8:30 AM - 2nd Annual Joe Scribellito Jr. Memorial Golf Outing - Boulder Creek Golf Club - $95/person
Not attending the golf outing? Enjoy an excursion to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. More Info
5:00 PM - Cocktails & Visit with Exhibitors 
Appetizers sponsored by Diedrich Drill Company
Cocktails sponsored by CME
6:30 PM - Presidents BBQ Dinner
8:00 PM - Award Presentations 
8:30 PM - Bonfire, Entertainment (That 80's Band), Chinese Raffle
Entertainment sponsored by NDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

7:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast
Breakfast sponsored by Acker Drill Company
7:30 AM - Chilean Miners Rescue – When Failure is Not an Option
presented by Jeff Hart, Operations Manager, Layne Christensen Co.
9:00 AM - Break & Visit with Exhibitors
Break sponsored by CME
9:30 AM - Case Study – Expansion Lock and Dam Project, presented by Dennis Mitchell, Clint Ervin and Adam Thompson, American Engineers
10:30 AMEnvironmental Drilling, presented by Erin Fanning, Bridgeton Landfill, LLC.
11:30 AM - Lunch & Visit with Exhibitors
Lunch sponsored by Pennsylvania Drilling Co.
12:30 PM - Safety: When it Blows Apart…, presented by Greg Safran, Safe T Integration
1:30 PM - Outdoor Exhibitor Presentations & Break
Break sponsored by Hole Products
2:30 PMEnvironmental Innovations presented by Dan Schneider, Terracon
3:30 PM - New Down-Hole Tools to Improve Core Drilling Efficiency
presented by Robert Petrie, Ph.D., P.E., Baroid IDP
4:30 PM - All Chapter Meeting & Convention Recap 

Jeff Hart, Operations Manager, Layne Christensen Co.
Chilean Miners Rescue – When Failure is Not an Option

When the call came into Layne Christensen that its Latin American affiliate, Geotec Boyles Brothers, needed help drilling a hole that would lead to the rescue of 33 miners, the first reaction was to call in their best operator.  Within hours, a call was made to Afghanistan where Jeff Hart, the 10th of 11 children from Colorado’s San Luis Valley, was drilling water wells on the Forward Operating Bases for the US Army.

With 20 years of experience, Hart is recognized as one of the best in the world.  He quickly assembled a team and got to work at the San Jose Mine site.  His team consisted of Matt Staffel who was with Hart in Afghanistan, Jorge Herrera and Doug Reeves were flow into Chile from the States.

Hart operated the Schramm T-130XD rig that opened a pilot hole to 28” in diameter, wide enough to send the Fenix 2 capsule down to retrieve the miners.  After opening the hole, Hart returned to Afghanistan to finish his commitment there.

The Convention is pre-approved in the following states:

  • Colorado - 6.5 hours (course 2018-01-044-A)
  • Delaware - 4 hours
  • Florida - 6 hours S/B (course 164-092118-101) 
  • Indiana - 6.5 hours
  • Nevada - 6.5 hours
  • New Mexico - 6.5 hours
  • North Carolina - 6.5 hours
  • Texas - 7 hours (course 19030)
  • Utah - 8 hours
  • West Virginia -  2 hours
  • Wisconsin - 1 hour


The following states do not pre-approve credit hours but normally accept NDA courses for credit:

  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee


Other states pending approval

The Bertram Inn & Conference Center, 600 North Aurora Road, Aurora, OH 44202. Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, game room, shuttle service and more. Nearby attractions include Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock N Roll Museum, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, Great Lakes Science Center and others. Call (330) 995-0200 to make your reservations and be sure to mention “National Drilling Association” to receive the NDA Rate of $102 per night. 
Deadline to receive the NDA Rate is September 5th. The hotel has limited rooms available – reserve early!