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BAPG March 2021 Presentation (Virtual)

  • March 17, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual presentation - link to be provided

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Please join BAPG for a virtual presentation entitled:

"Extracting more from your data –

Quantitative Optimization of Remedial Design Delineation through 3D Geostatistical Modeling"

Presenters: James W. Schuetz P.G. (Parsons) and Melanie Beck (Parsons)

PIE has approved this course for 1.0 PDH for NYS PEs!

Presentation Description 


The word “model’” has a wide range of use and perceived definitions, ranging from a general depiction of the subsurface to highly involved numerical finite difference algorithms. The first part of this presentation is to discuss differences in the variety of environmental models, in order to enhance collective technical competence, project execution, and innovation. From this context the discussion will expand into project examples of groundwater modeling and innovative ways in which advanced mathematical algorithms support a variety of remedial design optimizations. 


There are a multitude of software solutions and techniques for analyzing data in the highly complicated field of groundwater and environmental consulting. These include but are not limited to statistical analyses, visual representations, geospatial analysis, and mathematical algorithms. There are particular differences in models based on physical law and/or empirical relationships compared to non-physically based models. Often, a project team or client sets forth a mission to “model” a site with a defined objective in mind, but without an understanding of the highly varied field of “modeling.” This presentation defines and explains a variety of mathematical models to help practitioners, technical teams, and project managers make decisions on how to best analyze and represent site data. Fundamentals to the process are clearly explained with focus on geostatistical analyses.

Applying various geostatistical models to site examples is demonstrated, to present how a variety of geostatistical and 3D visualization tools can improve remedial design systems and/or advance site progression. 

Results/Lessons Learned:

The presentation provides a thorough discussion regarding the use of geostatistical models with site examples to reduce uncertainty and limit the time and expense of over sampling.

Speakers’ Bios

Mr. Jim Schuetz is a Principal Hydrogeologist and Technical Manager with Parsons specializing in groundwater modeling, bioremediation, advanced 4D visualization modeling, geostatistics and complicated geological environments. His extensive knowledge of field applications, numerical / analytical expertise, and fundamental geologic knowledge provides a unique skill set. Jim has been with Parsons for 19 years. Prior to joining Parsons, his master’s degree work involved 3-D numerical groundwater flow modeling, and he worked as an exploration geologist in Greenland and Africa.

Ms. Melanie Beck is a Hydrogeologist with Parsons specializing in analytical and numerical groundwater modeling, advanced mathematical analyses, and geostatistics. Prior to joining Parsons, Melanie worked as a hydrogeologist for Ecology and Environment, Inc., and has four year's of project experience. Her master’s degree work involved 2-D groundwater finite difference modeling of groundwater-surface water interactions.

The presentation is free, but registration is required to obtain the link.

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