6/18/18 - Geotech highlights service offerings
Training - While most of our clients get training on the Enviro software as they are getting started, we’re finding that, with staff turnover, position and project changes, etc. some companies are struggling with untrained users. We are happy to provide “remedial” training to help solve this problem.
Customization - We had a client who needed a second regulatory limit line on the Graph display to show MCLs for two different seasons. With a couple of hours of programming, they now have exactly what they need. On the other extreme, we have built complete sub-systems for specific needs that can’t be satisfied by existing software.
Data loading - We help clients build their databases in a number of ways. Often we help clients migrate data from existing databases, either in competing products, or in-house proprietary systems. We’ve done this so often that we have built semi-automated “wizards” to speed up the process. Some clients have us load their data on an ongoing basis, downloading EDDs from their lab, loading them into their database, and then reviewing the quality of the data. Especially this time of year, many clients are overtaxed, and struggling (or failing) to meet deadlines. If this problem involves data management, Geotech can help.
Output generation - We have some clients that have us generate their reports on a regular basis for them to submit to their clients and regulators. One client had us generate a set of 2D and 3D displays to help them and their client understand a complex site.
We encourage you to reach out to Geotech to discuss how we can make your data management life easier.
5/15/18 – Geotech exhibits at TCEQ
Dr. Dave represented Geotech at this year’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality trade show in Austin, TX. Geotech Computer Systems (GCS) shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment (GEE) at this year’s show. There were many interesting and educational Tracks at this year’s event, including: “Lab Practices and Data Reporting”, “Introduction to Environmental Regulations”, and “Waste Remediation”. There were over 1,600 exhibitors at this year’s show, and an even larger number of attendees. Dr. Dave got to speak with many current and future clients.
4/30/18 – Dr. Dave Travels to Omaha for Trade Show
In April, Dave Rich again attended the S.A.M.E. Industry Day which is traditionally held in Omaha, NE. Some of the most interesting talks included: “Strategic and Critical Materials in SE Nebraska: The Elk Creek Superalloys Project” and “Engineering solutions for the Nation’s Toughest Challenges”. The talks were interesting and thought-provoking. The Corps has been a client of Geotech since 2003, and the Omaha District has successfully implemented Enviro Data on many of their projects.
4/19/18 – “2018 UPDATE – Colorado’s Recognized Environmental Professional (REP) Program”
A presentation on the new REP program took place at this year’s April RMAEP luncheon. REP’s will replace Individual Listed Consultants effective January 1, 2018. Prospective REP’s will need to have an approved application and pass a regulatory proficiency exam to become an REP. The purpose of the REP designation is to better align decision-making responsibility between OPS, environmental consultants and responsible parties by identifying environmental consultants who can demonstrate decision-making experience on releases to the environment. Listed companies will remain as such by virtue of having at least one REP. Many Geotech clients are included in this REP list. This presentation provided much-needed information and was well-received by all attendees, including Geotech.
4/9/18 – Department of Defense Conference
The annual Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring and Data Quality Workshop was held in Orlando, FL., this month. Geotech was represented at this conference by Dr. Dave Rich. Some of the session topics this year included, “Data Quality and Forensic Determination”, “Data Validation and Usability”, and “Data Management”. This conference is largely sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and Naval Sea Systems Command. The conference was held this year at the beautiful Shades of Green Resort.
3/19/18 – AEHS Trade Show
Once again, the AEHS show was a huge success in San Diego. This was their 28th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. Geotech and the other members of the Remediation Partners, again sponsored an exhibitor booth. This year there were 200 presenters, 23 sessions, 9 workshops and 50 exhibitors. One of this year’s workshops, presented by Remediation Partners, was titled “Environmental Ethics: A tragedy of the Commons Perspective”.
2/28/18 – RMAEP Meeting
“Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Water Resources in Colorado” was the title of this month’s lunch presentation by the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals. Professor Joseph Ryan, the presenter of this talk, and Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder presented an overview of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in northeastern Colorado, and the effects of oil and gas development on air and water resources in the Rocky Mountain region. This talk was well-attended and produced a lively discussion during the luncheon. Dr. Dave Rich has guest-lectured in Dr. Ryan’s class at C.U. Boulder.
