LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar

Determining Hydraulic Conductivity While Low Flow Sampling

When: Online Anytime - take this course anytime, for 4 hours or more, online at your convenience.
Location: Virtual Groundwater Academy
Instructor: Gary A. Robbins, Ph.D., Ram's Horn Educational, LLC. 
Pricing: $179

Course Description:

The assessment and remediation of groundwater contamination requires knowing the magnitude and distribution of the hydraulic conductivity of soils and sediments. Slug testing of monitoring wells has become the most common means of determining hydraulic conductivity at contaminated sites. However, slug testing can be problematic when wells are screened across the water table because of backfill zone drainage or in high permeable formations that exhibit rapid recovery and oscillatory response.

In this course you will learn how to determine hydraulic conductivity from the steady state drawdown and discharge achieved while low flow sampling. The method avoids some of the problems associated with slug testing and provides synchronous data with water quality sampling. Furthermore the method is useful in evaluating whether remediation methods are influencing the hydraulic conductivity and whether, over time, fines are clogging well intakes. The course covers single and multiple discharge-drawdown testing, and includes "hands-on" simulations for honing your skills, a video demonstration, spreadsheets for test and sensitivity analyses, and example case histories.

To view course description and agenda, click here. 


This course has been approved by the Massachusetts LSP Board for 4 credits as LSP course #1441. It is also approved by the Connecticut LEP Board for 4 LEP credits (CTLEP-322) and for 4 PDH credits as "Other Activity" course in New York (PS#:004104).

The course entails at least 4 hours of effort.  All required assignments must be submitted and adequately completed, to the satisfaction and approval of the course instructor, in order to obtain CEUs.  Participants have 30 days after registration to submit required material.  Participants will be issued course completion certificates by mail.

System and Software Requirements

Please see below for IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding System and Software Requirements.

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 or Mac OS X 10.6.8 or above

Browser: This program will NOT work with Microsoft Edge or new versions of Chrome. While you can also use Internet Explorer (only up to 11), the best browser for this application is Firefox. Please download Firefox here

Programs: Microsoft Excel and Adobe are required to take this course. Here are the free Adobe downloads: Adobe ReaderAdobe Flash Player and Adobe Shockwave Player (Full version). (Shockwave will not work with Microsoft Edge or newer versions of Chrome)

More Information

Learning Level: Advanced level. The course requires basic knowledge of algebra, geology, physics and use of spreadsheets. It is assumed the participants are familiar with conventional slug testing.

Please note: you will receive a separate confirmation email with your course link and key code on the day you register. If you register outside of the hours of 9AM and 5PM, Monday through Friday, you will receive this information on the next business day.

Please contact Kristi Lefebvre 617-977-4304 with any questions.