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Solute Transport Modeling for the Environmental Professional

  • Wed, March 06, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
  • In-person only at: CTCPA Education Center, Rocky Hill, CT
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  • For EPOC Professional and Associate members only.
  • Reserved for government employees and students only.
  • For non-members. Please consider joining EPOC to receive discount member rate.

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Solute Transport Modeling for the Environmental Professional

This program is sold out. A second offering of the course will be held on March 7, 2024.

Continuing Education Credits:

The CT State Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals (LEP Board) has approved this course for 4.0 hours of continuing education credits (CECs) - CTLEP-588. Note: You cannot obtain CECs for this class if you previously took CTLEP-579 which was offered in MA as a two-hour version of this program. 

Time and Location:

This seminar will be held in-person only on Wed, March 6, 2024 and runs from 10 AM - 2:45 PM at the CTCPA Education Center, 716 Brook St., Ste. 100, Rocky Hill, CT. Please arrive no later than 9:45 for registration.

Instructors (see bios below):

  • Charles McLane III, PhD, McLane Environmental LLC, Princeton, NJ
  • Mark Kauffman, McLane Environmental LLC, Princeton, NJ

Course Fees:

EPOC Members: $200, Non-members: $300, Gov't Employee/Students : $150. Lunch will be provided.

Course Overview:

This half-day workshop will appeal to environmental professionals who are responsible for investigating and remediating groundwater contaminant plumes. Attendees will receive instruction and participate in a series of hands-on solute transport modeling exercises that focus on issues that are commonly encountered by site investigators. The lecture portion of the course will include discussion of:

  • key concepts of contaminant fate and transport processes;
  • solute transport modeling concepts, considerations, and approaches;
  • transport model input data and how to obtain typical values;
  • solute transport modeling tools, guidance and resources; and
  • example applications.

Attendees will then be introduced to the TS-CHEM solute transport modeling software, which they will use to work through a series of hands-on exercises, including

  • modeling to estimate the length and duration of contaminant plumes;
  • analyses to evaluate the effects of site remedial actions on the groundwater plume and the applicability of Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA);
  • modeling analyses to evaluate commingling of groundwater plumes and potential impacts to downgradient receptors; and
  • how to analyze modeled plume area, volume, mass, and mass flux, and generate report-ready maps of their modeled plumes.

The course requires no previous modeling experience. Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer to participate in hands-on exercises. Instructions for downloading and installing the necessary TS-CHEM software will be provided to registered attendees prior to the course.

Computer Requirements:

Please bring a fully charged laptop running a Microsoft Windows-based OR Mac-OS-based operating system. Charging stations are available for all attendees.

Instructor Bios:

Charles F. McLane III - Dr. Charles McLane is a Principal with McLane Environmental LLC in Princeton NJ where he specializes in quantitative hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, and chemical fate and transport in subsurface hydrologic systems for projects that include water resource evaluation and water supply permitting; wastewater management and disposal; conceptual site model development; and design and evaluation of groundwater remediation and hydraulic control systems. He has led short courses and training workshops for USEPA, National Ground Water Association, and other professional organizations. Dr. McLane holds a B.A. in Geology from Susquehanna University; an M.S. in Geology from the Earth Resources Department of Colorado State University, with a focus on watershed hydrologic processes; and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, with a focus on hydrogeology and computer simulation techniques.

Mark Kauffman Jr. - Mr. Kauffman is a Senior Manager at McLane Environmental with special expertise in hydrogeologic site investigations, analysis and interpretation of complex geospatial data, environmental forensic techniques, and ground water and contaminant transport modeling. Mr. Kauffman has applied these techniques to interpret complex site data, and provide consulting support for projects including site engineering, regulatory compliance, and litigation support. Mr. Kauffman has managed and consulted on a number of projects, including visualization and analysis of site data to help guide remedial actions at DoD facilities; water supply well field siting and permitting projects; modeling projects to evaluate groundwater flow and the fate and transport of contaminants; and matters involving insurance litigation, CERCLA cost allocation and Natural Resource Damages. Mr. Kauffman received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Temple University, and has completed graduate work and has participated in continuing professional education on a variety of topics, including groundwater modeling, contaminant fate and transport, and environmental forensics.

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P.O. Box 176, Amston, CT 06231-0176
Seth Molofsky, Executive Director
Phone: (860) 537-0337, Fax: (860) 603-2075

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