Gary Wealthall, Ph.D., (United Kingdom) presented “Technical challenges of characterizing fractured bedrock for the management of contaminated areas” at XII Seminário Ekos Brasil at 10:50 AM on October 28, 2020. Dr. Wealthall is a Senior Principal Consultant based in United Kingdom with more than 25 years of experience focused on contaminant hydrogeology research and practice. He advises regulatory authorities and clients in the chemical, waste disposal, land development, and insurance industries. Gary is the Managing…
Todd Kafka, P.G., (Florida) will present “From Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida” at 2020 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) at 1:30 PM EDT on October 29, 2020. Todd’s co-presenters are Anna Cawrse, Sasaki and Bill Tinsley, Bonnet Springs Park. Todd Kafka is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Florida with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on site assessment, remediation, and hydrogeological…
Bob Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia), Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario), and Dan Schauer, P.G. (Florida) will present at the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 2020 Virtual Conference on October 29, 2020. Bob will co-present “Value Added and Risk Management Considerations of Site Characterization for Deep Foundation Projects and Programs”, a session moderated by Benjamin Rivers, P.E. from the Federal Highway Administration. Jamey will present a case study on the “Geospatial Project Information Management System at Herbert Hoover…
Jim Wragg, FGS, and Gary Wealthall, Ph.D. (United Kingdom), contributed to the digital Network of Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (NICOLE) Workshop on October 22-23, 2020. Jim serves on the NICOLE Organizing Committee. Dr. Wealthall will present “Alternative strategies for determining the endpoint of liability management” with his co-presenter, James Henderson, Ph.D. (Corteva Agriscience). Jim Wragg is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in the United Kingdom with more than 30 years of experience…
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, (Texas) will lead a breakout session on “Geohazard Management for Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines” at the 2020 Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) virtually at 2:45 PM CDT on November 5, 2020. Rodolfo Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 20 years of experience focused on geohazard management (i.e., identification, characterization, and mitigation of geohazards), geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement…
Geosyntec is expanding our client service with a new office located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis office will help our clients create exceptional solutions for managing solid waste, perform contaminated site investigation and remediation services, and apply our global resources to solve local problems. Megan Martz, L.P.G., is a Senior Geologist based in Indiana with more than 15 years of experience as an environmental consultant providing services in the fields of landfill engineering and environmental…
Jenna Newcombe, CHMM (Acton) and Coleman Hoyt (Seattle) will be featured during the National Association for EHS&S Management’s (NAEM) Forum on October 20-22, 2020. As an active affiliate member of NAEM for over 15 years, Geosyntec has provided NAEM members with expertise in environmental, health, safety and sustainability challenges. Jenna and Coleman will be actively participating at the forum and are featured in a video highlighting our relationship with NAEM and its members. Jenna Newcombe…
Paul Brookner, P.G. (Minnesota) and Nandra Weeks, P.E. (Florida) will attend the Virtual Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) 28th Fall Conference: Webinar Series on October 19-27, 2020. Other Geosyntec staff attending are Jennifer Wilkie, Ph.D., P.E. (Illinois), Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (Washington, D.C.), and Jeffery Thompson, Ph.D, P.G. (California). Paul Brookner is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience focused as a regulator, consultant, and environmental…
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 the 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…
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® (AAEES) has awarded Geosyntec's 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 to achieve…
Michael Berman, P.E. (Washington D.C.) will present “The Cost of PFAS: Assessing Environmental and Legal Risk and Costs” at the Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference (Virtual) at 1:20 PM EST on October 22, 2020. Geosyntec will serve as an exhibitor for the conference. Michael’s co-presenters are Adena Edwards, Starr Adjustment Services and Matthew Schroeder, Esq., Akerman LLP. Michael Berman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience…
Geosyntec is a Gold Sponsor at the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) MEGA Symposium, where Robert Glazier, P.G. (Maryland) will present "Geochemical Forensic Tools Support Alternative Source Demonstrations at CCR Units" at 12:00-2:00 p.m. EDT on November 17, 2020. The presentation focuses on various geochemical forensic tools that have been successfully used, in a multiple lines of evidence approach, to support Alternative Source Demonstrations (ASDs) for coal combustion residual (CCR) constituents in groundwater downgradient…
