7/21/2021 - The TWO Geotechs
Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. (GCS) has been working with our long-time sales partner Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. (GEE) to build awareness among GEE’s clients about GCS’ products. To that end, Dr. Dave from GCS visited with GEE’s sales staff on July 15 to present an update on the Enviro software. The meeting was very productive, and several new Enviro sales prospects were identified. GEE strives to be a model environmental equipment manufacturer and supplier of customer-centered, regulatory-focused scientific field equipment, that contributes to high quality and repeatable data for monitoring global environmental conditions. GEE’s products interact well with GCS’ environmental software.
GCS provides a variety of products and services to address the data management, mapping, and analysis needs of our clients. Our products include Enviro Data to assist you with your data management and statistical analysis needs, Enviro Spase to display your spatial data in GIS, Enviro Cloud to bring the Enviro software capabilities to the cloud, providing improved access and easier management than local implementations, and our new Enviro Portal tool, to display data from Enviro Data on web pages.
6/21/2021 New Clients
Geotech has added a number of new clients to its Enviro Software User List, in the last several months, and we are glad to have them join the growing list of happy users. Here are a few of them:
- A Full-Service Environmental Firm with offices in nine US cities, they consider themselves to be a one-stop environmental consulting and industrial services provider. They work with Fortune 500 companies and Family-Owned Businesses, providing environmental consulting, site remediation, industrial services, and emergency response.
- An environmental science and engineering company, headquartered in Florida, focusing on environmental, water resources, civil engineering, military engineering, and quality assurance. Some of their clients include: US Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force Space Command, US Dept. of Energy, US EPA, and many Florida government agencies. Their primary reason for getting Enviro Data was for its data validation capabilities.
- With offices in 18 US cities, this company provides Solid Waste Services, Environmental Services, and Civil Survey Geotechnical Services. Some of their projects include: landfill expansion, regulatory closure, air permitting, geotechnical evaluation, redevelopment, repurposing, asbestos inspection, hazardous waste landfill, and many others.
- One of the largest environmental engineering firms working exclusively in the solid waste industry, offering a full range of environmental services. Headquartered in North Carolina, this company is licensed to provide engineering, geological, and environmental consulting services across the United States. Geotech showed them the Enviro Data software seven years ago, but they decided to build a system in-house, and imported about 600,000 records of analytical data. When the state changed the required data file format, they decided to switch to Enviro Data.
- Geotech is implementing our Enviro Portal tool at a large superfund site. Initially it was set up to display the data for the soil at the site, and now we are expanding it to display the groundwater data as well.
Geotech is very proud to be working with these new clients, and helping them to manage their data more efficiently, and improve their work process. As Enviro Data becomes increasingly popular in the environmental industry, we encourage others to adopt these powerful and cost-effective tools.
2/24/21 - Geotech joins the ITRC Environmental Data Management Team
The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition with about 600 members working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. They are now running an Environmental Data Management Team, and Dr. Dave is participating in the meetings. This team is developing environmental data management best practices. While the subgroups are still somewhat fluid, they include: Data Management Plans, Field Data Collection/Management, Laboratory/Analytical Electronic Data Deliverables, Geographic Data, Valid Values Management, Citizen-Science Data Considerations, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Public Communication/Data Accessibility, Data Quality, and Historical Data Migration. The expected outcome of this process will be guidance on the various aspects of managing environmental data.
1/21/2021 Geotech Presents New GIS Portal at the 2021 virtual Waste Management Symposium
The Waste Management Symposium provides an open forum for discussing and seeking safe, environmentally responsible, technically sound and cost-effective solutions for management and disposition of radioactive wastes and decommissioning of nuclear facilities to enhance the transparency and credibility of the global radioactive waste industry.
This year, Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., will be co-presenting a paper at this Symposium titled, “Presenting Thirty Years of Remediation Data to the Public Using a Geographic Information System (GIS)-Portal – 21146”.
Geotech has been working with one of its long-time clients for over a year, to gather 30+ years of their clients’ data, put it in a central repository to exhibit data and reports, provide visual representation of the data, and provide a composite database for fluid transferability.
This project began by Geotech’s technical team looking at the 30+ years of Site History of this project: industrial chemical plant; extraction of rare earth metals; disposal of hazardous wastes leading to contamination migration and cleanup response. Geotech’s goal was to now construct an all-in-one repository to exhibit data and reports.
The goal was to: build relationships with stakeholders, create cohesive task involvement to satisfy targeted goals, expedite communication of information, and to define the mission of this effort, to serve various types of users.