1/29/18 Geotech Releases Enviro Spase 8
Geotech’s popular Enviro Spase software has been rewritten in .NET, and no longer requires VBA Compatibility for ArcMap, so it is now compatible with ArcMap 10 and up. Changes to the software makes it more robust in dealing with missing client data, which in the past would have caused problems. The software has greatly enhanced error trapping to help identify and troubleshoot problems. Finally, there are a number of small improvements throughout the user interface and the code. This is the first release in the new Enviro 8 suite. Enviro Data will soon also have a new release, called Enviro Data 8, that will have many new and revised features. Stay tuned.
1/17/18 – Geotech Attends CGWA Luncheon Presentation
The title of this month’s talk was: “A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring why contaminant transport doesn’t always behave the way it should”. The Speaker was Dr. Kamini Singha from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. She earned her B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from Stanford University. Dr. Dave Rich, Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. attended this lunch presentation and learned much about hydrogeological systems.
10/15/17 – Dr. Dave Attends UMass Soils Conference
Geotech Computer Systems again this year participated in the UMass Soils Conference in Amherst, MA as a member of the Remediation Partners. Dr. Dave collaborated with other members of this group to present a talk titled, “Managing Data for Dynamic Site Conceptual Models”. This year, Dave also spent some time driving around the East Coast visiting many current and prospective clients in Portland and Manchester, NH, and Framingham, MA.
7/26/2017 – Enviro Software Receives Excellent Reviews By Users
Hil Lassek, a Database Administrator at Whetstone Environmental stated, “The flexibility of the software along with its ease of use is its greatest feature, usually two conflicting goals. The database is beautifully designed and technical support is excellent. The Viewer tool exports our data in Excel crosstabs, making for easy analyses by us and our clients – all of which is easily configurable. We also appreciate how Enviro Data exports the data that can be easily imported into other software for statistical analysis. The cost cannot be beat. In short, Enviro Data makes storing and exporting the data easy so that we can focus on the analysis.” He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating on Overall Quality, Ease of Use, Customer Support, Features/Functionality, Value for Money, and a 10 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Jill Libby, an Environmental Scientist with Tighe & Bond replied, “We have just started using the program, and it is already saving us time, money, and resources. I really enjoy that anyone at the company can learn to use it. Users don’t have to be computer pros. It is very effective that I can figure out issues or discrepancies on my own and don’t have to call customer service every time there is a glitch.” She gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Customer Support and Value for Money, and a 4 out of 5 for Ease of Use and Features/Functionality.
Clark Short, a Geochemist with INTERA, Inc. said, “Best bang for the buck in environmental data management”. He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Value for Money, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality and Customer Support, and an 8 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Sara Taylor, a Database Manager with Woodard & Curran said, “I like the import data procedures. The available import specifications are helpful when dealing with multiple data providers.” She gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Customer Support and Features/Functionality, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Ease of Use and Value for Money, and an 8 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Bill Rice, a Staff Geologist with Trinity Source Group replied, “The software is very adaptable, and the product team can support client needs quickly and they are very helpful. It reduced overall costs by reducing labor for some tasks.” He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Customer support, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Ease of Use, Features/Functionality, and Value for Money, and an 8 out of 10 for Likelihood to Recommend.
7/20/17 – RMAEP Luncheon Presentation
This month’s Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals presented a talk titled, “Learn to Love the Corps a Little More: Changes to the New Nationwide Permits”. Dave Rich represented Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. at this talk. The Topics discussed at this meeting were: “What are the Nationwide Permits”; “Summary of the final rule published on January 6, 2017”; “What’s in the 2017 Nationwide Permit final rule?”; and “Conditions for the 2017 Nationwide Permits”. Some of the subjects included in the discussion of these Topics were: “Endangered Species Act Compliance”, Surface Coal Mining Activities”, and “Living Shorelines”. There is much to learn about these new permits. A very lively discussion followed the presentation. The Corps of Engineers has been a Geotech client for many years.
