Ted Smith currently serves as Principal Geologist for his firm Earth & Water Resources, LLC. His practice specializes in site characterizations and project reviews with an emphasis on Karst geology and sinkhole investigations, expert witness and litigation support, hydrogeological evaluations, contamination and environmental site assessments. Mr. Smith has over 30 years professional geological experience in environmental and engineering geology, as well as an extensive background in mining and mineral exploration. Since becoming a consultant in 1992, he has worked on a wide variety of environmental and geotechnical projects, including the assessment and remediation of contaminated industrial facilities and geotechnical investigation of properties impacted by sinkhole and karst activity. Projects range from the geotechnical evaluations of hazardous elemental phosphorus tailings impoundments in Florida, Idaho, and Newfoundland, to the closure of a phosphogypsum stack and chemical plant in central Florida, as well as extensive contamination assessments of various industrial facilities. Of particular note, Mr. Smith served as the technical consultant for the Veterans Expressway in Tampa, Florida, from 1992 to 1996 when he managed the assessment and remediation of hazardous materials sites in the project right-of-way, including the assessment and closure of a former landfill.
Sinkhole and karst investigations are a specialized area of skill. Since 1996, Mr. Smith has directed a technical services group that has conducted over 3,000 forensic projects involving the investigation of sinkhole damage claims for the insurance industry. He has managed over 25 geologists, scientists, and technicians with annual revenues in excess of $6 million dollars. Specific services ranged from geologic and geophysical site evaluations, emergency response, to the design, management, and oversight of sinkhole remediation and other subsurface ground improvement projects. Mr. Smith has provided expert testimony on numerous legal cases involving sinkhole activity and the remediation of associated damages, and facility permit disputes.
From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Smith worked in mineral exploration and mine development in the western U.S. as a Regional Geologist and Project Geologist for various mining firms. At the White Pine Gold Mine in eastern Nevada, he was responsible for the management of exploration and mine geology programs. Mr. Smith was also a member of the development and exploration teams at the Bullfrog and Richmond Hill Mines in Nevada and South Dakota. In addition to his responsibilities for evaluating regional and ore deposit geology and ore reserves, he directed surface and groundwater quality testing programs for exploration and mine permitting.
Owner and Principal Geologist: 2011 to present
Project Geologist, Project Manager, Director, Associate: 1992 to 2011
Geologist, Project Manager: 1991 to 1992
Regional Geologist: 1990 to 1991
Project Geologist, Geologist: 1983 to 1990
Professional Geologist, Florida (No. 1368)
Licensed Professional Geologist, Tennessee (No. 6048)
Certified Professional Geologist, AIPG (No. 9870)
Florida Department of Financial Services Certified Neutral Evaluator
Licensed Environmental Professional (No. 350)
OSHA Hazardous Water Safety Training
MSHA Mine Safety Training
American Institute of Professional Geologists
National Ground Water Association
Society of Economic Geologists
Vice President of Florida Association of Soil Stabilization Specialists