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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.


Solinst Symposium on High Resolution, Depth-Discrete Groundwater Monitoring – Benefits & Importance

On November 7, 2013, we held our fourth “Solinst Symposium” here at our facility in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada. The Symposium theme was “High Resolution, Depth-Discrete Groundwater Monitoring – Benefits & Importance”.


Monitoring Water & Contaminant Fluxes in Surface, Subsurface & Hyporheic Systems

Contaminant mass flux is the measurement of the concentration and flow of contaminants from a source area, represented as mass per unit area per unit time. Contaminant flux measurements show how much, how fast, and where a contaminant is moving – more than you can get from traditional groundwater grab samples. Kirk started his presentation […]


The Effects of Heterogeneity & Delivery Methods on Remediation

To begin his presentation, Rick discussed the current trends in groundwater remediation. Over the past decade, in situ methods have greatly increased in popularity. Although the use of these approaches is growing, Rick pointed out some limitations. Geological heterogeneity is a limitation to determining hydrogeological aspects of a contaminated site, and how a reagent will […]