Every year, Geotech is very active in attending trade shows, large and small, attending environmental meetings and group discussions, giving talks, conducting trainings, and participating in technology groups throughout the US. Below are Press Releases describing the many ways Geotech is involved in advancing environmental technology throughout this industry.
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10/25/2022 - Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, Enviro Fest 2022
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., attended the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, Enviro Fest 2022: “Central 70 Project: Past, Present, and Future” on October 25,2022. This event, held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, drew a good number of attendees. Some companies in attendance were: Pinyon Environmental, Inc., SCS Engineers, HDR, Vista Geoscience, AET Environmental, and many more. It has been several years since the last Enviro Fest was held, due to COVID, but Dave was glad to see both old and new friends and attendees at this year’s event.< br/> The main Topics discussed at this event were the Central 70 Project and the 16th Street Mall Improvement Project. Some of the speakers for the Central 70 Project were: Scott Epstein, Environmental Lead, and Fonda Apostolopolis, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Introduction Speaker on the 16th Street Mall Improvement Project was Colleen Kirby Roberts, AICP Peak Consulting Group, LLC.< br/> Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar were available throughout the evening, including two complimentary drink tickets. Networking opportunities occurred during this timeframe, along with sharing ideas and dialoguing with environmental and engineering organizations, consulting firms, government agencies, regulators, industry professionals, academic institutions, and job seekers. And there was even a half hour of Enviro Jeopardy, including prizes!
9/1/2022 - Another Satisfied Client Thanks Us
Geotech has a client in New Jersey, whose company was founded in 2000, and started using Enviro Data in 2012. They have been using it successfully since then.
Recently, this client had a problem importing into Enviro Data one of the data files they received from their lab. After not being able to solve the problem by themselves, they contacted the Geotech Support Team. One of Geotech’s Support Managers got back to the user right away and resolved his import problem quickly and easily with some small corrections to the lab's EDD file. Our client was thrilled to be able to move forward with his client’s project, and not only thanked us for our help, but added his gratitude by saying, “And thank you for the great software!”
Some of the Services this client provides are:
- Complex site hydrogeologic support and 3-D visualization
- Due diligence for property transactions
- Licensed site remediation for professional services
- RCRA Corrective Action
- Borehole Geophysics
-Thermal Imaging & Hydraulic Assessment of Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction
- UV Fluorescence Core Screening/NAPL Evaluation
Some of their projects include:
- Residential Properties
- Metalworking Facility
- Former Pesticide Manufacturing Plant
- Local Church Geological Assessment
- Spill Act Sites
The above example is from a small environmental company client. Geotech also provides software and services to some of the largest environmental companies in the world. We appreciate all our clients – large and small and are always happy to help them with their environmental database software needs.
6/23–24/2022 - Geotech Computer Systems Attends Geotech Environmental Equipment Field Days Trade Show
This is only the second Trade Show that Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., has attended since 2020. It was very good to be physically at a Trade Show again! This show was sponsored by GEE, and held in the GEE plant in Denver. Dave Rich, President of GCS, manned the Geotech booth, and saw many friends, clients, and longtime business acquaintances there. Many companies and Associations were in attendance this year, such as In-Situ, Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, Colorado Environmental Management Society, and others. Many talks were given at this year’s show. “Electrical Resistivity for Groundwater & Environmental Investigation” was a talk given by Dr. Jeff Fitzgerald of Bryant Consultants. Dr. Dave Rich, of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. presented a talk on “Advancements in Environmental Data Management & Display.” GEE Field Equipment was on display throughout this 2-day show in Denver, and GEE graciously provided food at the Breakfast and Luncheon Lectures. It was wonderful to attend an “in-person” Trade Show again. Hopefully many more to come in 2022!.
5/10-11/2022 - Geotech Attends the TCEQ 2022 Trade Show
After two years of canceled trade shows due to the Covid pandemic, the environmental venues are beginning to open up again and Geotech went to its first in-person trade show in over two years. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. attended the TCEQ Trade Show in Austin, TX, May 10 – 11, 2022, and also shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment. There were over 1700 vendor booths at this year’s show, and over 3,000 attendees. A few of the exhibitors having booths were: AECOM, Environmental Standards, Inc., Geosynytec Consultants, Ramboll US Consulting, Tetra Tech, and many others. Many educational presentations were given throughout the two-day show. Here are a few of them: Waste Management: Industrial and Hazardous Waste; Lab Practices and Data Reporting; Waste Management: Industrial and Hazardous Waste; Compliance Assistance and Enforcement; and many more. This show was a great success, and attendees were all in agreement that they look forward to many more trade shows in the near future.
8/11/2021 - Geotech Can Help You Manage Your Data
Although Enviro Data was built for users of all skill levels, sometimes a client does not have the time or expertise “in house” to review, import and report the data they receive from their lab. Geotech Computer Systems can help with that. We have several clients for whom we do the importing and even specialized reporting. This includes checking the incoming data for errors.
Recently, a client provided us with his quarterly lab data for a major government project to import and prepare a series of special time series plots and tables. When importing this data, Geotech’s review found serious errors in the lab file. We were able to catch this and correct it before it was released to the regulatory agency. The client thanked us saying “That’s a great catch . . . Thanks again.”
Geotech can handle routine data in a simple format or the conversion of data from other DBMS where the conversion may not be straight forward. Currently, Geotech is importing a large quantity of historical data for a client that did not have the time to do it themselves. We can even do specialized graphs, tables and reports where needed and ensure what you report is correct. If you do not have the time or expertise to process the data you are receiving, let Geotech Computer Systems handle if for you.
7/21/2021 - The TWO Geotechs
Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. (GCS) has been working with our long-time sales partner Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. (GEE) to build awareness among GEE’s clients about GCS’ products. To that end, Dr. Dave from GCS visited with GEE’s sales staff on July 15 to present an update on the Enviro software. The meeting was very productive, and several new Enviro sales prospects were identified. GEE strives to be a model environmental equipment manufacturer and supplier of customer-centered, regulatory-focused scientific field equipment, that contributes to high quality and repeatable data for monitoring global environmental conditions. GEE’s products interact well with GCS’ environmental software.
GCS provides a variety of products and services to address the data management, mapping, and analysis needs of our clients. Our products include Enviro Data to assist you with your data management and statistical analysis needs, Enviro Spase to display your spatial data in GIS, Enviro Cloud to bring the Enviro software capabilities to the cloud, providing improved access and easier management than local implementations, and our new Enviro Portal tool, to display data from Enviro Data on web pages.
6/21/2021 New Clients
Geotech has added a number of new clients to its Enviro Software User List, in the last several months, and we are glad to have them join the growing list of happy users. Here are a few of them:
- A Full-Service Environmental Firm with offices in nine US cities, they consider themselves to be a one-stop environmental consulting and industrial services provider. They work with Fortune 500 companies and Family-Owned Businesses, providing environmental consulting, site remediation, industrial services, and emergency response.
- An environmental science and engineering company, headquartered in Florida, focusing on environmental, water resources, civil engineering, military engineering, and quality assurance. Some of their clients include: US Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force Space Command, US Dept. of Energy, US EPA, and many Florida government agencies. Their primary reason for getting Enviro Data was for its data validation capabilities.
- With offices in 18 US cities, this company provides Solid Waste Services, Environmental Services, and Civil Survey Geotechnical Services. Some of their projects include: landfill expansion, regulatory closure, air permitting, geotechnical evaluation, redevelopment, repurposing, asbestos inspection, hazardous waste landfill, and many others.
- One of the largest environmental engineering firms working exclusively in the solid waste industry, offering a full range of environmental services. Headquartered in North Carolina, this company is licensed to provide engineering, geological, and environmental consulting services across the United States. Geotech showed them the Enviro Data software seven years ago, but they decided to build a system in-house, and imported about 600,000 records of analytical data. When the state changed the required data file format, they decided to switch to Enviro Data.
- Geotech is implementing our Enviro Portal tool at a large superfund site. Initially it was set up to display the data for the soil at the site, and now we are expanding it to display the groundwater data as well.
Geotech is very proud to be working with these new clients, and helping them to manage their data more efficiently, and improve their work process. As Enviro Data becomes increasingly popular in the environmental industry, we encourage others to adopt these powerful and cost-effective tools.
2/24/2021 - Geotech joins the ITRC Environmental Data Management Team
The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition with about 600 members working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. They are now running an Environmental Data Management Team, and Dr. Dave is participating in the meetings. This team is developing environmental data management best practices. While the subgroups are still somewhat fluid, they include: Data Management Plans, Field Data Collection/Management, Laboratory/Analytical Electronic Data Deliverables, Geographic Data, Valid Values Management, Citizen-Science Data Considerations, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Public Communication/Data Accessibility, Data Quality, and Historical Data Migration. The expected outcome of this process will be guidance on the various aspects of managing environmental data.
1/21/2021 Geotech Presents New GIS Portal at the 2021 Virtual Waste Management Symposium
The Waste Management Symposium provides an open forum for discussing and seeking safe, environmentally responsible, technically sound and cost-effective solutions for management and disposition of radioactive wastes and decommissioning of nuclear facilities to enhance the transparency and credibility of the global radioactive waste industry.
This year, Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., will be co-presenting a paper at this Symposium titled, “Presenting Thirty Years of Remediation Data to the Public Using a Geographic Information System (GIS)-Portal – 21146”.
Geotech has been working with one of its long-time clients for over a year, to gather 30+ years of their clients’ data, put it in a central repository to exhibit data and reports, provide visual representation of the data, and provide a composite database for fluid transferability.
This project began by Geotech’s technical team looking at the 30+ years of Site History of this project: industrial chemical plant; extraction of rare earth metals; disposal of hazardous wastes leading to contamination migration and cleanup response. Geotech’s goal was to now construct an all-in-one repository to exhibit data and reports.
The goal was to: build relationships with stakeholders, create cohesive task involvement to satisfy targeted goals, expedite communication of information, and to define the mission of this effort, to serve various types of users.
Extensive amounts of data needed to be organized: hundreds of properties were evaluated in three different phases; almost 1,000 reports were reviewed; adhering to established guidelines confirmed; creating database storage for over one million samples and analyses, both pre- and post-remediation analyses. All data sources and historical documentation needed to be checked.
Extraction techniques were created for: converting AutoCAD to KML files; moving historical data to the relational database; entering from scanned reports; and creation of a “DataMart” for web mapping.
Agile Project Management was employed throughout this project to insure: early delivery of software, encourage project team to work together, reflect on the project, and make adjustments as necessary.
Database structures were updated, problems were encountered and overcome, and a resulting User Interface was created, including site-wide documents, multiple selection modes, interactive map display, project documents, analytical results, and Help Aids created.
The result of all the above work was: over 30+ years of data was now useable; a structured system for future use was created; and historical data was converted.
