April 28th, 2011
Article originally featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Remediation & Redevelopment Issue, Volume XXIV, Number 3/4, 2011
Article featured in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Remediation & Redevelopment Issue, Volume XXIV, Number 3/4, 2011
Throughout much of the approximately three-decade-old history of waste site cleanup, sub-surface site characterization has been something of a high-stakes gamble. You could install monitoring wells into the soil and groundwater, spending thousands of dollars per well while essentially guessing how best to develop a picture of where contamination has spread or where a groundwater plume is headed—and you could be wrong, prompting a costly revisiting of the site and possibly even lawsuits.
More recent history has seen the advent of high-resolution techniques that that have reduced the cost and improved the accuracy of sub-surface characterization. One company that has put those techniques to work at approximately 750 sites throughout its 10-year history is Columbia Technologies (Baltimore, MD), a provider of high-resolution direct sensing and mapping technologies such as the membrane interface probe (MIP), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), the hydraulic profiling tool (HPT), a discrete groundwater profiler with on-site volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis, and associated data management tools for real-time information processing and visualization. Read the rest of this entry »
March 31st, 2011
Article originally featured in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CLU-IN Technology News and Trends March 2011 Issue
MIP deployment for plume delineation near the former Fannon Petroleum Services site could be completed at each location in less than one hour, with little disruption to ongoing activities.
Most recently, the March 2011 issue of Technology and Trends highlighted a project where COLUMBIA Technologies worked closely with the property owner, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ), and the City to address the site’s environmental and economic issues.
Efforts to better delineate contamination and accelerate remediation of the former Fannon Petroleum Services site in Alexandria, VA, were initiated in the early 2000s as part of a plan to redevelop the site for residential use.
For this project, the VA DEQ initiated the Triad approach including the development of a conceptual site model and consensus on specific investigative methods and tools, with a focus on using: Read the rest of this entry »
February 2nd, 2011
COLUMBIA Technologies will be partnering with Adventus Group and ARS Technologies for an upcoming Site Management Strategies breakfast seminar series, A Modern Integrated Approach to Contaminated Site Management. The sessions are scheduled throughout 2011 with visits to Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Knoxville, Philadelphia, Princeton among other cities.
Project managers, regulators and site owners all face similar challenges: What technologies do I need to first define the hazards associated with my site and second how can I best remediate those hazards? Adventus Group, ARS Technologies, and COLUMBIA Technologies are all long standing and well recognized service partners having, in their respective ways, dealt effectively and efficiently with these challenges on thousands of sites. Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2011
January 28th is not just another ordinary day at COLUMBIA Technologies. As this day comes around, we recognize another milestone in our history as the company was founded 12 years ago by John Sohl and Ned Tillman. Since then, we’ve made tremendous strides within the environmental services industry providing tools and services to environmental, legal and property professionals on a nationwide scale. Read the rest of this entry »
January 20th, 2011
Our CEO, John Sohl had the opportunity to participate in the 2011 North American Environmental Field Conference and Exposition in San Diego, CA last week. On his return he shared his insights with our team that we have summarized below. We’ve also included a link to a copy of his presentation which is provided at the bottom of this post.
First off, kudos to Dave and Gillian Nielsen as well as the rest of the Nielsen Environmental Field School, Inc. for organizing such a truly educational event. Read the rest of this entry »