Tim Binkley

Senior Geologist - Northwest Geoscience, PC

A native of Winston-Salem, Tim Binkley has been a practicing geologist for nearly 30 years.  After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Catawba College, Tim worked in the city and regional planning business for several years performing traffic studies, noise studies, environmental impact statements, land use assessments and redevelopment planning.  He received his M.S. in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University, and began his career as a geologist with Mobil Exploration and Producing in New Orleans, LA.  In this capacity, Tim was responsible for mapping subsurface geology and generating prospects in the Cretaceous carbonates, and working on drilling wells in the nearshore waters of the Gulf Coast.  He was transferred to the firm’s Dallas research facility, where he conducted stratigraphic and petrographic analyses for Mobil affiliates worldwide.

Upon his return to North Carolina, Tim moved into the environmental consulting industry.  In this business he has performed Phase I and II assessments, stratigraphic and sedimentary analyses on hazardous waste sites, scores investigations at sites impacted by releases from underground storage tanks, and management of Brownfields projects.  He also served as a community education partner and community liaison with the City of Winston-Salem under its Brownfields assessment grant.

After consulting for more than a decade, Tim became a contractor to the City of Winston-Salem to develop an Environmental Job Training program under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).  There he served as Project Coordinator for seven years, where he was a liaison between the USEPA, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth Technical Community College, and the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments’ Workforce Development Program.  His duties included selecting candidates, writing quarterly and annual reports, developing curriculum, grant writing, providing instruction in soil, groundwater and regulatory issues, and placing candidates in jobs.  He also served as a USEPA mentor to other regions of the country receiving Brownfields grants.   The grant-based environmental training program was eventually awarded degree status at Forsyth Tech, where Tim teaches Geology in the degree transfer program.  He joined Northwest Geoscience in 2009, where he works on sites where soil and groundwater have been impacted.  He has also developed a 3D modeling methodology that allows for detailed subsurface analysis of flow patterns, as well as working with BioPlume III, a widely recognized USEPA subsurface contaminant flow modeling package.  

Tim is a licensed Geologist in the State of North Carolina, and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.