Advanced GeoServices is a full-service environmental consulting and engineering firm. Our goal is to provide technologically advanced, practical and creative solutions that enable our clients to achieve their environmental responsibilities and business objectives. We strive to communicate every step in the project process clearly and accurately, and to keep a tight rein on cost and risk. Our success — past, present and future — is and will continue to be a direct result of dependable, responsive, and flexible service to our clients. We have provided environmental services in over 30 states and at over 20 Superfund sites nationwide. Some of our environmental services and project descriptions are presented on this web page.
• New Jersey LSRP Services
• Pennsylvania ACT 2 Closures
• Delaware DNR Certified Construction Reviewer
• Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
• Site Characterizations
• In-Situ Groundwater Remediation
• Ex-Situ Groundwater Remediation
• Soil Remediation
• Environmental Liabilities
Financial Reporting Support
• Environmental Insurance Underwriting Support
• Operation & Maintenance
• Groundwater Monitoring
• Vapor Intrusion
• Feasibility Studies
• Treatability and Pilot Testing
• Remedial Design
• UST & AST Design & Closure
• Lagoon & Basin Design & Closure
• Spill Response Plans & Training
• Emergency Spill Response Oversight
• Risk Management Planning
• Sediment Investigations & Management
• Community Relations & Right-to-Know
• Compliance Auditing
• Groundwater & Production Well Studies
• Air Permitting & Reporting
• RCRA Permit Renewals
• Secondary & Spill Containment Design
• Facility Closure
• Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping
• Wetland Assessment & Restoration
For more information, contact:
Christopher T. Reitman, P.E.
Stephen W. Kirschner, P.E.
Proud members of:
• Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ)
• Chester County Economic Development
• Commerce & Industry Association
of New Jersey (CIANJ)
• International Ozone Association (IOA)
• Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC)
• New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA)
• Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists (PCPG)
Tidal Marsh Restoration / Rehabilitation
Operations at a nickel-cadmium battery manufacturing facility discharged wastewater to a tidal estuary along the Hudson River. A 15-acre area of the estuary was excavated as part of an environmental remediation under CERCLA to remove cadmium concentrations above the ecological risk level. The original marsh restoration included the placement/grading of additional fill, the construction of a channel system to allow tidal flow throughout the marsh, and replanting of restored areas. Since active marsh remediation was completed in 1994, Advanced GeoServices has monitored the restoration of the marsh under the review of the USEPA Region II. Advanced GeoServices provided value engineering and oversight during the original restoration and has monitored the ongoing marsh rehabilitation over the past 23 years. This monitoring has included:
- Initial biological sampling to determine the effectiveness of the remediation;
- Yearly vegetation surveys via test plots to track expansion/growth;
- Yearly aerial photographs to evaluate overall marsh revegetation;
- Control of invasive species (purple loose strife and phragmites) via chemical (herbicides), mechanical (cutting) and biological (beetles) means;
- Installation/restoration of fencing to prevent predation;
- Installation of erosion control measures (biologs, check dams) in channel areas to reduce the velocity of tidal flows;
- Topographic and tidal comparisons to determine anticipated depth of water at high tide resulting from ongoing settlement of the underlying soft marsh deposits;
- Establishment of “species zones” based on expected water depths at high tide and each species’ tolerable inundation levels; and.
- Supplemental replantings to create “islands of vegetation” throughout the marsh, incorporating appropriate species based on expected water depths.
In addition, Advanced GeoServices has coordinated our monitoring activities with regional environmental groups (Audubon Society and Scenic Hudson) as well as the appropriate regulatory agencies.
Groundwater - In-Situ Fracturing & Bioremediation
Greater emphasis has been placed on in-situ groundwater treatment in recent years to minimize permitting, waste disposal, O&M, and energy issues. In addition, natural restoration (a.k.a., natural attenuation) is commonly accepted in situations with limited direct contact or vapor migration issues when combined with source area treatment. Advanced GeoServices' professionals have designed and implemented various bioremediation, chemical oxidation, air sparging and passive treatment wall remedies to address organic (e.g., TCE and PCE) and metal contaminants in groundwater. For example, Advanced GeoServices implemented a turn-key three-phase fracturing and injection program in overburden, weathered bedrock (i.e., Saprolite) and competent, fractured bedrock to effectively distribute a vegetable oil emulsion within the TCE DNAPL source areas to stimulate bioremediation. Low-pressure pneumatic fracturing was utilized in the overburden and weathered bedrock. High-pressure hydraulic fracturing was utilized in the metamorphic bedrock. The induced horizontal bedrock fractures connected with the steeply dipping natural fractures to greatly improve the contact of the vegetable oil emulsion with the TCE. The source area treatment allowed for the natural restoration of the off-site portion of the groundwater.
New Jersey LSRP - UST Closure
Every Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) facility, spill, brownfield cleanup/redevelopment or regulated Underground Storage Tank (UST) project requires a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP). LSRP’s have been delegated the NJDEP’s responsibility of ensuring a contaminated property is investigated and remediated in accordance with the regulations and technical guidance. Advanced GeoServices’ LSRP has been the LSRP for a wide range of projects including a public water supply well system with an Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) , underground storage tank removals for manufacturing and gas station sites, LNAPL and DNAPL remediation, spills and linear construction remediation. Advanced GeoServices has developed detailed conceptual site models and line-of-evidence approaches to guide groundwater and vapor intrusion assessments for evaluating the presence and effect of clean water lenses and correlation of groundwater concentrations to the presence of subsurface vapors. Advanced GeoServices' personnel have extensive experience with in-situ and ex-situ remedial technologies to address a host of chemical contaminants and help our Clients achieve a site closure that meet their business strategy.
