Aquifer Test and Interpretation and Analysis (short course #192)

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Date: June 23-24, 2022
Location: Westerville, Ohio
CEUs: 1.5
Education level: Introductory



This two-day course is designed to help you actively build a skill set in aquifer-test procedures and analysis. It’s one of the core courses recommended for those pursuing a career in hydrogeology and features real-world exercises.

During this course, you will learn how to:

  • Do simple to midrange aquifer analysis
  • Manage aquifer data
  • Use flow and water measuring equipment.

Items to note:

  • You should have a working knowledge of Excel® and bring a laptop computer with you to the course.
  • Field exercises are included, and you are advised to wear comfortable clothing and proper footwear, as well as bring raingear.


Day 1

7:30 a.m. Registration, introductions, explanation of format, and course overview

8:00 a.m. Fundamentals of groundwater hydraulics

9:00 a.m. Aquifer test basics —

  • Use and application
  • Aquifer test types
  • Aquifer test design and setup
  • Conducting an aquifer test
  • Data collection

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Developing a conceptual model: Exploring web-based data —

  • Data needs
  • Data sources

11:15 a.m. Exploring data to develop a conceptual model (in-class exercise) —

  • Exploring the resources
  • Discussion of model examples

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Aquifer test analysis —

  • Data reduction and corrections
  • Data analysis using various methods
  • Aquifer test interpretation

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Slug tests: Benefits and limitations

3:30 p.m. AQTESOLV: Benefits and limitations —

  • Importance of geologic knowledge
  • Well geometry
  • Overview example

4:00 p.m. AQTESOLV: Hands on exercise —

  • Data analysis (different methods)
  • What do you do when the data analysis doesn’t look right?
  • How should outliers be addressed?

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

Day 2

8:00 a.m. Hands-on field exercises (conducting an aquifer test at Otterbein’s outdoor groundwater facility) — day begins at NGWA with equipment review —

  • Data capture
  • Parameter review
  • Static water analysis
  • High-yield wells/drainage basins

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Analysis of aquifer test data: Hands on exercise —

  • Selecting the appropriate analysis method
  • Appropriate use of type curves
  • Interpretation of results

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Interpretation of different aquifer test data sets

4:30 p.m. Course review

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns


On/before May 20, 2022

  • NGWA member — $920
  • Nonmember — $1,090

Starting May 21, 2022

  • NGWA member — $1,020
  • Nonmember — $1,190

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

Full-time students can save 10 percent. Use code STU-22jun192. 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.