PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL of
PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
 

Courses & Events

Upcoming events

    • September 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 14
    Register

    Please read:  After registering on our site, you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, where you'll enter your name and email address.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' mail within 60 seconds of registering, here.

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

    Level: Intermediate

    The geoscience industry has readily adopted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) to provide high-resolution and up-to-date aerial imagery for site investigations.  However, continuing improvements in UAS capability, instrument payloads, and software present new opportunities unavailable to geologists just a few years ago.  A thorough understanding of these technologies and an appreciation of their benefits, limitations, and interpretation is crucial for successful adoption.

    This webinar will discuss the latest advancements in drone technologies with a focus on geologic and related applications.  We will explore how drones facilitate data collection better, safer, and more cost-effectively than traditional methods and how drones are evolving to serve these functions.  The webinar will provide an update on legal developments and perspectives on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.  We will discuss the current and future capabilities of EO photogrammetry, IR thermography, IR and laser gas detection, LiDAR, Magnetometry, GPR, and multispectral/hyperspectral sensors.

    Who should attend: This webinar is designed for practicing geologists, engineers, scientists, project managers, regulators, and academics who would like to expand and update their fundamental knowledge of scientific drone capabilities.  This webinar is also designed for current UAS pilots who wish to understand where the industry is maturing and how our fields can take advantage of these new technologies.

    About our presenters:

    Daniel Bochicchio, GIT (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.) - Dan Bochicchio is a Staff Environmental Scientist and sUAS Technical Lead at GES, focused on delivering innovative technologies in support of compliance monitoring and field-data collection programs through the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). His recent UAV projects have included horizontal directional drilling (HDD) monitoring with thermal cameras, right-of-way (ROW) monitoring and inspection, and integration of new sensor types into the UAV toolset. Prior to joining GES, Mr. Bochicchio led the development of the drone program at West Chester University. He later founded Skybernetics, a start-up company specializing in the deployment strategies of corporate UAV services for technical research and commercial purposes.

    John J. Ennis, Esq., PG (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.) - John Ennis is a Pennsylvania PG, Senior Vice President, and General Counsel at GES.  He has over 30 years of environmental experience spanning environmental law, hydrogeological consulting, environmental insurance consulting and brokerage, and petroleum exploration. As a member of GES’ Advisory Council of senior leadership, he is involved with strategic and corporate initiatives, including founding and management of GES’ Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program.

    Martin Helmke, PhD, PG (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) - Dr. Helmke is Past President of PCPG, a Full Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and President of Helmke Hydrogeologic, LLC.  He is an FAA-licensed drone pilot with over 20 years of experience applying fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs for scientific research and commercial clients. He currently serves as scientific advisor to the GES UAV services program. Current research projects include UAV magnetometer deployment strategies to detect UXO and pipelines, multi-instrument detection of abandoned wells, multispectral fracture trace analysis, and search algorithms using real-time drone-to-drone telemetry.


    • October 13, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 67
    Register

    Please read:  After registering on our site, you'll receive a PCPG confirmation email indicating Action Required in the subject line. Your registration is not complete until you click through the unique link in that email directing you to the GoToWebinar web site, where you'll enter your name and email address.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' mail within 60 seconds of registering, here.

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

    Level: Basic to Intermediate

    Marcellus Shale exploration and production operations in Pennsylvania generate large quantities of flowback and produced water.  With continued Marcellus shale development, as well as, Geneseo/Burket Shale and Utica Shale exploration, Pennsylvania is poised to be a major player in shale development for decades to come.  Although there is a strong trend toward recycling waters, not all flowback and produced waters can be cost-effectively recycled due to water chemistry, specific companies lacking a nearby new well or pad at which the water can be recycled (e.g., during drilling slowdowns) and other factors. Brine disposal wells have an important role to play in managing such waters in a cost-effective and environmentally protective manner.  The need for brine disposal wells in Pennsylvania is expected to increase as the industry rebounds from lower commodity prices and Marcellus Shale and other shale plays mature.  Potentially tens of thousands of new, yet to be drilled, wells can be drilled over the coming decades and those wells would begin generating produced water on a daily basis.   Although currently there are approximately fifteen permitted brine disposal wells operating in Pennsylvania, with only three of these being commercial wells (with two more to come), there is potential to develop many additional brine disposal wells within or near Marcellus Shale fields and other producing areas.

    Who should attend:  Geologists interested in oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania as well as geologic and environmental concerns associated with development.

    About our presenter:  Dan Billman, P.G., C.P.G. - Dan Billman has over thirty-two years of experience in the Appalachian Basin with the last twenty-seven as a consulting geologist and president of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. Prior to independent consulting, Dan worked as an exploration and development geologist for Mark Resources Corporation and Eastern States Exploration Company. Mr. Billman is a registered Professional Geologist (PG) in the state of Pennsylvania, an American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Certified Petroleum Geologist (CPG) and an Associate Member of the International Institute of Minerals Appraisal.

    Dan Billman has extensive development and exploration experience in both unconventional and legacy, conventional plays and reservoirs in the Appalachian Basin.  He has performed numerous geologic and economic reviews of natural gas and oil exploration prospects throughout Appalachian Basin, as well as feasibility studies for gas storage, coal bed methane development and saltwater disposal wells. Mr. Billman has written and/or co-authored numerous published papers and technical presentations on the petroleum geology of the Appalachian Basin.



    • September 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • See order form
    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/sign-out sheet.

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

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

Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists
116 Forest Drive, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011



 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software