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Title: Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences:
For Hydrogeological and Geotechnical Investigations - Part 1, Principles
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12 & 13, 2017
Location: Bentley Corporate Headquarters, Exton, Pennsylvania
Collaboration: Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists

gINT by Bentley

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

• Katie Aguilar, PE, gINT® Product Manager, Civil Engineer, Bentley

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

Computer Session Featuring:

Workshops Featuring: Going Beyond Soil Classification
Measuring Aquitard Integrity
Diagnostic Plots of Hydraulic Head Profiles
Recognizing Soil Origins
Strategies for Managing Unanticipated Site Conditions
Taking the Mystery Out of Sedimentary Heterogeneities & Uniformities

Continuing Education Information: 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(16.0 Professional Development Hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate will be administered by the West Chester University. Most state professional licensure programs accept CEUs for this course.

Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professionals (Course ID: CT-LEP 443)
Massachusetts Licensed Site Professionals (Course ID: MA-LSP 1606)
Delaware Professional Geologists
South Carolina Professional Geologists (Course No. SCPG # 1927)
New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (Course 2017-043)
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 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.

Bring your laptop, a pen, a calculator and we will provide the rest to facilitate your participation during indoor workshops. Two computer workshops are weaved into this course using gINT® to illustrate principles taught during the course. There is no field component to this course (wait until next year).
Course Details

Why You Want to Attend:

This two-day workshop addresses common uncertainties that can arise when hydrogeologic and engineering projects encounter complex soil sequences comprised of sediments, saprolite, alluvium, glacial deposits, and coastal plain sediments.

Understanding Depositional Environments and Weathering Processes

  • The complexity of depositional environments and weathering processes is sometimes not fully recognized or understood, leading to uncertainty about the site geology and its significance to engineering properties and site-specific groundwater flow. This workshop addresses regional geology as well as depositional environments and weathering processes pertinent to Mid- Atlantic and similar geologic settings.

Preparing Meaningful Boring Logs

  • Standard industry soil classification and boring log descriptions provide useful information, but can be insufficient for providing the critical information project engineers and hydrogeologists need. This workshop presents helpful techniques for accurately classifying soils and simple enhancements to boring logs that will take the mystery out of the subsurface.

Evaluating Ground Water Conditions

  • Groundwater flow through soil sequences can be more complicated than initially assumed. For example, fine-grained soils are frequently assumed to be effective aquitards, but in reality, fine-grained soils have been shown to run the range from being effective to uneffective aquitards. This workshop will demonstrate relative simple ways to evaluate the effectiveness of fine-grained soils to act as aquitards at project sites.

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.

Creating New Efficiencies Through Technology

  • Data management can be costly and time consuming with the preparation of data tables, boring logs, cross sections, test results, survey information, etc. This workshop demonstrates office techniques that enhance data management by integrating these tasks, avoiding duplication, and making data additions, corrections, and changes easier and less prone to mistakes.

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, course completion certificate from West Chester University, continental breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch, and an afternoon break.

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

Calibrated soil samples are used in the course to demonstrate not only differing (USCS and USDA) classifications, but some key grain-size boundaries to illustrate the precision of soil classification. [A few extra batches of calibrated USCS and USDA soil samples are prepared for this course and will be available for purchase with your registration]


PCPG Early Registration Fee: $498.00
non-PCPG Early Registration Fee: $598.00

Government Registration: $498.00
(call 763.607.0092 to receive a govt discount)

Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2017

Late Registration: $980.00

Terms and Conditions


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

Item No 1:
Full-Color Course Notebook for $89.00.

Item No 2:

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by August 31, 2017. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 6, 2017, 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 dan@midwestgeo.com


Martin Helmke is an accomplished hydrogeologist with over 20 years experience as an educator and environmental consultant. Before joining West Chester University, he taught at Dickinson College, Iowa State University, Antioch College, and Directed the Geology Field Camp for Iowa State University and University of Nebraska in Shell, Wyoming. He has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (Reston, Virginia), Versar (Springfield, Virginia), HydroLog (Yellow Springs, Ohio), Boyden Caverns (Kings Canyon, California) and Aquadrill (Coralville, Iowa).

