Program Schedule

The Aquarius Resort Casino
Laughlin, NV
February 8 & 9, 2018



Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:30 am                     Registration Opens
7:30 am – 8:00 am   Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am  The Science of Separating Solids

Speaker: Brock Yordy, Drill Trainer & Product Manager, GEFCO;
Seminar Summary:
The key to good solids control is sizing the equipment to the job, drilling conditions, and drilling speed.

9:15 am – 10:15 am  Best Methods and Materials for Annular Seals

Speaker: Ron Peterson, Baroid IDP 
Seminar Summary: A discussion of the best methods and materials for annular seals.
10:30 am -11:30 am  Drilling Safely

Speaker: John Fowler, CSP, Safety Supervisor, National EWP
Seminar Summary: Wire rope use and inspection, hook and shackle inspection. Silica and respirators, pressure hazards.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch on your own
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Exhibitor setup
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Impact of Awareness and Information on US Groundwater Governance

Speaker: Andrew Stone, Hydrogeologist and Executive Director, American Ground Water Trust
Seminar Summary: The US groundwater industry is impacted by local, state and federal decision-makers and regulators. Who gives them the authority? How can industry professionals make their voices heard and influence the process?
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm  Defining the Operational Age of a Well: Predicting Maintenance Issues in Advance of Failure

Speaker: Michael Schnieders, PG; Water Systems Engineering
Seminary Summary: Looking at the well as a system, we can better define inputs for optimal well design and operation.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Hospitality Meet & Greet in Exhibit Hall; Beverages Available
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Bidder sign up for Auction

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (?) Buck Lively Scholarship Auction/Raffle Food & Beverages Available

  Friday, February 9, 2018
7:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am  Legal updates and Exempt Wells

Speaker: Jesse Richardson, Jr, Water Systems Council
Seminar Summary:
Get the latest from current litigation, and proposed state and federal regulations impacting the groundwater industry.
9:15 am – 10:15 am  Fake News in Groundwater: How to Identify and Avoid the Pitfalls of Hydrologic Misinformation

Speaker: Marvin Glotfelty, Principal Hydrogeologist, Clear Creek Associates
Seminar Summary: The challenges and consequences of inaccurate information or misinformed perceptions will be discussed. Recommendations for navigating through the maze of limited information will be provided.
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Area
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Exhibit Teardown
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Maximizing Your Return on Investment from a Down-Hole Camera

Speaker: Eric Hadden, Laval Underground Surveys
Seminar Summary: A broad industry perspective of available cameras along with the variety of key features that can improve your diagnostic efforts.
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm  New Technology for Building Continuous Pipe Onsite

Speaker: Mo Ehsani, PhD, PE, SE. President, QuakeWrap Inc.
Seminar Summary: New Technology for building continuous pipe onsite.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  The 7 P’s of a Great Contractor

Speaker: David Hanson, Design Water Technologies (Retired)
Seminar Summary: Think about how you view your pricing and the value of Groundwater vs. the competition. It pertains to you!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am Mountain States Groundwater Board Meeting.