June Safety Topic: Fatigued Driving is Impaired Driving

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According to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy or fatigued. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year – with more than 40% admitting this has happened at least once in their driving careers.

These startling figures show how prevalent fatigued driving is. What drivers may not realize is how much fatigued driving puts themselves – and others – at risk. In fact, an estimated 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by fatigued drivers.

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Symptoms of Driver Fatigue

It is very difficult for drivers to assess their own level of fatigue. Nevertheless, there are some warning signs to look out for, including:

  • Trouble focusing or narrowing of attention
  • Head nodding, or inability to keep the eyes open
  • Not remembering the last few minutes
  • Poor judgement, slower reaction time
  • “Zoning out”
  • Daydreaming and wandering thoughts
  • Constant yawning or rubbing your eyes
  • Drifting in the lane

Keep in mind that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms of driver fatigue, it is very likely that your driving performance is already impaired. Stop and take a break before it is too late.

Interventions of Fatigued Driving

Fatigued driving affects everyone. Ways to reduce fatigued driving include:

  • Getting more sleep: According to the AmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine adults should get sevenor more hours of sleep per night
  • Have someone else drive that isn’t fatigued
  • Pull over and take a nap

Numerous studies have found that sleep deprivation can affect driving as much as (and sometimes more than) alcohol. Researchers have found that driving after 17 to 18 hours of being awake is as harmful as driving with a blood alcohol level of .05%. Awareness is key to solving this issue for everyone. Stay safe, recognize these symptoms. None of us would let a friend or family member drive drunk, don’t let them drive fatigued.

A Sales Team Driven by Remediation Success

The REGENESIS Sales Team is driven by remediation success.
The REGENESIS Sales Team provides critical support in areas such as technology evaluation, product selection, regulatory approval, product application, and performance evaluation

When it comes to servicing REGENESIS clients, in many respects the Sales team is involved throughout the entire remediation process.  The group’s work begins well before specific solutions are identified, and continues long after products leave the warehouse. The team, which includes staff in several key locations throughout the U.S., provides critical support in areas such as technology evaluation, product selection, regulatory approval, product application, and performance evaluation.  From assisting with onsite application support, to conducting post application performance reviews for the company’s innovative technologies, the true value of the REGENESIS Sales team extends well beyond the firm’s products and solutions, to one that includes a comprehensive, consultative approach to client service.  According to one long-time team member, this end-to-end approach to sales and service is a model that has continued to work for REGENESIS for over 20 years, and something the group strives to sustain.

The team’s commitment to exemplary client service can be seen in many aspects of their work, including their rapid response to last-minute client requests. One recent example occurred when a sales team member was out enjoying an evening bike ride. He received a call from a client, who was facing a deadline on obtaining accurate costs from a remediation design that had been developed three years prior.  Due to the urgency and nature of the request, the sales team member quickly transitioned into “high priority” mode, cutting his ride short and returning to the office, where he worked until midnight on a redesign, confirming costs for the client. Additional time was put in early the next morning preparing additional design options so the client would have everything necessary for a noon presentation. At the end of the day, (or end of the “night”, as in this case), the Sales group knows that performing to the highest standards helps to ensure their clients are well equipped and prepared for all of their remediation project needs.

From an organizational perspective, the Sales team includes 9 District Sales Managers who are all located within their respective district. In addition, the group has Technical Services Managers located across the country, providing regional technical support to their respective districts. Because the two groups are highly collaborative and managed under the same team, it’s easier to focus and sustain efforts on the common goal of providing a high level of technical support to clients. Although the majority of the team shares similar backgrounds in environmental consulting, there are distinct differences in the job functions between District Sales Managers and Technical Service Managers. The former tend to be outward facing, regularly meeting with clients in-person and conducting presentations as needed, while the Technical Service Managers are largely in the office, working directly with clients via email, webcast, conference call, etc. to provide design and application support.

While the group benefits from possessing a diverse range of environmental remediation experience, what distinguishes the team most from its competitors is its consultative approach with clients. As individuals, their backgrounds are rooted in several mission-critical aspects of environmental management, enabling the unit to understand the unique challenges their clients face day in and day out. Another advantage the group offers stems from the established network of district sales and tech managers throughout the country. The intent of a regionally-based network is to position experienced professionals throughout the country to work within specific areas, where they can, in effect, become territory specialists. This “geo”-based approach to staffing offers value-added service to REGENESIS’ clients by allowing the team to focus their attention not only on the geology of the region but also the regulatory challenges clients face within a given state.  An example of this can be seen in the way the team understands how state regulations and funding sources affect all of their remedial approaches to a project, since in general, some state programs are more open to injectable technologies than others.  Knowing this ahead of time allows the group to better advise clients on their remedial approaches.

