PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL of
PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
 

Courses & Events

Upcoming events

    • March 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey (Grantville), 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA
    • 23
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    Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey
    604 Station Road (Off Route 81)
    Grantville, PA 17028     DIRECTIONS

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    11:00-11:30 Arrivals and Registration

    11:30-12:55 Luncheon, Announcements, Opening Remarks

    12:44-4:35 Education Program

    4:35 Student Poster Awards, Door Prizes, Announcements

    5:05-6:30 Networking Reception

    Program Overview

    News and Dialog with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey
    Gale Blackmer, Ph.D., State Geologist (PA DCNR)

    The Intersection of Archaeology and Geology
    Brian L. Fritz, Quemahoning, LLC

    Mapping and Monitoring Surface and Underground Mines and Mine Pools throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania
    Bobby Hughes, Executive Director
    Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

    Using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis At Fulton Superfund Site Long Island NY
    Lisa Voyce, Project Manager, HDR engineering, Inc.
    Vincent Carbone, PG, HDR Engineering, Inc.

    Visit our Associate Members during our Annual Meeting.



    Due to planning considerations, a $25 surcharge will be added to late or walk-in registrations. Please help us accommodate all and register prior to the event.

    Hotel Rooms: $109++ through 6 February.  Telephone Holiday Inn hotel by dialing (717) 469-0661 and ask for the PA Council of Professional Geologists special rate of $109++.  Be sure you ask about the cancellation policy ahead of confirming your reservation.

    • March 12, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • PSU Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA
    • 26
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    PSU Great Valley
    Rooms 205/206 CCB Building
    30 E. Swedesford Rd.     DIRECTIONS
    Malvern, 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


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

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    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.

    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.

    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 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. 

    • April 09, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Red Lion Harrisburg Hotel, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA
    • 38
    Register

    Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey
    4751 Lindle Road
    Harrisburg, 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.

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

    Download Agenda

    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 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. 

    • April 30, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA
    • 37
    Register

    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.

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

    Download Agenda

    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 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. 

    • June 14, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • On-boarding Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania
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    Save the date. This field trip will have limited enrollment.

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


    • August 15, 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • August 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, PA
    • 30

    Save the date. Registration will open March 2019.

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

    Agenda Coming Soon.

    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
    • Western PA Location
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    September 12-13, 2019
    Western-PA Location



    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 the contaminants lead, arsenic, and chromium as well as the occurrence and source(s) of methane in groundwater.  Stable isotopes will be discussed and used in the methane case study.

    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.

    Agenda/Instructor Bio: Coming Soon

    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
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    Save the dates.  Registration will open March 2019.

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


    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 the contaminants lead, arsenic, and chromium as well as the occurrence and source(s) of methane in groundwater.  Stable isotopes will be discussed and used in the methane case study.

    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.


    Agenda/Instructor Bio: Coming Soon


    Hotel Accommodations: Coming Soon.

    • September 30, 2021
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    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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