23 October 2014

What's New In Aquifer Testing?

Thank You to the participants who attended the 2014 Aquifer Testing Course in Fort Collins. On behalf of the instructors and myself, you helped make this year's course one of the most enjoyable and memorable ever!

Thanks to our host, In-Situ, Inc, for sponsoring this powerful course at their headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado.  In-Situ staff hospitality overflows with their friendly welcome and professional organization of facility tours, a fun evening reception, and a glimpse into the inner sanctum of the world's leading manufacturer of aquifer testing equipment.

2014 Aquifer Testing Course Participants

Jim Butler's and Glenn Duffield's abilites to teach and connect with people coupled with their content provide the core to this 2-day educational experience.  One of the unmentioned benefits of the course besides simply learning and enjoying the experience is gaining accessibility to both of these recognized experts.    

When the course is complete and we have all returned home, sometimes technical questions arise, right?  

The course creates familiarity with the instructors who offer their assistance to professionals beyond the classroom.  Glenn Duffield is the author of AQTESOLV and his door is open to course participants that ask for assistance with data analysis after the course is complete. Plus, In-Situ provides technical assistance of all types, all the time.

We never take course and webinar registrations for granted and we recognize our responsibility to truly help each other on all levels.  Thank you for giving us that opportunity to help you.  -Dan

25 July 2014

You wanted it, you got it.....the MIDWESTGEO SUPER SOIL KIT !!

This is the most powerful tool ever designed to teach soil classification.

"This kit is a one-of-a-kind, "must-have" collection of calibrated soil samples and instructions that are only available through Midwest GeoSciences Group - there has never been a tool like this, ever."

The MIDWESTGEO SUPER SOIL KIT is a one-of-a-kind collection of calibrated soil samples classified according to both the USDA Textural Classification and the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS).

This kit is in limited supply. Only 50 kits are available because the soil sources are limited in quantity.  We are accepting Pre-Orders now and all the kits will be shipped on September 24, 2014.   Once the kit is sold out, it will be discontinued and orders will no longer be accepted.  So, don't wait to order this kit.  Orders are taken on a first come, first served basis.

comes with 12 voluminous calibrated soil samples
and all the instructions you need to learn or teach soil classification.
For the first time ever you can see and feel the contrasts between SILT (ML), LEAN CLAY (CL), and FAT CLAY (CL) at the same time, anywhere, anytime.

For the first time ever you can see and feel the constrasts between WELL GRADED SAND (SW), POORLY GRADED SAND (SP), POORLY GRADED SAND WITH CLAY (SP-SC), and CLAYEY SAND (SC) and quickly master the skills to recognize and accurately classify the soil.

Twelve calibrated soil samples classify among the twelve regions of the USDA Textural Triangle comprise the MIDWESTGEO SUPER SOIL KIT.  The twelve samples are sieved and dried to enable you to carefully examine the details of texture without being distracted by coarse sand or gravel.  Plus, the 400 ml+ volume is sufficient for many tests.


While supplies last, you can order additional calibrated soil samples to super-size your kit. Add 8 additional samples are to help illustrate the contrasts between "well-graded" and "poorly-graded" gravel along with "poorly-graded sand" with variable ratios of both clay and and silt with gravel fractions.

Reasons to Super-Size It!
  • See the contrast between Well-Graded Sand (SW) and Poorly-Graded Sand (SP)
  • Feel the contrast between "Poorly Graded Sand" (SP), "Poorly Graded Sand with Clay" (SP-SC) and "Clayey Sand" (SC)
  • Feel the differences between "Lean Clay", "Lean Clay with Sand", and "Sandy Lean Clay"
  • Includes "Modified USCS Designation" for Cohesive Sediments for classifications used in Canada and Australia
  • 400+ ml samples, this is double the volume of the standard "USDA Calibrated Soil Kit" by Midwest GeoSciences Group
  • Plastic jar containers with lids and labels
  • Quiz Sheet
  • Answer Key
Add the OPTIONAL SUPER-SIZE ADD-ON to your order and receive the most comprehensive collection of calibrated soil samples of all time.

"Super-Size" your kit with 8 additional samples
that classify differently than the base kit.

This item is heavy. The MIDWESTGEO SUPER SOIL KIT weighs nearly 20 pounds (9 kg). Optional Super Size Add-On weights approximately 14 pounds (6.3 kg). Collectively, this is 34 pounds of calibrated soil...it's a monster !!

12 June 2014

All-Stars Visit Target Field During Midwest GeoSciences Group Courses

Course attendees from Minnesota and Wisconsin dominated the Owner's Boardroom at Target Field during two ground water courses during the first week in June.  Their all-star dedication to emerging technologies coupled with DNAPL issues were matched by those traveling from across the United States, Canada and Sweden.

A rare glimpse inside the Owner's Boardroom
at Target Field
The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in July. Midwest GeoSciences Group extends a hearty thanks to Target Field for allowing access into the Owner's Boardroom for three-days of ground water courses.

Course Venue Location
Ken Bradbury and David Hart started the week with their industry-vision of emerging technologies and conceptual approaches for ground water in fractured rock settings.  Allen Shapiro and Maureen Muldoon were the headliner with their 2-day course dedicated to the Fate and Transport of DNAPL in fractured rock aquifers.

