Monitoring and Data Management

The operation of waste management facilities requires extensive monitoring and environmental reporting, activities which ARM professionals have been assisting our clients with for over 20 years. With our multi-disciplinary staff of engineers, scientists, and environmental technicians, ARM has experience collecting a myriad of different types of samples for real-time field analyses as well as laboratory analyses for investigation and compliance purposes. Media we have sampled include groundwater, surface water, stormwater runoff, leachate, soil gas, landfill gas, sludge, cover soil, alternate daily cover (ADC) materials, and attenuating soil base. Our field technicians and scientists follow ARM’s approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to perform field screening and analyses, as well as the collection, preparation, and transportation of samples to certified laboratories.

Once analyses have been completed, ARM is able to use any one of various data management systems to archive, evaluate, and report the resulting data. We perform data tabulation for reporting in any format required. Using electronic data management systems such as LandLinks, the system preferred by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), Southcentral Office, Bureau of Waste Management, ARM can sort data by various parameters such as date, sampling point, analyte, or environmental standard exceedances.

ARM’s experienced data management technicians perform trend and statistical analyses and prepare graphic representations (maps, graphs, cross-sections, etc.) depicting analytical concentrations, relevant conditions such as water level and climatic data, and physical and environmental conditions. ARM hydrogeologists utilize various groundwater flow, fate and transport, and dispersion/attenuation models to predict the movement and reduction of constituent concentrations in the environment. Our waste management engineers have developed three-dimensional models to predict landfill gas migration and emissions. These models are linked to Geographic Information System (GIS) applications used to perform spatial data analyses and present the results graphically.

Beyond compliance support and monitoring, ARM maintains an extensive database of design and conformance testing results from numerous landfill and related projects for which ARM has provided construction quality assurance (CQA) testing, inspections, and resident engineering. These data are used in subsequent projects for preliminary design, analyses, estimating, and other purposes on behalf of our clients.