Use of Environmental Forensics for Trichloroethylene (TCE) Plume Delineation

Period of Performance: 10/03/2007 - 10/03/2009


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Zapata Engineering
6302 Fairview Road, Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28210
Principal Investigator


ZAPATAENGINEERING will determine the sources and approximate percentage of contribution to the co-mingled TCE plume located at the government-designated site. This Phase II process specifically will allow our project team to refine and complete development of the Comparative Isotope Fractionation Methodology (CIFM), a process by which stable isotopic signatures are combined with traditional hydrogeologic parameters and utilized within a three-dimensional fate-and-transport finite-element model to resolve and identify the source(s) of TCE. Initially, ZAPATAENGINEERING will offer the methodology as a service to be performed or supervised by ZAPATAENGINEERING personnel. This service dovetails nicely with the other numerous engineering and environmental services we currently offer to our clients, thereby, mitigating potential risks associated with bringing a new product to market.