News - TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering

September 12, 2018

The opportunity that comes with a great STEM education is clear.  From gaining the critical skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the 21stcentury economy, to solving problems in your own backyard, STEM is essential to every student’s future success.  What’s not always clear is the path from STEM student to STEM professional. That’s where TerraGraphics and the Mid-Columbia STEM Network come in.

TerraGraphics is a locally owned HUBZone Small Business that provides a wide range of technical support to projects throughout the western US, including the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. They specialize in electrical, mechanical, and structural design, field geologic and archaeological services, and many other STEM intensive services.  TerraGraphics has thrived throughout their 34 years in operations.  In 2013, TerraGraphics opened an office in the Tri-Cities and has experienced substantial growth and they know that their local community is a big reason why.  The Mid-Columbia STEM Network has been a pioneer in creating STEM education opportunity in the Tri-Cities area through bringing together the necessary partners of business, education, and the community at large.  This coalescence of stakeholders had led to transformational STEM experiences such as STEM like Me, a career connected learning experience that pairs middle school students with industry professionals through hands-on career exploration. “TerraGraphics extraordinary commitment to community service has led to them becoming a top provider of STEM Like ME! volunteers in our region.  TerraGraphics employees are creative, dedicated and make a huge impact on our students,” reports Deb Bowen, STEM Network Director.

President of TerraGraphics, Dave Legard, has made community giving and investment around STEM a core part of their business which is why they continue to maintain the federal designation of being a HUBZone-certified small business.  What this translates to is a commitment to hiring and supporting employees from historically and economically disadvantaged areas within our community.   But TerraGraphics knew they could do more.

When it comes to creating the opportunity that Washington students are so deserving of, it often takes a village to get them to that point where they can take charge of their own future. The partnership between TerraGraphics, the Mid-Columbia STEM Network, and the greater Tri-Cities community is an example of what that village looks like in the 21stcentury.

 


January 29, 2018

TerraGraphics plays a key role in a project demonstrating the feasibility of using a Mobile Atmospheric Monitoring Laboratory to quantify volatile air contaminants in real time with part per trillion to part per billion detection levels. These results are used in worker Health and Safety investigations. The mobile laboratory contains a Proton Transfer Reaction – Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) instrument using Time of Flight (TOF) technology. This work is being done in support of ongoing quantitative measurements of vapor emissions. The project goal is to implement selected vapor monitoring technologies that can be deployed to support plant operations related to real-time short duration vapor release events. TerraGraphics provides Project Management, subject matter expertise utilizing multiple Ph.D. Chemists, project Quality Assurance, and data processing, reduction, and reporting.

As part of the Mobile Lab project, TerraGraphics has assembled a world class team of experts to process, manipulate, deconvolute, and report PTR-MS data. This allows for the rapid reporting of hundreds of chemical compounds with exceptional time resolution at part per trillion levels. Further mathematical workup of this data gives Health and Safety professionals statistical analysis of vapor concentrations, including max/min, means, concentration distributions, and comparison to Occupational Exposure Limits. Advanced data visualization tools are used to plot results in an easily useable form for clients. Using advanced analytical and computing algorithms, data is expressed with spatial and temporal resolution for a variety of chemical constituents at trace levels.

-Rich Westberg, Business Unit Manager – Health, Safety & Analytical Services


January 22, 2018

Pasco, Washington – TerraGraphics, Inc. participated in a STEM Like Me Program event. Professionals from TerraGraphics engaged with small groups of local middle school students, advising each group about the mentor’s focus, their education, and their current job role. The men-tors created hands-on activities to capture the groups interest; with the intention to bridge a learning experience for each student to the mentors’ career. Collectively, the TerraGraphics mentors stated, “This is a fun opportunity. It was exciting to see students really engage with the careers they found interesting.”

TerraGraphics professional , Heath Low, was awarded a plaque for his leadership and dedication to building a bridge that continues to link students, educators, and the community to STEM resources through the Mid- Columbia STEM Network. TerraGraphics looks to continue their participation with STEM Like Me, and provide continuous effort to give back to the community.

-Heath Low, QA Engineer


January 22, 2018

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) contracted TerraGraphics to develop a Hanford Site access and sampling program. The program will establish the requirements for CTUIR employees to complete requisite training and evaluation to safely access and perform sampling specific duties on the Hanford Site in areas authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As the DOE completes active remediation on portions of the Hanford Site, agreements are made that allow the CTUIR to assess lands historically utilized by the tribes. To establish a complete program for site access and sampling deployable by September 2018, TerraGraphics is leading DOE and one of their prime contractors in the generation and approval of protocols for sampling, safety, training, waste management, shipment, data management, and reporting. TerraGraphics was selected for this scope because of the long working relationships between its employees and functional organizations of the Hanford Site. Knowing how to get work done on the Hanford Site is a product of the depth of experience held by our employees, which is critical in implementing a process that will allow the CTUIR to get their desired work done under the requirements imposed by the DOE.

