Meena Viswanath is a Senior Engineer based in Maryland with more than 11 years of experience focused on waste containment design, geotechnical engineering and design, and geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring.
Clients benefit from Meena’s deep experience taking waste containment facilities from conceptual design to construction, often working at the intersection of waste containment and geotechnical engineering. With an emphasis on very soft soils and industrial and municipal waste, she has consulted on design, construction, operations, and closure of waste containment and management facilities in seven states in the United States, including municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills and transfer stations, industrial waste landfills and ponds, and mixed low-level waste landfills. She creates permit and construction drawings, helps select geosynthetic and granular materials, and designs leachate and landfill gas systems. To accomplish this, she often analyzes veneer, static, and seismic slope stability and conducts analyses of settlement, seepage, and hydraulics. She also has expertise in geotechnical instrumentation and is deeply skilled in data management, including manual and automated survey networks; automated data collection systems, data processing, and alerts; and data visualization.
Her exemplary projects include redevelopment of a former MSW landfill overlying over 100 feet of compressible clay in a seismically active zone, operations and stability analysis of a landfill constructed over very compressible soft soils adjacent to a waterway, and construction of a landfill within the footprint of a former coal strip mine.
Meena advances the state of her practice through publishing articles in industry publications and presenting case studies that highlight brownfield redevelopment, geotechnical monitoring, and emerging technologies and advancements in geotechnical engineering.