Extensive amounts of data needed to be organized: hundreds of properties were evaluated in three different phases; almost 1,000 reports were reviewed; adhering to established guidelines confirmed; creating database storage for over one million samples and analyses, both pre- and post-remediation analyses. All data sources and historical documentation needed to be checked.
Extraction techniques were created for: converting AutoCAD to KML files; moving historical data to the relational database; entering from scanned reports; and creation of a “DataMart” for web mapping.
Agile Project Management was employed throughout this project to insure: early delivery of software, encourage project team to work together, reflect on the project, and make adjustments as necessary.
Database structures were updated, problems were encountered and overcome, and a resulting User Interface was created, including site-wide documents, multiple selection modes, interactive map display, project documents, analytical results, and Help Aids created.
The result of all the above work was: over 30+ years of data was now useable; a structured system for future use was created; and historical data was converted.
12/11/2020 Geotech renews its Annual Partnership with Esri
Esri is an international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company was founded as the Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969 as a land-use consulting firm.
Geotech’s spatial database management software, Enviro Spase, runs within Esri’s ArcGIS software, allowing Enviro Spase to display and analyze site environmental data. Some specific features of Enviro Spase are: easy mapping of your data, customization of the display of your supporting data, creating sophisticated ArcGIS graphics, highlighting important information, including the highlighting of multiple regulatory limit exceedances for each result.
Enviro Spase provides many benefits to its users: it saves clients time and money, improves project quality, it’s easy to learn and use, provides excellent graphics to the users’ clients, and includes excellent client support.
Enviro Spase and Esri - a winning combination for graphic information display!
11/4/2020 Andy Alexander joins our Software Development Team
10/23/2020 - Geotech Attends the AEHS “36th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy”
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, attended the AEHS Conference again this year, although this year it was “virtual,” which was a new experience. He presented a paper in the “Synergistic Technology Applications for Soil, Groundwater, and Sediment” session titled, “Data Management and Validation Workflow.” This year’s AEHS show was once again well attended and enjoyed by both vendors and attendees.
9/30/2020 - New and Current Clients
2020 has been a very busy year for Geotech, with a number of new clients being added to our satisfied client list, along with a number of current clients requesting additional software and services.
Here are just a few examples of some of our NEW clients:
- A large full-service wastewater, stormwater, environmental and engineering consulting firm with over 500 professionals, headquartered on the east coast, with offices in MA, NC, SC, FL, CT, etc., purchased an Enviro Data License and Training, to help them with their water treatment and other environmental projects.
- A construction-services company, largely based in California, purchased Enviro Data and Training, and is planning to use this product to expand its dirt reclamation business into other US states.
- A full-service consulting, engineering, and environmental services firm with locations in Virginia and North Carolina and clients across the Mid-Atlantic region, has joined the Geotech team, and has already been trained on the Enviro Data software. Installation of the software throughout their company will begin soon.
Below are some examples of our CURRENT clients using Enviro Data to expand their company’s offerings:
- A Turnkey Environmental and Radiological Remediation Services company in Connecticut, which has been using Enviro Data for many years, has now employed Geotech to build them a software portal which will allow the public to view remediated properties online, including specific details of the cleanup process.
- One of the largest producers of Bentonite, and a long-time user of Enviro Data, has now employed Geotech to help them change their sampling labels from bar codes to RFID tags. This process, which Geotech is providing to them, will improve the quality and increase the speed of their field data gathering.
- A large environmental company that does mine reclamation projects, and has been a client of Geotech, and an Enviro Data user for many years, has now employed Geotech to convert one of their client databases from EQuIS to Enviro Data, to improve the workflow for this large client project.
9/24/2020 - Geotech Attends the Microsoft Ignite Online Tech Conference
Geotech Computer Systems is a Microsoft Partner and Walter Wood, Geotech’s Manager of Customer Software Support, attended the Microsoft Ignite Online Technical Conference September 22-24. Microsoft Ignite is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals consisting of both live talks, question and answer sessions and prerecorded presentations. The over 300 subjects covered developer issues and new features in Teams, Azure, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Artificial Intelligence with a heavy focus on the Cloud. The theme of this year’s conference was Empowering businesses to build resilience for today and what’s ahead. The conference was moved online this year due to concerns over the Covid virus.
