2015 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer to focus on use of drilling fluids in well construction


WESTERVILLE, OH -- Ronald B. Peterson, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products senior account executive, will present the 2015 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture in Water Well Technology “Drilling Fluids: A Common Sense Approach,” the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation announced today.

Peterson, of South Jordan, Utah, has been involved in the drilling industry for more than 36 years. Hired in 1977 by Baroid as a field service representative, he has worked in various positions for the company throughout his career.

Peterson will lecture on how using the proper drilling fluid for a particular project is paramount to a successful job. His presentation will cover the:

  • Evolution of the water well industry
  • Importance of proper project planning and follow-through
  • Functions of a drilling fluid
  • Uses of bentonite, focusing on its use as a basis for drilling fluids
  • Development of other drilling fluid additives and their use to enhance the fluid properties
  • Proper selection of a grout
  • Development of grouts, and the issues and limitations in placement and in attaining a competent well seal.

Click here to learn more about Peterson and his lecture, as well as for information on how to request a presentation.

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

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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