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COLUMBIA Technologies Announces Eight New Staff Additions

BALTIMORE, MD – September 16, 2015 – COLUMBIA Technologies, a leading veteran-owned environmental assessment and analysis firm that helps property owners monetize and reduce the risk and uncertainty of contaminated site investigation and remediation, announces that growing demand for the company’s services has led to the addition of eight new staff employees in a range of account management, scientific,  and technical support roles.

“Continued growth in contaminated land assessments and remedial design engagements throughout North America, the addition of certified mobile laboratory capabilities, and our and customers’ tremendous interest in accessing real-time data through our updated cloud-based SmartData Solutions® created the opportunity to make these outstanding additions to our company,” said COLUMBIA Technologies CEO John H. Sohl, III. “We’re happy and excited to welcome all of these talented professionals to our team.”

Joining the company are:

Marcy Carnerie – Key Accounts Manager

Marcy is a dedicated results-driven sales and marketing professional, with more than 12 years of experience in diverse industries, including software, property management and print and online media in the technology sector. As Key Accounts Manager at COLUMBIA Technologies, Marcy is responsible for developing relationships with all levels of customer management, customer service and technical service. Marcy holds a BA in Political Science from New York University.

Jason German – Operations Manager

A results-oriented former naval lieutenant, Jason joined COLUMBIA Technologies as Operations Manager, after serving in maintenance and operations supervisory positions with Kemira Water Solutions, Bostik and PSEG. Jason offers extensive experience in the use of computer applications for tracking and managing multiple simultaneous projects; scheduling and deploying staff, tools and contractors; and assuring completion of projects on time and on budget. Jason earned an MBA at Averett University. His technical certifications include HAZWOPER, Confined Space Entry and Lock-out/Tag-out. He holds a New Jersey Blue Seal Stationary Engineers License.

Robert George, Laboratory and QA Manager

Bob brings his 45-years of expertise in laboratory services to enhance COLUMBIA Technologies’ extensive intellectual property and best practices enabling the company o offer their clients a broader range of services across a wider range of territories. Formerly, serving as technical lead and main analyst for GC/MS volatiles analysis in support of North Carolina’s DSCA program as well as other federal contractors and private sector clients, Robert developed field protocols and SOPs for inclusion in DoD ELAP QAQC procedures, assured compliance with NCDENR, SCDHEC programs and regulations and maintained the company’s Carolina-based instrumentation and mobile laboratory facility. Robert is HAZWOPER certified and earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Matthew Kerul – Field Mobile Lab Operator

Matthew operates the company’s SmartData Solutions® and new Certified Mobile Laboratory sensing systems and contributes to customer support. His specialized coursework and experience in applied spectroscopy and advanced analytical laboratory at the University of North Georgia, included 1H and 13C NMR, IR, UV, MS, 2D and multinuclear NMR techniques, as well as chromatographic separations such as GC and HPLC.

Barbara Bingham – Technical Support Specialist

A U.S. Navy veteran who previously supervised the operation and maintenance of a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier nuclear power plant, Barbara applies deep technical knowledge, materials management experience and leadership skills to elevate the delivery of technical support at COLUMBIA Technologies. Barbara tracks and updates fleet maintenance records, equipment availability, inventory status and staff training.

Aaron Sutton – Field Geochemist

Aaron will provide in-field technical services for Columbia’s clients throughout the US using advanced MIP, HPT and LIF technologies. He is a recent graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a BS degree in Geological Sciences. He previously worked as a wellsite geologist in Texas.

Josiah Brunson – Field Geochemist

Josiah will provide in-field technical services for Columbia’s clients throughout the US using advanced MIP, HPT and LIF technologies. He is a recent graduate of Radford University, Radford, Virginia, with a BS degree in Chemistry. His achievements at Radford University included the engineering and development of a working power compensated calorimeter.

Alicia Hemphill – Laboratory Technical Director

Alicia is a Cum Laude graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a BS degree in Chemistry. She will be managing all aspects of COLUMBIA Technologies’ NELAC Certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis services. Alicia has 20+ years’ experience conducting chemical laboratory analysis using GC, GC/PID, GC/FID, GM/MS instrumentation. In addition, she is thoroughly familiar with EPA methods.


COLUMBIA Technologies Launches Certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis Services

BALTIMORE, MD – September 9, 2015 – COLUMBIA Technologies, a leading environmental assessment and analysis firm that helps property owners reduce the risk, uncertainty and costs of contaminated site investigation and remediation, announces the launch of its new Certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis Services offering. Now, COLUMBIA Technologies can bring a fully-equipped and professionally staffed environmental analysis facility to any customer location, for rapid, reliable and certified on-site analysis of volatile organic compound (VOC) contaminants in vapor, soil and groundwater.

National and state certifications for the new Mobile Laboratory Analysis Services offering include:

  • National Environmental Laboratory Conference (NELAC)
  • Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
  • North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR)
  • Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP)

“With these nationally certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis services, we can provide even more high quality lines of evidence to support customers’ site assessments and remedial design and optimization efforts,” said COLUMBIA Technologies CEO John H. Sohl, III. “And by combining these lab capabilities with our other high-resolution remedial design characterization technologies, we greatly increase customers’ ability to understand their liability and monetize the value of their sites.”

