10 February 2017

Reading the Story that the Sediments are Telling

The Essential Steps for Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface Online Course is like a webinar on steroids.   The experience combines lectures with quiz and question challenges along with hands-on practice for identifying sedimentary structure, recognizing weathering zones and soil texturing in a way that Cirque du Soliel or KISS might design it.

Thank you to those who enrolled into the Offline Tutorial Workshop!  Tim Kemmis and I had a blast listening and learning from you....and despite our pride in helping you through this educational experience, we are humbled to help you unravel sedimentary mysteries in the subsurface.

Special Thank You to Betsy Schamberger, President of Moonstone Environmental for your fun participation during the Workshop and sending us photos of Bryan and Derrick (and yourself) practicing their soil texturing skills!  Your mastery of classifying and texturing abounds!

Betsy and Derrick at Moonstone Environmental

Practice makes perfect: classification is just one of several key steps

Calibrated soil samples are the key to classification mastery.
This is how Betsy described the hands-on workshop with the MidwestGeo Super Soil Kit:

"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."

If you're in the field and have questions about the sedimentary sequence you see and feel, our phone line is open and we'd be glad to just hear from you.   To those peeps who already call us, thank you for the honor of thinking of us.   Phone: 763.607.0092  or  Email at: service@midwestgeo.com

31 January 2017

Texas Ground Water Association Rocks

People weren't the only thing overflowing during the Annual Meeting of the Texas Ground Water Association....despite the monstrous attendance, it never felt crowded because of the huge convention center it occupies.

"It's both an annual pilgrimage and homecoming" said Joe Vickers who is a past TGWA chair.  Midwest GeoSciences Group is grateful to many people who helped host the 2-day aquifer testing course, especially Stacey Stienbach from TCWA who expressed "great pride in serving this great association".    I personally want to thank Steven Bond who initiated the inviation.  Steven told me that "the TGWA annual meeting has grown to exceed 500 attendees and you can find a wide variety of drilling and downhole services and actually get access to the people who do the work and develop the technologies"  Thanks too to Billy Gamblin who is the current President of TGWA who describes the annual meeting as "Great Science with Good People".  Boy, is he right about that.

Glenn Duffield teaching pumping test analysis - made easy.
Russell Park showing how to move data from the Level TROLL to AQTESOLV.

Fred Guerra learning to master derivative analysis of aquifer pumping tests

Dan Kelleher and Ben Green

24 January 2017

Aquifer Testing at the Texas Ground Water Association 2017 Annual Meeting

Aquifer pumping tests can be challenging to say the least.  But new insights for design strategies, advances in AQTESOLV analysis software, and simplification of data loggers and transducers have allowed gigantic steps for obtaining reproducible and reliable results.

Midwest GeoSciences Group contributed to the 2017 Annual Meeting for the Texas Ground Water Association.  Thanks to many TGWA visionaries for inviting us to contribute to the meeting success by kicking it off with our two-day aquifer testing course.  

"Observation wells are best placed when they're not too close, and not too far..."
is a priceless insight from instructor Jim Butler introducing pumping test design.
Jim Butler and Glenn Duffield are humbled as I am to teach aquifer testing while connecting with participants.  Special thanks to Russell Park who helped teach us about the latest technologies about field equipment and it's operation. We tip our hats to participants for their dedication to personal achievement through continuing education and aquifer testing skill development.

We enjoyed our visit to San Marcos, Texas and especially meeting so many great people at both the course and the 2017 annual meeting.

02 December 2016

Best Practices Through Field Guides

Whenever you find best practices, you find EXCELLENCE.
In the absence of best practices, you find MEDIOCRITY.

Midwest GeoSciences Group strives for excellence through best practices.   One of the ways we have been honored to help people is through development and distribution of our field guides:

Photo submitted by Adam Goldberg, Hydrogeologist
Despite our pride in creating the field guides, we are humbled when we learn about how they help people.  They have become the Standard Operating Procedure for over 40 companies and have been recognized for their technical excellence.  

We appreciate the opportunity to help you in this special way...especially when you're in the field and require immediate assistance --- and turn to processes on the field guides.  Thank you for your trust and relying on Midwest GeoSciences Group.

19 October 2016

Pumped About Aquifer Testing

Aquifer testing isn't easy.   Successful aquifer testing is dependent on many technical elements....such as a sound conceptual model, effective field management, robust transducers and data loggers, understanding of data analysis, confidence in recognizing the trouble areas, and ability to deliver a meaningful solution to the purpose of the testing.

With so many possible challenges, Midwest GeoSciences Group is grateful to In-Situ, Inc for hosting our aquifer testing course at their corporate HQ in Fort Collins, Colorado....and their assistance in teaching modernized aquifer testing.

Jim Butler, PhD and Glenn Duffield lead the way during this two day course that demystifies both slug testing and aquifer pumping tests.  Jim and Glenn are great instructors with great insight and we are inspired by great enthusiasm from great participants!!!

