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 »

COLUMBIA Technologies to Sponsor ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training in Novi, MI

August 28th, 2012

ITRC 2-Day LNAPL Classroom Training in Novi, MI on October 16-17

COLUMBIA Technologies is pleased to sponsor the upcoming ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training course. The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is offering a 2-day training class from the ITRC LNAPL team on October 16-17, 2012 in Novi, MI, in cooperation with ITRC state member, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

ITRC offers this 2-day classroom training course, based on ITRC’s Technical and Regulatory Guidance document, Evaluating LNAPL Remediation Technologies for Achieving Project Goals (LNAPL-2) to assist environmental practitioners with applying science-based solutions for LNAPL sites. The ITRC guidance was developed through the combined efforts of environmental professionals including state and federal regulators, consultants, industry, and community stakeholders. This 2-day ITRC classroom training led by internationally recognized experts should enable you to: Read the rest of this entry »

For Columbia Technologies, Success in the Global Market is about Commitment and Execution

July 24th, 2012

Article originally featured on Tradeology, the official blog of ITA (International Trade Administration)

Doug Barry is a Senior International Trade Specialist in the Trade Information CenterU.S. Commercial Service within the International Trade Administration.

John Sohl, owner of Columbia Technologies, conducting training for partners in Mexico

John Sohl, owner of Columbia Technologies, conducting training for partners in Mexico

John H. Sohl III is founder of Columbia Technologies, a Maryland company that maps underground pollution from large manufacturing facilities, oil terminals, pipelines and military bases. The company is a client of the Baltimore Export Assistance Center.

Barry:  How do you map underground pollution?

Sohl:  Mapping involves deployment of sensor technologies that track leakage and migration of pollutants.  Following analysis by our technicians, customers can make decisions on risk assessment, disposition of the property and proper cleanup actions.  Read the rest of this entry »