5/18/17 – Ultra High Resolution Site Characterization & CSM Development
The Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals hosted the above-titled talk at their monthly meeting in May. The talk was presented by TJ Grisel with Aestus, LLC. Mr. Grisel has been an environmental scientist and traditional environmental consultant for ten years. He spent much of his career working on petroleum hydrocarbon remediation projects. Mr. Grisel and Aestus share the belief that environmental site characterization can be greatly improved using the “scan first then drill” approach that is standard practice in the medical and oil/gas industries. Some of the benefits of this method are: Faster cleanup at lower cost; Know where to drill wells and eliminate “drilling blind”; Know where to target remediation efforts; and others. This presentation was well-received by attendees and prompted many questions. Dr. Dave saw many long-time friends and business associates here.
5/15/17 – Texas Environmental Trade Fair and Conference
The TCEQ was once again held at the Convention Center in downtown Austin, TX. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment again this year. As in most previous years, this conference had over 1,600 exhibitor booths and thousands of attendees. Some of the many topics discussed at this year’s show were: Water Quality, Used Oil, Toxicology, Solid Waste Permits, and many others.
4/17/17 – Geotech Attends the Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop
Dr. Dave Rich attended this year’s EMDQ Conference in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s conference was very well attended and had many interesting Sessions, which Dr. Dave attended. Here are a few of them: “Understanding the Role of Sewer Preferential Pathways in Vapor Intrusion”; “Collecting Data Costs Money – Is its Value Worth its Cost”; “Environmental Data Management on FUDSChem for USACE Jacksonville District FUDS Projects”; & “Using the HAPSITE as a Vapor Intrusion Investigation Tool”. The talks were very informative, and Dave met many longtime clients and other business associates at this year’s Workshop.
3/16/17 – RMAEP March Presentation
This month’s Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals hosted a talk titled, “An Aerial Perspective on environmental UAS (or Drone) applications”. The speaker was Jeff Popiel, President of Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. Jeff’s company, Leptron (a subsidiary of GEE) designs and manufactures patented unmanned quadcopter and helicopter platforms which are remotely piloted with advanced ground station products in the US. Leptron is focused on projects where collecting sensor data is necessary to protect people and the environment. This talk was very interesting and very well-attended. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. was among the many technical companies in attendance.
3/15/17 – Colorado Groundwater Association presents, “An Overview of the DWR Map Viewer and Data Products from the Colorado Division of Water Resources”
Chris Brown, GIS Coordinator of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, was the speaker for this month’s presentation. Chris has worked in the water field for over 17 years in both the public and private sector. He is also the State Steward of the National Hydrography Dataset for Colorado and is interested in applying GIS to both groundwater and surface water issues in Colorado. The Water Information Team for the Colorado Division of Water Resources disseminates data in a number of different formats. Their DWR Map Viewer is one of the interconnected platforms they use to provide data to the public. The data used in the viewer comes directly from Hydrobase, DWR’s water database, and connects to their Well Permit Search and CDSS websites to provide the user with seamless access to DWR’s data and imaged documents. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. was well represented at this presentation.
3/7/17 – Geotech attends REMTEC
This year’s REMTEC show was held in Denver, CO. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. shared an exhibit booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment, also a Denver company. Some of the other exhibitors attending this event were: Geosyntec Consultants, Regenesis, Terra Systems, Woodard and Curran, and Tersus Environmental. Some of the presentation topics included: Upstream Oil and Gas Environmental Issues; Key Developments in Site Investigation and Environmental Monitoring; How to get Defendable Data; and Technology Development, Transfer and Regulatory Acceptance. Dave Rich manned the booth for Geotech Computer Systems, and spoke with both existing and prospective clients in attendance. All the talks and the exhibits were well attended.
2/16/17 – “Draining the Experts on Discharge Water Permitting”
This was the topic for the February presentation of the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP). There were four speakers that discussed the above topic: Margo Griffin, Environmental Protection Specialist with Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment; Bennett Buchsieb, Environmental Services with Evoqua Water Technologies; Mark Korzenecki, Business Development Manager Evoqua Water Technologies, Wastewater on Exchange; and Cathy Swanson, Business Development Manager with Evoqua Water Technologies. The presentation covered: 1) The “five steps” necessary to ensure that contractors obtain the right permit for each particular activity; 2) Behind the scenes glimpse at how permit applications are reviewed and processed by the Water Quality Control Division; 3) Highlighting the current challenges in meeting strict discharge permit limits; and 4) Options for treatment technologies and applicability. Geotech President, Dave Rich, attended this technical presentation.
