Aug 17, 2011

NGWA Course Will Focus on Analysis and Design of Aquifer Tests

Two-day seminar will offer groundwater professionals opportunity to refine skills

The course “Analysis and Design of Aquifer Tests Including Slug Tests and Fracture Flow” will be offered Sept. 15 to 16 in Columbus, Ohio, by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Persons seeking to improve their background in aquifer test design and analysis will learn the principles behind aquifer testing through hands-on graphical methods. Selected computer software applications for analyzing pumping tests and slug tests will be used to demonstrate additional interpretive methods.

The curriculum presents the theory of the various methods for aquifer testing and analysis in a variety of hydrogeologic settings while also emphasizing practical problem-solving techniques.

Participants will learn how to:

• Use many of the mathematical formulations describing groundwater flow to wells in a variety of geologic and hydrologic conditions;
• Solve problems based on actual field tests to determine site-specific values of hydraulic parameters used in contaminant characterization, groundwater modeling studies and remediation strategies; and
• Prepare pretest calculations and data for aquifer tests and analyze aquifer test data under the following conditions: confined, leaky-confined, unconfined and fracture rock flow.

This course is suited to hydrogeologists, engineers, geologists and other groundwater professionals interested in refining their skills.

The instructors are:

• Thomas Naymik, Ph.D., who received his degree in geology from Ohio State University. He is currently a senior consultant with GeoSyntec Consultants Inc. in Columbus; and
• Scott Bair, Ph.D., professor in the department of geological sciences at Ohio State University, who teaches water resources, hydrogeology, hydrogeologic field methods and numerical modeling.