National Ground Water Association (NGWA)

2014 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer to explore use of groundwater spreadsheets to solve simple, complex problems


WESTERVILLE, OH -- The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation’s 2014 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer Carlos Molano, PE, will present “Groundwater Spreadsheets: Efficient and Practical Resource for Solving Simple and Complex Flow, Pollution, and Environmental Problems.”

Molano, cofounder and president of Hidrogeocol (formerly Hidrogeologia Colombiana Ltd.) with headquarters in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama, is also a professor of groundwater flow and pollution in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Los Andes University in Bogota. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Latin-America Hydrogeologist Award from the Latin American Association for Groundwater Development.

During his lecture, Molano will show how spreadsheets — in simple form without any programming or complex mathematics — can be used to solve a wide range of groundwater problems. He will demonstrate how to apply classic hydrogeology concepts to modern hydrogeology concepts such as climate change, global warming, ecohydrology, sustainability, environmental risk assessment, and remediation.

While various groundwater applications are presented mainly for Latin America, they also can be used all over the world to learn how some cost-effective solutions may be applied for many other situations. Spreadsheet topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Pumping and slug tests, step drawdown and intermittent tests
  • Analytical and numerical solutions for groundwater flow and pollution problems
  • Delineation of capture zones, forward and inverse particle tracking for groundwater contamination
  • Hydrogeochemical analysis
  • Earth resistivity soundings interpretation
  • Land subsidence
  • Flow system analysis and impact of climate change in groundwater resources.

Sites interested in hosting the 2014 McEllhiney Lecture — which will be of interest to water well contractors, groundwater scientists, and environmental engineers, as well as administrators, consultants, ecologists, water resource planners, and students — should complete the request form and submit it via e-mail to by October 1, 2013. No other methods of request can be accepted.

The McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology is made possible by a grant from Franklin Electric Co.

NGWREF, founded in 1994 as an IRS-approved public charity, is operated by the National Ground Water Association as a 501(c)(3) public foundation focused on conducting educational, research, and other charitable activities related to a broader public understanding of groundwater.

NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.

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