Brian Hilbert

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Brian Hilbert

Brian Hilbert

Lead Environmental Scientist

Phone
308.632.6735
Email
bhilbert@panhandlegeotech.com
Start Date
7/22/2002

At Panhandle Geotechnical & Environmental, Inc. (PG&E), Brian is responsible for conducting subsurface investigations into soil and ground water contamination as a result of leaking tanks. He is also responsible for the design, coordination, construction, and monitoring of ground water and soil remediation projects. Brian has taken the lead on more than 35 subsurface investigation projects. The projects included planning, cost estimating, communication efforts, subsurface investigative activities, project coordination, and development of detailed technical reports and maps. Has conducted numerous Phase I Environmental Site Assessments over a period of six years. Has been involved in more than 10 free product delineation/removal projects. The projects included planning, cost estimating, communication efforts, subsurface investigative activities, project coordination, and development of detailed technical reports and maps.

State Lead Petroleum Remediation Contract (SPaRCs), State of Nebraska, Statewide Services - Program Manager. Mr. Hilbert is leading the team on a $5,000,000 contract with the State of Nebraska for the remediation of petroleum contaminated sites across the State of Nebraska. To date, the team has been awarded almost 35 sites, with many closed in an expedient manner. The contract serves the needs of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and includes site investigations, environmental assessments, plume delineation, remediation system design, installation and operation, project close-out and detailed reporting and documentation.

Wetlands Delineation - Bethel Loop Road, Dawes County Road Department, Chadron, Nebr. - Project Manager. Panhandle Geotechnical & Environmental conducted a formal wetland determination/delineation for the construction of a new set of culverts to replace an existing bridge at Bethel Loop Road North Bridge 2011-01056 in Dawes County, Nebraska. The site was approximately 10.5 miles east of Crawford, Nebr., and included the replacement of a deficient bridge over East Ash Creek. To improve the site, the County wished to straighten the road alignment, add two 90-foot by 10-foot corrugated metal pipe, and remove the existing bridge span. PG&E identified any and all water features that are subject to federal jurisdiction, and determine the boundary of each water feature. By following the ‘1987 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetlands Delineation Manual’ and the ‘Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Great Plains Region’ documentation, sampling according to protocol, and performing a detailed site inventory, a wetland impact summary was developed.

Wetlands Delineation - Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, Gering, Nebr. - Project Manager. Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) wished to construct a new storage building and parking area at their facility in Gering. As a contingency requirement of federal funding used for the project, CAPWN needed to perform a wetlands delineation due to the proximity of the construction site to water features. PG&E identified any and all water features that are subject to federal jurisdiction, and determine the boundary of each water feature. By following the ‘1987 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetlands Delineation Manual’ and the ‘Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Great Plains Region’ documentation, sampling according to protocol, and performing a detailed site inventory, a wetland impact summary was developed.

Environmental Assessment - Federal Aviation Administration, Alliance, Nebr. - Project Manager.  Alliance Municipal Airport wanted to install a new glide slope at Runway 30 on airport property and needed to complete an environmental assessment to determine potential environmental impacts which would result from the construction on airport grounds. To determine whether the site would adequately support the proposed development, the team completed an assessment of the potential impacts of the development on environmental factors (air and water quality, flood plains, and wildlife habitats) and an assessment of the development’s impacts on the local community (access, noise and traffic changes, adequacy of utilities, consumption of resources, and waste generation/disposal). The project improvement at the site involved the establishment of an Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Runway 30 by installing a glide slope to work in conjunction with the existing localizer and distance measuring equipment. The purpose of the system was to reduce the minimum clearance distances to 200 feet from the previous one-half mile. Alternatives to the project were considered (including a ‘no-action’ alternative). A report detailing potential impacts was developed and delivered to the airport and FAA.

About Brian

JOINED THE FAMILY
July 2002

EDUCATION
Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE
1989-1991, General Courses

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
1993, Bachelor of Science in Biology

CONTINUING EDUCATION/CERTIFICATES
Princeton Groundwater Remediation Course - 2003
Underground & Aboveground Storage Tank Technology and Inspection – 2004
META Mold Remediation Hazards, Standards, & Sampling – 2004
Wetlands Delineation Training based on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland
Delineation Manual (1987 Manual) – Wetland Training Institute - 2009

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
ACI Certified - 2002
Troxler Certified - 2004
Certified Microbial Inspector - 2003
NDOR Certified Concrete Field Test Technician – Level 1 – 2002
Certified NACE Cathodic Protection Tester – 2004
OSHA 40 hour Hazardous Waste Training 29CFR1910.120(q) – 2002
OSHA 8 hour Refresher Courses 29CFR1910.120(q)(6)(iii) – 2003, 2004