Virtual RemTech 2020

October 14 & 15, 2020 - Online





October 16th, 2019
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fairmont Banff Springs

ESAA is pleased to partner with Aquatic Life and Midwest GeoSciences Group to bring this course to Canada and RemTech.  Course is being powered by AGAT Laboratories.

Breakfast sponsored by Aquatic Life 

Course Description and Objectives:

Contaminant fingerprinting techniques are critical environmental forensic tools associated with litigation support and complex sites with multiple contaminant plumes in time and space. However, applications of fingerprinting methods outside the court of law are becoming routine environmental work resulting in substantially improved subsurface characterization and efficient remedial solutions.

For example, stable isotopes provide a routinely-accepted and reliable evidence for monitored natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents in subsurface and evaluate its feasibility as remedial alternative.  Radioisotopes are becoming more commonly used to evaluate sedimentation patterns in aquatic systems. These are just few examples of more common use of forensic techniques in routine site investigations and remediation design considerations. Other forensic tools have also been successfully used at sites with no litigation or dispute over contamination origin.

Chemical fingerprinting techniques are now being used to expedite remediation at sites with a history of handling and releasing crude oil and petroleum products. Also, tree-core data started being used as sustainable alternatives to invasive drilling, in order to map subsurface contamination at PCE/TCE sites. Evaluation of background values of metals via mineralogical fingerprinting at active industrial sites provides exact means to establish realistic clean-up limits.

Course participants will learn:

  • the most common contaminant fingerprinting techniques,
  • the principles associated with each technique, as well as
  • when and how to apply strategies in common environmental work for more accurate site characterization and efficient remediation.

The ultimate goal of the course is to provide participants with a variety of environmental forensic tools, techniques and strategies to both basic and complex sites. In this respect, the course will conclude with an open forum that may include brainstorming on case studies presented by participants. This course will also include both formal presentations and interactive content (discussions and practical assignments).

Course Outline:

1) Introduction and Overview of Fingerprinting Techniques

2) Chemical Fingerprinting

  •  Comprehensive chemical analysis
    • Applications at petroleum sites
  • Chiral fingerprinting
    • Applications at PCB and PFAS sites

3)  Isotopic Fingerprinting

  • Compound Specific Isotopic Analysis (CSIA)
    • Applications at PCE/TCE sites
    • Applications at 1,4-dioxane sites
  • Radio-isotopic analysis
    • Applications at contaminated sediment sites

4) Mineralogical Fingerprinting

  • Applications at metal sites

5) Tree-Ring Fingerprinting

  • Applications at PCE/TCE sites

6) Concluding Remarks

7) Inter-Active Discussion – Bring Your Own Cases and Let’s Brainstorm

Course Instructor:

Dr. Ioana G. Petrisor is a biochemist with over 20 years of experience specializing in environmental forensics. She has applied a large variety of fingerprinting techniques to track the source and age-date contaminants. Dr. Petrisor has served as an expert witness to testify on fate and transport, as well as sources and age of environmental contamination. Dr. Petrisor is the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Forensics Journal and the author of “Environmental Forensics Fundamentals – A Practical Guide”.

She has extensive publication experience including also 1 invention patent, 6 book chapters, over

70 research and review articles, 12 editorials and 3 technical guidelines. Dr. Petrisor served as Instructor with AEHS Foundation and EOS Alliance and have taught both on-line and in-class courses. She has managed and conducted research for U.S. DOE, U.S. DOD and European Community on innovative remedial techniques including a variety of bioremediation remedies for soil, sediments and water. Dr. Petrisor has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Romanian Academy of Sciences and a Bachelor in Chemistry from the Bucharest University, Romania.

Course Fees:

Prices below include continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, course materials.   Non-RemTech Delegates can also stay for the RemTech opening reception at the conclusion of the course.

ESAA reserves the right to cancel the course if there is not sufficient registrations by August 9th.  No cancellations after August 9th.