15 May 2019

West Chester University Rocks!

Three days of ADVANCED AQUIFER TESTING TECHNIQUES flew by with lectures from Jim Butler, Glenn Duffield, Martin Helmke and Shlomo P. Neuman.   The educational journey we take during the course is unique and engaging.   Don't take my word for it, but take the scoring of the feedback forms:  PERFECT FIVE STARS score for "Overall Course Quality".
We do this to help people.   Midwest GeoSciences Group is motivated by serving professionals with hopes our collaboration achieves not only a mastery in technical work - but becoming the best people we can all be.

As environmental and engineering professionals, our work is important and it demands fearless integrity as much as it does sound technical decision making.
The course participants rose to the occasion.  It's humbling to witness the enthusiasm and positive energy surface during any course, but this advanced aquifer testing course was especially great with so many people who already had a deep mastery of aquifer testing....and those who quickly learned the basics and moved into the expert level. Congratulations to all the participants.  We tip our hat to you!

27 April 2019

Canadian Aquifer Testing

Ground water experts from across Canada and the United States filled the training room at Matrix Solutions, Inc. in Calgary for two days of The Aquifer Testing Course by Midwest GeoSciences Group.   Congratulations and thank you to the participants who were especially insightful with superb experience to share and make the course that much more rich.
Class Photo, obviously!
Special thanks to everyone at Matrix Solutions, Inc for hosting the course (especially Dixie and Christine for nailing the logistical details)!   Plus thanks Big Time to Jeff Simpson at AQUATIC LIFE, LTD. for your marquee sponsorship.

Jeff Simpson from Aquatic Life, Ltd.

On behalf of all of us at Midwest GeoSciences Group, thank you to everyone we met this week.  We love Calgary and Canada...and this trip, course, and excursions were among the most memorable ever!  -  Dan Kelleher.

Jim Butler
Glenn Duffield

11 April 2019

Scotiabank Saddledome welcomes Midwest GeoSciences Group

March 21, 2019 - The Calgary Flames NHL Team and Scotiabank Saddledome welcome Midwest GeoSciences Group for a powerful hockey experience with 12,000 roaring fans!

Thank you to those who welcomed us for the memorable hockey game and congratulations on a decisive victory over the Ottawa Senators 5-1!
Janice Sale photographed at Scotiabank Saddledome

27 March 2019

New Advances in LNAPL Science

Matrix Solutions, Inc. hosted Midwest GeoSciences Group in Calgary for the 2-day CE course:  Modern Management of Risks at LNAPL Sites.   The March 2019 course was an amazing experience with new mindsets and paradigms shifts about LNAPL Science.
Brilliant minds in class with a technical mastery of LNAPL science and experience.
Thank you to Matrix Solutions, Inc for providing the excellent classroom venue and especially Christine, Dixie, Kim, Diego, and GeoMan Blake from Matrix Solutions, Inc for helping coordinating logistics. 

Instructors Tom Sale and Chuck Newell made special mention how everyone was so friendly and professional...while the participants engagement made the course especially great with meaningful conversations, humor, and relevant experiences that benefited all of us.  It is easy to recognize the expertise among participants along with pride in their work.  We tip our hat to you.
Chuck Newell Action Shot
Tom Sale describing his last fishing expedition.  LOL
We extend a big thanks to Jeff Simpson at Aquatic Life, Ltd for sponsoring the event along with Colorado State University for administering the continuing education units.

LNAPL Science is rapidly changing now due to recent discoveries related to reactions with different geologic conditions and the LNAPL chemistry at most modern-day sites.   There is no universal model that governs LNAPL because fluid dynamics and chemistry are known now to be site specific and controlled by more than just aquifer/aquitard properties.   Our industry is poised for another gigantic leap too....techniques and tools continue to be developed, and we are finally giving attention to the sole independent variable that drives risk and remediation decisions.

GREAT JOB MATRIX SOLUTIONS, INC. STAFF!!!  Thank you for leading the way.

10 January 2019

Congratulations Glenn Duffield!!

