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Title: Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences:
For Hydrogeological and Geotechnical Investigations - Principles and Field Techniques
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20-21, 2022
Location: Kane County Cougars Baseball Stadium - Conference Facility and Owners Suite with a private offsite drilling location

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

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

• With Support from
   Tim Kemmis, PG, PhD, Hydrogeologist,
   Midwest GeoSciences Group

Workshops Featuring: Practicing Soil Classification (and differentiating classification systems)
Recognizing Soil Origins
Recognizing the Water Table in Low-Permeability Settings
Deciphering Glacial Depositional Environments
Managing Unanticipated Site Conditions
Taking the Mystery Out of Sedimentary Heterogeneities & Uniformities
Establishing Stratigraphy and Correlating Borings with Confidence

Continuing Education Information: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
(16.0 Professional Development Hours)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate will be administered by the Northern Illinois University. Most state professional licensure programs accept CEUs for this course.
Who should attend: 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 a series of lectures, workshops and self-tests that are designed to help empower you unravel subsurface complexities like no other course.

We start at the beginning and 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.

Bring your clipboard, a pen, a calculator and we will provide the rest to facilitate your participation during indoor and outdoor workshops.

Dress for field variable field conditions. Hard soled shoes are required. A exclusionary work zone will be established around the drilling rigs for safe. Do no enter the exclusionary work zones.

Liability Release

Each participant will be required to review and sign a release of liability in order to access the course and workshop areas. The release will be provided to the participants about 2 weeks before the course.


Midwest GeoSciences Group follows the COVID protocols set forth by Northern Illinois University and the Venue. Participants will be provided written protocols at the time of the Liability Release.


Unannounced visitors and spectators are not permitted in designated the field workshop areas.


Free parking is available at the classroom venue. Plus parking is free on gravel or grass near the field workshop area. The location of the field workshop areas will be provided to the participants a few days before the course.

Course Details

This 2-day workshop is a landmark training experience.

  • No other training combines the PRINICPLES with PRACTICE, like this one.
  • The soil core and sedimentary sequence is EXQUISITE for teaching.

There is no substitute for synthesizing the sedimentary record from a boring. It's a skill that takes time to develop, a coach for teaching the skills, the right tools, and a willingness and capability to perform. Without the right direction to start with, we can get lost by confusing standards, mixed messages, and conflicting technical priorities.

This course addresses all of it.

What do we expect to find in the soil boring? Why is it so exquisite?

Why You Want to Attend:

This 16-hour classroom and field workshop begins a landmark training experience.

Day One in the classroom teaches the principles of deciphering depositional environments and the effects of secondary weathering. But the key component is applying these principles to (1) our understanding for how they relate to subsurface relationships, (2) recognizing the important components of stratigraphy, and (3) applying our knowledge by creating meaningful soil boring logs.

Every hydrogeologic, geotechnical, and environmental project depends on a reliable Conceptual Site Model. How can you measure reliability if you have to cope with vague soil boring logs?

This course experience presents the answer in a step-wise training sequence, designed for every skill level.

Applying Basic Geologic Principles to Solve Complex Issues

  • A proven field strategy for managing complex sedimentary sequences begins with applying basic geologic principles. Field staff are often busy with field screening or collecting environmental samples and/or sometimes just not equipped or experienced to recognize key indicators for meaningful subsurface characterization.

    This course features a comprehensive review of applied geologic principles about depositional processes and post-depositional effects and how they are applied to ground water monitoring and contaminant transport.

Thinking in the Field and Preparing Meaningful Boring Logs

  • State-of-the-industry boring log descriptions provide useful information, but often are insufficient for providing the critical information project engineers and hydrogeologists need. Field techniques such as recognizing key beds or attributes can help unravel complexities.

  • This workshop presents helpful techniques for quickly and accurately classifying soils and simple enhancements to boring logs that will take the mystery out of the subsurface.

Making Sound Field Decisions

  • Field conditions are sometimes not what we expect to find. For those moments it helps to have staff who are willing and capable of knowing what questions to ask, when to ask them, and make sound field decisions. This 8-hour course is designed to empower professionals to recognize unanticipated site conditions and manage them in a logical and reliable way.

Managing Uncertainty and Unanticipated Conditions

  • Uncertainty is the not the same thing as variability. You may be certain of the subsurface variability and that allows you to prioritize data gaps and assess the need for more or less certainty.

  • Uncertainties and unanticipated conditions are frequently encountered while investigating complex soil sequences. This course includes a session devoted specifically to recognizing and managing these unanticipated conditions and uncertainties, including how to avoid the misuse of some principles and techniques.

This is the only course that teaches the principles of how depositional environments and weathering zones play a role in hydrogeologic and geotechnical investigations.

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 16.0 contact hours of instruction, Course Notebook, a FIELD GUIDE FOR SOIL AND STRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, laminated Glacial Deposits Chart, course completion certificate from Northern Illinois University, light breakfast items and morning coffee, lunch, and an afternoon break.

Plus, following the course, each participant will receive the final soil boring log and brief report that is associated with the sedimentary and stratigraphic sequence.

This course is uniquely designed with lectures and (indoor and outdoor) workshops that create a meaningful learning experience.


