Monthly Archives: January 2014

Symposium 2013

Where is the Contamination Going?

The theme of the 2013 Solinst Symposium was “High Resolution, Depth-Discrete Groundwater Monitoring – Benefits and Importance”. A common topic of discussion was the need for high resolution, depth-discrete data sets in order to better characterize and develop conceptual models for contaminated sites.

Kent Novakowski

Developing Conceptual Models for Flow & Transport in Bedrock

Kent’s presentation focused on a small scale (~10 m x 10 m plot) study in which he developed three distinct site conceptual models for a fractured bedrock site, using different depth-discrete hydraulic and tracer transport measurements.

Gary Wealthall

Where is the Industry Headed?

Gary presented a time-line of key developments in groundwater monitoring technologies, from the introduction of conventional monitoring wells in the 1950’s, to the late 1970’s when the first multilevel groundwater monitoring systems were produced.

Patryk Quinn

Straddle Packer Testing for Hydraulically Characterizing Rock Boreholes

While completing his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, Patryk designed packer testing equipment to be used for conducting hydraulic tests in fractured rock, for contaminant transport studies.

Richard Amos

Diavik Waste-Rock Research Project: High Resolution Gas Pressure & Concentration Monitoring

Richard provided a very interesting presentation on the work he is doing at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. The project aims to help better understand acid mine drainage in cold climates.

Jessica Meyer

Delineation of Hydrogeologic Units at a Contaminated Fractured Rock Field Site

Jessica’s presentation focused on the field work that she has completed at the site. The goal of her research was to use a high-resolution method of measuring head at depth-discrete zones in order to calculate vertical gradients across the site. These vertical gradients were used to delineate hydrogeologic units in the subsurface.