Advances in Remediation Solutions Webinar Series: Big Data and Environmental Remediation — Gaining Predictive Insights (#885)

Presented on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This presentation discusses the application of big data evaluation in environmental remediation, provides examples of where predictive insights have already been developed, and identifies areas for future innovation.

Environmental big data evaluations can provide predictive insights to peek into the remediation “black box” by removing the limitations associated with evaluations based on a specific site or technology. Some obvious examples of the past benefits to our industry include big data evaluations of natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents, advances in in situ reagent distribution from tracer testing results, and the advent of natural source zone depletion. Big data in environmental remediation can come from many sources and may be related to multiple individual sites, a group of related sites, or across unrelated sites from multiple industries.

The take home message is that leveraging big data evaluations in our industry will accelerate our ability to understand complex issues like emerging contaminants in shorter timeframes and enhance our capabilities to respond to future challenges.

After attending this webinar you will be able to:

  • Understand what big data is from an environmental remediation perspective
  • Describe the past benefits of big data analysis on site evaluation and remediation
  • Describe methods for applying big data analysis on your portfolio of sites to gain predictive insights
  • Identify opportunities for future innovation through big data analysis.

John Horst, PE
Arcadis, Newtown, PA
John Horst, P.E. is Vice President and a Principal Engineer at ARCADIS based in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Margaret Gentile, , Ph.D., PE
Arcadis U.S., Inc., Novi, MI
Margaret Gentile, Ph.D., PE, principal engineer and in situ reactive treatment lead for Arcadis North America, also an associate vice president at Arcadis, has 10 years of consulting experience. She specializes in biological treatment processes, investigation and remediation of metals, including hexavalent chromium and arsenic, and large plume remediation. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Marlyand, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

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