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

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Date: December 13, 2021
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
CEUs: 0.7
Education level: Beginner to intermediate

Instructors:

Overview:

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.

Continuing education:

This course has been approved for 7.75 CECs for Licensed Environmental Professionals in the state of Connecticut.

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.
Program

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

Fees

On/before November 12

  • NGWA member — $535
  • Nonmember — $685

Starting November 13

  • NGWA member — $635
  • Nonmember — $785

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

Full-time students can save 10% by using code STU-21dec373.

Venue and accommodations

Venue

Music City Center
201 Rep. John Lewis Way South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Accommodations

HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 782-5300

Please note that as of September 2, 2021, the NGWA room block at our headquarters hotel, the Omni, has sold out, but there is still availability in the NGWA room block at our partner hotel, the JW Marriott, listed below.

PARTNER HOTELS
JW Marriott Nashville
201 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 291-8600

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rates of $259/single or double occupancy, $279/triple occupancy, $299/quadruple occupancy, and $459 for an executive suite per night, plus applicable taxes. These rates apply to NGWA room block and are valid until the November 19 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before that date. Click here to make your reservation online. If making your reservation by phone, be sure to state you are attending this NGWA event. Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.

Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown
118 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 515-5800

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rates of $189/single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. These rates apply to NGWA room block and are valid until the November 19 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before that date. Click here to make your reservation online. If making your reservation by phone, be sure to state you are attending this NGWA event. Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.