651-4061-00L  Hydrogeological Field Course

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersB. Brixel, N. Gholizadeh Doonechaly
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 15.

Prerequisite: Grundwasser I (102-0455-01L)

Due to the extraordinary conditions, we cannot allow a large number of students, therefore MSc students majoring in Engineering Geology are given priority.


651-4061-00 PHydrogeological Field Course
Block course
The detailed program will be sent to students registring for the course.
96s hrsB. Brixel, N. Gholizadeh Doonechaly

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course covered a variety of hydrogeological investigation methods with both theory and application at an experimental site in unconsolidated sediments and fractured rock. Included were aquifer well tests and estimation of natural hydraulic heads. The students had to sample, display, evaluate and assess own data and write a report.
Objective- To be able to choose an appropriate (goal, hydrogeological environment, logistic boundary conditions) investigation method and plan experiments accordingly.
- To acquire own experiences in handling typical instruments, e.g. pump, pressure transmitter, data logger, inductive flowmeter, etc.
- To understand the theoretical background of important hydrogeological field investigation methods.
- To master typical data presentation and evaluation methods, e.g. diagnostic plots, type curve fitting etc.).
- To be able to assess the quality and importance of the achieved results in view of theoretical and practical limitations.
ContentCovered methods are
- Aquifer and well tests (constant pressure, constant flow, step pumping tests, drawdown and build-up, single hole and crosshole, double packer and open hole),
- Slug & bail tests (pneumatic and bailer techniques, double packer intervals and open hole).
- Hydraulic head profiling (natural conditions)
- Tracer tests.
Lecture notesA script will be provided for download as pdf.
LiteraturePlease visit the course homepage (Main Link).
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite course 102-0455-01L Grundwasser I
Schedule: The course will take place in Mels (SG) and in Thur (Widen).

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersB. Brixel, N. Gholizadeh Doonechaly
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Places15 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEarth Sciences MSc (660000) starting semester 02
Applied Geophysics MSc (662000)
Doctorate Earth Sciences (664002)
Doctorate Earth Sciences ETH-UZH (665000)
Doctorate Earth Sciencess UZH-ETH (665100)
Waiting listuntil 24.01.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 29.01.2021

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Earth Sciences MasterEngineering Geology: MethodsOInformation