Subsurface Investigation Qualification

October 16-18, 2013
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort · Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida

Taught by NHI-approved instructors, this course is part of a series to develop a training and qualification/certification program for geotechnical inspectors and field personnel. This course is intended for drillers, drilling inspectors, engineers, geologists, and technicians involved in field data collection and quality assurance of subsurface investigations. The course follows FHWA guidelines and practices for subsurface investigations. Many states now require this qualification to work on DOT projects. A partial list of topics addressed in the course are exploration equipment and methods, safety, borehole sealing, drilling and sampling requirements and criteria, proper soil and rock visual classification and descriptions, common drilling errors, and dealing with difficult subsurface site conditions. A two-hour qualification exam is administered at the end of the course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the investigation specialist's general role, duties, and importance of coordination and communication with field personnel and engineers
  • Explain the purpose of geotechnical subsurface investigations and why adequate, consistent, and quality investigations are important
  • Identify the major components of the typical subsurface investigation plan
  • Identify common drilling rigs, uses, and components
  • Explain the importance of accurate borehole logging and documentation
  • Describe the importance of accurate groundwater investigations
  • Discuss drill rig operation safety issues

Class Schedule
     Wednesday, October 16 – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
     Thursday, October 17 – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
     Friday, October 18 – 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM*

Fee includes training course, course materials, beverages, lunch, and C.E.U. certifications.

October 18, 2013 NDA Convention Seminars Following SSI Exam
At no additional fee, all class attendees are welcome to lunch with the conference attendees, to sit in on the afternoon presentations and to visit with exhibitors on October 18th after the exam, as well as stay for the Saturday talks and activities for a small fee (see below).

October 19, 2013 NDA Convention Seminars 7:30 AM Noon
Special arrangements have been made for class attendees to attend the 2013 Convention Saturday activities, including seminars at an additional cost of just $75! You will receive: breakfast, beverages and will be able to sit in on our seminars.

Instructor Biographies
Larry Gibel started his drilling career in 1969. Larry worked as a helper, driller and drilling department manager for nearly 17 years before starting his own company. Ohio TestBor has been serving Ohio and neighboring states since 1987 with Larry as owner. Larry, representing the National Drilling Association, helped during the development of the NHI SSI course.

Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst where he has been a member of the faculty since 1989. He received his B.S. degree in Construction Engineering in 1975 from Iowa State University and his M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in Geotechnical Engineering, also from Iowa State University. Between 1979 and 1983, he was a consulting Geotechnical Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa. From 1983 to 1989, he was Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Clarkson University. From 2000 to 2006, he was Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass, having stepped down in July of 2006 to return to full-time teaching and geotechnical research. Alan was one of the principal authors for the SSI course.

Hotel Accomodations
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort (on Disney property)
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 1-407-828-4444

Room rate is $84 per night; Ask for the NDA rate when making your reservation. Deadline to receive the NDA rate is September 18. The hotel has limited rooms available – reserve early!

SSI Course Registration Fees
$910 for members, $960 for non-members
Fee includes training course, course materials, lunch, and C.E.U. certifications.

Click on one of the links below to register:

NON-MEMBER Registration

MEMBER Registration