Soil Remediation - Superfund Remedial Design & Oversight
Advanced GeoServices has an extensive resume of soil remediation projects ranging from innovative, low-profile containment barriers to in-situ thermal treatment of TCE in clay soil to multi-year bioremediation Superfund projects. Advanced GeoServices' remedial design engineers understand the importance of civil engineering, technically defensible performance specifications, storm water management, and air quality control and materials handling for large and small earth moving operations. A signature Advanced GeoServices environmental design project is the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site, one of the largest Superfund Sites in the country. Advanced GeoServices teamed with Ciba’s in-house technical staff and served Ciba/BASF as the design engineer and owner’s construction engineer throughout the design and remedial action phases and as the Certifying Engineer upon completion of the project. A unique feature of the site was an 80,000 SF biological Soil Treatment facility where over 350,000 cy of soil were successfully treated to remove VOCs & SVOCs through biodegradation. Vapors were treated through a wood-fiber biofilter system. Advanced GeoServices also designed the engineered covers and slurry walls for the four on-site disposal units.
Fast-Track Remedial Investigation, Feasibility Study and Turn-Key ACT 2 Closure
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was performed during a portfolio re-finance. The Phase I ESA identified a former Underground Storage Tank (UST) system as a Recognized Environmental Concern since not confirmation soil samples had been collected during the UST removal. Advanced GeoServices performed a remedial investigation to identify the limits of the former excavation using geophysics and aerial photographs. A random sampling program was used to sample the former sidewalls and excavation bottom, and the backfill material. The groundwater assessment indicated no groundwater impacts. Advanced GeoServices provided the client with several risk-based options as part of a focused feasibility analysis. Advanced GeoServices subsequently performed a turn-key soil removal remedial action to complete the ACT 2 closure. Soil segregation and field screening procedures were used to minimize the volume of material requiring off-site disposal and maximize the re-use of clean historic backfill materials.
Sediment Management & DNAPL Containment
Advanced GeoServices has been involved with the design and remediation of multiple large and small sediment removal and containment projects for wetlands, lakes, coves and rivers. Advanced GeoServices was awarded the remedial design for the Galaxy/Spectron Superfund Site, a former used solvent recycling and fuel blending facility from 1962 until 1988. Site operations prior to 1988 resulted in volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination of site soils and groundwater. Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) were detected in bedrock, overburden, and in stream sediment in the adjacent Little Elk Creek. Advanced GeoServices' innovative design approach for capturing and containing the organic DNAPL discharging into the creek sediments and surface water was selected as the best option for meeting the surface water quality performance standards. Advanced GeoServices completed comprehensive design and remedial oversight services (which included mass flux evaluations, wetlands restoration, fish ladder design, dam stability studies, and development of design criteria for the subsequent water treatment facility). Advanced GeoServices worked closely with the selected remedial contractor during constructability design modifications. Since completion of construction, the system has survived several hurricanes and tropical storm events and is functioning effectively. Advanced GeoServices is also the design consultant for the on-site final site cover.
Vapor Intrusion Mitigation & Pennsylvania Act 2 Closure
Vapor intrusion (VI) is an emerging environmental concern for existing sites undergoing remedial actions and many sites which have already received “No Further Action” sign-offs from a regulatory agency. A landscape of evolving science, site-specific conditions, regulatory guidance and risk management approaches require site owners, brownfields redevelopers and historic responsible parties to engage experienced professionals to evaluate this potential exposure pathway. Advanced GeoServices has been involved in all phases of VI assessments and stays on top of the latest developments in data collection techniques, laboratory analysis methods, modeling and mitigation approaches in this fast moving field. Advanced GeoServices’ nation-wide experience performing exterior and interior residential remediations in over 1,000 homes in the last five years and our VI experience provide a unique set of complementary skills to help you navigate the course of a VI assessment/mitigation project. For example, Advanced GeoServices was retained by a former site owner after successfully completing a closure at another nearby site for them. Advanced GeoServices completed the Remedial Investigation which delineated the extent of chlorinated solvents and BTEX in soil, groundwater and an adjacent creek. Impacted media beneath two active buildings warranted a vapor intrusion assessment based on the ACT 2 screening protocols. Sub-slab vapor samples were collected via sub-slab probes and SummaTM canisters. Indoor air samples were subsequently collected overnight via SummaTM canisters since the sub-slab results exceeded screening criteria. Advanced GeoServices performed a turn-key installation of a sub-slab depressurization mitigation system. The system effectively lowered the TCE indoor air concentrations to acceptable levels.
Contractor Procurement & Management
Advanced GeoServices was retained by the PRP Group to coordinate and oversee the installation of a groundwater remediation system at the Lone Pine Landfill. Advanced GeoServices developed the Contract Documents, Construction Specifications and Bidding documents and published them on our web-based portal for bidding. The web portal was central to the exchange of information, responding to questions and Contractor’s submitting bids. The web portal was subsequently used during the bidding phase. Advanced GeoServices’ web portal saves clients time and money by providing access anywhere to project documents and eliminates costly reproduction efforts.