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Title: Improving Soil Boring Logs and Rock Core Logs
Date: Monday, September 12, 2022
Location: West Chester University Graduate Center, West Chester, PA

Instructors: • Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM
   Hydrogeologist, Midwest GeoSciences Group

• Martin Helmke, PG, PhD, Hydrogeologist, Professor, and
   Department Chair, West Chester University

Send your entire staff: Send five staff for $199 each.
(Imagine how your projects would immediately benefit)

Continuing Education Information: 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(6.0 Professional Development Hours)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate administered by West Chester University

Who should attend: Especially professional ground-water scientists, engineers, project managers, compliance-program managers and remedial-design managers characterize complex soil sequences, relate geotechnical properties to the site-specific soils, understand groundwater flow through the sequences, and install dependable groundwater monitoring systems.

How to Prepare: Preparation for the workshop begins with a brief online questionnaire. It provides a baseline for the instructors related to the various experience levels and personal objectives for the training experience.

Bring your clipboard and pens for logging practice. You are welcome to bring your own blank soil boring and rock core logging sheets, or hand-held device. But we aware that feedback on hand-held devices often restrict review unless the information is printed. We have designed exercises that will help you create field efficiencies, become accurate with your observations, and think on your feet in the field.

Why You Want to Attend

This six-hour workshop intensive begins with the basics and then progresses with field synthesis for improving both soil boring logs and rock core logs.

For soil borings, learn the step-wise process to (1) classify soil, (2) make field observations for key primary descriptive elements and then (3) learn the essential steps to "read the story the sediments are telling" and discern subsurface relationships from boring-to-boring. The same applies to rock, that is we discern the geologic context for rock hydrogeologic properties which enable an understanding of the nature of fractures and fracture sets.

This affordable course reinforces the main geologic principles starting with creating meaningful soil boring and rock core log descriptions and then translating that into Conceptual Site Models. For the short duration you spend in this course, you will reap the technical and financial benefits for the remainder of your career.

Participants will benefit from our deep experience creating meaningful exercises, teaching strategies for efficiencies, and delivering a training experience people come to expect from Midwest GeoSciences Group.

Deciphering Subsurface Heterogeneities and Uniformities

Despite the validity about the challenges of aquifer heterogeneity and finding a meaningful solution through geologic principles, sedimentary sequences require additional attention to scale of depositional processes, stratigraphic unit definition, and post-depositional weathering effects.

For sedimentary sequences, aquitards play a major role in the ground water flow regime; but the secondary permeabilities originating from oxidation and weathering complicate ground water movement and can impact the hydraulic integrity of aquitards.

PLUS, MANY FIELD STAFF ARE SIMPLY NOT TRAINED on identifying depositional environments or deciphering subsurface relationships from boring to boring. Boring log quality reflects staff skills about defining geologic units, unit correlation, geologic context leading to unit variability or uniformity, and environmental sequence stratigraphy.

IF THAT'S NOT DAUNTING ENOUGH, multiple sequences from more than one depositional environment often lead to subsurface uncertainty at project completion.

Our industry faces challenges with complex geologic conditions, staff training, standards and procedures, and business elements such as budgets, schedules, tools, technologies, and project management philosophies.

Each of these challenges impact how we approach the subsurface for environmental work. However the principles of subsurface relationships do not change.

Take the Time to Sharpen Your Skills

This affordable course will reinforce the main principles starting with creating meaningful boring log descriptions and translating that into Conceptual Site Models.

When we struggle with deciphering simple subsurface conditions, then complex ones seem impossible. This abbreviated course presents helpful techniques that will take the mystery out of the subsurface. For the short duration you spend in this course, you will reap the technical and financial benefits for the remainder of your career.

Get more from your existing borings instead of always wanting more.


Limited to 50 registrants.

Advanced registration is necessary for participation in this limited-enrollment short course. Pre-registration is required to reserve space and receive course materials. If you require special arrangements for diet, equipment, or handicap facilities, please indicate when registering for the course.