11/9/2016 - Geotech Attends Aquifer Storage and Recovery Presentation
The Colorado Ground Water Association sponsored a luncheon meeting and talk this month titled, “Denver Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery”. The talk was given by Cortney Brand of Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc., and was held at Geotech Environmental Equipment’s facility in Denver. The presentation discussed field data collection methods and how the understanding of the DB aquifers underlying the City and County of Denver is improving with additional subsurface data. Dr. Dave of Geotech attended this very informative presentation.
10/17/2016 - Dr. Dave Speaks at UMass Trade Show
Geotech’s President, Dave Rich, once again attended the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy in Amherst, MA this month. This year there were 140 Presenters, 9 Workshops and 50 Exhibitors. Geotech once again this year shared a booth with the Remediation Partners Consortium, and Dave gave a talk titled, “Managing Data for Dynamic Site Conceptual Models”. Sponsored by the AEHS Foundation, this show is always very educational and well-attended.
10/7/2016 - Annual Chili Cook-Off Another Success
Geotech Environmental Equipment sponsored their Annual Chili Cook-Off this evening. Their staff, business associates, and friends and family attended, partook of all the chili contest entries and socialized. The kids loved the face painting, and newcomers enjoyed touring the GEE facility. Geotech Computer Systems’ management team attended these festivities and had a wonderful time.
9/22/2016 - RMAEP Sponsors Happy Hour
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP) sponsored a Happy Hour this evening at 1UP Lodo, in downtown Denver. Geotech’s Presdent, Dave Rich, attended, and met up with some longtime business associates, and some new prospective clients. A good time was had by all!
9/22/2016 - Software Training for Geotech Environmental Equipment
Dave Rich presented two Enviro Data software training sessions this month to the sales staff of Geotech Environmental Equipment, one of our business partners. The pizza lunch presentations were well-received, and provided valuable insight into how to sell Geotech Computer System’s world-renowned environmental database management software.
6/23-24/2016 - Dr. Dave Speaks at Annual Field Days
Once again this year, Geotech Environmental Equipment sponsored its Annual Field Days in Denver, CO. Geotech Computer Systems’ sales team sponsored a booth this year, and Dr. Dave presented a talk titled, “Better Data Management for Better Site Conceptual Models”. As always, the talks, equipment demonstrations, camaraderie, and food and drinks were all wonderful, and enjoyed by all attendees.
6/16/2016 - RMAEP Presents Updates on Soil Remediation Technologies
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, held a luncheon meeting this month, featuring a talk on Soil Remediation Services. Geotech’s Dr. Dave attended this presentation and learned about all the latest technologies being used in soil remediation.
4/20/2016 - CGWA Sponsors Luncheon Meeting
The Colorado Ground Water Association held a luncheon meeting at Geotech Environmental Equipment’s offices this month, to discuss new rules being considered for water-supply wells, monitor holes, monitor wells and geotechnical test holes. This information was presented by Kevin Donegan, Senior Hydrologist of the Hydrogeological Services Group of the Division of Water Resources. Geotech Computer Systems attended this informational meeting.
4/11/2016 - DoD Workshop Features Enviro Data Software
Dave Rich attended the 2016 DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Workshop, held this year in the Robert A. Young Federal Building in St. Louis, MO. The EDQW Principals this year were: US Army Corps of Engineers, US Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and Naval Sea Systems Command. Many sessions were held during this three-day workshop, and of special interest was the session titled, “Environmental Data Management on USACE, Omaha District Projects”, which featured Geotech’s Enviro Data database management software. The three-day session ended with a tour of the Test America laboratory in St. Louis, and a Cardinals baseball game. All events were well attended, and enjoyed.
3/21/2016 - Dr. Dave Rich Features Enviro Data Software at Trade Show
Geotech again attended the Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in San Diego, CA this year, March 21 – 24. We also had a booth at this year’s show, along with more than 40 other vendors attending this year’s West Coast show. Some of the Session Topics were: Bioremediation, Chemical Analysis, Environmental Fate and Modeling, GIS/Data Visualization, Innovative Remedial Technologies, and many others.
