Inaugural Meeting and Field Trip of the Newly Formed Massachusetts Geological Society (MaGS)

September 4th, 2015

HGI is pleased to be a founding corporate member of the new Massachusetts Geological Society (MaGS), which already has 182 members. On June 4th, MaGS had its inaugural membership meeting, with 73 attendees and Massachusetts State Geologist, Steve Mabee, Ph.D., presenting a talk entitled “So Massachusetts Has a Geological Survey.”  On July 18th, MaGS had its first field trip, led by Drs. Lindley Hanson and Rory McFadden of Salem State University, who provided an informative and entertaining geological excursion among the rocks and landforms of the Lynn Woods and Breakheart Reservations.  The field trip was attended by 39 geologists and geologist friends, as you can see from the group photo below.  Topics of interest included the Peabody and Dedham Granites, the Walden Pond Fault, the Neoproterozoic Dedham North and surrounding Neoproterozoic volcanic rocks, and the Westboro Formation, the oldest formation in the Avalon Terrane.  Thanks to both the trip leaders and attendees for making the field trip so successful.

For more information about MaGS, including additional photos from the field trip, visit the MaGS website at

MaGS field trip photo

2015 NGWA Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rock - September 28-29, 2015

August 14th, 2015

If you’re planning on attending this year’s NGWA Fractured Rock Conference in Burlington, Vermont, stop by HGI’s exhibit featuring HGI’s borehole logging capabilities, including its new Gyro Shot gyroscopically-oriented borehole survey tool.  Then attend the Monday afternoon session to hear HGI Vice President Mario Carnevale’s paper “Identifying Large Bedrock Structures with Borehole Data:  Can We See the Forest from the Trees.”  You can view the full conference agenda at

HGI Achieves 3rd Party Certification of Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

May 15th, 2015

HGI is proud to announce that as of April 10th, 2015 we have obtained third party certification from the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).  This, in addition to our other DBE certifications, gives us an advantage in gaining and maintaining government contract work both independently and through strategic partnerships.  We truly look forward to the additional doors this certification will help us to open.   


HGI Attends SAME Boston Post Annual Dinner and Scholarship Presentation

May 6th, 2015

As part of our continued support for our armed services while promoting education in engineering and sciences HGI attended the Society of American Military Engineers annual dinner and scholarship award ceremony.  The event was as successful as ever with many of the SAME community showing their support.  A total of 19 students were awarded with nearly $70k in scholarship aid.  HGI congratulates the students for their achievements and wishes them all well in their upcoming studies and inevitably successful futures!

SAGEEP 2015 - GPR Inspection of Structural Wood Beams

May 5th, 2015

This past March, HGI’s very own Katie Decker, PhD, presented an innovative topic at this year’s Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems in Austin, TX.  Katie and co-author Alex Buller’s talk was featured in the Agricultural Geophysics & Material Properties section and was titled “The Use of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) for Non-Destructive Monitoring of In-Situ Structural Wood Quality.”  This research highlighted results from an ongoing investigation at a local facility where laminated wood beams were known to be degrading over time due to exposure to water and stress.  The presentation is the culmination of a temporal study spanning seven years of GPR data collection, with results indicating clear but varied responses to varying stages of decay. Nice job Katie!