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    • July 26, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • August 11, 2021
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    You are registering for a six-part webinar series as noted below.  If you intended to enroll for a single date, please return to the home page calendar and select the date for the topic(s) noted below.

    Post-webinar recordings will not be available.

    Our usual and customary cancellation policy applies to the six-part webinar series, and cancellation must be requested five business days prior to the first webinar scheduled for July 26.  Partial refunds will not be made for missed webinars.

    Reference materials will be sent ahead of each webinar, with some handouts available during the live webinar. If joining by mobile phone, please be familiar with the GoToWebinar app's control panel so you readily locate the attachment downloads under the Handouts tab.  

    You will receive separate log-in credentials for EACH of the six webinar sessions, sent via GoToWebinar one week, one day, and one hour prior to the webinar.  It is important to keep organized so you readily locate appropriate log-in credentials.  Also, pay attention to the date noted in subject line and be sure to add to your calendar.

     


    Schedule

    Monday, July 26, 2021 - Part One:  6:00-8:30 PM

    General, Field Geology and Geomorphology (75 mins.)

    Rachel O’Brien, PhD. P.G., Allegheny College

    Mineralogy and Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (75 mins.)

    Kurt Friehauf, PhD, P.G., Kutztown University

     

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - Part Two:  6:00-8:30 PM

    Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology (85 mins.)
    Tamra Schiappa, PhD, Slippery Rock University

    Seismology, Exploration Geophysics, and Well Logging (65 mins.)

    Thomas E. Jordan, PhD, P.G., Key Environmental, Inc.


    Monday, August 2, 2021 - Part Three:  6:00-8:30 PM

    Structural Geology and Tectonics (150 mins.)

    Daniel Harris, PhD, California University of Pennsylvania



    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Part Four:  6:00-8:30 PM

    Hydrogeology and Geochemistry (150 mins.)

    Kyle Fredrick, PhD, California University of Pennsylvania

    Chris Mulry, PG, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.

     

    Monday, August 9, 2021 - Part Five:  6:00-8:30 PM

    Engineering Geology (150 mins.)

    Matthew Morris, PG, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

    Gary MB Kribbs, PG, AEON Geoscience, Inc.


    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - Part Six:  6:00-8:30 PM

    Economic and Resources Geology: Petroleum and Coal (75 mins.)

    Kristin Carter, PG, DCNR Geologic Survey

    Economic and Resources Geology: Mining (75 mins.)

    Kurt Friehauf, PhD, PG, Kutztown University


    Our instructors are wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after the webinar concludes.

    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    Visit What others have said about this course.

    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. 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. The webinars are not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants usually 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.

    • August 09, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 64
    Register

    Engineering Geology (150 mins.)

    Gary MB Kribbs, P.G., AEON Geoscience, Inc.

    Matthew Morris, P.G., Gannett Fleming, Inc.


    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, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' mail within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 150 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    You are registering for one webinar, as noted below.  A post-webinar recording will not be available.

    Our usual and customary cancellation policy applies to this webinar, and cancellation must be requested five business days prior to webinar date.  Refund will not be made for a missed webinar.

    Reference materials will be sent ahead of the webinar, with some handouts available during the live webinar. If joining by mobile phone, please be familiar with the GoToWebinar app's control panel so you readily locate the attachment download under the Handout tab.  

    Our instructors are wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after the webinar concludes.

    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    Visit What others have said about this course.

    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.  The course also 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. The webinars are not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants usually 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.

    About our instructors

    Gary M. B. Kribbs, P.G., President (AEON Geoscience. Inc.) - Kribbs received a B.A. in geology and an M.S. in geology from the Univ. of Toledo. Registered as a P.G. in four states, he is structural geologist with 33 years' experience. Kribbs has conducted numerous watershed evaluations with a specialty in spring source water hydrogeologic investigations for the private sector with a focus on deep structural aquifers. Kribbs has conducted numerous landslide and slope failure investigations in landslide terrain on PennDOT, VDOT and commercial developments, and other large earth works projects throughout PA, OH, TX and VA. He has provided technical expertise for excavation, grading, and geologic hazard mitigations of sink holes and karst features, and has conducted deep mine investigations for commercial, highway, and solid waste projects. Also, channel and sediment evaluations for dredge disposal for ACOE and local port authorities.

