November 2006, Vol. 18, No.11




USFilter (Warrendale, Pa.) has been integrated into the Water Technologies division of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (Erlangen, Germany) and is now officially known as Siemens Water Technologies. The new division, headquartered in Warrendale, Pa., manufactures water treatment and purification systems for drinking water, wastewater, and process water, as well as other products and services.

Engineering and environmental consulting firm RETTEW Associates Inc. (Lancaster, Pa.) promoted Michele Braas to project manager for the firm’s Lancaster environmental engineering group. John Schmelzle was named project manager for the Camp Hill, Pa., air quality division. As project manager, Braas manages multiple water and wastewater projects for municipalities and authorities, as well as for private-sector clients. Schmelzle manages air quality projects for industrial and governmental clients, and is responsible for building and strengthening client relationships.

James L. Barnard, global technology and practice leader for advanced biological treatment in the B&V Water business unit of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.), was elected this year’s Honorary Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Annapolis, Md.).

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) recently promoted two staff members. Jim Hipps has assumed full-time responsibility for the B&V Water division’s growth initiative as chief development officer. He has been with the company since 1982, and since 2000 has been the head of B&V Water Asia.

Hipps will turn over leadership of B&V Water Asia to Ralph Eberts, who was named managing director for the region. Eberts will be based in Singapore. He has 28 years of experience with Black & Veatch and has specialized in project management, civil environmental engineering, architectural and structural engineering, and industrial facility design.

Julian Sandino joined CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) as vice president, assistant director of technology, and wastewater treatment fellow for the company’s Global Water Business Group. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading and assisting multidisciplinary teams in sanitation infrastructure and environmental projects, including process evaluation and design for a wide variety of wastewater treatment facilities. He also is vice chair of the Water Environment Federation (WEF®; Alexandria, Va.) Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design Committee and recently completed his second term on the WEF board of trustees.

North American Wetland Engineering LLC (White Bear Lake, Minn.) announced its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council (Washington, D.C.) in July. According to council literature, the group is a national “coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.”

Two Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) project managers received awards from the Michigan Water Environment Association (Bath). Dale Hill, project manager at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Paw Paw, Mich., received the Loren F. Oeming Award for outstanding operation of an industrial facility. Jerry Seay received the Donald M. Pierce Award for outstanding municipal plant operation for his work at a wastewater treatment facility in Kalkaska, Mich. Both Hill and Seay were responsible for the startup of separate treatment facilities and continue to oversee project management at their respective plants.

Software and services firm Geomagic® (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) has opened a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai. Geomagic software transforms scan data from physical objects into digital models for applications ranging from digital shape reconstruction for mass customization and reverse engineering to computer-aided inspection.

Renewable energy company EnerTech Environmental Inc. (Atlanta) has signed a contract with HDR Design–Build Inc., the design–build operating company of architectural and engineering firm HDR (Omaha, Neb.), to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for its SlurryCarb™ facility in Rialto, Calif. Initial site preparation for the Rialto facility is under way, and full construction began this summer.

Aquarius Technologies Inc. (Port Washington, Wis.) announced the formation of a corporation engaged in the design, manufacture, and marketing of proprietary wastewater treatment processes. Heading the organization are Thomas M. Pokorsky, president and chief executive officer; Efim Monosov, chief technical officer; Thomas M. Thompson, chief financial officer; David D. Lauer, vice president of sales and marketing; Richard P. Gannon, regional manager; and Loras R. Lux, vice president of production and engineering.

Ruth M. Hobbs has joined the program management team in the Baton Rouge, La., office of construction, engineering, consulting, and operations firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) as vice president. A licensed civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in planning, design, and construction, Hobbs will support CDM’s growing number of program management clients in carrying out long-term capital improvement projects.

Consulting, engineering, and operations firm Woodard & Curran (Portland, Maine) added five new vice presidents, including, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) graduate Shannon Eyler, who joined the firm in 2002; certified professional engineer Ron Hidu, who has been with the firm 17 years; Tracy Planinsek, who joined the firm in 1994; Bob Rafferty, who has worked on wastewater master planning, stormwater management planning, and leading-edge infiltration and inflow removal programs for the firm since 2000; and Lloyd Snyder, who has helped the firm expand services in the food and beverage market to include packaging and design for 2 years.

Earth Tech Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.), a business unit of Tyco International Ltd. (Pembroke, Bermuda) and a provider of consulting, engineering, and construction services, has named Stan Spencer business development director for its North American water practice. Spencer will be based in Earth Tech’s Markham, Ontario, office and will report to Rob Andrews, director of Earth Tech’s Water–Wastewater Practice for its North American Consulting and Engineering business.

In his new role, Spencer will be responsible for assisting Earth Tech’s district managers in Canada and the United States with business development efforts for major water and wastewater projects.
In June, engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) announced commencement of a project to develop a new groundwater supply source for the city of St. Louis. When completed, the new water source will deliver up to 908,400 m3/d (240 mgd) of groundwater to the Chain of Rocks Water Purification Plant for treatment and distribution to customers in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Emergency home-repair firm Home Service USA Corp. (Miami) entered into an agreement with the Portland (Maine) Water District to provide a warranty program for water service lines to its residential customers. Home Service USA offers utility companies solutions to serving consumers with round-the-clock assistance on household emergencies, ranging from blocked drains to faulty wiring.

 The City of Pasadena (Calif.) Water & Power Department has awarded a program management contract for an enterprise geographic information system to MWH (Broomfield, Colo.), an environmental engineering, program management, and construction firm. Under the terms of the contract, MWH will serve as the overall program manager and lead implementer in coordination with Pasadena Water & Power for the $5.5 million, 21-month program designed to help the city gain insight into the life-cycle management of its water and power asset base.

Stephen Brevig joined Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) as the director of the company’s Enterprise Management Solutions organization for its eastern region. Brevig will guide strategies with utility clients, focusing on asset management, implementation and integration of information technology systems, and business transformation strategy.
B.P. Barber and Associates Inc. (BPB; Columbia, S.C.), a regional engineering firm with offices located throughout South Carolina and North Carolina, is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1916. From a small Columbia firm specializing in public works projects and surveying, BPB has grown to be among the nation’s Top 500 Engineering Firms as ranked by the Engineering News Record. BPB specializes in water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering; land planning and urban development services; solid waste and environmental management; and surveying and geographic information systems.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will be working with VizAbility LLC (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) to provide wireless water quality monitoring services in a new pilot program to further enhance IDNR’s water monitoring program. The service provides real-time monitoring of water quality equipment with immediate alarm notification via almost any communications device, including pagers, cell phones, and e-mail. The real-time monitoring will help the department maintain water quality on Iowa watersheds while saving costs normally associated with manually monitoring Iowa’s hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams. VizAbility specializes in Internet-based remote-monitoring solutions.

Gary Nuss joined engineering and architectural firm Carter & Burgess (Fort Worth, Texas) as a senior vice president and managing principal for Water Infrastructure Programs. Nuss has 25 years of experience in all aspects of the water and wastewater field, including project engineer and management assignments in master plan studies, preliminary and final design, construction management, and startup for water reuse, water supply, irrigation, wastewater, and stormwater management systems around the country.

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