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…
Geosyntec is hosting a free three-part webinar series to provide a thorough synthesis of key technical, regulatory, and legal issues associated with assessments, optimization, and implementation of vapor intrusion solutions.The "Vapor Intrusion 2020" webinars will take place from 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET, on July 14, 22, and 28, 2020. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available upon request. Regulatory Compliance Webinars Optimizing Vapor Intrusion Pathway Assessment Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm…
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. The article and supporting information can be downloaded for free until August 9, 2020. 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…
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…
Geosyntec is assisting the City of St. Augustine, Florida with testing wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Geosyntec has developed a method for testing wastewater as an early warning measurement for viral load in communities. Public health officials and municipalities can benefit from reliable data on SARS-CoV-2 virus prevalence in their communities. Geosyntec provides timely wastewater data to public agencies to help them make informed decisions about appropriate, community specific responses that do…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. was named as a 2020 Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSW) Legacy Award Winner in the Municipal Solid Waste Management journal June Edition. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, including waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, facility site selection, property acquisition, environmental permitting, operation plan development, solid waste facility benchmarking, ordinance development, solid waste plans, financial assessments,…
Allison Kreinberg (Ohio) presented "Approval of an Alternate Source Demonstration Under Oklahoma's State CCR Program" and Lane Dorman, P.G. (Florida) Presented "Case Study: High Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) to Inform CCR Groundwater Remedial Design and Implementation" at the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Workshop's Session 1 on June 18, 2020. Allison's co-presenter was Jill Parker-Witt, American Electric Power. Lane's co-presenter was Lauren Petty, Southern Company Services. Allison is a Project…
Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) and Andrea Siefers, P.E. (North Carolina) will present in the ACE 2020 Gateway to Innovation Virtual Conference, Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) 113th Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 30, 2020. Lynn McGuire is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 34 years of experience in process and environmental engineering consulting for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) management supporting corporate programs, permitting, reporting, and sustainability practices.…
Brandon Steets, P.E., Megan Otto, P.E., and Jared Ervin, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Assessing Sediment Recontamination from Metals in Stormwater" that was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in Volume 737 on May 2020. Coauthors for the article were Ilektra Drygiannaki; Balaji Rao; John A Dawson; Magdalena Rakowska; Danny D Reible; Nicholas T Hayman; Gunther H Rosen; Marienne A Colvin; Bart D Chadwick; and Robert Pitt. Brandon Steets is a…
Geosyntec is hosting a free five-part webinar series to provide a thorough synthesis of key technical, regulatory, and legal issues associated with compliance in several market sectors. The "Compliance Camp" webinars will take place on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET, with the first webinar presented on June 25, 2020. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available upon request. REGULATORY COMPLIANCE WEBINARS Changing Processes & Manufacturing in Response to COVID -19: What you need to…
Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) will be a panelist presenting on the topic "Creating an Investable Business Model for Carbon Emissions Management" for the 2020 Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC) Clean Air Summit's meeting on June 17, 2020. Lynn's co-panelists are: Lars-Erik Gaertner, Head of Transformational R&D- Americas, Linde; Xavier Pettiau, Director CO2 Research, Lhoist; Algert Prifti, Decarbonization and CCUS Technologies Lead, Black & Veatch; Lee Solsbery, Technical Director and Lead for Low Carbon Energy…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will present "Developing an Effective Public Engagement Campaign" at the 2020 SWANAPalooza Virtual Conference hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on June 25, 2020. Marc's co-presenter is Mark Spafford, General Manager, Municipality of Anchorage / Solid Waste Service. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, including…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Tennessee) coauthored a paper entitled "Small and mighty: adaptation of superphylum Patescibacteria to groundwater environment drives their genome simplicity" that was published in the journal Microbiome in Volume 8, Article 51, on April 6, 2020. Andrea's coauthors were Renmao Tian, Daliang Ning, Zhili He, Ping Zhang, Sarah J. Spencer, Shuhong Gao, Weiling Shi, Linwei Wu, Ya Zhang, Yunfeng Yang, Benjamin G. Adams, Brittny L. Detienne, Kenneth A. Lowe, Dominique C. Joyner, Dawn…
Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario) and Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) were featured in the May-June edition of the Deep Foundations Institute's (DFI) e-magazine. Jamey Rosen is a Senior Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management System design and development. Jamey has built systems to validate, manage, analyze and visualize construction, geotechnical, and environmental data for projects and facilities in the United States and Canada. Robert…
Ogul Doygun, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "High strain damping for sands from load-controlled cyclic tests: Correlation between stored strain energy and pore water pressure" that was published in the journal Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering in volume 134 on July 2020. Ogul's coauthor was H.G.Brandes. Ogul Doygun is a Senior Staff Professional based in California focused on civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and construction quality assurance. His experience also includes geotechnical design for various…
Geosyntec has partnered with Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc. (Ground Effects) to develop decontamination equipment to safely and reliably raise building atmosphere ozone concentrations to a precise target virus-treatment concentration. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not survive elevated ozone concentrations. After the ozone concentration is maintained, the levels are quickly reduced to non-detect. There are clear advantages to this method: it is more comprehensive than wiping, spraying, or fogging; this method does not…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of our Eleventh Annual Student Paper Contest for 2020. We are proud to continue our support of top students across the United States through our paper competition, and we send our sincere thanks to all participants. The quality of papers received was extremely high and only the narrowest of margins separated the top papers. It really was a difficult decision picking the winners. As always, we…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Australia) coauthored a paper entitled “Innovative Contaminant Mass Flux Monitoring in an Aquifer Subject to Tidal Effects” published in the journal Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation Spring 2020 issue. Fred’s coauthors are a team from University of Liège including Pierre Jamin, Pierre Briers, Philippe Orban, and Serge Brouyère as well as Ken De Greene from Jacobs. Fred is a Principal Engineer based in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 20 years of experience…
Geosyntec continues to rank highly in several categories according to Engineering News-Record's (ENR) "The Top 500 Design Firms" for 2020. Notably, Geosyntec ranks 46th in the Top 500 Design Firms. These rankings reflect Geosyntec's continuous commitment to delivering exceptional service and best-value solutions to our clients. Here are our 2019 rankings: #46 Top 500 Design Firms #10 Top 10 Hazardous Waste #14 Top 20 Sewer and Waste #38 Top 50 Designers in International Markets #32…
Ivan Mihajlov, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Arsenic contamination of Bangladesh aquifers exacerbated by clay layers" that was published in Nature Communications, 11, article number 2244 on May 7, 2020. Ivan Mihajlov is an environmental scientist working as a consultant in groundwater remediation. He has a Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Columbia University with a strong research background in trace metal geochemistry, hydrogeology, biochemistry, and chemical analysis. The article, co-authored by Rajib…
Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) was invited by the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) to present as a panelist on a live webinar workshop entitled "COVID-19 and Environmental Law-Master Series Roundtable" on April 23, 2020. Randy Brandt is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30 years of management and technical experience with Brownfield and hazardous waste issues. He has focused on development and implementation of environmental restoration programs for blighted hazardous…
Emily Anderson (Minnesota) coauthored a paper entitled "Isolation and Characterization of Denitrifiers from Woodchip Bioreactors for Bioaugmentation Application" that was published in the Journal for Applied Microbiology on April 7, 2020. Emily was the lead author, and her coauthors were Jeonghwan Jang, Rodney T. Venterea, Gary W. Feyereisen, and Satoshi Ishii. Emily is a Staff Scientist based in Minnesota focused on bioremediation, environmental microbiology, and bioinformatics/data analysis. A remediation and water treatment practitioner, she is…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (California) served as a distinguished panelist for the discussion entitled "Something New: The Intersection of Policy, Science, and Litigation" on the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (SEER)'s 49th Spring Conference live webinar at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT on April 23, 2020. Ravi's co-panelists were Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; Stan Meiburg,…
