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Dates and Location:

Penn State at Great Valley
Malvern, Pennsylvania

14 & 15 September, 2015
(Monday and Tuesday)

Continuing Education Information:
1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(16.0 Professional Development Hours)

Course Completion Certificate will be administered by Midwest GeoSciences Group. Optional CEU Certificates will be awarded by Northern Illinois University showing 16.0 Contact Hours. Most state professional licensure programs accept CEUs for this course.

Pre-Approved CEUs:
MA LSP: Course No MA LSP 1204
CT LEP: Course CT LEP 100
South Carolina PGs:
Iowa DNR Certified Ground Water Professionals
State of Delaware PGs
Texas CAPM

Who should attend:
This course is designed for ground water scientists and engineers, project managers, compliance program managers and remedial design managers. Plus attorneys and finance managers without a background in geology have also attended and reported highly-favorable feedback.

This course begins with a brief overview of hydrogeologic principles of bedrock origins and secondary alterations related to fracturing, weathering, and chemical modification. It then continues at an advanced level throughout the course to cover the range of conditions typically encountered during field investigations and detailed modeling projects.

What to Expect:
Expect to learn. The instructors are gifted professionals who teach and connect with professionals ranging from novices to experts. Participants will learn about the latest techniques from field testing and characterization to ground water and geologic modeling.

Expect to participate. Participants have ample opportunity to share with instructors and the group at specified times.

What to Bring:

  • Bring your calculator and any field forms that you normally use for rock core logging.
  • Bring high expectations. We strive to make this the premiere course about hydrogeologic analysis of fractured bedrock. Plus, you can expect to find some light hearted humor and fun along the way.

Course Details

New field methods and computer modeling techniques are added to this popular 2-day course. The course showcases the latest technologies and field methods that help reinforce hydrogeologic analysis and field efficiencies. Numerical modeling advances are continuing too with ground water, solute transport and fracture simulation modeling being capable of more while becoming easier to use.

Enhance your efficiency, improve your expertise and gain a competitive advantage by mastering hydrogeologic testing, analysis and modeling fractured bedrock, including carbonate, crystalline, and metamorphic rocks.

Day One begins with the principles of hydrogeologic site characterization, groundwater movement and contaminant transport. It unravels the complexities of fractured systems and presents new trends in fracture characterization methods. Compare different advances in field characterization approaches, aquifer testing, rock core logging procedures, and building conceptual models for groundwater modeling.

Day Two continues with solute transport principles for both porous media and fractured bedrock. Learn about newly developed approaches, equipment and software for designing groundwater monitoring systems and remediation systems in fractured systems. Recent advances and efficiencies in ground water modeling and fracture modeling will be featured during this special course location.

Outline & Objectives

This two-day workshop updates procedures for modern, state of the art, hydrogeologic analysis of fractured bedrock systems. It will include the following topics:

  • Nature of Rock discontinuities and fracture flow
  • Field-proven techniques for measuring and describing fracture networks
  • Integrating rock stratigraphy into conceptual models
  • Hands-on description of various rock cores
  • Measurements of core recovery and RQD
  • Dual porosity and discrete fracture conceptual models
  • Equivalent porous media approximations and their validity
  • Theory of ground water movement through discrete fractures
  • Solute transport through fractures and fracture sets
  • Single well and packer tests
  • Packer tests and analysis strategies in fractured systems
  • Application of surface and borehole geophysics, including dynamic flow meter tests
  • Flow and transport modeling of fractured systems
  • Discussion of problems submitted by participants
  • Remediation techniques in fractured aquifers

This course begins with a brief overview of hydrogeologic principles for fractured bedrock and continues at an advanced level throughout the course to match the range of conditions typically encountered during field investigations.

