PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL of
PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
 

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Upcoming events

    • April 30, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA
    • 0
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    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    8:00-8:30  Registration and AM Refreshments
    12:00        Lunch Provided
    4:30         Adjourn/Complete Course evaluation and pick-up certificate of attendance.


    Professional Development Conversion
    DE, SC 60 mins. = 1 CEU
    PA 50 mins. = 1 PDH 

    Instructor
    Steven Sayko, P.G. (Services Environmental, Inc.)

    Level:  Intermediate/Advanced

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    Important:  To get the most from this class, please come prepared.  Past classes using the attendee's computers have encountered difficulties opening files and running software.  There will be no one-on-one IT support in class to address hardware or software issues.  Before the class, please check that your computer will open the example worksheets and will run without attachment to your company network.    See additional requirements below.

    Overview:  Geologists and Environmental Professionals collect lots of site data and typically use Microsoft Excel to prepare attractive report tables.  Excel has the power to enable you to get more from your data than attractive tables. The objective of this course is to demonstrate how Excel can be used to explore your data and better understand site conditions using groundwater data from actual investigations. Approximately 40% of the class will be hands-on working with Excel.  Effectively presentation of data will also be discussed.  The case history examples are based on the instructor's 30-year career as a hydrogeologist.  

    Course topics include:

    • Structuring tables for data analysis,
    • Database vs a Crosstab (matrix or Pivot Table style) tables,
    • Numeric formatting and conditional formatting,
    • Sorting and Filtering data,
    • Constructing and deconstructing Pivot Tables,
    • Preparing hydrographs, concentration vs time, histograms, and well detail graphs,
    • Using slider bars for dynamic graphs,
    • VLOOKUP and OFFSET functions, and
    • An assortment of experienced-based issues with spreadsheets, data collection, spotting outlier data, and working with transducer data.

        

    Attendees should have “intermediate” skills with Excel, e.g., you know what “=SUM(A2:A14)” is, can copy and paste, and can create a basic graph.  The course will be about 60% lecture and 40% hands-on practice using example spreadsheets.  The example spreadsheets will be made available closer to the event date and should be downloaded before coming to the class.

    You will need your own computer with Excel.  The course will be presented using Excel 2016 and this is the recommended version of Excel.  However, most of the examples will work in Excel 2010 and 2013.  If possible, make sure the Add-in for Data Analysis is active.  An internet connection is not required for the course. 

    • May 17, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • West Chester University, Merion Science Center Room 220, West Chester, PA
    • 13
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    This seminar provides both classroom and field training.

    Instructors

    Martin Helmke, PhD, PG
    West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    Russell Losco, PG, CPSS
    Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.

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    Professional Development
    Pennsylvania:  50 mins. = 1 PDH
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU

    Who should attend:  This course is intended for early career professionals who want to develop soil classification skills and for experienced professionals who wish to review the USDA and USCS classification systems.  We welcome students, practicing geologists, regulators, engineers, public officials, and environmental professionals to attend.  If the term coarse-loamy, mixed, mesic aquic Hapludalf is unfamiliar, then this course is for you.

    Overview: Effective soil characterization is vital for geologic and environmental investigations due to soil's influence on groundwater flow, contaminant fate and transport, slope stability, site development, and ecological health.  Beyond environmental and geotechnical investigations, soil classification is applied to stormwater management, waste disposal, brownfields development, urban revitalization, agriculture, nutrient management, and mineral exploration.
          This one-day course will provide an overview of the current state of soil science. Industry-standard USDA and USCS soil classification systems will be reviewed through hands-on exercises in both the laboratory and field.  Relatively few geologists are familiar with the USDA system, which is now required by regulatory agencies for stormwater, wastewater, and wetland investigations.  The class will include one-half day instruction in the classroom and laboratory followed by one-half day in the field examining and classifying soils in soil pits.  We will explore the history of soil science, soil profiles, soil taxonomy, soil genesis and management, paleosols, anthropogenic/urban soils, the geomorphology of soil systems, published sources of data.  Methods of soil investigation will be reviewed, including soil sampling procedures, permeability testing and interpretation, and drainage classification. Special cases such as hydric soils with redoximorphic features, permafrost, acid sulfate soils, sodic soils, hydrophobic soils, and volcanic soils will also be discussed.


    • June 14, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Cranberry 910 Sheraton Drive Mars, PA 16046
    • 18
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    PCPG Member enrollment now open. Non-Member and Government Non-Member enrollment opens April 25. This field trip will have limited enrollment. 

    Professional Development
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU
    Pennsylvania:  50 mins. = 1 PDH


    Field Trip Guides

    Dan A. Billman, P.G., C.P.G.
    Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc.

    Albert D. Kollar, Director, Invertebrate Paleontology
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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    During late Pleistocene (Wisconsinan) time, the vast Laurentian Ice Sheet approximately 2-mile thick prograded southward to western Pennsylvania. This field trip to northern Butler and eastern Lawrence Counties will review the classic landscape features as evidence of the Last Glacial Maximum approximately 20 k.y. ago. With stops at the Jacksville Esker, the West Liberty Bog, the Muddy Creek Oilfield Exhibition, Slippery Rock Gorge, the Wisconsinan Terminal Moraine, Kame Gravel Pit and Cleland Rock.


    Cleland Rock Overview



    Not part of the trip, but certainly of interest to the theme of a changing climate landscape is the tundra biome. Tundra represents a colder climate usually associated with the high latitude treeless plain of the Arctic. During the Last Glacial Maximum tundra biome extended from the Wisconsinan terminal moraine at Moraine State Park as far south as Savanah, Georgia. In its wake, left relic climatic features within the Pittsburgh Low Plateau Section, such as, the rock city at McConnells Mill State Park, the Cranberry Bog, the late Wisconsinan Bridgeville Bog, and the flora of the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in the Monongahela National Forest of eastern West Virginia.



