Schedule of Events

At the Environmental Tech Summit, you can discover the latest environmental software, remote-sensing, mapping technologies, and other tools as well as connect with environmental professionals, app developers, and hardware engineers to learn and create solutions for your projects. Check out the schedule of events for both conference dates below!


Click here to view the Environmental Tech Summit’s list of speakers and presentations.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

3:00 – 5:00pm

Exhibitor Setup

5:00 – 8:00pm

Opening Reception @ Exhibition Area

Monday, April 11, 2016

7:00 – 9:00am


7:00 – 8:00am

Breakfast @ Exhibition Area

8:00 – 8:15am

Intro & Housekeeping

8:15 – 8:35am

Keynote: Nicholas Albergo, PE, DEE, GHD Services, Co-Founder Florida Remediation Conference, Founder/CEO HSA Engineers & Scientist

8:35 – 9:10am

Session 1: The Why

  • Creating Wealth with your Brain – Why Software Engineers are Fabulously Positioned to Become Successful Enviro-Entrepreneurs, Jesko von Windheim, Duke University
  • The Cost of Notices of Violation and Missed Reporting Deadlines, Grady L. Shields, Wyrick Robbins
  • The Evolution of ESC Lab Sciences Through Technological Innovations, Peter Schulert, ESC Lab Sciences

9:10 – 9:25am

Break: Snacks / Drinks @ Exhibitor’s Area

9:25 – 10:40am

Session 2: Data (Part I)

  • DataConcourse: Improving Management of Environmental Testing Results, Kent Patton, Promium
  • A Demonstration of the Quire Report Writing Platform, Kelly Stratton, Quire
  • Overwhelmed by the Geo-Environmental Data Lifecycle? Scott Deaton, PhD, Dataforensics
  • Going Mobile with LIMS for Field Data Collection, Sonja Stutsman, ATL Labs

10:40 – 10:55am

Break: Snacks / Drinks @ Exhibitor’s Area

10:55 – 11:45am

Session 3: Design

  • The Next Industrial Revolution, Jason Massey, </>

  • Designing Software Products for Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices, Josh Robertson, Smashing Boxes
  • Efficiently Building Apps to Use in the Field, Jason Peck, Canvas

11:45 – 1:00pm

Lunch: Explore Downtown (on your own)
Suggestions all within 2 blocks: Bida Manda (laotian), Clyde Cooper’s BBQ (Carolina-style), Vic’s Italian, Woody’s at City Market (bar & grill), Big Ed’s (southern), Remedy Diner (american, vegetarian), Caffe Luna (italian), Sitti (lebanese), Gravy (italian-american), Raleigh Times (american), Busy Bee (american), Chuck’s Burgers, and buku (global street food).

1:00 – 2:30pm

Session 4: Tools

  • Development of a Wireless Gas Sensor System Using a Raspberry Pi and Google Docs, Daniel Chen, Rutgers University
  • How Smart Device Applications Are Automating Data Collection, Streamlining Communication, and Simplifying Reporting, Russell Schindler, PG,
  • An introduction to the Hanby TPH Field Test Kit for Real-time Field Analysis, Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental
  • An introduction on the CTD Diver, Phil Danielse, VanEssen Instruments
  • The New Innovator’s Dilemma, Sean Maroni, Betabox

2:30 – 2:45pm

Break: Snacks / Drinks @ Exhibition Area

2:45 – 3:45pm

Session 5: Mapping

3:45 – 4:00pm

Break: Snacks / Drinks @ Exhibition Area

4:00 – 5:15pm

Session 6: Data (Part II)

  • A Demonstration of the EnviroChain® Chain of Custody Platform, David Riese, Promium
  • Beyond the numbers: Using advanced analytics in environmental applications, Zeydy Ortiz, PhD, Datacrunch Lab
  • Kurt Winters, Collateral Status (cStat)
  • Simplifying Your Boring Log Drafting Process with LogitEasy, John Gobins, LogitEasy

5:15 – 5:30pm

Closing Remarks

5:30 – 8:00pm

Closing Reception (drinks!)

