia. The free event begins at 11 a.m. AEST. This webinar is the second in a bimonthly series recently initiated by Geosyntec. Interested parties can register on our mailing list to receive notices of future webinars. Vapor intrusion occurs when there is a migration of subsurface volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into the indoor air…
Philip Reidy, P.E., a senior water resources engineer and principal consultant for Geosyntec in Malaysia will be among the speakers at the 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD2014), set for September 7-12, 2014, in East Malaysia (Borneo). Mr. Reidy will present "Innovation in Combined Sewer Overflows and Flood Mitigation: Implementing Intelligent Distributed Infrastructure" on September 11, 2014. The event will be held at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching, Sarawak. The theme for ICUD2014…
Derek Tomlinson, P.E., P.Eng., a Geosyntec senior engineer and hydrogeologist based in Pennsylvania, is a co-instructor for an upcoming course covering in-state regulations for vapor intrusion (VI) mitigation. The course, "Act 2 Toolkit: Vapor Intrusion," is set for September 17, 2014, at Penn State Great Valley's Musser Auditorium in Malvern, Pennsylvania. It is the first in a series sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists (PCPG). Pre-registration is required for attendance. Mr. Tomlinson's co-instructor…