Canton, MA, April 8, 2009 – CK Environmental Inc. (CK) is the first firm in the region to receive Air Emissions Testing Body (AETB) interim accreditation from the Stack Testing Accreditation Council (STAC). After careful review of CK’s Quality System documentation and procedures, STAC determined that CK’s QA/QC practices are in conformance with ASTM D7036-04 “Standard Practice for the Competency of Air Emissions Testing Bodies.” This rigorous standard assesses the overall ability of a stack testing firm to deliver data of known and documented quality on a consistent basis regardless of the test method used. Utilizing the services of an accredited firm provides assurance to both clients and regulatory agencies that a stack testing firm is providing them with accurate reliable data. A current list of firms with interim accreditation is available at www.betterdata.org/accreditedorganizations. Final accreditation requires successful completion of a field audit. STAC is currently developing a protocol for use during field audits, thus no firms currently hold full accreditation.
In addition to routinely performing rigorous internal quality control procedures, Accredited Emissions Testing Bodies (AETB) commit to ensuring that all testing is performed only by qualified individuals. The qualifications of individuals are assessed by the Source Evaluation Society (SES). Qualified Source Testing Individual (QSTI) candidates must document field experience and pass a series of exams.
The goal of the SES QSTI exams and abilities assessment is to determine whether the candidate demonstrates knowledge and the ability to apply source testing methods and fundamental engineering and chemistry principles in a manner consistent with that of a field test team leader. In addition to thorough and practical knowledge of source testing methods, those principles include an understanding of elementary physical gas laws and chemistry, basics of safety and hazardous material handling, and primary theories of source testing (e.g., isokinetic and proportional sampling). The candidate is expected to exemplify and demonstrate professional and ethical conduct not only during the exam process but also in representing SES as a QSTI.
JGI EASTERN, Inc. (JGI), formerly Jaworski Geotech, Inc., a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with headquarters in Manchester, NH, has officially changed its name to Terracon Consultants, Inc., following nearly two years of operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Terracon.
Terracon offers a comprehensive range of services in the fields of environmental and geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, and construction materials engineering and testing. The firm’s clients include real estate developers, architectural and engineering firms, retail owners, and public agencies. Larry Dwyer, P.E., and Ryan Roy, P.E., continue their roles managing Terracon’s Manchester, New Hampshire and Hartford, Connecticut offices respectively. Steve Cook, P.E., is now managing the Portland, Maine office.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from nearly 100 offices nationwide with more than 2,500 employees. Terracon currently ranks 41st on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com.
At the February 28, 2009, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual Environmental Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts, David Gorden of the URS Boston office was appointed to a one-year term on the MACC Board of Directors.
Dave is a Certified Soil Scientist and a Certified Wetland Scientist. Since 2000, Dave has worked with the Boston office as the environmental field team leader, specializing in complex field investigations; resource area delineations; and hazardous material response, remediation and removal activities. Most recently, he managed a project at a former ConocoPhillips facility in North Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Dave has been a member of his local conservation commission since 2003. He currently serves as Chair of the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists’ Networking Committee. He formerly co-chaired the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Young Environmental Professionals Committee.
Dave is currently developing a networking group with MACC for conservation commissioners, agents and administrators; city, state and federal regulatory officials; and other environmental professionals. Their inaugural meeting is planned for April 21, 2009, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Westfield, MA, February 11, 2009 – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut presented Tighe & Bond and the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut with an Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Palmer Dam Rehabilitation / Dean’s Mill Water Treatment Plant Improvements project. The award was presented at an association dinner at the Inn at Middletown recently. Westfield, Massachusetts-based Tighe & Bond provided engineering and construction phase services for the $18.5 million project, which was constructed by Daniel O’Connell’s Sons of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
When Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut acquired its Mystic System in 2002, the firm inherited a CT Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) consent order requiring repair of the Palmer Dam. Corrective measures were mandated because the dam’s spillway could not safely pass the volume of water projected in the event of flood conditions. Furthermore, the dam was determined to be in poor condition and considered unstable in an overtopped situation. Failure of the 500-foot long, 34-foot high structure originally constructed in 1929 could have been catastrophic. Aquarion retained Westfield, Massachusetts-based Tighe & Bond to engineer the Palmer Dam repairs because they proposed a cost effective and innovative approach to solving the problem.
The Palmer Dam impounds 88 million gallons of water in a reservoir which serves as one of two supply sources for a population of over 10,000. Tighe & Bond was already working on improvements for the Dean’s Mill Water Treatment Plant on the site, and designing and constructing the $18.5 million in improvements together offered economies of scale and facilitated seamless coordination. The most significant result of completing the rehabilitation of the Palmer Dam in May 2008 is enhanced public safety. The integrity of the Palmer Dam is no longer in question and area residents can rest assured.
Design and construction of the improvements presented a number of interesting challenges, including the need to maintain undiminished operation of the active public water supply reservoir and the treatment system at all times. Tighe & Bond was able to adapt and design “on the fly” during the construction phase of the project and keep pace with the expedited schedule. The new chemical building cast integrally into the southern face of the dam added a level of complexity to the project but provided a space conscious and sustainable design. Great measures were taken during construction to protect water quality without interruption of service.
Tighe & Bond recommended using adjustable crest gates, a unique and cost effective application of an age-old technique, in repair of the Palmer Dam. Electrically-operated crest gates were installed to increase the reservoir’s spillway capacity, providing a method of maintaining the desired storage volume and spillway flow, without the need to raise the physical dam structure elevation significantly. An ingenious sequence of operations was developed and successfully negotiated with the CTDEP.
A permanent secondary containment area was constructed to protect the environment in the event of an accidental release from a chemical truck or hose during deliveries to the Dean?s Mill water treatment plant. This is not standard practice at water treatment facilities; portable enclosures are much more common as they are less expensive. Although it cost a bit more, Aquarion chose to “raise the bar” and implement these measures proactively.
The cooperative nature of the relationship between the engineer, owner, contractor and regulators was a key to the project’s success. “This project was the smoothest and most efficient I have experienced in my 20 year career,” comments Judy Simpanen, Manager of Aquarion’s Mystic Operations. “I have received countless compliments on the practical, attractive, and cost effective design. Tighe & Bond has given us a finished product of which we can be proud.” Aquarion’s proactive improvements advance public health, enhance public safety and protect the environment, and serve as a model for other waters suppliers and dam owners.
Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Westfield, Worcester and Pocasset, Massachusetts; Danbury, Middletown and Shelton Connecticut. Tighe & Bond is annually ranked among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally by the Engineering News Record and was recently named as one of the top 50 “Best Civil Engineering Firms To Work For” in the nation by CE News. The firm provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, health care, education and real estate development.
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Boreal Renewable Energy Development (Boreal) was selected as lead firm for a wind feasibility study to investigate the technical, social and economic viability of installing distributed wind energy on Wampanoag tribal lands on Martha?s Vineyard. Boreal will analyze and evaluate potential sites, wind resource data, permitting issues, visual and community impacts and the project economics based on available wind turbines to determine if a wind development project is viable. It is envisioned that wind turbine(s) ranging from 850 kW to 2.1 MW in size would be well suited to the site and the total project size may range from 1.7 to 6 MW.
Boreal, a Massachusetts-based partnership between Thomas S. Michelman Inc. and Robert A. Shatten Inc. provides consulting and development services for renewable energy projects, primarily land-based wind energy throughout New England and beyond.
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