LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar

Pneumatic Slug Testing

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:

This course provides participants with the knowledge and experience to calculate hydraulic conductivity using pneumatic slug testing. Emphasis is given to testing high permeability formations that exhibit an oscillatory slug test response.

Slug testing in wells has become the method of choice for assessing hydraulic conductivity at contaminated sites owing to its low cost and simplicity of implementation, and to the fact that little to no contaminated water need be handled. This course provides an opportunity to learn how to properly conduct pneumatic slug tests, how to analyze slug test data, and how to interpret the results. This is achieved through a review of slide presentation material, conducting "hands-on" pneumatic slug testing simulations in virtual space, analyzing data collected using spreadsheets, and discussion with the instructor as needed.

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This course has been approved by the Massachusetts LSP Board for 4 credits as LSP course #1404a if the registrant has not already taken LSP course #1404.  (It has been approved by the LSP Board for 2 credits if the registrant has already taken LSP course #1404.)  It is also approved by the Connecticut LEP Board for 4 credits and for 4 PDH credits in New York. 

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

The slide presentation focuses on how tests are performed, critical factors influencing tests, test limitations and sources of error, and how to choose the appropriate test method and solution. At critical points in the slide presentation, participants will conduct slug test simulations that mimic real world testing and analyze the data obtained using spreadsheets. They will conduct a “virtual” conventional slug test for review, as well as simulations of a pneumatic over-damped slug test and a pneumatic under-damped slug test. Data analysis is conducted using provided spreadsheets. Participants may also download a demo version of commercial software to use in analyzing data.

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.