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3 Great Training Courses, All in 1 Great Week

Announcing! On-Site Events

Attend one course, or all three

Dates: Monday-Friday, September 13-17, 2021
Location: West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Classroom Event: Graduate Business Center
Field Events: Glen Echo Saprolite Research Center

Instructors: • Martin Helmke, PG, PhD, Hydrogeologist, and Professor, West Chester University

• Matt Reeves, PhD, Hydrogeologist, Presidential Innovation Professor and Associate Professor, Director of the Hydrogeology Field Course, Western Michigan University

• David Hart, PhD, Hydrogeologist Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

• Jim LoCoco, Geologist, Geophysicist, Co-Owner of Mount Sopris Instrument Company, Inc.

Continuing Education Information: Classroom Course: 16 Contact Hours
Field Demonstration and Workshop:
   -4.0 Contact Hours Morning Session
   -4.0 Contact Hours Afternoon Session
Field Training Experience: 16.0 Contact Hours

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

Who should attend: Everyone who performs subsurface work.

Especially professional ground-water scientists, engineers, project managers, compliance-program managers and remedial-design managers who work at site with fractured bedrock.

Bundle all 3 events for only
$1844 ( when Members register by August 31, 2021 )

Extra Special Bundle Deal: Bring a colleague or two for only
$990 each ( when Members register by August 31, 2021 )


click-on a course for details, venues, accommodations and more.

COURSE EVENT ONE: 2-Day Classroom Course

Limited Seating Available
Contaminant Fate and Transport in Fractured Rock

Instructors: Matt Reeves, PhD and Martin Helmke, PhD
When: September 13-14, 2021
Where: West Chester University Graduate Center, West Chester, PA
CEUs: 16.0 Contact Hours
The hydrogeologic complexity of fractured rock aquifers has often led to frustration and significant expenditure of resources in characterizing groundwater and predicting contamination. It is not uncommon to experience persistent contamination at fractured rock sites subjected to long-term pump and treat remedial technologies.

Fluid flow and contaminant transport in fractured rock fundamentally differs from granular porous media as fractures serve as interconnected and spatially discontinuous preferential pathways. Given the high degree of heterogeneity, fractured rock hydrogeology is very challenging but not impossible if site-specific data on physical and hydraulic fracture properties are used to properly develop conceptual models of fluid flow and contaminant transport.

In this course, participants will learn step-wise procedures to develop professional level conceptualizations of fracture networks for a variety of rock types, fracture patterns, and tectonic settings for application to field-scale transport problems and the assessment and design of remedial strategies.

COURSE EVENT TWO: 1/2 Day Field Demonstration and Workshop
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Tool Operation and Analysis

Instructor: Jim LoCoco
When: September 15, 2021
Where: West Chester University Graduate Center, West Chester, PA
CEUs: 4.0 Contact Hours, Morning Session
          4.0 Contact Hours, Afternoon Session
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a powerful technique allowing direct detection of groundwater occurrence, flow, and hydraulic parameters.

First used by oil and gas reservoir engineers, NMR is used today by hydrogeologists, but is seeing increased applications in the geotechnical and civil engineering industry too.

This field demonstration and workshop is designed to apply NMR as a tool for groundwater investigations, but we will address other engineering, mining, and geotechnical applications too.

The field demonstration begins with an overview of the rock physics linking NMR measurements to hydrogeologic properties such as water content, porosity, pore size, and permeability. Building from basic NMR measurements, the field workshop dives into the field methods of borehole NMR logging and non-invasive surface NMR.

Demonstration discussions will include logging design, data processing and analysis. Analysis of the borehole NMR dataset is part of the field workshop activities.

COURSE EVENT THREE: 2-Day Field Workshop

Limited to 18 Participants
Field Workshop for Hydrophysical and Geophysical Applications

Instructor: David Hart, PhD, Jim LoCoco and Martin Helmke, PhD
When: September 16-17, 2021
Where: West Chester University, West Chester, PA
CEUs: 16.0 Contact Hours
Participants will learn by doing. This is a hands-on training like no other where the participants will collect and analyze borehole geophysics and flow data from an onsite boring using the basic suite of downhole hydrophysical and geophysical tools:
  • Optical Borehole Imager
  • Acoustic Televiewer
  • Borehole (Spinner) Flow Meter
  • Borehole (Heat-Pulse) Flow Meter
  • Gamma Log
  • Electrical Conductivity Log
  • Caliper
  • Fluid Temperature

This training will provide the skills needed to dramatically and more efficiently better understand the subsurface and answer critical questions, such as:
  • What part of the aquifer provides the most water?
  • What depths are the fractures in the well?
  • What are their orientations?
  • Which fractures contribute to flow?
  • Which fractures don't give or take any water?

Each of these important questions can all be answered using the methods taught in this course. This unique training experience will provide a career and a company with new and applied abilities.

This field workshop is designed for professionals to go beyond just "watching" someone else make the measurements. This is a hands-on training like no other. This unique training experience will launch a career and a company with new abilities.


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.

[ All Currencies shown are in US Dollars ]

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by August 31, 2021.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 3, 2021, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after September 3, 2021. 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

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