Another variable which affects how the group approaches a project is the site’s geologic variability. Whether it’s Midwestern glacial tills, Kentucky karst limestone bedrock, or coastal geologies, they all have their inherent challenges to overcome for in situ remediation, and by dealing with these challenges day in and day out, they know what to do when the challenge presents itself.

With increased competition in environmental remediation, and so many variables and responsibilities, one might wonder how the Sales team has evolved over the years. According to one senior team member, much of what has changed stems from the breadth of technologies and services that REGENESIS has brought to the market. The LandScience division has grown to become a national leader in vapor mitigation, and the Remediation Services division has grown into a world class application services group in both North America and Europe.  In addition, the group sees a tremendous response in the market for the company’s innovative PlumeStop® technology, which the team believes will fundamentally change the way we look at future groundwater remediation. This combination of market-driven dynamics, which includes technology evaluation, geologic variables, state-specific regulatory experience, and other remediation associated areas, continues to help the Sales team develop to be more knowledgeable about a broader range of subjects than ever before.

For more on REGENESIS’ Sales team, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

Designing Effective Plans for Your Contaminated Site

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Chris Lee, REGENESIS Technical Services

In an industry that is always evolving, REGENESIS® is committed to maintaining its leadership position in the research, development and commercialization of technology-based solutions for the environment. In fact, the importance of technology is reflected prominently in the company’s tagline: “Technology-Based Solutions for the Environment.” It’s also one of the reasons behind REGENESIS dedicating an entire department to solving difficult and complex environmental challenges.

An experienced team of environmental professionals makes up the Tech Services group, led by Craig Sandefur, vice president of Tech Services. Sandefur’s group interfaces internally with both the REGENESIS Technical Sales Team and REGENESIS Remediation Services (RRS), while representing the company in an advisory capacity with clients. Tech Services is responsible for actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process and works with the teams to provide designs and site plans for effective product application on-site.

Comprised of design engineers who serve as a valued technical resource to sales and clients, the Tech Services group provides a range of services that include the evaluation of site data and information leading to the development of remedial designs, collaborating with clients on various designs and products, addressing technical questions posed by sales staff and clients, developing remediation design proposals, and identifying deficiencies in site data to determine optimum scope of work for design verification testing. In addition, the group trains and mentors new staff, while managing a database of all the company’s designs and proposals.

One facet of the team’s work that is especially complex and mission-critical is Design Verification Testing, or DVT. DVT is a process of data collection and analysis, aimed at verifying design assumptions of a site’s chemical and geological conditions, while measuring the viability of in situ injection(s).  Since data collection may vary site to site, a DVT is performed 4-6 weeks prior to a remediation application. The specific purpose of a DVT is four-fold:

  1. Validate/qualify existing site data for performance
  2. Gather site data deficiencies.
  3. Refine a conceptual model and design.
  4. Enable proof or verification of a design concept.

In terms of best practices, it is essentially required that all PlumeStop® projects begin with DVT, to help determine an optimal design and application plan.

Although DVT represents only 10-15% of the group’s overall work, this one area of focus is integral to designing an effective treatment plan that results in successful remediation.  With DVT, REGENESIS can be significantly more accurate in the application design of our products, allowing for modifications to the overall treatment plan to obtain the best outcome. In fact, as a result of DVT, in a vast majority of the sites tested, unanticipated results were found.  Out of 28 sites evaluated, 62% of the remediation designs needed to be modified prior to product application. From a cost standpoint, a DVT represents between 3-10% of the total project cost, yet improves the overall outcome (enhanced design, better application, greater percentage achieving design goals) of projects by 20-30%. In terms of cost savings, Chris Lee, West Region Design Engineer/Geologist, estimates that on average, clients can save between 20-40% on project costs when DVT is implemented.

Lee also points out that because 90-95% of REGENESIS’ competitors are not performing Design Verification Testing, offering this important service helps set the company apart in providing technology-based solutions that result in superior remediation outcomes. It also elevates client satisfaction, since there is a higher likelihood for successful remediation of the site. In general, clients have been very receptive to the DVT process because this scientific, technology-based solution ultimately provides added assurance for successful remediation outcomes.