Speaker / Presentation Info

Nicholas Albergo, P.E., DEE, GHD Services, Inc.

Keynote Speaker

Closing Reception: Drinks @ Exhibitor’s Area (and beyond)

Creating Wealth with your Brain – Why Software Engineers are Fabulously Positioned to Become Successful Enviro-Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs everywhere are faced with the similar challenges as they attempt to start companies and create value with their innovations. When we look at key metrics that drive the success of a start-up (team, technology, market, customer and ability to execute) it is apparent that top engineers and scientists are better positioned than most to succeed as entrepreneurs. Nowhere does this apply more than in software and the environment.

DataConcourse: Improving Management of Environmental Testing Results

Environmental engineers, managers, and environmental consultants are often overwhelmed by the amount of data that must be manually collected and analyzed.  Mr. Patton will discuss the DataConcourse application and a new approach to management of laboratory chemistry data that enables project managers to reclaim their time and focus. Plodding through piles of paper and large amounts of data consume time and resources that could be better spent. With DataConcourse from Promium, engineering and consulting firms streamline data collection and monitoring as well as increase access to information.  Through integration with a laboratory information management system and by eliminating manual activities, the resulting data is collected more efficiently, more easily accessible, and more accurate.

Grady L. Shields, Wyrick Robbins

The Cost of NOVs and Missed Reporting Deadlines

Russell Schindler, P.G.,

How Smart Device Applications Are Automating Data Collection, Streamlining Communication, and Simplifying Reporting

Smart device applications are changing the way we collect data, make decisions and communicate information with each other. Some of these applications will fundamentally change the business to business models we use today. Example applications will be highlighted with an emphasis on how they will impact how work gets completed. These apps include (1) spill response app, (2) sample collection and laboratory data reporting app, and (3) health and safety plan and tailgate meeting app.

Nat Wilson, P.G., NC Department of Environmental Quality

Cell Phone Telemetry and Webpage Map Interface used by the NC DEQ, Division of Water Resources

Employees of the Ground Water Management Branch use many different technologies to do work and 2 will be highlighted. The first is a system of software and hardware we use to remotely measure ground water levels and temperature. The second technology is a browser-based software which allows to present GIS and other sources of data. The webpage gives the end user powerful ways to visualize this data.

The New Innovators Dilemma

A radical shift taking place in the industrial economy. Massive conglomerates and startups alike are reframing the way they do business. We used to buy assets, now we rent. IT was once a cost center, now it’s a revenue stream. We used to only sell analog, now everything has a digital component. In this new industrial revolution. Our challenge as entrepreneurs and executives is to rethink the traditional systems design fundamentals that have worked for the last 100 years. -Seek ways to reduce complexity in business systems -It’s pointless to optimize a system that should not exist in the first place -There is a new industrial revolution -Big companies must adapt and rethink all of their existing infrastructure in order to compete. -This shift offers a huge opportunity to rethink the way business consume resources.

Innovations in Mapping Technology and Data

Innovations in mapping technology and data are re-shaping the ways in which we understand and respond to environmental situations on both a small and large scale. Open-source Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology and the capacity for people and organizations across the world to leverage this technology to efficiently understand, analyze, and intervene in environmental issues has re-shaped the methods of environmental evaluation and response. Organizations such as Global Forest Watch are using real-time data on web-based GIS platforms to create analysis and help actors make rapid decisions in times of environmental stress. Rapidly visualizing and understanding real-time information such as forest fires helps environmental actors quickly evaluate a situation and act. During the recent earthquakes in Nepal, real-time crowdsourced data quickly visualized with easily sharable and publishable GIS mapping engines such as CartoDB created instances of human empowerment where relief efforts could rapidly react to road damage, building damage, and destruction information to make more informed decisions. The possibilities for how easily accessible leading-edge mapping technology and data resources are being used are paving new roads into the future. While the use of GIS for environmental action has traditionally been reserved for spatial scientists, the urgent modern needs of environmental response requires pragmatic approaches that seek to empower people on the ground, organizations, and environmental actors. Web-based GIS technology can effectively create a culture of driven environmental action for the challenges of the 21st century.

