Season’s Greetings from COLUMBIA Technologies!

December 19th, 2012

Greetings!

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.

Sincerely,

John Sohl
CEO
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 »

The 7 Biggest Myths of Direct Sensing (Part I)

September 19th, 2012

After 20 years in enviromental sampling and analysis we have come to believe in direct sensing as a means of providing the most rapid and comprehensive information about the distribution and composition of soil and groundwater contamination. Ever evolving, today’s direct sensing tools for remediation focused site characterization projects continue to add a greater range of high resolution information on subsurface conditions including hydrology, lithology and contaminant distribution to support environmental liability decision.

Although direct sensing approaches are used throughout the environmental industry supporting cleanup and closure efforts, there are still several myths associated in applying these methods to site investigation and remediation projects.

There are three basic assumptions or principles we have in mind when deploying high resolution direct sensing tools with as near real time decision-making information: Read the rest of this entry »

COLUMBIA Technologies Supports the Sixth International Seminar on Environmental Characterization and Remediation of Sites Impacted by Hydrocarbons – 2012 in Mexico City

September 15th, 2012

COLUMBIA Technologies recently supported the Sixth International Seminar on Environmental Characterization and Remediation of Sites Impacted by Hydrocarbons – 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. The seminar was hosted by Rede Latino Americana de Prevenção e Gestão de Sítios (ReLASC) in partnership with PEMEX Refinery and Ecoterra Servicios Ambientales.

On Friday, September 14, COLUMBIA presented Rapid High Resolution Site Characterization Using Direct Sensing Technologies. With local teaming partner, International Products and Organic Solutions (IPOS) on Saturday, September 15, COLUMBIA provided a hands-on demonstration displaying how these advanced tools can be applied to a wide range of contaminated sites.

Below are photos from the presentation and demonstration. Read the rest of this entry »