About

Global Environmental Operations, Inc. has adopted a unique philosophy that is committed to customer satisfaction. Our work guarantee is that it's either right and acceptable, or there is no charge for our work. We believe in our ability to deliver on our promises: quality work done quickly, on time and on budget.

WHO WE ARE:

GEO, Inc. is a small consulting and engineering firm with over 40 years of experience in all phases of environmental work in both municipalities and industry -- including the chemical industry. Some of GEO,Inc.'s strengths include remediation; environmental restoration; underground storage tank removal; environmental assessments; hazardous waste incineration and disposal; air permitting and modelling; wastewater consulting; modeling; system design; trouble-shooting; industrial and commercial water supply; liquid, solid and hazardous waste disposal; and development and consulting on environmental technologies and their development.

TRULY GLOBAL:

At Global Environmental Operations, Inc., we offer solutions to problems wherever in the world you may be. GEO, Inc. has a proven track record of international clients and partnerships.

  • Environmental studies on two Hungarian Petroleum Refineries
  • LPG Gas Cylinder Demand Study for Ghana for US Trade and Development Agency (UST&DA).
  • Consulting to Georgian National Academy of Sciences in Tiblisi, Georgia.
  • Joint paper on wastewater treatment in a Hungarian pertoleum refinery.
  • Multiple studies on Venezuelan oil industry in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and the chemical industry for development of projects in the petrochemical industry.
  • Marketing study for development of a new industrial process and business area in Romania.
  • Water Environment Federation / US Asian Environmental Partnership selected lecturer for India on hazardous wastes (June 2001).
  • Research into Radium removal from minewaters in southeastern Poland.
  • International Training and lecturing on Environmental Topics, Process, Safety, Nuclear Safety, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Wastes, and wastewater treatment and disposal.

A RANGE OF SOLUTIONS:

Although we are a small firm, we offer a range of specialists to meet your needs. GEO, Inc.'s technical staff includes Environmental Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Safety Professionals, Health Professionals, Geologists and Chemists. Our history of success includes

  • Process consultant for Proprietary Waste Disposal Processes using molten aluminium as a reactant in a thermo-chemical destruction process for PCB's and highly toxic organic and WMD compounds.
  • Design of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, for treating various types of wasters including nitroparrafins, electroplating, and metal finishing.
  • Environmental assessments for industrial, public schools, and financial clients.
  • Environmental Compliance Assessments for chemical and industrial clients, including ISO 140000 Gap analyses and formal environmental Reviews and Process Audits, including HAZOPS.
  • Instructor for HAZWOPER and RCRA Training classes.
  • Development of Hazardous Waste Landfill Technology Master Plan.
  • Consultant on hazardous waste cleanups and incineration projects in Eastern Europe and the US.
  • Consultant to the State of New York on site cleanup of the Enviro-Chem facility in Tonawonda, New York.
  • Expert testimony to US Justice Department in Chemdyne Inc., Hamilton, Ohio.
  • Consultant to the City of Atlanta remediation lawsuit involving improper disposal of Hazardous Wastes.
  • Design and development of Cable Manufacturing air, water and odor treatmment system.
  • Development of a unique system for management of biosolids from municipalities by composting.
  • Design and development and process modeling and optimization of water and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Ten years of direct management and environmental control experience in US chemical inustry.
  • Wastewater treatment systems for explosives manufacturing.
  • Design of industrial building for Grayling Industries, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia.
  • Risk and Evaluation studies for insurance companies, including evaluation of chemical processes.
  • Preparation of Air Pollution Title V permit applications.
  • Water and wastewater sampling and process design and modeling.
  • Risk assessment and hazard assessment, including HAZOPS.

David L. Russell, PE (Download CV)
Educational and Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Instructor Wastewater Treatment Course
  • Water Environment Federation - Groundwater Committee Chair
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Atlanta Chapter - Treasurer
  • Registered Professional Engineer - Georgia & Pennsylvania

Dave Russell: One-Man Global Operation
Profiled by Progressive Engineer (editor: Tom Gibson)

Growing up just outside Chicago, Dave Russell was surrounded by industrial plants. His father worked in the water treatment business for many years doing things like building swimming pools and rebuilding boilers. As a result, he recalls, "I had a very comfortable feel for industrial processes. A lot of that was half buried in my psyche, but I knew what these things were and didn't have to learn them. I had seen them from inside and out."

This goes a long way in explaining why Russell, 60, went on to become first a chemical engineer and then an environmental engineer specializing in the industrial sector. In Lilburn, Georgia, he serves as president of Global Environmental Operations. He took a roundabout way to get to his station in life, but it has paid off, as he finds himself in demand and doing environmental jobs in far-flung foreign countries. Along the way, he has cultivated a network of other engineers that assist him on projects, so an individual like him can bring resources to bear in large complex projects.

