Article originally featured in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CLU-IN Technology News and Trends March 2011 Issue

COLUMBIA Technologies' Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) Team

MIP deployment for plume delineation near the former Fannon Petroleum Services site could be completed at each location in less than one hour, with little disruption to ongoing activities.

Most recently, the March 2011 issue of Technology and Trends highlighted a project where COLUMBIA Technologies worked closely with the property owner, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ), and the City to address the site’s environmental and economic issues.

Efforts to better delineate contamination and accelerate remediation of the former Fannon Petroleum Services site in Alexandria, VA, were initiated in the early 2000s as part of a plan to redevelop the site for residential use.

For this project, the VA DEQ initiated the Triad approach including the development of a conceptual site model and consensus on specific investigative methods and tools, with a focus on using:

COLUMBIA Technologies will be partnering with Adventus Group and ARS Technologies for an upcoming Site Management Strategies breakfast seminar series, A Modern Integrated Approach to Contaminated Site Management. The sessions are scheduled throughout 2011 with visits to Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Knoxville, Philadelphia, Princeton among other cities.

Project managers, regulators and site owners all face similar challenges: What technologies do I need to first define the hazards associated with my site and second how can I best remediate those hazards? Adventus Group, ARS Technologies, and COLUMBIA Technologies are all long standing and well recognized service partners having, in their respective ways, dealt effectively and efficiently with these challenges on thousands of sites.

January 28th is not just another ordinary day at COLUMBIA Technologies. As this day comes around, we recognize another milestone in our history as the company was founded 12 years ago by John Sohl and Ned Tillman. Since then, we’ve made tremendous strides within the environmental services industry providing tools and services to environmental, legal and property professionals on a nationwide scale.

Our CEO, John Sohl had the opportunity to participate in the 2011 North American Environmental Field Conference and Exposition in San Diego, CA last week. On his return he shared his insights with our team that we have summarized below.  We’ve also included a link to a copy of his presentation which is provided at the bottom of this post.

First off, kudos to Dave and Gillian Nielsen as well as the rest of the Nielsen Environmental Field School, Inc. for organizing such a truly educational event.

From assessing hundreds of subsurface pollution investigations for our diverse client base, we’ve come to the conclusion that in order to conduct an effective site characterization and move forward with remediation design plans, one must have a comprehensive knowledge of their sites’ vertical profile. We define a complete vertical profiling project by understanding the hydro-stratigraphy in addition to the contaminant distribution in order to make cost-effective and practical remediation designs and environmental decisions.

2010 EBJ Business Achievement Award Press Release

2010 EBJ Business Achievement Award Press Release

COLUMBIA Technologies has been recognized for their rapid expansion of their industry unique business model throughout North America with EBJ’s 2010 Business Achievement Award for New Practice Areas. In 2010, COLUMBIA Technologies extrapolated their “on call” business model into 29 states including Hawaii, increasing their total market penetration to 45 of 50 states; and into the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Upcoming projects are in the planning stage for Mexico as well as Puerto Rico.

In 2010, COLUMBIA Technologies worked with 57 different clients throughout North America and Hawaii at over 100 project locations. They contracted with 10 out of 20, 15 out of 30, and 20 out of 40 from the Environmental Business International’s top rated environmental consulting and engineering firms on a broad range of commercial and military sites.

Direct Sensing Team New Hires Press Release

Direct Sensing Team New Hires Press Release

COLUMBIA Technologies, a leading site investigation partner providing High Resolution Vertical Profiling services throughout North America and Hawaii, is proud to announce the recent hiring of David Boylan, Anastasia Craver, and Christopher Creger. These three individuals will expand the direct sensing team assuming the role of Field Geochemists in support of COLUMBIA’s national operations. Each of these individuals brings in previous experience while working in the environmental arena to operate alongside COLUMBIA’s nationwide service partners providing world-class innovative data collection, analyses, visualization, mapping and tracking tools for subsurface soil and groundwater contamination to environmental, legal and property professionals.

Article originally featured in the Probing Times, the official newsletter of Geoprobe Systems® Fall 2010 Issue

Probing Times Fall 2010 Article

Article featured in the Fall 2010 issue of the Probing Times, the official newsletter of Geoprobe Systems®.

Dissolved phase TCE (trichloroethylene) was detected in the Millsboro, DE, water source during routine sampling of the community’s water supply wells, and was traced to nearby township wells. The TCE, which was banned from public use in the 1970s, was detected at levels greater than the U.S. EPA’s maximum contaminant level for public drinking water. Investigations completed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – Site Investigation and Restoration Branch and by EA Engineering, in Sparks, MD, determined that the source of the TCE mass distribution was a former poultry vaccine manufacturing facility located less than 1,400 ft. from the public wells. TCE had been used as a heat transfer medium in a closed refrigeration system at the facility.

COLUMBIA Technologies’ state-of-the-art equipment and rapid 3D visualizations combined with historical data completed a site assessment so efficiently that the original project work scope was reduced by 50%.

On this recently completed project, a major energy company required state clearance from regulators prior to advancing their expansion plans at an active petroleum refinery facility in western North Dakota.

COLUMBIA Technologies will be exhibiting and/or presenting at following conferences in Massachusetts, Texas, and California including: