Aquifer Mechanics - WASR(GEOL) 8730

Course Summary

  • This course focuses on the use of aquifer test data to estimate aquifer hydraulic properties and to identify important flow and transport processes.
  • Flow scenarios include confined and leaky aquifers, unconfined (water table) aquifers, wedge-shaped aquifers, effects of boundaries and multiple wells, effects of partially penetrating wells, dual porosity media, and fractured rock aquifers.

Course Instructors

Course Materials

  • Textbook: Kruseman GP, NA de Ridder, 1991. Analysis and Evaluation of Pumping Test Data, Second Edition. International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, P.O. Box 45, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands (download)
  • AQTESOLV: Aquifer Test Analysis Software (download)
  • Reference material: Link to Dropbox folder


  • 25% - Class participation
  • 25% - Assignments
  • 50% - Chapter presentations

University Honor Code

  • Students shall adhere to UGA's Student Honor Code; "I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others."
  • UGA's policy and procedures for handling cases of suspected dishonesty can be found at

Topical Outline

  1. Basic concepts and definitions
  2. Pumping test basics
  3. Confined aquifers
  4. Leaky aquifers
  5. Unconfined aquifers
  6. Bounded aquifers
  7. Wedge-shaped and sloping aquifers
  8. Anisotropic aquifers
  9. Multi-layered aquifer systems
  1. Partially penetrating wells
  2. Large diameter wells
  3. Variable-discharge tests
  4. Recovery tests
  5. Well-performance tests
  6. Single-well tests
  7. Slug tests
  8. Uniformly-fractured aquifers
  9. Single vertical fractures
  10. Single vertical dikes