For more on REGENESIS’ Tech Services team, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

Collaborating with Clients for Remediation Success – REGENESIS Europe

REGENESIS Europe collaborates with clients to achieve successful remediation of contaminants, as was the case at a large housing development project comprising the construction of 330 apartments in Sweden (pictured above).

As the European arm of REGENESIS, the EU team, headquartered in Bath, UK, is responsible for cost-effective remediation of contaminated land and groundwater at sites throughout Europe. The need for a European presence grew out of increasing interest for REGENESIS’ in situ technologies. With offices in Ireland and Italy, as well as key personnel in other prime European regions, the team uses REGENESIS’ patented, controlled-release technologies to provide more environmentally sustainable and effective alternatives to traditional remediation solutions. Offering an integrated suite of proven, injectable reagents and specialized application services, the EU team delivers effective remedial solutions to each site, identifying the optimal strategy and integration for results-based remediation of soil and groundwater.

The Importance of Client Collaboration

In addition to offering a comprehensive menu of solutions, including remediation design, technical support, site application, project management, and treatment of a wide range of contaminants, the group outperforms its competitors through collaborative partnerships with its clients. This model for success has resulted in rapid growth throughout Europe and challenges them to work hard at maintaining high service standards. Attention to service and details has led to an increase in demand, and as a result, the group is currently recruiting qualified specialists to meet the needs of its growing client base (link to UK careers page).

Reducing Contaminant Concentrations Faster than Ever

On top of meeting the high demand for their present products and services, REGENESIS recently launched a unique liquid activated carbon solution called PlumeStop. Able to reduce contaminant concentrations faster and further than any other injectable product, PlumeStop has the potential to revolutionize the industry with its ability to address a wide range of contaminants, including emerging contaminants such as PFAS and PFOA.

The REGENESIS Global Platform

As the EU division continues to grow, it will undoubtedly remain uniquely positioned within REGENESIS. While at first the EU team relied solely on US-based REGENESIS to drive the flow of information and product innovation, today the group’s staff of skilled, specialized professionals leverage their success across countries, geological settings, and challenging regulatory systems, to now routinely provide critical market intelligence and technical input to REGENESIS’ US-based R&D, Tech Services and RRS teams. By being an equal contributor in the development of the company’s innovative, results-based solutions, the EU team has established itself as an equal partner and stakeholder in REGENESIS’ global platform.

As one team member likes to say, “We see firsthand what is growing: the different trends and the wildly varying regulatory regimes.” From this unique perspective, the EU division continues to occupy an important role in the company, poised and ready to provide global market intelligence and regional industry changes across multiple borders, while supporting the diverse client base they pride itself in serving.

Meeting the Demands of Complex Sites – The REGENESIS Strategic Projects Team

IMG_0788While many departments within REGENESIS® may focus on a specific range of responsibilities, the Strategic Projects Team, led by Maureen Dooley, is characterized by a unique ability to meet the demands of challenging, evolving technology, complex site conditions, and at times, ambitious client objectives across a broad spectrum within the bioremediation industry. These typically include high level, complicated projects involving new technology or multiple parties, such as PRPs (potentially responsible parties), regulators, and consultants, either separately or simultaneously. Additionally, the Strategic Projects group is routinely involved on several different levels, starting with the conceptual design and continuing through implementation, which can include turn-key application of REGENESIS bioremediation products.

According to Maureen, the team’s involvement usually begins with an assessment of the situation in an effort to gain a clear understanding or diagnosis of the problem, followed by a design phase that includes multiple strategies and options. These options are carefully evaluated to determine the most cost-effective and sensible approach for the client or end user. For example, is the design economically feasible? Will the strategies meet the client’s timing objectives? The team must also consider what the future use of the site will be. Throughout their involvement, Maureen and her team are constantly navigating the complexity of the site for REGENESIS to better understand who the players are and what their respective roles will be on the project.

All of this has essentially re-shaped how the Strategic Projects Team has evolved since its formation. “What we’re finding,” says Maureen “Is that our product mix is getting us pulled in more as a partner with some of the consulting firms and end users, to help develop these solutions.” These solutions include several unique product offerings that bridge a number of different challenges. Adds Maureen, “We really do offer turnkey solutions that specialize in remediation, as opposed to many consultants that merely dabble in remediation. Remediation is our strength, our focus.”

Internally, Maureen and her team draw from several resources from within the company, depending on the desired technical expertise needed. These include the Research and Development department, led by Dr. Kristen Thoreson, which may have specially designed beta products that are specific to a particularly challenging site condition, such as an emerging contaminant. In addition, Strategic Projects also works with Lab Services, since this department oftentimes performs a design verification test to ensure the strategic solution provided will work with the geology that’s being targeted for remediation. Naturally, there is also a great deal of interfacing with the REGENESIS sales team, since this group is seemingly always in the field and working directly with our clients.

