Joseph Berlin, BLDI President and chief forensic investigator, was a presenter at the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission's National Tanks Conference and Expo in Phoenix, AR on September 15, 2015.
Joe provided a discussion on forensic engineering and environmental forensics (FE/EF) focused on their use and trends affecting underground storage tank (UST) sites. The purpose of his session was to present a different understanding of the Conceptual Site Model (CSM) and how the Component Failure Analysis (CFA) integrates into the overall site CSM. A recent case was presented involving the use of FE/EF methods to demonstrate Environmental Baselining. This case utilized CFA, amended CSM, specific analytical methods (Ratio, PIANO, Isotopic) and data analysis techniques to address environmental risk, insurance and transactional due diligence issues. Current Baselining practices and one Baselining practice in development (Arizona) were discussed.