Philip Reidy, PE, is presenting on innovative water conservation and site water control approaches at the Toxic Use Reduction Institute's (TURI) Continuing Education Conference in Norwood, Mass., on November 3, 2010. TURI helps Massachusetts companies and communities discover innovative, cost-effective ways to reduce toxic chemical use at the source, and encourages water conservation as part of their resource conservation agenda.Philip is an industry leader in the design and technology development of innovative rainwater harvesting and…
LOS ANGELES — Several Geosyntec practitioners will share their stormwater expertise at the California Storm Water Quality Association (CASQA) Sixth Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, Ca., on November 1 - 3, 2010. Their workshop and presentation topics range from low impact development (LID) to bacteria-related Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). Geosyntec is a leader in stormwater management, applying the latest proven approaches and technologies to protect and improve water quality.Practitioners, along with the titles of…
LOS ANGELES — In early October, the City of Malibu opened its new Legacy Park, which features a first-of-its-kind technical advancement in addressing water quality and supply along with meeting recreational and habitat needs. The park serves as a multi-purpose water resources facility designed to remove bacteria, metals, nutrients, and debris from the stormwater runoff affecting Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon, and ultimately, the Pacific Ocean.Legacy Park, described as an "environmental cleaning machine," is capable of…
BOSTON, Ma. — On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, spoke from the roof of P.S. 118 in Queens on technologies that the City will be considering to reduce stormwater flow impacts to wastewater treatment plants. One of the technologies, blue roofs, uses site-specific retention systems to mechanically slow the release of stormwater from roof surfaces to stormwater collection systems, thereby, reducing storm flows to the City's 14 wastewater treatment plants.…
Ronald S. Johnson, PE, PG, and Ken Susilo, PE, D.WRE, CPSWQ, have been invited to present at the Sixth North American Geotechnical Engineering Association Geotechnical Workshop at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power facility on September 24, 2010.Ron and Ken will discuss the geotechnical considerations when evaluating sites or preparing design recommendations for infiltration best management practices (BMPs) and the unique role of the geotechnical engineer in this process. Although the function of…
ATLANTA, Ga. — The world is going "green" to protect and improve the environment. The idea of greening up consumer products, buildings, and entire organizations is now becoming indoctrinated into the remediation world.In a National Association of EHS Management (NAEM) webinar, Todd Hagemeyer, PG, co-presented "Green Remediation: An Innovative Tool to Drive Sustainability." An ironic result of cleaning up a polluted site is often the production of unwanted consequences such air emissions, energy consumption, and…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Michael D'Alessandro, PE, PMP, will serve as an expert facilitator for the A/E/C Principals Bootcamp coordinated by PSMJ|Resources, Inc. The two-day seminar trains firm leaders in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries to improve their professional and organizational efforts.Mike serves as Director of Corporate Development at Geosyntec. He has more than 25 years of experience as a consulting engineer and is well-versed as an operations manager and management consultant. Throughout his career,…
BOSTON, Ma. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that it is part of a team that has been awarded a nationwide contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide support in evaluating the effectiveness of existing stormwater control standards in place at the state and local level.Geosyntec is a subcontractor to The Cadmus Group, Inc. of Watertown, Mass., under the National Watershed Protection Program Contract. Other team members for this effort are: Wright…
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Environmental Operations Group of the Maryland Environmental Service presented Carrie Pendleton, PE, and Doug Murphy with awards for outstanding design and construction services provided by Geosyntec at the Midshore II Landfill in Caroline County, Md. This $10-million project is the first greenfield landfill developed in Maryland in over 10 years.Geosyntec's efforts included design, permitting, preparation of bid documents, technical support during bidding, construction management, and construction quality assurance oversight. Construction began…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Geosyntec stars shone at the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) Annual Meeting/Update held on August 12 — 14, 2010 in Ponte Vedra, Fla.Chris Herin, PG, received the "R.S. Murali Memorial Affiliate Member for Outstanding Service" award in recognition of his outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to ELULS. Chris serves as co-chair of ELULS' Pollution Assessment, Remediation, Management and Prevention Committee. He is based in Geosyntec's Boca Raton office.…