Over time, the Strategic Projects team has evolved to offer a comprehensive range of customer-focused solutions designed to assist clients in successful regulatory closure of large, complicated sites. With the ever changing environmental landscape and increased complexities of remediation design and technology, it’s reassuring to know the REGENESIS Strategic Projects Team is “on the case” to consistently deliver superior support to those clients managing large scale projects.

For more on REGENESIS’ Strategic Projects team, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

Results-Oriented Service You Deserve Delivered Daily

team-webIf you ask a C-level executive in almost any industry which department they feel is most critical to their company’s overall success, chances are many will respond that it’s Customer Service. And although it’s reasonable to argue that other divisions, such as Sales, R&D, and Accounting are equally important, it is generally agreed that in most cases, the Customer Service Department is tasked as being the “face” of the company. At REGENESIS, it’s reassuring to know the Customer Service team, led by Angelica Hurtado, has a distinguished track record of providing superior results-oriented service that continues to differentiate the company from its competitors. Angelica and her team are tasked with a myriad of responsibilities that include credit processing, delivery setup, product shipping, and logistics, and that’s just for starters. Since each of these includes a host of time-sensitive variables, one could surmise that the term “multi-tasking” is synonymous with this vital REGENESIS department.

While there are several factors that contribute to the success of the Customer Service Dept., timing, accuracy, and thoroughness most likely stand out as being the most integral. These routinely come into play from the outset, such as when the department assists the Sales team by processing the sales order, and continues throughout the product shipping and delivery process. Although there are a variety of logistical challenges with regard to shipping, it’s often the product orders themselves that pose the toughest test. Such as when a carrier loses the product shipment, or it arrives without the lift gate truck, or when the driver doesn’t have the certification to enter a military base. It’s situations like these that propel the Customer Service team to “super hero” status, from providing ordinary service to extraordinary service. It may require procuring replacement product quickly, or finding someone to assist with offloading, or challenging the driver they absolutely MUST go back with the right truck in order to complete the delivery to the customer.

To ensure accurate, on-time delivery, the Customer Service team tracks each in-transit order, every morning. Timely follow-up with the customer is initiated frequently, such as when a delay in shipping occurs, to arrange for alternate delivery planning and scheduling. According to Angelica, accurate and timely shipping is not always about out-shipping. It can also involve processing product that is being returned. “Returns are another area we assist in,” shares Angelica, “We coordinate directly with the customer on how they should package the product for a return, and we supply all necessary documents they will need prior to them shipping the returned product. We also coordinate the pickup based on our customer’s specification with our freight companies, and ensure the returned product is shipped to the closest REGENESIS warehouse.” These warehouses include three in California and one located in the Chicago area.

Managing large orders presents challenges as well, since these can require multiple truckloads to complete delivery. One such example includes a job site in South Carolina, which required two separate truckloads, with each truck carrying over 30,000 lbs. of product . As one might expect, coordinating and managing shipments to military bases or government facilities can also be challenging since information about the driver, the vehicle, and company must be provided 24-48 hours prior to delivery, in order to gain clearance.

With such a high degree of reliance on dependable, accurate product shipping, it’s no surprise that REGENESIS’ shipping vendors rate as the best of the best. “We use two freight carriers directly,” says Angelica. “We also contract with one same-day courier service in California and utilize three different shipping brokers. Most of these carriers and brokers have been doing business with us for the last 10 years. Although we are always open to finding new carriers or brokers, they must provide reliable transit times and reasonable rates, and most can’t deliver both.” Additionally, Customer Service assists in setting up new and existing accounts with customers as quickly as possible to help ensure there is no delay in the shipment of an order.

By performing their responsibilities with the utmost in professionalism, the Customer Service team excels in many ways as the “face” of REGENESIS, ensuring each and every customer is receiving the service they deserve.

For more on REGENESIS’ Customer Service, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

RRS: Helping Achieve Successful Regulatory Closure through Excellence in On-site Field Activity Management

It’s been said, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Within the environmental remediation industry, and in particular for REGENESIS Remediation Services (RRS), this is certainly true. As a major division within the company, providing product application services throughout North America and Europe, RRS is instrumental in field testing new products, and sees change as a precursor to fueling improvement. While the increased complexities of remediation design and technology no doubt present challenges, RRS successfully confronts these with thorough design verification testing. Considered a “reality check” – design verification testing helps validate the remediation design from the geologist’s perspective, and whether the design can be effectively implemented in the field.

