OAKLAND, Ca. — Neven Matasovic, PhD, PE, GE, and Jennifer Donahue, PhD, PE, delivered presentations at the Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics in San Diego, Ca., on May 26 - 29, 2010.Neven presented an invited paper entitled "Recent Advances in Seismic Design of Geosynthetically-Lined Waste Containment Facilities." This paper presents the state-of-the-practice on seismic design of landfills, heap leach pads, and tailings impoundments. Neven further presented recent…
ATLANTA, Ga. — MMI Engineering congratulates Guzhao Li, PhD, PE, on his appointment as Associate. Guzhao, who joined MMI in 2002, is based in the firm's Houston, Texas, office. He currently serves as the MMI Houston Engineering Manager.Guzhao applies his experience as a structural engineer to the development of blast-resistant designs for modular buildings and other structures in high-risk environments, such as offshore oil and gas platforms. Since joining MMI, he has helped the company…
BOSTON, Ma. — Geosyntec Consultants was recently awarded a contract to prepare the remedial design for the Sutton Brook Landfill Superfund Site in Tewksbury, Mass.Also known as Rocco's Landfill, the Sutton Brook Landfill was added to the Federal Superfund List in 2001. The site is located off South Street in the eastern part of Tewksbury, where waste disposal activities can be traced back to the mid-1950s. The site comprises several areas of concern, including a…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Lisa Austin, PE, on her appointment as Associate. Lisa, who joined Geosyntec in 2002, is based in the firm's Oakland, Ca., office.Lisa serves as a project manager and technical team leader for assignments involving municipal and industrial NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permitting; municipal stormwater program planning and operations; stormwater best management practices (BMP) selection, design, and maintenance; and construction erosion control. By applying her previous experience in…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Andrew Montgomery, PE, on his appointment as Associate. Andrew, who joined Geosyntec in 1995, is based in the firm's Atlanta area office.Andrew has been a key contributor to Geosyntec's remediation program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, serving as a technical contributor and project manager on assignments under Geosyntec's successive contracts at the installation. In addition, he has been a significant contributor to the railroad sector client team…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Jimmy Whitmer, PG, on his appointment as Associate. Jimmy, who joined Geosyntec in 2000, is based in the firm's Atlanta area office.Earlier in his career at Geosyntec, Jimmy focused on environmental site assessments and RCRA-related compliance assessments. Jimmy was also assigned to perform an assessment of an underperforming remediation system at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia's largest industrial complex. This was the first task under a new five-year…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants congratulates Brian Hitchens, PG, C.HG., on his appointment as Associate. Brian, who joined Geosyntec in 2000, is based in the firm's San Diego office.Brian specializes in applied in situ remedial technologies, sediment remediation, and bioremediation, as well as data management and visualization. He has been involved with many diverse projects focused on evaluation and improvement of water quality, with responsibilities including project management, data analysis and visualization, and risk assessment.…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Numerous Geosyntec staff members will deliver 50 presentations and papers at Battelle's Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds on May 24 — 27, 2010 in Monterey, Ca. Visit Geosyntec's Battelle 2010 site to read about these presentations and the firm's participation in the conference. Over 1,750 scientists, engineers, regulators, and other environmental professionals from 32 countries are expected to attend.