Russell started down the road to environmental engineering by first getting a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1966. A master's degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University followed a year later.

In his first job out of school, he worked as an environmental engineer for Meridian Engineering, a consulting firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He designed municipal water and wastewater treatment plants and worked in industrial wastewater treatment as well. "I had always had a love for water treatment," he says, hearkening to his days growing up.

On the municipal side, Russell's stint at Meridian involved some of the typical civil engineering work consulting firms do for government entities. "But I found out industrial is my love because it's somehow a lot cleaner, a lot less politics. And there's a better appreciation, better understanding," he relates. "If you deal with someone who has their hands on the process, and you can make that process work the way they could not, they appreciate that. That's a far cry from a politician or municipal officials who have a theoretical knowledge, or less, of the machines they rule." Besides, he adds, "The sewage treatment business is old, old business, and there are not as many people who have a good understanding of industrial processes and industrial wastes. So partially it was a business opportunity."

After leaving Meridian, Russell went on to work as an environmental engineer first for IMC Chemical Company in Terre Haute, Indiana and then for Allied Chemical Company in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Then he became an environmental manager for Hooker Chemicals in Niagara Falls, New York with corporate responsibility for all water pollution control programs.

Russell started working at Hooker Chemicals shortly after the press brought the infamous Love Canal episode to light. He took a major role in supervising cleanup at the Love Canal West in Lathrop, California, which involved massive contamination of groundwater in an agricultural area by phosphate and pesticide manufacturing facilities. The company sent chemicals to huge ponds in an arid area assuming they would evaporate. It didn't work that way, and calcium sulfate and radium leached into the groundwater.

After that, Russell began his foray into the world of independent consulting, becoming a self-employed consulting environmental engineer in Williamsville, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. He specialized in consulting to the chemical process, wire and cable, rubber, and other manufacturing industries.

The next move had Russell jumping back to working for consulting firms. First came Lockwood Greene Engineers in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a project manager for solid and hazardous waste business development. Then at Law Environmental Services in Marietta, Georgia, he served as a process engineer and designed remedial solutions for a number of contaminated sites, including heavy-metal-laden buildings, petroleum leakage areas, wood preserving facilities, and boxboard paper manufacturing plants.

After a separation from a job, Russell would then start Global Environmental Operations (GEO) in 1986. "I was looking around for something to do. My wife was getting tired of me getting in her way around the house, so she said 'go to work,'" as he tells it. For an office, he took over the bedroom of one of his kids who had gone off to college. Clients consist of industrial companies of all sizes and other consulting engineering firms all over the United States. Services include environmental site assessments, solid and hazardous waste control and remediation, water pollution regulatory conformance, spill control, process engineering, and water and wastewater facility design.

GEO has provided services to a wide variety of industries, including chemicals, petroleum refining, petroleum marketing and distribution, transformer manufacturing, automobile assembly, pulp and paper, and nuclear. In the petroleum industry, jobs on Russell's resume include preparation of remediation, spill control, and contingency plans for bulk petroleum terminals and specialty remediation projects on petroleum-contaminated sites. In the automobile industry, he consulted on PCB cleanup and equipment rehabilitation at a General Motors Fisher Body Plant in Syracuse, New York. In the nuclear industry, he designed a subsurface barrier and groundwater protection system for cleanup of leaking radioactive underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Center in Richland, Washington. In the food processing industry, he has done process consulting and spill control planning for the Cryovac Division of W.R. Grace. At another job, he developed a electrolytic flotation system to remove oil and grease from wastewater.

Perhaps the key to Russell's success has been the network of associates he has surrounded himself with. "I'm just a small one-man shop, but I do have a remarkable collection of friends, and we help each other out and network and share projects when the occasion arises," he explains. Most of his cohorts have come from past jobs. He typically works with experts in areas he doesn't cover. "For example, I don't do AutoCAD. I can barely run an AutoCAD station. I don't have one in my office. I have people I get to do that for me. I'll sit down and prepare a sketch in five minutes and let them spend five hours filling in the blanks, just because it's more cost-effective." He also works with a group of six to twelve other consultants in areas such as asbestos, safety, OSHA, and combustion matters. "I tell people I'm a little shop with a pretentious name. With the company charter, I can do all kinds of things."

Russell's exploits with GEO have taken him around the world to exotic locales. "I'm lucky I've had some unique opportunities that have taken me into a number of interesting and unusual areas," he says. For example, "I've managed to do a few projects for the Trade and Development Agency, and those took me to Eastern Europe." He has prepared comprehensive environmental evaluations for two refineries in Hungary on a subcontract as part of an Agency for International Development Trade Definition Program team. He has also prepared studies of portions of the organic chemical industry in Romania, and he is currently advising Romanian companies about environmental compliance and cleanup.

