On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, our CEO, John Sohl will present Tapping into Global Site Characterization Opportunities and Challenges using Proven, Rapid, Innovative Solutions during the International Remediation & Sustainable Energy Solutions platform session. This year, the 27th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy will be hosted at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. The theme for this year’s conference will be assessment, remediation, regulation and the energy environmental interface with over 140 presenters, 50 posters, 11 workshops, and 48 exhibitors.

COLUMBIA Technologies is currently supporting our first direct sensing project in Mexico City. COLUMBIA’s direct sensing team landed in Mexico City in August to make a difference in the environmental industry on a global level and prove that real-time information can drive a project to satisfy regulatory requirements for investigation of contaminated sites.

Following the proven concept of stakeholder and regulatory involvement, systematic work planning, and dynamic work execution, these site investigations focused on providing a better understanding of how the results would impact the overall remediation scope and property disposition.

Integration of the Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) and Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT) accurately depict where to sample and screen your monitoring wells

Would a comprehensive site assessment and better data with multiple technology integration make a difference in your overall scope? Before you answer that question, think about whether or not having better, more accurate, and real-time information would motivate you to change your investigation technique on your next project. Are you actually interested in having data that accurately depicts the plume, delineates your source area, and multiple lines of evidence on your subsurface contamination? Or, would you rather “drill blind” and continue to sample areas where you think there may be contamination and install monitoring wells at the wrong depth and location incurring additional costs and time?

Article originally featured in the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) LUSTLine, Bulletin 68, June 2011

Article featured in the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) L.U.S.T. Line, Bulletin 68, June 2011

Most recently, the June 2011 issue of LUSTLine featured an article, “Where’s the LNAPL? How about Using LIF to Find It?” written by Paul Stock of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Petroleum Remediation Program (PRP).

Paul’s article provides an educational read on the ins and outs of LIF, the effectiveness of this LNAPL mapping tool, and Minnesota’s experience in managing LNAPL risks.

Some key highlights include:

  • How Minnesota’s PRP routinely uses data from LIF probes to target petroleum LNAPL when remediation is necessary
  • ITRC’s LNAPL Team which has developed a set of excellent classroom training modules that lay out the latest understanding of LNAPL behavior using a multiple lines of evidence approach
Scott Pieper Press Release

Scott Pieper Press Release

COLUMBIA Technologies, an industry leader providing High Resolution Vertical Profiling services throughout North America and Hawaii, recently added Scott Pieper to their direct sensing team. As Western Regional Manager, Pieper will handle field analysis, client management, and marketing efforts on the West Coast in support of national operations.

Pieper, formerly supported spill response, site remediation, and hazardous materials related projects as an Environmental Services and Response Manager in Oregon and Washington with CCS. Preceding Pieper’s role with CCS, he served clients in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas, operating mobile environmental laboratories, full service environmental laboratories, and direct-push technology (DPT) rigs as the Founder, Owner, and Chief Geochemist for ESN-South.

Article originally featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Remediation & Redevelopment Issue, Volume XXIV, Number 3/4, 2011

Article featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Remediation & Redevelopment Issue, Volume XXIV, Number 3/4, 2011

Throughout much of the approximately three-decade-old history of waste site cleanup, sub-surface site characterization has been something of a high-stakes gamble. You could install monitoring wells into the soil and groundwater, spending thousands of dollars per well while essentially guessing how best to develop a picture of where contamination has spread or where a groundwater plume is headed—and you could be wrong, prompting a costly revisiting of the site and possibly even lawsuits.

More recent history has seen the advent of high-resolution techniques that that have reduced the cost and improved the accuracy of sub-surface characterization. One company that has put those techniques to work at approximately 750 sites throughout its 10-year history is Columbia Technologies (Baltimore, MD), a provider of high-resolution direct sensing and mapping technologies such as the membrane interface probe (MIP), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), the hydraulic profiling tool (HPT), a discrete groundwater profiler with on-site volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis, and associated data management tools for real-time information processing and visualization.

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.