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    • February 06, 2020
    • 7:30 AM
    • February 07, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Twp., PA
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    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

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

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    Day One: Thursday, February 6
    • General & Field Geology
    • Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
    • Engineering Geology (Usually Day Two. Changed for 2020)
    • Structure, Tectonics, and Geomorphology

    Day Two: Friday, February 7
    • Seismology, Exploration Geophysics, Well Logging
    • Hydrogeology
    • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology (Usually Day One. Changed for 2020)
    • Economic Geology and Energy Resources
    • About the ASBOG Test (Self-guided. Material included in the Day Two booklet.)

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

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

    PCPG Review Course Participant / Future ASBOG Exam Candidates:
    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.

    No hotel room block. Nearby hotels include Courtyard Marriott Pittsburgh North, DoubleTree Hilton, Marriott (full service), Comfort Inn Cranberry, along with others within a few miles of Regional Learning Alliance.

    • February 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Best Western Central Hotel & Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA
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    The Best Western Central Hotel & Conference Center
    800 East Park Drive
    Harrisburg, PA  17111         DIRECTIONS

    9:00-9:30 AM   Registration

    9:30-4:30     Program Speakers/Topics

    • Troy Conrad, Director (PADEP Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields)
    The Land Recycling Program: 25 years later

    • Mike Maddigan, Environmental Group Manager (PADEP Land Recycling Program)
    PADEP Land Recycling Program Updates: Technical Guidance Manual, including new Appendix: The Use of Caps as Engineering Controls; Chapter 250 rulemaking updates

    • Joe McNally, P.G., Licensing Board Member
    Updates: Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists

    • Brian J. Dunst, P.G., Geologist Supervisor (PADCNR PA Geological Survey)
    Appalachian Storage Hub for Natural Gas Liquids

    • Gregory Holesh, P.E., Environmental Engineering Manager (DEP Waste Management)
    PADEP's Management of Fill Policy

    • Student Research Poster Visits

    • Scott A. Wendling, P.G., Vice President, Cheif Operating Officer (ARM Group, Inc./ARM Geophysics)
    Update on PADEP’s Stakeholder Workgroup for Horizontal Directional Drilling and Other Trenchless Construction Methods

    4:30-6:00  Announcements, Adjournment, Door Prizes, Sign-Out, Certificates, Reception

    Visit our Associate Members during our Annual Meeting.

    Due to planning considerations, a $40 surcharge will be added to late or walk-in registrations.

    Hotel Room Rate:  $89.95++ for the night of Monday, February 24 or Tuesday, February 25.  Telephone Central Hotel & Conference Center by dialing 717-561-2800, choose option #4, and then option #1.  Be sure to mention the special room rate for the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists.  Or, visit PCPG's dedicated overnight room reservation page on the hotel's site. 

    • May 15, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township., PA
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    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    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
    • See order form
    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/sign-out sheet.

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

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

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