    Matthew Morris, P.G. (Gannett Fleming, Inc.) - Matt is the Geotechnical Practice Leader with Gannett Fleming, Inc. located in Pittsburgh, PA. Matt holds a M.S. in Geology from Kent State University, B.S. in Geology and Earth Science from Clarion University, and obtained his P.G. via ASBOG examination in 2005. Matt is Past President of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. Since joining Gannett Fleming in 1999, Matt has worked on a variety of transportation, dam, and other infrastructure projects across the United States. Matt has project experience in most engineering geology and geotechnical engineering subject areas, but specializes in rock and soil slope stability evaluation and mitigative design. He has been integrally involved in rock slope and landslide stabilization projects for various Departments of Transportation, Transit Authorities, Private Utility Agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers.


    • August 11, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 64
    Register

    Economic and Resources Geology: Petroleum and Coal (75 mins.)

    Kristin Carter, P.G., DCNR Geologic Survey

    Economic and Resources Geology: Mining (75 mins.)

    Kurt Friehauf, PhD, P.G., Kutztown University

    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, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' mail within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 150 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    You are registering for one webinar, as noted below.  A post-webinar recording will not be available.

    Our usual and customary cancellation policy applies to this webinar, and cancellation must be requested five business days prior to webinar date.  Refund will not be made for a missed webinar.

    Reference materials will be sent ahead of the webinar, with some handouts available during the live webinar. If joining by mobile phone, please be familiar with the GoToWebinar app's control panel so you readily locate the attachment download under the Handout tab.  

    Our instructors are wholly focused on your learning experience, and remain available via Email and telephone to answer questions after the webinar concludes.

    Mock tests are a component of the seminar.

    Visit What others have said about this course.

    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.  The course also 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. The webinars are not intended as a "How to take the Test" review.  Seminar registrants usually 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.

    About our instructors

    Kristin M. Carter, P.G. (PA Geological Survey) - Kristin serves as Assistant State Geologist of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey (PAGS) and manages the Survey's Economic Geology Division. Kristin has worked as a petroleum geologist for the Survey since 2001, and her current research efforts involve unconventional petroleum reservoir and storage reservoir characterization, subsurface stratigraphy and carbon capture utilization and storage. Prior to joining PAGS, Kristin worked as a consulting hydrogeologist in the private sector, managing projects throughout the Appalachian region. Kristin holds a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology/Environmental Science (double major) from Allegheny College. Kristin passed the Pennsylvania Professional Geologist test in 1998 and is acknowledged as a Certified Petroleum Geologist by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

    Kurt Friehauf, PhD, P.G. (Kutztown University) - Dr. Kurt Friehauf is an economic geologist and professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Friehauf earned a B.Sc. in geology from Colorado State University, a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and is a registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He has worked as a gold exploration geologist (AK, CO, NM, NV) and as an underground mine geologist (AZ).  His research focuses on integrating detailed surface and underground geologic mapping and core logging with petrographic/geochemical analyses in the lab to understand ore-forming processes and develop practical exploration methods for finding ore deposits (Namibia Cu, China REE+Mo, West Papua Indonesia Cu+Au, Pennsylvania Fe, Arizona Cu+Au). 


    • August 24, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 166
    Register

    Variations in Produced Water Chemistry and Relation to Regional Geology and Production in the Marcellus Shale, Northcentral West Virginia

    Presenter

    Jonathan Brady, P.G.

    Thrasher Group


    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, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Intermediate

    Who should attend:  Geologists interested in the Marcellus Shale, Geochemistry, Water Chemistry, Produced Water Trends

    Webinar Overview:  An investigation of 74 Marcellus Shale wells across northcentral West Virginia indicates changes in produced water chemistry and hydrocarbon production can be related to geologic conditions based on well logs and core data. Moving west to east from Harrison County to Taylor County, then north into Monongalia County, gamma-ray logs show increasing intensity, especially in the Middle and Lower Marcellus. Mineralogical X-Ray Diffraction from core data indicates increasing clay content moving west to east with associated decreases in quartz minerals. Produced water analyses show changes in barium, calcium, and strontium concentrations from west to east indicating volume changes in clay and carbonates, potentially in the form of carbonate cement, are occurring across the study area.

    The geological differences result in varying produced water behaviors. These behaviors are determined by reviewing multiple produced water analyses for individual wells for periods up to ten years. Total dissolved solids concentrations typically reach their maximum value during the second year of production after which areas in Harrison County show both increasing and decreasing concentrations over time, while areas in Taylor and Monongalia show almost exclusively decreasing concentrations over time. With total dissolved solids concentrations dropping below the maximum values, relative ratios of formation water versus fracturing fluid can be determined to characterize a well’s behavior as it ages. Normalized, cumulative gas production for the wells show that the geologic differences observed in the produced water behavior are reflected in different production rates across the study area.

