Natural Systems Consulting Services

May 20th, 2016

Natural Systems Consulting

NaturalSystemsConsulting1Are you considering a new development or improvements to an existing development? Depending on the size and location of your site, you may benefit from natural systems consulting services. Should your site possess water features that might be considered Waters of the United States (WOUS), the development may require Section 404/401 permitting. WOUS include waterbodies such as streams, ponds, and wetlands that are protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under Sections 404 and 401 of the CWA, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and state natural resource agencies, respectively, maintain jurisdiction over the filling and dredging of WOUS, including wetlands.

NaturalSystemsConsulting2Since 1991, Geotechnology has been offering natural systems and wetlands consulting services to guide clients through the regulations and to provide cost-effective, ecological solutions for their project sites. These services assist clients on projects from initial due diligence delineations and biological surveys, to final monitoring of mitigation areas. Through our years of experience with projects of varying complexity, we’ve established excellent relationships with regulatory agencies including the USACE, various state natural resource agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). We can assist with wetland and WOUS delineations, Section 404/401 permit applications, alternatives analysis, public notice comment responses, stream or wetland mitigation plans, and mitigation monitoring.

Endangered Species Consultation

NaturalSystemsConsulting3Additionally, we provide threatened and endangered species consultation, including bat habitat assessments. In recent years, a fungal disease called white nose syndrome, has killed millions of bats in North America. As a result of the spread of the disease, USFWS has been looking more closely at potential bat habitats, including small stands of trees that may be used by bats for roosting or foraging. Should your development require tree removal, you may need a bat habitat assessment and USFWS consultation to facilitate site permitting.

For more information contact us!

2014 Student Workshop

September 6th, 2014

Geotechnology, Inc. &
Association of Environmental Engineering Geologists – St. Louis Section present
2014 Subsurface Exploration Student Workshop
Featuring hands-on logging, soils testing, geophysical surveying and environmental sampling. As taught by practicing professionals and members of AEG.

Attendees will be provided with:

  • Donuts and coffee/juice
  • Boxed lunch
  • Workbook, hardhat and safety glasses for classes
  • Cost is $10 per person, payable only at the door (please bring correct change)

    Registration closes on September 4, 2014 so don’t miss out!
    Want to know more about AEG?
    This event is sponsored in part by: Teklab, Inc.

Daniel Boone Bridge Replacement

September 3rd, 2014

Boone Bridge from BozFrom March to November 2013, Geotechnology, Inc. performed work on the Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries Interstate 64 across the Missouri River, joining the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri.

Geotechnology was selected to perform the work due to their responsiveness, expertise and safety record. In its’ 30-year history, Geotechnology has successfully completed numerous near-water and over-water projects, including the recently opened Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge which spans the Mississippi River at downtown St. Louis.

The Daniel Boone project includes replacement of the 1930’s era westbound bridge with the construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River. Foundation inspection holes were drilled within the footprint of each drilled shaft to confirm the rock quality below the bearing surface of each drilled pier (i.e. end bearing design).

The project presented a few challenges to the crews drilling through more than 100’ of alluvial deposits consisting of clays, silts, sands and cobbles that were in close proximity to operating vibratory caisson rigs installing large-diameter steel casings to the top of rock. Drilling for the riverine shafts was done from a contractor-provided elevated platform over the Missouri River and over fully excavated drilled shafts with unsupported span lengths of up to 12’. Because the rig could only be moved from pier to pier by a crane working from a spud barge, the team had to use a small, light-weight, skid mounted drill rig. The mast heights and inability to hoist equipment further than 15’ at a stretch added to the time required to perform the work.

To facilitate bedrock coring using NQ-sized tools, the contractor assembled 4 inch heavy wall pipe in welded sections and lowered that assembly into the 8-12 foot diameter steel casings. The casings were set to the apparent top of bedrock ranging from 80–112 feet below the working platform. Extreme lengths of unsupported casings caused bowing and twisting which added another layer of complexity to the project.P1000373

Geotechnology, Inc. completed the land borings using their CME 85 truck-mounted rig and CME 55HT truck-mounted rig and Rig Source, Inc. provided the skid-mounted Diedrich D50 for the overwater portion of the project.

In total, the project required the installation of 42 Foundation Inspection Holes, consisting of 1,950 feet of rotary drilling and 903 feet of NQ2 Rock Coring and 444 rig hours on-site. Geotechnology’s work was completed without accident or injury.

This article can be found in the Drill Bits, Spring 2014 edition, Magazine of the National Drilling Association. Click here to view the online magazine!

An overview of changes coming to ASTM E 1527-13

October 3rd, 2013

On November 6, 2013, ASTM issued its updated standard practice for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs): ASTM E1527-13. The updated ASTM standard will clarify several items including new definitions for Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) and Historical REC (HREC), and it introduces a new type of REC: a Controlled REC (CREC). Additionally, vapor migration assessment will be included as a scope requirement under the updated standard. Vapor migration assessments evaluate the potential for vapor-phase hazardous materials or petroleum products to migrate onto a property. An emphasis on regulatory file reviews has also been included in the updated standard.

By early 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is expected to accept the new ASTM standard as compliant with the “All Appropriate Inquiry” rule that helps prospective purchasers qualify for one of the three Landowner Liability Protections under CERCLA (aka Superfund): the Innocent Landowner defense, Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser defense, and the Contiguous Property Owner defense.

