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Advanced Petroleum Forensics Geochemistry

October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

- $275
Date & Time
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

October 18, 2017
8:30am – 4:45pm (Check in time: 8:00am)

This course will appeal to LSRPs and other environmental professionals who regularly deal with oil impacted sites and wish to learn more about the latest in advanced forensics techniques for petroleum releases of gasoline and distillates. Since a majority of our sites are petroleum and many are old and comingled, this course is particularly relevant to practicing LSRPs.

In-class examples and exercises related to on-site assessment and remediation issues/concerns that may be encountered by practicing LSRPs will be included. Command of environmental chemistry, which includes an understanding of gas chromatography and combined gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, is strongly recommended.

Featured Topics

  • Advanced Petroleum Forensic Geochemistry
  • Petroleum Products and Formulation
  • Leaded Gasoline: The Evolution of Leaded Gasoline Age Dating in Forensic Geochemistry
  • Gas Mixing: Evaluating Mixing Effects of Multiple Gasoline Sources
  • Additives in Gasoline: Age Dating, Current and Future with Oxygenate-treated Gasolines
  • Gasoline Weathering Caclns: Quantitative Petroleum Product Weathering Indices in Gasoline
  • Processing Data Files: Processing GC/FID Hydrocarbon Fingerprinting Data Files
  • Using Chromatograms: Hydrocarbon Fingerprinting – using Gas Chromatograms
  • Distillate Aging: The Evolution of Petroleum Age Dating in the Technical Literature
  • Weathering Site Evaluation: Mixed Subsurface Plumes and Use of Quantitative Petroleum Weathering Indices

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to provide more accurate on-site assessment and subsequent remediation of comingled sites facing petroleum releases of both gasoline and distillates using advanced forensics techniques.

Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc., a small business that provides geochemical consulting services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an organic geochemist with 25 years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of petroleum pollution in the environment. His general areas of geochemical expertise are: evaluation of the detailed hydrocarbon composition of petroleum products, assessment of the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment, innovative hydrocarbon fingerprinting techniques, development of bioremediation approaches for chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated and phosphorus pesticides in contaminated soils and sediments, impacts of waste disposal outfalls in the coastal ocean for both industrial and municipal wastes, natural resource damage assessments for major oil spills in U.S. coastal waters, and analytical method development for a wide variety of organic chemical pollutants.
Continuing Education Credits
In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.25 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ LSRP CECs: 7.0 Technical

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7.2 CLEs

NJ Professional Engineers: 7.0 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

PA/NY Continuing Legal Education: 6.5 CLEs

NY Professional Engineers: 7.5 PDHs (NOTE: This class may not be used to fulfill the land surveyors continuing education requirement in NYS.)

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 8.0 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1221

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 7.5 CECs – Course No. CTLEP-375

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators (ALL Licenses): 7 TCHs (Approval #01-061502-30)

This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.

Eary Registration Fee
$275.00 Register on or before October 4, 2017 and save!
Registration Fee
$295.00 After October 4, 2017
Multi-Person Registration Fee $255.00 Register with a colleague and save!
LSRPA Member Registration Fee $255.00 Special discount available for LSRPA members only!
Cancellation Fee $50.00

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Note: Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

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Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463


Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ United States