CHICAGO, Il. — The American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute recently honored Richard Finno, PhD, PE, with the 2010 Harry Schnabel Jr. Award at the ER2010 conference in Bellevue, Wash. The award acknowledges his contributions to design and construction innovations for earth retaining structures.Dr. Finno, a consultant with Geosyntec and MMI Engineering, specializes in the areas of full-scale performance assessments of deep excavations and tunnels, numerical analysis, self-updating constitutive models, and constitutive responses of soft…
BOSTON, Ma. — Several Geosyntec professionals will be participating in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Fall 2010 National Meeting & Exposition in Boston on August 22 - 26.Mary de Flaun, PhD, Warren Brady, Brian L. Petty, PE, and Henry Kerfoot will present "Management of ORP and pH for In Situ Remediation of Arsenic in Groundwater." The group will discuss mechanisms of in situ arsenic sequestration. Through case studies, they will illustrate methods of modifying groundwater…
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mark Ellard, PE, CFM, will deliver three stormwater management-related presentations at the 2010 Watershed Management Conference in Madison, Wis., on August 23 - 27. This conference, which centers on innovations in watershed management under land use and climate change, is facilitated by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).Mark will first present a paper entitled "Nitrogen Reduction for Transitional Land Uses." The paper…
BOSTON, Ma. — Nick Yafrate, Scott Luettich, PE, and David Espinoza, PhD, PE, will play significant roles at the upcoming WasteCon Conference in Boston from August 14 - 18, 2010. WasteCon is the annual national conference of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).On August 14, Nick will present " Revitalization of Impacted Sites and Closed Landfills." He will discuss considerations when redeveloping closed landfill sites for a variety of end uses, including green…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Dr. Bob Bachus, PE, Leslie M. Griffin, PE, and Dr. Paul Sabatini, PE, will give technical presentations at the upcoming Earth Retention Conference 3 (ER2010) taking place on August 1 - 4, 2010 in Bellevue, Wash.Bob and Leslie will present "A Perspective on Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls: Pushing the Limits or Pulling us Down?" They will highlight important lessons regarding the design and construction of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls from large…
BOSTON, Ma. — David Adilman, PG, and Russ Abell, PG, recently presented an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) lecture, in conjunction with an Advanced Foundation Engineering class at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, entitled "Subsurface Explorations — The Geology of the New England Area."David and Russ gave an overview of the bedrock structural history and development of metamorphic and igneous belts throughout New England. They also provided a summary of the glacial history…
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Geosyntec was well represented at the 21st Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air in San Diego during March 14-17, 2011 with six presentations, one workshop, and two poster presentations.Brian Hitchens, PG, CHG presented "The Side Effects of In-Situ Bioremediation."Aklilu Tesfamicheal presented "A Statistical Evaluation of PCBs in Sediment Samples," to which both of these presentations relate to the Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Site in San Diego.Sam Williams, PG, presented…
Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that two of its senior practitioners in geotechnical engineering have been selected to make State of the Practice presentations at Geo-Congress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geoengineering, a conference sponsored by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Pat Lucia, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer based on Oakland, California, will be speaking on "The Practice of Geotechnical Forensics Engineering" and Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., Principal…
Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., President and CEO, has been selected to deliver the Nineteenth Spencer J. Buchanan Lecture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Bonaparte will be speaking on Geosyntec's participation in the design, construction, and closure of the on-site disposal facility at the former U.S. Department of Energy Fernald site in Ohio.
