National Ground Water Association (NGWA)

NGWA offers petroleum hydrogeology short course


The National Ground Water Association is offering a one-day course as a general introduction to the field of petroleum hydrogeology on November 4 in Costa Mesa, California.

The course is designed to use knowledge from college or university courses in geology, geophysics, and civil engineering as the foundation for learning how this knowledge and existing skills can be transferred and applied to the petroleum industry.

Participants will learn about:
• Physical and chemical properties of petroleum
• Source rock characteristics and origins of kerogen, tar, petroleum, and gas
• Physical and petrographic characteristics of reservoirs and caprocks
• Timing of petroleum migration and trapping
• Flow of fluids in compacting and stable sedimentary basins
• Intrinsic permeability and wettability
• Reservoir testing techniques.

This course is best suited to geologist and engineers.
The course instructor is Scott Bair, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Ohio State University and recipient of the university’s 1991 Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. Formerly employed at Stone and Webster Engineering, he performed hydrogeologic investigations at nuclear and coal-burning power plants, and characterized flow regimes at hazardous and proposed radioactive waste sites.

To learn more about this course, as well as the many other NGWA educational programs, visit or call 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791).

About NGWA

NGWA, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 13,000 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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