An Invitation for Presenters at the PGWA Winter Conference

On January 25 and 26, 2018, in Grantville, PA

By Todd Giddings, Ph.D., P.G., PGWA Education Committee Chairman


For the past 8 years, the PGWA has had two concurrent tracks of PowerPoint presentations in their annual Winter Conference that is held at the end of January, in the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey in Grantville, PA. The Technical Track presentations have provided Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) to Pennsylvania licensed professional geologists and professional engineers. The Business Track presentations have provided continuing education credits to licensed well drilling contractors in Pennsylvania and other states.

The PGWA is issuing this invitation for you to consider submitting an abstract of your proposed 2018 PowerPoint presentation for either the Technical Track or the Business Track. Your abstract should be between 150 and 300 words in length, and should succinctly describe your proposed presentation.

Proposed presentations for the Technical Track should be on practical topics, methods, or equipment that apply directly to the subject areas of water-well drilling, groundwater quality, or geothermal heat pump systems. Proposed presentations for the Business Track may be on any business, economic, or equipment topic in the water-well drilling and geothermal heat-pump system industries.

The 2018 PGWA Winter Conference program currently has openings for 6 presentations in the Technical Track, and for 5 presentations in the Business Track. All conference presentations will be 50-minute PowerPoint presentations, with 10 minutes at the end for questions or discussion. In the presentation room, we will provide a laptop computer, a PowerPoint projector, a wireless slide controller, a laser pointer, a wireless lavalier microphone, and a digital clock to keep the program on-schedule.

There is a fill-in-the-blanks pdf form at this link for you to fill in to sumit your presentation description for consideration. The presentation selection process for the Technical Track will give preference to submissions that are of a practical and applied nature, such as a case-history story showing how you solved a hydrogeological problem on a job site.

The PowerPoint presentation submission deadline is Friday, October 6, 2017. Authors of proposed presentations that are selected to be on the program will be notified by October 13, 2017. Each presenter of the selected presentations will receive a complimentary conference registration which waives the registration fee of $135 for current PGWA members or $200 for non-members. Any additional authors of a selected presentation must pay the applicable registration fee.

To show potential presenters in the Technical Track the very wide range of toopics that have been presented over the past 8 years, those Technical Track presentation titles are provided below.


How to Combat the Detrimental Effects of Turbidity and Meet Rules and Regulations: Polymer Enhanced Best Management Practices

A Practical Introduction to PDC Drilling

What Is PEXa Pipe and Why Does it Make a Great Ground Loop?

The Benefits and Detriments of Using Flowable Fill as a Grout Material in Geothermal Boreholes


How to Construct a Geothermal Loop Field Right Next to a Public Water-Supply Well

Over   Over 1 million hydraulic fracturing stimulations within the USA without compromising fresh groundwater: True or False?

The Chilean Miners’ Rescue: Meeting the Challenges with Plan B

Water Quality Testing Near Marcellus Gas Wells

The Nebraska Grout Task Force Research: Unexpected Results — New Solutions

Making Drilling Water Clear

Geothermal Grouting: Lessons from the Borehole

Field Thermal Conductivity Testing


Overcoming the Growth Barriers in the Geothermal Industry

Water Quality in Residential Water Wells Located near Marcellus Gas Wells

Overview of Shell’s Groundwater Protection and Stray Gas Mitigation Program in Pennsylvania

What should be in the New Legislation for Residential Water Well Construction Standards?

On-Site Treatment and Disposal of Muddy Geothermal Drilling Water

Water Resource Management for Marcellus Natural Gas Operations

Proper Silica Selection for Geothermal Loop Installation

PEXa vs. HDPE Pipe: Thermal Performance Comparison

Geothermal Drilling and Grouting


Water Well Hydraulic Stimulation is NOT Hydrofracking

PDC Drill Bits: A Closer Look

Baseline Water Quality in Groundwater Wells Across the Marcellus Region of Pennsylvania

Case-As-You-Drill Through Caving Overburden

Hydrogeologic Guidelines for Large-Scale Geothermal

How Variable Flow Increases the Performance of Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Ground-Source Heat Pumps: The Hydrogeologist’s Approach to Geothermal Systems

Proper Disinfection of Water Wells

Polymer “Mud” Rotary Drilling Through Caving Overburden


A Water Well and a Geothermal Heat Pump: Energy Efficiency Does Not Get Any Better Than This!

A Study of Roadside Springs in Pennsylvania

How to Easily Convert an Air-Rotary Drill Rig to do Mud-Rotary Drilling

Groundwater Spreadsheets: An Efficient and Practical Resource for Solving Simple and Complex Flow, Pollution, and Environmental Problems

Geothermal Earth Coupling: It’s All About the Site Specifics

The Design and Construction of a Standing-Column Well

Shale Energy Development: What You Need to Know

New Generation, One-Part Cementitious-Pozzolanic Grouts for Ground Source Heat Loops

Installation and Performance Examples for the HDPE Loop Kidney-Pipe


How to use Stiff-Foam to Air-Rotary Drill Through Caving Overburden

Drilling Fluids: A Common Sense Approach

What Are Fracture-Trace Wells and Why Are They So Difficult to Construct?

Twister™ High-Efficiency Geothermal Heat Exchanger

How to Use the Site Hydrogeology to Optimize the Performance of Open-Loop Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Groundwater Impacts from Shale Energy Development: Separating Fact from Fiction 

PowerTEC aditive to Increase the Thermal Conductivity of Bentonite Grout

How 45 Years of Water-Table Level Monitoring Can Tell You a Whole Lot about the Gatesburg Formation


Residential Water-Well Construction Standards: What Lies On the Road Ahead?

Detailed Well Recovery Tests: A Method for Characterizing Overall Well ‘Yield’ and Identifying Water Bearing Zones

Understanding Hydrogeology and Its Impact on Large-Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems: A New Guidance Document by the NGWA

Water-Well Contaminants and Treatment Options

Continuous Water Chemistry Monitoring and Biological Results in the Marcellus Shale Region of the Susquehanna River Basin

Water-Budget and Recharge-Area Simulations for Spring Creek and Nittany Creek Basins and Parts of the Spruce Creek Basin, Centre and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania

How to Use the XS Casing Advancement System to Air-Rotary Drill Through Caving Overburden

Towanda Municipal Authority New Well Field Development: Replacing Aging Water Supplies in an Extremely Challenging Geologic, Regulatory, and Socioeconomic Setting

Issues Associated with the Use of Untreated Roadside Springs as a Source of Drinking Water


Elevated Lead and Copper in Groundwater

How to Use a Sediment Filter Bag to Treat Muddy Drilling Water and Contain Drill Cuttings for Easy Site Cleanup

The Importance of Forests to Groundwater

Defining the Operational Age of a Well: Predicting Maintenance Issues in Advance of Failure

Polymer “Mud” Rotary Drilling through Caving Overburden

Natural Upward Movement of Groundwater in Wells as a Cause for Well-Yield Degradation

Water Management Trends for Shale Energy Development

Integrating Stray Gas Migration and Well Integrity GIS Datasets to Assess for the Presence of Anthropomorphic Methane Flux

Compost Filter Sock: Overview, Installation, and Maintenance

Making Drilling Water Clear