12/11/2020 Geotech renews its Annual Partnership with Esri
Esri is an international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company was founded as the Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969 as a land-use consulting firm.
Geotech’s spatial database management software, Enviro Spase, runs within Esri’s ArcGIS software, allowing Enviro Spase to display and analyze site environmental data. Some specific features of Enviro Spase are: easy mapping of your data, customization of the display of your supporting data, creating sophisticated ArcGIS graphics, highlighting important information, including the highlighting of multiple regulatory limit exceedances for each result.
Enviro Spase provides many benefits to its users: it saves clients time and money, improves project quality, it’s easy to learn and use, provides excellent graphics to the users’ clients, and includes excellent client support.
Enviro Spase and Esri - a winning combination for graphic information display!
11/4/2020 Andy Alexander joins our Software Development Team
10/23/2020 - Geotech Attends the AEHS “36th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy”
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, attended the AEHS Conference again this year, although this year it was “virtual,” which was a new experience. He presented a paper in the “Synergistic Technology Applications for Soil, Groundwater, and Sediment” session titled, “Data Management and Validation Workflow.” This year’s AEHS show was once again well attended and enjoyed by both vendors and attendees.
9/30/2020 - New and Current Clients
2020 has been a very busy year for Geotech, with a number of new clients being added to our satisfied client list, along with a number of current clients requesting additional software and services.
Here are just a few examples of some of our NEW clients:
- A large full-service wastewater, stormwater, environmental and engineering consulting firm with over 500 professionals, headquartered on the east coast, with offices in MA, NC, SC, FL, CT, etc., purchased an Enviro Data License and Training, to help them with their water treatment and other environmental projects.
- A construction-services company, largely based in California, purchased Enviro Data and Training, and is planning to use this product to expand its dirt reclamation business into other US states.
- A full-service consulting, engineering, and environmental services firm with locations in Virginia and North Carolina and clients across the Mid-Atlantic region, has joined the Geotech team, and has already been trained on the Enviro Data software. Installation of the software throughout their company will begin soon.
Below are some examples of our CURRENT clients using Enviro Data to expand their company’s offerings:
- A Turnkey Environmental and Radiological Remediation Services company in Connecticut, which has been using Enviro Data for many years, has now employed Geotech to build them a software portal which will allow the public to view remediated properties online, including specific details of the cleanup process.
- One of the largest producers of Bentonite, and a long-time user of Enviro Data, has now employed Geotech to help them change their sampling labels from bar codes to RFID tags. This process, which Geotech is providing to them, will improve the quality and increase the speed of their field data gathering.
- A large environmental company that does mine reclamation projects, and has been a client of Geotech, and an Enviro Data user for many years, has now employed Geotech to convert one of their client databases from EQuIS to Enviro Data, to improve the workflow for this large client project.
9/24/2020 - Geotech Attends the Microsoft Ignite Online Tech Conference
Geotech Computer Systems is a Microsoft Partner and Walter Wood, Geotech’s Manager of Customer Software Support, attended the Microsoft Ignite Online Technical Conference September 22-24. Microsoft Ignite is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals consisting of both live talks, question and answer sessions and prerecorded presentations. The over 300 subjects covered developer issues and new features in Teams, Azure, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Artificial Intelligence with a heavy focus on the Cloud. The theme of this year’s conference was Empowering businesses to build resilience for today and what’s ahead. The conference was moved online this year due to concerns over the Covid virus.
The focus of Geotech at the conference was learning more about implementing databases and applications in the cloud using Microsoft Azure and Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). WVD meets the need of clients that require access to Enviro Data regardless of their working in the office, from home, or in the field and it can be used with many different devices including PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. Geotech is currently testing WVD internally and plans on deploying it to clients shortly.
7/22/2020 - Geotech adds new gold mining client
Another mining company has joined the Enviro Data family, this time a gold mining company in Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Skeena Resources Ltd. is a junior Canadian mining exploration company focused on developing prospective precious metal properties in Tahltan Territory in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s primary activities are the exploration and development of the past-producing Eskay Creek mine, which contains an open-pit resource of 2.6 million ounces at 5.9 g/t AuEq in the Indicated category and 1.4 million ounces at 3.0 g/t AuEq in the Inferred category. Skeena is also exploring the past-producing Snip gold mine.
Skeena will have several project members using three concurrent use licenses, with an Access back-end for now, with the option to go to SQL Server as data needs dictate. Geotech will be hosting their system in the cloud using Microsoft Windows Azure, and subject to final testing, will be running their system on the new Windows Virtual Desktop. This will provide them with many benefits, especially for some of their locations that do not have good Internet connectivity. We are glad to welcome them to the family.
6/25/2020 – Geotech Welcomes New V.P. of Business Development
With an exemplary portfolio of sales success, Steve LaZar, of Elizabeth, CO, joined Geotech Computer Systems, this month, as V.P. of Business Development. He concurrently serves as V.P. of Business Development, North America for Atmosfir Optics, Ltd., and is Owner and Managing Director of ESAT (Environmental Services and Technologies). With a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, Steve began his environmental career with Lockheed-Martin Analytical Services, received Salesman of the Year Award, two years in a row and was subsequently promoted to National Sales Manager. Steve then worked for Barringer Laboratories as the Director of Business Development, where he increased revenue by 21%. With TestAmerica Laboratories, as Dept. of Energy Program Manager, he captured many major contracts, and won numerous Sales Awards during his seven years of employment. Other environmental firms Steve has supported include the RJ Lee Group, ARS International, and ALS. We are happy to welcome Steve to the Geotech Team!
11/7/2019 Geotech Attends the Florida Remediation Soil and Ground Water Cleanup Conference in Orlando, Florida
The month of November began with Walter Wood, PG, Geotech’s Manager of Customer Software Support, manning a booth at the annual Florida Remediation Soil and Groundwater Cleanup Conference, in Orlando, FL. Walter lives in central Florida, and has worked on many environmental projects there, interacting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and several of the Florida Water Management Districts. At the conference Walter encountered many of his friends and colleagues, as well as presenting Geotech’s Enviro software. This event is the Southeast’s Premier Soil and Groundwater Cleanup Conference, now in its 25th year, and was held in the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. This year’s conference had 90 exhibit booths and 54 technical sessions, including their Annual Regulatory Session, offering 12 continuing education (CE) credits for professional engineers and others. Some of this year’s exhibitors included: Golder Associates, Geotech Environmental Equipment (an Enviro Data dealer), Eurofins Test America, Terracon Consultants (an Enviro Data client), Geosyntec Consultants (an Enviro Data client) and many others.
10/21/19 - Geotech Attends the AEHS “Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy Trade Show”
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, attended the AEHS Trade Show again this year, in Amherst, MA, and also presented a paper in the “Synergistic Remediation Technology Solutions” session titled, “Managing Environmental Data from the Field to the Map.” A few of the other talks in this session were, “Customizing Site Specific Formulations for Biological and Abiotic Degradation” presented by Dick Raymond of Terra Systems; and “Integration of Conceptual Site Model, Characterization Data, and Modeling into Groundwater & Sediment Remedies,” given by John Collins of AquaBlok. Besides all the Platform Sessions held this year, there were also many Workshops, one example being, “Fundamentals of the Human Risk Assessment Paradigm: From Hazard Characterization to Risk Communication with an Emphasis on Contaminated Sites” by Michael Musso. There were also some very interesting Poster Sessions this year. A few of these were: “Data Optimization for Forensic Analyses – Ensuring Data Are Fit for Use,” by Linda Cook of Exponent, and “Conceptual Site Model Evaluation with Benchtop Experiments,” by Shahen Huda, Geosyntec Solutions, a Geotech client. This year’s AEHS show was once again well attended and enjoyed by both vendors and attendees. Dr. Dave also participated in a mentoring event with UMass students, sharing his experience with these future professionals. He was teamed with Andrew Lockwood, Senior V.P. of P.W. Grosser, another Geotech client.
6/27/2019 Geotech is proud to introduce Enviro Data 8 and Enviro Spase 8!
If you are familiar with Enviro Data and Enviro Spase, you know the time savings and quality improvements from implementing a structured environmental database management system. If you aren’t familiar with this software, Enviro Data stores and displays environmental quality data, such as field and laboratory data for water and soil. Enviro Spase runs within ArcGIS, and helps you display your environmental data on GIS maps. And now this powerful system is easier and more affordable than ever!
Below are just a few of the enhanced features in Enviro Data 8:
Both 32- and 64-bit Office compatibility
Updated Editor and Viewer menu screens for easier navigation through the program features
Greatly decreased import times
Updated and expanded Validation module with enhanced flexibility for flagging
Much faster data retrieval and reporting
Customizable Excel templates for the Crosstab Wizard
Below are just a few of the enhanced features in Enviro Spase 8:
Rewritten in .net for Arc 10.5 and up
Full logging system to help with troubleshooting, especially data problems
For more information on the new Enviro Data 8 and Enviro Spase 8, call Dr. Dave Rich at 303-740-1999, or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to showing you all the new Enviro software features soon!
6/18/2019 Geotech Participates in 2019 DOE ASP Annual Training Workshop
Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., attended the DOE Analytical Services Program (ASP) Annual Training Workshop, in Denver, July 16 – 18, 2019.For over 10 years, the ASP Annual Training Workshops have provided continuing education for ASP participants, most importantly by serving as the only consistent program specific training opportunity for all levels of participation in the DOE Consolidated Audit Program, to include the newly implemented laboratory accreditation program. The workshop provides opportunities to learn best management practices, new programmatic changes, QSM updates, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex, and with the programs intergovernmental and private commercial industry partners.
Some of the Workshop Topics were:
- DoD/DOE Quality Systems Manual Updates
- Data Validation
- Laboratory Proficiency Testing
- Laboratory Waste Management
Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech, attended this workshop, manned an exhibit booth, and gave a presentation authored by Dr. Dave and Russ Wendell, Senior Developer at Geotech. An abstract of this presentation, Data Management and Validation Workflow is below.
The amount of data being gathered on DOE investigation and monitoring projects is growing at ever increasing rates. Action levels are becoming more varied and stringent, leading to more exceedences, and expectations for using the data are growing rapidly. The importance of maintaining data quality through the data management process, and especially detailed and efficient data validation, remains of utmost importance. The need for efficient tools for managing lab and field data for water and other matrices is clear. Tools such as affordable GPS receivers, field data entry devices, target levels (MCLs) available in digital form, and readily available base map data, are making it easier to manage most or all project data without resorting to paper. This presentation follows the data through the data management process from the field to the final uses of the data, with a particular focus on data validation. It also discusses problem areas and pitfalls in running a data management project, and how to overcome them. Cost savings of 50% or more along with significant improvements to quality can be documented, resulting from more efficient data management and display.
5/13/19 - Geotech Attends Annual DOD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup
Geotech had a strong presence at this year’s Annual DOD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup, held at the Shades of Green Resort in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Russ Wendell, Director of Software Development, and Walter Wood P.G., Manager of Customer Software Support, were all in attendance this spring. Dr. Dave presented a paper titled, “Data Management and Validation Workflow”, in the session titled, “Data Validation and Usability”. This talk was attended by over 200 chemists, data validators, and other environmental folks. It was a very interactive presentation, with Dr. Dave presenting slides on Geotech’s Enviro Data validation software, and fielding multiple questions from Data Validators in the audience. Some of the many other presentations given this year were: “Data Validation/Data Usability”, presented by Brian Jordan, US Army Corps of Engineers, and “Data Management Training”, presented by Allyson Charbonnet, Aerostar. Both of these last two presentations were given by clients of Geotech Computer Systems, and users of the internationally renowned Enviro Data and Enviro Spase software.
3/8/19 – Dr. Dave Rich Attends AEHS Trade Show
This year’s West Coast show was hosted in San Diego, CA, and was the 29th Annual Soil, Water, Energy, and Air conference. Dr Dave was part of the Remediation Partners session this year, and presented a slide show titled, “Managing Environmental Data from the Field to the Map”. A few of the other talks given by the Remediation Partners were: “Impacts of Site Characteristics on Anaerobic Bioremediation Efficiency for Chlorinated Solvents”, presented by Richard Raymond, Terra Systems, Inc. and “Addressing Contaminated Ground Water to Surface Water Discharge: Application of In-Situ Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB) to Limit Migration of PFAS”, presented by John Collins, AuqaBlok, Ltd.
10/25/2018 – Environmental Lounge – “Environmental Data Management”
Dr. Dave gave a one-hour remote presentation on “Managing Environmental Data From the Field to the Map” to a group of people attending the Environmental Lounge, a monthly organization sponsored by American Public University and National Association of Environmental Professionals, that presents environmental topics to people in the environmental industry and education. Tim Kendzia, Geotech’s Client Sales Representative, organized this presentation and invited all the attendees. Dave’s presentation was very well-received, and much interest in improving data management was expressed.
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10/15/2018 - AEHS East Coast Conference 2018
The AEHS Foundation held its 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, in Amherst, MA, October 15 – 18, 2018. The show was sponsored by many well-known exhibitors such as: Mass DEP, CDM Smith, Shell Corporation, Remediation Partners (which includes Geotech Computer Systems, Inc.), AECOM, EPA, Arcadis, and many others. There were also 140 Presenters, 50 Poster Sessions, and 9 Workshops. Remediation Partners gave six Presentations, some of which were: “How to Compare the Real Cost of Anaerobic Substrate Applications”, by Dick Raymond of Terra Systems; “Managing Groundwater and Other Data from the Field to the Map”, by Dave Rich of Geotech Computer Systems; and “Successful Completion of a Major Design-Build Upland and Sediment MGP Project”, by Steven Laszewski, Foth – GBWI. All attendees were invited to afternoon and evening social events, which were greatly enjoyed, and allowed them to share information on new and successful environmental technologies.
9/19/2018 – CGWA Annual Meeting of the Membership
This year’s Colorado Groundwater Association Annual luncheon meeting presentation was titled, “Volunteer Sampling of Privately-Owned Groundwater Wells to Assess and Display Groundwater Quality in Six Colorado Western Slope Counties”. The talk was presented by Holly Miller, an environmental engineering graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, with an interest in groundwater and hydrology. Holly uses GIS to visualize groundwater chemistry data and educate public audiences about the groundwater quality of private drinking water wells. This meeting was hosted by Golder Associates, an environmental company in Lakewood, CO, and was attended by Dr. David Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc.
8/28/2018 - Tim Kendzia Joins Geotech’s Sales Team
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, and a concentration in community and regional environmental planning, Tim Kendzia heads up Geotech’s sales team, bringing with him a wealth of environmental knowledge for selling Geotech’s Enviro Data and Enviro Spase products and services. Tim’s field experience in hydrology, field monitoring, laboratory instruction, wetland delineation, stream restoration, and his familiarity with ArcGIS, surveying, soil and water chemistry, remote sensing, etc., give him a deep understanding of the data management needs of chemists and geologists across the globe.
8/28 – 8/30/2018 – Dept. of Energy Analytical Services Annual Training Workshop
This two-day workshop in Las Vegas, was well-received by attendees this year. Geotech was a sponsor of the workshop this year and met many current and future clients at our booth. Dr. Dave attended many of the Training Sessions, some of which included: “What the Heck am I Looking at?,” a presentation that provided the basics on the treatment processes at Radioactive Waste facilities, and gave a better perspective on what kinds of waste are treated at the different facilities, basic mechanics of the treatment systems, and what by-products and waste products are created. Another Workshop Dave attended was the “Data Quality Workgroup”, where future roles, responsibilities, membership, and participation of this group were discussed. Managing data accurately and efficiently was affirmed as a critical piece of the DOE program of the future.
8/16/2018 – LNAPL Transmissivity and Hydraulic Recoverability Presentation
The US Army Corps of Engineers – Denver Regulatory Office, hosted two GEI consultants, an Environmental Project Manager and a senior Geologist this month who spoke about the basics of LNAPL transmissivity field testing/analysis, method applicability, national regulatory acceptance, and practical case studies. Dave Rich attended this meeting, and spoke with many attendees, including current Enviro software clients, over lunch, about how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase can manage the data that is extracted from these processes.
6/22/2018 - Dr. Dave Attends GEE Field Days
Dave Rich, President of Geotech Computer Systems, Inc., gave a Platform Presentation at the Geotech Environmental Equipment Annual Field Days, again this year. The title of Dr. Dave’s talk this year was, “Managing Groundwater and Other Data from the Field to the Map”. This talk documented how cost savings of 50% or more can result from more efficient data management and display, and can provide a high return on investment for software purchases, staff training, and data conversion. For a copy of Dr. Dave’s Presentation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/18 – 6/22/2018 – Training Trip for Santa Clara Tribe
The Santa Clara Pueblo in Albuquerque, NM, is one of Geotech’s long-time Enviro Data users. We are proud to say that they have been successfully using Geotech’s products and services since 2008. This month, Geotech’s chief developer, Russ Wendell, made his annual visit to the Tribe and worked with its two main database managers to help them set up their sample events, manage their lab and field data, and generate their output. We look forward to our annual visit to The Santa Clara Tribe for many more years to come.
6/7/2018 - Geotech highlights service offerings
Training - While most of our clients get training on the Enviro software as they are getting started, we’re finding that, with staff turnover, position and project changes, etc. some companies are struggling with untrained users. We are happy to provide “remedial” training to help solve this problem.
Customization - We had a client who needed a second regulatory limit line on the Graph display to show MCLs for two different seasons. With a couple of hours of programming, they now have exactly what they need. On the other extreme, we have built complete sub-systems for specific needs that can’t be satisfied by existing software.
Data loading - We help clients build their databases in a number of ways. Often we help clients migrate data from existing databases, either in competing products, or in-house proprietary systems. We’ve done this so often that we have built semi-automated “wizards” to speed up the process. Some clients have us load their data on an ongoing basis, downloading EDDs from their lab, loading them into their database, and then reviewing the quality of the data. Especially this time of year, many clients are overtaxed, and struggling (or failing) to meet deadlines. If this problem involves data management, Geotech can help.
Output generation - We have some clients that have us generate their reports on a regular basis for them to submit to their clients and regulators. One client had us generate a set of 2D and 3D displays to help them and their client understand a complex site.
We encourage you to reach out to Geotech to discuss how we can make your data management life easier.
5/15/2018 – Geotech exhibits at TCEQ
Dr. Dave represented Geotech at this year’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality trade show in Austin, TX. Geotech Computer Systems (GCS) shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment (GEE) at this year’s show. There were many interesting and educational Tracks at this year’s event, including: “Lab Practices and Data Reporting”, “Introduction to Environmental Regulations”, and “Waste Remediation”. There were over 1,600 exhibitors at this year’s show, and an even larger number of attendees. Dr. Dave got to speak with many current and future clients.
4/30/2018 – Dr. Dave Travels to Omaha for Trade Show
In April, Dave Rich again attended the S.A.M.E. Industry Day which is traditionally held in Omaha, NE. Some of the most interesting talks included: “Strategic and Critical Materials in SE Nebraska: The Elk Creek Superalloys Project” and “Engineering solutions for the Nation’s Toughest Challenges”. The talks were interesting and thought-provoking. The Corps has been a client of Geotech since 2003, and the Omaha District has successfully implemented Enviro Data on many of their projects.
4/19/2018 – “2018 UPDATE – Colorado’s Recognized Environmental Professional (REP) Program”
A presentation on the new REP program took place at this year’s April RMAEP luncheon. REP’s will replace Individual Listed Consultants effective January 1, 2018. Prospective REP’s will need to have an approved application and pass a regulatory proficiency exam to become an REP. The purpose of the REP designation is to better align decision-making responsibility between OPS, environmental consultants and responsible parties by identifying environmental consultants who can demonstrate decision-making experience on releases to the environment. Listed companies will remain as such by virtue of having at least one REP. Many Geotech clients are included in this REP list. This presentation provided much-needed information and was well-received by all attendees, including Geotech.
4/9/2018 – Department of Defense Conference
The annual Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring and Data Quality Workshop was held in Orlando, FL., this month. Geotech was represented at this conference by Dr. Dave Rich. Some of the session topics this year included, “Data Quality and Forensic Determination”, “Data Validation and Usability”, and “Data Management”. This conference is largely sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and Naval Sea Systems Command. The conference was held this year at the beautiful Shades of Green Resort.
3/19/2018 – AEHS Trade Show
Once again, the AEHS show was a huge success in San Diego. This was their 28th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. Geotech and the other members of the Remediation Partners, again sponsored an exhibitor booth. This year there were 200 presenters, 23 sessions, 9 workshops and 50 exhibitors. One of this year’s workshops, presented by Remediation Partners, was titled “Environmental Ethics: A tragedy of the Commons Perspective”.
2/28/2018 – RMAEP Meeting
“Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Water Resources in Colorado” was the title of this month’s lunch presentation by the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals. Professor Joseph Ryan, the presenter of this talk, and Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder presented an overview of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in northeastern Colorado, and the effects of oil and gas development on air and water resources in the Rocky Mountain region. This talk was well-attended and produced a lively discussion during the luncheon. Dr. Dave Rich has guest-lectured in Dr. Ryan’s class at C.U. Boulder.
1/29/2018 Geotech Releases Enviro Spase 8
Geotech’s popular Enviro Spase software has been rewritten in .NET, and no longer requires VBA Compatibility for ArcMap, so it is now compatible with ArcMap 10 and up. Changes to the software makes it more robust in dealing with missing client data, which in the past would have caused problems. The software has greatly enhanced error trapping to help identify and troubleshoot problems. Finally, there are a number of small improvements throughout the user interface and the code. This is the first release in the new Enviro 8 suite. Enviro Data will soon also have a new release, called Enviro Data 8, that will have many new and revised features. Stay tuned.
