Geosyntec practitioners will deliver four presentations at the San Fernando Earthquake Conference – 50 Years of Lifeline Engineering (Lifelines 2021-2022). The conference will be a virtual event and Geosyntec is also a silver sponsor. Practitioners delivering presentations are Chris Conkle, P.E., G.E.; Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCE; and Yonas Zemuy, P.E. (California). Geosyntec Participants Chris Conkle is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 17 years of experience focused on geotechnical…
Christian Wireko, Ph.D., (Florida) coauthored an article entitled "Effect of incineration ash leachates on the hydraulic conductivity of benonite-polymer composite geosynthetic clay liners" for Waste Management on December 17, 2021. Christian's coauthors were Tarek Abichou and Zhiming Zhang, Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering; Kuo Tian, George Mason University; and Binte Zianab, Tetra-Tech AAI. Christian Wireko is a Geotechnical Engineer with experience in designing and permitting of waste disposal facilities and earthen embankments.…
Below are on-demand webinars. Looking for upcoming webinars? Visit geosyntec.com/webinars » × Innovative Strategies for the Management of Mine and Metal Impacted Waters Speakers: Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.Geo. and Greg Corcoran, P.E. Mining companies are increasingly challenged to protect water quality and avoid negative impacts to the environment and local communities. Innovative approaches to managing mine-impacted waters can help the mining sector grow and evolve. Initial mine planning, water treatment improvements, and water reclamation practices…
Two Geosyntec projects have been recognized with Industry Excellence Awards from the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA). The Kendall Bay Sediment Remediation Project received awards for Best Remediation Project (>$1M) and Innovation that Advanced the Practice of Contaminated Site Remediation; and the Former Wollongong Gasworks Remediation Project received the award for Best Regional Remedial Project. Once home to the largest gas works in the southern hemisphere, Kendall Bay in Sydney, Australia is now surrounded…
Brandon Steets, P.E., and Jared Ervin, Ph.D., (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems: Where Are We Now?" published in the February 2022 issue of the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. Jane Clary, Wright Water Engineers, was the lead author, and Chris Olsen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Wright Water Engineers, was an additional coauthor. Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of…
Meggen Janes, P.Eng., QPESA, (Ontario) presented "Introductory Remarks and Excess Soils Commentary & Excess Soils Case Study: Port Lands Redevelopment on Toronto Waterfront," as the keynote speaker at the 2021 Excess Soils Symposium Virtual Event on December 7, 2021. Meggen's co-presenters were Corinne Lynds of Actual Media and Andy Manahan of Manahan Consulting Services. Meggen Janes is a Principal Environmental Engineer at Geosyntec and has served as Director at Waterfront Toronto. She has over 25…
Girish Kumar, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Temperature effects on stability and integrity of geomembrane–geotextile interface in municipal solid waste landfill" that was published in the International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering in Volume 7, Issue 2 in March 2021. Girish was the lead author, and his coauthor was Krishna R. Reddy. Girish Kumar is a Senior Staff Professional based in California with a focus on site assessment and remediation consulting. He has…
Andrew Higgins (Ontario), John Barrett, P.E., (Tennessee), and Jamey Rosen, P.Geo., (Ontario) coauthored a paper entitled "Information Management Systems for Dam Construction—Large and Small" published in the Fall 2021 edition of The Journal of Dam Safety on pages 40 through 50. Chris Saucier, Principal Project Manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority and Technical Director of the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Remediation Project, was also a coauthor of the article. Andrew Higgins is a Senior Data…
Corey Wallace, Ph.D., (Ohio) recently coauthored a paper addressing groundwater and reactive nitrogen transport modeling in Water Resources Research. Corey is a groundwater and geochemical scientist with ten years of research experience. His practice focuses on groundwater-surface water interactions, physical hydrology, and groundwater flow and reactive transport modeling to assess groundwater quality and evaluate remediation strategies. The paper entitled "Spatiotemporal dynamics of nitrous oxide emission hotspots in heterogeneous riparian sediments," published in Water Resources Research,…
Eric Amundsen, J.D., (Massachusetts) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Consultant. He has experience in policy analysis; carbon management; risk analysis; renewable energy; environmental, social, and governance (ESG) due diligence; product development and intellectual property; and internal policy strategy regarding environmental issues and sustainability. At Geosyntec, Eric will offer his technical and strategic advice to support clients in addressing challenges related to energy transition, internal environmental policy strategy, carbon management, ESG due diligence, and…
Jesse Varsho, P.E., P.G. (Illinois) was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Land of Lincoln Chapter during their Annual Conference this October. Jesse assumed his new position in November 2021. Jesse Varsho is a Principal Engineer and Geologist based in Illinois with more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting, landfill engineering, construction quality assurance, permitting, compliance, and project management for solid waste management…