Phil Danielse, VanEssen Instruments

New Technologies for Environmental Applications

An overview on the different wireless solutions for your groundwater and remediation projects.

Josh Robertson, Smashing Boxes

Designing Software Products for Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices.

Peter Schulert, ESC Lab Sciences

The Evolution of ESC Lab Sciences Through Technological Innovations

It’s no secret that ESC has grown from a tiny little lab in middle Tennessee to become the largest single facility environmental laboratory in the United States. How did they do it? Through the use of highly efficient workflows made possible through the adoption of modern technology. From handwritten ledgers, then to fax machines, PDF reports, and finally to online reporting tools with custom table formatting options, ESC Lab Sciences has been there and done that. And they continue to innovate as no other lab in the US has done, including the creation of their own internal skunkworks for experimenting with new hardware and software ideas.  In his talk, Peter will discuss this evolution, and will present a glimpse of some of the new things they are working on now.

Jason Peck, Canvas

Using Canvas to Efficiently Build Mobile Apps to Collect, Share and Learn from Field Data

Canvas helps organizations perform better by transforming the way they collect, share and learn from their operational data. Canvas is a cloud-based software service that enables organizations to replace inefficient paper forms (think inspections, audits, logs, checklists, etc) and manual processes with customizable mobile apps, with no programming or coding required. Canvas enables users to collect information using mobile devices (online or offline), instantly share that information and unlock operational insights. This presentation will cover how environmental professionals can get started with Canvas, including:

  • creating/editing an app and choosing the type of data you want users to collect
  • capturing information on a mobile device
  • accessing and sharing the data

Jason Massey, </ndustrial>

The Next Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is leading a new wave of industrial productivity, which is more efficient with resources and quantitatively shows that sustainability is good business. When coupled with energy monitoring, IIoT will unlock a flood of capital into industrial energy efficiency related infrastructure projects based on hardened measurement and verification (M&V) data.

Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental and Hanby PetroAnalysis

An introduction to the Hanby TPH Field Test Kit for Real-time Field Analysis

Zeydy Ortiz, PhD, DataCrunch Lab

Beyond the numbers: Using advanced analytics in environmental applications

Data collection and aggregation allow us to study what happened in the past. In order to plan for the future and mitigate adverse outcomes, we need advanced analytics capabilities. With predictive and prescriptive analytics we can forecast what is likely to happen and recommend an appropriate course of action. We will discuss several examples of advanced analytics used in optimizing the utilization of resources.  We will also discuss best practices to enhance your applications with analytics.

Daniel Chen, Rutgers University

Development of a Wireless Gas Sensor System Using a Raspberry Pi and Google Docs

Jovian Sackett, Southern Environmental Law Center

Data Considerations for Mapping in Environmental Law

Geospatial technologies are integral parts of our lives. Consequently, as geospatial data are consumed through mobile devices and apps at a steadily increasing rate, data quality and issues of scale often get lost in translation. Empowering individuals, not well versed in geographic principles, with apps for creating their own maps presents a responsibility for geospatial professionals to guide these neo-geographers in the right direction. As a geospatial analyst, acquiring, understanding, and editing data occupy large swaths of my time. My clients are my colleagues and partner organizations, and the products I deliver must stand up to scrutiny as components of legal filing/hearings, comments on agency/legislative decision making, program communications and media engagement. My challenge is to curate and scale in a manner that clients receive tools they can craft with.

