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Expo mobile app now available

NGWA Expo app

The NGWA Expo app is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending the NGWA Expo. The app allows you to view and build your schedule, connect with other attendees, participate in surveys, and more!

Use the personalized attendee code you received with your Expo badge in the mail.

Click the links below to download the free Expo app.

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Top 10 reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s Expo

 

Exhibits
You will have 12 full hours over two days to explore the newest in products and services from hundreds of exhibitors.
Education
You can choose from more than 50 hours of educational offerings designed to help you do your job more efficiently, easily, and cost-effectively.
Experts
You will have the opportunity to learn from real-life industry experts.
CEPs
You can earn your CEPs by attending workshops, the NGWREF McEllhiney and Darcy lectures, optional short courses, and even for visiting the trade show floor.
Skills
You can improve your skills and learn new ones in the NGWA Activity Area.
Opening Session and Entertainment
You will be inspired and entertained at the opening session with Alex Bandar, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the Columbus Idea Foundry, as he presents the H2O Talk “Improving the World — One Idea at a Time”, followed by a concert by American Idol finalist Josh Gracin.
Awards
You will have the chance to join in congratulating the best of the best during the NGWA Awards presentations.
Connection
You will be able to connect with old friends and form new partnerships at the Expo — the one event that brings together professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry.
Entertainment and Contests
Stay connected and follow us on social media for chances to win fun prizes and a free trip to next year’s Expo in Las Vegas.
Experience Vegas
Want to see the lights of downtown Vegas, or see a show? Want the skinny on what show to see, where to dine, or the best places to go shopping while in Vegas? Look no further than the Hello! Las Vegas Hospitality Desk that will be located in the convention center lobby You can experience the City of Entertainment like a star by signing up for the Vintage Las Vegas Tour or hop onboard on the Fremont Street Experience shuttle.

 

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Don’t miss the kickoff presentation of the 2015 McEllhiney lecture

Wednesday, December 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Ronald B. Peterson

Ronald B. Peterson

You won’t want to miss the kickoff presentation of the NGWREF 2015 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture in Water Well Technology, “Drilling Fluids: A Common Sense Approach” by Ronald B. Peterson of Baroid Industrial Drilling Products.

Peterson, of South Jordan, Utah, has been involved in the drilling industry for more than 36 years. Hired in 1977 by Baroid as a field service representative, he has worked in various positions for the company throughout his career.

Peterson will lecture on how using the proper drilling fluid for a particular project is paramount to a successful job. His presentation will cover the:

  • Evolution of the water well industry
  • Importance of proper project planning and follow-through
  • Functions of a drilling fluid
  • Uses of bentonite, focusing on its use as a basis for drilling fluids
  • Development of other drilling fluid additives and their use to enhance the fluid properties
  • Proper selection of a grout
  • Development of grouts, and the issues and limitations in placement and in attaining a competent well seal.

The McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology is made possible by a grant from Franklin Electric.

Click here to view the Expo online program to learn more about this lecture and other Expo educational opportunities.


Las Vegas show ticket winners and deadline for early registration

NGWA Expo Las Vegas Show ticket giveaway

 

Congratulations to the two winners of our Vegas show tickets — William H . of Indiana and Dick G. of Oklahoma , who have been named the NGWA Expo winners of two passes eachto the Vegas show of their choice courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority!

Be sure to stay tuned for more news and contests on Facebook, Twitter, and our NGWA Expo news page. We’ll keep you up to speed regarding news and contests leading up to, as well as during, Expo. We have lots of exciting prizes planned!

 

Don’t forget to register by Friday, November 7 to take advantage of early registration discounts!

See you in Vegas!


Flashback Friday Expo video — CSA: What the Numbers Mean

This year’s Expo is almost here! We can’t wait to bring you the best educational offerings from industry experts.

In today’s Flashback Friday video, we’re taking a look back at a 2011 Expo presentation Accessing Company FMCSA Information: What the Numbers Meanby Patti Gillette of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association. This presentation covered the full implementation of CSA 2010, which created new measurement and evaluation systems, and much confusion on the numerical scores companies (and drivers) receive. Learn what these numbers mean and how they can be improved.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.

Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Register by next Friday November 7, to save!

 


Expo workshop spotlight

This biggest groundwater industry event is right around the corner! Did you know there are more than 50-plus hours of educational opportunities being offered all under one roof at this year’s Expo?

Find out more in today’s sneak peek video.
 

Todd Krause of Northwest Water Systems in Port Orchard, Washington, highlights the workshop, “Arsenic, Iron, Manganese, and Hydrogen Sulfide: What to do When the Standard Solutions Don’t Work.” This offering is but one of many you won’t want to miss.

For more information on this workshop, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Register today!

 


Flashback Friday Video — “Killer Contract Clauses”

This year’s Expo is quickly approaching! We can’t wait to bring you the best educational offerings from industry experts.

In today’s Flashback Friday video, we’re taking a look back at a 2011 Expo presentation “Killer Contract Clauses” by Mike Madigan of Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter in Columbus, Ohio. This presentation covers how to recognize the red flags that may pop up in a contract and what actions you can take to mitigate them. Reading and understanding the content of a contract—and all its clauses—is imperative to performing your job correctly, in a timely manner, and within the established cost estimate.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.

Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Register today!


Expo workshop spotlight — Overcoming Grouting Challenges: How the Professionals Do It

Learn valuable information from leading industry experts at this year’s Expo workshop and panels.

Find out more in today’s sneak peek video.

