Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Project and Construction Management Training Programs- Continuing Education for Engineers Architects

Project Managers and Trained Project Managers are Needed

Business, Industry, Governments, and even non-profit organizations are looking for experienced and trained project manager.  Project managers have the ability to oversee all phases of a project and have the ability to manage the project and project team to keep the team on-point, on-time, and within budget.   The following are some online training programs to help begin the process of learning the skills and tools for effective project management and begin the certification process. 

This package contains "the best" PMI approved courses, this includes some of the Ultimate Project Manager Series which is based on the new edition of the most popular project management standard, the PMBOK guide. The Project Management Institute is a not-for-profit professional organization for the project management profession with the purpose of advancing project management.

Certificate in A/E Project Management (The Ultimate Project Manager Series)
Today’s tough economy means an increase in daily challenges, but don’t let them stop you from rising to the top. Demonstrate mastery of your profession and keep adding to your skills with the RedVector Certificate in A/E Project Management. The courses in this certificate package provide proven project management methods you can begin using immediately to ensure profitability, success, and happy clients or stakeholders on every project. This certificate package is designed to help you effectively plan, organize, control, and lead a construction project throughout its entire life cycle. This certificate package consists of 22 courses equaling 26 credit hours

When the going gets tough, the tough use all the tools available to keep their skills relevant and sharp! Now is the time to add to your qualifications, stay on the cutting edge, and make yourself indispensable by earning the RedVector Certificate in Construction Supervision. This program provides emerging construction industry supervisors with the skills, training and competencies you need in order to build effective leadership capacity. Leaders at all levels play an important role in managing the work environment, reducing turnover and minimizing HR issues. Make that superstar you! This Certificate consists of 21 courses making up 40 hours.

Project Management & Design Coordination Discount Package - Project Management Basics (Ethics course included)
This course package contains 10 hours of project management, design coordination, communication, and ethics courses. Course has been accepted by most states as a way to meet your professional continuing education requirements. 

Online Training Courses
LEED AP / Green Associate Training Courses (Credential Maintenance)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

EPAs hydraulic fracturing study Natural Gas Development

To ensure that the EPA is up-to-date on evolving hydraulic fracturing practices and technologies, we’ve been soliciting relevant data and scientific literature specific to potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. EPA’s Federal Register Request for Information to Inform Hydraulic Fracturing Research Related to Drinking Water Resources will be closing on Friday, November 15, 2013.


While the EPA is conducting a thorough literature search, there may be studies or other primary technical sources that are not available through the open literature. Interested persons may provide scientific analyses, studies, and other pertinent scientific information, preferably information which has undergone scientific peer review. The EPA will consider all submissions but will give preference to all peer reviewed data and literature sources.


Thank you for your interest in EPA’s study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

Other Resources

Learn more about supporting and protecting the Groundwater Resources and Water Resources in Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SRBC Invasive Diatom Pine Creek Watershed Rock Snot


HARRISBURG, Pa. – Monitoring staff at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC; have documented the second occurrence of the aquatic invasive species Didymosphenia geminata(didymo or “rock snot”) in the Susquehanna basin. Didymo was found in the West Branch of Pine Creek, Potter County, Pa. on October 16, 2013. Didymo is a highly invasive algae that has caused ecological harm in many high profile instances worldwide. The massive blooms and mats resulting from the spread of didymo have the potential to choke aquatic life in the basin’s high quality, cold water streams and rivers.
“The Commission takes very seriously one of its core functions of monitoring the health of the Susquehanna Basin’s aquatic ecosystems,” said SRBC Executive Director Andrew Dehoff. “The second discovery of didymo in the basin causes concern with regards to the potential threat it poses to the sensitive habitats found within our more pristine waters of the basin.”
The first occurrence of didymo in the Susquehanna basin was documented by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection biologists in June 2013, in the main stem of Pine Creek in Lycoming County near Waterville, Pa. Prior to that, such occurrences were documented in the Upper Delaware Watershed in Pennsylvania and New York as well as in several watersheds in southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and portions of West Virginia. 
Anglers, boaters, or anyone coming into contact with an infected waterway can unknowingly spread this microscopic alga, which can cling to fishing gear, waders, boots, and boats. Studies indicate that didymo can survive outside of a stream in a cool, dark, damp environment for at least 40 days, and only one cell is needed for it to spread. Those coming into contact with an infected waterway are encouraged to disinfect their gear to prevent further spread.
To find out more about didymo, the threats this aquatic invasive species poses to the Susquehanna basin, and detailed information on disinfection procedures, please visit the following websites for more information.

For the direct link to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s didymo information, visit their website at
For the direct link to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s didymo information, visit their website at
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based SRBC is the governing agency established under a 100-year compact signed on December 24, 1970 by the federal government and the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland to protect and wisely manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River starts in Cooperstown, New York, and flows 444 miles to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay.

Past Post on Rock Snot in DRBC (Fact sheet)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

On-site wastewater treatment desing management training

Onsite wastewater treatment systems collect, treat, and release about 4 billion gallons of treated effluent per day from an estimated 26 million homes, businesses, and recreational facilities nationwide (U.S. Census Bureau, 1997). These systems include treatment units for both individual buildings and small clusters of buildings connected to a common treatment system.   I work as a soil scientist and a sewage enforcement officer in Pennsylvania and conduct professional soils consulting in NY, PA, and West Virginia.   The following is a partial listing of the online training courses we facilitate. 

