Field Services

Field Studies and Data Collections

Data collection and recording is the backbone of each service we provide. We hire professionals from a wide range of disciplines and train them to achieve excellence by understanding the regulations, using current data collection methods, and considering every detail when in the field. This allows our team to conduct field studies and data collection in a high quality manner. We recognize that our clients deserve and pay for the best consulting services to meet their environmental needs. Our strength is in attention to detail with the goal of achieving excellence.

Michael Pisani & Associates field studies and data collection include all aspects of the project life cycle: initiation, planning, execution and closure. Field studies include soil, sediment, surface water, groundwater, air, and biota collection and analytical testing.  Data collection has been specifically designed by our experts to include analytical methods and analysis to meet client needs, regulatory requirements and project goals. We have extensive experience on a wide variety of projects including Superfund sites, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) sites, salt dome and brine mining facilities, oil and gas fields, terminals, pipeline pumping stations and petroleum release sites. Trained and experienced MP&A scientists, engineers, and technicians conduct sampling using new technology as well as tried-and-true collection techniques including:

  • Roto-sonic drilling
  • Direct push
  • Mud rotary
  • Vibracore
  • Cone penetrometer
  • Hand auger
  • Sediment syringe sample
  • Low-flow groundwater sampling
  • Hand bailers
  • Van-Dorn sample
  • Porewater samplers
  • Multiparameter sondes and water quality field instruments
  • Photo Ionization Detectors (PID), Flame Ionization Detector (FID), four-gas meters
  • NORM surveying and control methods including electronic data logging
  • Cast net, trawling, hoop net and crab traps for biota

Geological Logging

An important part of site assessment and remediation activities we perform is properly describing and understanding subsurface soil and groundwater conditions. Certain soil conditions may prevent the spread of contaminants throughout the environment while others may transmit contaminants to sensitive receptors such as surface water or drinking water aquifers. Using a variety of drilling techniques including sonic, mud rotary, hydraulic direct push, hollow stem augering, vibracoring and hand augering, we collect subsurface data on soil types, hydrogeological conditions, and the physical and chemical condition of the subsurface environment down to depths of almost 500 feet. 

Our professionals describe in detail the soils encountered in the field using the Unified Soil Classification System, USGS and other methods to document the soil texture, color, grain size, moisture content, odor and other physical properties of the soils encountered.  We routinely utilize geotechnical laboratories to provide grain size, permeability and laboratory classification analyses. Based upon detailed observations documented in the field, we prepare detailed soil boring logs including monitoring well construction details. The boring logs are later utilized to generate cross sections depicting the subsurface hydrogeological conditions.

Field Testing Capabilties:

  • Slug tests
  • Groundwater sampling
  • Pumping tests
  • Lithologic loggin
  • Monitoring well installation
  • Soil sampling
  • Surface water sampling
  • Compliance sampling for remediation systems