• Late Registration Fee: $980.00
• Early Registration Fee: $780.00
• Early AEG Member Fee: $499.00
• Early MidwestGeo Member Fee: $499.00
• Govt Registration Fee: $499.00
• Early Registration/ Govt. Deadline: September 10, 2022

Terms and Conditions

For AEG Members

This course is in collaboration with AEG Chicago Chapter and it's awesome membership. Midwest GeoSciences Group is giving the AEG Chicago Chapter an appreciable portion of the proceeds of this training experience. There is an incentive for AEG Members to register that benefit them individually and for the chapter: Click Here to read about it.


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 Course Notebook for $89.00.

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received before September 10, 2022. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 10, 2022, 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.

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

* Final Number of accepted registrants may change due to space requirements and restrictions.


Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM and David Hart, PhD, PG
With Support from Tim Kemmis, PhD, PG

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

David Hart, PhD, PG

Dave Hart is an accomplished hydrogeologist/geophysicist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Dave's research is applied hydrogeologic science that serves local and state government, private citizens, and other interested parties, such as planning commissions and environmental consultants. His technical work includes hydrogeology, near-surface geophysics, and physical properties of geologic materials. His areas of research include wellhead protection, water use, the application of near-surface geophysics to geologic and hydrogeologic problems, development of techniques to understand the role of aquitards in flow systems, measuring flows in boreholes, and incorporating geology into the design of geothermal heat pump systems.

Dave is recognized for groundwater education designed for professionals internationally through Midwest GeoSciences Group and also university students across the United States. Dave is also a dynamic instructor for teaching teachers who want to learn to use an interactive groundwater model to demonstrate concepts such as flow through various types of materials.

Prior to joining the university, Dave worked as a hydrogeologist with Eder Associates.

Dave has numerous publications and professional reports with the WGNHS. Dave is also a co-author on the two-part book published by AWWA and pertinent to this online course, Assessment of Contaminant Transport Through Aquitards - Part A and B: "State of the Science" Report.

He is an associate editor for Ground Water and past president of the AWRA - Wisconsin Section. He is the recipient of the Marquee Webinar Instructor Award from Midwest GeoSciences Group. Dave is also a co-instructor with Tim Kemmis during the online course: Hydrogeology of Glacial Deposits, the webinar series, Designing and Optimizing Ground Water Monitoring System in Sedimentary Sequences, and the webinar series Hydrogeology of Aquitards and Low-Permeability Materials.

With Support from Tim Kemmis, PhD, PG

Tim Kemmis is an accomplished Hydrogeologist who is internationally-recognized for his applied research in depositional environments and associated characterization of sedimentary facies and stratigraphic relationships.

Tim received his bachelor's degree in soil science from the University of Illinois and was promptly drafted into the U.S. Army where he was trained basically to be a geotechnical lab technician, performing soil classification and testing.

Returning to the University of Illinois after the Army, Tim did his master's degree in glacial geology while working as a graduate assistant at the Illinois State Geological Survey. Tim's research focused on depositional processes and the resulting stratigraphic relationships.

From there, he worked 14 years for the Iowa Geological Survey, during which he received his Ph.D., and where he:
  • Established the formal glacial stratigraphy for the Des Moines Glacial lobe based on depositional environments
  • Determined the geometry and origin of jointing in glacial tills
  • Developed a lithofacies code to decipher the history of glacial outwash and alluvial sequences
Then in the 1990's, Tim was recruited by a large environmental and engineering consulting company where for most of time since then, he has worked as a senior consulting hydrogeologist and project manager for large-scale hydrogeologic investigations.

Tim Kemmis has established sedimentary and stratigraphic frameworks at sites located around the world. He has refined regional and local geologic frameworks across the United States that are today used by state geological surveys.

Tim is uniquely qualified and has (20+) years of teaching about how sedimentary processes relate to stratigraphy and the ground water flow regime. Because of Tim's unique perspective from both his research and consulting experience, he has assembled a practical and applied process for subsurface characterization that begins with accurate and complete soil descriptions.

Tim Kemmis has published numerous professional research papers and journal articles and has contributed to the leading research about glacial depositional environments. With Midwest GeoSciences Group, he's a co-founder along with a lead instructor for "Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface 2.0" and Hydrogeology of Glacial Deposits, and a co-author of the FIELD GUIDE FOR SOIL AND STRATRIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS.

Venue and Accommodations


Kane County Cougars Baseball Stadium - Conference Facility and Owners Suite
Northwestern Medicine Field
34W002 Cherry Lane
Geneva, IL 60134

Directions to Kane County Cougars Baseball Stadium

From I-88: Take I-88 to the Farnsworth Ave. exit, proceed north approximately 5 miles and turn left onto Cherry Lane.

Alternate Route from I-88: You may also exit at Route 59 North or Eola Road North and proceed to Butterfield Road. Follow west to Farnsworth Ave./Kirk Road and turn left onto Cherry Lane.

From I-90: Take I-90 to Route 59 South, to Route 64 West to Kirk Road. Travel approximately three miles south and turn right onto Cherry Lane.

From I-290: Take I-290 to I-88. Follow along I-88 West and exit at Farnsworth Ave. North. Proceed approximately five miles north and turn left onto Cherry Lane.

Cherry Lane is the ONLY access to the Cougars parking lot.



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