Action shot of Jim Butler teaching slug testing.
Glenn Duffield coaching participants during the AQTESOLV analysis sessions

Thank you - most of all - to the participants.   My favorite part of the two days is connecting with and learning from participants about their projects and other fun facts.    This year's participants were an exceptional group of professionals who take great pride in their work and achievements.  We tip our hat to you.

2016 Aquifer Testing Course Super Stars

28 September 2016

What does it mean when we say: Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface?

Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface  means that we are characterizing the sedimentary succession in terms of understanding how sediments are deposited so we can define geologic units and then predict their likely distribution, uniformity or heterogeneity, unit geometries and physical properties.  

It’s not always simple to correlate glacial sediments according to depositional or stratigraphic context.  

While it might seem easier to try and rationalize secondary observations such as N-values from blow counts, soil classifications, CPT values, geophysical measurements, water levels, hydraulic testing, contaminant mapping or geochemistry indicators – the challenge is various degrees of uncertainty remain about subsurface properties on every scale....as you likely appreciate becomes the weakest part of "site characterization"....and jeopardizes our projects and reputations.

We as scientists and engineers know there is a better way - it just takes some meaningful training and education....and the pay off is priceless.

Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface ensures:
 - Correct well design and placement
 - Reliable potentiometric-surface maps
 - Ground-water-monitoring system design
 - Remediation-system design
 - Excavation and foundation design
 - Field management of unanticipated conditions
Soil Classifications are poorly understood and often misused for the basis of "hydrostratigraphic units" which can easily lead to monstrous mistakes.

You're invited to participate in a comprehensive online course dedicated to Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface.....beginning on November 10, 2016.  

You will never see the subsurface the same again.

08 September 2016

Groundwater Assessment and Modeling by C.P. Kumar

Groundwater Assessment and Modeling by C.P. Kumar is a comprehensive masterpiece covering the major topics of groundwater with a special focus on water resources in India.  Dr. C.P. Kumar, PhD authored this treatise based on his lifetime work and mastery of hydrogeology.

The book covers a spectrum of topics from simple data quality to advanced ground water concepts and modeling.  Dr. C.P. Kumar reported that he was motivated to write this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students, hydrgeologists and engineers, and researchers who immerse themselves in ground water science too.

I recommend this book for it's comprehensive coverage of ground water topics...it exceeds 300 pages with more than 20 chapters.  The timing of it's release is perfect with the current demand of assessment and modeling applied to groundwater over-exploitation deserving judicious and scientific resource management and conservation. 

Congratulations, Dr. C.P. Kumar on your outstanding work!!
 -Dan Kelleher 08SEPT2016

12 August 2016

Sandi Morris Olympic Pole Vaulter

Harry Morris - geologist colleague and friend - is experiencing the history that his daughter is making at the 2016 Olympics.  His daughter, Sandi, is on the United States Olympic Team preparing to pole vault her way into the history books.
GeoMan Harry Morris at 2016 Olympics in Rio
(Lookin' Great, Harry!)

UPDATE:  Sandi Morris WON THE OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL and set the American Olympic Record in Rio... CONGRATULATIONS SANDI!

Sandi @ 2016 Olumpics

Sandi had an advantage as a vaulter at a young age because her Dad, Harry, was a pole vaulter too.    Not only is Harry a professional colleague and friend to me, he is a fellow pole vaulter.  Although the timing of our paths didn't cross at Western Illinois University, we both pole vaulted for WIU during our college days and we worked together well, but our competitive nature overflowed a few times outside of work.  I admit Harry beat me in a barefooted race when we raced on the grass in our white shirt and ties during a lunch...once.

It's an amazing perspective to see Harry's professional journey from my vantage point:  a friend whom I have a cosmic connection who has a daughter with world-class God-given athletic abilities rising to the top of international pole vault competition.  I'm so, so proud of the whole Morris family.

Anyone with kids in sports knows it's a family affair and I tip my hat to proud wife and mother, Kerry Morris.  Best wishes to the entire Morris Family.    -Dan Kelleher 

Harry, Sandi, and Kerry at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

29 July 2016

The MIDWESTGEO SUPER SOIL KIT is comprised of 9 soil samples that classify within eight USDA textural classifications, but have also been classified according to the Unified Soil Classification System. 

This kit is the most powerful tool ever designed for learning how to classify soil with accuracy and confidence! This unique collection of soil samples is classified using not only the USDA and USCS, but includes instructions and helpful hints for simplifying classification procedures in the field.

18 May 2016

GeoMan at the South Pole

Congratulations to the United States Ice Coring Program during their remarkable achievement of coring to 1,751 meters!
Pictured is GeoMan Jay Johnson donning his GeoMan SuperHero Shirt by Midwest GeoSciences Group!

Midnight at the South Pole

Gotta Love It.