Slug Test Course

Overview: The assessment and remediation of groundwater contamination requires knowing the magnitude and distribution of the hydraulic conductivity of soils and sediments. Slug testing of monitoring wells has become the most common means of determining hydraulic conductivity at contamination sites. In this course through the use of a slide presentation and simulations, you will learn how to properly conduct and analyze slug tests. The course stresses the use of slug testing in formations having lower conductivity (<0.005 cm/s) where response is overdamped (see our Pneumatic Slug Testing Course for high permeable environments and analyzing underdamped oscillatory response). Material covered includes how to perform slug in, slug out and displacement tests. You will be provided guidance on how to match well geometries to the appropriate models for analysis. Also, the courses covers equipment needs, how to develop wells, and when slug tests are and are not appropriate.

Your Instructor: Gary Robbins, Ph.D.

Course Objectives: In this course you will learn how to determine the hydraulic conductivity of a formation from slug testing.

Course Outline
1. Slug Test Overview
2. Equipment Needs
3. How are Slug Tests Analyzed
4. Slug Test Models
5. Ways to Solve Models
6. Analysis Issues
7. Field Related Issues
8. Limitations
9. Review and Simulations
10. How to Obtain CEUs
11. Some Final Words

Learning Level: Advanced level. The course requires basic knowledge of algebra, geology, physics and use of spreadsheets. It is assumed the participants are familiar with conventional slug testing.

Timeframe: The course should take a minimum of 4 hours, but take your time. Once enrolled, you have 30 days to complete the course before your enrollment expires.

Tuition: $179.00 (includes 6.35% Connecticut Sales Tax)

System and Software Requirements:
VGWA courses require the use of an older browser.  It is suggested you use Mozilla Foxfire 51 (2016) to run the course.  A link to foxfire is provided below. Once the browser is installed, open it to this page, and install the free downloads below. It is suggested that you use the older browser only for VGWA courses. Do not upgrade the browser if you receive such a message.
Windows 7/10
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Install Firefox version 51 mac
After you install a browser install these free downloads
Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Shockwave Player (Full version)
You will also need Microsoft Excel;

Professional Continuing Education: For all States a minimum of 4 hoursof course work is required for credit.

Connecticut: Approved for 4 CECs, CTLEP-338. A minimum of 4 hours of course work is required for credit.

Delaware: Board of Geologists Approved Continuing Education Course for 4 CEUs, category 6.8.7 (approval period ending 9/30/16).

Massachusetts: MALSPA-1463. Approved for 4 Technical LSP credits. A minimum of 4 hours of course work is required for credits.

New York:Approved for 4 PDHs as an "Other Activity". Course number 20170537. A minimum of 4 hours of courswork is required for credit.

New Jersey: Approved for 4 Technical credits for LSRPs (Course No. 2012-026)

Requirements for Continuing Education Credits:

To obtain continuing education credits, you have 30 days after you register to submit required material. All required material must be submitted and adequately completed, to the satisfaction and approval of the course instructor, in order to obtain CEUs. For this course, you must submit: (1) the Bailer Slug Test Spreadsheet with your results of the Bailer Slug Test Simulation as a pdf file; (2) the Slug In Test Spreadsheet with the results from the Slug In Test Simulation as a pdf file; (3) the Rod Displacement Slug Test Spreadsheet with the results from the Rod Displacement Slug Test Simulation as a pdf file;(4) responsive answers to a set of review questions, (5) a certificate of completion application form indicating you have met the course minimum time requirements, and (6) a course evaluation form (to be completed following instructor review of your material).

Getting Started: Download the Free Adobe Software. Click on the purchase & register link above to enroll and to obtain a username and password. Once you enroll, return to this page. Then click on the Enter Course link above to begin. The course consists of a slide presentation (in Flash) that allows you to scroll and resize pages and search for content. As appropriate, you will find links to animations, simulations, videos and spreadsheets.