1/17/2018 – Geotech Attends CGWA Luncheon Presentation
The title of this month’s talk was: “A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring why contaminant transport doesn’t always behave the way it should”. The Speaker was Dr. Kamini Singha from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. She earned her B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from Stanford University. Dr. Dave Rich, Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. attended this lunch presentation and learned much about hydrogeological systems.
10/15/2017 – Dr. Dave Attends UMass Soils Conference
Geotech Computer Systems again this year participated in the UMass Soils Conference in Amherst, MA as a member of the Remediation Partners. Dr. Dave collaborated with other members of this group to present a talk titled, “Managing Data for Dynamic Site Conceptual Models”. This year, Dave also spent some time driving around the East Coast visiting many current and prospective clients in Portland and Manchester, NH, and Framingham, MA.
7/26/2017 – Enviro Software Receives Excellent Reviews By Users
Hil Lassek, a Database Administrator at Whetstone Environmental stated, “The flexibility of the software along with its ease of use is its greatest feature, usually two conflicting goals. The database is beautifully designed and technical support is excellent. The Viewer tool exports our data in Excel crosstabs, making for easy analyses by us and our clients – all of which is easily configurable. We also appreciate how Enviro Data exports the data that can be easily imported into other software for statistical analysis. The cost cannot be beat. In short, Enviro Data makes storing and exporting the data easy so that we can focus on the analysis.” He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating on Overall Quality, Ease of Use, Customer Support, Features/Functionality, Value for Money, and a 10 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Jill Libby, an Environmental Scientist with Tighe & Bond replied, “We have just started using the program, and it is already saving us time, money, and resources. I really enjoy that anyone at the company can learn to use it. Users don’t have to be computer pros. It is very effective that I can figure out issues or discrepancies on my own and don’t have to call customer service every time there is a glitch.” She gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Customer Support and Value for Money, and a 4 out of 5 for Ease of Use and Features/Functionality.
Clark Short, a Geochemist with INTERA, Inc. said, “Best bang for the buck in environmental data management”. He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Value for Money, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality and Customer Support, and an 8 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Sara Taylor, a Database Manager with Woodard & Curran said, “I like the import data procedures. The available import specifications are helpful when dealing with multiple data providers.” She gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Customer Support and Features/Functionality, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Ease of Use and Value for Money, and an 8 out of 10 rating for Likelihood to Recommend.
Bill Rice, a Staff Geologist with Trinity Source Group replied, “The software is very adaptable, and the product team can support client needs quickly and they are very helpful. It reduced overall costs by reducing labor for some tasks.” He gave the software a 5 out of 5 rating for Customer support, and a 4 out of 5 rating for Overall Quality, Ease of Use, Features/Functionality, and Value for Money, and an 8 out of 10 for Likelihood to Recommend.
7/20/2017 – RMAEP Luncheon Presentation
This month’s Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals presented a talk titled, “Learn to Love the Corps a Little More: Changes to the New Nationwide Permits”. Dave Rich represented Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. at this talk. The Topics discussed at this meeting were: “What are the Nationwide Permits”; “Summary of the final rule published on January 6, 2017”; “What’s in the 2017 Nationwide Permit final rule?”; and “Conditions for the 2017 Nationwide Permits”. Some of the subjects included in the discussion of these Topics were: “Endangered Species Act Compliance”, Surface Coal Mining Activities”, and “Living Shorelines”. There is much to learn about these new permits. A very lively discussion followed the presentation. The Corps of Engineers has been a Geotech client for many years.
5/18/2017 – Ultra High Resolution Site Characterization & CSM Development
The Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals hosted the above-titled talk at their monthly meeting in May. The talk was presented by TJ Grisel with Aestus, LLC. Mr. Grisel has been an environmental scientist and traditional environmental consultant for ten years. He spent much of his career working on petroleum hydrocarbon remediation projects. Mr. Grisel and Aestus share the belief that environmental site characterization can be greatly improved using the “scan first then drill” approach that is standard practice in the medical and oil/gas industries. Some of the benefits of this method are: Faster cleanup at lower cost; Know where to drill wells and eliminate “drilling blind”; Know where to target remediation efforts; and others. This presentation was well-received by attendees and prompted many questions. Dr. Dave saw many long-time friends and business associates here.
5/15/2017 – Texas Environmental Trade Fair and Conference
The TCEQ was once again held at the Convention Center in downtown Austin, TX. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment again this year. As in most previous years, this conference had over 1,600 exhibitor booths and thousands of attendees. Some of the many topics discussed at this year’s show were: Water Quality, Used Oil, Toxicology, Solid Waste Permits, and many others.
4/17/2017 – Geotech Attends the Department of Defense Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop
Dr. Dave Rich attended this year’s EMDQ Conference in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s conference was very well attended and had many interesting Sessions, which Dr. Dave attended. Here are a few of them: “Understanding the Role of Sewer Preferential Pathways in Vapor Intrusion”; “Collecting Data Costs Money – Is its Value Worth its Cost”; “Environmental Data Management on FUDSChem for USACE Jacksonville District FUDS Projects”; & “Using the HAPSITE as a Vapor Intrusion Investigation Tool”. The talks were very informative, and Dave met many longtime clients and other business associates at this year’s Workshop.
3/16/2017 – RMAEP March Presentation
This month’s Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals hosted a talk titled, “An Aerial Perspective on environmental UAS (or Drone) applications”. The speaker was Jeff Popiel, President of Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. Jeff’s company, Leptron (a subsidiary of GEE) designs and manufactures patented unmanned quadcopter and helicopter platforms which are remotely piloted with advanced ground station products in the US. Leptron is focused on projects where collecting sensor data is necessary to protect people and the environment. This talk was very interesting and very well-attended. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. was among the many technical companies in attendance.
3/15/2017 – Colorado Groundwater Association presents, “An Overview of the DWR Map Viewer and Data Products from the Colorado Division of Water Resources”
Chris Brown, GIS Coordinator of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, was the speaker for this month’s presentation. Chris has worked in the water field for over 17 years in both the public and private sector. He is also the State Steward of the National Hydrography Dataset for Colorado and is interested in applying GIS to both groundwater and surface water issues in Colorado. The Water Information Team for the Colorado Division of Water Resources disseminates data in a number of different formats. Their DWR Map Viewer is one of the interconnected platforms they use to provide data to the public. The data used in the viewer comes directly from Hydrobase, DWR’s water database, and connects to their Well Permit Search and CDSS websites to provide the user with seamless access to DWR’s data and imaged documents. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. was well represented at this presentation.
3/7/2017 – Geotech attends REMTEC
This year’s REMTEC show was held in Denver, CO. Geotech Computer Systems, Inc. shared an exhibit booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment, also a Denver company. Some of the other exhibitors attending this event were: Geosyntec Consultants, Regenesis, Terra Systems, Woodard and Curran, and Tersus Environmental. Some of the presentation topics included: Upstream Oil and Gas Environmental Issues; Key Developments in Site Investigation and Environmental Monitoring; How to get Defendable Data; and Technology Development, Transfer and Regulatory Acceptance. Dave Rich manned the booth for Geotech Computer Systems, and spoke with both existing and prospective clients in attendance. All the talks and the exhibits were well attended.
2/16/2017 – “Draining the Experts on Discharge Water Permitting”
This was the topic for the February presentation of the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP). There were four speakers that discussed the above topic: Margo Griffin, Environmental Protection Specialist with Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment; Bennett Buchsieb, Environmental Services with Evoqua Water Technologies; Mark Korzenecki, Business Development Manager Evoqua Water Technologies, Wastewater on Exchange; and Cathy Swanson, Business Development Manager with Evoqua Water Technologies. The presentation covered: 1) The “five steps” necessary to ensure that contractors obtain the right permit for each particular activity; 2) Behind the scenes glimpse at how permit applications are reviewed and processed by the Water Quality Control Division; 3) Highlighting the current challenges in meeting strict discharge permit limits; and 4) Options for treatment technologies and applicability. Geotech President, Dave Rich, attended this technical presentation.
11/9/2016 - Geotech Attends Aquifer Storage and Recovery Presentation
The Colorado Ground Water Association sponsored a luncheon meeting and talk this month titled, “Denver Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery”. The talk was given by Cortney Brand of Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc., and was held at Geotech Environmental Equipment’s facility in Denver. The presentation discussed field data collection methods and how the understanding of the DB aquifers underlying the City and County of Denver is improving with additional subsurface data. Dr. Dave of Geotech attended this very informative presentation.
10/17/2016 - Dr. Dave Speaks at UMass Trade Show
Geotech’s President, Dave Rich, once again attended the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy in Amherst, MA this month. This year there were 140 Presenters, 9 Workshops and 50 Exhibitors. Geotech once again this year shared a booth with the Remediation Partners Consortium, and Dave gave a talk titled, “Managing Data for Dynamic Site Conceptual Models”. Sponsored by the AEHS Foundation, this show is always very educational and well-attended.
10/7/2016 - Annual Chili Cook-Off Another Success
Geotech Environmental Equipment sponsored their Annual Chili Cook-Off this evening. Their staff, business associates, and friends and family attended, partook of all the chili contest entries and socialized. The kids loved the face painting, and newcomers enjoyed touring the GEE facility. Geotech Computer Systems’ management team attended these festivities and had a wonderful time.
9/22/2016 - RMAEP Sponsors Happy Hour
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP) sponsored a Happy Hour this evening at 1UP Lodo, in downtown Denver. Geotech’s Presdent, Dave Rich, attended, and met up with some longtime business associates, and some new prospective clients. A good time was had by all!
9/22/2016 - Software Training for Geotech Environmental Equipment
Dave Rich presented two Enviro Data software training sessions this month to the sales staff of Geotech Environmental Equipment, one of our business partners. The pizza lunch presentations were well-received, and provided valuable insight into how to sell Geotech Computer System’s world-renowned environmental database management software.
6/23-24/2016 - Dr. Dave Speaks at Annual Field Days
Once again this year, Geotech Environmental Equipment sponsored its Annual Field Days in Denver, CO. Geotech Computer Systems’ sales team sponsored a booth this year, and Dr. Dave presented a talk titled, “Better Data Management for Better Site Conceptual Models”. As always, the talks, equipment demonstrations, camaraderie, and food and drinks were all wonderful, and enjoyed by all attendees.
6/16/2016 - RMAEP Presents Updates on Soil Remediation Technologies
Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, held a luncheon meeting this month, featuring a talk on Soil Remediation Services. Geotech’s Dr. Dave attended this presentation and learned about all the latest technologies being used in soil remediation.
