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Flashback Friday Video — Air Rotary Drilling

Each week, we plan to take a look back at some workshops, courses, photos, and more from past Expos. We’re proud of the content and are glad to have the opportunity to bring you leading experts in their field 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 to the 2013 Expo presentation covering air rotary drilling by NGWA member and 2015 President-Elect Richard Thron, MGWC, of Mantyla Well Drilling Inc., Stillwater, Minnesota.

This workshop covers the general operation of air rotary drilling and proper selection of equipment needed to safely construct a water supply well using this method. Proper setup and teardown procedures are also discussed. Those new to the industry and those in need of a refresher can benefit from this presentation.

A little background on Thron… He began working full-time with Mantyla Well Drilling in 1966 and became the owner in 2000. He’s been an NGWA member since the 1980s, has served on numerous committees and task forces, and has participated in numerous panel discussions and seminars as a speaker on DOT-OSHA, safety, and public education, as well as air rotary drilling.

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

 


Save on registration fees with team discounts

Team discount: Save 10 percent per person on Expo registration fees when you register three or more of your team at the same time.The savings are based on the regular (i.e., nondiscounted) Expo rates from whichever membership status applies (NGWA member vs. nonmember). Registrations must be made at the same time with total payment submitted to qualify. Please call NGWA customer service at 800 551.7379 (614 898.7786 outside the United States) to take advantage of this team discount.


Top 10 reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s Expo 2

 

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.

 

Register today!


This year’s Expo will be “magical”!

Thursday, December 11, 2:30-4 p.m.

At the close of this year’s Expo, you are invited to celebrate the kick-off of the 2015 Expo — complete with refreshments, prizes, and MAGIC!

Jason Andrews is the iconic image you think of when you hear “magician.” His style combines classic magic with contemporary class and elegance. Recently returned to the United States after a three-week appearance at Trump Towers in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, he’s also appeared in the world-famous “Crazy Horse” at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip and on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Andrews has been awarded a total of 25 variety accolades including International Champion of Magic & Entertainer of the Year.

In addition, there will be refreshments and a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 Expo taking place December 15-17 in Las Vegas.

*Good toward airfare, hotel, and Expo registration fee. Value capped at $1,000.00. Must be present to win.


Make the most of your experience at the Expo Orientation

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Tuesday, December 9, 8-9 a.m.
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

 

Make the most of your 2014 Groundwater Expo experience!

Whether you’re a first-time attendee, a new NGWA member, or an experienced Expo veteran who wants to learn more about this year’s events and resources available on-site, and all that’s new, plan to attend one of these informative Expo Orientation sessions.

Here you’ll learn about the educational offerings, networking opportunities, navigating the exhibit hall, and how to make the best use of your time.

 

Register to attend NGWA Expo today and save with early bird registration.


Opening session brings big ideas with Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

Join 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” a journey into the exciting world of the Maker Movement. Explore how new opportunities such as free online education, open-source software, digital prototyping resources (think 3-D printers), and crowdfunding, combined with more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts, are empowering people like never before. Bandar presents the history of the “makerspace” and provides examples of how “makers” of all types — from scientists and designers to entrepreneurs and inventors — are coming together to bring about the next generation of products and innovations to improve the world…one idea at a time. You’re sure to leave feeling encouraged, creative, and emboldened to rediscover your own DIY spirit.

Don’t miss his presentation at the opening session, Wednesday December 10, 2014.

Check out his TEDX presentation below.


Travel grants available to students and individuals from developing nations.

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) has approved the awarding of travel grants for students and individuals from developing nations wishing to attend educational events, including the NGWA Groundwater Expo.

The Foundation knows that sharing research and learning from others is crucial to advancing groundwater knowledge.

Qualified candidates can apply for a grant at http://www.ngwa.org/Foundation/21century/Documents/Travel-grant-application-interactive.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Send completed applications and questions to ngwref@ngwa.org.


Take a Tour of Vintage Las Vegas

Las Vegas

December 10, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Las Vegas – the City of Entertainment! With Vintage Vegas, you will enjoy an orientation tour in one of the world’s most recognizable cities. You will begin at the Neon Boneyard where you will bear witness to the classic Las Vegas art form – the neon sign.

