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.

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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