3/6/2016 - Geotech Attends Waste Management Trade Show
In early March, Dr. Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, attended the Waste Management Symposia 2016, held in Phoenix, AZ. Geotech had a booth in the Small Business Pavilion again this year, and Dave co-authored a talk titled, “Maintenance of Maywood Laboratory Operations Support during Contractor Transition and Replacement of the Project Databases”. The talk was presented by Brian Tucker, and was one of many talks in the “Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and US Army Corps of Engineers Projects” session. The talk was well attended and many questions about the logistics of replacing outdated database systems were fielded by Dave and Brian.
10/19/15 - Geotech Attends “Soils, Sediments, Water & Energy” Trade Show at UMASS
9/16/15 - Corps of Engineers Meeting
Dave Rich met with the Corps of Engineers in Omaha, NE this month, to review their current use of Enviro Data and Enviro Spase in their district, especially relative to the new FUDSCHEM database. The Corps has successfully been using Geotech’s software for several years, and states their database management has been greatly improved since they adopted this software.
6/25/15 - Annual Field Days
5/21/15 - RMAEP Meeting
The topic of this month’s meeting was: “Civil and Criminal Liability, and Risk Mitigation” for corporate officers and their associates. The presentation was given by Christopher J. Neumann, who is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control enforcement matters. Chris assists clients in development of environmental management systems or other compliance programs. Chris is the chair of the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission where he has served for 10 years. He received his B.S. in Engineering and Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Dave Rich attended this presentation and gleaned much knowledge from it, and also enjoyed chatting with a fellow Notre Dame graduate. Dr. Dave received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.S. and PhD from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
4/28/15 - Atlanta Geological Society
Geotech’s President, Dr. David Rich, flew to Atlanta this month to give at talk titled, “Gathering, Managing, and Displaying Site Environmental Data Using Automated Tools”. The talk was sponsored by the Atlanta Geological Society, and was held in the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. There was a social gathering prior to Dr. Dave’s presentation, and at the conclusion of the talk, many geologists discussed with Dave how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase could help them in their specific careers.
3/15/15 - Waste Management Symposium
This year’s Waste Management Symposium (WMS) was held at the Phoenix Convention Center, and ran for four days. Geotech Computer Systems had one of over 150 booths at this year’s show. A few of the other exhibitors included: Fluor Corp., GoldSim Technology Group, AECOM, Premier Technology, Inc, and ALS Environmental. This show usually attracts over 1,000 attendees, and is considered the premier international conference for the management of radioactive material and related topics. WMS provides all attendees with a forum for discussing and finding cost-effective and environmentally responsible solutions for safe management and disposition of radioactive waste ad radioactive materials. Many attendees were interested in how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase (Geotech’s products) could help them do a better job of managing the data they receive from their waste sites.
3/2/15 - RemTEC Summit 2015
The Remediation Technology Summit took place this year at The Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver. Geotech had a booth at this year’s show, with Dave Rich, President, attending. Other exhibitors included – ARCADIS; EOS Remediation, LLC; Geotech Environmental Equipment; Matrix Environmental, and many more. Some of the talks this year included: “Advances in Site Investigation and Environmental Monitoring”, “Advances in NAPL Source Zone Characterization and Remediation”, and “Long Term Management of Complex Sites”. Well over 1,000 attendees participated. This was another very successful show for Geotech, resulting in several new clients for the company.
2/15/15 - SME & CMA Annual Expo
Jay & Mike, from Geotech Computer Systems, shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment at the joint Society of Mining Engineers and Colorado Mining Association’s Conference, at the Denver Convention Center this month. This event showcased the latest opportunities, innovations and developments in the mining industry. The best and the brightest in this industry were in attendance at this show, and GCS was able to present and demonstrate our software solutions to them in person. With over 800 booths and thousands of attendees, many networking opportunities took place.
1/15/15 - Battelle Conference in New Orleans
Dave Rich, President of Geotech, shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment this year at the Eighth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, in New Orleans. This conference was a forum for sharing experiences and opportunities toward the goal of remediating, restoring and maintaining the environmental and economic vitality of waterways. The program reflected the growing knowledge that better management of contaminated sediment systems is the key to success. Geotech’s Enviro Data and Enviro Spase software fit in well with the many solutions being discussed during the entirety of this conference.
