Theoretical and applied hydrogeochemistry, for mining and contaminated areas – with practical exercises using Aquachem 9.0 (new version)

In this three-morning course, participants will learn theoretical foundations in the field of hydrogeochemistry, as well as being exposed to practical aspects inherent to the mining industry, management of contaminated areas and hydrogeochemistry in general. There will also be an opportunity to put certain theories into practice when analyzing hydrochemical data in different ways using the tools available in AquaChem 9.0 software (new version).

The focus of the course will be the critical analysis of hydrochemical data and the generation of interpretive graphs in an efficient manner, considering the chemical reactions and other processes that typically influence the composition of the water. The objective of this course is to provide the participant with the ability to go beyond the basics in obtaining relevant information from hydrochemical data.

Main topics:

  • Fundamental concepts on hydrogeochemical reactions and water-rock interaction;
  • Hydrogeochemistry of inorganic and organic parameters;
  • Applied topics: Mine drainage and management of contaminated areas
  • Quality Assurance and Control in the collection and analysis of hydrochemical data
  • New features in Aquachem 9.0 (new version)
  • Practical exercise: Database development and analysis of hydrochemical data using Aquachem 9.0.

The practical activities will be carried out in AquaChem 9.0, the launch of the software that had its graphical interface completely redesigned with a variety of new features, which allow a better understanding of your data in a much faster and more efficient way.

The training will be offered online. Each participant will receive:

  • Handout of practical exercises in pdf format
  • Installer of the most current version of the software
  • 15-day training license to use the software

Places limited to 500 participants

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RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, M.Sc.

Geologist graduated from Acadia University, with a master’s degree in geology focused on hydrogeochemistry from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He has 10 years of experience in hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry projects, having worked in works related to mining, regional aquifers, natural and anthropic occurrence of metals and other solutes in groundwater, and use of hydrogeochemical and isotopic parameters in hydrogeological studies. He has solid experience in conceptual and numerical modeling of flow and transport. He received an award from the Geological Society of America for the quality and relevance of his master’s research, related to the mobilization of metals in groundwater. He is a member of the Water Services and Technologies consulting team, and also regularly teaches courses and webinars on numerical modeling, hydrogeochemical data analysis and interpretation of pumping tests.

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Joyce C. Di Giovanni

Joyce Cruz Di Giovanni, Geologist graduated from the State University of Campinas and an MBA in Strategic Project Management from FIAP. With extensive training in data management, database, Pierre Gi sampling theory, geostatistics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and specialist in Data Analysis: Visualization and Design of Dashboards by Delft University of Technology. Active member of the NICOLE Latin America Group, in the leadership of the Sustainable Remediation group. She is a consultant specializing in the management of complex projects in Diagnosis, Remediation, Monitoring and Assessment of Risk to Human Health in contaminated areas. Acting in the management of multidisciplinary teams in industrial, real estate, mining, among others. Professor of recognized educational institutions for Postgraduate courses, in what concerns the Management of Contaminated Areas and Strategies for Remediation of Complex Projects. Minister of Workshops and Training in Brazil and Latin America. She is currently a consultant at Water Services and Technologies for Environmental Data Management.