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Title: Modern Technologies and Emerging Techniques for Assessing Complex Hydrogeologic Systems in Fractured Bedrock
Date: November 18-19, 2020
(Wednesday and Thursday)
Location: Training and Conference Room
Matrix Solutions
Calgary, Alberta

Instructors: • David J. Hart, Ph.D., Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey

• Maureen Muldoon, PhD., Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey

• Ed Cey, PhD., University of Calgary


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

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate will be administered by Midwest GeoSciences Group.

Who should attend: Professional ground-water scientists, engineers, project managers, compliance-program managers and remedial-design managers who are required to characterize complex bedrock stratigraphy, relate hydrogeologic properties to state-specific rock units, understand groundwater flow through fractured systems, and install dependable groundwater monitoring systems.

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.
How to Prepare: 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


The hydrogeologic complexity of fractured rock aquifers has often led to frustration and the significant expenditure of resources in characterizing groundwater and predicting contamination. It is not uncommon to experience persistent contamination at fractured rock sites that have been subject to long term pumping.

This 2-day course focuses on emerging technologies for characterizing groundwater in fractured rock systems of both high and low permeability. Although lithologic and hydrologic conditions of each fractured rock site are unique, this course highlights the common attributes that are to be anticipated in all fractured rock sites.

Indeed, each fractured rock site will have unique characteristics, where for example, the presence or absence of an individual fracture may greatly affect the extent of ground water flow or the extent of contamination. Anticipating such conditions, however, provides a framework and a pathway for choosing characterization technology and formulating and testing hypotheses to arrive at a defensible site conceptual understanding and the evaluation of meaningful remediation technologies.

Course Outline

  • Hydrogeologic Settings for Fractured Rock
    • Rock types where fractures are important
    • Formation of fractures
    • Continuum vs. discrete conceptual models
    • Scale issues
    • Fractures in regional groundwater flow
    • Problems with monitoring in fractured rock environments

  • Regional Geologic Framework

  • Mapping Hydraulic Head in Fractured Rock
    • Understanding hydraulic head and gradients
    • Available technologies for multilevel head measurement
    • Hydraulic head profiles across aquitards

  • Challenges in Characterizing Fractured Rock Aquifers

  • Site Scale Characterization
    • Bulk properties
    • Identification of hydraulically important fractures

  • Modern Techniques with Borehole Geophysics
    • Commonly used geophysical tools
    • Interpreting geophysical logs

  • Monitoring and Sampling in Heterogeneous Aquifers
    • Heterogeneity is the rule not the exception
    • Ubiquitous fracture scenerios
    • The high velocity/low volume pathway concept

  • Packer Testing
    • The use and mis-use of packer tests
    • Available methods
    • Analytical techniques and interpretation

  • Hydraulic Characterization Techniques with Borehole Flowmeters
    • Understanding basic flows in boreholes
    • Types of borehole flowmeters
    • Interpreting borehole flow data

  • Local Examples from the Area

  • More Emerging Techniques with Borehole Flow Tools
    • Combining multiple logs into a hydrologic and lithologic framework
    • Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) applications

Geologic Formations of Alberta

We cannot be exhaustive in covering all of the stratigraphic rock units in Alberta during a two-day course, but local instructors will assist with presenting local scenarios that may be applied to different areas coupled with applications of tools that can be applied to any bedrock aquifer or aquitard.



Limited seating.

Advanced registration is necessary for participation in this limited-enrollment short course. Pre-registration is required to reserve space and receive course materials. If you require special arrangements for diet, equipment, or handicap facilities, please indicate when registering for the course.


Participants receive 16.0 contact hours of instruction, light breakfast, lunch, printed course notebook, a FIELD GUIDE FOR ROCK CORE LOGGING AND FRACTURE ANALYSIS, course completion certificate from Midwest GeoSciences Group for qualifying participants.

This course is uniquely designed with lectures and field exercises that create a meaningful learning experience.


ONLY $599*

Early Registration Rate: $599.00

Available through November 04, 2020

After November 04, 2020: $799.00 USD

Full-time Student registration $350.00 USD, ID showing full-time status must be presented/submitted during registration. Available through October 15, 2020.


with each course registration

The online registration allows registrants to add items to their course registration.

Item No 1:
Full-Color Printed Notebook for $89.00.

Early registration discounts may be applied when payment is received by November 04, 2020. Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to October 15, 2020, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after October 15, 2020.

One substitute is allowed for each registrant who is unable to attend. However substitutions are not allowed between days.

Contact Dan Kelleher at either 763.607.0092 or


Maureen Muldoon, PhD
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.

Dave Hart, PhD, PG
Dave Hart, PhD, PG, is an accomplished 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. Dave is recognized for his teaching the meaning of hydraulic gradients and how they apply to unraveling the complexities of aquifers and aquitards.

Ed Cey, PhD
Dr. Edwin Cey is a professor at the University of Calgary and an accomplished hydrogeologist and researcher dedicated to preferential flow and transport in soils. Much of his published work focuses on improving process understanding in the vadose zone and groundwater systems through applied field, laboratory and numerical experiments. He is currently associate editor for Vadose Zone Journal, and was a member of the scientific advisory committee for the Regional Groundwater Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Group for the Athabasca Oil Sands.

Dr. Cey's research is aimed at improving our understanding of the hydrologic processes controlling water and contaminant movement in the shallow subsurface. This involves investigating the complex relationships among geological, chemical, hydrological, and biological systems that influence water and contaminant fluxes.

Dr. Cey received his PhD in earth and environmental science, and his MSc in earth science from the University of Waterloo.


  • "I enjoyed the exercises demonstrating vastly different flow calculation results using porous media vs fracture flow"
    - Greg Oberley, US EPA.

  • "One of my favorite parts of the course was seeing new techniques about locating fractures and measuring fracture flow"
    - Rob Venczel, PG, Consol Energy.

Venue and Accommodations

Training and Conference Room
Matrix Solutions
214 11 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0K1


239 12 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1H7

Room rate per night: $159 CAD

Reserve online at:

Guests must book their rooms by October 18th, 2020 to access the Midwest Geo Rate. Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm, early check-in and late check-out requests are non-guaranteed and based on availability and occupancy levels.

Valet Parking at the hotel is $35 per day (Sunday - Thursday) and $25 per day (Friday - Saturday).

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