Soil and Groundwater Remediation

Site screening and risk assessment results may indicate remedial action is necessary to reduce contaminate concentrations or to block exposure pathways. For more than 15 years, Earth Systems has successfully remediation contaminated sites with the right blend of science, service, technology, and relationships with regulators and subcontractors. In addition, Earth Systems has the diplomatic skill to explain and advocate the selected approach to clients, regulators, and the community, if necessary.

Engineering Design

In general, the best remedial alternatives are cost effective, simple to implement, and as certain as possible to achieve the cleanup goal.  Earth Systems combines talented people and an effective management system to ensure all remediation tasks are completed in a cost-effective and timely manner than minimizes risk and long term liability.

Just because it worked before doesn’t mean there isn’t a new and better method of remediation available. Our remediation engineers know they must evolve to remain successful.  Earth Systems also understands that complex remediation projects often benefit from a specialist with a PhD, but involving several in every meeting is generally not cost effective.

Cost Controls

Managing and controlling costs begins with the development of work plans and project cost estimates.  During work plan development, the Project Manager and Portfolio manager work together to determine the labor, supplies, equipment, and subcontracting requirements for the project.  Earth Systems reduces costs while maintaining the integrity of our work product by developing work plans, as follows:

  • Sensibly minimize use of expensive experts (e.g. PhDs)
  • Minimize mobilizations
  • Remove unnecessary laboratory analysis
  • Use defendable data gathered by others
  • Reduce the generation of investigation derived wastes.

Our Project Managers receive monthly financial statements itemizing labor and other direct costs that have accrued against their project budgets.  Cost expenditures are compared to project estimates to confirm that the remaining budget is sufficient for the remaining work.  If expenditure variances are identified, the Project Manager advises the Portfolio Manager, provides analysis of the budget conditions, and implements a corrective plan to ensure the project is brought back into budgetary conformance.

Project Progression

Earth Systems effectively uses a project organization and management system to control multi-million dollar contracts we have been awarded by Hess Corporation, FDEP’s Bureau of Waste Cleanup and FDEP’s Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems. The system divides responsibilities among key team members and ensures no task or deadline is missed or neglected.

Earth Systems uses several organization advantages to progress through the lifecycle of a project more swiftly than our competitors.  Our lack of cumbersome layers of management, our commitment to relationship building with the regulatory community, and our focused approach to site cleanup (rather than drawing out projects to sustain revenues) allow us to progress through the project phases and obtain an unparalleled number of site closures within our portfolio.

Communication & Relationships with Government Agencies

The attitude Earth Systems maintains when communicating with regulatory agencies is a direct reflection of our internal commitment to representing our clients with pride and passion, while valuing the opinions of the government case manager.  Earth Systems’ communication with regulatory agencies is essential to keeping projects on-time and within budget and efficiently moving through project phases toward closure.  Earth Systems project managers are continually counseled by senior level managers on relationship building and conflict resolution to ensure that the government site manager is respected for his or her opinions and recommendations, but yet assuring that our clients’ best interests continue to be taken into account.

The main aspects of our communication approach with regulators include:

  • Engaging in frequent dialogue to ensure that the case manager always has timely information
  • Freely exchanging information and ideas with the case manager to allow for open     communication
  • Holding opinions that are backed by definitive data
  • Meeting in person to cement our relationship and show a commitment that goes beyond routine phone conversations

Relationship building with regulators is a key component to Earth Systems’ project management model and the resulting goodwill is passed onto our client in many ways including:

  • Ability to function and relate on a friendly, “peer” level with the case manager, rather than engaging in a vertical hierarchy that can breed resistance and conflict.
  • Established level of trust that allows for the benefit of the doubt during decision making by the case manager.
  • Tendency to be more responsive since the relationship is cordial and amiable, not adversarial.

Subcontractor Relationships

With over 25 years of experience performing assessment and remediation services, Earth Systems knows the importance of building good relationships with the best sub-contractors.  We expect prompt, professional service from our subcontractors.  In return, we pay them quickly and reward them with repeated service opportunities.   Before granting MSAs, Earth Systems screens subcontractors to ensure they maintain an excellent safety record, are financially sound, properly insured, and possess the appropriate licenses and credentials.  Once under contract, MSAs and task-specific project authorization forms define anticipated scopes of work, payment terms, health & safety criteria, insurance requirements, performance schedule, responsibilities for supplies and equipment, and dispute resolution.

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