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Title: Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences:
For Hydrogeological and Environmental Investigations - Part 1, Principles
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Location: In-Situ, Inc.
211 East Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Instructors: • Tom Sale, PhD, Professor, Director for the Center of Contaminant Hydrology at
   Colorado State University

• Dan Kelleher, PG, PhD, Hydrogeologist with Midwest GeoSciences Group

• Rick Rogers, Drilling Engineers, Inc.
BE OUR PARTNER: Sponsor this course for a phenomenal experience and phenomenal purpose.
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Send your entire staff Send your entire staff for one low price. Call for pricing: 763.607.0092
(Imagine how your projects would immediately benefit!!)
Continuing Education Information: 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(8.0 Professional Development Hours)

PA PG (480 minutes, pre-approval not needed)
NJ LSRP pending
MA LSP pending
DE PG approved per course number
CT LEP pending
NH PG pre-approval not needed
NC PG approved
IA CGWP approved

Who should attend: Everyone who performs subsurface work.

....and 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.

Course Details

This 1-day short course is an "Executive Summary" of the applied geologic principles are not generally taught in school but are demanded for our professional work.

You will learn the essential steps to "read the story the sediments are telling" and discern subsurface relationships from boring-to-boring...while building (or revising) the Conceptual Site Model.

This course consists of 4 hours of classroom sessions followed by 4 hours of outdoor field activities. We will be working outdoors for part of the course, so dress accordingly.

Applying Basic Geologic Principles to Solve Complex Issues

A proven field strategy for managing complex sequences of soil and sediments 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 workshop features a comprehensive review of applied geologic principles about saprolite formation, physical decomposition, and chemical disintegration. Portions also include a generalized segment about various depositional environments and how they are applied to ground water monitoring and contaminant transport.

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 fluvial and lacustrine depositional environments 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 seating.

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 8.0 contact hours of instruction, light breakfast, lunch, printed course notebook, 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 to decipher the story the sediments are telling.


ONLY $349*

* When members register for both Part 1, Principles and Part 2, Field Techniques.
(expires August 31, 2019). Total for both courses: $698.00

Early Registration Fee (non-member): $698.00

Early Registration Fee (member): $449.00

Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2019

Late Registration Fee: $849.00

Terms and Conditions


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

Item No 1:
Full-Color Printed Notebook for $69.00.

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by August 31, 2019. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 2, 2019, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after September 2, 2019.

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


Tom Sale, PhD

Dr. Tom Sale is internationally-recognized among the most expert authorities on LNAPL science. His research at the Center of Contaminant Hydrology at Colorado State University has created many technology breakthroughs creating a paradigm shift for LNAPL site management strategies.

Dr. Sale is an Associate Professor and Director of Center for Contaminant Hydrology, Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has authored numerous landmark papers and is the driving force behind patented technologies that have changed the direction of the LNAPL industry. He also contributes to LNAPL projects as a consultant and a regulation policy reviewer.

His research and consulting activities are dedicated to finding solutions for anthropogenic releases of contaminants to subsurface environments and their subsequent transport, fate, and management. Specific areas of interest are pragmatic expectations for Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) remedies and passive strategies for management of NAPL releases. His collaborations have changed the LNAPL industry along with developments for remediation for both LNAPL and DNAPL.

His inventive mind and collaborative ability has enabled the Center for Contaminant Hydrology to conduct approximately $1.5 million /year in research and support 11 students. Current and recent research sponsors include ExxonMobil, Chevron, Suncor Energy, BP, Shell, CH2M, ARCADIS and the USDoD. He is dedicated to innovative solutions for groundwater contamination and development of groundwater resources.

Dr. Sale has bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Geology from Miami of Ohio (1980), a M.S. degree in Watershed Hydrology from the University of Arizona (1984), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University (1998).

Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM
Dan Kelleher, PG, CIPM is a hydrogeologist dedicated to hydrogeological and geotechnical analysis of sedimentary sequences, aquifer testing, fractured rock hydrogeology, and predictive ground water modeling. Dan's business acumen promotes personal trust, integrity, and relentless QA/QC.

Dan leads specialized technical teams for challenging projects and facilitates educational courses and webinars for geologists, engineers and environmental scientists.

He and Tim Kemmis co-founded of Midwest GeoSciences Group to simply professionals to do better job of TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF THE SUBSURFACE (R), this course is part of the journey.

Rick Rogers
Rick Rogers, President, Drilling Engineers, Inc. (Bio to be posted soon)


Feedback from the 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


In-Situ, Inc.
211 East Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Ft. Collins, CO is approximately 55 miles north of Denver and 35 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park entrance.


HILTON - Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Room rate per night: $144 +

Parking Fee is $10/night

Reserve either by phone or online

Hotel Phone: (970)482-2626


Note: Rooms with the block rate are secure on Sept 18 and 19.

Colorado State University Rams Football have a home game on Saturday, September 21. Guest rooms on Friday, Sept 20 are limited and do not qualify for the block rate. Incidentally, the Rams are playing the University of Toledo Rockets (Time TBD).


Shuttle options from DIA to Fort Collins: SuperShuttle and Green Ride.

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