– It All Starts Here


Nicola Cook

Burlingame, CA, USA

SUMMARY: Fourteen years of experience using GIS and other data management tools in support of environmental characterization and restoration projects, as well as experience in soil, groundwater, and soil vapor sample collection for projects involving site characterization, remediation, and long-term monitoring on public and private sites including those regulated under CERCLA or RCRA. Additional experience with monitoring of threatened and endangered species. Well versed in spatial data acquisition, analysis, visualization, production, attribution, as well as field data collection and post-processing.

EDUCATION: B.A., summa cum laude, Geography, San Jose State University
SKILLS: Advanced knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS 10 • Proficient with Trimble 7x , TerraSync, & Pathfinder Office • Basic level Golden Software Surfer & Grapher • Basic knowledge of Python • Proficient in MS Word and Excel

• U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (2013-2018)
• U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore California (2015-2017)
• U.S. Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure Program, Multiple Sites, CA (2006-2015)
• Former Rental Car Facilities, McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, NV(2009-2018)
Completed project under budget, helping the client meet compliance goals for fully documented spatial data, developing and attributing FGDC-compliant metadata on over 500 spatial data files spanning six years of work. Researched and compiled references, sources, authors, and edits to spatial files, created templates by feature type; and summarized process and workflow for Environmental GIS Division of Sandia National Laboratories.
Cut schedule and budget in the preparation phase of Regulatory Review of Closure Process for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Environmental GIS Division. From a 20-year-old, twenty binder hard copy Sitewide Remedial Investigation nearing closure, developed a workbook for asset management of over 250 potential CERCLA contaminant release sites; collected historical data and imagery; developed feature layers of assets from data tables and text descriptions; digitized features from geo-referenced hard copy maps; performed data verification and categorization; and produced Google Earth kmz files with customization of data information pop-ups for regulatory review in support of the site closure process.
Contributed to successful Program Management of Navy Base Realignment and Closure projects by serving as the go-to person for mapping, sample collection, field data review, document preparation and distribution for three Project Managers; working with regulatory program managers, chemists, field managers and crew, and report authors so our team could meet project milestones and receive positive client performance assessments.

National Park Service, Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ (May – September 2005)
Wildlife Biological Field Intern assisting the Natural Resources Division and Park Enforcement Rangers in resource planning for wildlife surveys and border crossing impact mitigation. Developed a database of all recorded sightings of endangered Sonoran Pronghorn in the park over a sixty year period from historical notes, field observation and radio telemetry data. Monitored endangered species, border crossing impacts, and illegal vehicular access on wilderness areas using Garmin and Trimble GPS and ArcGIS, assisted in field surveys and census counts of endangered species such as the lesser long-nosed bat, Quitobaquito pupfish, and desert tortoise, and behavioral observations of Sonoran Pronghorn and maintenance of fencing and irrigation at captive breeding enclosure in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
Basic GIS production and management tasks on all projects:
• Acquiring historical and current background data including aerial photography, topographic maps, hydrography data, and County asset data.
• Developing file structures and symbol libraries, creating and maintaining geodatabases and metadata
• Creating feature classes for physical assets, well networks, treatment systems, analytical data
• Generating potentiometric surface and contaminant concentration maps
• Creating Google Earth kmz visualizations of well construction, groundwater, and analytical data
• Georeferencing imagery and historical hard copy maps and digitizing
• Performing datum transformations and coordinate system projections
• Integrating CAD data and KML content into ArcGIS
• Collecting field data for well locations, trenching, drilling, and other features using Trimble GPS
• Producing maps for regulatory and agency reports including Site Investigations, Technical Memos, Corrective Measures Evaluations, Treatability Studies, Monitoring Reports, Sampling and Analysis Plans
• Creating time-series charts, Piper diagrams and Stiff diagrams

• Former NAVFAC Base Realignment and Closure Sites:
o Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA (2006-2015)
o Groundwater Monitoring, Former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA- (2011-2013)
o Groundwater Monitoring, Former Naval Air Station Moffett Field, CA (2012-2015)
• Air quality monitoring, Caltrans Bay Bridge reconstruction, Oakland, CA (2013)
• Wastewater treatment system monitoring (back-up), LBNL, Berkeley, CA (2013)
• Soil sampling (assist), Sandia National Laboratories/CA, Livermore, CA (2019)
At Hunters Point Shipyard, played a key role in exceeding client benchmarks and passing field procedure audits by developing a sampling strategy which increased efficiency by cutting field time by over 30%. Strategy evaluated well location, access problems, recharge rates, sampling suites, field crew experience, and sample processing procedures, to efficiently utilize resources for much greater productivity in the field. The project consisted of a groundwater monitoring program with a well network of 200 locations, restricted access areas, a Sampling Plan requiring 70 well-specific analytical suites, multiple laboratories and sample hold times, and coordination with multiple client contractor stakeholders. Itronix field computers were used for data collection. Trimble GeoXT used to locate buried sampling locations and underground storage tanks.
At MCAS El Toro, adaptability and problem-solving were required to keep project on track despite lack of vehicular access, shelter, or facilities, and with severe stream bed erosion resulting in difficulty accessing sampling locations. Project location was in a remote area with wildlife including mountain lions and rattlesnakes; with two geographically separate sites, a network of 33 groundwater and soil vapor monitoring locations, and a complex sampling plan requiring 20 analyses for contaminants of concern.
At NAS Moffett Field, allayed client concerns by maintaining positive interactions with public and tenants on site. Sampling was conducted in a high-profile public environment where safety and professionalism were paramount; sampling, decontamination, and waste transport were performed at tenant work sites.
On all projects: coordinated field crews, collected and collated field data, processed samples for analysis, and trained crews in sampling, sample processing, and equipment calibration procedures.

Nicola Cook

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Posted 2020-07-10 under Geospatial