Glenn Duffield is the creator, visionary, and distributor for AQTESOLV, the most popular software in the world for data analysis of aquifer testing.

CONGRATULATIONS TO GLENN for receiving the prestigious NGWA 2018 Technology Award!

The NGWA Technology Award is presented to a person who has made a major contribution to the ground water industry in the development of ideas, tools, and equipment' techniques of well construction' exemplary service to co-workers throughout the industry in sharing these developments' and performing service for the protection of ground water and the public at large.

Way to go, Glenn! 

30 October 2018

No Substitute for evaluation, observation, and knowledge

What does it take to unravel the complexities of glacial depositional environments?

There are no short cuts,
There are no magic wands,
There are no magic soil classifications,
There is no statistical manipulation or sophisticated field techniques that will figure it out for us,
And Alexa won’t tell us what the geology is.

We are the ones that have to make the evaluation, and that involves careful observation and knowledge of glacial depositional environments and deposits, and experience.

More Information

HYDROGEOLOGIC IMPLICATIONS OF COMPLEX GLACIAL DEPOSITS: Subglacial and Ice-Marginal Depositional Environments 

Second in the webinar series, Hydrogeology of Glacial Deposits 
Thursday 01 NOV 2018 @ 1pm-3pm CT 
by Tim Kemmis, PhD, PG 

27 October 2018

Aquifer Testing Course 2018

What a fun aquifer testing course! Thank you and congratulations to the participants plus a special thank you to @In-Situ, Inc for hosting Midwest GeoSciences Group for the 2-day experience.

Jim Butler teaching the mechanics of slug testing

Glenn Duffield teaching data analysis strategies of aquifer pumping tests (with GeoMan Lynn Green in backrow, "rock on"!)

Class Photo @ In-Situ, Inc. 2018

Instructors Jim Butler, Glenn Duffield and I had a great time meeting the 2018 participants along with those special participants who returned again for the course - you know who you are :-) -Dan.

11 October 2018

Hydrogeology of Glacial Deposits, Webinar Series

What does it take to unravel the complexity of aquifer heterogeneities in glacial deposits?

Learn to recognize depositional environments, and their hydrogeologic implications during this landmark webinar series.

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

For glacial deposits, 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 successive glacial advances or in contrast, glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine depositional environments often lead to subsurface uncertainty at project completion.

This webinar series 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 Series will demystify conventional wisdom about building Conceptual Site Models based solely on grain-size and associated matrix-permeabilities.

Begins on October 25, 2018

10 October 2018

GeoWoman Extraordinaire

Katie Aguilar is a gINT Product Manager at Bentley Systems and she helps teach gINT during Midwest GeoSciences Group soil workshops.

GeoWoman Katie is among the world's top athletes competing in the 2018 World Championship Ironan Triathon at Kona, Hawaii.   Way to go Katie!  
Katie @ Kona
“To get there you need to have courage. Not heroic courage, but courage for everyday life and making the decisions to sacrifice some opportunities for this goal and opportunity. You have to love the lifestyle and not want to do what others are doing, because you won’t be. So love what you get to do every day to get to Kona. And accept your story. Love your story. It will be different from everyone else’s. Listen to the stories of others. They love their story as well.”
-Katie Aguilar

Katie qualified for Kona World Championships by achieving second place in the Ironman Race in Santa Rosa, California.

An Ironman Triathalon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.  To keep up on the news with Katie, follow this link:  Katie @ Kona

Katie Aguilar wearing her GeoWoman shirt

26 September 2018

The Power of Borehole Flow Meters

Test your bedrock conceptual site model using borehole flow meters.

-Confirm or refine stratigraphy
-Identify fractures that give (or take) water in the borehole
-Measure the flow rate between fractures
-Target meaningful fractures for monitoring

Webinar:  BOREHOLE FLOW METERS for Assessing Bedrock Stratrigraphy and Fracture Hydraulics.
Date:  October 4, 2018 @ 1pm (90 min)
Instructor:  David Hart, PhD, PG, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
Register at: http://www.midwestgeo.com/webinars/flowmeter-10042018.php