Omneya El-Sharnouby, Ph.D. (Ontario) coauthored an article entitled “Mechanochemical remediation of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) amended sand and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) impacted soil by planetary ball milling” for publication in Science of The Total Environment on October 6, 2020. Omneya’s coauthors were Lauren Turner, Bernard Kueper, Kevin Mumford (Queen’s University), Kela Weber, Kevin Jaansalu, David Patch, and Nick Battye (Royal Military College of Canada). Omneya is a Senior Staff Scientist at…
Ron Gestler (California), Chuck Whisman, P.E. (Pennsylvania), and Kirk Craig, P.E., PEE (Arizona) will present on site remediation at the Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Virtual Symposium on October 26-28, 2020. Ron Gestler is a Senior Scientist based in California with 18 years of professional experience in remediation services. He has participated at every level in the design, implementation, operation, maintenance, and monitoring for remediation systems using a variety of technologies…
Haley Schneider, Ph.D. (California) authored an article entitled “High-Resolution Characterization of a Chlorinated Solvent Impacted Aquifer Using a Passive Profiler” for publication in Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation on September 13, 2020. Haley’s coauthors were Andrew Jackson, Paul Hatzinger, and Charles Schaefer. Haley Schneider is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California focused on the development of an innovative passive groundwater sampling technology in conjunction with the evaluation of existing profiling tools for the delineation of…
Multiple Geosyntec practitioners will present at the virtual 36th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy on October 19-23, 2020. The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy has become the preeminent national conference in this important environmental area. The conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually, including a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia. The Association…
Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia) will present “Risk-Informed Decision Making for Dams” at the Canadian Geotechnical Society – Southern Ontario Section (CGS-SOS) Webinar at 12:00-1:30 PM EDT on October 13, 2020. Glenn is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. His practice includes seismic risk assessment for civil infrastructure. Many dam owners and regulators in North…
Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Texas) has been inducted to the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Beth is recognized for her national leadership in the field of geoenvironmental engineering as applied to the design of municipal, hazardous, and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities; and, for more than 25 years of service to the profession, including as President and Governor of the ASCE Geo-Institute. A…
Natalie Shearer, QEP, PWS (Pennsylvania) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Project Scientist. She has more than 15 years of experience in conducting and managing wetland and stream delineation projects and rare, threatened, and, endangered botanical projects. At Geosyntec, Natalie will focus on wetland and stream delineations, botanical surveys, and permit package preparation for Geosyntec’s Energy Branch and the Pittsburgh office’s Natural Resources group. In past roles, Natalie has served as a Natural Resources Project…
Nicholas Head (Guelph), Ainsley Inglis (Guelph), and David Reynolds, Ph.D. (Sydney) co-authored "Field Test of Electrokinetically-delivered Thermally Activated Persulfate for Remediation of Chlorinated Solvents in Clay", recently published in the International Water Association (IWA) Water Research Journal. Nicholas, Ainsley, and David's co-authors are Jason I. Gerhard and Ariel Nunez Garcia from the University of Western Ontario, Ahmed I.A. Chowdhury from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Cjestmir V.de Boer from the Netherlands Organization for…
Tim Seldon (Richmond) will present on “Project-level Site Observations, Challenges, and Experiences from the Field” at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Cooperative Extension webinar “Sharing Experiences & Considerations for Utility-Scale Solar Projects in Virginia" on October 14, 2020. Tim’s co-presenters include Heather McAlister from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Dr. W. Lee Daniels from Virginia Tech. This webinar will highlight Virginia-based information and experiences to help provide more information on aspects of utility-scale solar energy…
Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) presented in EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: Landfill Post Closure Care, the Gift the Keeps on Giving from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST on September 29, 2020. The webinar will be hosted by the Environmental Business Council (EBC). Jeremy Morris is a Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 20 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management with an emphasis on closure and post-closure performance of…
Geosyntec's case study on the "Challenges Faced in Portlands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI) Toronto Project" was selected as the Best Case Study during the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference. The award-winning case study was co-authored by Geosyntec's Charbel Abi-Nahed (Waterloo), Hannah Chessell (Waterloo), David Drago (Toronto), Jim Hansen (Oak Brook), and Ali Nasseri-Moghaddam (Waterloo). After presenting the case study this past September 16, 2020, Charbel Abi-Nahed was presented with the Best Case Study Award. The…
