Meet the Experts Behind Cascade Thermal (Part 1)

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Cascade


In the world of in situ remedial technologies, in situ thermal remediation (ISTR) is a relatively complicated process, with lots of moving parts and logistics, and are often designated for the most complex sites with stringent cleanup goals. If your site is looking like ISTR is the most suitable approach, don’t increase risk or liability by working with an inexperienced thermal contractor. With the recent launch of Cascade Thermal, which combines the forces of legacy thermal companies TerraTherm, GRS, and CES under one roof, our customers have access to the most experienced team of thermal experts ever assembled.

Cascade Thermal’s experts played key roles in the development and commercialization of three in-house thermal technologies (thermal conductive heating [TCH], electrical resistance heating [ERH], and steam enhanced extraction [SEE]), and with that have unparalleled knowledge of in the deployment of each technology, and in what instances. Having completed over 70 ERH, 60 TCH and 20 SEE projects, Cascade Thermal is well-versed in the selection and application of the correct technology, or combinations of technologies, to meet even the most demanding site parameters and client requirements.

A Technology Neutral Thermal Remediation Contractor

Working with a technology-neutral contractor ensures that the right technology is selected for the job. Whether budget, recalcitrant contaminants, geology, or operation duration are the driving factors for a site cleanup, Cascade Thermal is uniquely qualified to assist consultants with selecting the right path to achieve your site goals. In addition, given the breadth of Cascade’s field services, Cascade Thermal can even offer site characterization to improve on conceptual site models, thermal treatability studies, thermal pilot tests, or even other non-thermal remediation services when thermal isn’t the right fit for the job.

Let’s get to know some of the thermal experts behind Cascade Thermal in this blog, the first post in a series of blogs, meant to introduce the team and to explore the various positions and job functions that make Cascade Thermal the industry leader that it is today.

Thermal Remediation

Jim Galligan

VP of Thermal Operations

Jim Galligan has over 28 years’ experience with in situ and ex situ remediation system design, installation, operation, and troubleshooting, including over 18 years of experience implementing ISTR remedial systems with TerraTherm, having joined the company just after its founding in 2000. Mr. Galligan was involved in early testing and developments of TerraTherm’s TCH heaters and is co-inventor on two thermal remediation technology patents. He has managed dozens of remediation projects from design and bidding through construction, start-up, and operation. Mr. Galligan is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Colorado, and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with an MBA.

Thermal Remediation Cascade THermal

Michael Dodson

Thermal Strategy Director

Michael Dodson has over 35 years’ experience, with over 20 years of ERH design and implementation experience. Mr. Dodson acted as the leader of two teams (Current Environmental Solutions, and Thermal Remediation Services) that first licensed ERH from Dow Chemicals and commercialized the technology. He has been involved in over 75 ERH projects across the United States. Mr. Dodson continues to provide technical oversight to the Cascade Thermal team while spearheading business development and marketing programs. Mr. Dodson has a B.S in Natural Sciences.

Gorm Heron, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Thermal Technologies

Technical Director, Steam Enhanced Extraction

Dr. Gorm Heron has experience in all remediation technologies, including chemical and biological approaches. He has been the lead designer and technical director for more than 40 ISTR projects, worldwide, and has authored more than 15 peer-reviewed papers on ISTR. From 1995 through 1998, Dr. Heron conducted research on thermal remediation at the U.S. EPA lab in Ada, Oklahoma, and at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Heron was the lead engineer with SteamTech Environmental Services from 1999 to early 2004, where he designed and implemented field-scale steam and electrical heating systems. Dr. Heron has his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Thermal Remediation

Steffen Griepke Nielsen

Technical Director, Thermal Conduction Heating

Steffen Griepke Nielsen is involved in the front-end designs at Cascade Thermal. He is responsible for subsurface designs and quality control for all ISTR projects, including one-of-a-kind custom solutions. Mr. Griepke Nielsen has ensured operational success as the technical director for more than 15 ISTR projects. In addition, he leads Cascade Thermal’s data management efforts and develops tools and systems allowing for operational data during operations of our thermal projects. He has a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering.



Robert D’Anjou

Technical Director, Electrical Resistive Heating

Robert D’Anjou provides subsurface design and quality control for all ERH projects at Cascade Thermal. He is an experienced environmental geologist/organic geochemist with first author designation on numerous high-impact scientific publications. A senior contributing member and technical adviser/director on 9 ERH projects, he has a well-rounded background in research design, scientific theory, and the environmental remediation industry. Mr. D’Anjou has a M.Sc. in Organic Geochemistry.

Thus, concludes part one of this blog series. Keep your eyes peeled for future posts where you can get to know other experts within Cascade Thermal. For more information about Cascade Thermal download our Statement of Qualifications, and to stay in touch with all the thermal happenings, make sure you are signed up to receive the Cascade Thermal newsletter.

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