"Over the course of the years, I've seen an awful lot of stuff," he reveals about his travels. He says the worst he has seen was a plant near Bucharest, Romania that made chlorine chemicals such as DDT using 1940s technology, which had been outlawed in the U.S. 10 to 15 years before. Such experiences have given him a unique worldly perspective, both in terms of a philosophy toward the environment and the difficulties other cultures have in dealing with problems. He has seen where "people in developing countries get beaten down by their government and have no money for environmental cleanup."

Russell cites Abraham Maslow's ladder of psychological needs in describing the short shrift often given to environmental problems. "The environment is one of the higher order needs," he says, meaning problems get fixed only when people see the damage they cause. But at the same time, when it comes to an overall environmental approach, "It's got to be a balance because every human activity has some environmental impact." He cites jobs as a concern in applying environmental measures, saying you can't always just shut a plant down. "You have to get creative about how you sell environmental controls and services. It takes a different approach from other businesses. We're looking for better and more creative solutions."

A recent job has taken Russell to Ecuador on a project that typifies his overseas work. It involves a large number of pits drilled in rain forests by Texaco to separate the water that comes up with the oil they pump from the ground. These are left over from the 1970s through the mid 1990s, at which time the company pulled out and sold its interest to Petro Ecuador. Russell says Texaco didn't follow then-current environmental laws and used technologies outlawed in the United States with little regard for the environment or human health. The water has heavy metals and toxins in it, and people live next to the black seeping holes. The people are suing Texaco to get them to clean up the mess, and Russell is working for an attorney on the case.

With Russell's track record of success, work like this comes regularly from a variety of sources. "Sometimes I get referrals from commercial advisory services. Sometimes the phone just rings out of the blue," he says. It all comes as part of the intrigue and rewards of being a consultant in demand. "When things are working well in the consulting business, they work very well. It has a sense of freedom and creativity, and it can be a nice living."

Environmental Services

Chemical Industry

Explosives Industries

Fertilizers

Petroleum Recovery & Remediation

Storage Tank Facilities

Wastewater Treatment Equipment manufacturing

Tank farm

Food Industry

Petroleum Terminals

Meat Packing and Processing

Ammonia and Phosphate Fertilizers

Dairy

Specialty Chemical and Pesticides

Flour and Baking Products

Energy Projects

Foundry and Machining

Energy Projects

Storage Facilities

Specialty Products and Processes

Municipal Wastewater Treatment

Motor repair & rebuilding

Metal Finishing

Electroplating

Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Nuclear Industry

Permitting and Consulting

Forensic Analysis

Legal Consulting

Title V Permitting

Equipment Specification and Design

Thermal Destruction

Heat and Energy Balances

Waste Heat Recovery

Odor Control

Stack Testing

Computer Modeling

Treatment System Designs

Hazardous Wastes Landfill Design

Hazardous Waste Landfill Permitting

Waste Transfer Facilities Design

Oil and Chemical Recovery

Hazardous wastes

Waste Stabilization and Solidification

Hazardous Waste Surveys

Nuclear Waste Treatment & Recovery

Non Hazardous Waste Facility Design

Equipment Design

Hazardous Sludge Management

Waste Minimization

Transport Investigations & Evaluations

Hazardous & Non Hazardous Waste Treatment

Thermal Destruction

Pollution Prevention Surveys

Waste Destruction

Industrial & Chemical Industry Process Designs

Municipal Waste Water Design

Petroleum Refinery & Terminals

Plant Operations Consulting

Explosives Industries

Design & Permitting

Ammonia and Phosphate Fertilizers

Pretreatment Design

Electroplating and Metal Finishing

Performance Evaluation

Specialty Chemical and Pesticides

Computer & Process Modeling

Wastewater Treatment Evaluations

Sludge Treatment & Disposal

Food Industry

 Meat Packing & Processing

 Vegetable & Dairy

 Flour and Baking Products

Global Environmental Operations, Inc. is a proud distributor for MOSTforWater and is working to help them establish WEST in the US as the premiere solution for solving wastewater treatment problems by applying dynamic modeling.

Current projects include:

  • Municipal Evaluations
  • Stream Modeling
  • Industrial Waste Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment Process Consulting

GEO has an outstanding reputation on remediation & assessments. We have worked on everything from non-hazardous waste lagoons to Superfund sites and Nuclear Sites. Some of the types of projects both in the US and abroad are shown below:

  • Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks
  • Nuclear Waste Tanks
  • Hazardous Wastes Cleanups & Disposal
  • Training HAZWOPER & RCRA 40 Hour Courses
  • Establishment of Cleanup program for Venezuela's Petroleum industry
Remediation

GEO has performed all types of Assessments in the US in Europe, Africa and South America. GEO regularly trains environmental assessors by participating with local training schools.