1/14/15 - Geotech Attends CGWA Winter Gathering
Geotech started this year out by two of our salespeople, Mike and Jay, attending the Colorado Groundwater Association talk titled, “Greenland’s Environment, Culture, and Economic Development: An Overview”. Being the largest island in the world, Greenland holds about 10% of the world’s fresh water and consequently plays a critical role in the world’s hydrological cycle and sea levels. Trade-offs between economic development in energy and minerals versus environmental controls in Greenland were the topic of the presentation, and discussion for the attendees, during the prime rib dinner that was served this evening.
10/21/14 - Geotech Makes Debut at CEMS Conference
For the first time, Geotech attended the Colorado Environmental Management Society Fall Conference. This year it was held at the Coors Field Conference Center in Denver, CO, and the theme of this year’s show was “Navigating Complex Site Cleanup: Technical, Regulatory and Public Relations Challenges. All talks and exhibit booths were focused on environmental cleanup issues and regulatory requirements. Some of Geotech’s clients and prospects that gave talks at this year’s show were: Tim Kelley and Eric Gesser, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, “OPS Redevelopment Fund and New Site Closure Requirements”; David S. Lipson, ARCADIS, “The Vapor Intrusion Challenge: You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!”; and John Sohl, Columbia Technologies, “Building Your Case for NAPL, Mobility, and Recovery Using a High Resolution Approach”. Mike Rich represented Geotech as a vendor at this very unique venue, which took place on the Club Level of the ball field. It was a very long one day event, but it was very interesting and well attended, and the inclusion of breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and a Happy Hour reception truly made the time fly!
10/20/14 - 30th Annual AEHS East Coast Conference
Once again this year, the Association of Environmental Health and Safety (AEHS) sponsored their Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dave Rich attended this year’s show and shared a booth with the Remediation Partners (a group of environmental-related companies). Dave also gave a talk this year titled, “Geology Rising - Making Better Site Conceptual Models”. This talk was co-authored by Dave Rich, Geotech Computer Systems, Jim Cummings, USEPA, and Joe Quinnan, ARCADIS. The abstract and slide show for this talk can be found on Geotech’s website, at geotech.com/resources.html.
10/9/14 - Geotech Attends EnviroFest
This Fall, Mike Rich represented Geotech with a tabletop exhibit at the annual RMAEP EnviroFest . This year’s show was held at the Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO. It was a four hour event in which environmental professionals had the opportunity to network, learn, share ideas, dialogue with environmental, engineering, and consulting firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and job seekers, and of course eat and drink. This year’s theme was SMART energy. Networking time was interspersed between presentations and a Panel Discussion. Some of the talks were given by Katelyn Roberts, Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED); William Mahoney, National Center of Atmospheric Research; and Jenny Bredt, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. Some of the other exhibitors at this show were: Geotech Environmental Equipment, ACZ Laboratories, Altus Environmental, and many others.
9/21/14 - Geotech Completes FUSRAP Facility Project
Geotech Computer Systems has been supporting the Cabrera Services team, a company with world-class expertise in radiological and environmental remediation, with a data management project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District at their Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) project at Maywood, NJ. The facility has an on-site New Jersey-certified radiological laboratory, which has been using an in-house developed laboratory information management system (LIMS) and environmental data management system (EDMS). In order to improve performance and capacity, Cabrera contracted Geotech to convert the two systems from Access back-ends to SQL Server back-ends. The existing LIMS system was retained, updated, and converted to a SQL Server back-end. The data in the EDMS was transferred to Geotech’s Enviro Data software, which will be used for sample label creation, import of electronic data deliverables, and data reporting. The two systems are being made available to Cabrera on-site and offsite staff, and other offsite users including USACE remote staff. Training was provided to the Cabrera staff at the Maywood site in September. The project is expected to be completed in November 2014.
8/27/14 - Dave Rich Attends URTeC
This month, Dave Rich was the free guest of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This was a two-day event, with more than 4500 attendees, many exhibitors and a plethora of good presentations, a few of which were, “Characterizing Shale Plays - The Importance of Recognizing What You Don’t Know”, “Forecasting Well Production Data in Unconventional Resources”, and “Cha-Ching: It’s All About the Markets”.
