Joleen Hines

Soil Testing and Research

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Joleen Hines manages DBS&A’s Soil Testing and Research Laboratory. She has more than 16 years of experience in laboratory and project management. Ms. Hines oversees laboratory testing, including moisture retention properties, hydraulic conductivity, air permeability, thermal properties analysis, triaxial shear testing, and standard geotechnical analyses. She also implements, oversees, and manages the research and development (R&D) program in the laboratory, developing innovative analysis techniques and methodologies in order to provide solutions to our client’s unique project challenges. R&D projects are often performed in cooperative efforts with leading universities or government agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE ERDC), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); national laboratories, including Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory; as well as corporate clients, such as mining industry leaders, municipal and nuclear waste managers, and independent organizations such as Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Ms. Hines maintains laboratory accreditation through American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Accreditation Program (AAP) and oversees the laboratory’s participation in sample proficiency testing. Ms. Hines ensures that standard testing programs are performed in accordance with industry standardized methods, including American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), AASHTO, American Society of Agronomy (ASA), and American Petroleum Institute (API).

Ms. Hines continually enhances the laboratory’s capabilities by adding new equipment and testing methods and is responsible for ensuring that the DBS&A Soil Testing and Research Laboratory maintains its long-standing reputation for leading-edge, high-quality laboratory data and excellent customer service.


  • Education

    BS, Chemistry, Montana Tech, University of Montana

  • Specializations

    Analyze data to determine hydraulic and physical properties of soil

    Oversee Laboratory Testing of Soils

    Geotechnical/Physical Properties

    Permeability/Conductivity Testing

    Moisture Retention Testing

    Strength and Consolidation Testing

    UST Site

    Vapor Intrusion


    Chemical Properties (Analysis performed by Hall Environmental Analysis Laboratory, NM)

    Thermal Properties

    Relative Brine (or Water) Release Capacity (RBRC) (or RWRC)

    Column Testing/Studies

    Leach Testing/Studies

    Large Cell Hydraulic Conductivity

    Surface Evaporation Studies

    Data Logger Application Development

    Submerged Pressure Outflow Cell (SPOC), Per Point

    Transient Outflow Hydraulic Conductivity

    Column Imbibition Method (Bruce-Klute)

    Shoe-box Test, 20 Weeks (Mine Spoils)

  • Affiliations

    American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)

    American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

    American Petroleum Institute (API)

Select Publications and Presentations

Stormont, J., J. Hines, D. O’Dowd, J. Kelsey, and R. Pease. 2011. Method to measure the relative brine release capacity of geologic material. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 11 July 2011, Paper ID: GTJ103607.

Stormont, J.C., J.S. Hines, R.E. Pease, J.A. Kelsey, and D. O’Dowd. 2008. The effectiveness of a geotextile as a capillary barrier. GeoAmericas 2008. March 2-5, 2008. Cancun, Mexico.

Stephens, D.B., J.A. Kelsey, J. Hines, J. Kay, and E. Pease. 2007. Elements of vadose zone hydrology. Invited short course at National Ground Water Association 2007 Ground Water Summit. April 29, 2007, Albuquerque, New Mexico.