WST Course Series: Planning and Interpreting Pump Test Results

A key part of hydrogeological assessments involves determining the hydrodynamic properties of aquifers and, for this, it is necessary to plan, execute and interpret pumping tests, which can be used both for the characterization of aquifers and to determine the optimal flow and assess the operational efficiency of catchment wells.

Pumping tests for aquifer characterization consist of pumping a well for a predetermined period of time and measuring the drawdown rate over time in one or more observation wells. The results are interpreted using known analytical solutions, such as Theis, Hantush, Neuman, among others.

In this three morning (12 hours) Online Course, both the practical aspects that must be considered for the successful execution of pump tests and the application of analytical solutions to interpret their results will be covered.

During the training, we will make use of the AquiferTest software, which is an excellent tool to assist in the interpretation and visualization of test results, whether these are aimed at defining the parameters of the aquifer or evaluating the efficiency of wells.

This course, which combines the theory behind essays with practical aspects aimed at their execution and interpretation, will enable you to:

  • Plan your tests according to the project’s needs;
  • Execute them correctly so as to get the desired results;
  • Select the most suitable method for interpreting the results;
  • Interpret test results using the various methods available;
  • Calculate the hydrodynamic parameters of the aquifer;
  • Determine the type of aquifer based on the results obtained in tests; and
  • Evaluate performance and head loss in catchment wells.

In this course will be provided to all participants:

  • Theoretical booklet with the material presented in the course;
  • Handout of practical exercises;
  • Installer of the most current version of the software;
  • Training license to use the software;
  • Certificate of completion.

For software installation and use – Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
Processor: 32-bit or 64-bit
Hard Disk: 500 MB of free space to run a model.
RAM: 8GB or more* (*recommended)


This course will take place online on the 25th, 26th and 27th of August, from 8am to 12pm, for a total of 12 hours of training. The course fee is R$750.00.

MAURO PRADO, M.Sc., FGS

Geologist graduated from the University of São Paulo, with a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, England. He specializes in hydrogeology, water supply, water resources management, and mathematical modeling of the flow and transport of contaminants in groundwater. His areas of expertise include hydrogeology applied to mining projects, regional assessments of groundwater resources, prospecting for water resources, project management and characterization of contaminated sites. Other areas of experience and interest include drilling and completion of tubular wells and wells for salt dissolution, aquifer protection and hydrogeological aspects related to oil and gas production. Mauro is an instructor in the Mathematical Modeling and Aquifer Test Interpretation courses offered by Water Services and Technologies.

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