Introduction to hydrogeology and ArcGIS applications

Online course

60 hours / 6 weeks

Dates: to be determined

Full licenses for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) + Extensions for 1 year!


The course “Introduction to hydrogeology and ArcGIS applications” has been created for undergraduates, graduates, juniors, geologists, and hydrogeologists worldwide in order to provide them with the complete knowledge that will allow them to understand the subtle interactions that occur within the Earth and result in the creation and shaping of aquifers. To understand the formation of groundwater bodies, one must firstly understand the dynamic nature of Earth, geostructural formations and the chemistry that occurs.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will gain sufficient knowledge that will allow them to logically analyse and understand the macro and micro factors that shape the “hidden world” of groundwater systems. It is a beautiful world and one that is becoming of crucial importance for the development and sustainability of any civilization. Water is the new oil and as such, it must be kept safe and used in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

The second part of the course will dive into ArcGIS modelling and the course will cover not only hydrogeology applications but also wider, geology related mapping and analysis (because the two cannot be divided). We will go through cartography, rasters, and 3D modelling in ArcGIS. We will also go through Autocad and Groundwater Vistas. The course aims to provide knowledge which can be used and not merely knowledge per se, so modelling will be oriented towards real examples and precision.

The licenses will be for one year, full, commercial licenses for ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) and Extensions

Limited places.

  1. Module 1 – 8 hours

    1. The importance of groundwater

    2. Hydrological systems and groundwater

    3. Formation of groundwater systems

    4. Porosity and effective porosity

    5. Principles of groundwater flow

    6. Flow in groundwater systems

    7. Understanding the stratigraphy of the cross-section and types of aquifers that may occur.

  2. Module 2 – 10 hours

    1. Groundwater balance concepts

    2. Groundwater balance estimation methods

    3. Groundwater balances and their environment

    4. Groundwater and its interaction with rocks

    5. Groundwater chemistry and rock types

    6. Development of groundwater aquifers – Definition, Recharge and Discharge Areas, Aquifer Transmissivity and Storage, Types of Aquifers, Aquifer Parameters and Methods of Determination, Aquifer Recharge and Sustainability, Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR)

    7. Springs and Spring Development, Underground Dams, Competent and Leaky Aquitards

    8. The forming of karst aquifers.

  3. Module 3 – 10 hours

    1. Groundwater extraction – Vertical Wells, Collector Wells and Horizontal Wells, Infiltration Galleries and Drains

    2. Source Water Protection Zones

    3. Groundwater contamination – Regulations, sources of contamination and contaminants, drinking water standards and emerging contaminants

    4. Transport of contaminants – Free Phase and Residual Phase Contamination, Dissolved Phase Contamination, Dispersion, Diffusion, Sorption, Degradation

  4. Module 4 – Cartography and ArcGIS – 12 hours

    1. What is GIS – 30 minutes

    2. Georeferencing – the first step – 30 minutes

    3. ArcCatalog and creating a database – 1 hour

    4. Editing mode – drawing a map – polygons, lines, and points. – 8 hours

    5. Labelling, colors, exporting. – 2 hours

    6. Autocad profile creation – 2 hours

  5. Module 5 – 12 hours

    1. Working with rasters

    2. Watershed and Stream Network Delineation based on a DEM analysis.

    3. Determining the vulnerability of groundwater – GLA

  6. Module 6 – 10 hours

    1. Determining the vulnerability of groundwater – DRASTIC method

    2. Determining the vulnerability of groundwater – EPIC method

    3. Introduction to Groundwater Vistas. – 1 hour

    4. A glimpse of 3D modeling in ArcGIS – 1 hour

Matija Kordic

Master in Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Geology with a specialty in Hydrogeology from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology.

Created a hydrogeology map of Zlatibor County, Republic of Serbia. For his master thesis, analysed the current National Strategy of Sustainability and Water Management for Central Serbia and suggested a more sustainable approach, based on groundwater exploitation and ArcGIS applications. His experience includes groundwater management, karst aquifers specialization, and ArcGIS analysis.

He is currently working as an engineer of hydrogeology for HydroGeoEco and as an independent ArcGIS analyst consultant for numerous firms doing 3D modelling, modelling, analysis and ideation.

He is author of two peer-reviewed journal articles, and is currently writing two books. The journal articles were related to engineering and management of karst aquifers and water accumulations.

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

Undergraduates, graduates, juniors, geologists, and hydrogeologists worldwide.

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

  1. Hydrogeology engineering
  2. Geology engineering
  3. Geology
  4. ArcGIS analyst
  5. Water Resources management
  6. Environmental engineering
  7. Cartography


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