WESTERVILLE, OH -- Michael Gefell, principal hydrogeologist with the Lakewood, Colorado, office of the engineering, consulting, and management firm ARCADIS U.S. Inc., has received the 2013 Technology Award from the National Ground Water Association.
The award, which recognizes an individual’s major contributions to the groundwater industry in the development of ideas, tools, and/or equipment, will be presented at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting taking place this December in Nashville, Tennessee.
A 24-year veteran of the groundwater industry, Gefell helped develop the “Zipliner,” a new plastic soil and sediment sampling liner that works with direct-push or manual tooling. A unique feature of the Zipliner is that it can be opened without a sharp blade, making it safer to use. Gefell’s ARCADIS colleagues in the United Kingdom invented the Zipliner in 2010, and he worked to develop, test, and patent it in the United States, where it was brought to market in late 2012.
“I sincerely hope that Zipliner will help reduce injuries and losses, and make direct-push technology safer for everyone,” Gefell said.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.