In early September 2019, HydroGeoLogic, Inc. (HGL)’s Principal Water Resources Engineer and Optimization Subject Matter Expert (SME), Larry Deschaine, Ph.D., P.E., provided a keynote speech, served as the chair for a session on microplastics and their threat to the environment, and presented two workshops, one on modeling and the other on optimization, at the CRC CARE International Cleanup Conference held in Adelaide, Australia. CRC CARE, the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, is an Australian organization that funds research, develops technologies, and provides policy guidance for assessing, cleaning up, and preventing soil, water, and air contamination. The biennial conference was attended by more than 600 professionals from around the world.
Dr. Deschaine’s keynote speech, titled Optimisation of Integrated and Adaptive Remediation Design and Operations Scheduling, focused on HGL’s innovative Physics-Based Management Optimization (PBMOTM) software and demonstrated it as a viable tool for optimally designing and managing environmental remediation projects and programs. The first of Dr. Deschaine’s two half-day workshops, titled Simulation of groundwater and surface water systems: Practical theory and applications, discussed modeling tools and techniques to simulate groundwater and surface water systems, how to review models for completeness and consistency, how to use them for supporting decisions, and how to achieve stakeholder acceptance of the generated analysis. The second workshop was titled Optimising the investigation and remediation process from plume delineation through site closure using computer assisted design strategies. This workshop addressed developing optimal designs for site-specific investigation and monitoring well networks as well as for remedial systems using pump and treat, in situ bioremediation (ISB), and monitored natural attenuation (MNA) technologies.