5 Ways to Improve Your Next Aquifer Test Results

A thorough hydrogeologic site characterization is critical to the design of many engineering projects, from mine dewatering and groundwater treatment systems, to industrial water wells and aquifer storage projects. An aquifer test is a key component of the characterization process, yielding hydrologic data vital to system designs.

When tasked with conducting an aquifer test, many hydrogeologists and site managers lack the time or adequate training in test design, execution and data analysis needed to produce reliable, meaningful results.

Test your pumping test preparedness by answering these basic questions:

1. Design Objectives

  • Does the design meet the objective of the aquifer test?
  • What information can I expect from the test?
  • What are some ways to improve efficiency?
  • What are the risks and benefits associated with different test designs?

2. Construction

  • How many wells are needed?
  • How should wells be constructed?
  • Where do I place observation wells?

3. Field Equipment and Software

  • How do I select the right equipment and software for reliable results?
  • How do I recognize a problem?
  • Can I troubleshoot problems if they arise?

4. Subsurface Variability

  • What happens in extreme conditions of high and low hydraulic conductivityformations?
  • What tools and techniques can I use to obtain reliable data?

5. Analysis Strategies

  • Which strategies are appropriate?
  • How can I be sure my analysis is correct?

Get answers to these questions and more during our upcoming course: Aquifer Testing for Improved Hydrogeologic Site Characterization: Featuring In-Situ Level TROLL and AQTESOLV on October 16-17, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado. In-Situ, Inc. and Midwest GeoSciences Group have partnered on this popular aquifer testing course for over 10 years and it’s become the go-to-training experience for aquifer testing.

A key to the course strength is the teaching abilities and experience of the instructors:

  • Jim Butler, PhD, author of The Design, Performance and Analysis of Slug Testing
  • Glenn Duffield, author of AQTESOLV

The instructors have created a step-wise experience to learn both the basics and advances in aquifer testing. Register today for the course and begin your next expertise in aquifer testing.


What past attendees say about the course.

“Aquifer testing and data analysis are essential to many engineering and environmental projects and are often overlooked or undervalued.  This course introduces you to the tools and techniques to properly and effectively design and construct an aquifer test and analyze the data to give you the best results and provide the most value.  Midwest GeoSciences, Jim Butler, and Glenn Duffield provide a thorough and easy to understand course that will add value to your next hydrogeologic characterization. This is one of the most significant and worthwhile courses I have taken and it continues to provide value at every stage of my hydrogeology career.  I have used the tools and techniques I learned on projects around the world related to dewatering, slope stability, saltwater intrusion, groundwater remediation, baseline studies, and even for design and construction of a sustainable water supply for a remote village in Madagascar.” Adam Hobson, Hydrogeologist

“I attended this course twice and found both trips to provide invaluable information. The Course lecturers are top in their fields, very approachable and present material in an easy to learn manner. Highly recommend this course.” Pat Eller, Project Geologist

“Great course, would love to take it again. I’m sure I would learn something new and useful.” Britt Callahan, Geologist