SAN DIEGO, Ca. — The Imperial County Public Works Department has awarded Geosyntec Consultants a contract to design and permit the closure for the Brawley Solid Waste Facility in Brawley, Ca. Imperial County is a new municipal client for the firm.The key feature and issue associated with the landfill closure is the New River, which forms the northern boundary to the landfill. Presently, three of the river meanders are impinging on the northern waste boundary.The…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Alok Jha, PhD, presented the paper "On Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines in US Waters" at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, on May 5, 2010. Alok's co-authors were Dan Dolan, PE, of Geosyntec Consultants' subsidiary MMI Engineering, Walt Musial of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Charles Smith of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada.Alok explored the future of offshore wind farms being developed in U.S. waters to meet the goal…
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently named Geosyntec Consultants' project, the Cherry Island Landfill Expansion in Wilmington, Del., "Outstanding Civil Engineering Project" for 2010.The Cherry Island Landfill is located at the confluence of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. The project, which began in 2001 and is still ongoing, initially presented various challenges. One of these involved the existing landfill, which was constructed over an area partly…
CHICAGO, Il. — American Electric Power (AEP) selected Geosyntec Consultants to provide investigation, engineering, design, and permitting services for a new residual waste landfill in Ohio.The contract includes evaluating two sites using a value engineering approach to choose a final location for the landfill. The two sites have challenges that will need to be addressed, such as: avoiding or mitigating underground coal mines and oil wells; managing mine spoil areas; and handling pre-existing ash disposal…
SAN DIEGO, Ca. — Ron S. Johnson, PE, PG, presented "Geotechnical Considerations, Opportunities, and Strategies for Infiltration Stormwater BMPs" at the California Geotechnical Engineering Association's Annual Conference held in La Jolla, Ca., on April 28 — May 1, 2010.Ron's presentation covered geotechnical considerations when evaluating sites or preparing design recommendations for infiltration best management practices (BMPs). Ron also discussed the geotechnical engineer's unique role in this process.Often considered as an ideal solution for many water…
BOSTON, Ma. — Todd Creamer, PG, of Geosyntec's Boston office will be speaking at the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) Association's monthly meeting in Westborough, Mass., on May 11, 2010.Todd's presentation, "Improving Vapor Intrusion Site Conceptual Models through High Quality Data and Innovative Assessment Techniques," was co-authored by Todd McAlary, PEng, PG, and Robert Ettinger. Todd's talk will highlight sources of data variability and review state-of-the-art investigative and analytical techniques that can be used to reduce…
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Phil Reidy, PE, and Marcus Quigley, PE, CPESC, D.WRE, will be participating in the upcoming World Environment & Water Resources Congress 2010 taking place in Providence, RI, from May 16 — 20. The conference is sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).On May 18, Phil Reidy will present "Integrating Rainwater Harvesting for Innovative Stormwater Control." Phil's presentation will provide a view of…
BOSTON, Ma. — Michael Weaver, PE, presented to the New England Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) on April 15, 2010. During his presentation, "Ground Improvement as an Alternative to Deep Foundations," Michael discussed various ground improvement techniques that are currently utilized instead of traditional and costly deep foundation systems for land development. Some of the most common ground improvement techniques include:Wick Drains,Deep Dynamic Compaction (DDC),Vibro-compaction,Vibro-replacement (stone columns),Vibro-Concrete Columns (VCC's),Rammed Aggregate…
BOSTON, Ma. — The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) recently awarded a contract to a team led by Geosyntec Consultants to conduct a stormwater quality evaluation program in support of their NPDES Stormwater Phase I Permit. This is Geosyntec's first project with the BWSC and solidifies the firm's presence in the municipal stormwater market in the northeastern United States.As part of the evaluation program, the Geosyntec team will conduct wet weather monitoring to evaluate…
AUSTIN, Texas — The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department has awarded the Geosyntec Consultants team an ongoing rotating list contract for advanced watershed engineering services. This is the first prime contract Geosyntec has received from the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department. The firm was one of three consultants selected to provide these services.Under the contract, Geosyntec's team will deliver state-of-the-practice techniques and technologies to assist the department in meeting its goals and objectives…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec staff member Rohit Goswami, PhD, is the co-author of the chapter " 2010: Tsunami Impacts and Rehabilitation of Groundwater Supply: Lessons Learned from Eastern Sri Lanka," of the recently published book Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters: Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation.The chapter describes the impact of the 2004 tsunami on the coastal aquifers of Sri Lanka and discusses the results of studies conducted to assess those impacts by an interdisciplinary team of scientists…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Bill Priore, PG, and Howard Cumberland presented "Robust Delineation of Contamination for Remedial Design Planning to Minimize Uncertainties during Project Execution" at the Mid-Atlantic Contaminated Sediment/Soils Symposium in Jersey City, N.J., on March 24, 2010. The symposium was sponsored by Aqua Survey.In their presentation, Bill and Howard discussed methods project managers and clients can apply to more accurately predict contaminant location and estimate volumes for removal leading to selection of the most…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce the availability of a new whitepaper on the stormwater compliance implications of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 Section 438. Prepared by Geosyntec's nationwide watershed and stormwater management group, the whitepaper describes the relevant issues associated with the meeting the "maximum extent technically feasible" standard set forth in the legislation for federal facilities. The whitepaper also describes how Low Impact Development (LID) strategies can be cost-effective components…
