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Register Today: UAS LiDAR Case Study for Beach Erosion Management Webinar – April 30, 2019

Posted April 22, 2019 by

On Tuesday, April 30th at 2pm EST, ARE Corp, in collaboration with Woods Hole Group, will be hosting a webinar case study on LiDAR and photogrammetry applications focusing of beach shoreline monitoring on the Siasconset Bluff in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Presenters are Taylor Engel, ARE’s Lead GIS Analyst / UAS Pilot, and Mitch Buck P.E., Woods Hole Group’s Coastal Engineer.

Click here for more information and registration.


RPF Environmental, Inc. Receives DCAMM Certification

Posted April 12, 2019 by

Amesbury, MA, April 12, 2019: RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting and testing firm, recently received certification through the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for work with Massachusetts public agencies. Services include environmental health and safety (EH&S) testing and consulting for construction, reconstruction, demolition, maintenance, or repair projects.

DCAMM is responsible for capital planning, public building construction, facilities management, and real estate services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The agency oversees the Commonwealth’s capital assets, totaling over 65 million square feet, and it manages over $2 billion in projects. DCAMM works with state agencies on the full cycle of their strategic facility needs.

Examples of projects to be completed by RPF Environmental, Inc. include, hazardous materials surveys prior to renovation or demolition activity, indoor air quality assessments, mold contamination assistance, EH&S training, and occupational related exposure testing and laboratory analysis. For public schools, RPF Environmental will provide EPA Asbestos AHERA compliance services, re-inspections, management plans, and related testing.

With an office in Amesbury, MA, RPF Environmental, Inc. provides services throughout New England, including indoor air quality assessments, asbestos and other hazardous material testing, mold assessments, construction safety, OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance services, industrial hygiene investigations, and site inspections for lead-based paint, silica, and other environmental hazards. In addition, the RPF Environmental, Inc. professional development group provides corporate health and safety training programs for clients throughout New England.

Visit RPF Environmental’s web site at www.airpf.com or call 1-888 SAFE AIR for more information.


Peter Durning Named Managing Shareholder of Mackie Shea, PC

Posted March 27, 2019 by

Mackie Shea, PC is pleased to announce that Peter F. Durning is the new Managing Shareholder of the firm.

In addition to serving in the principal management role for the firm, Peter continues to handle a wide variety of environmental matters including local, state, and federal permit proceedings and appeals.

Peter is also involved in water management issues, wetlands hearings and adjudicatory appeals, environmental remediation cost recovery actions, solid waste site assignment appeals, zoning disputes, citizen suits regarding stormwater discharges, and U.S. EPA and MassDEP enforcement actions, and provides guidance on environmental issues in business and real estate transactions.

A 2003 graduate of Boston College Law School, Peter joined Mackie Shea in May 2011 and became a Shareholder in September 2015.

Mackie Shea, PC is a leading boutique environmental, land use, and litigation law firm based in Boston. Along with Shareholders, Thomas A. Mackie and John F. Shea, Peter leads the firm’s management team.


DOE selects Normandeau Team for $1 Million Smart Curtailment Project

Posted March 19, 2019 by

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded approximately $1 million for a research project designed to test Normandeau’s Turbine Integrated Mortality Reduction (TIMRSM) approach to smart curtailment for the protection of bats at wind energy facilities.

The TIMRSM smart curtailment approach, which was jointly developed by Normandeau and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), monitors real-time bat activity and wind speed at wind energy facilities and sends instructions to curtail the operation of turbines when bats are detected in the area. In a previous study, this approach reduced bat fatalities by about 80% and reduced curtailment time by almost 50% compared to approaches using only wind speed to determine when turbines were curtailed.

In this DOE funded project Normandeau and EPRI are partnering with American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bat Conservation International (BCI), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to further test the TIMRSM smart curtailment approach at another U.S. wind energy facility in an effort to improve the study design and further customize the TIMRSM system. This research project will be funded by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energies Technology Office.

More information on this DOE award can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-awards-6-million-wind-energy-research-projects


VHB Expands Services with Acquisition of The Johnson Company

Posted March 19, 2019 by

WATERTOWN, MA (March 18, 2018)VHB announces its acquisition of The Johnson Company (JCO)—a 30-person environmental science and engineering firm serving clients throughout the U.S. from offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Together with JCO, VHB’s growing team is poised to deliver a broader array of services and additional resources to meet market demands for clients nationwide. JCO brings a new Contaminated Site Assessment and Remediation (CSAR) practice to VHB.

Established in 1978, JCO specializes in assessment and remediation of complex contaminated sites, environmental forensics, litigation support, liabilities and damage assessments, brownfields, and site/civil engineering services.

“This acquisition further solidifies our existing strong team and builds upon our environmental services offerings,” said New England Regional Manager Tom Jackmin. “We’re excited to welcome our new colleagues—their technical excellence and creative approach are well recognized across the industry, and VHB is looking forward to a bright future together.”

VHB’s team of 1,400 professionals partners with clients from 30 locations along the East Coast on some of the nation’s most complex and challenging infrastructure and development projects. In New England, VHB operates from 11 offices throughout the region, including South Burlington, Vermont; South Portland, Maine; Bedford, New Hampshire; Watertown, Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Hyannis, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Wethersfield and Middletown, Connecticut.

President and CEO Mike Carragher stated, “VHB’s strategy for growth includes a deliberate, thoughtful plan that combines promoting and moving key professionals within the firm, recruiting new talent, and acquiring established, quality firms such as The Johnson Company. We continue to evolve our team so we’re in an even better position to deliver creative solutions to our clients facing increasingly complex challenges.”

JCO’s Glen Kirkpatrick, P.Eng., P.G., and Guy Vaillancourt, PE, will join VHB as Principals.

“We are excited to be part of the VHB team where we can continue to be partners with our clients for smart thinking and creative strategies, and where we can expand the breadth and depth of our high-touch service from a larger footprint. We’re looking forward to the future with our new colleagues at VHB and the opportunities on the horizon as we expand,” said the two Principals. “Our entire team at JCO is excited to be part of a company that shares our values of client service, quality, and collaboration.”

As part of the acquisition, VHB will maintain JCO’s Montpelier, VT, location at: 100 State Street, Suite 600, Montpelier, VT 05602. VHB will continue to operate out of its South Burlington office. JCO employees in New Hampshire and Maine will join VHB’s Bedford and South Portland offices.

About VHB

Founded in 1979, VHB’s passionate team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers provides consulting services to clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy markets, as well as to federal, state, and local governments. VHB partners with clients from 30 locations along the East Coast to improve mobility and enhance communities while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment. www.vhb.com