- Groundwater resources in BC and general concepts (water budget, groundwater flow system, aquifer classification system),
- Groundwater fundamentals and concepts (definitions, aquifer basic physical properties, aquifer parameters, Darcy’s Law, groundwater seepage),
- Groundwater governance in BC (overview of acts and regulation relevant to groundwater, current issues),
- Groundwater chemistry and water quality,
- Groundwater and climate change,
- Sustainable groundwater management (groundwater monitoring, wellhead and aquifer protection),
- Groundwater exploration and development (well construction, design considerations, role of the hydrogeologist), and
- Well testing provisions for meeting regulatory requirements.
The course includes case studies, some hands-on exercises, and ample time for discussions and questions. Furthermore, a groundwater model will be on display (a tank in which water is being circulated by a pump, and dye is injected to visualize groundwater flow through different types of aquifer formation, interaction/connectivity between surface water and groundwater, and groundwater contamination principles). Course participants are encouraged to use and experiment with the groundwater model during the seminar.
Seminar participants are encouraged to bring a notebook/tablet (for internet access) and a calculator.
Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc.
Dr. Ineke Kalwij, P.Eng., is a hydrogeologist with 20 years of experience in the field of hydrogeology, groundwater engineering, and water resource management through consulting and research (academia, applied research organization). Ineke has a PhD degree in groundwater engineering (system analysis and optimization), and she received formal training in project management (University of British Columbia). Ineke is owner of Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc. (KWD); a private consulting company which specializes in hydrogeology, groundwater engineering, and water resource management.