Savron's STARx HottpadTM project team received the 2018 Grand Prize Industrial Waste Practice Award and the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal for "From Pilot to Full Scale: Development of STARx HottpadTM" by The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. On hand to accept the award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. were Bireta (Chevron), Gavin Grant (Savron), Grant Scholes (Savron), Dave Thomas (Chevron), Jason Gerhard (University of Western Ontario), Cody…
Seth Kellogg, P.G. (PA, AR, NY) (New Jersey) participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 2018. The purpose of the summit was to share information and develop next steps on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment. Seth participated in the summit on behalf of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and was recommended to attend the meeting by members of the NGWA Board…
Geosyntec practitioners will present at the 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 3 – 7, 2018. Geosyntec staff conducting technical presentations are Andrea Braga, P.E., CPESC (Massachusetts), Hassan Tavakol-Davani, Ph.D., P.E. (California), and David Roman, P.E., CFM, CPESC (Massachusetts). Scott Struck, Ph.D., ENV SP (Colorado) will serve as a track moderator. The conference is sponsored by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), which is…
Bob Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Georgia) will be the featured closing speaker at the 4th Annual Symposium on Geotechnical Engineering presented by the Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on June 1, 2018. The topic of Bob's presentation is "Where Are the Giants ... A Tribute to Professor George F. Sowers." Bob is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on geotechnical engineering,…
Zichang Li, Ph.D., EIT. (Maryland) co-authored a paper that was published in the journal "Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Drilling & Completion" in the May 2018 issue. The paper is entitled, "A Newly Developed Wellbore-Simulation Apparatus to Study Performance of Oilwell Cements." The paper examines the in-situ performance of cement slurries, which is highly variable and difficult to predict. A laboratory-scale wellbore-simulation chamber (WSC) has been developed to replicate hydrostatic-pressure reduction in the cemented annulus…
Michaye McMaster and Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario) coauthored a paper published on May 17, 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, Volume 9. The article is entitled "Chlorinated Electron Acceptor Abundance Drives Selection of Dehalococcoides mccartyi (D. mccartyi) Strains in Dechlorinating Enrichment Cultures and Groundwater Environments" Their coauthors are Alfredo Pérez-de-Mora, Anna Lacourt, Xiaoming Liang, and Elizabeth Edwards. Michaye is a Senior Principal Remediation Scientist based in Ontario with more than 15 years of experience focused…
Trevor Carlson (Saskatchewan) will present at the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 31- June 1, 2018. Geosyntec's Julie Konzuk, Ph.D., PEng (Ontario) and Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.G. (Ontario) will also attend the conference with Trevor. Trevor is a Principal Environmental Consultant based in Saskatchewan with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental remediation projects, including the…
Adrienne Nemura, P.E (Michigan) and Eric Strecker, P.E., BCEE (Oregon) presented at the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 8, 2018. Geosyntec staff who contributed as co-authors to these efforts are Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio), Marc Leisenring, P.E., Dan Pankani, P.E., and Paul Hobson, P.E. (Oregon). The latest research addressing the challenges of integrated water management and reuse was presented at the 2018 Water Research Foundation (WRF) Conference to help communities prepare…
Seth Kellogg, P.G. (New York) met with counsel and advisors to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on behalf of the New Jersey Groundwater Association (NJGWA) and the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) in advance of the May 22-23, 2018 PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and stakeholders from across the U.S. Seth and the group briefed the Governor's staff on issues of regulatory consistency, characterization,…
Savron's partner, Dr. Jason Gerhard of the University of Western Ontario, received Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation, in recognition of the outstanding achievements through the partnership and collaboration between a university and a Canadian industry. The award was for the development of Savron's patented STAR process and its commercial application. Using smouldering to burn away contaminants, STAR technology is a low-cost, low-energy, green solution that completely remediates sites…
Geosyntec is set to attend the Kinder Morgan Supplier Showcase in Houston, Texas on May 15-17, 2018. Kinder Morgan is a leading energy infrastructure company in North America and is hosting an invitation-only trade fair to provide key suppliers an opportunity to engage with Kinder Morgan leaders and to learn more about Kinder Morgan's business. Geosyntec is excited to participate. They will be in full attendance making available three Senior Principals Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E.,…
