Introduction to Pumping Test Analysis

An introduction to the essential basics of conducting an aquifer test and analysing the testing data

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  • October 21
    2 days 8:15AM –  5:00PM
    1. $880.00 incl. GST


This course focuses on the practical application of pumping test theory to developing understandings of groundwater systems. It will teach you very important background information to allow defendable interpretations of aquifer testing data using traditional methods and state-of-the-art software. A hands-on application of skills learnt is also part of this course.

The course will be given over one and a half days in three components

  1. Introduction – pumping test fundamentals, types of aquifer tests, aquifer parameters, aquifer conceptual models
  2. The pumping test – design, undertaking, data preparation and management
  3. Analysis – identifying the conceptual model, practicals, case studies

Course Outline

  • Pumping Test Fundamentals|
  • Terminology
  • Aquifer Conceptual Models – Porous Media-        
  • Identifying the Conceptual Model
  • Production Well Analysis
  • Checking/Verification/Data Corrections
  • Practical’s
  • Pumping test design
  • Discussion

Course Presenters

Mike Dudding
Principal Hydrogeologist

Mike Dudding’s primary areas of expertise include groundwater hydraulic analysis, Managed Aquifer Recharge, and tunnel hydrogeology. He has 27 year experience as a consulting hydrogeologist primarily for infrastructure, water supply, and NRM. Mike has been the Lead Hydrogeologist for major water resource projects including West Werribee (Melbourne) and Gold Coast Managed Aquifer Recharge, Mapping MAR potential for Melbourne, Pyramid Creek Salt Interception Scheme, Lindsay River SIS, investigating new groundwater supply for Geelong, and investigating inter-aquifer connection in southern Victoria, SA/Vic border area, and various CSG projects. He has also been the Lead Hydrogeologist for several major tunnel projects including Melbourne Metro, East-West Link, West Link, and the Northern Sewerage Project. Mike has a Master of Science (Hons) in Engineering Geology from the University of Canterbury.

Kate Holder
Senior Hydrogeologist
CDM Smith Australia

Kate has 14 years of professional hydrogeological consulting experience working in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, South-East England and Canada. Her hydrogeological experience includes groundwater resource assessment and development; hydrogeological conceptualisation and characterisation; mine dewatering and depressurisation operations; and groundwater management projects. She has undertaken projects for a range of government and private sector clients (mainly mining and infrastructure). Kate’s role on projects has varied from field data collection, lead hydrogeologist to project and team manager, as well as aquifer test design and data analysis for wells completed in various types of aquifers (sedimentary / fractured rock, unconfined / semi-confined / confined).

Participants will need to bring:

-       Laptops (with AQTESOLV demo or full version installed) Please visit: to download the Aqtesolv Demo prior to the course.

-       Pencil

-       Rubber

-       Calculator