Environmental Sampling Articles

  • The 75-year history of soil sampling equipment supplier, AMS

    Almost 75 years ago in the small town of American Falls, Idaho, a man had a dream and a vision. Art Vollweiler had the philosophy that “everything was a work of Art.” Associating his name with everything he created meant something in 1942. It meant that everything he designed and built was made to last. Art’s assurance in quality has stood the test of time, and continues to be ...

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices (Part 2)

    Understanding Dynamic Particle Equilibrium in Closed Loop Systems Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) is defined as a steady state condition where the normal wear rate in a machine results in no net gain or loss of particles. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • U.S. troops get boost from soil sampling equipment supplier

    Top of the line soil sampling equipment isn’t the only thing that AMS produces. They also produce smiles on the faces of United States Troops overseas. The holidays can be lonely for U.S. troops, but it can also be immensely joyful when they know they have love and support from back home; not just from friends and family, but from complete strangers.  Rick Vollweiler, ...

  • E-Z Trays an Integral Part of Levelland`s Groundwater Treatment - Case Study

    QED E-Z Tray® Air Strippers an Integral Part of Levelland's Groundwater Treatment System The refinery at the former Motor Fuels Corporation produced all grades of gasoline, tractor fuels, diesel, distillate products, and fuel oils. It closed in 1954 after 15 years of operation, and the refinery equipment was removed by 1958. The property has since been redeveloped, but the ...


    By QED Environmental Systems

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices

    Obtaining a representative oil sample from a closed loop lubrication system is essential to any good oil analysis program. As oil analysis programs become more standardized for routine monitoring, especially within equipment warranty support programs, equipment makers provide more sampling points on new equipment. These ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • GoForth, NC Case Study

    ABSTRACT Trap & Treat® BOS 200® was used to remediate petroleum hydrocarbon impacted groundwater within fractured bedrock and overburden soil at a former retail gasoline site in North Carolina. After a thorough remedial design characterization was completed, BOS 200® was surgically injected over two field events to successfully achieve the ...

  • How HDXRF Helps Volcom Comply with Global Regulations - Case Study

    Volcom, Inc. is a lifestyle brand that designs, markets, and distributes high-quality boardsportsoriented products like clothing, footwear and accessories. As a global company, their restricted chemicals list is a combination and reflection of many international standards. CPSC and Proposition 65 lead the way for many of the chemicals’ lower limit regulations, but Canadian, Chinese, and ...


    By X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

  • Source tracking of Enterococcus moraviensis and E. haemoperoxidus

    Enterococci were detected occasionally in 100 L samples of water abstracted from a shallow aquifer in a natural dune infiltration area for drinking water production. Enterococcus moraviensis was the species most frequently identified in these samples. Because there are no existing reports of faecal sources of E. moraviensis and the closely related E. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • On the right track

    High-speed train manufacturer, CAF, rely on world-class beamforming technology to reduce the noise generated by their trains – helping to make high-speed trains a more viable option for travellers and operators alike. Because of its relatively low levels of CO2 emissions, train travel is considered one of the ...

  • Radon-222 from different sources of water and the assessment of health hazard

    Water samples collected from different sources were analysed for radon concentrations in order to evaluate the health effect associated with radon in water. The radon concentrations were in the range of 3.56–98.57, 0.88–25.49, 0.73–1.35 and 0.24–1.03 Bq.L−1 for borehole, well, packaged and utility water, respectively. Samples from boreholes had the highest radon concentrations with about 67% ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Norovirus genogroups I and II in environmental water samples from Belém city, Northern Brazil

    This study investigated the presence of norovirus (NoV) GI and GII in environmental samples from the northern region of Brazil. Water samples were collected monthly (November 2008/October 2010) from different sources and sewage and concentrated by the adsorption-elution method. The NoV investigation used molecular methods followed by sequencing reactions. The general positivity for NoV was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Do storm event samples bias the comparison between sewer deposits contribution?

    Previous researches demonstrated the occurrence of unique in-sewer sediment, the organic layer, on the Marais site in Paris, capable of explaining the entire wet weather sewer production of suspended particles. Other studies on sites having no similar organic sediment, Clichy in Paris and Ecully in Lyon, demonstrated a wet weather sewer deposits contribution (SDC) to effluent pollution ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Did You Know? 10 Fascinating EHS Facts from Around the Globe

    Expanding your organization into a new global location with little or no understanding of the local environmental health and safety (EHS) and cultural implications of doing business there can be extremely challenging and even risky. When it comes to ensuring a successful cross-border ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Microbial source tracking of private well water samples across at-risk regions in southern Ontario and analysis of traditional fecal indicator bacteria assays including culture and qPCR

    Many people living in rural areas rely on privately owned wells as their primary source of drinking water. These water sources are at risk for fecal contamination of human, wildlife, and livestock origin. While traditional bacteriological testing involves culture-based methods, microbial source tracking (MST) assays present an opportunity to additionally determine the source of fecal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental Assessment Brownfield Study

    In late 2011, Global was contracted by the Genesee County Land Bank and City of Flint to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with guidelines set for by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 24 CFR Part 58 for the Smith Village Project. Global utilized the HUD recommended format during the preparation of the EA including completion of the Statutory Checklist ...

  • Beliefs, Politics, and Environmental Policy

    Introduction Many of us who work on environmental issues have faced the challenge of conveying their importance to nonspecialists. Perhaps we have found ourselves defending the robustness of climate science to a contrarian uncle, or extolling the importance of biodiversity to a dubious aunt. Our relations and friends are often educated people, skilled in their own professions, who have ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Case study - TPH in produced sand for overboard discharge

    Customer uses TD-500D to measure TPH concentrations in produced sand on an offshore oil platform in Malaysia.  The sand contains high levels of crude oils and must be treated on-site prior to dumping it overboard.  The TD-500D was calibrated to Sitelab's TPH calibration kit, product CAL-056.  Methanol solvent was used to extract the samples.  For comparison, samples were also ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • What Bioanalysis Zone’s New Investigator Award Says About the Future of Science: An Interview with Erin Chambers, PhD

    Dr. Erin Chambers is a Director in the Scientific Operations group at Waters Corporation. She recently served as a judge for the Bioanalysis Zone New Investigator Award. I sat down with Erin to gauge her impressions of that experience and the award’s importance to the bioanalysis industry. What was it like to be part of the judging panel for Bioanalysis Zone’s ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Seasonal influence of environmental variables and artificial aeration on Escherichia coli in small urban lakes

    This study investigated patterns of Escherichia coli in urban lakes in Lubbock, Texas. Specific objectives were to (1) document seasonal patterns in abundance of E. coli over a 3-year period, (2) identify environmental factors, including effects of migratory geese and artificial aeration devices that may influence E. coli abundance, and (3) determine if ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Identification of groundwater pollution sources based on a modified plume comparison method

    The identification of groundwater contaminant sources is a primary step in designing and implementing a remediation strategy. The work presented here was undertaken to develop an efficient strategy that addresses the unknown multiple contaminant sources problem, and that could identify the number, location and magnitude of the groundwater contaminant sources and select optimal sampling ...


    By IWA Publishing

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