The 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio on May 9-11, 2018. This annual conference is a platform for representatives from multiple organizations to address stormwater quality issues. Geosyntec staff leading presentations at the conference are: Matt Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE. (Illinois), and Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio). In addition to the Geosyntec presentations on municipal stormwater, Geosyntec's Elizabeth (Beth) Toot-Levy was instrumental in engaging representatives…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D. (California) has been invited to give a presentation on PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) at the Water Science and Technology Board Meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2018. Rula will kick off a full day of invited presentations on PFASs with an overview of environmental issues, both technical and regulatory, associated with the wide use of these compounds at military and industrial…
Bruce Marvin, P.E. (California) will present "Manganese Activated Persulfate (MnAP) for the Treatment Recalcitrant Organics: Development and Commercialization" as part of Carus Chemical Corporation's "Combined Remedies Webinar Series," on May 3, 2018, 11-11:30 am CDT. Background - Geosyntec Consultants, in collaboration with Carus Chemical Corporation and Clarkson University, has developed a novel chemical oxidation method utilizing permanganate to generate mixed manganese and iron oxides and low molecular-weight organics that activate sodium persulfate (MnAP) for the…
Bryan VanDuinen, P.E. (Michigan) will present at the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association's (MSECA) Spring Seminar at the Regions Tower in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2018. His presentation is entitled "High Volume Sampling: An Innovative Tool for Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Design (a Case Study)." Bryan is a professional environmental engineer with experience in: assessing, remediating, and closing sites impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and metals; geographical information systems (GIS); data management, visualization, and…
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, (Texas) will present at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NGR Park in Houston, Texas on May 1, 2018. His technical presentation is entitled "An Example in the Use of Performance-Based Engineering for Offshore Shallow Foundations Overlying Liquefiable Sand." Rodolfo Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 18 years of experience focused on geohazard evaluations, geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement…
Leading Geosyntec dam practitioners will present at the 2018 United States Society on Dams (USSD) Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida on April 30 – May 4, 2018. Geosyntec staff contributions supported planning and organizing the conference and will be delivering six presentations. Glenn Rix, Ph.D. (Georgia) will be moderating Session Track 3A and Zahra Amini, Ph.D. (California) will be moderating Session Track 5A on "Earthquakes and Embankments." Geosyntec also has two staff…
Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Douglas Larson (Massachusetts) will be teaching the Princeton Groundwater Remediation Course in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7-11, 2018. Mike and Doug will be teaching along with Robert W. Cleary, Princeton Groundwater, Inc.; Bernard H. Kueper, Department of Civil Engineering Queen's University; Murray D. Einarson, Haley & Aldrich; and Richard Rago, Haley & Aldrich. The course is approved by the Connecticut LEP Board for 40 hours of CEC credits and the…
Geosyntec, in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, has organized a Water Sustainability Workshop in Chicago on May 15, 2018. Geosyntec staff member Chriso Petropoulou, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE (Illinois) served as an organizer for the event. Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey) and Joe Volpe, P.G. (Georgia) will deliver technical presentations. The Water Sustainability Workshop will provide a forum to share ideas and field experience. Leading experts will present their initiatives and…
David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario) has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to present a talk as part of a four-part series on Environmental Dynamics and Exposure Pathways of Subsurface Contaminants to the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018. His presentation, entitled "Understanding Fluid Flow and Contaminant Transport in Rock: The First Step on a Long Road," will focus on the interaction between fluids and heterogeneous…
Juan Pestana, Sc.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) will be giving the keynote lecture at Purdue University's Geotechnical Society Workshop Program at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in West Lafayette, Indiana on April 27, 2018. The overall theme of the workshop is Urban Geotechnics. Juan's lecture, "The Role of Soil Behavior in the Performance of Urban Infrastructure," will focus on the use of advanced constitutive models to describe the behavior of geomaterials and how they can…
Geosyntec staff will attend the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Law 36th Water Law Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 16-18, 2018. Geosyntec attendees are Nandra Weeks, Mark Ellard, Jill Johnson, and Jamey Rosen. Geosyntec is also an Annual Sponsor of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and will also be hosting a client appreciation dinner. Nandra Weeks is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in Florida…
