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A Quick Look at FRC 2017 Highlights

We welcome Michael D. Annable, PhD, PE, to FRC 2017 as our featured FRC 2017 Kickoff Speaker

Dr. Michael Annable is a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida. He joined the UF faculty in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University where he worked on soil vapor extraction of multi-component non-aqueous phase liquids. His current interests are in physical-chemical processes related to field scale application of innovative technologies for subsurface remediation.

He is also investigating innovative techniques for measuring groundwater flow and contaminant flux in aquifers. He has published more than 60 journal articles and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.

Mike will kick off the 2017 FRC conference with a discussion of “Advances in Characterization of Water and Contaminant Flux in Porous Media.” Don’t miss this talk.

And just after that, the ever popular and always intriguing Michael Goldstein, managing partner with The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm PA in Miami, returns to FRC. Michael will provide his take on “Environmental Consulting at Brownfield Sites.” He knows better than anyone that brownfields consulting is much more that contamination assessment and remediation. He will discuss strategies for limiting your professional liability, increasing your client’s profitability and improving redevelopment outcomes.

In addition, FRC 2017 features two unusual sessions sure to please:

Our first ever Young Professionals Session

Several years ago, we noted that there were not a lot of young professionals in our audience. Since then, we have taken steps to encourage the participation of the 35-and-under crowd.

This year, we introduce a special session specifically designed for these young guns to take the podium and share their unique perspectives on a range of technical and management issues. Can we learn something from the up-and-comers? You bet.

Back again for 2017, our fast-paced Speed Talk Session

Many moons ago, we tried a crazy idea. We presented short (five-minute) talks from several speakers during lunch. Of course, the fact that it was done during lunch ensured its failure. After all, who wants to listen to short technical presentations while you’re finishing dessert and sipping coffee, deep in conversation with your round table colleagues?

FRC Chair Jim Langenbach had a better idea last year--give the speed talks a session of their own during the conference when folks are not distracted. Plan it for the end of the day to allow for follow-up questions at the FRC Reception. What a concept! Last year, it went so well that we have expanded the idea in 2017. Expect 10 rapid-fire talks chock fulla good stuff on topics from green remediation to ISM.

Our Regular Menu of Excellent Technical Sessions

Add to that, our usual broad selection of topical and relevant subject matter presented by some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and recognized experts, stir well and, voila, FRC 2017 is ready to serve.

2017 technical session menu items include:

  • Innovative Assessment and Remediation Strategies
  • Emerging Contaminants of Concern: PFAS
  • Applications of In-Situ Assessment and Remedial Strategies
  • Petroleum Remediation: Case Studies
  • Thermal Technologies and Complex Strategies
  • Enhanced In-Situ Remediation Applications
  • Conceptual Site Models to Facilitate Successful Remedy Applications
  • Our popular annual Regulatory Panel Discussion with DEP representatives

And don’t forget our 8th Annual FRC Charity Golf Tournament at the nearby Shingle Creek Golf Club. The course was recently redesigned and will present some new challenges to even the most seasoned golfers. Proceeds this year go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Join us on the links for a great cause!

More. Better.

In a nutshell, the two words that best describe what we have put together this year at FRC:
“More” and “Better.”

Do not miss FRC 2017. Register now.