Amir Ahmadipur, Ph.D. and Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Texas) will present at the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) 2020 Virtual Conference on September 28-29, 2020. Amir will present "Identification and Mitigation of a Landslide Threatening Four Operating Natural Gas Pipelines" about landslide identification and mitigation. The paper Rodolfo will present is entitled "Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Model for Estimating the Probability of Failure at River Crossings." It details the development of a probabilistic model for evaluation…
Alexander McKenzie-Johnson, P.G., L.G., L.E.G (Texas) will moderate the session entitled "Effectively Managing Landslide Hazards within an Integrity Management Framework" at the 10th Annual SHALE INSIGHT™ 2020 Conference from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. September 29, 2020. The panelists for the session are Jonathan Bell, P.E., Senior Engineer, Williams; Patrick Fleck, P.E., Integrity Engineer – Geohazards, Marathon Petroleum Corporation; and Clayton Johnson, LG, Integrity Engineer – Weather and Outside Forces, TC Energy. Geosyntec is a…
Rachel James and Kevin Dufresne, P.E. (Ontario) will Chair the "Treatment Solutions" session at the 2020 Water in Mining Digital Conference on September 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Geosyntec is a sponsor of the 2020 Water in Mining Digital Conference, 28th – 30th September 2020. Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.Geo. (Ontario) Principal Geoscientist and Andrew Holmes, Ph.D., Water Treatment Specialist will be attending the conference. Rachel James is a Project Professional with more than 10…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) will participate in a roundtable discussion titled "PFAS Roundtable II" on October 6, 2020 as part of the "Ask the Experts" PFAS series from the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). The Roundtable discussion will focus on PFAS fate and transport in the environment, physical and chemical properties, and unique considerations for site characterization. Participants are encouraged to review ITRC's PFAS Technical and Regulatory Document and PFAS training modules…
McKinley (Mac) Olsen (California) coauthored a paper entitled “Informing water distribution line rehabilitation through quantitative microbial risk assessment” that was published in Science of the Total Environment on June 6, 2020. Mac’s coauthors were Rubayat Jamal, Sierra Sahulka, Ramesh Goel, Jennifer Weidhass, Shaista Murarak, Junaid Kori, Ayesha Tajammul, Jamil Ahmed, and Rasool Mahar. Mac Olsen is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California with more than six years of experience focused on environmental engineering, particularly…
Several Geosyntec practitioners will present and moderate sessions at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials' (ASDSO) Dam Safety 2020 Conference to be held virtually between September 21 and 25, 2020. The Geosyntec presenters and moderators are Derek Morley, P.E. (Davis), Joe Goldstein, P.E. (Los Angeles), Robert Annear, Ph.D., P.E. (Portland), and Brian Martinez, Ph.D., P.E. (Oakland). Dam Safety is one of the leading conferences in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety…
Geosyntec’s Denver Branch has been accepted as a Renewing Gold Leader of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program (COELP). The Denver Branch of Geosyntec has been a Gold Leader of COELP since 2008 and commits to environmental, social, and governance goals within branch activities. Denver branch employees are involved in the community in many different ways, such as presenting to undergraduate environmental science students, holding sustainability management system workshops, and…
Amanda McNally, P.E. (Pennsylvania) and Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington) coauthored a paper entitled "Tiered approach to sustainability analysis in sediment remediation decision making" that was published in the journal Remediation on September 13, 2020. Their coauthors were David Harrison Jr., Andrew Busey, and Sabine Apitz. Amanda McNally is a Project Engineer based in Pennsylvania with more than 12 years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation on projects involving fuel-related hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and military…
Charbel Abi-Nahed will present a case study on the "Challenges Faced in Portlands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI) Toronto Project" at the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference on September 16, 2020. The presentation focuses on the main challenges faced during the installation of a full depth secant pile wall around the perimeter of the area of Work in the PLFPEI project. The complexity of this project from conception to implementation necessitated the employment of numerous measures…
Christina Pump (New Jersey) and Matt Basso, CHMM (New Jersey) will present "Using SARS-CoV-2 Virus Detection as an Advance Warning System for Municipal, Industrial, and University Facilities" on September 15, 2020 at 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST. Christina and Matt will be the featured presentation at the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Metropolitan Chapter's "Impacts of COVID-19 on the Water and Wastewater Industry" virtual event. The event will be presented by the Chapter's University…