COLUMBIA Technologies are Environmental Scientists who provide high-value information assets that enable site managers to reduce the risk, uncertainty and costs of contaminated site cleanup and remediation. Through skilled application of science and technology, data best practices, engineering expertise and collaborative teamwork, we reduce your life-cycle cost of environmental liabilities by 40% or more enabling you to create a more financially and environmentally sustainable future.


SmartData Solutions® is COLUMBIA Technologies’ cloud-based decision-support system that integrates high-resolution data collection and interactive reporting tools to optimize the evaluation and design of soil and groundwater remediation programs. SmartData Solutions® provides customers access to proven, real-time investigation, analysis and visualization techniques that map subsurface contamination, track soil and groundwater changes and profile existing remediation systems.

Compared to the low capture rates of previous data collection approaches, SmartData Solutions® delivers the volume, quality and insight to yield sustainable outcomes:

  • Best Data. High-resolution data of the lateral and vertical extent of soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Deepest Understanding.  A complete overview of local site geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and contaminant chemistry.
  • Pinpoint Recommendations. More accurate delineation for the best possible remediation design.

Using a browser, managers can view GIS-based data as it is generated, ask questions while performing their own investigation and analysis and reduce the time for budgeting and technical decision making. Given that SmartData Solutions® provides all of these capabilities available through the cloud, it improves collaboration among project managers, decision-makers and other stakeholders, wherever they are.

SmartData Solutions® Features at Glance

  • Password-protected secure website to review project data
  • Real-time updates of direct sensing data after every borehole
  • Immediate and complete QA/QC check on field data with each update
  • 24×7 access to all data logs and raw data files
  • Email notification as new data becomes available

3D Model Options with SmartData Solutions®

SmartData Solutions® direct outputs are compatible with multiple 3D modeling software options.    Evaluate your data in real-time, perform critical quality control checks, and directly output your SmartData files for 3D rendering and hosting.  Click here for an example 3D model created in EVS with data output from SmartData Solutions®.

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High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC)

COLUMBIA Technologies performs high quality environmental site assessments and characterizations using advanced high-resolution site characterization (HRSC) tools and real-time techniques that can detect and map the full extent of subsurface contamination, track soil and groundwater changes and profile existing remediation systems. These include:

  • Membrane Interface Probe with Electrical Conductivity (MIP/EC),
    a multipurpose tool for mapping soil and groundwater contamination, specifically volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as halogenated solvents and petroleum compounds, and for measuring soil electrical conductivity (EC).
  • Optical Imaging Profiler (OIP),
    a new profiling and imaging tool used to delineate and photograph residual phase petroleum contamination in soil by depth.
  • Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF), a Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) profiling tool used to delineate the depth and lateral extent of free product and residual phase petroleum contamination.
  • Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT), provides direct pressure response measurements of hydraulic permeability and flow to determine migration pathways, remediation injection regions, and placements for groundwater monitoring wells.
  • Membrane Interface Probe-Hydraulic Profiling Tool (MiHpt), a combined MIP-HPT probe for mapping soil and groundwater contamination, specifically VOCs, along with measurements of soil EC and HPT injection pressure – all in the same push!
  • High-Resolution Soil Sampling, an important step for determining exact contaminant mass, constituents, and saturation levels to inform remedial decision analysis.

EN Rx Vertebrae™ Horizontal Well Systems

Horizontal Nested, Segmented Horizontal Well Technology
Vertebrae™ Well Systems, represent a next generation advancement in site assessment and remediation practices.  Our expertise on the assessment side is in filling data gaps, often in conjunction with overcoming access issues, and transforming Site Conceptual Models and paths to site resolution.  On the remediation side, we can use Vertebrae as a gas/liquid extraction modality and/or delivering treatment reagents.  It is a lower cost and easier to manage horizontal well system that can compete effectively with an array of vertical wells that can also go beyond the kind of information vertical well systems produce.

COLUMBIA Technologies is proud to represent EN Rx and the Vertebrae™ Well Systems in Latin America and Africa.   Click Here for more information on this innovative approach to horizontal high-resolution characterization and remedial applications.


Mobile Laboratory Analyses

EPA Method 8265 - Volatile Organic Compounds In Water, Soil, Soil Gas, And Air By Direct Sampling Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry (DSITMS).

This method uses direct sampling ion trap mass spectrometry (DSITMS) for the rapid quantitative measurement, continuous real-time monitoring, and qualitative and quantitative preliminary screening of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in water, soil, soil gas, and air. DSITMS introduces sample materials directly into an ion trap mass spectrometer by means of a simple interface (such as a capillary restrictor). The response of the instrument to contaminant compounds in a sample is nearly instantaneous. The method is capable of identification and quantification of petroleum related and chlorinated solvent VOC contaminants of concern from very low levels (single ppb) to high levels of contamination (100s-1000s ppm).

There is little if any sample preparation and no chromatographic separation. The DSITMS provides real-time detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in three minutes allowing the rapid in-field development of high-resolution data sets.  EPA Method 8265 is especially useful for the analysis of a large numbers of samples, for screening samples, for on-site analyses, and for applications benefitting from its special sampling probes.

The DSITMS has been deployed at over 400 U.S. Federal, state and private facilities. Examples include surveys with high spatial and/or temporal resolution, plume mapping where results determine the next sampling point, monitoring a remedial action, in situ sampling of depth-profiling for groundwater wells.

The use of EPA Method 8265 with dynamic work plans supports on-site decisions with quantifiable data in support site characterizations. The real-time quantification of VOC contaminants of concern allows the selection of sample locations to be made on a point by point basis, whether on a plan view (horizontal) or at a depth within a particular bore hole (vertical).

Data from DSITMS provides input to accurate real-time and final conceptual site models of separate phase and dissolved plume contaminant distributions when the US EPA Method 8265 data are used in combination with three-dimensional mapping and statistical analysis.