    Stages of Glacial lake drainage during ice retreat. Present-day locations, for reference, shown in gray.




    Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Room Rate:  $139++.  PCPG has reserved a block of rooms for the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 11, 12, and 13, 2019. To make a reservation, telephone the DoubleTree by dialing 1 (800) 222-8733 and request the rate for Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists.  Room rate expires May 21, or when sold out.  Be sure to ask what the cancellation policy is for this rate.

    • July 16, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Registration will open April 18.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading
    701 Penn Street
    Reading, PA

    Instructor

    Thomas D. Gillespie P.G., Sr. Professional Geologist
    Gilmore & Associates, Inc.

    • August 15, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • August 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, PA
    • 22
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    Doubletree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West
    640 Fountain Road
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462     DIRECTIONS


    Professional Development Conversion
    DE, SC 60 mins. = 1 CEU
    PA 50 mins. = 1 PDH

    2-Day Format and Mock Tests
    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    Our instructors arrive wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after your return to the office.

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    two-day course.

    Day One-Thursday, August 15

    • General & Field Geology
    • Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
    • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology
    • Geomorphology, Surficial Processes and Quaternary Geology

    Day Two-Friday, August 16

    • Structure, Tectonics, and Geomorphology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Economic Geology and Energy Resources
    • About the ASBOG® Test (Self-guided. Material included in the Day Two booklet.)

    PCPG Review Course Participant / Future ASBOG® Exam Candidate:

    The components of this seminar are aligned with the general subject areas contained in the ASBOG® Geologist Examinations.  However, the course is not intended as a sole-source for your test preparation.  It is instead a proven resource and guide for your further preparation efforts.  As such, the course provides a concentrated review and a general refresher for the practicing, Professional Geologist.

    During this seminar about one hour is devoted to review a full-semester, college course.  Day Two will include access to material about ASBOG® and the examinations, including test blueprints that are in the public domain.  The seminar is not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants take this course 6 to 12 months from their intended exam date with the understanding that significant, additional preparation will be needed prior to sitting for their examination.

    We are certain that you will find the provided information helpful to your preparation, enabling you to better succeed in the ASBOG® Examinations.

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.


    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.
    • September 12, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • September 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046
    • 21
    Register

    Enroll five or more individuals and receive discount. Telephone 717.730.9745 for more information.

    Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
    910 Sheraton Drive
    Mars, PA 16046    


    Instructor
    Bill Deutsch
    Geochemistry Services LLC
    Port Townsend, WA


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    Overview

    This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of soil and groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of geochemistry as applied to water/rock interactions.  Chemical interactions between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered.

    A basic knowledge of aquifer geochemical processes is necessary to understand the natural system and the chemical evolution of groundwater as it flows through the aquifer.  Geochemistry is also necessary to evaluate the natural attenuation of contaminants and to design remediation methods to remove or immobilize contaminants (organics and inorganics) in the subsurface.  This course provides an introduction to the important geochemical processes that affect the dissolved constituents of groundwater.  These processes include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, adsorption/desorption, and biodegradation.  To understand the importance of these processes at a particular site, sufficient groundwater and solid phase data must be collected; therefore, this class will include a discussion of data collection requirements and methods of data interpretation to elucidate the important geochemical reactions at a site.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.

    Case studies will be described for sites with coal combustion residuals and those impacted by elevated arsenic, chromium, and hydrocarbons/solvents in groundwater.


    Who Should Attend
    • Environmental scientists involved with site characterization and contamination assessment
    • Hydrologists working with contaminant fate and transport
    • Environmental engineers designing remediation methods at contaminated sites
    • Project managers at environmental consulting firms
    • Regulatory Project Managers and Technical Support Staff
    • Industries with sites requiring contaminant characterization and remediation

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.

    • September 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • September 17, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, PA
    • 15
    Register

    Enroll five or more individuals and receive discount. Telephone 717.730.9745 for more information.

    Doubletree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West
    640 Fountain Road
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462     DIRECTIONS


    Instructor
    Bill Deutsch
    Geochemistry Services LLC
    Port Townsend, WA


    Download Agenda/Bio


    Overview

    This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of soil and groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of geochemistry as applied to water/rock interactions.  Chemical interactions between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered.

    A basic knowledge of aquifer geochemical processes is necessary to understand the natural system and the chemical evolution of groundwater as it flows through the aquifer.  Geochemistry is also necessary to evaluate the natural attenuation of contaminants and to design remediation methods to remove or immobilize contaminants (organics and inorganics) in the subsurface.  This course provides an introduction to the important geochemical processes that affect the dissolved constituents of groundwater.  These processes include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, adsorption/desorption, and biodegradation.  To understand the importance of these processes at a particular site, sufficient groundwater and solid phase data must be collected; therefore, this class will include a discussion of data collection requirements and methods of data interpretation to elucidate the important geochemical reactions at a site.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.

    Case studies will be described for sites with coal combustion residuals and those impacted by elevated arsenic, chromium, and hydrocarbons/solvents in groundwater.


    Who Should Attend
    • Environmental scientists involved with site characterization and contamination assessment
    • Hydrologists working with contaminant fate and transport
    • Environmental engineers designing remediation methods at contaminated sites
    • Project managers at environmental consulting firms
    • Regulatory Project Managers and Technical Support Staff
    • Industries with sites requiring contaminant characterization and remediation

    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.

    • September 30, 2021
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    Register
    To order a replacement certificate for a previously attended PCPG event, please complete the order form and remit payment.

    Replacement will occur only if attendee initialed the sign-in sheet, and for events prior to May 2010, only if registrar is able to verify that the attendee checked-in at the registration table.

    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.

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