GWD Field School 2020 *postponed

Annual Honours and Industry Fieldschool 2020,
Postponed until further notice (Sept 2020, tbc Mid-June)

The Groundwater Division and its partners are presenting a groundwater field school for postgraduate students and industry professionals. The four-day field school aims to cover appropriate field methods by:

  • Introducing or refreshing appropriate basic theory
  • Exposing attendees to the actual field methods in real field conditions
  • Analysing and interpreting field results based on appropriate guidelines, standards, laws and requirements

The field school comprise four modules and attendance can be p/day, p/theme or for the full package:

Day 1: Investigation and Siting (hydrogeology and hydrostratigraphy; siting of boreholes)
Day 2: Drilling and Construction (drilling methods; borehole construction; logging)
Day 3: Hydraulic and Tracer Testing (unsaturated and saturated zone testing)
Day 4: Geochemistry and Quality (geochemistry, isotopes, sampling, analytical methods)
Day 5: Postgraduate students only (Honours' Day)

Cost (VAT excl.)
One day:  R1800 (GWD/GSSA/IAH-SA Members) or R2000 (Non-Members)
Additional days:   R1500 (GWD/GSSA/IAH-SA Members) or R1600 (Non-Members)
Special Group Rates (for 3 or more delegates apply) - please contact us regarding

Accreditation is underway for 1 CPD with SACNASP and ECSA.

REQUEST A QUOTE (fill the form below)
Queries: info@nullgwd.co.za


Day 1- Investigation and Siting

Mon 13 July 2020 Pretoria
Download information sheet DAY 1

About the course: The course will expose the attendee to principles of hydrogeology, focused around the desk-top and non-invasive field-based data acquisition techniques to compile an initial conceptual hydrogeological understanding for the siting of boreholes on scientifically sound and environmentally sustainable targets.
Who should attend: The course is aimed at SAQA level 8, implying a four-year BSc, BTech or BEng degree in water-related fields.
Accreditation is underway for 1 CPD with SACNASP and ECSA.

Provisional programme: Presentation will be mostly field-based, incorporating theory, field methods, and interpretation.
07:30-08:00 Registration
08:00-10:00 Theory introduction (groundwater hydrology; remote sensing; geophysical methods; hydrostratigraphy; reporting requirements)
10:20-15:20 Field techniques (hydrocensus, mapping, geophysics)
15:40-17:00 Closing (Interpretation, reporting, discussion)

Presenters will be announced but, and will include professionally qualified and experienced hydrogeologists associated with the GWD or IAH.


Day 2- Drilling and Construction

Tue 14 July 2020 Pretoria
Download information sheet DAY 2

About the course: The course will expose the attendee to different drilling techniques, the construction and equipping of boreholes for different applications, logging of soil and rock from the drilling process according to acceptable guidelines, ensuring sanitary conditions of new boreholes, and appropriate health and safety considerations.
Who should attend: The course is aimed at SAQA level 8, implying a four-year BSc, BTech or BEng degree in water-related fields.
Accreditation is underway for 1 CPD with SACNASP and ECSA.

Provisional programme: Presentation will be mostly field-based, incorporating theory, field methods, and interpretation.
07:30-08:00 Registration
08:00-10:00 Theory introduction (drilling techniques; earth material descriptions; construction for supply and monitoring boreholes)
10:20-15:20 Field techniques (percussion or auger drilling; logging of soil and rock from drilling method; borehole inspection)
15:40-17:00 Closing (Interpretation, reporting, discussion)

Presenters will be announced but, and will include professionally qualified and experienced hydrogeologists associated with the GWD or IAH


Day 3- Hydraulic and Tracer Testing

Wed 15 July 2020 Pretoria
Download information sheet DAY 3

About the course: The course will expose the attendee to different hydraulic tests employed for the vadose (unsaturated) and phreatic zones based on bets practise, and the interpretation and application of these test results. Test methods include infiltration and percolation tests, slug and bail-down tests, pumping tests, tracer tests.
Who should attend: The course is aimed at SAQA level 8, implying a four-year BSc, BTech or BEng degree in water-related fields.
Accreditation is underway for 1 CPD with SACNASP and ECSA.

Provisional programme: Presentation will be mostly field-based, incorporating theory, field methods, and interpretation.
07:30-08:00 Registration
08:00-10:00 Theory introduction (distribution of water; hydraulic testing; hydraulic parameters; tracers; guidelines)
10:20-15:20 Field techniques (double ring infiltration; auger hole percolation; borehole slug testing; pumping and tracer testing)
15:40-17:00 Closing (Interpretation, reporting, discussion)

Presenters will be announced but, and will include professionally qualified and experienced hydrogeologists associated with the GWD or IAH.


Day 4- Geochemistry and Quality

Thu 16 July 2020 Pretoria
Download information sheet DAY 4

About the course: The course will expose the attendee to the principles of geochemistry, wter quality, isotope hydrology and contaminant transport, based on water sampling protocols, field-based indicator and quality tests, chains of custody, laboratory methods, and quality assurance of geochemical results
Who should attend: The course is aimed at SAQA level 8, implying a four-year BSc, BTech or BEng degree in water-related fields.
Accreditation is underway for 1 CPD with SACNASP and ECSA.

Provisional mostly field-based, incorporating theory, field methods, and interpretation.
07:30-08:00 Registration
08:00-10:00 Theory introduction (geochemistry; water quality and sampling guidelines; analytical techniques)
10:20-15:20 Field techniques (sampling of water; field measurements; analytical techniques)
15:40-17:00 Closing (Interpretation, reporting, discussion)

Presenters will be announced but, and will include professionally qualified and experienced hydrogeologists associated with the GWD or IAH.


Please request a quote from us should you be interested to attend:

Discount for 2 or more days & group bookings will be applied to the quote.
National Chairperson: Mr Fanus Fourie
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Dr Jaco Nel
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

Please contact this Committee via [email protected]

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