Stewart Krause invites you to attend a workshop being offered that will share insight on the limitations of engineered grouts, pour or pump decisions, multiple completions, annular size, and problem solving for completion and abandonment.  Other presenters include Jim Piasecki  of Drilling Products, CETCO and Jeff Blinn of Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, Halliburton. This panel will be moderated by Roger E. Renner, MGWC of E.H. Renner & Sons Inc., Elk River, MN. You won’t want to miss this informative panel!

For more information on these sessions, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

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Flashback Friday video — Using Sand Tank Models to Teach About Groundwater

This year’s Expo is right around the corner! We can’t wait to bring you the best educational offerings from industry experts.

In today’s Flashback Friday video, we’re taking a look back at a 2012 Expo presentation “Using Sand Tank Models to Teach About Groundwater” by NGWA member W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, of California State University, Fullerton. Whether you are participating in a career day or sharing with a service group, sand tank models illustrating groundwater movement can be effective tools. They can literally set the stage for your presentation or become the focal point. Learn how you can use these tools in groundwater presentations.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.

Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Register today!

 

 


Don’t miss the 2014 Darcy lecture farewell presentation

Wednesday, December 10, 1:30-3 p.m.

Don’t miss the NGWREF 2014 Darcy Lecture Series in Groundwater Science farewell presentation from Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D. at this year’s Expo.

What Happens in the Pore, No Longer Stays in the Pore: Opportunities and Limitations for Porous Media Characterization and Process Quantification Using X-ray Tomography

Dorthe-Wildenschild

Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D.

During this presentation, you will receive an overview of the current state of imaging of porous media systems — and processes taking place within them — using x-ray tomography, a technique that allows for three-dimensional observation and measurement of variables internal to an otherwise opaque object. Gain insight on how x-ray tomography has advanced to the point where it is possible to probe porous media in great detail, allowing for fully quantitative analyses of processes and mechanisms at the pore scale. Applications of the technique for the remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid in groundwater, the fundamentals of multiphase flow, and the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide will be presented.Also discussed will be technique limitations, as well as new potential advances that will allow for exciting new research in coming years.

Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University.

Click here to view the Expo online program to learn more about this lecture and other Expo educational opportunities.

 


Expo workshop spotlight — technical sessions

Did you know there are more than 50-plus hours of educational opportunities being offered all under one roof at this year’s Expo?

Find out more in today’s sneak peek video.

William M. Alley, Ph.D., NGWA director of science and technology, covers some of the highlighted technical sessions being offered for scientists and engineers you won’t want to miss.

For more information on these sessions, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Register today!

 


Flashback Friday video — How to Read a Profit and Loss Statement

This year’s Expo is almost here and we can’t wait to bring you the best educational offerings from industry experts.

In today’s Flashback Friday video, we’re taking a look back at the 2012 Expo presentation How to Read a Profit and Loss Statementpresented by NGWA Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer Paul Humes, CPA. If financial statements make you queasy, especially if business hasn’t been that good or you know your receivables are really lagging, the information in this presentation covers what you should look for when reviewing a profit and loss statement — how you can use it to better manage your business operations.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.

Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Register today!

 


Workshop Spotlight: Watching Your Back–at the Computer or on the Rig

Take a sneak peek into one of the many informative educational offerings slated to take place at this year’s NGWA Groundwater Expo!

Today we’re spotlighting “Watching Your Back — at the Computer or on the Rig ” being presented by Anne Lindsay of the University of Nevada, Reno on Tuesday, December 9, 2014: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

For more information on this workshop, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Register today!


Flashback Friday video– Hydrogeologic Guidelines for Large-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Installations

This year’s Expo is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to bring you the best educational offerings from industry experts.

Until then, each week we are going to offer you free access to exclusive content from past events! We’re proud of the content and are glad to have the opportunity to bring you these Flashback Friday Videos from leading industry experts to assist you in doing the best job possible in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Today we’re taking a look back at the 2012 Expo presentation “Hydrogeologic Guidelines for Large-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Installations” presented by Nina Baird, Ph.D. of Carnegie Mellon University and NGWA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE. NGWA has a strong interest in the growing utilization of geothermal heat pump systems, wanting these systems to work well, while protecting the groundwater resource from contamination. Association volunteers developed simple, yet responsible guidelines for conducting an appropriate hydrogeologic investigation of a site being considered for a large-scale (commercial) geothermal heat pump installation.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.

 


Industry Best Suggested Practice Work Sessions

Expo worshops

 

Help yourself, your business, and your industry be aiding in the development of best suggested practices—documents intended to instill the highest level of public confidence in groundwater and well systems. Share your insights, experience, and expertise at three different work sessions at the Expo.

All BSP work sessions are worth 1 CEP each.

 

Best Suggested Practices for Reducing Problematic Concentrations of Arsenic in Residential Water Well Systems Work Session

December 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

 

This work session will include the review of the draft changes to the NGWA Best Suggested Practices for Reducing Problematic Concentrations of Arsenic in Residential Water Well Systems. Task force members who worked on the first edition are encouraged to attend as well as all NGWA members.

 

Best Suggested Practices for Water Well and Pump Operation and Maintenance Work Session

December 11, 10-11 a.m.

This work session aims to gather industry input regarding operation and maintenance of water well systems. The best suggested practices document is currently little more than an outline, leaving space for input on each critical topic. All NGWA members are welcome to attend.

 

Best Suggested Practices for Groundwater Sampling and Testing Work Session

December 9, 3-4 p.m.

During this work session, task force members and interested guests will review these two best suggested practices draft documents to refine the content towards publication. Best suggested practices are developed through consensus of industry professionals and brought before the NGWA Board of Directors for final approval. All NGWA members are welcome to attend.

 

For more information on these workshops, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Click here to register today!


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