RRS has gained a reputation for combining excellence in on-site field activity management with REGENESIS’ industry-leading technologies, to bring sites to successful regulatory closure. Led by Division Manager Scott Mullin, RRS represents a diverse group of specialists that includes project managers, environmental engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, chemists and microbiologists – each with unique capabilities and extensive qualifications. The result is experienced, highly technical, on-site management and implementation of groundwater and soil remediation solutions across North America and Europe.

When it comes to successful outcomes on remediation projects, it’s clear that several objectives must be met. Meeting these objectives is perhaps where RRS excels most, especially in a competitive and demanding industry. As a department, the success of RRS can be attributed, in part, to its wide range of capabilities. These include field application management and supervision, soil mixing, (ex situ and in situ), horizontal directional drilling, reagent application/injection services, and leveraging the capabilities of their very own in-house treatability laboratory, to evaluate and optimize remedial solutions. In addition, RRS partners with the company’s Remediation and Design Services department to ensure clients receive the most effective and cost-conscious remedies for achieving remediation project objectives. The RRS influence is also felt within other REGENESIS departments. In the words of one RRS staff member, “Our in-house application experience and knowledge assists the field sales and research and development teams to better understand the critical application components of our remediation products. This continues to play a significant role in the development of new products.”

In addition to core field services such as soil mixing, horizontal directional drilling, and the use of high resolution site characterization tools, RRS adheres to stringent safety standards that extend beyond the REGENESIS staff. These standards are applied to all subcontractors under RRS supervision. RRS field services employees maintain OSHA 40-hour initial health and safety training and 8-hour annual training in compliance with OSHA 1910.120. To ensure accurate record keeping and reporting compliance, RRS documents noteworthy observations, real-time monitoring, and application delivery information. Information such as start/stop times, injection intervals, flow rates, pressures, total gallons, and gallons per intervals are documented for each injection point. This information is then provided in a comprehensive application summary report which includes a written document detailing the remediation project, a spreadsheet of information collected in the field, and a site map.

A hallmark service advantage of RRS is its ability to customize remediation application equipment based upon the demands and conditions encountered at various sites. This is accomplished using highly customized remediation application trailers. RRS utilizes a fleet of these fully enclosed, self-sufficient injection trailers, which are configured specifically for the purpose of mixing, handling and delivering REGENESIS remediation technologies.

As a department comprised of highly trained, dedicated specialists that deliver across a broad spectrum of on-site groundwater and soil remediation services, the RRS team believes no one has more professional experience understanding, handling and applying REGENESIS products. Few, if any, within the remediation industry bring such a broad range of technology solutions, vast application expertise, and a vested commitment to successful regulatory closure.

For more on RRS, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

Research Team Expands the Boundaries of Remediation

randdFor many companies, especially those within the science-based environmental and remediation industries, research and development play a major role in the overall success of the company and, ultimately, its clients. A great example of this can be seen here at REGENESIS with our very own Research and Development Department, led by Dr. Kristen Thoreson.

As an integral part of REGENESIS, the Research and Development (R&D) department provides several important functions. Primarily, the team is responsible for developing new technologies that expand the boundaries of what is possible in environmental remediation, and more specifically, groundwater and soil remediation. This includes searching for efficient and more cost-effective ways to close contaminated sites, while expanding the company’s range of products and solutions to treat contaminants. “Essentially we provide our clients with better tools,” shares REGENESIS Staff Scientist, Dr. Katherine Djernes-Pappano.

To appreciate the role of R&D in protecting our environment, one only needs to look closely at what fuels many of the world’s leading environmental organizations. One such organization is the International Society of Environmental Forensics (ISEF). The ISEF has grown out of the need for a platform to present scientific research that addresses environmental contamination subjected to law, public debate, or formal argumentation, as well as the evaluation of the basic science that serves as a foundation to those activities. With research and development as its backbone, the goal of the ISEF is to educate and inform by providing workshops and training on subject matter encompassing all aspects of contamination within the environmental media of air, water, soil, and biota. The society also serves to promote the publication and dissemination of relevant technical material.

Recognizing the importance that research and development play in a host of authoritative societies and organizations, such as the EPA, the Association of Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS), the aforementioned ISEF, and others, Thoreson says the Team is doing its part each and every day. “We approach every project with the idea that our efforts in conceptualizing, testing, and evaluating new technologies can and do make a difference in our ability to successfully treat and close contaminated sites.”

