Energy & Infrastructure
Advanced GeoServices has been providing engineering and regulatory compliance services for oil storage facilities, railroads, and pipelines for 20+ years. Our services to new and existing pipelines, have included NPDES and stormwater permits, stream crossing permits and construction support during routine maintenance and accidental releases. Compliance support at facilities along these pipelines has included NPDES permitting, air quality permit renewals, Title V permitting, and SARA Title III Community Right-To-Know requirements.
Services Provided to the Energy & Infrastructure Market:
• Site Characterization
• Geotechnical Investigations
• Sinkhole Investigations / Mitigation
• Remedial Design (Plans and Specifications)
• Stream Encroachment Permits
• Remedial Construction Monitoring
• Civil Design
• Stormwater Management
• Erosion & Sediment Control Inspections
• Spill Response Planning
• Soil & Concrete Inspection
• Gas Well Pad Design & Permitting
• Security Planning / Crisis Management Planning
• Risk Management Planning
• Upstream Engineering Services
• Midstream Engineering Services
• Pipeline Permitting
• Right-of-Way Engineering
• Due Diligence Support
• Right-to-Know Reporting
• Compliance Auditing
• Permitting Support
• SPCC / PPC / FRP Plans
• Phase I / II Environmental Assessments
• Ash Basin Closure
• Wetlands (Studies, Permitting, Mitigation)
For more information, contact:
Christopher T. Reitman, P.E.
Stephen W. Kirschner, P.E.
Transportation Emergency Response Plans & Underground Utility Survey and Mapping for a Major Railroad Company
A major railroad company owns and operates over 130 rail yards throughout the eastern United States. Advanced GeoServices provided mapping services in support of two critical company initiatives: the Transportation Emergency Response Plans and Underground Utility Survey and Mapping. Each railyard maintains a Transportation Emergency Response Plan (TERP) which provides critical information to first responders during an emergency. Advanced GeoServices prepared a facility map for each of these TERP Plans that shows the facility access routes, evacuation routes, building designations, command centers and fuel and hazardous material storage areas. These maps are large format, laminated prints that can be utilized in the field during an emergency to plan response activities. Most of the railyards owned by our client are over 30 years old and the underground utilities have been modified several times over the years, and documentation of these modifications was either not recorded or lost. Advanced GeoServices is in the process of surveying and mapping the underground sewer utilities at each of these facilities to provide a current record of the location and use of each conveyance system. All sewer systems are shown on one comprehensive map, making it easier to locate and identify systems in the yard. In addition, permanent markers have been affixed to each manhole/drain indicating the type of sewer present (storm, sanitary or industrial).
Paoli Rail Yard
The site was a rail car maintenance center going back to the early 1900's. Railcars with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) transformers were serviced on- site. This project involved the excavation and stabilization of approximately 30,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated soil and restoration of the site. Advanced GeoServices assisted in the preparation of a Remedial Investigation, Feasibility Study, Remedial Design Plans and Specifications, Implementation of Design in an Emergency Response Action, re-installation and operation of the groundwater recovery system, design and implementation of a modular block retaining wall, inspection & maintenance activities, and redevelopment activities.
Marcellus Shale Pad in Potter County, PA
Advanced GeoServices designed and oversaw construction of oil and gas well pads. Services included wetland delineation, geotechnical evaluations and design, pad design, permitting, erosion & sediment reports, and coordination with the municipalities.
Emergency Response Planning
Provided mapping services for various railroad facilities across the nation. The maps illustrated specific yard data and locations associated with the Emergency Response Plan.
Projects for an Innovative Energy Company in Multiple Locations
Provided geotechnical investigations and geotechnical and environmental testing and inspection services for several power generation facilities. (Photo courtesy of gigaom.com)
Geothermal Projects at West Chester University in West Chester, PA
A capital expansion program at West Chester University included multiple new student housing buildings. A large-scale geothermal system was designed and constructed for the new buildings and to help the University achieve its "Green Policy" objectives. Advanced GeoServices assisted with the design and installation of the system. This included top of rock investigation, rock excavation estimates, and geotechnical construction monitoring for geothermal pipeline installation and earthwork monitoring services.
Former UGI Manufactured Gas Plant in Columbia, PA
The UGI Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Superfund Site is located on a small parcel of land in an industrial area of the Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River. The Site was contaminated from industrial activities associated with the manufacture of gas products conducted between 1851 and the 1950s. AGC conducted a Remedial Investigation and prepared a Feasibility Study and a Technical Impracticability Waiver.
Pipeline Permitting & Compliance
Advanced GeoServices has prepared multiple NPDES and stormwater discharge permits for an intra-state pipeline, associated terminal facilities, and connection stations. Advanced GeoServices has also prepared Air Quality permit renewals and Title V Synthetic Minor applications for multiple facilities. Additional engineering support provided during our 25 years of service include: SARA Title III Community Right-to-Know reporting; waste management planning; UST groundwater investigations; and development of SPCC, PPC and SPR plans and training.