Field Methods: Groundwater Sampling and Analysis (short course #226)

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Date: June 13-15, 2022
Location: Westerville, Ohio
CEUs: 2.15
Education level: Introductory to intermediate (with a groundwater background)



Designed for both early career groundwater professionals and those desiring a practical refresher, this hands-on course will aid you in developing skills necessary to perform quality work in the field. Course emphasis is placed on sampling strategies and techniques in addition to first-hand experience. Field exercises will be supplemented with classroom orientation and data analysis exercises.

Field and classroom exercises will include:

  • Developing and implementing a sampling plan
  • Preparing to go into the field
  • In-field well sampling activities
  • Soil sampling using conventional hand equipment
  • Soil sampling to identify source areas
  • Sample management and shipping protocols
  • Data reduction and data analysis
  • Well sampling demonstration
  • PFAS sampling considerations.

Classroom instruction will address:

  • Overview of appropriate groundwater sampling techniques and their applicability to regulatory requirements
  • Sampling in conformance to regulatory program requirements
  • Importance of the site conceptual model
  • Reporting strategies.

Additional information

Learning objectives

During this course, you will learn about:

  • Regulatory and compliance drivers for groundwater sampling
  • How to prepare for, and conduct, groundwater sampling activities
  • Proper protocols for shipping samples for laboratory analysis
  • How to analyze sampling results.

Who should attend?

  • New hires in consulting and engineering firms
  • Practicing professionals who need/want to refresh their skills
  • Recent graduates with hydrology/hydrogeology/geology degrees
  • Graduate students who wish to enhance their skills
  • Those pursuing a bachelor’s degree who have already had a hydrogeology course.

Items to note

  • You should plan to participate in the daily field activities, which means wearing sunscreen as needed, and appropriate clothing and footwear to prevent contact with poison ivy.
  • Please bring safety goggles, a hard hat, and hearing protection.
  • You should bring a laptop computer with you to work out classroom problems.

Day 1

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Welcome and course overview

8:15 a.m. Regulatory programs and data collection structures — understanding the “subtle” differences

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Sampling plans and developing a conceptual site model

11:30 a.m. Preparing to go into the field, overview of sampling equipment

12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:15 p.m. Field work (Otterbein Lake)

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Data management at Otterbein Lake, monitoring wells

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns for the day

Day 2

8:00 a.m. Well drilling demonstration

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Data loggers water monitoring equipment demonstration

12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:15 p.m. Pumping test setup

2:00 p.m. Field work — hands-on well development and sampling

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Field work continued

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns for the day

Day 3

8:00 a.m. Developing a sampling plan, data management

9:00 a.m. PFAS sampling considerations

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Visit to the Otterbein Equine Center

12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:15 p.m. Laboratory methods and procedures

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. The evolution of groundwater remediation sites — a central Maryland PCE case study

4:45 p.m. Course wrap-up

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns


On/before May 20, 2022

  • NGWA member — $1,170
  • Nonmember — $1,370

Starting May 21, 2022

  • NGWA member — $1,270
  • Nonmember — $1,470

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

Full-time students can save 10 percent by using code STU-22jun226. 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


NGWA headquarters
601 Dempsey Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081
(800) 551-7379
(614) 898-7791


You will need to secure your own overnight accommodations. To access a listing of hotels in the Westerville, Ohio, area, click here to get started.