Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists and Engineers (short course #373)

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Date: December 2, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
CEUs: 0.7
Education level: Beginner to intermediate



This one-day course is designed to acquaint — or reacquaint — you with:

  • Various drilling methods
  • Well design concepts
  • Design calculations
  • Troubleshooting techniques.

In addition to the nuts and bolts, health and safety considerations will be addressed, as well as building rapport with other groundwater professionals at the drill site and on the project.

Additional information

Learning objectives

By attending this course, you will learn about:

  • Drilling method selection, and advantages/drawbacks for each method
  • Techniques and rationale for designing wells for optimal performance
  • Borehole analysis techniques
  • Well design calculations (e.g., hydraulic pressure, annular volume, buoyancy)
  • Construction management and documentation requirements during well installation
  • Techniques for evaluation and rehabilitation of existing wells
  • Health and safety considerations at drilling sites.

Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists
  • Groundwater engineers
  • New/early career groundwater professionals
  • Public health officials
  • State and local regulatory personnel
  • Those needing a refresher.

You will receive...

  • A course notebook
  • Midmorning and afternoon beverage breaks.

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Section 1: Introductions and overview of wells

8:20 a.m. Section 2: Drilling methods —

  • Cable tool
  • Mud rotary
  • Air rotary
  • Dual rotary
  • Reverse circulation (flooded reverse)
  • Environmental drilling methods

9:50 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. Section 3: Well design concepts —

  • Data limitations
  • Hydrogeological impacts
  • Communication issues

11:00 a.m. Section 4: Borehole analysis —

  • Analysis techniques
  • Troubleshooting drilling problems

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. Section 5: Design sequence and material selection

1:45 p.m. Section 6: Design calculations —

  • Fluid pressure calculation
  • Annular volume calculation
  • Buoyancy calculation

2:20 p.m. Break

2:40 p.m. Section 7: Well installation and completion

3:15 p.m. Section 8: Well evaluation and rehabilitation —

  • Spinner log flow profile analysis
  • Dye tracer flow profile analysis
  • Well modification case studies

4:15 p.m. Section 9: Health and safety considerations at drilling sites

4:45 p.m. Question-and-answer session

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns


On/before November 1

  • NGWA members — $520
  • Nonmembers — $670

Starting November 2

  • NGWA members — $620
  • Nonmembers — $770

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click for more details.

Full-time students can save 10% by using code STU-373Dec19.

In order to receive this discount, you need to register by phone, or enter the code on the print form and return it to us by fax or mail.

Venue and accommodations


Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 892-0711


Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(800) 732-7117
(702) 732-5111

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the per night group rates of $93 single/double occupancy, $128 triple occupancy, and $163 quad occupancy, plus $25 resort fee and applicable taxes. These rates are valid until the November 8, 2019 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before then. To receive these rates, book your room online at https://book.passkey.com/go/SNGW9R or call (800) 635-7711 and provide the passkey group code SNGW9R. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.