In addition to pushing the boundaries of new technologies, department functions include the continual optimization and validation of all existing REGENESIS products, which requires designing experiments and collecting scientific data. The R&D group also manages the Laboratory Services offered by REGENESIS which includes oxidant demand testing and treatability tests for clients in order to demonstrate technology efficacy under site specific conditions. Beyond their work within their recently renovated laboratory, they collaborate closely with the REGENESIS technical sales team to help navigate technical hurdles and assist on large, complex projects, and they also provide guidance on quality control and manufacturing of all technologies in coordination with the Operations Department.

An especially unique aspect about R&D is that it is an all-female department, which is somewhat rare in the field of scientific research and development. In terms of individual backgrounds, the group shares common academic training in chemistry, as well as a sense of environmental responsibility. They are also a highly innovative and collaborative department. As one team member says, “Environmental remediation is vast and complex, and we recognize the importance of sharing creative ideas in our approach to exploring new solutions that will ultimately help create a cleaner, safer planet.”

For more on REGENESIS’s Research and Development department, and other company resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

State of the Art Commercial Lab Services

Did you know REGENESIS® employs a full laboratory, providing services to assist in the remediation of soil and groundwater at contaminated sites?

Our state-of-the-art laboratory is housed in our corporate headquarters and staffed by experienced environmental chemists, scientists, and engineers. The laboratory is outfitted with the latest analytical instrumentation, including gas chromatography with flame ionization detector; electron capture detector and mass spectrometry detector (GC-FID, GC-ECD and GCMS); liquid chromatography with evaporative light scattering detector; UV-visible spectroscopy; aquifer simulation vessels; media columns and related test equipment. Our team of scientists is well-equipped to perform the tests and experiments to meet your needs.

With a wide range of treatability testing options, many clients choose REGENESIS for conducting Soil Oxidant Demand (SOD) and Total Oxidant Demand (TOD) testing to determine a remediation approach. The SOD test screens the soil to determine if a site is suitable for persulfate-based in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) using PersulfOx®. And TOD testing determines the amount of oxidant consumed by the matrix and screens the site to confirm whether the percarbonate-based ISCO technology, RegenOx®, is a suitable candidate.

Treatability testing is another useful tool for demonstrating the ability of a particular technology to degrade or remove contaminant mass at a given site. All reaction set-up and manipulations are performed in our laboratory. A standard bench test includes determining a baseline concentration of the contaminants of interest, and comparing untreated site material with material that has been treated with REGENESIS’ product(s). A standard bench test analyzes for one of the following contaminants: total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH-gasoline or TPH-diesel), BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes), TPH-g with BTEX, or CVOCs (chlorinated volatile organic compounds). A final written report including experimental design, tabulation of results and data interpretation is presented at the conclusion of testing and provided to the client. Through testing the team can determine the best course of action, product dosing calculations, and in some cases advance research and development efforts.

REGENESIS laboratory services also routinely tests client project samples and offers experiments on anomalies to ensure project success in the field. Testing is an important component to any project, and the team offers a wealth of experience, having processed and evaluated hundreds of samples for clients worldwide. For more on REGENESIS laboratory services, and other value-added resources, please speak with your REGENESIS field sales engineer, or contact us at support@regenesis.com.

REGENESIS Expands Research and Development Laboratory

The expansion project will nearly triple the size of the lab.

I am pleased to announce the expansion of our Research and Development (R&D) laboratory facilities at the REGENESIS corporate headquarters in San Clemente, CA. Among the highlights of this expansion are a nearly 3-fold increase in square footage and fume-hood capacity, as well as acquisition of new analytical instrumentation. Construction of the new facility is underway, and expected to be complete by the end of this month.

The Regenesis R&D lab utilizes a number of analytical tools in our work, including gas chromatography (GC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), UV-Visible spectroscopy, and optical microscopy, to name a few.  With the current expansion, additional resources and space will allow us to increase our pace at bringing innovative and valuable products to market that address difficult environmental problems.

Our research team is a multidisciplinary group that combines chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, and geology expertise to create new products and technologies for the environmental remediation market. Recent developments from our group include a new technology called Plume Stop™, which rapidly treats in-situ groundwater contamination and provides a promising solution for the pervasive problem of matrix back diffusion.

As we reflect on this milestone, I want to thank all of our valued customers and collaborators. We look forward to working with you all in 2014. Happy New Year!

Ben Mork, Ph.D.

Vice President, R&D