4/20/2016 - CGWA Sponsors Luncheon Meeting
The Colorado Ground Water Association held a luncheon meeting at Geotech Environmental Equipment’s offices this month, to discuss new rules being considered for water-supply wells, monitor holes, monitor wells and geotechnical test holes. This information was presented by Kevin Donegan, Senior Hydrologist of the Hydrogeological Services Group of the Division of Water Resources. Geotech Computer Systems attended this informational meeting.
4/11/2016 - DoD Workshop Features Enviro Data Software
Dave Rich attended the 2016 DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Workshop, held this year in the Robert A. Young Federal Building in St. Louis, MO. The EDQW Principals this year were: US Army Corps of Engineers, US Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and Naval Sea Systems Command. Many sessions were held during this three-day workshop, and of special interest was the session titled, “Environmental Data Management on USACE, Omaha District Projects”, which featured Geotech’s Enviro Data database management software. The three-day session ended with a tour of the Test America laboratory in St. Louis, and a Cardinals baseball game. All events were well attended, and enjoyed.
3/21/2016 - Dr. Dave Rich Features Enviro Data Software at Trade Show
Geotech again attended the Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in San Diego, CA this year, March 21 – 24. We also had a booth at this year’s show, along with more than 40 other vendors attending this year’s West Coast show. Some of the Session Topics were: Bioremediation, Chemical Analysis, Environmental Fate and Modeling, GIS/Data Visualization, Innovative Remedial Technologies, and many others.
3/6/2016 - Geotech Attends Waste Management Trade Show
In early March, Dr. Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, attended the Waste Management Symposia 2016, held in Phoenix, AZ. Geotech had a booth in the Small Business Pavilion again this year, and Dave co-authored a talk titled, “Maintenance of Maywood Laboratory Operations Support during Contractor Transition and Replacement of the Project Databases”. The talk was presented by Brian Tucker, and was one of many talks in the “Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and US Army Corps of Engineers Projects” session. The talk was well attended and many questions about the logistics of replacing outdated database systems were fielded by Dave and Brian.
10/19/2015 - Geotech Attends “Soils, Sediments, Water & Energy” Trade Show at UMASS
Remediation Partners Group had a booth again this year at the annual “Soils, Sediments, Water & Energy” trade show, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Geotech Computer Systems has been a member of this group for a number of years, and shared the booth with them again this October. A talk titled, “Better Data for Better Site Conceptual Models”, and written by Dr. Dave Rich of Geotech; James Cummings, USEPA; and Joseph Quinnan, ARCADIS, was presented at this year’s show. The talk was well-attended, and many questions were asked about this up-and-coming topic. This presentation can be downloaded from www.geotech.com/resources.htm, or you can contact Dave Rich at email@example.com.
9/16/2015 - Corps of Engineers Meeting
Dave Rich met with the Corps of Engineers in Omaha, NE this month, to review their current use of Enviro Data and Enviro Spase in their district, especially relative to the new FUDSCHEM database. The Corps has successfully been using Geotech’s software for several years, and states their database management has been greatly improved since they adopted this software.
6/25/2015 - Annual Field Days
Geotech Environmental Equipment, headquartered in Denver, hosted its annual Field Days conference and trade show again this year. Geotech Computer Systems had a booth at the show, and President Dave Rich presented a paper titled, “Better Data for Better Site Conceptual Models”, co-authored by Dave Rich; James Cummings, USEPA; and Joseph Quinnan, ARCADIS. In a nutshell, the paper suggested two changes be made to the site conceptual model, 1) more thoroughly involve input from geologists in creating the original model, and 2) the site conceptual model should be a dynamic, rather than a static document. If you would like more information on this presentation, please contact Dave Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org, or it can be downloaded from this page..
5/21/2015 - RMAEP Meeting
The topic of this month’s meeting was: “Civil and Criminal Liability, and Risk Mitigation” for corporate officers and their associates. The presentation was given by Christopher J. Neumann, who is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control enforcement matters. Chris assists clients in development of environmental management systems or other compliance programs. Chris is the chair of the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission where he has served for 10 years. He received his B.S. in Engineering and Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Dave Rich attended this presentation and gleaned much knowledge from it, and also enjoyed chatting with a fellow Notre Dame graduate. Dr. Dave received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.S. and PhD from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
4/28/2015 - Atlanta Geological Society
Geotech’s President, Dr. David Rich, flew to Atlanta this month to give at talk titled, “Gathering, Managing, and Displaying Site Environmental Data Using Automated Tools”. The talk was sponsored by the Atlanta Geological Society, and was held in the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. There was a social gathering prior to Dr. Dave’s presentation, and at the conclusion of the talk, many geologists discussed with Dave how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase could help them in their specific careers.
3/15/2015 - Waste Management Symposium
This year’s Waste Management Symposium (WMS) was held at the Phoenix Convention Center, and ran for four days. Geotech Computer Systems had one of over 150 booths at this year’s show. A few of the other exhibitors included: Fluor Corp., GoldSim Technology Group, AECOM, Premier Technology, Inc, and ALS Environmental. This show usually attracts over 1,000 attendees, and is considered the premier international conference for the management of radioactive material and related topics. WMS provides all attendees with a forum for discussing and finding cost-effective and environmentally responsible solutions for safe management and disposition of radioactive waste ad radioactive materials. Many attendees were interested in how Enviro Data and Enviro Spase (Geotech’s products) could help them do a better job of managing the data they receive from their waste sites.
3/2/2015 - RemTEC Summit 2015
The Remediation Technology Summit took place this year at The Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver. Geotech had a booth at this year’s show, with Dave Rich, President, attending. Other exhibitors included – ARCADIS; EOS Remediation, LLC; Geotech Environmental Equipment; Matrix Environmental, and many more. Some of the talks this year included: “Advances in Site Investigation and Environmental Monitoring”, “Advances in NAPL Source Zone Characterization and Remediation”, and “Long Term Management of Complex Sites”. Well over 1,000 attendees participated. This was another very successful show for Geotech, resulting in several new clients for the company.
2/15/2015 - SME & CMA Annual Expo
Jay & Mike, from Geotech Computer Systems, shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment at the joint Society of Mining Engineers and Colorado Mining Association’s Conference, at the Denver Convention Center this month. This event showcased the latest opportunities, innovations and developments in the mining industry. The best and the brightest in this industry were in attendance at this show, and GCS was able to present and demonstrate our software solutions to them in person. With over 800 booths and thousands of attendees, many networking opportunities took place.
1/15/2015 - Battelle Conference in New Orleans
Dave Rich, President of Geotech, shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment this year at the Eighth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, in New Orleans. This conference was a forum for sharing experiences and opportunities toward the goal of remediating, restoring and maintaining the environmental and economic vitality of waterways. The program reflected the growing knowledge that better management of contaminated sediment systems is the key to success. Geotech’s Enviro Data and Enviro Spase software fit in well with the many solutions being discussed during the entirety of this conference.
1/14/2015 - Geotech Attends CGWA Winter Gathering
Geotech started this year out by two of our salespeople, Mike and Jay, attending the Colorado Groundwater Association talk titled, “Greenland’s Environment, Culture, and Economic Development: An Overview”. Being the largest island in the world, Greenland holds about 10% of the world’s fresh water and consequently plays a critical role in the world’s hydrological cycle and sea levels. Trade-offs between economic development in energy and minerals versus environmental controls in Greenland were the topic of the presentation, and discussion for the attendees, during the prime rib dinner that was served this evening.
10/21/2014 - Geotech Makes Debut at CEMS Conference
For the first time, Geotech attended the Colorado Environmental Management Society Fall Conference. This year it was held at the Coors Field Conference Center in Denver, CO, and the theme of this year’s show was “Navigating Complex Site Cleanup: Technical, Regulatory and Public Relations Challenges. All talks and exhibit booths were focused on environmental cleanup issues and regulatory requirements. Some of Geotech’s clients and prospects that gave talks at this year’s show were: Tim Kelley and Eric Gesser, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, “OPS Redevelopment Fund and New Site Closure Requirements”; David S. Lipson, ARCADIS, “The Vapor Intrusion Challenge: You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!”; and John Sohl, Columbia Technologies, “Building Your Case for NAPL, Mobility, and Recovery Using a High Resolution Approach”. Mike Rich represented Geotech as a vendor at this very unique venue, which took place on the Club Level of the ball field. It was a very long one day event, but it was very interesting and well attended, and the inclusion of breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and a Happy Hour reception truly made the time fly!
10/20/2014 - 30th Annual AEHS East Coast Conference
Once again this year, the Association of Environmental Health and Safety (AEHS) sponsored their Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dave Rich attended this year’s show and shared a booth with the Remediation Partners (a group of environmental-related companies). Dave also gave a talk this year titled, “Geology Rising - Making Better Site Conceptual Models”. This talk was co-authored by Dave Rich, Geotech Computer Systems, Jim Cummings, USEPA, and Joe Quinnan, ARCADIS. The abstract and slide show for this talk can be found on Geotech’s website, at geotech.com/resources.html.
10/9/2014 - Geotech Attends EnviroFest
This Fall, Mike Rich represented Geotech with a tabletop exhibit at the annual RMAEP EnviroFest . This year’s show was held at the Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO. It was a four hour event in which environmental professionals had the opportunity to network, learn, share ideas, dialogue with environmental, engineering, and consulting firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and job seekers, and of course eat and drink. This year’s theme was SMART energy. Networking time was interspersed between presentations and a Panel Discussion. Some of the talks were given by Katelyn Roberts, Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED); William Mahoney, National Center of Atmospheric Research; and Jenny Bredt, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. Some of the other exhibitors at this show were: Geotech Environmental Equipment, ACZ Laboratories, Altus Environmental, and many others.
9/21/2014 - Geotech Completes FUSRAP Facility Project
Geotech Computer Systems has been supporting the Cabrera Services team, a company with world-class expertise in radiological and environmental remediation, with a data management project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District at their Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) project at Maywood, NJ. The facility has an on-site New Jersey-certified radiological laboratory, which has been using an in-house developed laboratory information management system (LIMS) and environmental data management system (EDMS). In order to improve performance and capacity, Cabrera contracted Geotech to convert the two systems from Access back-ends to SQL Server back-ends. The existing LIMS system was retained, updated, and converted to a SQL Server back-end. The data in the EDMS was transferred to Geotech’s Enviro Data software, which will be used for sample label creation, import of electronic data deliverables, and data reporting. The two systems are being made available to Cabrera on-site and offsite staff, and other offsite users including USACE remote staff. Training was provided to the Cabrera staff at the Maywood site in September. The project is expected to be completed in November 2014.
8/27/2014 - Dave Rich Attends URTeC
This month, Dave Rich was the free guest of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This was a two-day event, with more than 4500 attendees, many exhibitors and a plethora of good presentations, a few of which were, “Characterizing Shale Plays - The Importance of Recognizing What You Don’t Know”, “Forecasting Well Production Data in Unconventional Resources”, and “Cha-Ching: It’s All About the Markets”.
