The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification)

  • Teacher: Gillian Nielsen and David Nielsen
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Duration:
  • Price: $ 2,095
Certificate:

Must complete all E-Modules

Table of Contents

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Planning and Executing a Successful Ground-Water Sampling Event
Ground-Water Sample Pretreatment – Filtration and Preservation
Ground-Water Sample Handling and Shipment

Description

This comprehensive 29-module E-Course covers everything from optimizing monitoring well placement to environmental drilling technologies to monitoring well design, construction and development to the most up-to-date methods and practices for sampling ground water from monitoring wells.

In the first 14 modules of this E-Course, instructors focus on the elements that comprise an effective ground-water monitoring program; the importance of establishing monitoring program objectives, data needs and uses; factors that influence optimal monitoring well location and monitoring system design, including site-specific geology, hydrogeology and geochemistry; collecting existing information to create an initial conceptual site model; using accelerated site characterization methods and modern technologies to efficiently develop a detailed understanding of site geology, hydrogeology and geochemistry; refining the conceptual site model to optimize positioning of wells and well screens; drilling methods available for characterizing sites and installing boreholes, wells and multi-level monitoring systems; soil sample description and handling in the field; well design techniques to ensure sediment-free ground-water samples; and monitoring well construction and development methods. 

The substance of more than a dozen ASTM Standard Guides and Practices for environmental site characterization, environmental drilling and direct-push methods, monitoring well design and construction and well development is covered in this portion of the E-Course.  In the field video portions of these modules, students learn how various advanced site characterization methods, including discrete and continuous soil sampling, discrete ground-water sampling and profiling, remote-sensing methods (including soil electrical conductivity profiling, soil hydraulic conductivity profiling and direct VOC detection), and cone penetration testing can be used to develop a detailed understanding of subsurface conditions.  Additional video segments focus on how direct-push technology and sonic drilling can be used to collect soil samples install small-diameter monitoring wells. 

In the next 15 modules of this E-Course, instructors focus on ground-water sampling issues.  In modules 15 through 17, students learn about a number of important issues, including what factors influence the successful implementation of ground-water sampling programs; how to prepare and implement effective ground-water sampling and analysis plans; how to update existing sampling protocols in response to changes in technology and field practices; how to develop an effective field equipment decontamination program; and how to implement good field practices and incorporate strong field QA/QC protocols to ensure both precision and accuracy in ground-water sampling events.  The field video portions of these modules focus on well inspection and housekeeping prior to sampling, field equipment decontamination practices, and how to properly collect field QA/QC samples.

In modules 18 through 29, instructors focus on the science behind ground-water sampling (uses of water-level data, water-level measurement methods, sources of bias and error in water-level measurement, sources of bias and error in ground-water sample collection, and factors affecting the representative nature of ground-water samples); selection and operation of purging and sampling devices; how to implement various purging and sampling methodologies (including conventional purging and sampling, low-flow purging and no-purge sampling); field water-quality indicator parameter measurement; sample collection and pre-treatment procedures (filtration and preservation); handling and shipment of ground-water samples (with discussions of DOT and IATA shipping regulations); and documentation of sampling events to ensure defensibility of data and records. 

The substance of more than a dozen ASTM Standard Guides and Practices on these topics is covered in this portion of the course.  The field video portions of these modules focus on all of the field practices and procedures used to effectively implement ground-water sampling events, including operation of a variety of ground-water sampling pumps, methods for conventional sampling, low-flow purging and sampling, and no-purge sampling; water-level measurement; measurement of field water-quality indicator parameters; sample collection, filtration and preservation; and sample packaging and shipment.

Total CEUs for This E-Course: 32.5 CEUs

Price

Plan Name Price
5 Weeks (includes Study Guide with shipping fees, duty, border and customs documents, taxes and other fees to addresses outside the continental US, AK and HI): $ 2520
5 Weeks (includes Study Guide with shipping to the continental US, AK and HI only): $ 2360
1 Month (no Study Guide included): $ 2095

Teacher

Gillian Nielsen and David Nielsen

GillGWSGillian Nielsen is Vice President of Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc. the parent company of The Nielsen Environmental E-School and The Nielsen Environmental Field School. 

She is also Chairman of the International Certification Program for Environmental Samplers and Specialists.  She has 36 years of International experience as an environmental and ground-water consultant and trainer.  During her professional career she has developed, managed and implemented ground-water monitoring and sampling programs, soil gas monitoring investigations, multimedia environmental sampling programs, RCRA compliance audits, environmental site assessments and remediation programs at hazardous and non-hazardous waste sites in the U.S. and Canada. She has also played a key role in the development and management of corporate standard operating procedures as well as health and safety procedures and policies. 

Gillian specializes in developing and instructing a wide variety of field practice-oriented training programs for private industry, consulting firms, state and Federal regulatory agencies, universities, professional and trade associations. She has lectured extensively and taught hundreds of field courses on the topics of ground-water monitoring and sampling, environmental sampling and field sample analysis, design and implementation of soil gas investigations and RCRA compliance throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, England, Guatemala, Mexico and Australia. Gillian also conducts 8-hour health and safety refresher training courses for clients across the U.S. who are involved in environmental contamination investigation and remediation projects. In addition to training, she works closely with industry and consulting firms as a consultant conducting audits of field investigation activities, negotiating with PRPs and regulatory agencies, developing corporate standard operating procedures and health and safety plans and providing technical reviews of site investigation reports. She also works closely with environmental instrumentation companies in the evaluation of new equipment and in development of new instrumentation. 

