GES is a proud sponsor of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey's Plant Operations Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Princeton, New Jersey. The one-day event addresses on a range of topics facing plant management staff from the chemical and energy industry sectors. Workshops include discussions on media relations, site security, asset management, and environmental regulations among other issues.

GES will also be presenting on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), better known as drones, as an innovative method for data collection within a plant environment. GES' Dr. Martin Helmke, PhD, PG, (Principal Hydrogeologist) and Daniel Bochicchio (Staff Environmental Scientist) are scheduled to take the podium from 9:45-10:30 AM. The session abstract and speaker bios are provided below.

Drones or UAV: Capabilities & Applications for the Rapidly Evolving Data Collection Platform

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or “Drone” marketplace has exploded in the past 2 years as industrial grade equipment and training became readily available at marketable prices. Today, real-time data collected via drone is rapidly turning into actionable information, which allows users to react more quickly and efficiently to potential site issues. However, there are challenges as with any “new “ technology and its advance, such as evolving regulatory requirements, rapidly improving capabilities and misuse of technology issues. GES will present information regarding the capabilities, evolving regulations and potential applications in the plant environment for this powerful data collection platform. With the power of drones that fly multiple sensor types, including thermal infrared, essential infrastructure inspection and monitoring is an emerging “must-have” tool for plant and environmental managers. GES will present examples where drone data collection has replaced more traditional inspection, measurement, estimating and surveying methods to support rapid and accurate decision making.

Martin Helmke, PhD, PG
Principal Hydrogeologist, UAV Services
Professor of Hydrogeology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Martin Helmke is a Principal Hydrogeologist with GES, a Full Professor and Emeritus Department Chair at West Chester University, and President Elect of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists.  He is an FAA-licensed drone pilot with 21 years of experience applying fixed-wing and multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for scientific research and commercial clients. Dr. Helmke currently serves as scientific advisor to the GES UAV services program, responsible for identifying new ways to apply UAV technology to better serve clients.  Commercial UAV projects have included chemical production facilities, pipelines, natural gas wellfields, petroleum distribution and storage centers, CERCLA sites, landfills, groundwater remediation systems, ecological assessments, and hazardous materials incidents.  Dr. Helmke is a licensed Professional Geologist in the state of Pennsylvania.  He holds a PhD in Geology and Water Resources from Iowa State University and an Environmental Science and Geology Degree from Antioch University Ohio.

Daniel Bochicchio
Staff Environmental Scientist, UAV Services

Dan Bochicchio is a Staff Environmental Scientist focused on delivering innovative technologies in support compliance monitoring and field data collection programs through the application of UAV technologies. His recent UAV projects have included HDD pipeline installation monitoring, terminal surveying for SPCC planning, and thermal mapping of underground coalmine fires and remediation systems. He is also working on project fulfillment lifecycle and data governance models used to train project managers on implementation of UAV work.  Prior to joining GES, Mr. Bochicchio led the development of the drone program at West Chester University. He later founded Skybernetics, a start-up company specializing in the deployment strategies of corporate UAV services for technical research and commercial purposes. Mr. Bochicchio is a Geologist-in-Training in the state of Pennsylvania. He earned his Master’s degree from West Chester University in Geoscience and his Bachelor’s at Appalachian State University in Environmental Geology.  

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GES will exhibit in Booth 722 at the 2018 Federal Small Business Conference hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). The three-day event is scheduled to take place October 31-November 2 in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  

SAME is co-locating this year’s event with the Department of Veteran's Affairs' National Veterans Small Business Engagement, creating the largest industry event connecting small businesses directly with federal government procurement decision makers, contracting officers, small business liaison officers, and leaders.

GES is a small businesses concern under NAICS code 562910 for Environmental Remediation services. Our staff will be on hand to explore potential teaming opportunities in the federal sector with large businesses and other certified small business enterprises.

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GES will exhibit and present at the 2018 PA Brownfields Conference being held at Sands Bethlehem situated within the former Bethlehem Steel site, one of the nation's largest brownfield redevelopment projects. The three-day conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania. Attendees will learn about opportunities for transforming communities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. 

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to | Sands Bethlehem, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18015

GES will attend and exhibit at the 2018 MD/DC Utilities Fall Environmental Conference hosted by the Maryland-District of Columbia Utilities Association. The conference takes place October 1–3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort located in Cambridge, Maryland. The event brings together professionals and service providers from the power utility industry with a focus on environmental and regulatory issues in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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to | Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD 21613

GES will exhibit at the 31st Annual Symposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society held in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is considered one of the premier events in the Southwest for hydrology and water resources science, engineering, and public policy. This year’s theme is “The Importance of Hydrology in a Vibrant Southwest.”

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to | Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 East Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040

The Florida Association for Water Quality Control is hosting its annual conference June 13–15, 2018 in Naples, Florida. The technical learning and networking event brings together key representatives from various industries, regulatory agencies, law firms, consulting practices, and vendors from across the state.

GES will once again exhibit at this year’s conference. Please visit the GES booth to meet our local team and learn more about GES.

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to | Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103

GES will exhibit in Booth 406 at the 2018 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Local technical experts from GES' Lewisville and Stafford, Texas offices will be on hand throughout the conference to answer your questions. 

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to | Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

Visit GES in Booth #30 at the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference being held the week of Monday, May 7th in Louisville, Kentucky. Our own Keith Bradley, REP, CWB, and Richard Pais, CWB, CFP, will be at the GES booth to help answer your questions.

The conference is entering its 21st year and has become well-known as a “must attend event” for those involved in ecosystem banking and related markets, drawing key decision makers and leaders from business, government (local, state, federal), nonprofits and universities.

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As a Copper level event sponsor, GES will be attending the 34th Annual Spring Conference hosted the Chemistry Council of New Jersey in Princeton, New Jersey. Our own Mark Motylewski and Thomas Glancey, PG, LSRP, will be on hand to attend the networking and breakout sessions. Be sure to say hello.

The conference is a major New Jersey industry event that provides attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors the opportunity to interact in an intimate setting.  Attendees learn about the latest developments affecting their business, get updates on legislative and regulatory issues, participate in seminars directly related to their businesses and interact with elected officials.  It is also an opportunity to visit with exhibitors to learn about new products and services available from various companies. More than 200 professionals from the chemical, oil and gas, and healthcare industries attend this networking and learning opportunity.

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to | The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540

Visit GES in Booth #3 at the 2018 Responsible Care® Conference & Expo hosted by the American Chemistry Council in sunny Hollywood, Florida. Our own Bill Butler and Joseph Keller, PE will be on hand to answer your questions. The event brings together stakeholders from across the chemicals industry to with a focus on Responsible Care, the industry’s leading voluntary performance and sustainability initiative.

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