Current Clients include:

  • School Boards
  • Industries
  • Commercial Developers

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Global Environmental Operations, Inc. is a proud distributor for MOSTforWater and is working to help them establish WEST® in the US as the premiere solution for solving wastewater treatment problems by applying dynamic modeling.

Current projects include:

  • Municipal Evaluations
  • Stream Modeling
  • Industrial Waste Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment Process Consulting
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  • Better insight in de processes.
  • Cleaner environment.
  • Cost reduction.

WHY WEST® ?

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    The possibility to combine the existing models with your own know-how.
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    The possibility to test control strategies.
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References

Venezuela:

  • Energy Evaluation for Natural Gas Recovery
  • Air Pollution Equipment & Hazardous Wastes Disposal
  • Established budget and scope for Cleanup of Waste disposal pits in Western Venezuela
  • Water Recovery Study for Oil Platforms
  • Evaluation of Exxon Docking Facility on Lago de Maricaibo
  • Evaluation of Venoco Chemical Complex in the Falcón State

Romania:

  • Multi-site Environmental assessments
  • Chemical Consulting for Romanian Chemical Industry
  • Process Consulting for Quadrant-Amroq (Pepsi)
  • Environmental Assessments to US Standards

Belarus:

  • Desk study for cleanup of contamination from Chernobyl Nuclear Accident

Africa:

  • Evaluation of Natural Gas Container Plant for Ghana

Hungary:

  • Refinery Study for Mol Rot & two other refineries

"Groundwater Monitoring", Chemical Engineering, October 26, 1987.

"Underground Storage Tanks: Potential for Economic Disaster", Chemical Engineering, March 16, 1987.

"Design of an Enclosed Composting Reactor", Public Works Magazine, October 1985.

"Managing Your Environmental Audit", Chemical Engineering, June 24, 1985.

"Thermal Sludge Drying - A Look at Drum Dryer Systems", Purdue Industrial Waste Conference, May, 1985.

"Monitoring and Sampling Liquid Effluents", Chemical Engineering, October 20, 1980.

"Measurement Uncertainties in the NPDES Permit System", Chemical Engineering, October 9, 1978.

"PCB's: The Problem Surrounding Us", Pollution Engineering, August, 1977.

Remediation Manual for Petroleum Contaminated Sites, Technomic Publishing, Lancaster, PA., June, 1992.

"Managing a UST Effort," Environmental Protection, Vol. 2, No 5., July/August, 1991

"Wastewater Treatment in a Hungarian Petroleum Refinery", with M. Erd's, L. Simour, and E. Boreszi, WEF Conference, New Orleans, LA, September, 1992

"Evaluation of Environmental Control Requirements for Three Chemical Plants in Romania," US Trade and Development Agency, 1993

Principal contributing author to "Evaluation of Alternative Drilling Technologies and Subsurface Confinement Barriers for Single Shell Tanks at Hanford, Phase I . " report for DOE

"An American Perspective on Cleanup of Petroleum Contamination." Bucharest, Romania, for Romanian Petroleum Industry, Ion Petre, co-author. 1995

"Getting a Handle on Risk Management," Chemical Engineering Magazine, December, 1998

"Are you Ready?", Water Environment &Technology, May, 1999

"Minimizing Adverse Effects of Military Decontamination"; NATO International Scientific Exchange Progammes, Scientific Affairs Division

Decontamination : The Basis for Chemical Agent Neutraliztion an Disposal Advanced Research Workshop, Bucharest, Romania, September 26-29, 1998


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"The only way to tell if a plant is complying with pollutions limits is by accurately measuring flows and by taking truly representative samples"

David L. Russell, P.E.

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Taking samples


Design of an enclosed composting reactor

David L. Russell, P.E.

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Compost reactor after assembly


Thermal sludge drying - a look at drum dryer systems

David L. Russell, P.E.

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Buflovak drum dryer



If your treatment plant was build on the 10 states standards, dynamic modeling may show that it still has capacity to spare

David L. Russell, Jeremy Dudley & Youri Amerlinck

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Buflovak drum dryer

The Horizontal Well
This article examines horizontal wells and lays out the way to insure that there is a uniform distribution of flow through the well over the entire length of the well.

David L. Russell, P.E.

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An Examination of the Environmental Contamination Lawsuit by Ecuador against Chevron and the incredible Fraud of the lawsuit.

David L. Russell, P.E.

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Compression Waves (Water Hammer) in piping systems.

David L. Russell, P.E.

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Front Cover and Chapter Outline for Industrial Security, a new book - Spring 2015

David L. Russell, PE, and Lt. Col. Pieter Arlow, SADF

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Subjects and Courses I have taught.

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