The focus of Geotech at the conference was learning more about implementing databases and applications in the cloud using Microsoft Azure and Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). WVD meets the need of clients that require access to Enviro Data regardless of their working in the office, from home, or in the field and it can be used with many different devices including PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. Geotech is currently testing WVD internally and plans on deploying it to clients shortly.
7/22/2020 - Geotech adds new gold mining client
Another mining company has joined the Enviro Data family, this time a gold mining company in Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Skeena Resources Ltd. is a junior Canadian mining exploration company focused on developing prospective precious metal properties in Tahltan Territory in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s primary activities are the exploration and development of the past-producing Eskay Creek mine, which contains an open-pit resource of 2.6 million ounces at 5.9 g/t AuEq in the Indicated category and 1.4 million ounces at 3.0 g/t AuEq in the Inferred category. Skeena is also exploring the past-producing Snip gold mine.
Skeena will have several project members using three concurrent use licenses, with an Access back-end for now, with the option to go to SQL Server as data needs dictate. Geotech will be hosting their system in the cloud using Microsoft Windows Azure, and subject to final testing, will be running their system on the new Windows Virtual Desktop. This will provide them with many benefits, especially for some of their locations that do not have good Internet connectivity. We are glad to welcome them to the family.
6/25/2020 – Geotech Welcomes New V.P. of Business Development
With an exemplary portfolio of sales success, Steve LaZar, of Elizabeth, CO, joined Geotech Computer Systems, this month, as V.P. of Business Development. He concurrently serves as V.P. of Business Development, North America for Atmosfir Optics, Ltd., and is Owner and Managing Director of ESAT (Environmental Services and Technologies). With a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, Steve began his environmental career with Lockheed-Martin Analytical Services, received Salesman of the Year Award, two years in a row and was subsequently promoted to National Sales Manager. Steve then worked for Barringer Laboratories as the Director of Business Development, where he increased revenue by 21%. With TestAmerica Laboratories, as Dept. of Energy Program Manager, he captured many major contracts, and won numerous Sales Awards during his seven years of employment. Other environmental firms Steve has supported include the RJ Lee Group, ARS International, and ALS. We are happy to welcome Steve to the Geotech Team!
11/7/2019 Geotech Attends the Florida Remediation Soil and Ground Water Cleanup Conference in Orlando, Florida
The month of November began with Walter Wood, PG, Geotech’s Manager of Customer Software Support, manning a booth at the annual Florida Remediation Soil and Groundwater Cleanup Conference, in Orlando, FL. Walter lives in central Florida, and has worked on many environmental projects there, interacting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and several of the Florida Water Management Districts. At the conference Walter encountered many of his friends and colleagues, as well as presenting Geotech’s Enviro software. This event is the Southeast’s Premier Soil and Groundwater Cleanup Conference, now in its 25th year, and was held in the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. This year’s conference had 90 exhibit booths and 54 technical sessions, including their Annual Regulatory Session, offering 12 continuing education (CE) credits for professional engineers and others. Some of this year’s exhibitors included: Golder Associates, Geotech Environmental Equipment (an Enviro Data dealer), Eurofins Test America, Terracon Consultants (an Enviro Data client), Geosyntec Consultants (an Enviro Data client) and many others.
10/21/19 - Geotech Attends the AEHS “Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy Trade Show”
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, attended the AEHS Trade Show again this year, in Amherst, MA, and also presented a paper in the “Synergistic Remediation Technology Solutions” session titled, “Managing Environmental Data from the Field to the Map.” A few of the other talks in this session were, “Customizing Site Specific Formulations for Biological and Abiotic Degradation” presented by Dick Raymond of Terra Systems; and “Integration of Conceptual Site Model, Characterization Data, and Modeling into Groundwater & Sediment Remedies,” given by John Collins of AquaBlok. Besides all the Platform Sessions held this year, there were also many Workshops, one example being, “Fundamentals of the Human Risk Assessment Paradigm: From Hazard Characterization to Risk Communication with an Emphasis on Contaminated Sites” by Michael Musso. There were also some very interesting Poster Sessions this year. A few of these were: “Data Optimization for Forensic Analyses – Ensuring Data Are Fit for Use,” by Linda Cook of Exponent, and “Conceptual Site Model Evaluation with Benchtop Experiments,” by Shahen Huda, Geosyntec Solutions, a Geotech client. This year’s AEHS show was once again well attended and enjoyed by both vendors and attendees. Dr. Dave also participated in a mentoring event with UMass students, sharing his experience with these future professionals. He was teamed with Andrew Lockwood, Senior V.P. of P.W. Grosser, another Geotech client.
