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Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences:
For Hydrogeological and Geotechnical Investigations - Part 1, Principles
Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Schedule: 1:00pm - 4:15pm

Food is not being served during the course. You may bring your own beverages into the classroom.
Location: West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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

• Tim Kemmis, PG, PhD, Hydrogeologist with Midwest GeoSciences Group<

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

• Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM, Hydrogeologist and Principal, Midwest GeoSciences Group

Continuing Education Information: 0.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(3.0 Professional Development Hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate will be administered by Midwest GeoSciences Group
Who should attend: Everyone who performs subsurface work.

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: Be prepared to immediately dive into self-tests that are designed to help empower you unravel subsurface complexities like no other course.

We start at the beginning and boldly address the challenges we all face in our profession...and then move into principles and strategies for managing subsurface uncertainties for ground water and geotechnical projects.

Note, this course is abbreviated, not rushed.
Course Details

Why You Want to Attend:

This three-hour short course is an "Executive Summary" of last year's two-day course dedicated to the same subject: Principles.

Based on special requests for those attending Part Two, Field Techniques, we are glad to offer the abbreviated version that highlights the general course concept. Obviously, we are not diving into the same depth we did for last year's course, but we are incorporating some new exercises that drive home the main points of it.

Subsurface Principles

  • 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.

    This course will reveal the main principles starting with how we approach a Conceptual Site Model and how it originates from creating meaningful boring log descriptions.

    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.

An Abbreviated Course Version

  • This abbreviated version of the course is offered as a prelude to Part 2, Field Techniques. With the newly added exercises, even those who attended last year will benefit from the new course content.

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



Limited to 20 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 3.0 contact hours of instruction, Printed course summary, a FIELD GUIDE FOR SOIL AND STRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, course completion certificate from Midwest GeoSciences Group for qualifying participants.

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


ONLY $99

$99 for registrants of Part Two, Field Techniques.
(must be a member, expires August 31, 2018)

Early Registration Fee: $298.00

Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018

Late Registration: $380.00

Terms and Conditions


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

Item No 1:
Full-Color Printed Handouts for $59.00.

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by August 31, 2018. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 5, 2018, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds.

One substitute is allowed for each registrant who is unable to attend. However substitutions are not allowed between Part One and Part Two courses.

Technical Questions: For registration and technical questions about the course, contact Dan Kelleher at either 763.607.0092 or dan@midwestgeo.com


This course will be taught by the same instructors who taught last year's course, Part One, Principles.

This year's core instructors are the same as last year.

Martin Helmke, PhD, PG

Tim Kemmis, PhD, PG

David Hart, PhD, PG

With support from Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM


Feedback from the 2017 Soils Workshop, "PART ONE, PRINCIPLES"
[ Feedback Forms are anonymous ]

  • This course was great - I wish I had it at the beginning of my career.

  • Good course, it exceeded my expectations. I was happy to see practical examples in contaminant transport, far beyond just soil classification.

  • Very qualified instructors who were also engaging speakers.

  • Instructors were very knowledgeable, and I could relate very well to their discussions.

  • High quality course with relevant content.

  • All of it was excellent.

  • The entire course was excellent.

  • Excellent instructors with helpful case studies.

  • Great course!

  • The overview of field analysis and geotechnical methods was excellent and most relevant to my work.

  • I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot. It also refreshed a lot of ideas.

  • This course should be the standard for all geologic logging and managing subsurface uncertainty.

Venue and Accommodations


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

Classroom: GBC Room 305

Parking: Free Parking at WCU Graduate Center Parking Lot

Holiday Inn Express - Exton - Lionville
120 N. Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341

Main: (610) 524-9000

MidwestGeo Rate: $129.00

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-  Easy campus access from the north
-  Complimentary Wi-Fi

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