Universität Wien FIND

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to courses and exams may be necessary at short notice (e.g. cancellation of on-site teaching and conversion to online exams). Register for courses/exams via u:space, find out about the current status on u:find and on the moodle learning platform.

Further information about on-site teaching can be found at https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/info.

280069 PR MA-ERD-8 Hydrogeologisches Geländepraktikum (PI) (2017S)

Continuous assessment of course work

The lecture of Hydrogeology/Groundwater systems gave a broad but more theoretical overview into the field of hydrogeology. But hydrogeology is more than theory: For most hydrogeological methods, hydrogeologists need to work also in the field. Many projects and tasks in hydrogeology indispensably require parameters from field tests and sampling for subsequent analyses of various types and applications. All contaminant remediation projects rely on a precise understanding of field hydrogeology. Field skills themselves are required key qualifications for applicants in most companies. In a broad range of job descriptions the developed field skills will enable the students to perform or give guidance in these methods.
This course is specifically designed to give the participating students hands-on experience in a selection of widely used field methods and bridge a gap in the students' acquired theoretical knowledge and field applications.



max. 16 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

01.06.2017 14:00 - 15:30 Introductory meeting (mandatory!!!!)
03.07.2017 - 07.07.2017 Field trip

Thursday 01.06. 14:00 - 15:30 Seminarraum Paläontologie "Melchior Neumayr" 2A502 5.OG UZA II (Kickoff Class)


Aims, contents and method of the course

What do we offer?
The participants will learn to assess a site from a hydrogeological perspective by using a variety of field methods, starting with the conceptualisation of its hydrogeological framework and the estimation of its groundwater recharge. They will be able to perform stream discharge measurements as well as to obtain and describe soil samples according to standardised procedures and to analyse their grain size distribution. Aside from that, they will be enabled to combine surveying and groundwater reference date measurements in order to depict the groundwater flow field of an aquifer. From several piezometer tests and a pumping test, they will learn to derive essential hydraulic aquifer parameters. Moreover, the participating students will be empowered to perform an appropriate groundwater sampling workflow. All field data will be used in state-of-the-art analysis methods and subsequently interpreted.
Acting as an expert for a provided topic, each student has the chance to get even more into the details of theory in practice.

Assessment and permitted materials

The examination of the course is based on four individual evaluations. In total 100 points can be attained. The contribution of each part to the final grade of the course is given in brackets:

Presentation with handout (30%) deadline:
"Expert" report (40%) deadline:
Discussion and participation (30%)

For positive completion of the course a minimum of 50 points have to be attained. 100% attendance (introductory meeting, field course) is mandatory since each individual step requires the knowledge of the previous one.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

What do we expect?
Students are highly encouraged to participate actively during the entire course. In order to point out benefits and drawbacks of all methods used in the field, the discussion will be obligatory and should give an idea of challenges in step with actual practice. All reports have to be handed in within the given deadlines. This is necessary since each step should not delay the progress of the entire course. Students are highly encouraged to participate actively during the entire course. In order to point out benefits and drawbacks of all methods used in the field, the discussion of the methods and results in the field and in the report will be obligatory and should give an idea of challenges in step with actual practice. A
The report has to be handed in within the given deadlines.

Examination topics

The topics of examination vary among students depending on the individually assigned topic for the individual presentation and short report. The topics, thus, will be an individual selection from the following list of topics:
- “site” (general description of the relevant geology, occurring groundwater types and conceptualised hydrogeology, climate (hydrology) and water supply system)
- “groundwater recharge” (calculations using given methods with the provided hydrographic data and their comparison)
- “discharge” (description and comparison of river discharge measurements using given methods)
- “soil” (description of pile driving, core drilling and the description of drilling profiles, using ÖNORM B 4401-3, ÖNORM B 4401-4, sieving analysis)
- “surveying” (groundwater reference date measurement, groundwater level map and groundwater flow direction)
- “hydraulic tests” (analysis of hydraulic field tests, including slug and bail tests (after Hvorslev) and infiltration tests (after Al-Dahir & Morgenstern))
- “pumping test” (analysis of pumping test data using different methods (e.g., Cooper & Jacob, cone of depression, recovery)
- “water quality” (compilation and interpretation of all hydrochemical data and parameter from water samples collected)
- “tracer test” (conducting small scale tracer test (column) and shower tests
In cooperation with the Department of Geography and Regional Research (Physical Geography) we additionally offer the topic “unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) methods” (future methods in Geography and Hydrogeology?!)

Reading list

Literature will be announced during the introductory meeting.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:42