Emily Larson (Colorado), Jason Conder (California), and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) co-authored an article entitled "Modeling avian exposures to perfluoroalkyl substances in aquatic habitats impacted by historical aqueous film forming foam releases" published in Chemosphere, Volume 201, pages 335-341, in March 2018. The article addresses the potential ecological risks of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to aquatic-dependent birds. Their work consisted of aquatic food web and wildlife exposure modeling to evaluate the potential for risks to…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Microbial Functional Gene Diversity Predicts Groundwater Contamination and Ecosystem Functioning" published in mBio Volume 9, Issue 1 on February 20, 2018. Andrea's co-authors were Zhili He, Ping Zhangc, Linwei Wu, Qichao Tu, Zhou Shic, Bo Wu, Yujia Qin, Jianjun Wang, Qingyun Yan, Daniel Curtis, Daliang Ning, Joy D. Van Nostrand, Liyou Wu, Yunfeng Yang, Dwayne A. Elias, David B. Watson, Michael W. W. Adams, Matthew W. Fields,…
Antony Jones (California) co-authored two chapters in the Professional Practices of Product Stewardship book published by the Product Stewardship Society and American Industrial Hygiene Association on February 26, 2018. Tony co-authored chapters entitled "Product Exposure Assessment" and "Product Risk Characterization." He has 17 years of consulting experience in academia and industry, on projects in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Spain, and the United States. Tony has broad experience helping clients with…
Geosyntec will make a substantial technical contribution at Battelle's Eleventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on April 8-12, 2018. Geosyntec-led contributions include five session chairs, 18 platform presentations, two panel moderators, one panelist, five workshop instructors, four learning lab instructors, and 16 poster presentations. Our professionals have also co-authored more than 20 other platform and poster presentations. David Reynolds (Ontario) served…
Jason Conder (California) will join a panel discussion at the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Environmental Law Section's 32nd Annual Environmental Law Spring Super Symposium on April 13, 2018. Jason will contribute to the panel entitled "PFAS: Not Your Typical Emerging Contaminant." Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a family of chemicals that are persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative in wildlife and humans, resulting in widespread and global exposure. This panel will discuss…
Andrea Rocha (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Construction of Viable Soil Defined Media Using Quantitative Metabolomics Analysis of Soil Metabolites" that was published in Frontiers in Microbiology on December 22, 2017. Her co-authors were Stefan Jenkins, Tami L. Swenson, Rebecca Lau, Alex Aaring, Terry C. Hazen, Romy Chakraborty, and Trent R. Northen. Andrea is a Senior Staff Scientist based in Tennessee focused on leading-edge research using an array of geochemical, microbial, computational, and genomics techniques…
Todd Olsen (California) authored an article entitled "Kinetics of Methylmercury Production Revisited" that was published in Environmental Science & Technology in Volume 52 (4) on pages 2063–2070, on January 27, 2018.The article is based on Todd 's research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His co-authors are Scott. C. Brooks, Katherine A. Muller and Scott L. Painter. Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) journal is an authoritative source of information for professionals in a wide range of…
Ken Susilo (California) will present at the P3 Water Summit at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California on April 3-4, 2018. Ken will serve in a number of roles at the summit: He will host a series of roundtable discussions on Public Private Partnerships (P3s) and performance-based infrastructure for stormwater He will moderate a stormwater panel entitled "Performance Based Metrics for Stormwater Quality and Water Resources", focused on criteria for developing P3 approaches…
Joe Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey) is scheduled to co-present the topic "Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Status and the Treatment Alternatives" at Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens) in Hoboken, New Jersey from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET on March 21. The presentation will focus on source control techniques and wastewater treatment alternatives in response to active pharmaceutical ingredients including personal care products, endocrine disrupting compounds, as well as antibiotic and antimicrobial agents that are present…
Deran Pursoo (Arizona), Dave Folkes, and Ted Kuehster (Colorado) are contributing authors for an article entitled "Site-Redevelopment for Commercial Expansion Using Plastic-Dome Forms for Aerated Floor Construction" in the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Environmental Managers (EM) Magazine March 2018 issue. The article discusses commercial expansion over former industrial parcels and landfills with contaminated soils via utilization of low-cost methane mitigation systems that use a sub-slab matrix of thermoplastic, structural domes, to provide sub-floor…
An article about SiREM's Waterloo Membrane Sampler (WMS) was featured on the cover of the journal Environmental Science, Processes and Impacts on pages 1363-1373 in Issue 11 in November 2017. SiREM is a division of Geosyntec. The article is entitled "Experimentally validated mathematical model of analyte uptake by permeation passive samplers." The mathematical model, which was applied to the WMS sampler, provides a valuable tool to predict changes in uptake rates during sampling, to assign…