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Introduction To Groundwater Investigations

Category: Groundwater

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Course Materials:

IGWI Agenda 2016
Glossary and Acronyms

Course Description:

This 3-day introductory course is designed to provide participants with information concerning hydrogeological processes and the necessary elements of a sound groundwater site investigation. It is intended for personnel who are involved in groundwater contamination investigations but have little prior hydrogeological experience. This course is not designed for geologists or hydrogeologists.

Topics that are discussed include hydrogeological definitions and concepts; discussion of groundwater regions; geophysics; drilling, construction, and placement of monitoring wells; groundwater sampling considerations; groundwater modeling; and vapor intrusion.

Instructional methods include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and class problem-solving exercises.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a groundwater system.
  • List the primary hydrogeological parameters to be considered in a site investigation.
  • Construct a groundwater flow-net and calculate hydraulic gradient at a site.
  • Discuss common geophysical survey methods.
  • Identify common aquifer stress tests and the information obtained from each.
  • Describe monitoring well drilling and construction techniques.

Course material provided in class includes a workbook with the course exercises and selected lecture material. Also provided is a CD with all the Course Presentation slides, selected references material, and a glossary.

A scientific calculator is required. Continuing Education Units: 2.2  THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.  *This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend*

If you want a copy of all the Course Presentation slides to facilitate note taking, you can download and print the slides prior to class. You can access a copy of the Course Presentation Files above under Course Materials.  The IGWI Student Manual color is in color and best for viewing on a computer screen.  To print this file you will need Acrobat Reader 9 or higher. The IGWI Student Manual B&W for printing is a grey scale version best for printing.  The grey scale version only requires Acrobat Reader 7 or higher to print.