06/18/2019 Geotech Participates in 2019 DOE ASP Annual Training Workshop
Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., attended the DOE Analytical Services Program (ASP) Annual Training Workshop, in Denver, July 16 – 18, 2019.For over 10 years, the ASP Annual Training Workshops have provided continuing education for ASP participants, most importantly by serving as the only consistent program specific training opportunity for all levels of participation in the DOE Consolidated Audit Program, to include the newly implemented laboratory accreditation program. The workshop provides opportunities to learn best management practices, new programmatic changes, QSM updates, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex, and with the programs intergovernmental and private commercial industry partners.
Some of the Workshop Topics were:
- DoD/DOE Quality Systems Manual Updates
- Data Validation
- Laboratory Proficiency Testing
- Laboratory Waste Management
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech, attended this workshop, manned an exhibit booth, and gave a presentation authored by Dr. Dave and Russ Wendell, Senior Developer at Geotech. An abstract of this presentation, Data Management and Validation Workflow is below.
The amount of data being gathered on DOE investigation and monitoring projects is growing at ever increasing rates. Action levels are becoming more varied and stringent, leading to more exceedences, and expectations for using the data are growing rapidly. The importance of maintaining data quality through the data management process, and especially detailed and efficient data validation, remains of utmost importance. The need for efficient tools for managing lab and field data for water and other matrices is clear. Tools such as affordable GPS receivers, field data entry devices, target levels (MCLs) available in digital form, and readily available base map data, are making it easier to manage most or all project data without resorting to paper. This presentation follows the data through the data management process from the field to the final uses of the data, with a particular focus on data validation. It also discusses problem areas and pitfalls in running a data management project, and how to overcome them. Cost savings of 50% or more along with significant improvements to quality can be documented, resulting from more efficient data management and display.
6/27/2019 Geotech is proud to introduce Enviro Data 8 and Enviro Spase 8!
If you are familiar with Enviro Data and Enviro Spase, you know the time savings and quality improvements from implementing a structured environmental database management system. If you aren’t familiar with this software, Enviro Data stores and displays environmental quality data, such as field and laboratory data for water and soil. Enviro Spase runs within ArcGIS, and helps you display your environmental data on GIS maps. And now this powerful system is easier and more affordable than ever!
Below are just a few of the enhanced features in Enviro Data 8:
Both 32- and 64-bit Office compatibility
Updated Editor and Viewer menu screens for easier navigation through the program features
Greatly decreased import times
Updated and expanded Validation module with enhanced flexibility for flagging
Much faster data retrieval and reporting
Customizable Excel templates for the Crosstab Wizard
Below are just a few of the enhanced features in Enviro Spase 8:
Rewritten in .net for Arc 10.5 and up
Full logging system to help with troubleshooting, especially data problems
5/13/19 - Geotech Attends Annual DOD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup
Geotech had a strong presence at this year’s Annual DOD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup, held at the Shades of Green Resort in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Russ Wendell, Director of Software Development, and Walter Wood P.G., Manager of Customer Software Support, were all in attendance this spring. Dr. Dave presented a paper titled, “Data Management and Validation Workflow”, in the session titled, “Data Validation and Usability”. This talk was attended by over 200 chemists, data validators, and other environmental folks. It was a very interactive presentation, with Dr. Dave presenting slides on Geotech’s Enviro Data validation software, and fielding multiple questions from Data Validators in the audience. Some of the many other presentations given this year were: “Data Validation/Data Usability”, presented by Brian Jordan, US Army Corps of Engineers, and “Data Management Training”, presented by Allyson Charbonnet, Aerostar. Both of these last two presentations were given by clients of Geotech Computer Systems, and users of the internationally renowned Enviro Data and Enviro Spase software.
3/8/19 – Dr. Dave Rich Attends AEHS Trade Show
This year’s West Coast show was hosted in San Diego, CA, and was the 29th Annual Soil, Water, Energy, and Air conference. Dr Dave was part of the Remediation Partners session this year, and presented a slide show titled, “Managing Environmental Data from the Field to the Map”. A few of the other talks given by the Remediation Partners were: “Impacts of Site Characteristics on Anaerobic Bioremediation Efficiency for Chlorinated Solvents”, presented by Richard Raymond, Terra Systems, Inc. and “Addressing Contaminated Ground Water to Surface Water Discharge: Application of In-Situ Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB) to Limit Migration of PFAS”, presented by John Collins, AuqaBlok, Ltd.