For more information, please contact Michael Roark, R.G., LEED AP at 314-997-7440 or m_roark@geotechnology.com.

 

Geotechnology Promotes Anna Saindon

July 9th, 2013

June, 2013 – St. Louis, MO

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing, geophysics, water resource management, and drilling services, announced today that Anna Saindon, P.E., Ph.D., RG, has been promoted to Project Manager in the firm’s Environmental Group.

A Professional Engineer and Registered Geologist in the State of Missouri, Ms. Saindon joined Geotechnology in 2009 and has served as a Senior Engineer on both environmental and geotechnical projects.  Most notably, Ms. Saindon has been the technical lead on the firm’s major ash pond closure projects, including Hutsonville and Duck Creek.

Her expertise in this area has led to several opportunities for her to present on ash pond closures at technical conferences, including those of the Electric Utility Consultants in Atlanta this past March, and the Missouri Waste Coalition Conference in July.

Ms. Saindon serves as the editor of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists’ (AEG) national publication AEG News.  She also recently graduated from the ASFE’s (Geoprofessional Business Association) Fundamentals of Professional Practice program.

She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Geological Engineering from the former University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE presents

March 11th, 2013

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE will present at EUCI’s conference on Fossil Fuel Generation Retirement: Mothballing and Decommissioning Facilities March 18-19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  An in-depth brochure about the conference can be found in this link. The program is authorized IACET to offer .9 CEUs for this program.

To register for the conference go to EUCI’s event website here.

Saindon is a Senior Engineer at Geotechnology’s St. Louis, Missouri office and works in the Environmental Group.

Joseph Darmody Promoted to Environmental Group Manager – St. Louis Branch

January 31st, 2012

Geotechnology, Inc. announced that Joseph D. Darmody has been promoted to Manager of the Environmental Group in the St. Louis Branch Office.

Joe has been with Geotechnology since 2006, and he has managed a variety of environmental compliance, wetlands, indoor air quality, and property assessment projects. In addition, Mr. Darmody has served has corporate health and safety director since 2008. Mr. Darmody is actively involved with professional organizations such as the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA); Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers (GSHMM); American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA); and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

Mr. Darmody received a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from Central Missouri State University in 1997 after graduating from St. Louis University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Joe, his wife, son and daughter are active participants in sports of all kinds and currently reside in Oakville.

Geotechnology, Inc. is an employee-owned, professional corporation offering professional engineering and environmental services for a broad range of projects in applied earth and environmental sciences, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and non-destructive testing, geophysics, drilling, soil and rock testing, and construction observation services since 1984. Geotechnology’s corporate office is in St. Louis, Missouri with branch offices in Collinsville, Illinois, Overland Park, Kansas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

8 Ideas to Help With Project Efficiency…from your Geoprofessional

June 10th, 2010

Staying on budget and on schedule while maintaining quality is the challenge and goal of every project, but the reality is that there are speed bumps and unknowns. We want to help reduce those situations or provide knowledge in helping to resolve them as they relate to geotechnical, environmental, drilling and testing services. We’ve included a handful of ideas that we’ve culled from both lessons learned and successful implementation. We’d love to discuss them with you to see if we can be of assistance in planning a successful project.

1.  Conduct an environmental audit of existing operations at the planning stage to assure expansion plans are environmentally compliant and to avoid fines and negative public relations.

2.  Reliable estimates are possible with adequate design and schedule information. When early preliminary budgets are based upon assumptions, commit to revisiting those estimates and provide appropriate contingencies.

3.  Review the testing budget and scope with the project team. Careful planning increases the team’s understanding of the project requirements and assures that observations and tests are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

4.  When conducting environmental assessments, assess all potential issues that could impact future development. Issues that may be omitted from the list but could be important include mold, lead paint, wetlands, floodplains and endangered habitat.

5.  Consider lump sum contracts and evaluate them to see if they would be a good fit for the project.

6.  Consider pre-drilling pier holes to reduce schedule and budget risk, better define quantity of rock removal and enhance safety.

7.  Ask for regular tracking of fees at certain milestones. Periodically update estimate of final costs.

8.  Negotiate scope and fee with geotechnical, environmental and materials testing consultants. Through negotiation, a scope and fee can be established that is just right for your project. Procuring these services through a low bid process only encourages a low initial fee. A negotiated scope and fee development focuses more on the total project cost implications of the recommendations made by your foundation and environmental consultants, which are much more significant than the consulting fee.

Vince Epps Becomes 14th Missouri RG

June 1st, 2010

Vincent Epps, RG earned his professional certification to be a Registered Geologist in the State of Missouri. Epps joined Geotechnology in 2009 as a Geologist in the Geophysical Section of the Environmental Group. In addition to assisting with geophysical surveys, he performs Environmental Site Assessments and is a Missouri  licenced asbestos and lead inspector. He is the 14th Missouri Registered Geologist currently working at Geotechnology.

New or Revised SPCC Plans Deadline Extended to November 10, 2011

March 26th, 2010

On January 14, 2010, the USEPA made effective two amendments to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule for facilities that have total aboveground oil or fuel storage capacity of 1,320 gallons or more.  Facilities now have until November 11, 2011 to develop new or revise existing SPCC Plans to comply with the provisions of the November 2009 and December 2008 amendments.  Oil drilling or production facilities or facilities required to have and submit FRPs must comply with the November 10, 2010 deadline. Significant elements of amendments include:

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