John Gobins, LogitEasy

Simplifying Your Boring Log Drafting Process with LogitEasy

Thirty years ago this April, I logged my first soil boring. On that day, my field manager made me (painfully) aware of how I was performing that activity and informed me of what was possible. Thirty years later, I will make you aware of how most of the geoconsulting industry is (still) performing this activity and give an example of what is possible.

Scott L. Deaton, PhD, Dataforensics

Overwhelmed by the Geo-Environmental Data Lifecycle?

Oftentimes organizations are frustrated with the manual nature of the geo-environmental data lifecycle. Whether this is related to sample planning, data collection, data compilation, reporting, analysis or visualization, organizations are repeatedly having to input the same data to facilitate their business process. An overview of the LSPECS/pLog Tablet/ESdat geo-environmental data management solution that addresses the complete data management process will be discussed.

A Demonstration of the Quire Report Writing Platform

Technical report writing is often inefficient and costly, especially when multiple people are contributing to the same document. Quire helps you optimize the writing, tracking and management of all your report-writing projects, while producing great-looking, customized documents faster and easier. Increase efficiency, accuracy and consistency when you write:

  • Environmental Reports
  • Technical Documents
  • Contracts and Proposals
  • Product Manuals and Guides

David Riese, Promium

A Demonstration of the EnviroChain® Chain of Custody Platform

An online chain of custody service provides an efficient, accurate, and reliable process to replace a paper-based chain of custody process.  Mr. Riese will describe the components and benefits of EnviroChain, an online chain of custody service integrated with the laboratory information management system. For at least the last forty years, laboratories have been using paper chains of custody (CoC) to manage samples.  Thousands of paper CoCs are handled every year in most labs.  That paper-based system is inefficient—data must be entered on the paper and then again in the LIMS, inaccurate—every time data is hand-written and then transcribed repeatedly creates potential for data entry errors, and unreliable—with paper CoCs getting damaged or lost. An online chain of custody service not only addresses those issues, it also delivers a rich source of data in near real-time for laboratory project planning and sample management.  The result is a reduction in costs and headaches.  With the explosion in the use of smartphones, tablets, mobile networks, and Wi-Fi, there is finally a field technology that can truly leverage web applications for managing chains of custody.  Coupled with a tight integration with a LIMS, the flow of data is accelerated from the field to final report.

Jazmin Varela, The Conservation Fund

How technology is transforming conservation planning.

This presentation will cover a set of case studies that make use of geospatial tools and analysis to tackle conservation challenges. The case studies are representative of different approaches in terms of complexity and out of the box tools as well as custom made tools.

Kurt Winters, Collateral Status (cStat)

Utilizing Technology for Site Inspections

Sonja Stutsman, Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc.

Going Mobile with LIMS for Field Data Collection

Although there has been a proliferation of the use of smart phones and tablets over a variety of industries, field data collectors are still carrying around a lot of paper forms to capture data. Many laboratories are limping along with old laboratory data management technology that limits the laboratory’s ability to work efficiently, quickly generate the best quality data and maximize their resources. Over time, business needs changes and the technology must change to ensure that those needs are met and the laboratory remains efficient and productive. Although tablets are in use, they are often only used for checking email, browsing the web or sharing photos. Using tablets to let field collectors know what the schedule of collected samples is for the day is smart and provides better data quality and faster data management. This also ensures that no sampling events are missed, especially those for regulatory compliance purposes.

Leveraging tablets and smart phones to replace paper-based data capture in the field means that organizations can:

  • Increase their efficiency by conducting more collections and inspections in shorter time frames.
  • Reduce the number of transcription errors.
  • Send real-time information (data and images) to the LIMS from the field for reporting and analysis.
  • Provides quicker turnaround time, leading to higher customers satisfaction and also increased revenue.
  • No need to remember schedule collections or inspections as they are sent from the LIMS.
  • Quickly investigate customer complaints and upload data to the laboratory in real-time.