8/25/14 - Another Texas Tradeshow
Mike Rich traveled to Texas again this year, to attend the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA’s) annual show,Wastecon, held this year in Grapevine, TX. This was a 3-day show, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. There were over 1,000 booths at this year’s show, and also many technical programs, training courses, certification exams, product vendors, and networking events. Wastecon is considered to be the premier solid waste industry event taking place each year. This was Geotech Computer Systems first year at Wastecon and we shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment. Every year SWANA hosts a Young Professionals (YPs) Networking Mentoring Event at this show, where young professionals can expand their professional networks, make new friends, and share their ideas and goals in an enjoyable social environment. Mike attended this event, and many others this year, and found all of them to be very beneficial.
7/29/14 - Geotech Attends 19th Annual ITEC Conference
Mike Rich represented Geotech this year at the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council (ITEC) Conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Catoosa, OK, just outside of Tulsa. ITEC provides this opportunity for Tribal representatives and other environmental professionals to obtain a first hand view of various products and training materials that are necessary to enhance environmental programs. This conference was a two-day event, and all of the tribes in Region VI were invited. A limited number of exhibitor booths were available, and Geotech did have a booth at this show.
6/19/14 - 6th Annual Fields Days is Another Success
As they do every year, Geotech Environmental Equipment held their Field Days again this month. The event features many talks, such as “Characterizing Groundwater Flow Velocity and Preferential Flow Zones”, “Deploying Water Quality & Level Sensors Downwell with Remote Telemetry”, and Geotech Computer System’s talk, “Managing Environmental Data for Conceptual Site Models”. There are also many exhibitors, lots of equipment demos, hands-on training on GEE instruments, networking opportunities, excellent Bar-B-Q, and lots of other food and drink. And all free of charge to GEE’s clients and invited industry guests.
5/22/14 - Unique Meeting Venue Prompts Lively Conversations
RMAEP and Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) co- hosted a Progressive Networking Dinner at Piccolo’s Denver Restaurant in May. This was a very unique and interesting venue because instead of having the usual speaker in the front of the room, attendees started out at one table, eating one course of the meal, and then changed tables throughout the course of the evening, eating additional courses of the dinner, allowing everyone the opportunity to speak to, and meet, many former acquaintances and lots of new business associates. The Mexican and Italian food was enjoyed by all, and many business cards were exchanged.
5/15/14 - RMAEP Lunch Meeting
This year’s Spring Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professional’s Luncheon Meeting was held at Lodo’s Bar and Grill in downtown Denver. The featured presentation this year was titled “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Matierials”, NORM. Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, and Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attended the presentation and the delicious luncheon, and met many existing clients, and made many new business relationships.
5/6/14 Mike Attends TCEQ Show
May began with Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attending the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Conference in Austin, TX. The show was held at the Austin Convention Center, and there were nearly 2,000 exhibit booths at this year’s show. Geotech shared a booth with our good friends and business associates, Geotech Environmental Equipment. The show ran for two days and featured many interesting presentations, such as “Land Application of Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge and Domestic Sewage”, and “Introduction to Incremental Sampling Methodology”. The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Banquet takes place at this show, and it honors the state’s most outstanding environmental projects with a video vignette of each winning project.
5/4/14 - Geotech Attends NGWA Groundwater Summit
May was a very busy month this year, for Geotech to meet new prospective clients. The month started off with Dave Rich attending the 10th Annual NGWA Groundwater Summit. The theme of the show this year was “Moving Research to Solutions”. There were many presentations given at this show, such as “Hydraulic Conductivity and Permeability of Sediments in Irrigation Canals”, “The State of Water Resources Around the World and Future Challenges in the U.S.”, “Groundwater Remediation in Karst Terranes: State of the Practice”, and Dave’s talk, “Data Management for the New and Expected Petroleum Baseline Sampling Rules.” Geotech Computer Systems again shared a booth at this show with Geotech Environmental Equipment, and at the end of the last day of the show, GEE bused attendees to their office in Denver, and gave them a tour of their facility, which included a very nice happy hour. A very pleasant way to end a very successful show.