Gizem Bozkurt, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (Georgia) has been named to the Editorial Board of GEOSTRATA, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute's (G-I) official bi-monthly magazine. Gizem Bozkurt is an Engineer based in Georgia. Her primary focus is engineering design and analyses for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects, including civil design and site layout, performing field investigations, site characterization through analysis of laboratory and field data, and stability and settlement assessments of soil slopes and…
Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) will present "How Industrial Businesses are Charting a Course to Carbon Reduction Goals" as part of the Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series online from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern on April 22, 2020. Lynn McGuire is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 34 years of experience in process and environmental engineering consulting for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) management supporting corporate programs, permitting, reporting,…
Neal Durant, Ph.D. coauthored a paper entitled "Sequential biodegradation of 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene at oxic-anoxic groundwater interfaces in model laboratory columns" that was published in the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology in Volume 231 on May 2020. Neal Durant's coauthors were Steven Chow, Michelle Lorah, Amar Wadhawan, and Edward Bouwera. Neal Durant is a Senior Principal based in Washington, D.C. with more than 28 years of experience investigating, remediating, and managing complex contaminated sites. The Journal of Contaminant…
Ken Susilo, PE, D.WRE, CPSWQ, ENV SP received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Private Sector award on April 3, 2020. Ken Susilo is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on urban stormwater management. Ken specializes in the development of multi-benefit, environmentally-sensitive solutions to stormwater management and water conservation design and planning efforts by applying leading-edge…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce the promotion of Aimee Grossman, Al Preston, Ben Amos, Dan Bourdeau, David Vance, Fabrizio Settepani, Hamid Amini, James Brinkman, Justin Knight, Kaitlyn Rhonehouse, Mylli Fryman, Nick Yafrate, Paula Hutchison, Seth Kellogg, Suzanne O'Hara, Bill Steier, and William Tanner to the position of Principal within the Geosyntec family of companies. These individuals have each made substantial contributions to sustaining and growing our firm, as detailed below. Please join us in congratulating…
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® (AAEES) has awarded Geosyntec's Harvard University Northwest Corner Project the 2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Grand Prize for Environmental Sustainability. The submission, entitled "Success of an Integrated Approach for Groundwater Clean-up Beneath an Urban University Campus" explained how an innovative and aggressive approach was used beneath public streets, apartment buildings, and a university campus to remove perchloroethylene (PCE) from the subsurface. This approach combined technologies…
Gesoyntec is pleased to announce the promotion of Beau Hodge, Chris Robb, Dave Bertrand, Elaina Modlin, Julia Caprio, Leah MacKinnon, Melissa Asher, Scott Graves, and Victor Damasceno to the position of Senior Principal within the Geosyntec family of companies. These individuals have each made substantial contributions to sustaining and growing our firm, as detailed below. Please join us in congratulating each of them on reaching this significant milestone in their careers. Beau Hodge, P.G. (North…
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) has awarded Geosyntec's Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman (MEW) Superfund Study Area Project the 2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Honor Award for Design. The project is located in Mountain View, California and involves working closely with U.S. EPA and other stakeholders to update and optimize the groundwater monitoring and treatment program, develop a proactive approach to assess and address the potential for vapor intrusion into existing or planned…
Elham Shirazi, Ph.D. (California) and Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado) coauthored a paper entitled "Comparison of Modeled and Measured Indoor Air Trichloroethene (TCE) Concentrations at a Vapor Intrusion Site: Influence of Wind, Temperature, and Building Characteristics" that was recently published in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts journal. Elham and Chase's coauthors were the University of Kentucky's Kelly G Pennell, Ph.D., Gregory S. Hawk, and Arnold Stromberg, Ph.D. Elham Shirazi is…