March 2008, Vol. 20, No.3


Richard Lanyon has been named as the new chair of the National Biosolids Partnership (Alexandria, Va.). He was appointed general superintendent of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006, managing the day-to-day operations, 2100 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion. The National Biosolids Partnership was formed by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to advance environmentally sound and accepted biosolids management practices.

Dan McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of the water business of engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), recently was elected to the board of directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. McCarthy was one of 15 civic leaders named to the board. His term commenced Nov. 1 and will end Oct. 31.

William P. Dee, president and CEO of environmental engineering and consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), recently joined the board of directors of the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.). President of Malcolm Pirnie since 1999, Dee has more than three decades of experience in the environmental engineering field, including numerous major wastewater treatment and water supply projects.

Senior project manager Alison Ratliff of HDR (Omaha, Neb.) has been named chairman of Subcommittee F36.60 on Infrastructure Asset Management for ASTM International (West Conshohocken, Pa.). Ratliff has been with HDR since 2002 and has 22 years of management and project delivery experience, primarily in the water industry. Ratliff is based in HDR’s Las Vegas office.

Geomatrix Consultants Inc. (Oakland, Calif.) appointed Sorab Panday as a principal engineer to expand the firm’s leading water resource modeling practice and develop the firm’s presence in the Washington, D.C., area. Panday brings 20 years of experience in water resource analysis to address issues that include conjunctive surface-water groundwater use and management; resource optimization; stream–aquifer interactions in flow and solute transport; hydraulic ecosystem assessment; and agricultural, industrial, mining, and urbanization impacts on water resources.

Hydra-Stop, one of the three operating divisions of ADS LLC (Huntsville, Ala.), recently was honored by the Construction Innovation Forum (Walbridge, Ohio), which selected Hydra-Stop’s Insta-Valve Plus to win the NOVA Award for outstanding innovation in construction. Nominated innovations are judged by a jury of independent, internationally recognized experts following an intense and thorough investigation process. Nominees must be proven successes that have significantly improved construction, quality, productivity, safety, and cost-effectiveness.

In December, the pump manufacturer Grundfos Group (Bjerringbro, Denmark) acquired Peerless Pump Co. (Indianapolis), which has more than 400 employees and annual sales of $110 million.

Colfax Corp. (Richmond, Va.), a manufacturer of pumping and fluid-handling products, recently completed the acquisition of Fairmount Automation Inc. (Newtown Square, Pa.), a manufacturer of proprietary programmable automation controllers. Most recently, Fairmount was awarded a contract to design and develop an automated damage control system for the U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Destroyer platform.

Boyle Engineering Corp. (Newport Beach, Calif.) announced that Wayne Mather has joined the Orlando, Fla., staff as a principal engineer. Mather brings 40 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, including studies, design, and preparation of plans and specifications, as well as construction administration for water and wastewater transmission and treatment systems. He is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Annapolis, Md.).

Murray, Smith & Associates Inc. (Portland, Ore.) recently expanded the firm’s regional focus with the opening of an office in Boise, Idaho. The new office was established by three of the firm’s senior engineers — David Stangel, Craig Anderson, and Dennis Galinato — all of whom have been named as firm associates and shareholders.

The Association of Water Technologies (AWT; Rockville, Md.) has selected its new president, Matt Copthorne of Chemtech Inc. (Canton, Ohio). Copthorne began his 1-year term as president, which runs through November 2008, at the AWT Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has more than 13 years of experience in the water treatment industry.

Consulting engineering firm Baxter & Woodman Inc. (Crystal Lake, Ill.) promoted senior engineer CarlF. Fischer to wastewater department manager and project manager, and Carolyn A. Grieves to water department manager. Fischer is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois with more than 30 years of experience. His technical expertise includes wastewater, potable water, and stormwater projects. Grieves, who joined Baxter & Woodman in 1996, is also a licensed professional engineer who has experience designing water supply, treatment, and distribution systems.

AMEC (Denver), an international engineering and project management company, acquired Hydrosphere Resource Consultants Inc., a 27-person water resources planning and management company with headquarters in Boulder, Colo., and a satellite office in Socorro, N.M.

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.), a supplier of water and wastewater solutions, was selected by the cities of Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., to provide contract operations and maintenance of the cities’ 56,775-m³/d (15-mgd) activated sludge wastewater treatment plant. The public–private partnership is for a term of 5 years.

Telog Instruments Inc. (Victor, N.Y.), a supplier of remote monitoring systems, and Wallingford Software Ltd. (Oxfordshire, England), a developer of hydraulic modeling software, have agreed to collaborate on the development of a real-time, networked water modeling application. The application solution combines Telog’s Enterprise data acquisition system with Wallingford’s InfoWorks modeling software application to provide calibrated, real-time, Web-hosted information on water environment events and forecast management. The development agreement will create an automatic data exchange interface between the companies’ application servers over a common data network.