May 16, 2014

NGWREF Announces 2015 McEllhiney Lecturer

Ronald B. Peterson will lecture on drilling fluids in well construction

NGWA 2015 McEllhiney Lecturer NGWREF Ronald B Peterson

Ronald B. Peterson, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products senior account executive, will present the 2015 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture in Water Well Technology, "Drilling Fluids: A Common Sense Approach," the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation announced.

Peterson, of South Jordan, Utah, has been involved in the drilling industry for more than 36 years. Hired in 1977 by Baroid as a field service representative, he has worked in various positions for the company throughout his career.

Peterson will lecture on how using the proper drilling fluid for a particular project is paramount to a successful job. His presentation will cover the:

  • Evolution of the water well industry;
  • Importance of proper project planning and follow-through;
  • Functions of a drilling fluid;
  • Uses of bentonite, focusing on its use as a basis for drilling fluids;
  • Development of other drilling fluid additives and their use to enhance the fluid properties;
  • Proper selection of a grout; and
  • Development of grouts, and the issues and limitations in placement and attaining a competent well seal.

The McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology is made possible by a grant from Franklin Electric.