Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Career Prospects in Geotechnical Engineering: Academia and Industry" as a panelist during the Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) Lecture Series at 6:00 a.m. EDT on September 11, 2020. The lecture series is entitled "Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice." The panel will explore some of the key questions around starting and steering successful careers in academia and industry as Geotechnical professionals. Bob…
Dave Major, Ph.D. (Guelph) co-authored "Remediation of PFAS-Contaminated Soil and Granular Activated Carbon by Smoldering Combustion", recently published in the Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) Journal. Dave's co-authors are Alexandra L. Duchesne, Joshua Brown, and Jason I. Gerhard from the University of Western Ontario, and David Patch, and Kela Weber from the Royal Military College of Canada. The study presented in the paper explored smoldering combustion for remediating PFAS-impacted granular activated carbon and PFAS-contaminated soil.…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Standard of Practice Update AASHTO Subsurface Characterization Geotechnical Engineering Circular #5" at the Second Geotechnical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series at the University of Nevada, Reno from 12:00-12:50 p.m. PDT on September 18, 2020. Bob is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities.…
Several Geosyntec staff members will present at the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) 2020 Virtual Conference on September 15 and 16, 2020. Geosyntec personnel will lead or contribute to 10 presentations and two panels at the conference. The CASQA Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the stormwater field. Each year the conference draws leading members of the stormwater community including local, state, and federal decision makers, stormwater program coordinators, contractors,…
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public-sector clients around the world to address complex problems involving water, the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure. Since our founding in 1983, Geosyntec has excelled by implementing sustainable principles and cutting-edge technologies to engineering and design projects for industrial wastewater, stormwater, water resources, civil infrastructure and environmental clients. Geosyntec's WEFTEC-Related Specialties Engineering and design Water reuse, minimization and zero discharge Process…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) and Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (District of Columbia) will participate in a panel discussion titled "Ubiquity and Uncertainty: Unusual Challenges of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Bring Unorthodox Approaches to Environmental Law" at the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) 2020 Annual Meeting on September 17, 2020. Panelist presentations will be followed by a lively exchange of perspectives to identify viable solutions to challenges posed by the PFAS uncertainties.…
Shooka Khoramfar, Ph.D. (Texas) coauthored a paper entitled "Effect of surfactants at natural and acidic pH on microbial activity and biodegradation of mixture of benzene and o-xylene" that was published in the journal Chemosphere in Volume 260 on July 2, 2020. Shooka was the lead author, and her coauthors were Kim D. Jones, Jalil Ghobadi, and Parisa Taheri. Shooka Khoramfar is a Senior Staff Engineer based in Texas with a focus on volatile organic compounds…
Scott Struck, Ph.D. (Colorado) will present "Planning More Efficient Drainage Infrastructure: Applying Optimization Algorithms and Triple Bottom Line for Stormwater Management Planning and Improved Resiliency" at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Denver Branch & Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP) Virtual Meeting from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MDT on September 3, 2020. Scott Struck is a Principal based in Colorado with more than 15 years of experience focused on planning, design, and…
Geosyntec hosted a free webinar entitled "Groundwater/Surface Water Interface – Emerging Regulatory Challenges and New Solutions for the Mining Industry." It is now available as an on-demand webinar Sign Up to Watch the Webinar Now » The recent U.S. Supreme Court judgement in County of Maui, Hawaii vs. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, has opened the door for new groundwater quality compliance requirements for facilities where there is a functional equivalent of a direct discharge. While this…
Geosyntec supported our client in transactional due diligence and negotiation of a Brownfields designation for a Site in Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly known as the "Delta Airbase". Constructed during the WWII era, Delta Airbase was used as a flight training school and aircraft maintenance facility and later as a location for airplane parts reclamation and warehousing. Geosyntec conducted site assessment and vapor intrusion investigation activities to facilitate a risk evaluation from chlorinated solvent impacts in…
Geosyntec was awarded a 2020 Outstanding Groundwater Remediation Award for "Launch Ready! High-Resolution Site Characterization and the Expedited Remediation of a Multi-Acre Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compound Plume at NASA's Launch Complex 39B" from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Geosyntec teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to restore groundwater resources and protect sensitive aquatic habitats at Launch Complex 39B (LC39B), a National Historic Site located within the John F. Kennedy Space Center on…
