Developing Groundwater- The Drilling Course

Date: 9 - 12 May 2017
Length: 4 days
Location: Silsoe, UK
Residential: No

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, well design and drilling supervision.

The course is generously supported by a number of companies providing equipment and demonstrations including Cranfield University (Percussion drilling and course facilities), the Practica Foundation (Manual drilling), Warren Ecological (Rotary - PAT drilling), Geomatrix (electrical geophysical equipment), In-Situ Europe (field monitoring, sampling equipment and data loggers), Del Agua (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 is mainly intended for water engineers and managers.


Groundwater factsheet photo

Course structure:
The course will be run in the field over four days, including 2.5 days of practical, hands-on experience of well siting, drilling supervision, pumping tests and water quality sampling, and 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 has been developed as a collaboration between RedR and Cranfield University.  Course presenters and facilitators are experienced Hydrogeologists and Humanitarians who have worked in the field.

Day 1: Pre-Drilling Planning and Preparation for Site Work

Practical sessions including:

  • Introduction to Hydrogeology and the task for the course
  • Group desk study / Assessment of drilling site
  • Drilling supervision briefing for Day 2

Days 2 and 3: Supervision and Construction of Water Wells

Practical sessions including:

  • Drilling supervision (using Manual Jetting, Percussion and Rotary methods)
  • Materials, methods, sampling and record-keeping (logging drill cuttings, well consumables, well development)
  • Well installation and development
  • Pumping test - using other boreholes on site
  • On-site water quality testing (physio-chemical / microbiological)

Day 4: The Bigger Picture

Workshops and guided case studies including:

  • Siting boreholes - a case study from the African Basement complex
  • Designing boreholes - principles and practice
  • Test pumping theory and interpretation
  • Borehole rehabilitation

Cost :

 Band Fee

Band A

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full time Students

Band B

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million/ $1.5 million

Band C

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of greater than £1 million/ $1.5 million 

Band D

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations


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