Next, continue down Las Vegas Blvd to the Mob Museum. The Mob Museum sheds a light on how the Mob came to be, the battles that were fought, and its remains in modern society, while taking common conceptions of Mob culture and history and distinguishing fact from fiction. As you move through the Museum, you’ll also be witness to some of the most infamous Mob artifacts, such as the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was murdered.

Last and certainly not least, you will stop at the world famous Fremont Street Experience. Glittering lights. Stunning visual and sound effects. Crowds of people. Just another night, right? Wrong. Welcome to the Fremont Street Experience located in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. This project blends vintage Las Vegas with high tech wonderment, live entertainment and more to create an attraction that rivals the famed Vegas Strip. A must see for anyone visiting our great city!

Save your seat and register today.

Itinerary:

1:00PM Depart Las Vegas Convention Center
1:30PM Arrive at Neon Boneyard
2:30PM Depart Neon Boneyard, continue to Mob Museum
2:45PM Arrive at Mob Museum
4:15PM Depart Mob Museum
4:30PM Explore Fremont Street
5:30PM Depart Fremont Street
6:00PM Arrive at Las Vegas Convention Center

Kick up your heels with American Idol finalist Josh Gracin

A Michigan native who grew up listening to country and R&B music, Josh Gracin catapulted to fame after auditioning for the second season of the hit television series American Idol. Josh, who was serving in the United States Marine Corps at the time, quickly became a fan favorite and won the hearts of viewers with his strong fourth place finish on Idol.

Following his appearance on the series and the completion of his military service (he was honorably discharged in 2004), Josh released his self-titled debut album that summer. Three Top Five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart later, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album gold. “Gracin Nation” was wanting more, and Josh delivered in the form of his sophomore album, We Weren’t Crazy, which was released in 2008. The album produced five more chart singles, including a top ten in its title track. Redemption, Josh’s third album, was released in 2011 and showcased his growth as a writer, artist and producer with the hit single “Long Way to Go” making its way up the adult contemporary charts.


Don’t miss your chance to exhibit — 90% of the Expo exhibit hall is sold!

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The Groundwater Expo is still months away, but the exhibit hall is already 90% sold out! You can learn more about each one by visiting the Groundwater Expo exhibitor list!

The Expo is the only event bringing together the top groundwater industry decsion-makers in one place! Make sure your company is part of the action! The exhibit hall will be open for two days to allow attendees to learn about the latest products and services you have to help you grow their business.

Check out the exhibitor page and the Groundwater Expo 2014 floor plan to see all of the current exhibitor opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us now to learn more about the benefits to your business.


Innovation, Inspiration, and Entertainment!

Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

In addition to the outstanding educational lineup and hundreds of exhibitors you’ve come to expect at the Groundwater Expo, this year’s event  has an opening session not to be missed!
Join 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” a journey into the exciting world of the Maker Movement. Explore how new opportunities such as free online education, open-source software, digital prototyping resources (think 3-D printers), and crowdfunding, combined with more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts, are empowering people like never before. Bandar presents the history of the “makerspace” and provides examples of how “makers” of all types — from scientists and designers to entrepreneurs and inventors — are coming together to bring about the next generation of products and innovations to improve the world…one idea at a time. You’re sure to leave feeling encouraged, creative, and emboldened to rediscover your own DIY spirit.

Josh Gracin

Josh Gracin

Next up are the NGWA award presentations. After all, there’s no better way to recognize innovation in the groundwater industry than with the awards that spotlight the best and the brightest.

To round out the morning’s events– and get you in the mood for the opening of the exhibit hall — is country music’s Josh Gracin. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps at the time, he skyrocketed to fame after becoming the fourth-place finalist in the second season of American Idol. Following his appearance on the series, Gracin completed his military service, was honorably discharged in 2004, and then released his self-titled debut album that summer. Three Top Five singles later, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Register today for The Complete Groundwater Event!


Sponsors

2014 NGWA Expo Sponsors