Hydrogeology Field Course Outcomes

Participants in the Hydrogeology Field Course at Western Michigan University can expect to acquire the following experience upon completion of the series  (course activities may change from year to year).


  • OSHA 40 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certification.

Applied skills training

  • Set-up, operation and data-processing of geophyisical equipment, including:

    • Iris Syscal -R2 resistivity system; T-VLF (Very Low Frequencies) survey instrument.
    • Geometrics G858 cesium vapor magnetometer; Strataview Seismograph.
    • Geonics EM-31; EM-61.
    • GSSI SIR Ground Penetrating Radar with 100MHz, 300 MHz, and 500MHz antennae.
    • Using the associated geophysics processing programs and Surfer® to create maps of geophysical anomalies.
  • Logging well borings in the field.

  • Preparing field investigation plans.

  • Monitoring well design, installation and development.

  • Sediment sample collection and characterization using:

    • Direct push soil samplers.
    • Hand auger.
    • Mud/air rotary grab samples.
    • Sonic core.
    • Split spoon sampler.
  • Observing drilling techniques, including:

    • Cable tool.
    • Geoprobe Direct-Push Technology.
    • Hollow stem auger.
    • Mud rotary.
    • Reverse air rotary.
    • Rotasonic.
    • Managing drilling contractors.
  • Collecting and interpreting natural gamma logs.

  • Preparing geological reports.

  • Collecting and processing data for a 50 hour aquifer pumping test with nine monitoring wells.

  • Deploying and processing data from various water data loggers.

  • Conducting a slug test and analyzing the data.

  • Collecting and analyzing ground water samples.

  • Observing remediation and monitoring systems from gas stations, industrial sites (chemical plant and oil refinery) and landfills.