Jan 26, 2010

NGWA Offers Short Course on Design, Construction of Wells

Particpants also to learn about choosing a drilling technology

The National Ground Water Assn. is offering a two-day course on the design and construction of water production and monitoring wells Feb. 18 to 19 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Every well needs to be designed and constructed to meet the unique aspects of the hydrogeologic environment and its intended purpose, which may range from obtaining thousands of gallons per minute from a heterogeneous sand aquifer to monitoring for contaminants in a fractured rock environment. This course addresses these and other issues.

In addition to learning about the design and construction of water production and monitoring wells, participants will learn to understand general aspects of well design to meet state and federal standards and select a drilling technology to meet site conditions and well objectives.

This introductory course, which assumes that participants have some knowledge of groundwater hydrology, is best suited for:
• Hydrogeologists, geologists, and engineers;
• State regulators;
• Mining engineers;
• Project managers;
• Equipment manufacturers;
• Well inspectors; and
• Water resource planners.

Course instructors are Dale Ralston, Ph.D., president of Ralston Hydrologic Services, which specializes in groundwater consulting and education, and Allan Wylie, Ph.D., a hydrogeologist for the Idaho Department of Water Resources.