Geosyntec will deliver five presentations and one keynote at EcoForum 2020 eConference on September 14-18, 2020. The Geosyntec presenters are Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Australia), Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Robert Ettinger (California), Paul Nicholson, P.Eng. (Ontario), David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Australia), and Kathy Phillips, Ph.D. (Australia), Douglas Larson, Ph.D., P.E., LSP (Massachusetts), and David Adilman, P.G. (Massachusetts). Frederic Cosme is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia with more than 20 years of experience focused…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Knoxville) will present on "Novel Improvement of Fate and Transport Considerations at a Closing Inactive CCR Landfill utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)" at the at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 5 on August 27, 2020. Andrea's co-presenter is Harold Register, Jr. from Consumers Energy. Andrea is a Scientist with more than 10 years of experience focused on research using geochemical, microbial, computational, and genomics…
Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G (Texas) is the lead author for a guidance document entitled "Guidelines for Management of Landslide Hazards for Pipelines" published for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and a group of sponsors on August 21, 2020. Alexander was also the project manager. His coauthors were Bailey Theriault, Yong-Yi Wang, Dunji Yu, Don West, Ali Ebrahimi, Martin Derby, Anthony Rice, and Alexander Greene. Alexander McKenzie-Johnson is a Principal Engineering Geologist…
Geosyntec partnered with Pratt Institute to develop reopening, monitoring, and contingency plans for student and facility return this Fall. The strategy started with gathering guidance from New York State and the New York State Department of Health, then addressing main concerns that the students, facility, and administration had for reopening. This strategy included daily activities, interior campus spaces, and mechanical air handling systems for air quality improvements. They are also working together on environmental testing…
Benjamin Mejia-Tickner (Georgia) coauthored an article entitled "Inactivation of Bacteria by Peracetic Acid Combined with Ultraviolet Irradiation: Mechanism and Optimization" for publication in Environmental Science & Technology on July 9, 2020. Ben's coauthors were Tianqi Zhang, Ting Wang, Jessica Kissel, Xing Xie, and Ching-Hua Huang. Ben Mejia-Tickner is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with experience in the fields of environmental engineering and environmental microbiology. His experience includes remedial technology selection and…
Dimin Fan, Ph.D. (California), Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland), and Neal Durant, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.) coauthored a technical guidance document recently published by the U.S. Navy (NAVFAC EXWC) entitled "In Situ Chemical Reduction: State of the Practice and New Advances." The guidance document was written to support Navy Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) in their efforts to improve selection and use of in situ chemical reduction (ISCR) technologies for the remediation of chlorinated solvents, explosives constituents,…
Rica Enriquez, Ph.D., (Minnesota), Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ (Illinois), and Beth Toot-Levy (Ohio) will present on "Lakeview Beach Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment: City of Lorain, Ohio" at the Central States Water Environment Association's (CSWEA) 93rd Annual Meeting from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. EDT on August 18, 2020. The V-Tech conference will feature experts who have advanced technology, methods, and studies in the water industry. Rica Enriquez is an Engineer based in Minnesota with more…
Brandon Steets, P.E., Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), Adam Questad, P.E. (Massachusetts), and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont), coauthored an article paper entitled "PFAS in Surface Water: The state of the practice" published in Stormwater: The Journal for Surface Water and Erosion Control Professionals on Pages 20-21 in the August 2020 edition. Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 19 years of experience specializing in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System…
Curtis Laush, Ph.D. (Tennessee) will present "FTIR-CEM Applications, O&M Concerns, Data Management and Process Control" in the Air & Waste Management Association Webinar from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 20, 2020. The moderator for the presentation will be Peter Zemek, SVP, Montrose Environmental Group. Curtis Laush is a Senior Physical Chemist based in Tennessee with more than 20 years of professional experience focused on the detailed analysis, monitoring, tracking, and management of air…
Christopher Robb, P.E. (Wisconsin) will present "Soil Mixing for Environmental Remediation: An Effective Tool for Challenging Sites" in the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) webinar from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT on August 13, 2020. Chris' co-presenters are Darin Payne, President – Geo-Solutions, Inc. and Daniel Ruffing, P.E. Vice President of Engineering – Geo-Solutions, Inc. Chris Robb is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Wisconsin with more than 20 years of experience in environmental…
Shira Colsky, P.E. (Georgia) was awarded the Outstanding Young Professional (OYP) Award from the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) at the ACE Virtual Honors & Awards Ceremony on July 2, 2020. Shira Colsky is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with consulting experience focused on industrial wastewater treatment, water distribution system modeling, process design and optimization, and groundwater remediation technology selection and implementation. She currently manages the groundwater remediation programs at…
