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    • July 14, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 33

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    Within 48 hours of conclusion of the webinar PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes.


    Thomas E. Jordan, Ph.D., P.G.

    KEY Environmental, Inc.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has been used as a key method for detecting and mapping buried features for various scientific or engineering professions such as archeology, environmental geosciences, civil engineering, glaciology, sedimentology, and structural geology. Unfortunately, examples of unsuccessful GPR studies have been presented over the past 30 years primarily as a result of a lack of understanding of the physical basis by which this methodology operates and is constrained. 

    This webinar is intended to:

    • introduce geologists and engineers to key variables pertinent to GPR surveys, explain the relevant aspects of these variables, discuss their mathematical relationships and provide examples of how these variables can be used to prepare basic forward models to predict the appropriateness of GPR for meeting your project’s goals and objectives. 
    • examine the importance of porosity, saturation, and pore fluid properties including non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) and how these fluids can impact GPR signal responses.  This webinar will include examples of common variable values, example output from successful GPR surveys, and references of peer reviewed publications throughout for those that wish to pursue these topics further.
    • describe the basic electromagnetic properties of soil, rock, and pore fluids and how they may positively or negatively impact the successful completion of a GPR survey.  Basic concepts and mathematical equations for use in the preparation of forward models will be presented to examine various aspects of GPR signal propagation.

    Who should attend:  The webinar is designed for scientists and engineers that have had some prior exposure to GPR methods and results and are considering using GPR or writing specifications for subcontractors to complete GPR surveys in the future.  People who have seen or otherwise participated in GPR data collection, attended a presentation on GPR methods and results, or have reviewed GPR survey deliverables will benefit the most from participating in this webinar.

    Projected outcomes:  The outcomes from this webinar will be scientists and engineers that are better equipped to prepare specifications for the design of GPR surveys and data deliverable expectations as-well-as the ability to make decisions on the appropriateness of this methodology to attain the project goals and objectives. 

    About our instructor: 

    Dr. Tom Jordan is an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University and a Supervising Geologist / Geophysicist with Key Environmental, Inc. located in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He has a B.A. in geology from Alfred University, an MS in geology from SUNY at Fredonia, and a Ph.D. in geology / geophysics from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Jordan is a licensed PG in 10 states by ASBOG examination or reciprocity and has 33 years of professional experience working on geophysical projects for clients in the environmental, engineering, and exploration sectors.

    • August 18, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township, PA
    • 24

    Regional Learning Alliance*
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    *Host facility's Health & Safety Protocols.

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.

    8:00: Registration Opens
    8:30 - 4:30:  Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.


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

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

    Level:  Advanced

    Overview: Unlike the mental imagery geologists construct of groundwater flow through a porous medium, investigators in fractured rock aquifers must first visualize the three-dimensional network of water-conducting planes before considering how the spacing, orientation and interconnection of those planes control and constrain gravity-driven flow. Complicating that visualization even further, it is usually the case that none of the sets of intersecting, non-randomly-oriented planes are aligned parallel to the prevailing hydraulic gradient.

         Combining a refresher on the concepts and methods of structural geology with quantitative analysis of groundwater flow within and between discrete, connected flow pathways, this full day, hands-on course provides the tools of both visualization and quantification of gravity-driven flow in three-dimensional space. Including a complete review of the methods of planar structural analysis, the course explores: structurally-controlled deflection of contaminant plumes; the effects of the scale of observation on aquifer heterogeneity and anisotropy; migration of separate phase liquids and gases; and groundwater flow within structural domains of differing, yet overlapping, scales of observation from individual fractures to wells, sites, through study areas and regional flow systems.

    • September 18, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township., PA
    • 8

    Regional Learning Alliance*
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    *Host facility's Health & Safety Protocols.

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.

    7:30: Registration Opens
    8:00 - 5:00:  Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.

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

    Prerequisite: Prior drone flight experience is not required.  Attendees may consider purchasing an inexpensive (less than $50) micro drone to fly before this course.


    • Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    • Daniel Bochicchio, GIT, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • John J. Ennis, Esq., P.G., Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • D. Matt Lyon, Construction Manager, Aircraft Systems Manager - Invited (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.)

    Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) have rapidly become a new tool for the Professional Geologist and Environmental Professional involved in site investigations and resource studies. 

    In addition to providing a big picture view of a project site, drone imagery and 3D photogrammetry can be used to monitor natural gas infrastructure, document site environmental conditions, find orphaned wells and unexploded ordnance, evaluate structural geology, conduct fracture trace analysis, monitor sinkholes and subsidence, and record mass movement.  Drones equipped with scientific instruments such as magnetometers, telephoto lenses, thermal cameras, and multispectral imagers are capable of taking precise scientific measurements in locations inaccessible by traditional methods. 

    This course will discuss case studies where drones have been used to support or advance typical investigative and study approaches, demonstrate aerial photographic techniques, and apply photogrammetry for reliable project mapping and modeling. The course will also cover federal drone regulations, privacy issues, and industry best practices. 

    Attendees will receive hands-on training using provided, commercially-available aircraft. Flight training may be modified due to weather conditions.

    Intended Outcomes: 

    Attendees completing this course will understand many ways drone technologies may be used for geologic analysis, infrastructure monitoring, and environmental investigations. A thorough review of the scientific application of drones, including drone hardware, aerial cameras and instrumentation, flight techniques, and image processing will be provided through hands-on exercises.  This course will prepare attendees to make an informed decision about the proper application and limitations of drones for current and future projects.

    Who Should Attend:  If you are a geologist, engineer, scientist, or stakeholder interested in learning more about drones or starting your own UAS program, this one-day course will review drone applications and state-of-the-art techniques for using drones to monitor infrastructure and conduct site investigations.

    Non-Members: To save $100 off the cost of this course, Join PCPG today.

    • September 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
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    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

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

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