GeoInsight Presents at Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy

GeoInsight Presents at Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy

October 2, 2020 By: Will Sexton, P.E.   |   Kevin Trainer, P.G., L.S.P.

GeoInsight’s Kevin Trainer and Will Sexton are participating in this year’s Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy. Kevin’s poster (co-authored with Will), entitled “Radioactive Asbestos: Managing Unusual Contaminants During Building Demolition” presents a summary of the work GeoInsight completed at the O’Hara Waltham Dial Company site in Waltham, MA. Multiple contaminants of concern, including asbestos, radium and metals were present at this project. The building was condemned in 2019 and needed to be demolished, requiring GeoInsight to develop plans so that the demolition activities would not disturb contaminants in the soil, and to coordinate the asbestos and radioactive material cleanup operations.. We were able to provide regulatory support through our LSP services under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) while juggling the complex and unusual issues that arose during planning and completion of the demolition.

Will’s poster (co-authored with Kevin), “Water, Water Everywhere – Navigating the Discharge Process During Construction” shares GeoInsight’s experience with managing construction dewatering challenges on several sites – each of which required a different approach. Through several case study examples, Will’s poster compares and contrasts approaches that require a Remediation General Permit (RGP) to those where a sewer discharge permit was needed and shares the cost saving approaches GeoInsight has recommended and implemented on sites.

This year, the conference is held between October 19 and 23, 2020. Typically, the conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually, including a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia. This is the conference’s first year going virtual – with all presentations (including Kevin and Will’s posters) online!

To view Kevin and Will’s posters and to register for this year’s Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, go to