Learn about groundwater, water well siting, well design and drilling supervision in a humanitarian or development context.
About this event
ABOUT THE COURSE
Are you a development or humanitarian water engineer who needs to know more about hydrogeology? Have you come back from the field, wishing you knew more about how to manage well siting, drilling rigs and drilling programmes? Is hydrogeology part of your job but you would like more of a practical understanding? Led by renowned specialists, this course aims to develop knowledge of groundwater, water well siting, drilling supervision, well design.
The course is generously supported by a number of companies and charities providing equipment and demonstrations including Cranfield University (course facilities and field equipment), Forterra (access to a local quarry), Marriott Drilling (Rotary drilling), Geomatrix (electrical geophysical equipment), In-Situ Europe (water level data loggers), Palintest (microbiological and chemical test kits) and Boode (well screen and drilling supplies). This is an intensive and highly practical course providing as much hands-on experience as possible over the course of four days.
The course will be run over 4 days including 2.5 days of practical hands-on field experience covering field and site assessments; using geophysics for well siting; carrying out water well drilling supervision; and undertaking pumping tests and water quality field testing. There are 1.5 workshop days covering groundwater theory, well siting, borehole design and pumping test data analysis to put this practical experience into context.
This course is a collaboration between RedR UK, Cranfield University and Groundwater Relief. Course presenters and facilitators are senior Hydrogeologists with extensive international experience.
DAY 1: SITE ASSESSMENT AND BOREHOLE DESIGN
Introduction to hydrogeology
Hydrogeological appraisal in the field
Setting up of Drilling Rig
DAYS 2 AND 3: SUPERVISION AND CONSTRUCTION OF WATER WELLS
Drilling Supervision of a rotary rig
Materials, methods, sampling and record keeping (logging drill cuttings, well consumables, well development)
Electrical geophysical surveying methods
Well installation and development
DAY 3: POST-DRILLING SITE ACTIVITIES
Borehole completion and development
Pumping test – using other boreholes on site
On-Site water quality testing (physio-chemical /microbiological)
DAY 4: THE BIGGER PICTURE
Test pumping theory and interpretation of field data (workshop)
Siting boreholes – a case study from the African Basement complex (workshop)
Design of boreholes in hard rock
Please meet our trainers
Geraint Burrows is a hydrogeologist and WASH engineer with 15 years’ experience managing small to large scale groundwater supply projects all over Africa and Asia. Previously he worked for organisations such as the International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam and UK Environment Agency. Since 2016 Geraint has directed Groundwater Relief, a charity that links groundwater expertise from within the private, public and academic sectors to the aid and development sectors.
Prof Richard Carter has 45 years' experience in groundwater and surface water development, rural drinking water services as well as sanitation and hygiene, and farmer-managed irrigation. His efforts have mainly focused on sub-Saharan Africa, and he has worked in higher education, research and consultancy for a range of academic, NGO and private sector employers. He is full-time Director of his own consultancy firm. He won the Applied Hydrogeology award of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in 2016. Rocks, holes in the ground, and water have been among his lifelong fascinations.
Dr Alison Parker is a Senior Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation at Cranfield University. She has 15 years’ experience in water, sanitation and hygiene but has had a focus on groundwater in the UK, Kenya and India, leading research grants from EPSRC and NERC on managed aquifer recharge. As a classically trained geologist, she loves looking at rocks!
Peter Dumble is an Independent Hydrogeologist specialising in groundwater monitoring. His practical experience of 40+ years is informed by parallel careers in consultancy and in building a business supplying groundwater monitoring equipment. He now uses his skills to support development work, encourage research and in the delivery of practical training courses covering water well drilling, groundwater quality sampling and water level monitoring. His ideal day-out is on-site supervising a drilling rig.
How much does it cost?
Standard Individual - £1170
Standard Organisation - £1430