Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Correct design and long term maintenance of boreholes is critical to ensuring sustainable water supplies from groundwater.

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

You'll be taught by experienced academics and practitioners from leading drilling and geophysical logging companies. The course consists of 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 introduces you to:

  • a variety of types of boreholes and wells, their use, design, and operation
  • 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
  • methods of optimising borehole design, including:
    • selection of appropriate technology and types of pumps
    • well and aquifer development
    • test pumping
  • the need for long term maintenance and rehabilitation of water supply boreholes, with 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.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course Dates

  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018
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

Course Dates

  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018

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 Faculty'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.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Borehole Design, Construction and Operation

Presenters

Newcastle University

School of Engineering

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.

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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.