8/25/2014 - Another Texas Tradeshow
Mike Rich traveled to Texas again this year, to attend the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA’s) annual show,Wastecon, held this year in Grapevine, TX. This was a 3-day show, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. There were over 1,000 booths at this year’s show, and also many technical programs, training courses, certification exams, product vendors, and networking events. Wastecon is considered to be the premier solid waste industry event taking place each year. This was Geotech Computer Systems first year at Wastecon and we shared a booth with Geotech Environmental Equipment. Every year SWANA hosts a Young Professionals (YPs) Networking Mentoring Event at this show, where young professionals can expand their professional networks, make new friends, and share their ideas and goals in an enjoyable social environment. Mike attended this event, and many others this year, and found all of them to be very beneficial.
7/29/2014 - Geotech Attends 19th Annual ITEC Conference
Mike Rich represented Geotech this year at the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council (ITEC) Conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Catoosa, OK, just outside of Tulsa. ITEC provides this opportunity for Tribal representatives and other environmental professionals to obtain a first hand view of various products and training materials that are necessary to enhance environmental programs. This conference was a two-day event, and all of the tribes in Region VI were invited. A limited number of exhibitor booths were available, and Geotech did have a booth at this show.
6/19/2014 - 6th Annual Fields Days is Another Success
As they do every year, Geotech Environmental Equipment held their Field Days again this month. The event features many talks, such as “Characterizing Groundwater Flow Velocity and Preferential Flow Zones”, “Deploying Water Quality & Level Sensors Downwell with Remote Telemetry”, and Geotech Computer System’s talk, “Managing Environmental Data for Conceptual Site Models”. There are also many exhibitors, lots of equipment demos, hands-on training on GEE instruments, networking opportunities, excellent Bar-B-Q, and lots of other food and drink. And all free of charge to GEE’s clients and invited industry guests.
5/22/2014 - Unique Meeting Venue Prompts Lively Conversations
RMAEP and Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) co- hosted a Progressive Networking Dinner at Piccolo’s Denver Restaurant in May. This was a very unique and interesting venue because instead of having the usual speaker in the front of the room, attendees started out at one table, eating one course of the meal, and then changed tables throughout the course of the evening, eating additional courses of the dinner, allowing everyone the opportunity to speak to, and meet, many former acquaintances and lots of new business associates. The Mexican and Italian food was enjoyed by all, and many business cards were exchanged.
5/15/2014 - RMAEP Lunch Meeting
This year’s Spring Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professional’s Luncheon Meeting was held at Lodo’s Bar and Grill in downtown Denver. The featured presentation this year was titled “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Matierials”, NORM. Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, and Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attended the presentation and the delicious luncheon, and met many existing clients, and made many new business relationships.
5/6/2014 Mike Attends TCEQ Show
May began with Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attending the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Conference in Austin, TX. The show was held at the Austin Convention Center, and there were nearly 2,000 exhibit booths at this year’s show. Geotech shared a booth with our good friends and business associates, Geotech Environmental Equipment. The show ran for two days and featured many interesting presentations, such as “Land Application of Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge and Domestic Sewage”, and “Introduction to Incremental Sampling Methodology”. The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Banquet takes place at this show, and it honors the state’s most outstanding environmental projects with a video vignette of each winning project.
5/4/2014 - Geotech Attends NGWA Groundwater Summit
May was a very busy month this year, for Geotech to meet new prospective clients. The month started off with Dave Rich attending the 10th Annual NGWA Groundwater Summit. The theme of the show this year was “Moving Research to Solutions”. There were many presentations given at this show, such as “Hydraulic Conductivity and Permeability of Sediments in Irrigation Canals”, “The State of Water Resources Around the World and Future Challenges in the U.S.”, “Groundwater Remediation in Karst Terranes: State of the Practice”, and Dave’s talk, “Data Management for the New and Expected Petroleum Baseline Sampling Rules.” Geotech Computer Systems again shared a booth at this show with Geotech Environmental Equipment, and at the end of the last day of the show, GEE bused attendees to their office in Denver, and gave them a tour of their facility, which included a very nice happy hour. A very pleasant way to end a very successful show.
4/8/2014 - Western Mining Conference & Exhibition
The 116th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition was held in Denver, CO this year. Presentations at this show addressed the future of gold mining, the impact of new environmental and safety regulations, resource nationalism, new mine development and mine expansions in Colorado. 110 vendors had booths at this year’s show, and Geotech shared one of these booths with our good friends and business partners, Geotech Environmental Equipment. Some of the other exhibitors this year were Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Matrix Design Group, Tetra Tech, ACZ Laboratories, Inc., some of whom have been Enviro software users for many years.
3/17/2014 - West Coast Travel
In mid-March, Dave and Mike both traveled to the West Coast for Geotech. Dave flew to Seattle, WA to train an Indian Nation there that is a new user of the Enviro software. This Tribe has developed Water Quality and Nutrient Management databases in Access, and they are looking to import these databases into Enviro Data, and print out the graphic results in Enviro Spase. We look forward to getting their data into their new environmental database. While Dave was in Seattle doing training, Mike was in San Diego attending the 24th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. At this show, Geotech shared a booth with Remediation Partners, which was represented by our longtime business associate, Richard Cartwright. There were 43 vendor booths this year and many good talks, such as, “Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory and Technical Update”, “Innovative Remedial Technologies”, “Petroleum Hydrocarbon Vapor Intrusion I”, and “The Future of Human Health Risk Assessment: What to Expect By 2020”.
3/4/2014 - Enviro Data Client Adds Second Office
Dave Rich provided a WebEx training today, for the Kansas office of a longtime Enviro Data client. The New Hampshire office of this client has been an Enviro software user for many years. This client has 140 offices across the U.S., and their many consulting engineers and scientists provide services to their clients such as environmental site assessments and investigations, Brownfields and site redevelopment, regulatory compliance, and solid waste planning and design, to name a few. Geotech looks forward to adding many more offices of this corporation to the Enviro software family of users in the near future.
2/27/2014 - Geotech Exhibits at Remediation Workshop
Mike Rich exhibited at the Lakewood, CO Remediation Workshop this month. Some of the talks given this day were, “Fork in the Road - how treatability studies put your remediation project on track”, “Sulfate-enhanced Technology for In-Situ Remediation” “Happy Bugs = Happy Clients - Optimizing bioremediation”. Each workshop was attended by 50 - 100 environmental engineers, geologists, and hydro-geologists who were managers of their remediation projects. It was a very well-attended and educational show.
2/26/2014– Training and Trade Show
In February, Dave Rich travelled to Indianapolis, IN for two days: the first day he met with one of our Enviro Data clients, a multidisciplinary, environmental investigation and remediation firm, to train their folks on our software, and the second day he attended the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) trade show, to give a talk titled, “Managing Environmental Data for Conceptual Site Models”. Both the training and the show were quite successful.
1/26/2014 - Enviro Data Training
The Santa Clara Indian Nation, in New Mexico, has been successfully using the Enviro software for over five years now. During this time, the software users have been learning about, and using more of the features every year. Russ Wendell, Geotech’s lead software developer, has been traveling to New Mexico every year to do a week-long training session every year for Santa Clara. This year’s training focused on showing the users how to set up new bottle label reports, set up Sample Events and Field Samples, and how to use the analytic methods table and new soil PRG regulatory limits. Another happy client!
1/22/2014 - CGWA Holiday Event
Mike Rich, Geotech’s Sales Director, attended the Colorado Ground-Water Association (CGWA) Holiday Event this year. The festivities were held at Blake Street Tavern, and included a happy hour and scrumptious dinner. The featured speaker this year was Climatologist, Nolan Doesken, who discussed the 2013 flood and how it relates to Colorado history. A lively discussion followed this talk.
1/17/2014 - Geotech Provides Training
In mid-January, Geotech provided 2 - 2 hr. Enviro software training sessions, over the course of two days, to a client of ours that has over 140 offices in the US, and is an employee-owned firm of consulting engineers and scientists. We trained our clients in the Kansas and New England offices. The training went well, and we are talking to other offices of this corporation about implementing additional licenses of Enviro Data.
1/12/2014 - Dave Takes a Road Trip
Geotech was asked to do some Enviro Data training for a long-time refining company client of ours in New Mexico, so Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, decided to take a road trip to our neighboring state. Dave’s two days of training went quite well, and he returned back to Denver via Gunnison, CO where he visited with a long-time environmental consulting company client of ours. He paid a visit to several other prospective clients before he returned home from his successful and enjoyable trip.
12/29/2013 - Geotech Participates in Many Trade Shows and Professional Meetings
Mike, Geotech’s Sales Director, attended the RMAEP (Rocky Mountain Assoc. of Env. Professionals) annual trade show, Envirofest, this quarter. Geotech had a sponsor table again this year. The event was held at the new History Colorado building, and some of the speaker topics were: Key Elements of the Voluntary Cleanup Program; Summit Lake Park Wetlands; and Recent Changes to Oil and Gas Regulations through the eyes of Industry and Local Government. Envirofest is an opportunity for environmental professionals to learn and network with environmental and engineering organizations and consulting firms, government agencies, and academic institutions. Tours of the Colorado History Exhibits were also given during the evening.
Geotech once again attended the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, presented by the AEHS Foundation, and hosted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. This show is traditionally held in October, a beautiful time of year to be visiting New England. Dave, Geotech’s President, gave a talk this year titled "Gathering, Managing, and Displaying Soil Data Using Automated Tools", and shared a booth with others in the Remediation Partners organization. There were many Workshops, Platform Sessions and Poster Sessions throughout the 4-day trade show, and many current and potential clients said hello to Dave at the Geotech booth.
In November, Mike attended the RMAEP November meeting, which was held at the Test America Laboratories in Arvada, CO. The topic for this evening was "Colorado Flood Response and Recovery Panel", and some of the speakers included Julie Cozad, Deputy Operations Manager/Land Planning Manager at Tetra Tech, and Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs for the State of Colorado and former Executive Director of CDPHE. Many different perspectives were presented at this meeting, including community members directly affected by the floods, land use professionals, regulatory challenges, and industry response. It was a thought-provoking evening.
Also in November, Dave attended the 20th Annual IPEC (International Petroleum Environmental Conference) Trade Show, sponsored by the University of Tulsa, and held in San Antonio, TX this year. Dave gave a talk titled "Data Management for the New and Expected Baseline Sampling Rules", and also had a booth at this year’s show. The theme of this year’s show was "Environmental Issues and Solutions in Exploration, Production, Refining and Distribution of Petroleum". Some of the highlights of the show were: Environmental Issues in US Shale Plays, Horizontal Drilling and Remediation Wells, Fracking and Environmental Issues, and Produced Water Treatment and Management Strategies. In his few spare moments at this show, Dave was able to enjoy the warm Fall weather in Texas, and visit with his sister who lives in Austin and teaches at the University of Texas, Austin.
