The Drilling Course - Developing Groundwater

from RedR UK
Registration deadline: 23 Oct 2019 Training date: 29 Oct 2019 to 01 Nov 2019 More Information

Are you a development or humanitarian water engineer who needs to know more about hydrogeology? Have you come back from the field, wishing you knew more about how to manage well siting, drilling rigs and drilling programmes? Is hydrogeology part of your job but you would like more of a practical understanding? Led by renowned specialists, this course aims to develop knowledge of groundwater, water well siting, well design and drilling supervision. The course is generously supported by a number of companies providing equipment and demonstrations including Cranfield University (Percussion drilling and course facilities), the Practica Foundation (Manual drilling), Warren Ecological (Rotary – PAT - drilling), Geomatrix (electrical geophysical equipment), In-Situ Europe (field monitoring, sampling equipment and data loggers), Palintest (Microbiological and chemical test kits) and Boode (Well screen and drilling supplies). This is an intensive and highly practical course providing as much hands-on experience as possible over the course of 4 days. The course is mainly intended for water engineers and managers.


The course will be run in the field over 4 days including 2.5 days of practical hands on experience of well siting, drilling supervision, pumping tests and water quality sampling, and 1.5 workshop days covering groundwater theory, well siting, borehole design and pumping test data analysis to put this practical experience into context.

This course has been developed as a collaboration between RedR and Cranfield University. Course presenters and facilitators are experienced Hydrogeologists and Humanitarians who have worked in the field.


Practical sessions including:

  • Introduction to Hydrogeology and the Task for the Course

  • Group Desk Study / Assessment of Drilling Site

  • Geological and Hydrogeological Appraisal in the Field

  • Electrical Geophysical Surveying Methods

  • Drilling Supervision Briefing for Day 2


  • Drilling Supervision (using Manual Jetting, Percussion and Rotary Methods)

  • Materials, methods, sampling and record keeping (logging drill cuttings, well consumables, well development)

  • Well installation and development

  • Pumping test – using other boreholes on site

  • On-Site water quality testing (physio-chemical /microbiological)


  • Borehole Development

  • Test Pumping

  • Water Quality Sampling and Testing


  • Siting boreholes – a case study from the African Basement complex (workshop)

  • Designing boreholes – principles & practice (guided case study)

  • Pumping theory and interpretation (workshop)

  • Borehole rehabilitation

Please meet one of our trainers

Peter Dumble is an Independent Hydrogeologist specialising in groundwater monitoring. His practical experience is informed by parallel careers in consultancy and as the founder and MD of an equipment manufacturer and supplier. He now uses his skills to support development work, encourage research and in the delivery of practical training courses covering water well drilling, groundwater quality sampling and water level monitoring. His ideal day out is on-site supervising a drilling rig, regardless of the weather!

How much does it cost?

  • Standard Individual - £900

  • Standard Organisation - £1430

Plus, receive 10% off the course fee when booking at least one month before the start of the training.*

*applies to both individual and organisational tickets

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 18.

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next instance of the course.
-For bookings cancelled one to ten working days before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 24 hours (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided.
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.

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Fee information:
How much does it cost? Standard Individual - £900 Standard Organisation - £1430 Plus, receive 10% off the course fee when booking at least one month before the start of the training.* *applies to both individual and organisational tickets