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MidwestGeo: Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy (Approved for 8.0 NY PDHs)

  • 31 Mar 2022
  • 31 Dec 2022
  • Online-Offline

Course Approved for 8.0 NY PDHs

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Designed for people who know there’s a better way of deciphering the subsurface.

Three course modules @ 150 min each: 7.5 Hours
Study Material, Tutorials, and Self-Testing: 0.5 Hours

This Course Includes:
•  Pre-Course Prerequisite Self-Assessment
•  Three LIVE (or On-Demand) course modules
•  Offline Tutorial Activity with quiz
•  Final Exam
•  CE Certificate from Northern Illinois University (ABET accredited)
    (for 8.0 Contact Hours)
•  Tim Kemmis, PhD
•  David Hart, PhD, PG

How we define geologic units at a site plays a huge role in our ability to unravel site complexities and build the stratigraphic sequence. Simple, right? Despite the simple concept, implementing the principles is not easy.


Application of Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy is proven to improve Conceptual Site Models (CSM) and provide a basis for stratigraphic relationships, groundwater flux, and associated contaminant transport.

There are certain challenges in implementing Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy.  Some obvious challenges exist, such as ensuring subsurface data is accurate and complete. One problem is that soil classifications and the inferred grain-size data on soil boring logs may not conform to standards, resulting in erroneous stratigraphic interpretation.

Some less obvious challenges exist not only Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy, but also in our hydrogeologic work when it comes to modern problem solving. This course teaches critical strategies to measure "certainty vs uncertainty" in ground water and contaminant movement.

If our soil borings fail to decipher the subsurface, then what would we expect from our project performance?

Strategies for deciphering depositional environments are fundamental to taking the mystery out of the subsurface. But the fundamentals for translating the story the sediments are telling onto soil boring logs remains a challenge.

The fall-out from incomplete and/or inaccurate soil boring logs coupled with the financial need to perform work faster has favored High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC). HRSC measurements are fast, reproducible and include a manageable procedural analysis. However, subsurface complexities may demand more than just HRSC measurements alone to understand subsurface relationships.

This course begins by introducing hydrogeologic principles related to Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy and subsurface investigations. It continues with steps for implementing both Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy and other common approaches to defining and characterizing the subsurface.

The course builds on this foundation by demonstrating the merits of Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy. It presents step-wise strategies for different regional depositional systems to help participants synthesize the role of stratigraphy and holistic hydrogeology at environmental sites.

Register today and learn there’s a better way.

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