Ms. Grudin is the founder of NovelEsolutions, Inc. basing her operations on sustainability and green engineering. Liza is a licensed professional engineer with over 19 years of management and design experience related to the environmental cleanup of bulk fuel facilities, retail stations, and industrial and commercial properties impacted by petroleum constituents, chlorinated solvents, pesticides and metals. Ms. Grudin is certified as an Envision® Sustainability Professional by the ISI.
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Envision® Sonic: A Case Study Evaluation for Sustainability
Does the overall environmental footprint of sonic drilling really save money over the life of a project? Sonic drilling meets the sweet spot of maximizing benefits to social, environmental and economic aspects of a project. A life cycle analysis of sonic drilling utilizing the Envision® Rating system provides clarification on the overall sustainable aspects of this assessment and remediation tool. The Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) developed the Envision® Rating system for civil infrastructure, which will be applied to the use of sonic drilling as a remediation technology and application. Case studies using sonic drilling will be utilized to illustrate the applicability of the individual credits. Common perceptions of sonic include up to 80% reduction in investigative derived waste (IDW) and the ability to log continuous core samples while achieving formation entry speeds up to five times faster than conventional methods. More elusive credits such as Reduce Potable Water Consumption, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Enhance Public Health and Safety, and Reduce Net Embodied Energy will be applied to the use of sonic drilling to expand our concept of its ability to meet the demands of sustainable and green engineering.