BLE performs subsurface hydrogeologic investigations for facility design and expansion. The goal of these investigations is to determine the geologic setting, groundwater flow characteristics, groundwater quality, design impact of topographic features, soil suitability and availability as construction materials. Preparation of drilling plans, logging thousands of feet of core samples, interpreting site-specific stratigraphy, and preparing hydrogeology reports are part of the permit application submittal. The information and data obtained from these investigations are used for landfill design and groundwater monitoring system permitting.
Hydrogeological investigation services typically involve:
Due to the inherent structure of landfills, stable foundations and slopes are essential to maintain daily operations and achieve the landfill’s full design life. BLE performs geotechnical engineering evaluations to help the design integrate engineering parameters of the underlying earth and buried waste materials – whether that be municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste or coal combustion residuals. Design and Operations Plans that include geotechnical analysis will generally lead to better decisions for a stable and sustainable landfill system.
BLE’s construction experience allows us to engineer custom solutions that are technically appropriate, constructible, and cost-effective. In complex remedial cases, our team of engineers, in collaboration with academia and national consultants, has developed unique solutions using advanced modeling and stabilization design. Analytical methods enable us to develop an understanding of current conditions and to design appropriate construction remedies.
Geotechnical engineering services for landfills include:
Groundwater, Landfill Gas Monitoring
BLE develops media-specific Environmental Monitoring Plans that lay out guidelines for the compliance monitoring lifecycle of a landfill. Our well-developed plans meet regulatory approval by specifying procedures and methods to verify protection of the environment, thus helping our clients meet their obligations and insure responsible care to the community.
We install groundwater and landfill gas monitoring systems, interpret groundwater chemistry and hydrogeologic data, and prepare reports for submittal to state agencies. We conduct statistical analyses of groundwater data from numerous monitoring systems for detection, assessment, and corrective action monitoring. BLE offers the following groundwater monitoring services: