May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Christopher Goodwin, PhD, is a respected archaeologist who oversees cultural heritage site surveys spanning the country. His work, and that of his colleagues at the firm of his name, help preserve important sites and enable a diversity of infrastructure projects to go forward by avoiding, minimizing or mitigating effects to heritage resources. One key focus of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin and his team is on safety, with the firm achieving consistent “A” safety ratings from a number of major energy companies.
A vital part of this involves hazards surveys undertaken before construction has commenced. As they undertake surveys of construction corridors searching for archaeological sites and remains, such as projectile points and pottery, crew members also undertake hazards and job safety observations analyses.
These efforts are designed to ensure the safety not only of the archaeological crew, but also of environmental surveyors and construction personnel who may be working in the area in the future. Input into geographic information systems, potential hazards are delineated and presented to clients alongside cultural research.
An example of this was a situation involving a Southwest pipeline project, where a crew working at intervals of 15 meters encountered five rattlesnakes migrating to winter dens. Information collected such as season, landform, direction of travel and time of day, helped inform future workers of likely risks in the area, and helped to keep them safe.
May 14, 2018 § Leave a comment
With offices in Louisiana, Maryland, Kansas, New Mexico and Connecticut, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, is a respected presence in the archaeology field. The company undertakes assignments for federally regulated projects with diverse compliance factors in play. The due diligence work of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin involves surveys of historical and cultural sites that could potentially be impacted by proposed projects. These include cemeteries and Native American sites.
Dr. Goodwin’s firm helps clients obtain permits from agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Land Management. As he describes it, his firm is often called in to look at projects where “a line on a map from point A to point B” has been drawn, without proper feasibility or due diligence planning.
His firm’s services are particularly in demand in tandem with the planning and construction of pipelines that often span hundreds of miles and diverse jurisdictions, with a variety of historic preservation considerations at play. Most pipelines are federally-regulated or permitted. But in a number of cases, even builders of non-regulated pipelines have called in R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., to perform cultural resources surveys to avoid important American heritage sites and prevent delays during construction. That work, according to Dr. Goodwin, acts as an “insurance policy” against future issues and encumbrances.
March 11, 2018 § Leave a comment
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin holds a PhD in archeology from Arizona State University. In 2016, consultants from Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin’s firm assisted the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in documenting historic cemeteries throughout Connecticut’s four coastal counties that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.
From small family plots to municipal burial grounds, Connecticut features thousands of cemeteries. Most do not possess the exceptional significance required to qualify for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Those that do qualify must contribute to larger historic districts, connect to early settlement patterns, represent the work of a master designer or landscape architect, or display significant works of art.
Carried out under SHPO’s Hurricane Sandy disaster relief program, the cemetery documentation project involved the creation of a Guide to Researching and Documenting Connecticut’s Historic Cemeteries. The guide contains an annotated bibliography that provides background information on the history of cemetery development, and that accounts for type, landscape elements, marker materials, and iconography trends. This work clarifies the criteria for eligibility in the National Register and provides information about evaluating cemeteries using National Register criteria, as well as on researching the various aspects of cemetery history including genealogy. Information collected also helps establish guidelines for conservation, preservation and maintenance of cemetery monuments and markers.
The Connecticut SHPO intends to release this work to the public in 2018.
February 20, 2018 § Leave a comment
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, holder of a PhD in archaeology, leads a preservation planning and archaeological and historical research firm that performs services nationwide. Although much of the work of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates involves work performed directly for federal agencies, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin also provides extensive planning and cultural resources permitting services for pipeline projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Services for energy projects begins with due diligence studies for avoiding impacts to historic properties, and thus subsequent lawsuits and entanglements. Such projects must abide by strict laws like the National historic Preservation Act, and can encounter complications if the construction project effects protected lands like archaeological sites and cemeteries, or if may they may pose impacts to sites of importance to Native American tribes. Clients can receive assistance from the Goodwin team with route planning (routing studies) to circumvent these issues.
In addition, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates provides detailed on-the-ground assessments of proposed pipeline routes to identify potential preservation issues. Early planning and identification of preservation issues make the work in these areas easier and minimize both costs and the chances of delay.