James Brinkman is a Principal Engineer based in Massachusetts with more than 30 years of experience focused on projects associated with sediments, both for remediation and navigation purposes. His clients have primarily included large industrial interests with holdings and legacy sites around the world.
Jim's extensive experience leading large, complex sediment remediation projects includes both domestic and international projects and spans all phases of design and construction. He has developed project strategies, conducted bench- to-full scale evaluations, evaluated remedial alternatives, and performed conceptual design. He has also performed detailed design plans and specifications, estimated construction costs, and conducted scheduling, procurement, and program management. He has specific technical expertise in dredging, dewatering, solidification/stabilization, material handling, capping, and water treatment.
As a consultant, Jim's specific sediment-related experience includes managing the dredging works and sheet pile removal for the very large Hunter River Remediation Project in Newcastle, Australia, one of the largest projects of its kind in the world. The project, associated with the removal of approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sediment contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), came in under budget and ahead of schedule. His efforts on the Hunter River Remediation Project earned the project the 2012 Australian National Engineering Excellence Award.
He also served as the Engineer of Record on a Time Critical Removal Action project on the Lower Passaic River in New Jersey, where approximately 16,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with dioxin and PCBs were dredged and a reactive cap was subsequently placed.
Jim's additional sediment-related experience includes the Gowanus Canal Superfund Project in New York, Berry's Creek Superfund Project in New Jersey, Portland Harbor Superfund Project in Oregon, New Bedford Harbor Superfund Project in Massachusetts and the Fox River Project in Wisconsin. He regularly presents at U.S. and international sediment-related conferences.