Water Quality Data Management and Interpretation Using AquaChem

The constant need to collect new data for analysis and interpretation, diagnosing whether the variations on results may be of natural origin or possible contamination is a constant in environmental monitoring. This demand generates a large volume of data, which is delivered in different formats by laboratories and consulting companies, being a recurring challenge in the analysis of hydrogeochemical data from large corporations.

This hands-on course introduces environmental professionals the theory and application of management, visualization, and analysis of hydrogeochemical data using to tools available in AquaChem to support data interpretation. Several ways to import, create interpretative graphs and interactive reports in a simple and efficient way, will be present and as result solid hydrogeochemical database will be created. .

Considering the chemical reactions (rock x water interaction) that typically influence the composition of water.

– Data management, analysis and generation of interpretive
graphs in AquaChem 10;


Course topics:

  • Fundamental concepts about hydrogeochemical reactions and water-rock interaction
  • The fundamentals of managing water quality data and interpreting results
  • Concepts and benefits of relational databases for hydrochemistry data management
  • Importing water quality data from a variety of data sources into a relational database
  • Understanding and dealing with detection limits
  • Identifying water types and aquifer composition
  • Main hydrogeochemical diagramming how to apply them
  • Plotting spatial and temporal patterns in water quality data

The exercises used in the course require a current AquaChem license. An AquaChem trial license will be provided for use during the course as part of the registration fee for those who need it.


Computers with the following minimum requirements are needed to run the AquaChem:

System Requirements:
• Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
• Processor: 32-bit or 64-bit
• Hard Disk: 250MB (Minimum)
• RAM: 4GB or more recommended

Software Requirements
• 32-bit (x86) version of MS Office 365 Access or MS Office 2019 Access
• 32-bit (x86) version of MS Access Runtime Engine 2007 or newer

Note: if you have a 64-bit version of Microsoft Office, you will need to install a 32-bit version of the MS-Access Runtime Engine that is different from your Office version. For example, if you have Office 2019 x64 installed, you can install the 32-bit version of the Access Runtime Engine 2010, 2013, or 2016.

What you will get!

• 30-day temporary training license of AquaChem
• PDF copy of all the course lectures and exercises
• Networking with other environmental and modeling professionals
• 10% discount on AquaChem licenses for attendees
• A certificate of attendance for completing the course

The course will be led by Rafael Albuquerque and Lara Lange. Both instructors bring a wealth of real-world experience with a strong understanding of the underlying principles to help explain the concepts covered in the course and answer questions you may have.

Cost: $650 USD
Location: Online
Dates: August 15-16, 2022
Times: 9AM-5PM EST

Contact info: 519-746-1798

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 more than 10 years of experience in hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry projects, having worked in projects related to mining, regional aquifers, natural and anthropic occurrence of metals and other solutes in groundwater, and the 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 regularly teaches courses and webinars on numerical modeling, hydrogeochemical data analysis and interpretation of pumping tests.

Lara Lange, M.Sc.

Lara Lange is a geologist graduated at Paraná Federal University with masters in exploratory geology with university extension at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a Riad Salamuni award for academic performance. She developed research in chemostratigraphy, geochemistry, geotectonic and geological mapping and have experience in execution and interpretation of laboratory analyzes such as XRD, XRF, conventional and grouped stable isotopes (Clumped Isotope Thermometry), scanning electron microscope (SEM-EDS) and in the preparation and description of thin sections. She is currently in the hydrogeology and geochemistry groups Water Services and Technologies being responsible for the interpretation of geochemical, hydrogeochemical and mineralogical data for geochemical modeling, as well as working in field projects to collect flow and level monitoring data, piezometer construction and aquifer tests.