To that end, direct integration of COLUMBIA Technologies’ Certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis services with the company’s proprietary, cloud-based SmartData Solutions® process significantly reduces the time required to detect, map and track subsurface contamination and develop a long-term strategy to manage and monetize even the most environmentally challenged site. Rather than waiting for returns from a fixed laboratory, customers can view a greater range of easy to interpret GIS-based information in a browser, ask questions while performing their own investigation and analysis, and make technical, business and budget decisions in less time. Preliminary data reports are provided hourly and daily in an electronic spreadsheet. NELAC certified final data reports, which are submitted both electronically and in hard copy, are generally provided to customers within five days of demobilization.

COLUMBIA Technologies gained its Certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis capabilities and technologies by acquiring the assets of KB Mobile Labs, of Newberry, Florida. Robert George, previously Quality Assurance Manager at KB, continues his 45-year environmental sciences career in that same capacity at COLUMBIA Technologies.

“We’re proud to support our clients’ real property remediation and monetization objectives on-site with a senior field chemist of Bob’s talent, experience and stature,” said Sohl. “With Bob and the previous KB Mobile Labs capabilities now part of the Columbia Technologies’ team, enhanced with our extensive intellectual property and best practices, we can offer our clients a broader range of services across a wider range of territories.” In particular, Sohl noted, the acquisition of KB Labs gives COLUMBIA Technologies a larger presence in the southeast United States.

Analyses capabilities offered through Mobile Labs include:

  • Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) Volatiles (Method 8260)
  • GC Volatiles (Method 8021)
  • Total Recoverable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TRPH) / Diesel Range Organics (DRO) / Gasoline Range Organics (GRO)
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
  • Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX)
  • Naphthalenes (Including 1-&2-methylnaphthalene)
  • 1,4 Dioxane low level
  • Water, soil, and soil gas matrices

In addition to the new certified Mobile Laboratory Analysis capabilities, COLUMBIA Technologies already offered a variety of rapid onsite analytical screening tools also approved by several state agencies.


Optimizing Remediation Assessment Using HRSC at the 22nd ADEM UST Assessment & Remediation Conference

November 6th, 2014

Join John Sohl from COLUMBIA Technologies on Thursday, November 20, 2014, to learn the latest information to support remedial optimization at diffusion limited sites. The event is hosted by GEO at the Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor from 8:00-5:00 PM EST.

In addition to John’s presentation on the Use of High Resolution Site Characterization Tools to Optimize Remediation Performance, the event features speakers from Isotec, Beacon Environmental Services, Inc., and GEO. In this workshop, you will learn some of the trending methods in managing your contaminated site from assessment to remediation. There will be two focal points in this workshop, namely:

    1. Remediation Focused Conceptual Site Models (RF-CSM)
    2. Aggressive Remediation Designs Tailored to Diffusion Limited and Complex Sites

COLUMBIA Technologies Sponsoring for the Richmond, VA- ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training

October 24th, 2014

COLUMBIA is excited to once again sponsor for one of the three ITRC LNAPL classroom trainings. This LNAPL classroom training is being offered by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) and hosted by the ITRC state member: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. You will be able to attend this training course on October 29-30, 2014 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA.

This particular ITRC training course will educate you on the following:

  • Develop and apply an LNAPL Conceptual Site Model (LCSM)
  • Understand and assess LNAPL subsurface behavior
  • Develop and justify LNAPL remedial objectives including maximum extent practicable considerations
  • Select appropriate LNAPL remedial technologies and measure progress
  • Use ITRC’s science-based LNAPL guidance to efficiently move sites to closure

For more information about this training course, please check out the Richmond, VA ITRC Classroom training registration website or the ITRC main website.

 COLUMBIA Technologies Presenting for the 2014 CEMS conference on Navigating Complex Site Cleanup

October 14th, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, our CEO, John Sohl, will be presenting his topic of Building Your Case for NAPL, Mobility, and Recovery Using a High Resolution Approach for this upcoming conference by the Colorado Environmental Management Society. This 2014 Fall Conference will center mainly on Navigating Complex Site Cleanup: Technical, Regulatory and Public Relations Challenges.

During his presentation, our CEO, John Sohl will help you understand some of the fundamental principles in how high resolution site characterization can improve your site investigation assessment as well as dramatically reduce the long term costs of site management.

For more details about this conference, please check out the CEMS website.

 COLUMBIA Technologies Sponsoring for the Richmond, VA- ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training

October 14th, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, our CEO, John Sohl, will be presenting a platform session on Building Your Case for NAPL, Mobility & Recovery Using a High Resolution Approach at the second session where our Remediation Partners will be joining with us for our platform session topic of Total Remediation Optimization. This year’s 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy is presented by the AEHS Foundation and will be held from October 20-23 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Amherst, MA. There will be 140 presenters, 65 posters, 10 workshops, and 48 exhibitors for this conference.

In his presentation, John Sohl will discuss many key points on how a high resolution site characterization approach will better assist you in characterizing and assessing your non aqueous phase liquids and its mobility so you can effectively develop your remediation strategy and solution.

Please check out the AEHS East Coast Conference website for more details about the conference’s agenda and other information.