School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018: Date not confirmed

Correct design and long term maintenance of boreholes is critical to ensuring sustainable water supplies from groundwater. This course provides a detailed understanding of the principles and practice of borehole design and maintenance, including design, drilling, geophysical investigation, test pumping, and long-term maintenance.

The focus is on water supply boreholes, although many of the techniques apply equally to other types of boreholes used for investigation, monitoring, or water quality sampling.

Taught by experienced academics and practitioners from leading drilling and geophysical logging companies, the course includes a combination of classroom work, computer practicals, and a field visit to the University's own borehole experimental facilities at Cockle Park in Northumberland, providing you with experience of interpreting geological information.

The course provides you with:

  • an introduction to a variety of types of boreholes and wells, their use, design, and operation
  • a practical introduction to the main methods of drilling and borehole investigation techniques used to assess aquifer and well properties in the context of developing successful water supply boreholes
  • an introduction to methods of optimising borehole design, including selection of appropriate technology and types of pumps, well and aquifer development, and test pumping
  • an awareness of the need for long term maintenance and rehabilitation of water supply boreholes, and details of appropriate methods

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is suitable for people from any environmental or engineering background who wish to understand how to manage boreholes for accessing groundwater systems.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Borehole Design, Construction and Operation accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Borehole Design, Construction and Operation accredited by The Geological Society

Objectives and Outline

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you'll have an understanding of:

  • the types and uses of boreholes and wells
  • drilling and borehole investigation techniques
  • the principles of optimal borehole design
  • an awareness of the need for, and methods used in, long-term borehole maintenance

You'll also have gained the following skills:

  • General
    • the ability to apply appropriate methods to borehole design, construction and operation
  • Subject-specific / practical
    • the ability to select appropriate drilling and borehole geophysics techniques appropriate to different geological settings
    • the ability to use borehole information including pumping test analysis to develop sustainable borehole designs and appropriate remediation strategies.
    • the ability to conduct field tests on boreholes
  • Cognitive
    • the ability to analyse data from a range of sources and interpret it systematically
    • the use of scientific principles in the development of engineering and environmental solutions to practical problems in the water environment and water infrastructure operation
  • Key (transferable) skills
    • The use of practical methods based on scientific evidence in the solution of problems

Course Outline

  • Background to groundwater investigation and development, sustainable yield.
  • Types of boreholes and their uses, appropriate technology water supply wells, boreholes for sampling and monitoring.
  • Borehole site location selection.
  • Drilling methods.
  • Borehole investigations, wireline geophysics, lithological analysis and sampling of cuttings.
  • Well design principles and practice, open holes, casing, screens, gravel packs.
  • Drilling processes, cementing, centralisers, verticality of wells.
  • Optimal design.
  • Aquifer and well development.
  • Pump selection for different purposes.
  • Test pumping for sustainable yield / deployable output, aquifer properties (step and constant rate tests).
  • Well maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Well design and operation for monitoring and water quality sampling.

Note that the course includes a field trip to Cockle Park Farm in Northumberland. Suitable clothes will be required.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Borehole Design, Construction and Operation accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Borehole Design, Construction and Operation accredited by The Geological Society
  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018: Date not confirmed

Further Information

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8507) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Presenters

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Industry Professionals

Fees

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Fees

  • Borehole Design, Construction and Operation
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).