24 September 2018


Congratulations to the participants of
Managing the Complexity and Uncertainty of Soil Sequences, Part 2, Field Techniques!  

I realize the course is difficult.  No doubt that the field process for taking the mystery out of the subsurface requires a thoughtful deliberation of soil beyond simply describing it.

Class photo with sonic drilling rig on 12 September 2018
Luckily, we are all in this profession together...and with the teaching leadership of Martin Helmke, Tim Kemmis, David Hart, and Katie Aguliar we found ourselves empowered with a refined process to avoid common mistakes, be better prepared for the field, think on our feet, and make pertinent observations that result in soil boring logs that are both accurate and correct.

Not to mention boring logs that truly take the mystery out of the subsurface!

Thank you to all participants -- you made the course special, and meaningful.   Thanks to all for sharing your experiences, tips, and insight!   We truly appreciate getting to know you (or knowing you better building from past courses) during the course.

Take what you learned and teach it to your colleagues.  Field techniques require special mentoring and you are capable of doing it now.   

Special thanks to Parratt-Wolffe, Inc and Cascade Drilling for providing the deep continous soil cores, and the wells for West Chester University!  Wow!  Not only were the soil cores in excellent condition with great recovery for the course, the drilling staff were excellent teachers too.

Thank you BIG TIME to Eileen, Susan and Mary Beth at West Chester University for your professionalism and great facilitation with access and continuing education administration!  You do indeed rock!

Tim Kemmis teaching

Will Hackett from Parratt-Wolff, Inc.

Class Photo
Martin Helmke teaching class with Tim Kemmis splitting core

Saprolite Specimen
Local News from Philadelphia 12SEP2018

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