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MSECA's Fundamentals Series of on-demand video provide an opportunity for those starting their career in environmental consulting to obtain the foundational knowledge they need to be successful. Convenient education you can access on your schedule and economical at only $25 a presentation.

All presentations include a link to a short quiz at the end and an electronic certificate for those who pass the quiz to show that you have completed the course. 

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Soil Boring Logs (15 minutes)  

Presented by: Kellen P. Heavin, P.E., Earth Exploration, Inc.

This presentation is intended to introduce the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) through comparison to other soil classification systems (i.e., USDA and AASHTO) and an explanation of the steps in the classification process. Photographs and descriptions of some USCS soil types, as well as tips to aide in visual identification of some of the soil types will be provided. In addition, the equipment and processes utilized to obtain soil and rock samples for geotechnical and environmental purposes will be explained.

Presented by: Morgan E. Saltsgiver, LPG, ATC Group Services

At the end of the main presentation a short addendum has been added to walk you through the process of properly filling out a soil boring log.

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Presented by: Douglas Zabonick, Patriot Engineering and Environmental, Inc.

In this module we will address the communication skills that are vital for any successful environmental consultant. The presentation will cover topics such as technical writing and understanding your audience. The module will also review best practices for what to and what not to say, confidentiality, and the use of social media.

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Presented by: Timothy A. Bannister, LPG, SESCO Group

In this module we will cover the fundamentals of hydrogeology including:

  • Aquifers
  • Potentiometric Surface Maps
  • Perched Water Tables
  • Hydraulic Tests of Geologic Units
  • Karst
  • Modeling
  • Monitoring Well and Piezometer Construction