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Title: Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences:
For Hydrogeological and Environmental Investigations - Part 2, Field Techniques
Date: Friday, September 20, 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.
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(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

"I have attended multiple Midwest GeoSciences Group Courses since it's inception. These courses address current issues and present modern techniques for addressing those issues. The instructors are experts in their fields, and their presentations are clear and easy to understand. I give Midwest Geosciences an A+ rating, and look forward to attending future courses!"

- Al Stone, Hydrogeologist

Testimonial from the 2-day course:
Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences: For Hydrogeological and Environmental Investigations - Part 2, Field Techniques

"There is no other course like this one. It teaches the steps to unravel complex soil sequences and make sense of subsurface relationships.

Every person who logs a boring, installs a monitoring well, or needs to develop conceptual models for their site investigation reports should take this course. The course content is priceless."

-Paul White, Brickhouse Environmental, Inc.

Why You Want to Attend:

This full-day workshop addresses common uncertainties that can arise when hydrogeologic and engineering projects encounter complex soil sequences. This is a morning classroom workshop followed by an intensive field component.

Applying Basic Geologic Principles to Solve Complex Issues

  • A proven field strategy for managing complex sequences of soil, sediments and saprolite 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.

Applying Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy

  • The 2017 USEPA report about Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy states that AQUIFER HETROGENIETY may be largest challenge to our industry and that the solution is applying principles of sequence stratigraphy to provide geologic context.

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

    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 depositional episodes or in contrast, variable depositional environments often lead to subsurface uncertainty at project completion.

    This course is designed to step you through the process of learning how depositional environments and post-depositional weathering impacts ground water movement and contaminant migration. The course will demystify conventional wisdom about building Conceptual Site Models based solely on grain-size and associated matrix-permeabilities.

Thinking in the Field, Reading the Subsurface Story, 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 day-long 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

  • Uncertainties and unanticipated conditions are frequently encountered while investigating complex soil sequences. This workshop 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 play a role in hydrogeologic and geotechnical investigations.

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 September 13, 2019). Total for both courses: $698.00

Early Registration Fee (non-member): $698.00

Early Registration Fee (member): $449.00

Early Registration Deadline: September 13, 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 September 13, 2019. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 13, 2019, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after September 13, 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 is the President and Safety Coordinator at Drilling-Engineers, Inc. located in Fort Collins. Mr. Rogers has performed various types of drilling with Central Mine and Equipment drill rigs throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Mr. Rogers has completed large drilling projects on Dams and industrial sites requiring both auger, air and water rotary and installation of deep piezometers. Mr. Rogers is knowledgeable in all types of drilling and sampling techniques.

Mr. Rogers in conjunction with Colorado State University and Oregon Health and Science University developed a process for obtaining continuous in situ frozen cores know as Cryogenic Core Collection and has successfully completed many projects throughout the United States.

Mr. Rogers works for many governmental agencies (Federal, State and local), consulting engineers, geologists, developers, contractors, and industrial organizations. Mr. Rogers is a Licensed Drilling Contractor in the State of Nebraska (License No. 19186), in the State of Colorado (License No. 1367), in the State of Montana (License No. 419), in the State of Wyoming (License No. COWD-063), in the state of New Mexico (License No. WD-1758) in the state of Arizona (License No. 862) and in the State of Utah (License No. 900).


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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