28 September 2016

What does it mean when we say: Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface?

Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface  means that we are characterizing the sedimentary succession in terms of understanding how sediments are deposited so we can define geologic units and then predict their likely distribution, uniformity or heterogeneity, unit geometries and physical properties.  

It’s not always simple to correlate glacial sediments according to depositional or stratigraphic context.  

While it might seem easier to try and rationalize secondary observations such as N-values from blow counts, soil classifications, CPT values, geophysical measurements, water levels, hydraulic testing, contaminant mapping or geochemistry indicators – the challenge is various degrees of uncertainty remain about subsurface properties on every scale....as you likely appreciate becomes the weakest part of "site characterization"....and jeopardizes our projects and reputations.

We as scientists and engineers know there is a better way - it just takes some meaningful training and education....and the pay off is priceless.

Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface ensures:
 - Correct well design and placement
 - Reliable potentiometric-surface maps
 - Ground-water-monitoring system design
 - Remediation-system design
 - Excavation and foundation design
 - Field management of unanticipated conditions
Soil Classifications are poorly understood and often misused for the basis of "hydrostratigraphic units" which can easily lead to monstrous mistakes.

You're invited to participate in a comprehensive online course dedicated to Taking the Mystery Out of the Subsurface.....beginning on November 10, 2016.  

You will never see the subsurface the same again.

08 September 2016

Groundwater Assessment and Modeling by C.P. Kumar

Groundwater Assessment and Modeling by C.P. Kumar is a comprehensive masterpiece covering the major topics of groundwater with a special focus on water resources in India.  Dr. C.P. Kumar, PhD authored this treatise based on his lifetime work and mastery of hydrogeology.

The book covers a spectrum of topics from simple data quality to advanced ground water concepts and modeling.  Dr. C.P. Kumar reported that he was motivated to write this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students, hydrgeologists and engineers, and researchers who immerse themselves in ground water science too.

I recommend this book for it's comprehensive coverage of ground water topics...it exceeds 300 pages with more than 20 chapters.  The timing of it's release is perfect with the current demand of assessment and modeling applied to groundwater over-exploitation deserving judicious and scientific resource management and conservation. 

Congratulations, Dr. C.P. Kumar on your outstanding work!!
 -Dan Kelleher 08SEPT2016