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Title: Contaminant Fate and Transport in Fractured Rock
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 13-14, 2022 (8am to 5:30pm both days)
Location: West Chester University Graduate Center, West Chester, PA

Instructors: • Matt Reeves, PhD, Hydrogeologist, Presidential Innovation Professor and
   Associate Professor, Director of the Hydrogeology Field Course,
   Western Michigan University

Continuing Education Information: 16.0 Contact Hours
1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(960 minutes for PA PGs)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate administered by West Chester University

Who should attend: Everyone who performs subsurface work.

Especially professional groundwater scientists, engineers, project managers, compliance-program managers and remedial-design managers who work at site with fractured bedrock.

How to Prepare: Be prepared to immediately dive into self-tests that are designed to help empower you to unravel subsurface complexities like no other course.

We start at the beginning and boldly address the challenges we all face in our profession...and then move into principles and strategies for managing subsurface uncertainties for ground water and geotechnical projects.


The hydrogeologic complexity of fractured rock aquifers has often led to frustration and significant expenditure of resources in characterizing groundwater and predicting contamination. It is not uncommon to experience persistent contamination at fractured rock sites subjected to long-term pump and treat remedial technologies.

Fluid flow and contaminant transport in fractured rock fundamentally differs from granular porous media as fractures serve as interconnected and spatially discontinuous preferential pathways. Given the high degree of heterogeneity, fractured rock hydrogeology is very challenging but not impossible if site-specific data on physical and hydraulic fracture properties are used to properly develop conceptual models of fluid flow and contaminant transport.

In this course, participants will learn step-wise procedures to develop professional level conceptualizations of fracture networks for a variety of rock types, fracture patterns, and tectonic settings for application to field-scale transport problems and the assessment and design of remedial strategies.

This course includes a special session dedicated
to applying fracture properties for acquiring
reliable contaminant migration and retention data.

Be prepared for exercises designed to teach (and challenge your) conceptualization skills in applying the information learned towards common applications of contaminant fate and transport in fractured rock. 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. These techniques are the same ones that Matt Reeves have applied successfully in his research at the Nevada Test Site.

Copyrighted images used with permission from various sources:
Jessica Wilder, Tim Kemmis, David Hart, Martin Helmke, Dan Kelleher

Course Elements

  • Understand how fluid flow and contaminant transport in fractured rock fundamentally differs from granular porous media.
  • Conceptualize fracture flow and contaminant transport at the field-scale for a variety of rock types, fracture patterns, and tectonic settings.
  • Distinguish between discrete fracture network and equivalent continuum representations, including simplifying assumptions and suitable applications.
  • Link fracture attributes such as orientation, density, length, spacing and clustering to fluid flow and contaminant transport behavior.
  • Apply site-specific fracture information to develop transport predictions and remedial strategies.

Take the Time to Sharpen Your Skills

Register for this course because it is a meaningful training experience.

If you've been to previous Midwest GeoSciences Group courses and workshops, you already know that we design uniquely powerful training experiences. CEUs are important and they are part of this course, but we trust you register because technical excellence is the priority.

If you're a senior level manager and have a protégé who will benefit from participating, contact us for an unpublished discount that will enable them to join you and grow your project performance together.

Regional Geologic Formations

The sessions in this course can be applied to nearly every geologic bedrock type. This 2-day session is completely in the classroom.


Seating is Limited

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.

Register online for this 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 West Chester University for qualifying participants.

This course is uniquely designed with lectures and exercises that create a meaningful learning experience to decipher the complexities of contaminant fate and transport in fractured rock.


ONLY $499*

Early Registration Fee (member): $499.00

Early Registration Fee (non-member): $698.00

Late Registration (after August 31, 2022): $963

Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2022

Govt and student discounts: Call for pricing.

[Currency in US Dollars]

Terms and Conditions

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 August 31, 2022.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Cancellations may be made up to September 3, 2022, however, 50 percent of the course fee will be charged or a credit will be issued. No refunds after September 3, 2022. Refunds are issued at the time when the course is conducted.

COVID: Midwest GeoSciences Group follows the
COVID protocols set forth by West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

One substitute is allowed for each registrant who is unable to attend.

For registration and technical questions about the course, contact Dan Kelleher at either 763.607.0092 or

Midwest GeoSciences Group is extremely proud to have Matt Reeves leading the instruction during this landmark CE Course. Matt is bringing new a mindset to our environmental industry about fate and transport in fractured rock. A paradigm shift is occurring because a new level of geologic controls are being applied to data analysis and modeling. The concepts taught in this course a glimpse into these industry changes.

Matt Reeves is an accomplished hydrogeologist recognized for his project work dedicated to the fate and transport in fractured rock. Matt has over 20 years of research, teaching, and consulting experience.

He is an associate professor of hydrogeology and director of the nationally recognized Hydrogeology Field Course at Western Michigan University. Dr. Reeves' research involves applied and theoretical investigations of fluid flow, heat and solute transport in various types of porous media, with a specialty in fractured rock systems.

Much of his work studying the fate and transport in fractured rock is based on landmark research on radionuclides released from underground nuclear tests in fractured rock on the Nevada National Security Site. His research has been applied to various contaminants and rock types. Other research interests include climate change impacts on water resource and geothermal energy.

Matt attributes much of his success in fractured rock to a flexible mindset that combines innovative approaches in analyzing and interpreting field data with an ability to understand how fracture properties relate to contaminant migration and retention.

Course participants will benefit from not only the step-wise techniques for learning fate and transport of contaminants in fractured rock from Matt, but also the paradigm for a new mindset that promotes innovation for analyzing field data.


West Chester University Graduate Center
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

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Hotel Warner
120 N. High Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-692-6920

Holiday Inn Express
120 N. Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341
Phone: 610-561-9762

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