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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Lucas Heuerman Becomes ICC Special Inspector

March 15th, 2010

Lucas Heuerman is the Construction Materials Testing Field and Laboratory Supervisor for the Collinsville, Illinois office. This month he passed the International Code Council’s Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector test. He also holds certifications from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Lucas is responsible for leading field staff, scheduling, quality control and quality assurance testing and reporting.

Lucas’ expertise includes quality control and quality assurance testing of soils, aggregates, asphalt, fireproofing, reinforcing steel, structural masonry, EIFS, and concrete. He supervised services performed for the Abengoa Ethanol Plant, U.S. Steel, Sun Coke, SIUE’s Vadalabene Center and the National Great Rivers Research & Education Field Station.

John Baker Earns Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering Certification

March 15th, 2010

In February 2010 John Baker, Construction Materials Testing & Non-destructive Testing Group Manager, earned the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification through The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP), a group within the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute. This Specialty Certification is a post-license credential program that provides recognition for geotechnical engineers. The D.GE is based upon formal education, professional licensure, professional engineering experience, strong professional ethics, oral or written examination, and continuing professional development. John is part of AGP’s second class of D.GE recipients and the only person in Geotechnology with this certification.

John co-founded Geotechnology, Inc. in 1984 and continues to serve as a leader and mentor within the firm and the St. Louis engineering community. He served as principal-in-charge of three of the firm’s largest contracts: Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing for the St. Louis Cardinals New Downtown Ballpark; Quality Assurance Testing for the City of St. Louis Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Expansion; and Quality Assurance Testing for the Metro Cross-County Expansion in St. Louis.

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Geotechnology Takes on St. Louis Green Business Challenge

March 11th, 2010

Geotechnology enrolled in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program spearheaded by the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) to help companies take steps toward sustainable business practices. The program, which began in February and concludes in October 2010, requires companies to determine their green baseline and then take the necessary steps to improve their score by implementing sustainable practices over the course of nine months. Sixty companies and organizations are enrolled in the Challenge. The program scorecard measures achievements in six areas:

  • Forming Company Green Teams
  • Improving Energy Efficiency
  • Raising Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Reducing Waste
  • Reducing Water Usage
  • Providing Clean Transportation Options

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Anna Saindon Earns Certification as Registered Geologist

March 9th, 2010

Anna Saindon, PhD, PE, RG passed the exam to be a Registered Geologist in the State of Missouri. She is a Professional Engineer with more than 11 years of experience. She contributes to the firm as a Senior Engineer in the Environmental Group in the St. Louis office. Ms. Saindon brings an integrated skill set to the Geotechnology Team, applying knowledge from practice, study and research of environmental, geotechnical, hydrological and seismic projects to effectively address client challenges and goals. 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.

Meet with Geotechnology – 2010 Conferences

March 3rd, 2010

Geotechnology will be displaying a booth at the 2010 Transportation Engineers of Missouri (TEAM) Conference. This year’s theme is “Out of the Mud, Into the Future” Transportation Leads the Way.

March 17 – 19, 2010
Branson Convention Center
Booth 78
Phil Jozwiak, PE – Transportation/Infrastructure Team Leader

New Standards for Mold & Moisture Management Bring Additional Requirements to New Construction

March 3rd, 2010
  • $3 Billion in mold claims was paid out in 2002.*
  • U.S. companies could save as much as $58 Billion annually by preventing sick building illnesses.*
    (*Insurance Information Institute)

The new ANSI Mold and Moisture Management Standard for New Construction (ANSI/GEI – MMS1001) has been passed and is under final review. Project teams building new commercial and multi-unit residential buildings four stories or more must abide by this new standard, which outlines best practices to safeguard against moisture and mold damage.

The Objective for issuing the standard is to reduce the risk of losses to constructors, lenders, developers and insurers and provide a safe environment during construction and within the completed structure. To meet the new requirements, owners and construction managers must:

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