4/8/14 - Western Mining Conference & Exhibition
The 116th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition was held in Denver, CO this year. Presentations at this show addressed the future of gold mining, the impact of new environmental and safety regulations, resource nationalism, new mine development and mine expansions in Colorado. 110 vendors had booths at this year’s show, and Geotech shared one of these booths with our good friends and business partners, Geotech Environmental Equipment. Some of the other exhibitors this year were Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Matrix Design Group, Tetra Tech, ACZ Laboratories, Inc., some of whom have been Enviro software users for many years.
3/17/14 - West Coast Travel
In mid-March, Dave and Mike both traveled to the West Coast for Geotech. Dave flew to Seattle, WA to train an Indian Nation there that is a new user of the Enviro software. This Tribe has developed Water Quality and Nutrient Management databases in Access, and they are looking to import these databases into Enviro Data, and print out the graphic results in Enviro Spase. We look forward to getting their data into their new environmental database. While Dave was in Seattle doing training, Mike was in San Diego attending the 24th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. At this show, Geotech shared a booth with Remediation Partners, which was represented by our longtime business associate, Richard Cartwright. There were 43 vendor booths this year and many good talks, such as, “Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory and Technical Update”, “Innovative Remedial Technologies”, “Petroleum Hydrocarbon Vapor Intrusion I”, and “The Future of Human Health Risk Assessment: What to Expect By 2020”.
3/4/14 - Enviro Data Client Adds Second Office
Dave Rich provided a WebEx training today, for the Kansas office of a longtime Enviro Data client. The New Hampshire office of this client has been an Enviro software user for many years. This client has 140 offices across the U.S., and their many consulting engineers and scientists provide services to their clients such as environmental site assessments and investigations, Brownfields and site redevelopment, regulatory compliance, and solid waste planning and design, to name a few. Geotech looks forward to adding many more offices of this corporation to the Enviro software family of users in the near future.
2/27/14 - Geotech Exhibits at Remediation Workshop
Mike Rich exhibited at the Lakewood, CO Remediation Workshop this month. Some of the talks given this day were, “Fork in the Road - how treatability studies put your remediation project on track”, “Sulfate-enhanced Technology for In-Situ Remediation” “Happy Bugs = Happy Clients - Optimizing bioremediation”. Each workshop was attended by 50 - 100 environmental engineers, geologists, and hydro-geologists who were managers of their remediation projects. It was a very well-attended and educational show.
2/26/14– Training and Trade Show
In February, Dave Rich travelled to Indianapolis, IN for two days: the first day he met with one of our Enviro Data clients, a multidisciplinary, environmental investigation and remediation firm, to train their folks on our software, and the second day he attended the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) trade show, to give a talk titled, “Managing Environmental Data for Conceptual Site Models”. Both the training and the show were quite successful.
1/26/14 - Enviro Data Training
The Santa Clara Indian Nation, in New Mexico, has been successfully using the Enviro software for over five years now. During this time, the software users have been learning about, and using more of the features every year. Russ Wendell, Geotech’s lead software developer, has been traveling to New Mexico every year to do a week-long training session every year for Santa Clara. This year’s training focused on showing the users how to set up new bottle label reports, set up Sample Events and Field Samples, and how to use the analytic methods table and new soil PRG regulatory limits. Another happy client!
1/22/14 - CGWA Holiday Event
Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attended the Colorado Ground-Water Association (CGWA) Holiday Event this year. The festivities were held at Blake Street Tavern, and included a happy hour and scrumptious dinner. The featured speaker this year was Climatologist, Nolan Doesken, who discussed the 2013 flood and how it relates to Colorado history. A lively discussion followed this talk.
1/17/14 - Geotech Provides Training
In mid-January, Geotech provided 2 - 2 hr. Enviro software training sessions, over the course of two days, to a client of ours that has over 140 offices in the US, and is an employee-owned firm of consulting engineers and scientists. We trained our clients in the Kansas and New England offices. The training went well, and we are talking to other offices of this corporation about implementing additional licenses of Enviro Data.
1/12/14 - Dave Takes a Road Trip
Geotech was asked to do some Enviro Data training for a long-time refining company client of ours in New Mexico, so Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, decided to take a road trip to our neighboring state. Dave’s two days of training went quite well, and he returned back to Denver via Gunnison, CO where he visited with a long-time environmental consulting company client of ours. He paid a visit to several other prospective clients before he returned home from his successful and enjoyable trip.