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Online Training: Temporary Works Groundwater Control for Construction - Module 4 Groundwater Control Methods (2): Wellpoints and Deep Wells

12 March 2024
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Temporary Works Groundwater Control for Construction

Module 4 - Groundwater control methods (2): Wellpoints and deep wells

Tuesday 12 March, 16.00 GMT

Course Objectives

The course is intended to give practicing geotechnical specialists (engineering geologists, hydrogeologists and geotechnical engineers) and master’s level students a thorough grounding in the principles and concepts of the methods that can be used to control groundwater for construction and tunnelling projects.

1. To have an understanding of the hydrogeological factors affecting groundwater problems for construction and how these can be controlled
2. To understand the range of groundwater control methods and their characteristics and limitations
3. To have an appreciation of regulatory issues that apply to these type of works
4. To understand the potential mechanisms by which groundwater control can cause external impacts.

Module 4

Groundwater control methods (2): Wellpoints and deep wells

  • Open pumping and pre-drainage
  • Wellpoints
  • Deep wells
  • Problems and case histories


Dr Martin Preene 

Dr Martin Preene is a dewatering specialist and groundwater engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the management, control and exploitation of groundwater.  He has worked for contractors and consultants on civil engineering, mining, oil & gas and infrastructure projects worldwide, including Europe, West Africa, Russia, North and South America, Central Asia, East Asia and the Middle East.  

 He has expertise in the design and construction of groundwater control by pumping (such as wellpoints, deep wells, eductors, relief wells, etc), groundwater depressurisation and cut-off walls to exclude groundwater.  He has worked on the design and construction of open pit and underground mines, as well as other engineering projects such as tunnels, basements, metro systems, power stations and dry docks for construction of oil production platforms. 

Dr Preene is a UK Registered Ground Engineering Advisor, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist, Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist.  He has wide professional interests in hydrogeology and is the author of more than 60 papers, including a dewatering textbook and several industry guidance documents on the investigation and control of groundwater.


This is the 4th module of a 7 module course. Delegates can register for individual modules or opt for the FULL 7 MODULE PROGRAMME at a discounted rate. 

Registration for this session will close at 12.00 GMT on 12 March 2024

Group Discounts

We offer discounts on group bookings of 5 or more, please email [email protected] to enquire.

 Member  £75 
 Non-Member  £150
 Corporate Patron  £75
 Student Member  £15
 Student non member   £30 


We offer students a generous discount, please verify your student status by either registering with your student email address, or upload a photograph or your student identification/ acceptance letter.

The society offers a limited number of concessionary rates for those in financial hardship. Contact [email protected] (please note you may be required to provide details/evidence to support your application for this).


This series of events will be held virtually over Zoom at 16.00 GMT, the course will last 90 minutes depending on audience participation.


Please contact [email protected] with any enquiries.

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