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Sci-Tek Presents Sustainable Solutions
Philadelphia, PA June 2012. Sci-Tek Consultants, Inc. (Sci-Tek) is providing sustainable solution answers for storm water management. This expertise is being shared by staff through various industry papers and presentations.
Kimberly S. Artita, Ph.D, Civil Associate II for Sci-Tek's Philadelphia office, presented a portion of her dissertation research entitled "Seeing Green by Going Green: Maximizing Ecosystem/ Community Services Benefits through Strategic Green Storm-Water Infrastructure Design" in May 2012 at the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) World Environmental & Water Resources Congress. Kim's paper shows how decision makers might capitalize on sewershed-scale green storm-water infrastructure (GSI) designs aimed at reducing combined sewer overflow volumes in combination with triple bottom line accounting. This research is based on the City of Philadelphia's Long- Term Control Plan Update, a multi-billion dollar investment to improve water quality in the City while improving social and economic conditions. Kim's decision-making framework, a combination of state-of-the-art evolutionary algorithms and long-term hydrologic/ hydraulic simulation in EPA's Storm Water Management Model (SWMM), is demonstrated on a sewershed in Philadelphia.
Kim also presented a less technical version of her ASCE-EWRI talk entitled "Sewershed-Scale Green Infrastructure Design to Maximize Ecological Benefit" at the American Water Resources Association Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section (AWRA-PMAS) in April 2012. This talk introduced practicing engineers, environmental scientists, and planners to evolutionary algorithms and their practical use in solving water resources problems.
Combined sewer overflow (CSO) control in ageing urban areas is a costly and on-going issue. In addition, urban municipalities must deal with other daunting issues such as economics and sustainability. Kim's paper shows how decision makers might capitalize on sewershedscale green storm-water infrastructure (GSI) designs aimed at reducing CSO volumes. Kim discusses how this concept is being developed and implemented within the City of Philadelphia.
In addition, Gary L. Van Balen P.E, Engineering Manager for Sci-Tek's Pittsburgh office recently co-authored a paper entitled "AMD Reuse and Other Sustainable Technologies," which is based on a local stream mitigation project at a golf course for a confidential public client. Gary co-presented the paper at the 2011 International Water Conference (IWC) in Orlando, Florida on November 14, 2011.
Since then, the paper was picked as one of the best from the 2011 IWC and will be presented again at the Best of IWC Webinar Series - Mine Waste Water in September 2012.
This Stream Mitigation Project was developed to remove acid mine drainage (AMD) from the combined sewer system and treat it so it could be reused as irrigation water for the golf course. When irrigation water is not needed, the treated AMD will be piped to a newly constructed municipal storm sewer and discharged to a local creek. This project also included the design of a wind turbine to supply electrical energy to offset owning and operating costs of the AMD treatment system. Micro-hydroelectric generators driven by AMD were evaluated as well.
Sci-Tek is proud of its expert services and information sharing that its employees engage in.
About Sci-Tek Consultants
Sci-Tek Consultants, headquartered in Penn Hills, PA is a civil, geotechnical, and environmental fi rm. Sci-Tek's three principal areas of expertise combine synergistically to offer clients a single source for answers that create a better world for all.
Sci-Tek has been providing quality civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering services to the aviation, educational/institutional, housing, natural gas, transportation, and water and sewer industries since 1996. The company's customers include private and public clients located throughout the Northeastern United States.