Martin is also a licensed hydrogeologist specializing in groundwater contaminant transport, fate, and remediation. He has twenty-two years experience as a project manager, environmental consultant, professor, and researcher. Professional experience includes:

Martin contributes to the community in several ways, but especially through employing service-learning in most of his upper-level courses by encouraging his students to apply their geologic skills to assist the community with real-world, geologic issues and projects (Way to go, Martin!). He also serves the community alongside his students as a member of the Chester County Hazardous Materials Team, the Pennsylvania Company 2 Natural-Disaster Response Team, the Fame Fire Company, and the WCU QRS Medical Service.

Oh yes, Martin is also the President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists. [ Midwest GeoSciences Group is proud to have Martin's leadership for this special collaborative course with PCPG! ]

Tim Kemmis is recognized for his multidisciplinary work in geology, pedology, and geotechnical engineering. Working as a research geologist at the Iowa and Illinois State Geological Surveys, he has conducted extensive research in glacial and fluvial sedimentology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, fractured tills, soil science, and sand-and-gravel aggregate resources. In the environmental industry he has worked for over 20 years as lead hydrogeologist and project manager. For the Midwest GeoSciences Group, Tim has conducted workshops and webinars on use and misuse of the Unified Soil Classification System, how to create boring logs that take the mystery out of the subsurface, and how to unravel complex glacial successions for environmental and engineering projects.

Tim's unique perspective between research and consulting enables Tim to recognize efficiencies in every aspect of work. He teaches consultant's not only how to create accurate and complete boring logs, but Tim helps consultants read the story that the sediments are telling.

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 applied research includes regional groundwater flow and recharge in southeastern Wisconsin, near-surface geophysics, and measurement of porosities and permeabilities in aquifers and aquitards. Prior to joining the university, he served as a hydrogeologist with Eder Associates. He is an associate editor for Ground Water and past president of the AWRA - Wisconsin Section.

Dave is recognized for his teaching the meaning of hydraulic gradients and how they apply to unraveling the complexities of aquifers and aquitards. He is the recipient of the Marquee Webinar Instructor Award from Midwest GeoSciences Group.

Katie is a civil engineer, a gINT trainer, and product manager for Bentley. She is an integral visionary with the gINT development team working to bring about the next generation of gINT.

Katie has taught gINT Fundamentals, gINT Design, and custom gINT classes, as well as assisted users with technical questions and gINT database customization. She has worked with gINT for over 13 years, and 6 of those years with Bentley. During that time her focus has been helping users optimize their geotechnical workflow and help make reporting and analysis simpler for organizations.

Katie earned her BSE in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, and MSE in Geotechnical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She started out as a project engineer at an engineering firm in Lexington, KY before entering the world of geotechnical software.

Katie is an accomplished triathlete too. Her abilities to compete with swimming, biking and running are remarkable and we hope soon that she'll be donning a GeoWoman SuperHero Sports shirt during a triathlon this summer.

Dan Kelleher is a hydrogeologist recognized for this work in 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 also 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.


This is a new course.

The testimonials below are about the USCS / USDA CALIBRATED SOIL KIT that is available exclusively to course registrants. Add the kit to your registration and you can have a powerful tool to teach your colleagues about soil classification.

  • Working with the soil kit was by far the most useful training we have had in years. This is such a fundamental skill, but most of us haven't actually studied soil texture since college. It was great to get our hands on known standards and refresh our memories on proper soil characterization methods. Now I know our soil logs will be accurate and reproducible. Worth every penny!
    - Betsy Schamberger, President/Owner. Moonstone Environmental.

  • The soil kit ... is the perfect tool for training soil classification prior to in-field training when (staff) need to concentrate on site characterization, sample interval, contamination, water, construction vehicles...
    - Becky Caudill, Natural Resource Technologies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Venue and Accommodations


Training Room Auditorium
Corporate Headquarters
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
685 Stockton Drive
Exton, PA 19341, United States



Hilton Garden Inn
720 Eagleview Boulevard East
Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341, USA
TEL: 610.458.8822

Bentley / MidwestGeo Rate: $129.00

-  Location, Location, Location - close to Bentley!
-  Easy access from PA Turnpike
-  Complimentary shuttle within 5 miles
-  On site restaurant and bar
-  Complimentary Wi-Fi

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