    About our Presenter Jonathan Brady is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and recently achieved a personal goal of obtaining his Master’s Degree in geology from WVU. He earned his BS in geology from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the majority of his career in the oil and gas industry. Jonathan is the Eastern Section Councilor for the AAPG Division of Professional Affair and the incoming Treasurer for the Pittsburgh Association of Petroelum Geologist. He recently began the next phase of his career as a Project Manager for the Thrasher Group in their Pittsburgh office focusing on geologic and energy related projects.  



    • September 14, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 155
    Register
    Karst Site Characterization, Focusing on Geophysics for Geotechnical Projects

    Presenter

    Mia A. Painter, P.G.
    Associate / Geophysical Team Leader
    Schnabel Engineering


    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, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Intermediate

    Who should attend:  Geologists, geotechnical engineers, developers, anyone interested but who isn’t sure what karst or geophysics means.

    Webinar Overview:  At a karst site, we cannot rely on interpolating conditions between test borings because of the variable subsurface conditions; therefore, our site characterizations are more comprehensive than at a non-karst site.  The goal of the site characterization is to both identify the subsurface conditions and evaluate the impacts from karst features.  Karst conditions impact geotechnical engineering projects in several ways: settlement and sinkhole development, both during and after construction; and complicated foundation design and installation due to variable rock depth and conditions.  These can result in differing condition claims, schedule delays, material overruns, and safety concerns. 

    Site characterization methods in karst may include:  fracture-trace analysis; review of available sinkhole maps and historic aerial photographs; site reconnaissance; geophysical methods; and intrusive investigation methods including test borings, test pits, and air-track probes.  Geophysical investigations can be designed to range from a screening-level survey across a new site to assist with site civil layouts, to a high-resolution survey focusing on a particular feature such as a recurring sinkhole or specific structure footprint. 

    In this talk, case histories of projects in karst will be presented where geophysical surveys were conducted, along with other site characterization methods, to characterize the site.  Case histories focus on sites in Pennsylvania and include:  a site selection between two types of karst, evaluations at an airport with a history of karst features, a sinkhole from a residential water main break, and a sinkhole in a roadway.

    About our Presenter:  Mia A. Painter, P.G., specializes in geophysics for shallow subsurface investigation for geotechnical projects. Common applications related to karst include karst assessments, karst characterizations, remediation for utility breaks in karst, and sinkhole mapping and remediation. Mia leads the geophysical services team at Schnabel Engineering where she has worked for 21 years. Before that, Mia earned a BS in geology and geophysics from SUNY Fredonia and a MS in environmental geology (emphasis in geophysics) from Ohio University. Mia’s favorite project type is a karst site characterization (even though her biggest fears include spelunking and falling into a newly opened sinkhole).

     

     



    • September 23, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 181
    Register
    A New Approach to Urban and Semi-Urban Watershed Hydrologic Characterization for Stormwater Management

    Presenter

    Emily Mercurio, PhD, P.G.
    CEO

    Civic Mapper

    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, enter your name, email address, consent to terms and conditions, and click the Register button.  Check your spam filter if you do not see the PCPG 'Action Required' email within 60 seconds of registering, here.

    PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes, within 72 hours of the conclusion of the webinar.

    Level: Basic to Intermediate

    Who should attend:  Geologists, Engineers, geoscientists, GIS practitioners, planners, and stormwater professionals

    Webinar Overview:  The availability of high resolution and highly accurate public geospatial data has enabled the creation of detailed information about terrain and land cover that can inform new hydrologic models for use in urban stormwater management. We have used these public data to generate derivative geospatial information products that served as the basis for hydrologic characterization and modeling of an urban watershed. Using an open source peak flow calculator toolset, geospatial data play an essential role in the estimation of flow at any given point within a watershed or sub-basin. These calculations and GIS-based analyses provide essential information that help stakeholders understand the impact of increasingly frequent and severe stormwater events as they relate to urban climate resilience.

    About our Presenter Emily Mercurio, PhD, P.G., is the CEO and Co-Founder of CivicMapper. She leverages her 25 years of experience with Earth science data and mapping technologies for leading the development and application of CivicMapper’s products and services. Her career has focused on creating innovative and data-driven solutions to support decisions at the intersection of our natural and built environments.

     



    • September 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
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    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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