Allen Shapiro and the other instructors gave a glimpse into the future of ground water remediation.... and clean up limitations.  Attendee feedback was powerful - thank you to the course attendees for your interactive participation and especially for your positive feedback and encouragement for future courses.  We never take your registration  - or words -  for granted...and we appreciate your support.
Smiles during Minnesota Twins batting practice

10 June 2014

Special Thanks Extended to Many People Making Courses Fun and Meaningful

Thank you to Target Field for hosting our courses and reception.
On behalf of Midwest GeoSciences Group, thanks to the course attendees, instructors, reception sponsors and the Target Field crew for making the short courses so much fun!

Great memories were made this year during the reception in the Suite during the baseball game.  It was fun to see attendees wearing their favorite Minnesota Twins shirts and other attendees donning their Milwaukee Brewers shirts in all their sartorial splendor.

Sweet memories made in the Event Suite during the official reception during the baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers.  Picture by David Sherman.
Although the reception took place during a baseball game, David Sherman the official NBA photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves stopped by to take photos of our event (Thank you, Dave!).

Ken Bradbury and David Hart in the batter's box during the 7th inning.

Allen Shapiro and Maureen Muldoon touring Target Field before the gates open. Thank you, Target Field staff for fun access and endless hospitality!
Endless hospitality and bottomless stadium food and beverages hallmarked an evening chock full of fun not only in our Suite, but touring the hidden "nooks & crannies" of Target Field too.  We found some up-close-and-personal contact with players, Fox Sports North friends, and front-office staff.

Thank you too to both the Minnesota Ground Water Association and the Wisconsin Ground Water Association for their support with advertising to both Twins fans and Brewers fans!

Cahoy Well and Pump Service
thanked publicly on the giant score board during the game
Conducting courses at Target Field was a fun and unique experience.  Accessing the Owner's Board Room and Target Field when it was essentially void of people was not only special, but helped us gain an appreciation of the full benefits provided a world-class venue.  It was a great place to learn due to the privacy, modern technology, privileged access, and bountiful food.  Thanks again to the course attendees, the instructors, reception sponsors, visitors, and Target Field staff for making these two great courses a great experience.  -Dan.

23 April 2014

Project Management Course, Truby Acheivements Style

"Empowering", "Enlightening", "Inspiring", and "Fantastic" are words taken from the course feedback forms describing this unique and meaningful course.

Thank you to Bill and Joann Truby for leading the instruction during the 2-day "Project Management Course" by Midwest GeoSciences Group in April.  Thanks to Lori Peters too for leading course segments on "QA/QC" and "Relentless Accountability".

Most of all, thanks to the course attendees for accepting their in-course assignments and participating in the exercises that enriches this amazing course experience.

Bill Truby leading the course sessions with Joann on his right.
Bill and Joann Truby have taught this course for Midwest GeoSciences Group since 2007.  From year to year, the course segments update with depth and effectiveness.  

For me, it is amazing to re-learn the difference - and more importantly, the outcome - between "communicating" and "connecting" with people.  We all "communicate", but only small minority can truly "connect" in a genuine way.  This course teaches people how to connect, and create mutually beneficial outcomes for everyone.  That is a great gift given to us through Bill and Joann and it overflows from our professional work into our personal lives.....thus everyone around us benefits, always.

Lori Peters teaching personal and professional benefits of working with "Accountable People"
The classroom was on the top floor of the Begin Tower on campus at the South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).  Thank you to SAIT for allowing access into this perfect classroom with 40-mile views overlooking Calgary, the far prairies, and the Canadian Rockies.

Laura (foreground) and Colleen (in back) maneuvering through a team-based exercise illustrating how efficiency plays a role in our everyday habits and project plans.
One of the powerful elements of this course that makes it both resonate with attendees and fun for everyone is the exercises.  After all, not all project management can be accepted sitting down, right?

02 April 2014

Project Management Course in Calgary 2014

Rarely do project managers get a chance to learn the secret of how you, your team and technology blend together to create a well-balanced and positive synergistic outcome. This outcome is often outside the purview and skill sets of the project manager, not by design but by default. Here’s why:


You go to school to learn about geologic science or engineering. You like it. You’re good at it. And because you’re good at applying your knowledge and skills within a project you are asked to manage a project.

THIS IS THE CLASSIC PROMOTION: A person trained and great at technical skills promoted to something that is beyond training and experience. Your scientific knowledge and field experience take a screeching halt when it comes to project management. So, by default, you end up using people as resources, extensions of you, to perform as best you can.

You do it and you do it well.

You’ve been doing it now for years. But inside you wonder if there isn’t a better way. Your success is real, but limited to what you know. Your company depends on your doing these projects. Your career depends on how you do these projects. And the more time goes by the less you are able to seek help to do anything more than what you’ve been doing. But you know the reality of that: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

Today’s project managers are presented with unique challenges requiring integration of multidisciplinary teams with various responsibilities and technological capabilities while balancing client relationships and increasing profits. For example, managing our resources today typically means doing more with less time, money and staff. Opportunities to acquire the skills and perspective to improve your project management style to the point where it becomes natural and consistent are rare - but you have one now.

Build and maintain a well-balanced and high-performance team by motivating and empowering your staff coupled with creating a team culture that is attractive to both employees and clients. Learn the secret of implementing project QA/QC to become a high-performance team where everyone promotes relentless accountability. Once you gain this new perspective, results are immediate.

Register now for this 2-day course that will forever change and improve your personal and project management skills. You will gain the power to achieve greater success the minute you return to your current project.....and the personal outcome overflows into every element of your life.