Mid-Atlantic Chapter Events



Annual Spring Training Day
Friday, May 12th, 2017
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hands-on demonstration tailored for Geotechnical and Environmental applications
and smaller scale drilling operations.

Site location provided by:
Free State Drilling, Inc.
10409 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville, MD 21793

Thank you to our sponsors:
Hole Products (Donuts and Coffee)
Diedrich Drill Inc. and CME (Lunch)

Registration Fee:
Mid-Atlantic NDA Chapter Members:
$40.00 prepaid / $50.00 at the door
Non members: $60.00 prepaid / $70.00 at the door

Hard hats, boots and safety glasses are mandatory

RSVP by Monday, May 8th


Cancellation Policy:
Attendee Registration cancellations must be made at least 3 business days prior to the event.

Coffee and Donuts sponsored by Hole Products

Classroom Session #1: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Drilling Safety
John Fowler with Drilling Safety Solutions, Inc. will lead a discussion on drilling safety. This will be an interactive session encouraging feedback related to site safety.
Mr. Fowler’s years of diverse drilling experience guides his approach to safety. John has drilled in the U.S., Antarctica, Greenland, and on the ice at the geographic North Pole. John became a safety professional while working in the unique field of mineral exploration drilling and mine de-watering drilling. As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) active in the field, John continues to keep up with the latest techniques and regulations while applying them to real-life situations. John unites expertise in safety with a deep knowledge of the drilling and pump industry that can’t be found elsewhere.

Classroom Session #2: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Craig Skiles will lead a two-part presentation on the installation of geotechnical instrumentation.It will include methods of installation for inclinometers, vibrating wire piezometers, and extensometers. Mr. Skiles is the Eastern US Sales Manager for Durham Geo Slope Indicator and has over 10 years’ experience in the installation, monitoring, surveying and training in the Geotechnical Engineering Field. Mr. Skiles has conducted field testing using CSL, PDA, PEM, Inclinometer, vibration Monitoring, MASW, Geotechnical instrumentation and assessment surveys. As the Eastern US Sales Manager for DGSI he continues to assist and train drillers, engineers and technicians in the installation, use and decommissioning of Geotechnical instrumentation.

Classroom Session #3: 10:00am -10:45am
The second part of Mr. Skiles’s discussion

Classroom Session #4: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Infiltration Testing
Stacy Ziegler, President of CGC Geoservices, Ltd.
Ms. Ziegler began her career as a Geotechnical /Construction Engineer in 1995. Her experience includes geotechnical fieldwork and analysis, infiltration testing and evaluation, bearing capacity and settlement, pile capacity, slope stability, design of mechanically stabilized earth structures, and pavement evaluations. She has provided oversight and management of large and small construction review projects, and has served as Field Construction Engineer for utility construction, earthwork, concrete, and pavement construction projects. Her experience also includes field review of specialized instrumentation; video inspections; and pavement evaluations. Ms. Ziegler is also experienced in geothermal feasibility evaluations and geothermal vertical closed loop installations.
Ms. Ziegler started CGC Consulting, LLC and CGC Geoservices, LLC in 2008. As President of these firms, her daily responsibilities include field implementation of projects as well as project management, staff management, contract development, client interface, and financial management of the companies.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Lunch will be provided and sponsored by Diedrich Drill and CME

Outside Demonstration: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Field demonstration. Three drills each installing instrumentation and one rig installing the infiltration casing.
Drill 1. Infiltration Testing
Drill 2. Slope Inclinometer
Drill 3. Extensometer
Drill 4: Vibrating Wire Piezometer

Round Table Safety Meeting: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Brian Siwinski
Mr. Siwinski is the Manager of Drilling services for Hillis-Carnes Drilling Services with 32 years of experience in the industry. He has held thousands of tailgate safety meetings and is partnered with the NDA in its use of the “Drilling Safety Guide” He has served as the Secretary of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the NDA and is the Current President.
A chance for all of us to share stories about accidents and near misses. We will specifically review entanglement.  The NDA Drilling Safety Guide Specifically States “When rotating augers, Stay clear of the rotating auger and other rotating components of the drill rig. Never reach behind or around a rotating auger for any reason whatsoever.”