Todd Snyder (California) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Principal in San Diego, California. Todd brings over 20 years of experience and subject matter expertise in public works, municipal stormwater, planning, and environmental water and natural resources to Geosyntec's California Water Resources Business. At Geosyntec, Todd will focus on serving and supporting the municipal and public-private sectors, with a focus on environmental compliance, planning, and management; innovative project delivery; environmental, social, and governance and…
Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NAE, and Mike Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, were awarded the 2021 Berkeley Spirit of 1868 Volunteer Award from the University of California, Berkeley on October 1, 2021. David Friedman was the third recipient of the 2021 award. All three were honored for their years of volunteer service on behalf of the Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE), where, over the past 15 years, they were members and…
Pourya Kargar (Missouri) will co-present a live-streamed discussion titled "Three-Dimensional Stability Analysis of the 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide" at Geo-Institute (G-I) Technical Committees 6th Annual Live Streaming Web Conference at 11:00 a.m. EST. on December 9, 2021. Pourya Kargar is a Senior Staff Engineer in Geosyntec's St. Louis, Missouri office and a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Illinois University where he is seeking his second graduate degree in geotechnical engineering. He has significant experience in geotechnical…
Jessica Evans (New York) and Dylan Eberle, Ph.D. (Massachusetts) will present "Use of Dual-Membrane Passive Diffusion Bags to Sample PFAS" at the 2021 Great Lakes Virtual PFAS Summit from 3:20 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on December 8, 2021. Jessica Evans is a Scientist with extensive experience conducting and planning sampling field events and is an expert in PFAS sampling techniques. She has developed standard operating procedures for sampling PFAS in multiple media under NJDEP…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) will present "Plenary 5: Sustainability: A Driver for Private Investment in Public-Private Partnerships" at PPP Americas 2021 on December 10, 2021 from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. EST. David Espinoza's co-presenters are Maia Colodenco, Secretary of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economy of Argentina; and Christian Deseglise, Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC. Milagros Rivas, the moderator for the panel, is Advisory Services Chief at IDB Invest. David Espinoza is a Senior Principal…
Geosyntec delivered innovation and thought leadership for their proposed WaterfrontHUNT App and was awarded first runner-up for Waterfront Toronto's A New River Innovation Challenge. Waterfront Toronto is building a new mouth for the Don River and created the New River Innovation Challenge with the Port Lands, which called for data scientists and designers to develop creative, compelling, and innovative ways to interpret and communicate this scientific information to the public. The $1.25 Billion project, known…
Jason Conder, Ph.D., (California ) coauthored a paper entitled "PFAS reporting—What Business Needs to Know and How to Start Preparing for the USEPA's New Rule," published in Chemical Watch on November 11, 2021. Jason's coauthor was Jeremy Esterkin, a partner at law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist with more than 15 years of experience focused on risk assessment and contaminated sediments in contaminated site assessment and management, environmental toxicology,…
Matthew Schallinger, P.G., (Minnesota) delivered a guest lecture on electrokinetically enhanced (EK) in situ remediation for Dr. Ray Hozaliski's Remediation Technologies class in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota on November 23, 2021. EK in situ remediation technology uses a direct-current electrical field to transport remedial amendments into tough-to-reach areas underground. Matthew presented several case studies of Geosyntec's application of this technology to expedite site cleanup and closure by…
In response to the passage and signing of Florida House Bill 53, Geosyntec stormwater practitioners have created guidance to help municipalities prepare for the compilation of new 20-year needs analysis requirements. The guidance summarizes the new requirements, lists deadlines, and provides contacts within the company. In April 2021, Florida legislature passed House Bill 53, "Public Works," and in June, Florida Governor DeSantis signed it into law. The law, which takes effect next summer, requires that…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., (Florida) coauthored a paper entitled "The Solid Waste Industry in the Post-Pandemic World" that was published in WasteAdvantage Magazine on pages 32-37 in the November 2021 Issue on October 31, 2021. Marc Rogoff was the lead author, and his coauthor was David Biderman. The article explores the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes and new challenges to the solid waste industry, including delayed collection services; temporary suspension of recycling,…
