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HYDROGEOLOGY OF AQUITARDS AND LOW-PERMEABILITY MATERIALS: Part 2:
Analyzing Head Distributions and Vertical Hydraulic Gradients

An understanding of the meaning and measurement of hydraulic gradients is essential for correct analysis and interpretation of groundwater flow in low-permeability materials.

This webinar is the second of a two-part series on aquitards. Although both webinars are designed to complement each other they can also be viewed independently.

This 90-minute webinar will review the characteristics of hydraulic head distributions in low-K materials and show how aquitards impact groundwater flow paths. The instructors will demonstrate how to construct diagnostic plots of hydraulic head profiles that provide immediate insight into groundwater movement and heterogeneity at any field site. Such plots are essential for correctly designing groundwater monitoring systems, selecting monitoring locations, and interpreting monitoring results. The webinar will also cover the definition and significance of a water table in low-K settings and evidence for or against perched conditions. Participants will undertake a hands-on exercise demonstrating the hydraulic concepts presented.

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Apply webinar topics to any low-permeability setting

The webinar will demonstrate the effects of aquitards on groundwater flow and well response and show how typical monitoring well configurations can yield useless or misleading information in low-permeability settings. All materials presented will be geared to practical application in the field with the goal of improving hydrogeologic characterization.

Topics:
  • Summary of aquitard hydraulics
  • How aquitards refract flow lines
  • Diagnostic plots of hydraulic head profiles
  • Relationships between hydraulic gradients, hydraulic conductivity, and groundwater flow rates
  • Effects of transient conditions
  • Evidence for (and against) perched conditions
  • Example problem

Attendees are invited to actively participate during this live and interactive on-line web seminar. Discussion is planned following the webinar for those who want to continue the session. Bring your questions to the webinar and present them to the instructor and other participants for exploring the best solution.


Fee: 299.00 USD Per Computer Site (unlimited participants per site)

249.00 USD Per Computer Site (unlimited participants per site)
when Members also register for the following Webinar:

(discount will be applied during checkout when both are in your cart)


Pay one site registration fee and an unlimited number of participants from your organization can attend at that site.

Instructors: Ken Bradbury, Ph.D., PG Program Leader and Hydrogeologist and David Hart, Ph.D., PG, Hydrogeologist
Handouts: Copy of Webinar Slides (pdf)
Record of Attendance Form (pdf)
Duration: 1.5 hours plus Q&A
(no restrictions on time limit for extra Q&A!)
Professional
Development:
Earn 1.5 Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH)

Attendees receive complimentary access copies to these two publications:

  • Contaminant Transport Through Aquitards:
    Technical Guidance for Aquitard Assessment
    and
  • Contaminant Transport Through Aquitards:
    A State of the Science Review

Cherry, J.A., B.L. Parker, K.R. Bradbury, T.T. Eaton, M.B. Gotkowitz, D.J. Hart, and M.A. Borchardt. 2006. Contaminant Transport Through Aquitards: A State-of-the-Science Review. . Published by American Water Works Association (AWWA) Research Foundation, and International Water Well Association (IWA) Publishing.

Bradbury, K,R, M.B. Gotkowitz, D.J. Hart, T.T. Eaton, J.A. Cherry, P,L. Parker, and M.A. Borchardt. 2006. Contaminant Transport Through Aquitards: Technical Guidance for Aquitard Assessment. Published by American Water Works Association (AWWA) Research Foundation, and International Water Well Association (IWA) Publishing.

A Record of Attendance Form is included free with each webinar for your record keeping and individual PDH verification. We ask your on-site coordinator to return the completed and signed copy of the Form to us following the webinar for (1) maintaining a separate copy as a service to attendees and (2) forwarding to NIU confirming attendance for those who order certificates.

Attendees may also order an official a Course Completion Certificate from Northern Illinois University for a small administrative fee. The Certificate is optional and may be ordered separately following the webinar to confirm your attendance and showcase the certificate on your office wall. Instructions for ordering certificates are given during the webinar.


* This webinar is eligible for the 'BUY THREE, GET THREE' discount; however the two-part webinar series discount shown above cannot be combined with it.

Attendees will be invited to actively participate during this live and interactive on-line web seminar. Discussion is planned following the webinar for those who want to continue the session. Bring your questions to the webinar and present them to the instructor and other participants for exploring the best solution.


Instructors Bio

Kenneth Bradbury, PhD, PG
( http://www.uwex.edu/wgnhs/staff_krb.htm )

Ken Bradbury received his PhD in Geology from the UW-Madison in 1982, and has been a research hydrogeologist/professor with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin-Extension, since that time. He serves as Program Leader of water and environmental programs for the Survey.

Ken's applied research includes groundwater flow in fractured media, aquitard hydrogeology, groundwater recharge processes, wellhead protection, and the hydrogeology of glacial deposits.

Ken is the author of numerous scientific papers and reports, is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America, has chaired the National Research Council Committee on Water Resources Research for the U.S. Geological Survey, and is a former member of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board. In 2007 Ken undertook six weeks of research and teaching in South Africa and Zimbabwe supported by the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.


Dave Hart PhD, PG

Dave Hart is a hydrogeologist/geophysicist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Dave's applied research includes regional groundwater flow and recharge in southeastern Wisconsin, near-surface geophysics, and measurement of porosities and permeabilities in aquifers and aquitards. Prior to joining the university, he served as a hydrogeologist with Eder Associates. He is an associate editor for Ground Water and past president of the AWRA - Wisconsin Section.

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