COLUMBIA Technologies Recognized with EBJ’s 2012 Business Achievement Award for International Expansion

January 31st, 2013

Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry, has honored 50 companies for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2012.

COLUMBIA Technologies is pleased to announce that it was chosen to receive the EBJ award for International Expansion. Read the rest of this entry »

Resurgent Petrochemical and Manufacturing Industries Spur Solid Growth for COLUMBIA Technologies

January 24th, 2013

Article originally featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Executive Review 2013 Issue, Volume XXVI, Number 1, 2013

Article featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Executive Review Issue, Volume XXVI, Number 1, 2013

Columbia Technologies, LLC (Baltimore, MD), is a global provider of high-resolution direct sensing and mapping technologies, such as the membrane interface probe (MIP), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), and the hydraulic profiling tool (HPT), for application in contaminated site characterization. Founded in 1999, the 17-employee company has successfully completed approximately 1,000 high-resolution site characterization surveys throughout Mexico, Canada, and 45 of the 50 states, including Hawaii, serving oil companies, government agencies, commercial real estate owners, developers, and architectural and engineering firms. John Sohl is the company’s CEO.

EBJ: What kind of year was 2012 in terms of revenue growth and profitability for your firm?

John Sohl: It was a good year. We had 20% revenue growth, and roughly 30% growth on the profit line. We had a good, solid set of projects that contributed to growth and profits.

EBJ: What client sectors and regions provided the best opportunities, and what factors were driving those opportunities? Any shifts in the sectors you’re serving? Read the rest of this entry »

Season’s Greetings from COLUMBIA Technologies!

December 19th, 2012


The entire COLUMBIA team and I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season with hopes of prosperity in the new year. We’d like to thank all our clients and partners who helped make 2012 such a successful year and we look forward to working with you in 2013.


John Sohl
COLUMBIA Technologies

John Sohl Signature

The 7 Biggest Myths of Direct Sensing (Part II)

October 3rd, 2012

We hope you enjoyed our last blog post, The 7 Myths of Direct Sensing (Part I) outlining the three basic assumptions or principles we have in mind when deploying high resolution direct sensing tools, defining high resolution and direct sensing tools, and disclosing the first three myths related to site characterization projects.

Below are four additional myths related to detection levels, remediation programs, cost of direct sensing, and the need for real time data with the corresponding truths.

Myth 4: The detection levels of direct sensing tools like the Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) are not low enough

If you’re going off the basis that the contaminant levels at your site are too low for direct sensing tools, you’re probably should ask yourself do I really only have 10 ppb and if so, why do I still have 10 ppb? Direct sensing tools for contaminant profiling are first and foremost source area characterization tools. Read the rest of this entry »

COLUMBIA Technologies Presenting at the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) Annual Risk Assessment & Remediation Seminar

September 29th, 2012

On Monday, October 29, 2012, our CEO, John Sohl, will present Rapid High Resolution Site Characterization Using Direct Sensing Technologies during the morning session of the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) Annual Risk Assessment & Remediation Seminar. This year, the seminar will be hosted at the Marriott Indianapolis North at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, IN.

During COLUMBIA’s presentation on remediation focused site characterization, John will discuss the value of rapid high resolution mapping of subsurface contamination using proven, real-time investigation techniques. Today’s direct sensing capabilities enable environmental site managers to reduce the risk, uncertainty, and costs for contaminated sites while making better, more informed remediation focused decisions. Advanced state-of-the-art technologies including Membrane Interface Probe (MIP), Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF), and the Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT) provide valuable information for involved stakeholders to build and develop multiple weighted lines of evidence to support remediation efforts. Read the rest of this entry »