A best-practices illustrated handbook on the subsurface behavior of light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) is in development with key chapters being authored by Gary Wealthall (Guelph), Derek Tomlinson (Philadelphia), and Peter Zeeb (Boston — Acton).The project is funded by Shell Global Solutions UK and is managed by Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE), an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1999 to "stimulate the regeneration of contaminated land in the United Kingdom by raising awareness…
LOS ANGELES — Geosyntec welcomes Mark Hanna, PhD, PE, LEED AP, as Associate. Mark is based in the firm's Los Angeles office.Mark has over 17 years of experience working in sustainable resource management, of which the past seven have been with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He has extensive experience in water resources, watershed-scale restoration, hydrology, and water quality projects in California and the Southwest United States.Mark was the City…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — John Banks, PE, Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, PhD, PE, and Wade Tyner, EI, recently co-presented with clients at the Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America's 2010 Summer Conference in Naples, Fla.John co-presented "Landfill Gas to Energy, A Second Generation Project" with Sandra Jennings, PE, Bureau Chief for Neighborhoods and Community Services for Escambia County. They highlighted the development of a second landfill gas to energy system for the Perdido…
AUSTIN, Texas — Geosyntec staff member Zahirul Islam, PhD, PEng, co-authored the article "Antioxidant Depletion from a High Density Polyethylene Geomembrane under Simulated Landfill Conditions" published in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering's July 2010 issue. Zahirul's co-authors were R. Kerry Rowe, R. W. I. Brachman, and A. Ragab Ewais of GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and D. N. Arnepalli of IIT Madras in Chennai, India.In the article, the…
ORLANDO, Fla. — Geosyntec welcomes Mark Ellard, PE, CFM, as Associate. Mark is based in the firm's Orlando, Fla., office.Mark's career spans over 20 years in the water resources and environmental engineering industry, serving federal, state, and local government clients. Completing hundreds of water resources-related projects, his experience comprises diverse stormwater management and water quality assessment projects, including watershed management, master planning, hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, pollutant load assessment, floodplain management, stormwater retrofits, National Pollutant…
Scott Sheridan, PE, and Tom Ramsey, PE, will present at the 2010 Annual Solid Waste Conference. The conference, coordinated by the Old Dominion Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), will be held July 14 - 16, 2010, in Virginia Beach, Va.With Geosyntec permitting the first mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) berm in Virginia, Scott will give an overview of the current status of MSE design and permitting. His presentation, "Mechanically Stabilized Earth…
COLUMBIA, Md. — Geosyntec staff co-authored two articles in the July 1, 2010 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. The articles document two research projects that achieved significant advancements in the state-of-the-science regarding bioremediation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater. The first article, "Field Evaluation of Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination in Clayey Till" (44:5134-5141), co-authored by Neal Durant, PhD, and Evan Cox, MSc, of Geosyntec, and Phil Dennis of SiREM, describes a rigorous demonstration of in situ…
PORTLAND, Ore. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Sean Ragain, PG, as Principal. He is based in the firm's Portland, Ore., office.Sean has more than 20 years of professional experience providing consulting services to both private industry and governmental agencies, much of that in the strategic management of environmental contaminant investigation and remediation projects for industrial and federal clients. He has managed the closure and reuse of contaminated properties formerly used in the aerospace, forest products, agricultural,…
PORTLAND, Ore. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Wayne Huber, PhD, PE, to its Portland, Ore., office as Senior Consultant in watershed and stormwater management. Wayne brings a wealth of experience in stormwater modeling, water resources, urban hydrology, and environmental issues in natural waters. Before joining the firm, Wayne spent more than 40 years in research and teaching at the University of Florida and Oregon State University (OSU), collectively.Wayne is a primary author of the U.S. Environmental…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Ganesh Krishnan, PE, CPESC, delivered the short course "Managing Stormwater with Low Impact Development" to approximately 150 U.S. Air Force personnel and contractors at the 2010 Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Training Symposium in Nashville, Tenn. The annual symposium focuses on the operational needs of personnel from Air Combat Command, Air Force Space Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard, and Air Education and Training Command.Ganesh shared his…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geosyntec's Tom Naymik, PhD, PG, along with Ohio State University professor Scott Bair, PhD, recently instructed a course offered by the National Ground Water Association in Westerville, Ohio. The session, "Principles of Groundwater: Flow, Transport, and Remediation," examined the concepts, theories, and procedures in hydrogeology. Instructors led discussions on the movement and occurrence of groundwater, transmissivity, hydraulic head and gradient, aquifer test procedures and analysis, water-quality characterization, solute transport, plume configuration and…
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…