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Philip Reidy, PE, to its Brookline, Mass., office as Associate within the firm's watershed and stormwater management practice. Phil comes to Geosyntec after serving as President and Founder Rainwater Recovery Inc., a specialty consulting firm focused on the design and implementation of commercial-scale rainwater harvesting and integrated stormwater management systems. These systems significantly reduce the use of municipally-supplied potable water and reduce stormwater flows to combined sewer and stormwater…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants announced today the acquisition of the assets of Rainwater Recovery Inc. of Waltham, Mass., a specialty consulting firm focused on the design of rainwater harvesting and integrated stormwater management systems. Geosyntec regards the acquisition as an important step in the expansion of the firm's service offerings in the water and natural resources sector.Rainwater Recovery was founded by Philip Reidy, PE, six years ago. With the acquisition, Phil joins Geosyntec based…
CHICAGO, Il. — Geosyntec Consultants is a winner of the 2010 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award given by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. The award will be formally presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2010.The winning project, " Microbial Risk Assessment for Recreational Use of the Chicago Area Waterways," was a research study — the first microbiological characterization of the CAWS for fecal indicators and pathogens — conducted…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Polk County, Fla., recently awarded Geosyntec Consultants a consultant agreement to design a cover for its closed, 120-acre Tri-City Landfill.Although the landfill was closed in 1977, in 1982, incidents of up to 24 cattle deaths and "neuropathy" in a man on site led to an investigation by the State of Florida. After a series of investigations, Polk County retained Geosyntec in 2007 to complete a site assessment, which was completed in 2009.…
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Geosyntec family of companies welcomes Michael D'Alessandro, PE, PMP, as Director of Corporate Development. Mike began his career as a consulting engineer more than 25 years ago. He is experienced as an engineering practitioner, operations manager, and management consultant.During his career, Mike has worked with some of the largest and most widely recognized client organizations to plan, design, and deliver capital infrastructure and environmental projects. He brings to the Geosyntec team…
PRINCETON, NJ — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Scott Drew has received his designation as a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in New Jersey. With this designation, Scott joins an elite group of environmental professionals with expanded authorities and responsibilities in the remediation of sites contaminated by past disposal practices.In 2009, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) to help address the backlog of more than 19,000 sites in…
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Geosyntec welcomes Jim Bannantine, PG, as Senior Geologist. Jim is based in the firm's Cedarburg, Wis., office.Jim comes to Geosyntec with 20 years of experience in the environmental industry. He specializes in the biological dechlorination and chemical oxidation of VOCs, LNAPL recovery systems, and soil vapor extraction systems. Jim's project work has included contamination assessments as well as remediation strategy development and implementation at Brownfield sites, dry cleaners, railroad yards, and a…
RICHMOND, Va. — Geosyntec welcomes Scott Sheridan, PE, as Senior Engineer. Scott is based in the firm's Richmond, Va., office.Scott has 15 years of experience in solid waste facility permitting, design, and closure management providing the full range of professional services to clients developing new "greenfield" facilities and expanding or closing existing facilities. During the course of his career, he has provided facility construction quality assurance services for projects that included mechanically stabilized earth berms,…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Geosyntec welcomes Bruce Marvin, PE, as Associate. He is based in the firm's Oakland, Ca., office.Bruce's background in the civil and environmental engineering field has focused on remediation technology applications, particularly related to in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO). Bruce's interest in ISCO technology began in 1998. While presenting the results of his first in situ ozone treatment pilot test, he saw firsthand the potential of potassium permanganate for ISCO. He spent the…
HOUSTON, Texas — Geosyntec Consultants and MMI Engineering welcome Rodolfo Sancio, PhD, PE, as Senior Engineer to expand geotechnical engineering services to oil and gas industry clients. He is based in the firm's Houston office.Rodolfo has over 14 years of geotechnical experience with expertise in the areas of: foundation engineering and site preparation design for large and heavy industrial facilities; issues related to offshore submarine pipelines in cold regions; soil liquefaction ; and specialized geotechnical…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec staff member Fan Zhu is the co-author of the article "Required Unfactored Strength of Geosynthetic in Reinforced Earth Structures," which is published in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering's February 2010 issue. The co-authors are Prof. Dov Leshchinsky and Assistant Prof. Christopher L. Meehan of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware.Fan's article presents a limit equilibrium methodology to determine the unfactored global geosynthetic strength…
PRINCETON, NJ — Geosyntec welcomes Chris Voci, PG, as Senior Geologist. Chris is based in the firm's Princeton office.Chris joins Geosyntec with more than 17 years of experience in a wide variety of hydrogeologic environments. His practice centers on environmental site characterization, soil vapor and groundwater investigations, in situ and ex situ soil and groundwater remediation (specializing in bioremediation and in situ chemical oxidation technologies), and groundwater supply evaluations. He has conducted environmental programs nationwide…