HRSC-Webinar-Series-AnnouncementWe are pleased to announce our High Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) Webinar Series with topics including Introduction to Rapid, Real-Time High Resolution Site Characterization, Secrets to Success for Cost-Effective LNAPL Management, and Tips for Identifying Contaminant Transport and Storage Zones.

Participate in our HRSC Webinar Series and join industry experts as they cover today’s most relevant site characterization challenges and direct sensing advances from LNAPL Management to Contaminant Transport and Storage Zones.

Below are the webinar titles, descriptions, and registration links:

ITRC 2-Day LNAPL Classroom Training in King of Prussia, PA on April 9-10

ITRC 2-Day LNAPL Classroom Training in King of Prussia, PA on April 9-10

COLUMBIA Technologies is pleased to sponsor the upcoming ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training course. The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is offering a 2-day training class from the ITRC LNAPL team on April 9-10, 2013 in King of Prussia, PA, in cooperation with ITRC state member, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

ITRC offers this 2-day classroom training course, based on ITRC’s Technical and Regulatory Guidance document, Evaluating LNAPL Remediation Technologies for Achieving Project Goals (LNAPL-2) to assist environmental practitioners with applying science-based solutions for LNAPL sites. The ITRC guidance was developed through the combined efforts of environmental professionals including state and federal regulators, consultants, industry, and community stakeholders. This 2-day ITRC classroom training led by internationally recognized experts should enable you to:

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MAREP-LogoOn Thursday, March 14, 2013, our CEO, John Sohl, will present Rapid High Resolution Site Characterization Using Direct Sensing Technologies during the March networking happy hour hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals (MAREP) Association. The event will take place at Bertucci’s in Herdon, VA.

During COLUMBIA’s presentation on remediation focused site characterization, John will discuss the value of rapid high resolution mapping of subsurface contamination using proven, real-time investigation techniques. Join us for networking, happy hour, and to learn about today’s  advanced site characterization approaches.

Discussion originally posted in the Direct-Sensing Specialists group on LinkedIn, “Ten Reasons/Tips for Using Direct Sensing Tools”

Below is a discussion topic on direct-sensing tools posted by an experienced high resolution site characterization specialist, Roger Lamb. We found this note extremely relevant and thought his comments were particularly insightful.

Guest blog post by Roger Lamb, Principal Scientist at OTEK Australia

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association Forum on Advances in Soil, Groundwater and Gas Sampling Technologies on Contaminated Sites in Melbourne. The goal of my presentation was two-fold: 1) to encourage consultants who have never used Direct-Sensing (DS) tools to give them a try, and 2) to provide technical tips on how to use DS tools to their maximum capability. I presented ten reasons/tips as follows:

For the remediation-focused site investigation professional, we believe that hydraulic permeability is no longer an option, but a requirement. As this post will outline, hydraulic permeability is key to identifying contaminant transport zones at LNAPL and DNAPL sites for remediation-focused site investigations. Hydraulic permeability data, which is collected with a Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT), enables decision makers to understand contaminant mobility and migration. Today, responsible parties and involved stakeholders are looking for more than just lab results from samples and screened well intervals, and are instead looking for data which enables them to minimize risk, reduce costs, and enhance remediation design efforts.

Below is an example of an HPT log from a site with multiple contaminants at concentrations up to and including NAPL. The combined Membrane Interface Probe-Hydraulic Profiling Tool (MiHpt) was used to delineate the horizontal and vertical extent of contamination and collect hydraulic permeability data simultaneously.


Key takeaways from this log include:

COLUMBIA Technologies is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Environmental Industry Summit XI in San Diego, CA. The Environmental Industry Summit is a national three-day learning event bringing together professionals from the environmental industry. The Environmental Industry Summit offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable perspective on today’s environmental industry providing ample networking opportunities, presentations, and panel discussions from the industry’s lead executives and analysts.

Environmental Industry Summit XI is March 6-8, 2013 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. The 2012 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XI.

COLUMBIA Technologies CEO, John Sohl, will participate in the Executive Response Panel during the Environmental Industry Summit XI. During the Executive Response Panel, executives from 3-4 prominent firms will stress test the industry outlook and render opinions on how their companies will strategically and tactically address industry challenges. John will give perspective on how clean-up technologies are being used on different sites, and how they have evolved with the various challenges presented.

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2012_EBJaward_logoEnvironmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry, has honored 50 companies for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2012.

COLUMBIA Technologies is pleased to announce that it was chosen to receive the EBJ award for International Expansion.

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Article originally featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Executive Review 2013 Issue, Volume XXVI, Number 1, 2013

Article featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Executive Review Issue, Volume XXVI, Number 1, 2013

Columbia Technologies, LLC (Baltimore, MD), is a global provider of high-resolution direct sensing and mapping technologies, such as the membrane interface probe (MIP), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), and the hydraulic profiling tool (HPT), for application in contaminated site characterization. Founded in 1999, the 17-employee company has successfully completed approximately 1,000 high-resolution site characterization surveys throughout Mexico, Canada, and 45 of the 50 states, including Hawaii, serving oil companies, government agencies, commercial real estate owners, developers, and architectural and engineering firms. John Sohl is the company’s CEO.

EBJ: What kind of year was 2012 in terms of revenue growth and profitability for your firm?

John Sohl: It was a good year. We had 20% revenue growth, and roughly 30% growth on the profit line. We had a good, solid set of projects that contributed to growth and profits.

EBJ: What client sectors and regions provided the best opportunities, and what factors were driving those opportunities? Any shifts in the sectors you’re serving?

We hope you enjoyed our last blog post, The 7 Myths of Direct Sensing (Part I) outlining the three basic assumptions or principles we have in mind when deploying high resolution direct sensing tools, defining high resolution and direct sensing tools, and disclosing the first three myths related to site characterization projects.

Below are four additional myths related to detection levels, remediation programs, cost of direct sensing, and the need for real time data with the corresponding truths.

Myth 4: The detection levels of direct sensing tools like the Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) are not low enough

If you’re going off the basis that the contaminant levels at your site are too low for direct sensing tools, you’re probably should ask yourself do I really only have 10 ppb and if so, why do I still have 10 ppb? Direct sensing tools for contaminant profiling are first and foremost source area characterization tools.

On Monday, October 29, 2012, our CEO, John Sohl, will present Rapid High Resolution Site Characterization Using Direct Sensing Technologies during the morning session of the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) Annual Risk Assessment & Remediation Seminar. This year, the seminar will be hosted at the Marriott Indianapolis North at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, IN.

During COLUMBIA’s presentation on remediation focused site characterization, John will discuss the value of rapid high resolution mapping of subsurface contamination using proven, real-time investigation techniques. Today’s direct sensing capabilities enable environmental site managers to reduce the risk, uncertainty, and costs for contaminated sites while making better, more informed remediation focused decisions. Advanced state-of-the-art technologies including Membrane Interface Probe (MIP), Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF), and the Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT) provide valuable information for involved stakeholders to build and develop multiple weighted lines of evidence to support remediation efforts.

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