The Remediation Technology Summit

February 26-28, 2019

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

Bethany Brooks
Associate Lean Practitioner
Haley & Aldrich

Bethany is a Professional Geologist (PA) who has been with Haley & Aldrich since September 2006. She has a strong background in geology, hydrogeology, and chemistry as relates to environmental remediation. Experienced in bioremediation technologies (aerobic/anaerobic, amendment injection, sparge, etc.) and ChemOx.

She is currently focused on the application of Lean principles to support remediation portfolio management, site remediation strategy and oversight, site lease and acquisition planning and management and is actively pursuing her Lean Black Belt.

FLASH POSTER PRESENTER - Complex and Unique Sites: Who Said it Was Easy?

How Can Lean Thinking Support Effective Management of Complex and/or Legacy Sites and Portfolios?

Complex or legacy sites represent some of the most expensive environmental liabilities on the books today due to slow remedial and regulatory progress and seemingly technically impracticable closure prospects. The long-term expenditures required for these sites pose a unique business challenge to our clients. These sites will persist as liabilities for decades with very high annual costs of operation and associated long-term reserves constituting a financial drain on overall resources. Further, when several complex sites are part of a larger portfolio, the inefficiencies and inconsistencies surrounding the measurement and management of the portfolio can be magnified and further compound these challenges. We need a better approach to optimizing this type of work.

In this presentation we will explore how the principles of Lean, traditionally applied in the manufacturing world, have been combined with leading technical and site management approaches to better understand and manage individual legacy and complex projects as well as entire portfolios of environmental liabilities.

We’ll show how Lean-based stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and optimized implementation have led to:

  • stimulated remedial progress at previously stagnated sites, resulting in a portfolio-wide increase in site closure rates of up to 7x
  • a standard and optimized approach to remedial system O&M, maintenance & reporting for 6 remedial system types resulting in a system optimization via O&M improvements at 25% of sites and a reduction of project life cycles by up to 27 months (as a result of avoided downtime due to systems issues) at 15% of sites o system operation reduced by 1 year on average
  • a standard, advocacy-focused approach to site regulatory reporting supporting optimized remedial regulatory decisions, including shifts in approach, increased site closure rates (up to 7x) o improved advocacy resulting in low to moderate liability sites within a portfolio closing an average of 1 year sooner and a standard report template which saves on average $15K/year per client PM (in labor saved) and $30K/year per site (in consultant time)
  • a more systematic, strategic and sustainable process for portfolio management which has made the return on investment in liability reduction visible for the client

Collectively, we’ll demonstrate how this work has resulted in the client project and portfolio managers being better able to focus resources (time and funding) on the technical challenges present at complex sites, more quickly and effectively respond to new challenges or initiatives as they arise and better support the strategic initiatives important to their organization for its long term well-being.