Register online for this course.


Participants receive 6.0 contact hours of instruction, Printed course summary, a FIELD GUIDE FOR SOIL AND STRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, a FIELD GUIDE FOR ROCK CORE LOGGING AND FRACTURE ANALYSIS, course completion certificate from West Chester University for qualifying participants. Lunch, notebook, and exercises are included in this event.

This course is uniquely designed with lectures and exercises that create a meaningful learning experience contained within a classroom.


ONLY $299

$299 price applies when bundled with the registration for the September 13-14 course,
Contaminant Fate and Transport in Fractured Bedrock
(Expires August 31, 2022, both items must be in your cart at checkout)

Early Registration Fee: $399.00
Late Registration (after August 31, 2022): $580
Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2022

Special Offer:
ONLY $199 Per Person when you register 5 of your staff together by August 31, 2022
(while space remains)

[Currency in US Dollars]

Terms and Conditions

with each course registration

with each course registration

The online registration allows registrants to add items to their course registration.

Item No 1:
Full-Color Printed Notebook for $89.00.

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by August 31, 2022.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 3, 2022, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after September 3, 2022. Refunds are issued at the time when the course is conducted.

COVID: Midwest GeoSciences Group follows the
COVID protocols set forth by West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

One substitute is allowed for each registrant who is unable to attend.

For registration and technical questions about the course, contact Dan Kelleher at either 763.607.0092 or

Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM
President and Hydrogeologist, Midwest GeoSciences Group

M.Sc., Hydrogeology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1993
B.S., Geology, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 1990


Dan Kelleher is an accomplished hydrogeologist specializing in the technical areas of quantitative hydrogeology of sedimentary and stratigraphic sequences, aquifer testing, and geotechnical analysis.

Dan started his career at Waste Management Corporate Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. His worked allowed him to test hydrogeologic concepts about sedimentary processes during large-scale excavation and fill design, environmental and geotechnical investigations, ground water monitoring system design.

Dan today leads specialized technical teams establishing best practices and teaching educational courses and webinars for geologists, engineers and environmental scientists. He and Tim Kemmis are the co-founders of Midwest GeoSciences Group which helps professionals to do better job of TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF THE SUBSURFACE ®. He and Tim believe in that tagline so strongly that they own it as a federally registered trademark.

Midwest GeoSciences Group allows me to help people not only be better scientists and engineers but also become better people. It is a privilege to collaborate with people on a spectrum of topics ranging from field tool development to cutting-edge engineering advances to environmental regulation input. I am motivated by serving others in order to fulfill our human purpose and achieve responsible global stewardship. -Dan Kelleher

Martin H. Helmke, PG, PhD
Hydrogeologist, Professor, and Department Chair, West Chester University

Martin Helmke is an internationally-recognized hydrogeologist with over 20 years experience as an educator and environmental consultant. Before joining West Chester University, he taught at Dickinson College, Iowa State University, Antioch College, and Directed the Geology Field Camp for Iowa State University and University of Nebraska in Shell, Wyoming. He has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (Reston, Virginia), Versar (Springfield, Virginia), HydroLog (Yellow Springs, Ohio), Boyden Caverns (Kings Canyon, California) and Aquadrill (Coralville, Iowa).

Martin is also a licensed hydrogeologist specializing in groundwater contaminant transport, fate, and remediation. He has twenty-two years experience as a project manager, environmental consultant, professor, and researcher.

Martin contributes to the community in several ways, but especially through employing service-learning in most of his upper-level courses by encouraging his students to apply their geologic skills to assist the community with real-world, geologic issues and projects (Way to go, Martin!).

He also serves the community alongside his students as a member of the Chester County Hazardous Materials Team, the Pennsylvania Company 2 Natural-Disaster Response Team, the Fame Fire Company, and the WCU QRS Medical Service. Oh yes, Martin is also the Past-President of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists.


West Chester University Graduate Center
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

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West Chester, PA 19380
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