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.