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The Quantitative Conceptual Site Model Approach: Maximizing the Utility of Your CSM

Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

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General Registration Mar 17, 2020 $215.00 $0.00
CIANJ, LSRPA, & Montclair State Alumni Mar 17, 2020 $190.00 $0.00
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The Quantitative Conceptual Site Model Approach:

Maximizing the Utility of Your CSM
March 17, 2019 | 8:30am-12:30pm | Bordentown, NJ

Course Description
This half-day workshop is designed to take environmental professionals beyond the traditional qualitative Conceptual Site Model (CSM) by adding an overlay of quantitative information that sharpens decisions and provides documented support that can be important to an LSRP’s, or other environmental professional’s, practice.

The CSM is an integral part of environmental site investigation and remediation activities, providing site investigators, regulators, and other interested stakeholders with a tool to better understand site conditions, identify data needs, and make decisions regarding site cleanup planning and implementation. Although the development and use of CSMs has been described in numerous technical and regulatory guidance documents, the CSMs described in these documents are typically qualitative in nature, consisting of narrative and/or pictorial descriptions of contamination sources and subsurface conditions at a contaminated site. The Quantitative Conceptual Model (QCSM) approach, which involves the merging of quantitative analysis results with the framework of a sound site conceptual model, provides a “functional” version of the CSM that can be used to guide investigations, assist in remedial design, and/or evaluate the effectiveness of a remedy, providing a well-documented, scientifically-based tool for sound decision making.

The workshop will provide an overview of state and federal CSM guidance (including documents developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Interstate Technology and Regulatory Counsel (ITRC), and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)), and a discussion of how the conceptual models developed in accordance with these documents benefit from the incorporation of quantitative analyses at all stages of a project. Instructors will present a detailed discussion of the QCSM approach, and will describe quantitative analysis tools and techniques that can be applied in any project, ranging from simple calculations, to more complex analyses, including spatial data analysis methods, 3-D Data visualization techniques, and groundwater flow and contaminant transport analyses that can range from “back of the envelope” calculations to more complex computer models. Special attention will be given to an overview of various data collection tools and techniques, emphasizing the importance of adequate data resolution and data quality during field investigations to facilitate QCSM development. Finally, a series of QCSM case studies, including examples from the LSRP/Project Manager’s perspective, and from the data analysis team’s perspective, will also be presented.

Who Should Attend:
This course will appeal to LSRPs, environmental professionals, regulators, and others responsible for implementing and overseeing environmental investigation and remediation activities. Attendees will gain a better understanding of sound data collection methods and analysis tools and techniques that, when incorporated into the site CSM, provide a scientifically-supported, transparent QCSM tool that that can be utilized at all stages of a project to more effectively communicate with interested stakeholders, and make more informed decisions.  

Course Instructors:
Charles F. McLane III
Dr. Charles McLane is a Principal with McLane Environmental LLC in Princeton NJ where he specializes in quantitative hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, and chemical fate and transport in subsurface hydrologic systems for projects that include water resource evaluation and water supply permitting; wastewater management and disposal; conceptual site model development; and design and evaluation of groundwater remediation and hydraulic control systems. He has led short courses and training workshops for USEPA, National Ground Water Association, and other professional organizations. Dr. McLane holds a B.A. in Geology from Susquehanna University; an M.S. in Geology from the Earth Resources Department of Colorado State University, with a focus on watershed hydrologic processes; and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, with a focus on hydrogeology and computer simulation techniques.

Mark Kauffman
Mr. Kauffman is a Manager at McLane Environmental with special expertise in hydrogeologic site investigations, analysis and interpretation of complex geospatial data, environmental forensic techniques, and ground water modeling. Mr. Kauffman has applied these techniques to interpret complex site data, and provide consulting support for projects including site engineering, regulatory compliance, and litigation support. Mr. Kauffman has managed and consulted on a number of projects, including visualization and analysis of site data to help guide remedial actions at DoD facilities; review of engineering plans for a proposed quarry site; water supply well field siting and permitting projects; ground water modeling projects to evaluate the fate and transport of contaminants; and matters involving insurance litigation, CERCLA cost allocation and Natural Resource Damages. Mr. Kauffman received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Temple University, and has completed graduate work and has participated in continuing professional education on a variety of topics, including groundwater modeling, environmental forensics, and environmental regulations.

Phil Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP
Mr. Brilliant is founder of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC (BES) a full-service environmental consulting and contracting firm with offices in Jackson, NJ. Phil is Board Member/LSRP of the NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board.

Registration Fee Includes:
Continental breakfast, course materials, continuing education certificate & free parking.

RU EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ. Directions are provided on your registration ticket.


Continuing Education Credits 

  • NJ LSRP CEC's - 1 Regulatory & 2.5 Technical
  • NJ Professional Engineers: 3.6 CECs
  • ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTSParticipants who complete this education program will be awarded 3.6 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs)


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EcoComplex (Bordentown, NJ)
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, New Jersey 08505

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

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Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC

Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC (CPES), the product of PB&J Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC and has the mission of providing continuing education courses to professionals as well as lectures and special events to the professional community. CPES will be offering courses that provide required credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, attorneys, professional engineers and many other professionals certified and/or licensed in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to name a few.

Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC is the brain child of Dr. Jorge H. Berkowitz and Philip I. Brilliant. From the inception of the Continuing Environmental Education for Professional (CEEP) program at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) at Montclair State University, Dr. Berkowitz and Mr. Brilliant have been in the classroom and in the boardroom assuring the success of the program. In order to better serve the community of professionals, Dr. Berkowitz and Mr. Brilliant stepped forward with a solution that has saved the ability to offer continuing education credit-bearing courses.

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