Day One

Morning and Afternoon Classroom Sessions and Exercises (Monday)

The first day consists of real-world applications for evaluating the role of bedrock fractures in ground-water movement and contaminant transport. Special attention will be given to the inherent difficulties of ground water modeling in fractured bedrock systems. Listed below are some of the classroom sessions that will be included during Day One:

Hydrogeologic Settings for Fractured Rock:

  • Differences between porous and fracture flow
  • Rock types where fractures are important
  • Formation of fractures
  • Scale issues
  • Fractures in regional ground water flow
  • Problems with monitoring in fractured rock environments

Physical Characteristics of Fractures and Fracture Sets:
  • Identification of fracture sets
  • Statistical measures (frequency, orientation, length)
  • Polar plots
  • Connectivity
  • Outcrop analysis

Aquifer Characterization in the Field:
  • Surface geophysics
  • Borehole geophysics
  • Borehole flow meter
  • Temperature/conductivity logging
  • Geochemcial and isotopic applications

Conceptual Models of Fluid Flow in Fractured Media:
  • Fundamental equations of flow
  • Hydraulic aspects of fractures
  • Theory of flow through discrete fractures
  • Dual porosity models
  • Single fracture models

Packer Tests and Analyses:
  • Packer tests
  • Field techniques: Important considerations and common mistakes
  • Methods of analysis
  • Examples

Day Two

Classroom Sessions (Tuesday)

The second day includes a comprehensive comparison of different techniques for designing ground water models and remediation systems in fractured systems. Classroom sessions during the third day will include:

Remediation Exercises:

  • LNAPL transport exercise
  • LNAPL remediation exercise
  • DNAPL characterization and remediation strategy exercise

Solute Transport Through Fractured Bedrock:
  • Transport characteristics
  • Analytical solutions
  • Dispersion, dilution, sorption
  • Non-aqueous phase contaminants

Numerical Models of Fracture Flow:
  • Porous medial equivalent models
  • Fracture network models
  • Dual porosity models
  • Stochastic models
  • Applicability of models
  • Available modeling codes
  • Examples

Demonstration of Ground Water Flow Models:
  • MODFLOW applications

Ground Water Monitoring in Fractured Rock:
  • Overview of challenges
  • Temporal variations
  • Single-hole techniques
  • Multi-level systems
  • Examples

Tracer Studies:
  • Types of tracers and tracer experiments
  • Logistics of tracer studies
  • Data collection
  • Analysis of tracer studies
  • Examples

Attendee Presentations:
Course participants are invited to bring hydrogeologic problem sets, hydrogeologic conceptual models, or rock core logs that you would like to present and discuss during the group review session at the end of the course (pre-session notice and review is necessary for scheduling purposes). Marketing presentations and corporate service promotions are not allowed).

Course adjourns at 5:00pm.


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Registration Information:
Advanced registration is necessary for participation in this limited-enrollment short course. Pre-registration is required to reserve space and receive course materials. A minimum of 25 people must be registered at the early registration deadline to conduct any short course (this course normally reaches maximum capacity). Visitors will not be permitted to participate during the field workshops or enter the workshop areas. If you require special arrangements for diet, equipment, or handicap facilities, please indicate when registering for the course.

What you will receive:
You will receive 16.0 contact hours of instruction. The course includes a comprehensive 400-page workshop notebook containing written lessons and copies of the slides of each course segment, a Field Guide for Rock Core Logging and Fracture Analysis and a Field Guide for Slug Testing and Data Analysis. The course also includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon break each day. A course completion certificate showing 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be administered for the course. Participants are welcome and encouraged to take photos during the field exercises.

FIELD GUIDE FOR ROCK CORE LOGGING AND FRACTURE ANALYSIS is included in your course registration.

Cancellations may be made up to two weeks before the course, however, 25 percent of the course fee will be charged. No refunds. One substitute is permitted for each registration who is unable to attend. Cancellations made after two weeks before the course will be charged $500.


Register Now: $780 (USD)
Register after 30 August 2015: $980 (USD)
PCPG Members: Register by 30 August 2015: $448 (USD)

Group Rate (non-PCPG Members): Register 4 and the 5th is FREE

Government discounts available, please inquire at 763.607.0092. Student discounts are available for students with full-time enrollment verification.


Maureen Muldoon, PhD is internationally-recognized for her applied hydrogeologic work in ground water characterization in fractured rock settings. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with ongoing research in ground water quality and flow in carbonate rocks, relationship between carbonate stratigraphy and hydraulic properties, and delineation of wellhead protection zones in fractured rock.

