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SWANApalooza 2017

March 27 @ 8:00 am - March 30 @ 5:00 pm

Meet many SCS Engineers professionals at SWANApalooza 2017

Highlights and Technical Sessions

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Monday, March 27, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall – SCS Booth 401

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
CH4-CH4-CH4-CH4-Changes: How Will Landfill Gas and Biogas be Affected? Practical Solutions to a Variety of Landfill Gas Problems

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. How Sweeping Changes to NSPS Impact Your Facility

Amy Banister, Senior Director, Air Programs, Waste Management
Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Niki Wuestenberg, Manager — Air Compliance, Republic Services

This panel of experts will review the recent amendments to the Federal New Source Performance Standards (Subpart XXX), how the new rules change what we’ve come to expect from the NSPS, when the changes will take place and who will be impacted by these changes. These rule changes have the potential to be the most sweeping changes in decades, with a broad range of operational and regulatory impacts.

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. How to Deal with Odor Issues that Rear Their Ugly Heads at Solid Waste Facilities

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Odor is nothing new at landfills and solid waste facilities but recently, we have seen increased pressure from regulators, politicians, and citizens to deal with these alleged odor problems. We must understand this problem, so we are better equipped to deal with it. Following the presentation, the audience will be able to investigate and identify the sources and impacts of odors; then determine how to mitigate the odor.

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. From the Stone Age to the 21st Century: Landfill Drones are Taking Off!

David P. Hostetter, Senior Project Professional, SCS Engineers
Unmanned aerial systems can be used to accurately, safely and affordably map landfills. Accurate and timely volumetric maps enhance best management practices, help fulfills reporting requirements and increase safety. 

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Practical Solutions to a Variety of Landfill Gas Problems

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Frank Caponi, Division Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

The presentations in this session will make you better equipped to deal with challenges in your professional life and, in one case, perhaps even in your personal life. Don’t let the frustrations get you down! Take control by learning about applications to these current technical issues as well as negotiating skills with an edge!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A Researcher, a Manager, and a Regulator Walk Into a Commercial Venue…

Leslie Lukacs, Sustainable Materials Management Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Jenny Stephenson, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA

Leslie and Jenny offer perspectives on how to engage commercial building owners, managers, and tenants in understanding the amounts and types of waste they produce, and how to cut waste management costs by tracking performance metrics and training the people who use their facilities to change behaviors.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Changing Role of Disposal Facilities — The Tail is Now Wagging the Dog?

Manuel J. Hernandez, Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Susan Harrison, Environmental Engineer, County of Greenville

Landfills are changing from playing a lead role in waste disposal to a support role as we transition from waste disposal to sustainable materials management. Focus has been on recycling, compaction and recovering landfill gas. When managing an existing landfill or trying to site a new one, we now must include many other processes. Join the discussion about what a future landfill site will look like and how to educate policy makers and community members who will be making decisions in their communities.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Liquids Management: Engaging Your Control Freak

Jeffrey Reed, Vice President, SCS Engineers
Doug DeCesare, P.E.

Landfill managers face a conflicting set of goals: minimizing leachate generation, which can result in an increase in stormwater volumes. Like reducing waste generation in the solid waste hierarchy, reducing leachate is the best tactic for landfills – reducing is crucial to avoiding costly headaches. On the other hand, stormwater control is vital as well. Liquids can take solids with them as they leave the landfill, and wash away the soil from a cover system. Learn how to find the balance for your facility.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Liquids Management: Collect and Dispose of Leachate Seeps Below the Landfill Final Cover

Dr. Ali Khatami, Vice President, SCS Engineers

Leachate seeps below final landfill covers are rarely discussed because of the general consensus that they become inactive after the construction of the final cover system. That may be true under certain conditions, but very often, leachate seeps remain active as long as the source of water remains active and continues discharging through the seep locations. Leachate seeps below final covers can potentially cause a number of expensive problems. Leachate toe drain systems to collect and dispose of leachate that flows below the final cover geomembrane have become a standard feature in the final cover designs for some who are experiencing the benefits of the system.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Numbers, Numbers, Numbers… How Do We Use Data Effectively?

Jay Hatho, CIO, SCS Engineers
Allan Evora, President, Affinity Energy
Wayne Marshall, P.E., Managing Director, Petra Energy

Data-rich and information-poor — the bane of modern O&M! Recent advances in hardware technologies that network physical objects (Internet-of-Things) are geometrically expanding real-time data. But hardware isn’t enough — you need to learn how to interpret the data you’re gathering to do things like prioritizing maintenance, optimize operations and proactively identify potential problems to exceed expected plant performance. In this session, you’ll learn about both current technologies and data analysis techniques.


March 27 @ 8:00 am
March 30 @ 5:00 pm
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