-Randy Hermann, Business Unit Manager – Environmental Services


January 2, 2018

TerraGraphics is excited to announce the implementation of the TG College Scholarship Program. In an effort to exceed the intent of the Small Business Association (SBA) HUBZone program, TG is committed to providing educational opportunities within our community. As such, the TG Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and emphasize college education and community involvement. Supporting students in their education is important to TerraGraphics and we’re committed to helping educate, inspire, and develop tomorrow’s leaders. The Scholarship Program will recognize and reward students for attending college and contributing time to their communities. The Program is open to applicants residing in a HUBZone designated areas and must be enrolled in an accredited public or private college, university, or trade school to be selected and to remain in the Program. For more information on this exciting program contact beth.mata@terragraphics.com.

-Beth Mata, Director – Business Development


October 17, 2017

WRPS was honored to win the Department of Energy’s Mentor of the Year award for FY16. WRPS was recognized at an award ceremony at the 2017 DOE Small Business Forum & Expo in Kansas City, MO.

WRPS’ Mentor Protégé is TerraGraphics located in a HUBZone in Pasco, WA. TerraGraphics incorporates a synergistic approach and long-term vision into environmental and engineering projects. Solving today’s environmental problems requires the coordination of a variety of disciplines and expertise. Founded in 1984, TerraGraphics has been making a difference for nearly 33 years. Our approach to problem-solving and our commitment to client service guide the success of every project.

https://www.hanford.gov/tocpmm/page.cfm/Mentor-ProtegeTerraGraphics


August 2, 2017

Initial testing of a technology to eliminate chemical vapors is showing promise, destroying 95 percent of the vapors fed into the system in a recent test.

WRPS is supporting NUCON International as it develops a thermal-oxidation demonstration project based on an internal combustion engine. The unit works by pulling tank vapors into the engine’s induction system and combusts them in the engine cylinders, destroying the vapors in the process.

Proof-of-concept testing was conducted in May. The goal of the test was to determine if the NUCON unit could destroy or remove chemicals of potential concern, or COPCs, in the tank farms with 93 percent destruction efficiency. The NUCON unit performed above that threshold, destroying 95 percent of the vapors fed into the system.

Testing was performed at NUCON’s facility in Columbus, Ohio. It focused on destroying furans and hexane, formaldehyde, hydrocarbons, ammonia and mercury. Representatives from WRPS, DOE-ORP and TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc. witnessed the testing.

While it was demonstrated that the system works at a high level, it did not demonstrate the system functions adequately with the low concentrations of compounds such as furans and nitrosamines that are present in the Hanford waste tanks. Additional testing will be performed to help resolve this issue.

The NUCON units will be shipped to an off-site facility in Richland for bench-scale testing. If successful, those tests will be followed by a pilot-scale test in fiscal year 2018 and a full-scale demonstration in the years that follow.

The NUCON thermal-oxidation unit is one of a number of technologies being explored to improve worker safety. The WRPS Chief Technology Office began evaluating technologies in fiscal year 2016.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement
• The next CVST Communications Sub-Team meeting is Monday, Aug. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Conference Room 110 at 2425 Stevens Center.
• The next full CVST meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2704-HV, Room G-206.

https://hanfordvapors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vapors-Weekly-Update-8-2-17-1.pdf


May 9, 2016

TG’s Department of Energy (DOE) Program Division continues to experience strong growth in 2016. After starting the division with one person in October 2013, TG Pasco now has nearly 60 professional consultants supporting the environmental cleanup efforts at the Hanford site. TG Pasco’s diverse workforce includes a variety of engineers and scientists, as well as a meteorologist and two archaeologists. Although the Environmental business unit continues to be our largest group, the Operations and Work Planning business units have experienced high growth rates since their inception in late 2015. With our diverse professional staff, we are poised for continued growth and expansion of our business units this year and in the future.
TerraGraphics supports four of the five DOE prime contractors at the Hanford site on cleanup tasks that include, but aren’t limited to, treatment of radiological and chemical liquid waste, pump and treat systems, groundwater monitoring, and cleanup of vadose zone contaminated soil sites.
TG’s DOE Program is pursuing work at other sites throughout the DOE Complex, including at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). TG looks to expand our DOE support to sites at Portsmouth, Paducah, and the Nevada Test Site outside of Las Vegas. TG is exploring opening offices at other DOE locations to locally support these efforts.
– Chris Haas, DOE Program Director