December 3 – 5, Mike attended the annual NGWA Groundwater Expo in Nashville, TN. This year, Geotech shared a booth with our good friends and business associates at Geotech Environmental Equipment. This is a very large show, with well over 1,000 booths, vendors and attendees. Throughout the show there were many Technical Sessions, Presentations, Lectures, Tours, and Short Courses going on simultaneously, with topics such as Groundwater Sampling and Environmental Monitoring and Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists. Being in Nashville, "Music City", there were of course many country music groups to be enjoyed, such as Sweethearts of the Rodeo and The Bellamy Brothers. New at this trade show, Geotech had a magnum of Sequum Cabernet Sauvignon wine for auction at the booth. This wine is made in Napa Valley, CA, by a Geotech client who uses the Enviro software to manage soil data for vineyard development and maintenance. "The software you can taste!" If you are interested in learning more about this wine, contact email@example.com, or call Geotech Toll Free at 877-740-1999.
Rounding out 2013, Dave and Mike attended the RMAEP Holiday Party on December 12, at Lodo’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. The theme of this event was Casino Night, and Mike actually won FREE attendance at the next two RMAEP events! Many Geotech friends and business associates attended this Holiday Party, and of course, the food and atmosphere were very festive. A good time was had by all.
12/11/2013 - Updated Validation Tool
Geotech is preparing a new release of Enviro Data, tentatively called Version 2012 D. One of the changes is a big upgrade to the Validation tool. While the calculations are pretty much the same as we have had for years, the user interface has been rewritten to make it easier to use, and provide more flexibility in selecting and configuring calculations. It will also include many new report formats, most of which are based on suggestions by our chemist clients.
12/9/2013 - New Quick List feature
While Enviro Data is the best project database around, we are also seeing our users apply Enviro Data to much larger data sets, in some cases approaching 10 million records, using SQL Server or Oracle. The time required to retrieve a large number of records was impacting their workflow. For example, using the existing List feature to display 283,000 records took over 30 minutes. So we added a new feature called Quick List.
It uses a different data retrieval approach, and is much faster. When we ran a Quick List, it took 4 seconds for the first records to appear, and 54 seconds to display them all.
If you are building large databases, this feature is for you. We are now implementing this new technology approach to speed up other output options as well.
11/25/2013 - Updated Validation Tool
Based on feedback from several users, Geotech is updating the user interface for the Validation tool that is part of the Enviro Data Editor. One of the updated screens is shown in the following picture. It shows the interface for the user to select the tests to be run, and the reports to be generated.
11/19/2013 - New Clients This Quarter
Geotech is happy to announce that we added four new clients to our growing list of Enviro software users this quarter. The first client is a very large environmental company, with offices around the world. The Lakewood, CO office purchased the Enviro software to use on a project for the Colorado Dept. of Public Health. This project was using a competing environmental database management software package, which did not work, and so our client replaced it with the Enviro software. Our second new client this quarter is a company of consulting scientists and engineers, with six offices in Montana and Idaho. This client also switched from the same large environmental database management system, which failed, to Enviro Data. Based in Minnesota, our third new client this month is an environmental services company focused on site investigations, munitions cleanup, hazardous waste management, and industrial cleaning and emergency spill response. The final new Enviro software user this quarter is a small environmental consulting company headquarted in Alabama, and the software is being used to assist a Tribal Nation in managing their environmental data. We welcome all our new users.
11/2/2013 - Geotech Thanks Long Time Enviro Data Users
Geotech ran some statistics on its client user-base recently, and confirmed that we have over 30 clients that have been using the Enviro software, and Geotech’s services, for five to sixteen years. These satisfied customers include: U.S. Government Agencies; small, medium and large environmental companies; State Public Health environmental agencies; laboratories; county governments; Canadian airports; Canadian pulp and paper mills; large oil & gas E&P companies; Indian tribal nations; an Argentinian environmental company; and oil & gas refineries, to name a few. Geotech also has many clients that have started using the Enviro software within the last one to five years. We are very grateful to all of our loyal users, and hope to continue serving their environmental database management needs for many more years to come. Thank you for your continued business!
11/2/2013 - Awesome Tech Support
Since 1986, Geotech has been providing top notch databases and services to the environmental industry. With a strong emphasis on client satisfaction, Geotech has been said by some to have the best support in the industry. Whether you’re just starting with the Enviro Data system, needing a way to organize historical data, or just need a little consulting, Geotech is always here to help.
See what clients are saying about Geotech:
"Everything is going well with Enviro Data. At this point, things are running smoothly; I’d like to let you know that Geotech tech support is very helpful when I have problems. They respond to my requests for help quickly and I find them to be good teachers." Database Administrator, environmental company
"The one issue I had a few weeks back, Geotech tech support promptly resolved for us." Project Geologist, environmental company
"The program is working fine for us and we’ve been very happy with the tech support that we get from Geotech when day-to-day questions come up." Project Scientist, large consulting company
10/30/2013 - Praise for Enviro Data from China
In 2012, Geotech was contacted by a very bright graduate student at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhiyu Li. He was looking for a dissertation topic for his thesis, so Dave Rich, Geotech’s President, and Chris Watson, one of Geotech’s consultants, spent quite a bit of time talking to Zhiyu, and decided that he could help us with the recent modifications to Enviro Spase, and use this as the topic of his thesis. Working closely with Chris, Zhiyu helped modify and test Enviro Spase, and identified and corrected some minor bugs. A year and a half later, Zhiyu has completed his thesis, and will be defending it this June. It was a pleasure to work with Zhiyu, and we found him to be very talented, diligent, and easy to work with. Zhiyu also worked with Enviro Data as part of this project. His comment about Enviro Data was, “…Enviro Data is the most sophisticated, powerful and professional software based on Microsoft Access I have ever seen.”
10/17/2013 - Free case of Sequum wine with Enviro Data purchase
For decades Enviro Data has been used for environmental projects around the world. From site assessment to cleanup, Enviro Data has proven to be one of the greatest tools anyone can have when facing any Phase 2 investigation. What most folks don’t know is that Enviro Data is so versatile, it can be used for much more than typical environmental data. Enviro Data is used by one of our clients, Paul Skinner, in California to track lab and field data for soil chemistry for growing grapes. Along with weather data from the real time sensors he installed, our client tracks disease models to determine how much to spray the plants that day. The wine he produces, Sequum, is phenomenal, and ranked one of the best by wine critic, Steve Heimhoff, and while you can’t taste the data structure in every sip, Enviro Data is a significant contributor to its excellent quality. To learn more about the wine made with Enviro Data, visit www.sequum.com/new/index.php. Find out how Enviro Data can be used to solve your specific problems at www.geotech.com. Some restrictions apply to this special offer.
10/12/2013 - Ten New Clients
Geotech is proud to announce that we added ten new clients to the list of satisfied Enviro Data users in the fourth quarter of 2013. We began the Fall by selling the Enviro software to an employee-owned corporation, founded in 1946, with over 200 employees, and offices in six states. Our second new client of the quarter owns one of the highest-grade silver mines in Canada, and is using Enviro Data to manage data from their production. Our third client is an Indian Nation in the Northwest U.S., using the software to remediate soil and water on some of their tribal land. The next purchase was by an environmental consulting firm in the Rocky Mountain region that provides services such as geologic and hydrologic studies, management of water resources, environmental compliance and many others. Our fifth new Enviro Data corporate user is a gold producer largely based in Nevada. Next on the list of new Enviro software users is a Texas-based corporation with seven offices in the US and two offices in Europe, and they’re using the software to perform analyses that demonstrate the long-term safety of mining, oil and gas, and radioactive waste operations. This quarter we also added a Florida County Stormwater Management group, whose major goal is to resolve current runoff control issues and prevent new ones from occurring. Our eighth new client this quarter is an independent consulting firm that offers services in hydrology and geochemistry, primarily to the mining sector. Our next new client to purchase Enviro Data is the Kansas office of a large employee-owned firm of consulting engineers and scientists. Their New Hampshire office purchased the software several years ago. And our last new client of the quarter was founded in 1994, has over 175 employees, and is an industry leader in engineering and remediation services for radioactive, hazardous, toxic, and MEC/UXO sites. We are pleased to welcome all our new clients to the long and growing list of satisfied Enviro software users!
10/10/2013 - The database you can taste
For decades Enviro Data has been used for environmental projects around the world. From site assessment to cleanup, Enviro Data has proven one of the greatest tools one can have when facing any Phase 2 investigation. What most folks don’t know is that Enviro Data is so versatile, that it can be used for so much more than typical environmental data. Enviro Data is used by one of our clients in California to track lab and field data for soil chemistry to grow grapes. Along with weather data from the real time sensors he installed, our client tracks disease models to determine how much to spray the plants that day. The wine he makes, Sequum, is delicious, and while you can’t taste the data structure in every sip, Enviro Data is a significant contributor to its excellent quality. To learn more about the wine made with Enviro Data, visit www.sequum.com/new/index.php. Find out how Enviro Data can be used to solve your specific problems at www.geotech.com.
9/21/2013 - Geotech Attends Fall AEHS Conference
Dr. Dave, Geotech’s President, will be representing Geotech at the University of Massachusetts AEHS (Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation) conference again this year. He will be giving a talk titled,"Using Technology Tools to Increase Remediation Project Efficiency". We invite you to attend Dave’s presentation, and bring all your environmental questions with you.
Geotech is part of the Remediation Partners (a group of environmentally related companies) and will be sharing a booth at this conference with several of the companies in this group: Defiant Technologies, GZA GeoEnvironmental, C3 Environmental, Terra Systems, and MECX. Our booth number at the conference this year is B1, and we encourage you to come and learn more about all of our environmental technology tools. Hope to see you there!
9/6/2013 - Warning about SQL 2012
We all live on the Microsoft software treadmill. The latest issue we have been working with is the transition from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to 2012. In this change, Microsoft has significantly changed how triggers and identity fields work, among other things. And, unfortunately, the Microsoft wizards for upsizing an Access database and converting a SQL database from 2008 to 2012 don’t work very well, or at least haven’t worked well for us. What this means for Enviro Data users is that if you are thinking about converting from Access to SQL Server 2012, or SQL Server 2008 to 2012, the conversion will take more planning than it took to convert to SQL 2008. Please contact Geotech if you are considering either of these upgrades.