Dr. Dave gave a one-hour remote presentation on “Managing Environmental Data From the Field to the Map” to a group of people attending the Environmental Lounge, a monthly organization sponsored by American Public University and National Association of Environmental Professionals, that presents environmental topics to people in the environmental industry and education. Tim Kendzia, Geotech’s Client Sales Representative, organized this presentation and invited all the attendees. Dave’s presentation was very well-received, and much interest in improving data management was expressed.
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10/15/18 - AEHS East Coast Conference 2018
The AEHS Foundation held its 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, in Amherst, MA, October 15 – 18, 2018. The show was sponsored by many well-known exhibitors such as: Mass DEP, CDM Smith, Shell Corporation, Remediation Partners (which includes Geotech Computer Systems, Inc.), AECOM, EPA, Arcadis, and many others. There were also 140 Presenters, 50 Poster Sessions, and 9 Workshops. Remediation Partners gave six Presentations, some of which were: “How to Compare the Real Cost of Anaerobic Substrate Applications”, by Dick Raymond of Terra Systems; “Managing Groundwater and Other Data from the Field to the Map”, by Dave Rich of Geotech Computer Systems; and “Successful Completion of a Major Design-Build Upland and Sediment MGP Project”, by Steven Laszewski, Foth – GBWI. All attendees were invited to afternoon and evening social events, which were greatly enjoyed, and allowed them to share information on new and successful environmental technologies.
9/19/18 – CGWA Annual Meeting of the Membership
This year’s Colorado Groundwater Association Annual luncheon meeting presentation was titled, “Volunteer Sampling of Privately-Owned Groundwater Wells to Assess and Display Groundwater Quality in Six Colorado Western Slope Counties”. The talk was presented by Holly Miller, an environmental engineering graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, with an interest in groundwater and hydrology. Holly uses GIS to visualize groundwater chemistry data and educate public audiences about the groundwater quality of private drinking water wells. This meeting was hosted by Golder Associates, an environmental company in Lakewood, CO, and was attended by Dr. David Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc.
8/28/18 - Tim Kendzia Joins Geotech’s Sales Team
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, and a concentration in community and regional environmental planning, Tim Kendzia heads up Geotech’s sales team, bringing with him a wealth of environmental knowledge for selling Geotech’s Enviro Data and Enviro Spase products and services. Tim’s field experience in hydrology, field monitoring, laboratory instruction, wetland delineation, stream restoration, and his familiarity with ArcGIS, surveying, soil and water chemistry, remote sensing, etc., give him a deep understanding of the data management needs of chemists and geologists across the globe.
8/28 – 8/30/18 – Dept. of Energy Analytical Services Annual Training Workshop
This two-day workshop in Las Vegas, was well-received by attendees this year. Geotech was a sponsor of the workshop this year and met many current and future clients at our booth. Dr. Dave attended many of the Training Sessions, some of which included: “What the Heck am I Looking at?,” a presentation that provided the basics on the treatment processes at Radioactive Waste facilities, and gave a better perspective on what kinds of waste are treated at the different facilities, basic mechanics of the treatment systems, and what by-products and waste products are created. Another Workshop Dave attended was the “Data Quality Workgroup”, where future roles, responsibilities, membership, and participation of this group were discussed. Managing data accurately and efficiently was affirmed as a critical piece of the DOE program of the future.
8/16/18 – LNAPL Transmissivity and Hydraulic Recoverability Presentation
The US Army Corps of Engineers – Denver Regulatory Office, hosted two GEI consultants, an Environmental Project Manager and a senior Geologist this month who spoke about the basics of LNAPL transmissivity field testing/analysis, method applicability, national regulatory acceptance, and practical case studies. Dave Rich attended this meeting, and spoke with many attendees, including current Enviro software clients, over lunch, about how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase can manage the data that is extracted from these processes.
6/22/18 - Dr. Dave Attends GEE Field Days
6/18 – 6/22/18 – Training Trip for Santa Clara Tribe
The Santa Clara Pueblo in Albuquerque, NM, is one of Geotech’s long-time Enviro Data users. We are proud to say that they have been successfully using Geotech’s products and services since 2008. This month, Geotech’s chief developer, Russ Wendell, made his annual visit to the Tribe and worked with its two main database managers to help them set up their sample events, manage their lab and field data, and generate their output. We look forward to our annual visit to The Santa Clara Tribe for many more years to come.
6/7/18 - 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.