Hydrogeology Field Course

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Hydrogeology Field Course

This is an applied hydrogeology field course designed to educate and train students in OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER training, environmental surface geophysics, well drilling and installation, aquifer testing, groundwater sampling and testing, and remediation.


Registration for 2014 IS NOW OPEN


The 2014 HFC will be held July 8th through August 16th see Course Modules for more information




2014 Hydrogeology Field Course Flyer (PDF)


  • OSHA 40-hour certified training
  • Emergency spill response
  • Personal protection equipment
  • Bioremediation
  • Pump & Treat systems
  • Soil vapor extraction
  • Air sparging
  • Remedial investigation & feasibility study
  • Magnetic methods
  • Electromagnetic methods
  • Surface resistivity methods
  • Shallow seismic methods
  • Very low frequency (VLF)
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)


GEOS 5260: Principles and Practices of Aquifer Testing

  • Step draw-down pumping test
  • Forty-hour pumping test followed by recovery test
  • Slug and bail tests
  • Data Processing using computer software
  • Water level recorders, measuring equipment and data loggers


GEOS 5270: Principles of Well Drilling and Installation

  • Hollow-stem auger drilling and well installation
  • Rotary drilling with mud and air
  • Cable tool drilling
  • Direct Push Technology
  • Sample collection and description; cuttings, split spoon and Shelby tool
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Monitoring well design; Installation and development of wells


GEOS 5280: Principles and Practices of Ground-water Sampling and Monitoring

  • Quality control and quality assurance procedures
  • Ground-water sampling equipment and procedures
  • Field hydrochemical equipment and procedures
  • Vadose zone sampling (water, gas)
  • Free product (NAPL) monitoring

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