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Bench Scale Thermal Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane

1,4-Dioxane (not to be confused with dioxin…although we also can certainly thermally treat that! See our updates from the Danang Vietnam project) is an industrial chemical widely used as a chemical stabilizer for chlorinated solvents. It is of environmental concern due to its classification as a probable human carcinogen coupled with its unique chemical properties such as high water solubility (and therefore high subsurface mobility in groundwater), low octanol-water partition coefficient (log Kow), and relative resistance to biodegradation [1]. Due to these properties, 1,4-dioxane is often present on the leading edge of a contaminant plume in groundwater and presents unique … Continue reading

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Moving Environmental Equipment – Logistics Done the Right Way at TerraTherm

A prodigious level of activity, intense excitement, as well as a bit of angst can precede the start of any big project. We’ve recently been experiencing all of that at TerraTherm! We reached the point in the schedule where two of our projects required the treatment equipment to be delivered almost simultaneously. Ten tractor-trailer loads of remediation equipment needed to be moved to our two, separate New England sites in the same month. All told, nearly six million dollars’ worth of equipment had to be staged, loaded, and transported to both locations in a matter of two weeks. One of … Continue reading

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Successful Projects Start with a Comprehensive Design Basis

You wouldn’t build a house without first laying a solid foundation, right? If you did, in all likelihood, the end result would not meet your expectations. The same can be said for the execution of a thermal remediation project. A design basis sets the foundation for a successful thermal project by clearly defining the problem to be solved, identifies a specific solution approach, and gets all project stakeholders on the same page regarding how the project will be executed. The development and documentation of a comprehensive design basis is a necessary first step for all remediation projects undertaken by TerraTherm. … Continue reading

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Project Management – What is it and why do we care so much?

Those of us who practice project management are always focused on delivery of successful results, but we are usually even more focused on the crucial steps involved to achieve those results. Following a process based on proven best practices is a methodology adhered to by Professional Project Managers. I became a Project Manager at TerraTherm in 2002, and since then have successfully completed thermal remediation projects in Alabama, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In 2011, I was certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This post is a brief … Continue reading

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