Groundwater in a Geoenergy Context

GeoLogica Limited
Course summary
10.5 hours
525 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Groundwater in a Geoenergy Context

This course examines all aspects of groundwater from the geological features that affect it and how groundwater flow can be conceptualised, to how it relates to GeoEnergy Transition projects and the wider context of groundwater regulations and management. It is a useful introduction to help access other advanced courses. The course will include some tasks that relate to the practical application of knowledge and formative assessment will be used throughout to allow participants to reflect and manage their learning.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The course is intended for sub-surface scientists, with an emphasis on geoscience topics. It is largely aimed at geoscientists, but some engineers will also find the course instructive. Participants should have a working knowledge of geoscience. However, the subject matter of this course, groundwater as it relates to GeoEnergy Transition projects, is covered from basic principles.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Explain key groundwater concepts.
  • Evaluate potential factors controlling groundwater in different geological settings.
  • Explain how groundwater is investigated and some of the limitations.
  • Explain how groundwater is relevant and, in many cases, critical to Geoenergy projects.
  • Evaluate how different geological settings can affect the viability of different Geoenergy projects.
  • Describe how and why groundwater is regulated.
  • Explain how risks to groundwater are assessed and managed.

Training Course Content

Session 1 Groundwater

Prior knowledge review

  • Key concepts multiple choice quiz


  • Rudimentary hydrogeology, hydrology and groundwater systems
  • How geological media affects flow
  • Conceptualising flow at different scales
  • Chemical and physical behaviors of fluids and rock interaction
  • Investigating, extracting and monitoring groundwater

Plenary/application of knowledge exercise

  • Investigating groundwater on Mars

Session 2 Groundwater and the GeoEnergy Transition: reservoirs, resource and pathways

Prior knowledge review

  • Inductive exercise


  • Mines and mineral extraction: dewatering, mine water as thermal resource, and acidity
  • Critical minerals and brines: geochemistry, exploitation and extraction
  • Geothermal: groundwater as a thermal resource, open and closed loop systems, fractures, testing and modelling
  • Carbon Capture Storage: geochemistry and fluid phases, injection and reservoir permeability, storage capacity and leakage
  • Nuclear waste/hydrogen storage: fluids, pathways and low flow

Plenary/application of knowledge exercise

  • Resource potential assessment for investment case exercise

Session 3 Groundwater regulation, risk assessment and management in GeoEnergy Transition projects

Prior knowledge review

  • What is wrong in this picture?


  • Groundwater as natural and economic capital
  • Water quality and protection
  • Policy, regulations and regulators
  • Risk management in the project lifecycle
  • Hazards from Geoenergy projects
  • Groundwater risk assessment
  • Management and mitigation

Plenary/application of knowledge exercise

  • You are the regulator exercise

Course delivery details

  • 2pm-5.30pm BST
  • Three 3.5-hour interactive online sessions presented over 3 days (mornings in North America and afternoons in Europe). Digital course notes and exercise materials will be distributed before the course. Some exercises may be completed by participants off-line and there will be links provided to useful additional and applied learning.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...

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Oxford Point, 19 Oxford Road
BH8 8GS Bournemouth Dorset

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