Hydrocarbon Forensics: Part III 1hr Webinar

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Identification and characterization of petroleum hydrocarbons assumes limited to no interference from other chemical species that may be extracted and quantified. Often times, when faced with samples collected from high organic content in environmental media, significant interference from polar biogenic compounds leads to difficulty in determining exceedance of applicable standards or interpretation of qualitative data.

Part three of this three-part webinar on hydrocarbon forensics addresses new and novel analytical approaches to differentiating between biogenic and petrogenic hydrocarbons and confirming interference from naturally occurring compounds.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Approaches to interpreting biogenic interferences on routine CCME hydrocarbon results.
  • Testing options available for characterizing biogenic toluene and biogenic interferences of the F2-F4 range hydrocarbons.
  • An overview of the newly recognized Biogenic Interference Calculation (BIC) method.
  • Novel analytical methods for (1) identifying biogenic biomarkers and (2) fractionating and quantifying separately biogenics and petrogenic hydrocarbons.
  • The application of stable isotope analysis as a line of evidence and confirmatory tool.

Virgil Guran

Virgil Guran is one of Bureau Veritas' key Consulting Scientists, with over 7 years of industry experience specializing in site assessment and remediation. One of Virgil’s areas of focus is Environmental Forensic Analyses and the application of forensics in answering complex environmental questions. In this role, he coordinates and consults on Bureau Veritas' environmental forensic services both internally and externally. Virgil has extensive hands-on site assessment and remediation expertise developing analytical project plans and study designs, data quality review and fitness for purpose, regulatory updates, interpretation and environmental forensics, for customers and internal stakeholders. In addition, Virgil develops and delivers on many of Bureau Veritas' technical training and education initiatives. Virgil holds a Master’s degree in Applied Science and Management (specializing in Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology) and a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and Biology. Virgil is an Ontario Chartered Chemist (C.Chem.).