Congratulations to Jemena's Kendall Bay Remediation Project for winning two awards just announced by the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM): Project of the Year and Sustainable Remediation Project of the Year. Once home to the largest gas works in the southern hemisphere, Kendall Bay is now surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The awards recognise the successful completion of this complex remediation program within the bay itself, between the suburbs…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) contributed to a paper entitled "Risk and Resilience – Addressing Physical Climate Risks in Infrastructure Investment" that was published by the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) in November 2021. The paper was coauthored by CCRI Advisors Lucy Carmody and Alexandre Chavarot. David Espinozas co-contributing editors were Gaia De Battista, Executive Director at Lions Head; Murray Birt, Senior ESG Strategist at DWS; Chris Canavan, Partner at Lions Head; Chris Dodwell,…
A project led by Savron's Dr. David Major received the 2021 Project of the Year Award from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The project, "A Demonstration of Smoldering Combustion Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Investigation-Derived Waste," showed that smoldering removes per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from investigation-derived waste (IDW) to below detectable limits. In addition, the project improved our understanding of the fate and mass balance of…
Ben Starr, P.E., CESCL, (Utah), Jason Flowers Ph.D., P.E., (Washington), and James Peale, RG, LHG, (Oregon) will present at the 2021 Business & The Environment Conference and Expo presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). This year, the event will be held virtually. Geosyntec staff will all be participating in the conference's advanced technical sessions. Ben Starr will moderate a session entitled…
Jessie Fears, P.E. (Ohio) will present on Stormwater Considerations for Contaminated Sites at the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) Environmental Virtual Conference on December 1st. Jessie will be joined during the live Q&A by Geosyntec colleagues Dawn Brook, P.E., LEED AP (Florida), and Meggen Janes, P.E. (Ontario). Jessie Fears is a Project Engineer based in Ohio with more than 10 years of experience focused on water resources projects, including programmatic assessments for municipal clients,…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Victoria, Australia) and Carol Cheyne (Ontario, Canada) will present at the EcoForum 2021 Conference on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. Frederic's presentation is entitled "High Precision Downhole Fluorometer: A Cost-Effective Tool to Characterise and Support Remediation of Fractured Rock." Carol's Presentation is entitled "Evaluating an In Situ Groundwater Remediation Technology Using a Comprehensive CSIA Dataset." Frederic was also part of the organizing committee for the conference. Frederic Cosme is a Principal Engineer…
Geosyntec's Conrad Ginther (Tennessee) will moderate Concurrent Session 12 - "Rehabilitation of Dams" at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) 2021 Southeast Regional Conference. The event will take place November 29 - December 2, 2021, in Charleston, South Carolina. Conrad is a Principal Engineer with more than 15 years of experience focused on delivering dam safety and seepage barrier projects that advance the state of the practice. He oversees complex and high-profile engineering…
William Burke, P.G. (Alabama) has begun his term as Board President of the Alabama Brownfields Association (ALBFA). Will stepped into his role as ALBFA Board President in October of 2021 after being elected as Vice President in 2020. After a one-year term as President, he will serve as Past President for one year. Will Burke is a Project Geologist with more than ten years of experience managing and implementing various site assessment and remediation projects…
Since the establishment of Geosyntec's Pittsburgh Office in 2012, the office has grown to 22 professionals who provide a broad range of expert services to our clients in the area, across the U.S., and worldwide. Our staff includes geologists; environmental scientists; civil, chemical, environmental, mechanical engineers; and CADD designers. The Pittsburgh Office provides the following services to our government and private sector clients: Remedial Investigations Remedial Design Permitting Wetlands Delineation Demolition Support Due Diligence Litigation…
Joe Cleary, PE, BCEE (New Jersey) will present on Industrial Water Reuse Trends to graduate students in the class Environmental Sustainability: Water Reuse and Resource Recovery at Manhattan College on November 22, 2021. Manhattan's environmental engineering program is nationally recognized for producing well-prepared environmental engineers. The program dates back to 1939 and proudly boasts that six alumni that have been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and is the alma mater for many engineers…
Geosyntec due diligence practitioners are prepared to help clients navigate the release of ASTM's updated Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard (ESA E1527-21). Every eight years, ASTM releases updates to the Standard. The 2021 update strengthens definitions and requirements and provides further guidance regarding environmental risks, including the subject of emerging contaminants. Because Geosyntec practitioners served on the committee that worked to update the Standard, they are well-equipped to support clients in conducting due diligence…
Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, ENV SP (Florida), longtime member of the Florida Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), coauthored the stormwater section of the 2021 ASCE Florida Infrastructure Report Card. He first became involved in the project in 2020, when he chaired the Section's Public Information Committee. During his collaboration on the section, Mark drew on his two decades of experience directing stormwater management studies and designing projects in Florida to…