7/18/2013 - Dave Rich to present at IPEC
"Data Management for the New and Expected Baseline Sampling Rules" will be the title of the talk that Dave Rich will be giving at this year’s 20th International Petroleum Environmental Conference (IPEC), November 12 -14, in San Antonio, TX. In February, 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) published Rules 609 and 318A. These rules made Colorado the first state in the country to require pre- and post-drilling sampling of water sources near new oil and gas wells permitted after May 1, 2013. A number of oil and gas operators predict that requirements similar to these will be implemented by other states in the near future. Dave’s talk will discuss the new Colorado rules and the data management requirements for the sampling. Geotech will also have a booth at this trade show. If you have any questions about Rules 609 and 318A, please visit Geotech at the IPEC show, or contact Geotech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/3/2013 - Windows 8 Shortcuts
As soon as you become familiar with a software program, a new and improved version is released. Microsoft Windows is a prime example of this. It seems that with popular software like Windows, the vendor, in this case Microsoft, releases new versions every three or four years. It may be irritating to learn so many new features of a program, so frequently, but there is help; help through shortcuts that may make life a little easier. The mere thought of learning to navigate through Windows 8 can seem tedious (see below). Some helpful shortcuts to keep in mind while using this program involve the Windows key, plus a second key. Keyboard shortcuts include (but are not limited to), minimizing, maximizing, opening new and restoring windows, as well as opening menu options. Windows 8 along with other new technologies use "Tiles" or "Apps," also known as applications. An "App" is a piece of software that can run on a computer, the Internet, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Here are a few useful shortcuts: Using the Windows key + Q you are able to access the Apps search screen, which can be helpful and timesaving. Another search option includes the Windows key + W, which brings up an option to search the settings. Using the Windows key + F brings up a new menu to search for files, documents and so forth. While working with properties you can use the Windows key + X to open the tools menu, advanced system options, command prompts, file explorer, the task manager as well as the control panel. The Windows key + E opens the computer, accessing the hard drive, removable storage and other network locations. The Windows key + M will minimize all windows. To restore minimized windows simply use the Windows key + Shift + M. By pressing the Windows key and typing, you can search your computer. In order to lock the computer, merely use the Windows key + L. With the ever- changing software being released these days, it seems as though there is much to learn; however, shortcuts help a great deal with time management and productivity.
6/27/2013 - Updated ERPIMS and ERIS Formats
Geotech recently updated two of our supported Department of Defense formats. One is the ERPIMS format for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC, formerly AFCEE). Enviro Data can now export ERPIMS version 6.0 files. Likewise, the Enviro Data export for the Environmental Restoration Information System (ERIS) from the U.S. Army Environmental Command, has been updated to version 3.0.
6/13/1203 - .NET Update
As you may have heard, the decision by ESRI to end support for VBA in the 10.2 release has been reversed, and the VBA runtime is still included. Geotech has rewritten Enviro Spase from VBA to VB.net in anticipation of this change. We are finishing final testing and documentation for this revised software, but as long as ESRI continues to support VBA, there isn’t a pressing reason for most people to switch. Geotech will keep you posted on the status of this issue.
5/17/2013 - New Clients
The second quarter of 2013 has been a busy one for the Geotech staff. Besides the myriad of other things that you’ve read about above, that fill our work days, the Geotech sales staff landed four large new clients this quarter. The first was an electric utility in the Northwest, which actually purchased their software last quarter, but added maintenance and training to their purchase this quarter. We next added a large Nevada gold company to our software users list, with their purchase of licenses, maintenance and a week of training. Our next new client was a geoconsulting and environmental remediation services company headquartered in Texas. And lastly, a California county that performs stormwater management services purchased our software, maintenance and training. We look forward to getting them all successfully up and running in the near future, and for many years to come.
5/15/2013 - ACE-IT Approves Enviro Data 2012
Two Army Corps of Engineers districts now have the Enviro software for their data management and GIS needs, and have been using the 2010 version, both in their own and in cooperation with their contractors. Geotech recently received word that the Corps IT department has now approved our 2012 version as well. Our Corps users will now be upgrading to the latest version, and other districts can adopt the software without needing to go through the approval process. Thanks to the Omaha District for their help in getting this done.
4/22/2013 – Mike Rich Attends Field Days
Sales Director Mike Rich attended another great Field Days show hosted by the well-known Geotech Environmental Equipment in north Denver. Visiting with other venders and attendees, Mike spent two days helping people find better solutions for their environmental needs. Mike gave a talk: “Managing, Reporting, and Displaying Baseline Data and Similar Data Types”, which helped people understand the best ways to handle environmental data depending on their project type. Mike met many wonderful new people and helped them understand the benefits of a centralized data management system.
4/5/2013 - Download a Free Environmental Computing Glossary
Geotech is happy to provide a free resource to our friends. This is a 44 page glossary of environmental and computer industry terms. It has evolved over the last few years in various forms, and has recently been updated.
3/27/2013 - Geotech Attends Spring AEHS Conference
At the end of March, Geotech again attended the AEHS Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in sunny San Diego, California. Mike Rich represented Geotech and he shared a booth with Richard Cartwright of MECX. Geotech and MECX are members of The Remediation Partners, a consortium of companies that work together to find solutions for a wide variety of environmental and remediation needs. Mike and the Remediation Partners met many new companies and people and provided many avenues for people to pursue as they look for solutions to their specific environmental problems. From data management to remediation, Remediation Partners is your one stop shop for your environmental needs. Many new partnerships were born and Geotech looks forward to working with all these new companies in the future.
3/15/2013 - COGCC Rule 609 - Colorado Setting a Precedent
In February the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) published Rule 609 making Colorado the first state in the country to require pre- and post-drilling sampling of water sources near new oil and gas wells. With this new rule in place, producing companies and their consultants must do baseline studies prior to, during and after drilling takes place to ensure water sources are of the highest quality. Since about 2007, Geotech Computer Systems has been helping clients use our Enviro Data software to report data to COGCC. With the implementation of the new state database for uploading the results, Geotech has cooperated with COGCC to update the transfer of data to their database using their new XML format. With this change, now you can obtain your data from your laboratory in the comprehensive Enviro Data format, perform your in-house quality control, reporting, and mapping, and then upload the data to COGCC, properly handling data details like Facility IDs and Sample IDs generated by the state. Contact us at email@example.com for additional details.
2/29/2013 - New Geotech Clients
Geotech is pleased to have added six new clients to our Enviro Software family in the first quarter of 2013. The first is a consulting company with offices in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Founded in 1946, this company specializes in Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental and Groundwater Science, Inspection and Testing Services, and many other disciplines. The second new client is an environmental and engineering consulting firm located in Colorado, that deals with business segments such as Brownfield Redevelopments, Land Development, Minerals Exploration, Mining, Oil & Gas, etc. Our third client this quarter is a minerals corporation headquarted in Canada and specializing in the exploration and development of uranium properties in the U.S., primarily in Wyoming and New Mexico. Fourth on our new client list is another Canadian company, established in 1973, that provides environmental services such as enhanced bioremediation, groundwater cutoff, In Situ chemical oxidation, and many others. With offices in Canada and Denver, our fifth new client is the environmental arm of a large silver producing company in Canada. This environmental group provides scientific and engineering services to mining, chemical, gas and government clients. They also provide water treatment and closure services at mining sites. Our final new client of the quarter is the Yakama Nation, a Native American group consisting of nearly 10,000 members, living in Washington State. We are happy that all of these clients have chosen the Enviro software to help them meet their environmental database management needs.
2/21/2013 - Enviro Data 2012 Released
Geotech has been working for the last several months on a major new version of our Enviro Data software. With a fresh new look, Enviro Data 2012 allows you to more easily manage your databases, perform common tasks, import data in difficult formats, and generate just the output you need. The version got the name 2012 early in its development, and we didn't change it even though it's being released now. (It took longer because of all the useful stuff we wanted to put in it.)
Here are just a few of the new features:
- Redesigned interface makes the software easier to use for new users, while providing the full functionality of the software to experienced users.
- A new database tracking feature helps you keep track of your Enviro databases in Access, SQL Server, and Oracle. Now you can open a database with just a couple of mouse clicks, without having to navigate to the desired folder and file.
- Many new and updated import and export formats, including SEDD, ADR, WQX, Scribe, ERPIMS, EQuIS, ADaPT, COGCC, EnviroInsite, RockWorks, NJ Hazsite, and NYSDEC, among others.
- New import options, including an updated “Uncrosstabber” to help dissect and import Excel tables. You can also define your own imports of multiple related files.
- New data review tool for projects that don’t need Enviro Data’s full CLP-based validation.
- Support for biological data for both individual and population census data.
- Enhanced Bulk Data tool for managing time sequence data like level loggers and multi-parameter probes, downhole data, and 2- and 3-D survey data.
- Expanded Field Tool capability that now lets you create your field documents such as container labels and chains of custody in the field based on actual field conditions.
- Stations can now have aliases, similar to Parameters.
- Enhanced Crosstab Wizard export with integrated statistics.
- More regulatory limit options, including bolding, underlining, and super- and sub-scripts.
- Regression curve option for graph reports.
- Significantly enhanced performance for retrieving large data sets.
We have now completed the development, in-house testing, and external testing, and are now releasing it to all users.
1/27/2013 - Data Management Help
One of the smartest things you can do for your business is to call on Geotech when you need data management help. We have trained, experienced staff to help you when: You have too much work to do and not enough staff to do it. You lose key data management personnel, have project deadlines, and no time to hire and train new people. When you want to save money. Hiring Geotech staff on an as-needed basis is far less expensive than hiring a full-time employee. Geotech provides a variety of data management services such as: Data entry and importing
Mapping Geotech has helped a wide variety of clients with their data management needs just in 2012: We have an ongoing project with a downhole push company to help them load their push and traditional lab data and generate various kinds of outputs.
A large environmental company in Chicago had us load 25 years of data, nearly three million records of data, from two historical databases and 300 lab deliverable files. We provided a spatial information company with analyses and reports on phosphate mine samples in China. A multi-office environmental consulting firm retained Geotech to make project specific reports for their client projects.
Geotech created a project-specific field data entry tool for Oak Ridge Laboratory. A uranium company hired Geotech to add statistics calculation capabilities to the Crosstab Wizard. We did a large data loading project for a refinery in the western US.
And for our Indian tribe clients, we performed data loading, validation modifications, and custom software development for their staff. So please give us a call the next time you need help managing your data. We are here to help you!
1/10/2013 - Free Environmental Statistical Software
Performing statistics on environmental data can present special challenges. One of the largest of these is that the data distribution may not be “normal” or Gaussian, that is, it does not conform to the expected bell-shaped curve. In this case, the normal descriptive statistics such as mean, median, mode and standard deviation don’t present an accurate picture of the data. In particular, it can be hard to identify trends in the data. For this it is necessary to use “robust” statistics, running tests like Mann-Kendall, Seasonal Kendall, and Kruskall-Wallace to identify possible trends. A few years back, the Air Force had a contractor write software to perform these tests. It is called MAROS (Monitoring and Remediation Optimization Systems), and can be downloaded from www.gsi-net.com/en/software/free-software/maros.html. The software runs within Microsoft Access. The program has both statistical analysis and display capabilities, as shown in the following screen shot.
While there are a number of commercial statistics programs that provide this type of capability, MAROS has the advantage of being free.
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