Our Mission Statement
BESST is passionate about our mission to design, develop, build and commercialize forensic, technically minded, subsurface-based product and service technologies for solving vadose zone, groundwater quality and quantity problems. Although, we can solve many shallow subsurface problems for our customers, we also provide deep groundwater exploration and monitoring solutions as well (in excess of 3,000 ft. bgs). Although we provide a standard array of products and services, we are keen on developing customized technologies and systems as well because not every problem can be solved using a “cookie-cutter” approach.
Our team of geoscientists and engineers at BESST listen to the unique nature of each problem defined by our clients and then provide scientifically focused solutions.
In pursuing our mission, we offer our pallet of subsurface technologies at highly competitive prices. We work with hundreds of municipalities and private water companies throughout the US, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, as well as many organizations within the agricultural, mining, geotechnical and environmental sectors.
Our Vision Statement – Advancements in Alternative Groundwater Technologies, Intellectual Property, Big Data, and Green Solutions!
Our company’s vision is technically expansive and focused on advancement of subsurface data acquisition technologies for vadose zone and groundwater applications.
We strive to say “yes” to a wide variety of challenges offered by our customers that drive our core strengths – including research and development followed by practical commercialization. In our mind the word “challenge” = “opportunity”!
We provide an extensive array of unique products and services:
Advanced Monitoring Systems
- Groundwater sampling pumps
- Vertical and angled single well technologies
- Vertical and angled multi-level well technologies
- Down-hole sensors
- Deep well technologies
Depth Discrete Sampling Probes
- Simultaneous soil and soil-gas sampling
- Simultaneous soil and groundwater sampling
- Embedded down-hole VOC capture for groundwater sampling
Patents, Licenses & IP Applications
We also take pride in our growing intellectual property portfolio. Our multi level monitoring patents embed over 50 different technologies including electrical and chemical sensors, fiber optic and fiber Bragg sensors, integrated pump and sensor systems called “Intelli-Pumps”, advanced profiling technologies for groundwater production wells as well as cross over applications into environmental monitoring, agriculture, industry and geotechnical applications.
Within our IP portfolio is a relatively new, patented technology entitled “Selective Extraction of Fluids from Subsurface Wells” (US Patent 9,284,722, 2016). This forward thinking, outside the box suite of technologies combines every conceivable form of internal, hydraulic manipulation inside groundwater production wells at multiple depths along the well screen, with any type of groundwater treatment technology. Groundwater is hydraulically remixed or reconstituted inside the well in order to reduce mass transfer before reaching the ground surface.
At this point, reduced treatment is then combined with the hydraulically altered well to make the groundwater compliant.
In the best case scenarios, the change in well hydraulics leads to a more favorable geochemical discharge avoids treatment solutions entirely – saving billions of dollars for our customers as well as their rate payers.
Use of test pumps (as opposed to the well’s primary pump) is avoided in order to reduce testing costs as well as preserve data integrity by testing under operating conditions. Use of the primary pump yields a definitive result as opposed to a less certain simulated result with the test pump, and avoids the costly procedure of removing the primary pump.
Other IP applications include some significant state of the art advancements to existing and patented US Geological Survey technologies that are exclusively licensed to BESST. These new advancements in flow and water chemistry profiling technologies are significant in terms of reduced time to complete down-hole surveys, tighter controls on down-hole data acquisition and state of the art improvements in data resolution and processing! In some cases, the time reduction can be as much as 30%.
Some of our more basic but forward thinking technologies include development of multi level slant wells for both shallow and deep groundwater monitoring applications as well as integration of down-hole real-time sensing technologies.
More advanced areas include development of flow-velocity and chemical sensors using fiber optics and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) to track flow under ambient conditions.
Another exciting area includes development of in-situ VOC sample and capture technologies whereby VOC contaminants are sampled and captured at the pore level, containerized down-hole at actual pressure and temperature conditions and then transported back to ground surface without container transfer prior to and during transit to the laboratory.
BESST also continues to advance its tracer based technologies towards profiling of long screened wells in the municipal, agricultural, industrial and environmental sectors.