Global Mentorship and Supporting Women in STEM

In 2018, Northgate’s Principal Geologist Maile Smith took part in two volunteer delegations as part of the TechWomen program, traveling to both Nigeria and Malaysia. In 2019, as Northgate continues our social responsibility and commitment to mentoring women in science, Maile is headed to Uzbekistan. The purpose of the delegation trips is to engage and encourage women to consider a career path in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While women are gaining numbers in traditionally male-dominated fields, they are still significantly outnumbered in STEM. Among girls, interest in STEM begins to wane in early adolescence.  We believe it is […]

Northgate Presents at State of the Estuary Conference

      Northgate is proud to have once again presented at the State of the Estuary Conference. The State of the Estuary Conference focuses on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges. This year, The 13th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference was held at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. Northgates presented posters included: Applications of UAS (Drones) for Aerial Mapping for Shoreline and Wetland Restoration and Management; presented by Pascual […]

Northgate Drone Team Presents at California Geospatial Conference

Northgate was pleased to share the story of one of our Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drone) projects at the 2017 CalGIS/LocationCon conference in Oakland. In its 23rd year, The CalGIS Conference is considered a premier venue to discuss geospatial technologies. Northgate associate Taylor Bennett presented a case study from our successful drone mapping and imagery project at the Montezuma wetlands restoration site in the San Francisco estuary. At the Montezuma wetlands, Northgate and our partner, GeoWing Mapping Inc., conducted a high-resolution aerial survey of a 2,150-acre portion of the Suisun Marsh, which is now being restored from farmland to its original wetland state. […]

High-Resolution Aerial Imagery and Photogrammetry Services

Northgate is excited to announce High-Resolution Aerial Imagery and Photogrammetry Services! Northgate continues to establish itself as a leader in innovative data acquisition and visualization. Using technologies such as high-resolution aerial photogrammetry obtained with small, unmanned aerial systems (UAS or “drones”), we provide our clients with rapid response site mapping for project planning, remediation design, industrial inspections, environmental monitoring and characterization, and natural resource assessment. UAS can safely acquire high-resolution, distortion-corrected color imagery over remote and sensitive areas. Northgate’s scientists and engineers are highly adept at combining accurate imagery and geospatial data with other site-specific information to perform a broad range of environmental […]

Northgate Supports TechWomen 2014

Northgate is proud to be supporting TechWomen again in 2014.  This will be the third time Northgate has participated in TechWomen.  This year, Northgate will be hosting an emerging leader from Tunisia who has particular interest in soil investigations and geotechnical challenges. TechWomen, a program sponsored by the US Department of State, connects women leaders from Africa and the Middle East focused on developing their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with talented professional mentors throughout the Bay Area. This year, the 78 visiting women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the […]

Northgate’s Commitment to Open Space

This past spring, Northgate participated in the Bay Area Open Space Council conference, which brings together many actors committed to fostering the conversation around land conservation, wetlands and open space restoration, and stakeholder interactivity. Northgate has been actively involved in many wetlands and open space restoration projects over the past years. These include: the Yosemite Slough Brownfields to Greenfields project, the largest urban wetlands restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area the restoration of Mt. Umunhum at the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County, which entailed the conversion of military lands to publicly-accessible open space the Tourtelot […]

Critical Updates to the San Francisco Maher Ordinance: Construction Permitting Related to Subsurface Conditions

In August 2013, the City of San Francisco adopted sweeping changes to Article 22A of the San Francisco Public Health Code also known as the “Maher Ordinance.” These changes greatly expand the types and number of properties potentially subject to Department of Public Health (DPH) review and oversight related to the characterization and mitigation of hazardous materials in soil and groundwater. What is the Maher Ordinance? Created in 1986, the Maher Ordinance requires that properties located along certain portions of the City known to be underlain by artificial bay-margin fill be evaluated for the potential presence of soil or groundwater […]

Critical Updates to the Polanco Act

In October 2013, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 440, which helps facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of blighted urban properties (i.e., Brownfield sites). This new law, referred to as Polanco 2.0, is an expansion of, and successor to, the original Polanco Redevelopment Act, which effectively ended on February 1, 2012 with the formal dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. Under AB440, cities, counties, and some housing authorities (“local agencies”) can now compel responsible parties to clean up their blighted property, or can directly perform the cleanup themselves. Local agencies are authorized to investigate blighted properties and prepare cleanup plans, or require […]

New QSD on Northgate Staff

Northgate has added another Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Developer, Sarah Price, to its team of professional engineers. Sarah joined the Northgate team in June, and passed her QSD exam in early September. Sarah is no stranger to Northgate, having served as an intern with the company in 2010. She received her master’s degree in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley in 2011. Sarah’s expertise is varied. She has worked on projects involving soil and groundwater analysis, remedial design, and hydraulic modeling of contaminant plumes in groundwater. Her research has included air, soil, and water quality and treatment methods, and environmental […]

Oakland Global Air Quality Web Portal Launched

West Oakland residents who are concerned about how the construction of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center might affect air quality now have an innovative new tool: the Oakland Global Air Quality Web Portal. Instead of working through public records requests or trying to make sense of large, complex data tables, the public can quickly access user-friendly charts and graphs from the portal. The public can also directly participate in the monitoring program through an interactive commenting feature. Northgate developed the Air Quality Monitoring Program for the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center project with the development team and Bay […]