Onsite Wastewater Treatment - Septic Tanks
Onsite Wastewater Treatment - Design BasicsOnsite Wastewater Treatment - Nutrient Removal
Onsite Wastewater Treatment - Dosing
Utah Plumber Wastewater Package
EPA Onsite Wastewater Treatment: Processes and Systems
Wastewater: Land Treatment Systems

In addition, we offer other distance learning sources through our Webportal for Engineers, Surveyors, Architects, and other licensed professionals

We also offer hands on training courses in soil morphology, on-site wastewater selection and management,wetland science, stormwater management, and hydric soils.

December 2013 Webcasts Podcasts and Webinars Training for Professionals

Because of the importance of getting solid information and continuing education, B.F. Environmental Consultants will be providing information on webinars and webcasts that are critical to environmental professionals and professional in the areas of water treatment, design, building, engineering, alternative energy,  and environmental management.  The following is a partial listing of our available webcasts:

Fossil fuels won’t last forever and using them often pollutes our world. Solar energy is renewable; it’s clean; it’s free. You can lead the way to a future where solar energy power systems provide electricity in clean, efficient ways.

Design of Water Efficient Buildings This interactive webcast will discuss approaches for conserving water including water efficient building technologies, simple systems for recycling and reusing water on site, and how to drastically decrease the demands on shared supplies. This course will also discuss the many great environmental and economic benefits to water efficient buildings. We will conclude with details on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) criteria for water efficiency, plus additional case study examples on innovations in wastewater treatment and reuse.

Introduction to Wetlands
This interactive webcast will provide a basic understanding of wetland ecology, types, functions and management. We will discuss the economic, environmental, and social importance of wetlands. This course emphasizes wetland ecology, wildlife needs, enhancement of wetland functions, wetland determination, design and implementation, management, and monitoring considerations. 

Technology advances with the passage of time. The existence of portable and digital processors provides proof of this advancement in technology. There is a rising demand for enhanced equipment such as geo-pressure control and administration, contributing to the need for an additional degree of drilling machinery monitoring or observing, mud circulation pressure, volume, and flow ratio sensors. This course discusses drilling data monitoring and drilling data analysis, the types of recorders used to monitor, rotary system management and circulating system management, and properties of mud.
This interactive webcast explores the concepts of downcycling, upcycling, precycling, and recycling. In an era of resource conservation, the idea of reuse is paramount to meeting sustainability goals. We will introduce green-minded professionals to the concepts of downcycling (reclaiming), upcycling (refashioning), precycling (reducing waste), and recycling (reuse). We will focus on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of these four types of waste prevention. In addition, we will look at the relationship between waste reuse and technological advancement. 

Irrigation Practices for Commercial and Residential SitesThis Webcast is a full-spectrum discussion of irrigation practices. We'll start with history, discuss fundamentals, move on to proper design, and finish with alternative approaches to traditional irrigation methods. You'll receive valuable information on effective, efficient irrigation methodology for all residential and commercial needs.

Featured Training Courses in Project Management
RedVector Certificate in A/E Project Management
30 hour - Project Management - PMI Course

Webinars - Scheduled ( December 2013) - see November 2013

Professionals associated with site, building, or neighborhood planning, design, and development have a unique charge to make ethical decisions with the welfare of both the environment and citizens in mind. The goal of this three-hour webinar is to expose professionals to some of the most common ethical considerations within planning, design, and construction professions and give the opportunity to learn how to create a built environment that improves the quality of life of a community while adhering to simple strategies to facilitate ethical practice in the work place.

December 4, 2013, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: Surveys & Floor Plan Reviews12pm-2pm EST

This webinar will introduce CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), as it pertains to professionals assisting their clients to design or obtain safer built environments. Students will understand the CPTED strategies so that they can incorporate them based on clients’ needs or better understand the strategies when dealing with security planners or consultants. Displayed examples will include physical security surveys and architectural plan reviews so that after-market security countermeasures can be reduced or eliminated.

December 10, 2013, Understanding the Architectural Barriers Act of 196812pm-2pm EST
The goal of this webinar is to expose students to the importance of accessibility rights and develop a thorough understanding of accessible legal provisions.This webinar will focus on the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 that requires facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with funds supplied by the United States Federal Government be accessible to the public. 

December 12, 2013 -Big Changes, Big Impact: LEED v4 & the Future of Green The US Green Building Council has just unveiled its 4th version of the LEED certification standards known as LEEDv4. In this webinar, we will focus on the differences between LEED v4 and its predecessor, LEED 2009.The presentation will cover the reasoning behind the new update as well as describe new credit categories and the changes that are to be implemented per individual credit. The webinar will examine LEED v4 technical content and point distribution.

December 19, 2013 - HVAC Design, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1pm-4pm EST
Webinar will cover essential design information related to HVAC systems. Typical HVAC equipment and systems are covered, including key control concepts that provide reliable system operation. Webinar will be comprehensive in nature, reviewing most common types of air handling systems utilized today. 

Online Training Courses
LEED AP / Green AssociateTraining Courses (Credential Maintenance)