Daniel Montiel, Ph.D. (Florida) coauthored a paper entitled "Microbial community composition across a coastal hydrological system affected by submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)" that was published in the PLOS ONE journal on June 29, 2020. Daniel's coauthors were Dini Adyasari, Christiane Hassenrück, and Natasha Dimova. Daniel Montiel is a Senior Staff Scientist based in Florida focused on hydrogeology, karst terrain, and water resources management. He has additional experience with aquifer testing, groundwater flow and particle tracking…
Melissa Setz (Georgia) will present on "Internal Erosion Remediation and Dam Safety" at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute's Virtual Technical (V-Tech) Global Engineering Conference on September 17, 2020. Melissa is a project engineer with more than six years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering. She has made significant contributions to dam safety projects involving the development and permitting of field investigations; the formulation of laboratory testing programs; the oversite and management…
Travis Kline, MEM (Washington D.C.) and Dylan Eberle, Ph.D.(Massachusetts)will present at the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) Fate of PFAS: From Groundwater to Tap Water Conference on August 12, 2020. Travis will present "PFAS Health Exposure Assessment: Inconsistency and Challenges," and Dylan will present "Application of PFAS Forensic Techniques – Interpreting Data to Tell A Story." Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience focused…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) presented "Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites" at the Emerging Contaminants Summit that was held in March 2020. Geosyntec has now released a video of the 2-hour workshop. The workshop video is part of a larger U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project to develop guidance on evaluating PFAS ecological risks, which has been led by Geosyntec experts Dr.…
Geosyntec has successfully identified the presence of SARS-COV-2 in wastewater for multiple public, private, and government clients. Wastewater testing provides a leading indicator and can provide an early warning for the presence of virus before people display symptoms. Geosyntec provides timely wastewater data to our clients to help them make informed decisions about appropriate, community-specific responses. Through monitoring a sewer system for the flow-normalized presence and concentration of SARS-CoV-2 virus, we are able to help…
Nathan Higgerson (St. Louis) will present on "Closure of CCR Impoundments: A Discussion of Construction Issues and Strategies from the Owner and Engineering Perspective" at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 3 on July 27, 2020. Nathan's co-presenter is Matt Balance from Vistra Energy. Nathan is a Principal Scientist based in Missouri with more than 18 years of experience in both the consulting and private industries focused on…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Georgia) will present on the topic "The Geotechnical Engineering Response to Big Data: Reactive Versus Proactive… You Can Choose" as part of the 2019-2020 Cross USA Lecture hosted by the Geo-Institute live on YouTube at 1:50 p.m. EDT/10:50 a.m. PDT on July 23, 2020. Robert is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 40 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization,…
Geosyntec is assisting the City of St. Augustine, Florida with testing wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is known to survive into wastewater. Geosyntec's testing method is sound because it uses tracer material that would positively identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 if it were present. Employing reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), Geosyntec's lab is able to detect SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and environmental samples. The analysis reduces the potential for false positives…
Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, ENV SP; and Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM (Florida) will deliver four presentations at the Florida Stormwater Association's (FSA) 2020 Annual Conference on July 15-17, 2020. Mark will present "Future Conditions 100 Year Flood Map for Resiliency" and "Stormwater Outfall Resiliency Master Planning in Nation's Oldest City." Mike will present "An Innovative "Smart" Stormwater Harvesting Treatment Train System." Mark Ellard is a Senior Principal Water Resources and Environmental Engineer based…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Ontario) authored a paper entitled "Mathematical analysis and flux-based radius of influence for radon/VOC vapor intrusion mitigation systems" in the journal Science of the Total Environment. His coauthors were William Wertz, Darius Mali, and Paul Nicholson, also of Geosyntec. Todd McAlary is a Practice Leader for Vapor Intrusion Services at Geosyntec with more than 30 years of international consulting experience focused on the evaluation of contaminant fate and transport in…
Ken Susilo, P.E., CPSWQ (California) will moderate a session and present during a roundtable at the P3 Water Summit Virtual Conference on July 8-9, 2020. He will moderate "Stormwater Partnerships: Not just municipalities. Not just stormwater. Owners seeking bigger solutions serving our communities" and his roundtable presentation is entitled "Partnership and P3 Innovations and Opportunities with Stormwater." Ken's co-presenter is Greg Cannito, Partnership Innovator, Corvias. Ken Susilo is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based…