Brendan McKenzie,

Field Scale Modeling of DNAPL Dissolution.

Modeling of DNAPL flow and the dissolution effect in groundwater is a continually expanding area of research. Work in research and industry has not only improved our understanding of how field scale DNAPL pools behave but has also resulted in more robust predictive modeling. Through these challenges, new ideas on whether current practices of relying on 2D modeling to predict the effect of dissolution on a system is an appropriate assumption. Brendan’s project is the comparison of the effects of a 2D versus 3D model on DNAPL exiting through downstream dissolution.

Personal Background

Brendan graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2003. In the undergraduate program here at Western, Brendan completed a Bachelor of Engineering Science – Civil Engineering Degree with an emphasis on structural engineering. After graduation, Brendan went into industry and worked for four years in Canada & the United States. The majority of my time was spent in the Philadelphia area where he worked for a geotechnical firm specializing in advanced analysis techniques and the use of state-of-the-art lab equipment.

Brendan joined the RESTORE group at Western in January 2008. Through his field experience, he spent a lot of time working alongside environmental assessment agencies. In doing so, Brendan developed an appreciation for what needs to be done for brownfield sites and wanted to develop a better understanding of assessment techniques. With Western’s reputation for strong geotechnical work and RESTORE advancing techniques in geoenvironmental engineering, he felt the program was a perfect fit. Brendan hopes to take his skills learned at Western and work towards contributing to environmentally responsible projects.

Travel and Awards

  • May 2008: Symposium for NAPLs Research and Groundwater Studies (SyNRGS), The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008: IAH CGS Evening Seminar Series, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
  • February 2007: WUFI Whole Building Simulation Model Workshop, Napa, CA, USA.
  • 2005: Delaware Valley Geo-Institute Evening Seminar Series, Philadelphia, PA, USA.