Maureen was awarded the recipient of the Standards Development Award for her preparation of ASTM D5715 -95 Standard Guide for Design of Ground-Water Monitoring Systems in Karst and Fractured-Rock Aquifers.

Kenneth Bradbury, PhD is internationally-recognized for is research in ground water flow in fractured media. Ken serves as Program Leader of water and environmental programs for the Survey. Ken's current research interests include virus transport in groundwater, groundwater flow in fractured media, aquitard hydrogeology, groundwater recharge processes, wellhead protection, regional groundwater simulation, 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.


  • I have taken a few Midwest Geosciences Group courses since 1997. They have all been of consistently high quality. (Midwest GeoSciences Group) are enthusiastic about sound science in the real world (consisting of) personable instructors whom are leaders in their fields and are excited about sharing their applied and practical research and experience. I recommend the Improving Hydrogeologic Analysis of Fractured Bedrock Systems course. The course provides a wealth of practical information to those who are new to the field and will likely cover some recent advances that are unfamiliar to experienced professionals as well.
    - Eric Oelkers, P.G., Associate, Senior Hydrogeologist, BT Squared

  • This is a highly practical course in fractured bedrock. I attended this course prior to beginning a large investigation at a site situated in a complex fractured rock setting. The course was an invaluable aid in planning the design of the components of the intrusive investigation and analysis of the field data. ...this is the most up-to-date and functional course that I have attended in years.
    - S.C. Blauvelt, P.G., Vice President & Director of Regional Operations, Penn E&R, Inc.

  • This was an excellent course with highly qualified instructors, up-to-date course material on fractured rock hydrogeology, and an outstanding field trip inside Yucca Mountain at the Nevada Test Site. I highly recommend (this course) to any geologists, environmental scientists, and engineers.
    - Scott Shelton, City of Boston

  • The course instructors had the right mix of theoretical expertise, practical experience, and enthusiasm. Also, the course instructors facilitated great interaction among the attendees which was an unexpected benefit of this course. It was well balanced and in-depth educational experience that was well worth my time and expense. It validated some of my own applications of fractured rock theory to LNAPLs, and gave me a better understanding with new tools to move forward in this area of hydrogeology.
    - Don Lundy, ESNT, Inc.

  • This course is an excellent overview of fracture flow coupled with new concepts of contaminant and fluid flow in fractured media. Not only does the course explain porosity & permeability of fractured settings, but it presents useful modeling approaches for fractured scenarios too. The instructors are terrific and highly knowledgeable in their field of study. The field trip to Yucca Mountain was the highlight of the course. I would recommend this course to anyone working with groundwater, ranging from contaminant assessments to water supply.
    - Christine Bucklin, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

  • A fantastic mix of knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors, up-to-date and expansive course materials, and one spectacular field trip made this by far the best course I have attended.
    - Kathleen T. Soukup, Weston Solutions, Inc.

  • The course was excellent because of the combined classroom material and core logging - I can apply the course material immediately.
    - Jami Poor, Kerr-McGee Corporation

  • The combination and cohesiveness of the classroom, core logging practice, and Yucca Mountain field trip makes this a first rate and unique course.
    - John Dougherty, CDM, Inc.

  • The course "Improving Hydrogeologic Analysis of Fractured Bedrock Systems" was one of the most useful courses that I have taking in over 19 years in the environmental field. The course presented both the challenges associated with characterization of these complex hydrogeologic environments and the tools developed to address these complexities. The course is invaluable, in that, it condensed the multitude of work completed and currently being done at numerous fractured bedrock sites into a four-day course.
    - Thomas M. Seckington, P.G., California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control

Venue and Accommodations

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30 E. Swedesford Road
Malvern, PA 19355




One Morehall Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610.651.0400

  • Group Name: Midwest Geosciences Group
  • Room Types Need: Variable room types(some with one bed, some with two)
  • Rate Offered: $119.00(plus tax)
  • Amenities Offered to All Guests:
    • Free Hot Breakfast Daily
    • Free Wireless Internet Throughout Property
    • Free Access to the Fitness Center and Business Center
    • Fridge, Microwave, Coffeemaker, and HD TV in All Rooms

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