2015 In Review

2015 was once again a year of continued growth and success for TerraTherm. Over these past twelve months we have experienced a fair share of achievements, milestones and positive changes.

To start the year off, TerraTherm was awarded with Environmental Business Journal’s (EBJ) 2014 Gold Medal for Business Achievement in the Mid-size Firm category as well as a Project Merit Award for Remediation. TerraTherm received EBJ’s Gold Medal for increasing revenue nearly threefold from 2011 to 2014.  TerraTherm was one of 50 companies honored by EBJ for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2014.2014_EBJaward_logo

TerraTherm also received a Project Merit in Remediation Award for our role in designing and implementing In Situ Thermal Desorption (ISTD) at the Teterboro Landing site in New Jersey. The cleanup covered an area of 3.2 acres and with a treated volume of 122,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. Treatment took less than 8 months and is the largest ISTD project completed to date.

Another important accomplishment in 2015 was the certification of TerraTherm’s patented ISTD heater elements. TerraTherm is the first thermal remediation company in the industry to gain certification of its heating system and heating components. Through Intertek, an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, our heating system has obtained the ETL Mark, a symbol that verifies product compliance to North American Safety Standards. This certification is important to TerraTherm because it demonstrates our continued commitment to electrical safety within our industry. The certification will also enable us to deliver an even more efficient and safe project by having the capabilities to streamline the permitting process often required by local inspectors and other project stakeholders.

One of the most notable events of 2015 occurred on August 20th when TerraTherm officially became a part of the Cascade Drilling family. Cascade is the leading provider of environmental and infrastructure drilling, in situ remediation applications, and direct sensing technologies. TerraTherm will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of Cascade.

We have been working closely with our new Cascade family to bring a variety of combined treatment remedies to the industry. Combining remedial technologies allows us the ability to provide the most advanced and sustainable thermal remediation solutions to meet the demands of even the most complex in situ remediation projects for our clients. Through this acquisition, TerraTherm and Cascade have become the only single-source, nationwide, field services contractor with the expert technical capabilities, and the largest fleet of specialty equipment needed to investigate and remediate contaminated soil and groundwater sites.

As another example of our growth, TerraTherm is introducing a new ex situ invention in early 2016 based on our thermal conduction technology, referred to as IPTD® (In-Pile Thermal Desorption®), a fully mobile and containerized compact system suitable for treating virtually all types of waste, including semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) (e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins) and mixed volatile organic compounds/SVOC waste.

These accomplishments and advancements that TerraTherm has seen throughout 2015 will pave the way for future success in our company. We are excited to put these additional capabilities into practice in the form of advanced remedial solutions.  It is our mission to achieve rapid and complete site investigation and closure for our clients.

Over the course of 2015, TerraTherm hosted Remediation Workshops in three different cities across the United States and presented at a number of others as Remediation Workshopwell. The Remediation Workshops were a great way to share our insight and meet face-to-face with other industry professionals to discuss the advantages, applications and advances of thermal remediation technologies.


TerraTherm also continued adding educational content to our company blog. This year our most popular blog posts were:

TerraTherm’s educational webinar series was also a great success this year. The webinars offered in 2015 were:

If you would like to be informed about future webinars, please join our webinar list by sending an email to Olivia Elliot at oelliot@terratherm.com or by signing up here.

Stay tuned for more educational blog and webinar content coming in 2016!

About John Bierschenk

John Bierschenk, is TerraTherm's Co-Founder and President. Mr. Bierschenk has overall responsibility for strategic and general management of the company. He has authored papers and several patents related to in-situ thermal remediation. Mr. Bierschenk also serves as Principal-In-Charge on projects. Experience includes 30 years of technical, strategic and business management experience in the environmental; including 10 years as an environmental consultant with ENSR Consulting and Engineering; and the general manager of ORS Environmental Equipment (a division of GTI). Holds a BS in Geology and an MBA; formerly a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania (USA), and an LSP in Massachusetts. He serves as a Senior VP and officer of Cascade Environmental, in that role he is focused on providing clients with value-added thermal remediation solutions integrating the full service capabilities of Cascade.
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