Gillian was a 16-year member of the Editorial Board of Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and a member of the ASTM Subcommittee D-18.21 task group on ground-water sampling. She is the recipient of Ground Water Publishing Company's Outstanding Service Award for her work on the editorial board of the journal Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and has received several Standards Development Awards from ASTM. She has authored a number of scientific papers and written many ASTM Standards dealing with ground-water sampling, soil-gas monitoring, field analysis of environmental samples, and field decontamination procedures, and was a contributing author for first (1991) and second (2006) editions of The Practical Handbook of Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring as well as Technical Guidance on Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and Minimum- Purge Sampling (2002). She is also a co-editor and contributing author of the text The Essential Handbook of Ground-Water Sampling, published in January 2007. Gillian frequently provides technical reviews of state and Federal regulatory agency technical guidance documents. Gillian holds B.Sc. degrees in geography (hydrology) and biology (aquatic) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario Canada.

gwm2David M. Nielsen is President of Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc., the parent company of The Nielsen Environmental E-School and The Nielsen Environmental Field School.  He is a Certified Professional Geologist (AIPG #5040), a Professional Hydrogeologist (AIH #991), a Certified Ground-Water Professional (AGWSE #179) and a Certified/Licensed/Registered Professional Geologist in 7 states (AK, AR, DE, FL, IN, SC, TX). He has 39 years of experience in ground-water and environmental consulting, training and research. He has managed ground-water contamination investigations, environmental site assessments, ground-water monitoring and sampling programs, petroleum hydrocarbon spill investigations and remedial projects across the U.S.  David was one of the primary instructors for Princeton Groundwater's Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Course for 12 years, and he has also developed curriculum for and instructed: undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses in ground-water science at Wright State University; Technology Transfer workshops on Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring and Sampling for the U.S. EPA; and Waste Management, Inc.'s Landfill University; and a one-year Hydrogeologic Training Program for the Environmental Response Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He has instructed more than 500 ground water and environmental science short courses and workshops for consulting firms, regulatory agencies, industrial concerns, the Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, trade and professional organizations, educational institutes and universities in the U.S., England, Canada, Australia, Guatemala and Mexico. 

David is former Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee D-18.21 on Ground-Water and Vadose Zone Investigations, a consultant to the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board, a member of the U.S. Department of Defense SERDP/ESTCP Peer Review Panel, and an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy National Advanced Drilling and Excavation Technology Program. He is the editor and a contributing author for The Practical Handbook of Environmental Site Characterization and Ground-Water Monitoring (First and Second Editions; 1991 and 2006), The Essential Handbook of Ground-Water Sampling (2007) and Technical Guidance on Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and Minimum-Purge Sampling (2002). He is also an active member of AIPG, the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, the American Institute of Hydrology and the Association of Engineering Geologists. He served for 12 years as Editor of Ground-Water Monitoring and Remediation and served for 12 years on the Wright State University Geology Department's Board of Counselors. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in geology from Miami University (1974) and Bowling Green State University (1977) respectively. Prior to co-founding the Nielsen Environmental Field School and Nielsen Ground-Water Science, Inc., he managed regional offices for two geoscientific and engineering consulting firms, served as director of research and education for the National Ground Water Association and worked for state environmental agencies in Massachusetts, West Virginia and Ohio.

David has also written guidance documents on direct-push technology and ground-water sampling for the U.S. EPA Superfund program, and reviewed dozens of technical reports for the U.S. EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, The Outstanding Achievement Award of ASTM, and a 4-time recipient of ASTM's Special Service Award.

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Name Level Release Date
The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course (Without Option for Certification) 12/28/2016 02:08:34
The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
The Environmental Sampling E-Course(Without the Option for Certification) 12/31/2016 21:23:54
The Environmental Sampling E-Course (With the Option for Certification) 12/31/2016 21:23:54
MA LSP-1034A: The EnvironmentalSampling E-Course 12/31/2016 21:23:54
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The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course (With Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1039A: The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
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MA LSP-1571: The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
MA LSP-1035A: The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1039A: The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1574: The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
MA LSP-1201A: The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-348E: The Complete Soil Sampling E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-067E: The Environmental Sampling E-Course 12/31/2016 21:23:54
CT LEP-227E: The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-069E: The Complete Ground-Water Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-065-224E: The Low-Flow Purging and Sampling and No-Purge Sampling E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
CT LEP-094E: The Soil Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) E-Course 12/28/2016 02:08:34
CT LEP-068E: The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
SS-09 Selection and Use of Soil Sampling Equipment – Part 1 01/29/2017 22:03:52
SS-15 Soil Sample Collection, Description & Handling in the Field -- Describing Soil Samples in the Field (Part 2); Handling Soil Samples in the Field 01/29/2017 22:03:52
SS-17 Sampling Event Documentation 01/29/2017 22:03:52
The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course (With Option for Professional Certification) 12/17/2016 16:29:00
TCEQ The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development E-Course 12/17/2016 16:29:00
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Planning and Executing a Successful Ground-Water Sampling Event
Ground-Water Sample Pretreatment – Filtration and Preservation
Ground-Water Sample Handling and Shipment