541-0048/02 – Hydrogeological Exploration Design (PHGP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geological EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Martin Klempa, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Martin Klempa, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2021/2022Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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KLE028 doc. Ing. Martin Klempa, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Hydrogeological facilities are one of the types of constructions that are purchased not only by organizations providing water supply for the population, but also by others interested in using their own groundwater source for both business and private purposes. With the technical development, especially drilled wells become more affordable, and with the rising price of water, the payback period of investments is significantly shortened. This leads to the expansion of drilling wells companies, and although construction and water law has shifted over the last few years towards the sustainable use of water resources, in practice there are still often not only violations of legislation in the location of wells, their design and implementation, but also significant and often to irreversible interventions in the water regime of the landscape. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the design of collection facilities as water works, where the geological and hydrogeological conditions must be sufficiently known in the area at least to the depth level of the considered work, i.e. there must be sufficiently detailed data especially on natural hydrogeological stratification of the rock environment, geometric parameters and hydro physical properties of individual collectors and insulators, as well as the pressure conditions of groundwater bound to individual irrigated collectors.

Teaching methods



Many years of experience in the design of hydrogeological objects shows the coexistence of two possible approaches to the design and implementation of hydrogeological objects. The first is the classical method, i.e. the building is designed and built as an exploratory hydrogeological work for the purposes of Act No. 62/1988 Coll. After verifying the yield of this work and the quality of water in it, if the use of the survey object is possible, the object will be converted into a water work in accordance with Act No. 183/2006 Coll., Or the Water Act. If the planned collection facility excavated in the first phase as an exploration work cannot be used as a waterworks, it must be disposed of or secured in accordance with geological regulations so that the results of geological work are not degraded and groundwater is not disturbed. The second type of solution is the direct projection and execution of the collection facility as a waterworks in the intentions of the building and water law, respectively. The degree of knowledge of local geological and hydrogeological conditions is therefore important for the choice of the correct procedure, which is the purpose of the institute of hydrogeological survey. Only with the knowledge of relevant hydrogeological data is it possible to design a collection facility directly as a waterworks, because the degree of risk of interconnection of individual aquifers and adverse effects on local water conditions will be acceptably low with the appropriate construction of the waterworks. If the necessary data are not available, a detailed hydrogeological survey must be carried out before the design of the drilled well as a waterworks. These works usually include not only drilling, but also a set of accompanying works such as pumping tests, regime measurement of groundwater level, laboratory analysis, etc.

Compulsory literature:

HISCOCK, K. M.; BENSE, V. F.: Hydrogeology - Principles and Practice (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-470-65662-4 MISSTEAR, B.; BANKS, D.; CLARK, L.: Water Wells and Boreholes (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-118-95170-5 PORGES, R. E.; Hammer, M. J.: Compendium of Hydrogeology. National Ground Water Association, 2001. ISBN: 978-1-60119-786-3 ROBINS, N.: Introducing Hydrogeology. Dunedin Academic Press, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-78046-078-9

Recommended literature:

HARTER, T.: Water Well Design and Construction. Regents of the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2003. HARTER, T.; ROLLINS, L.: Watersheds, Groundwater and Drinking Water: A Practical Guide. UCANR Publications, 2008. ISBN: 9781879906815 OOSTERBAAN, R. J.: Subsurface land drainage by tube wells. International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement (ILRI), Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2017. WEIGHT, W. D.: Practical Hydrogeology: Principles and Field Applications, Third Edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2019. ISBN: 9781260116892

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Knowledge is checked during the semester by a semester project and presentations in MS PowerPoint. The course is completed by an examination, which may be scheduled having gained the initial credit. The examination is divided into a written and oral part.


Other requirements

The study recommended literature. Complete the projects and written test to checking the knowledge in the professional literature, the content of lectures and exercises.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Classification of exploratory geological works 2. Engineering geological, geochemical and geophysical survey 3. Division of hydrogeological survey 4. Hydrogeological objects 5. Survey of geological factors affecting the environment 6. Historical development of projection and construction of wells 7. Procedure for evaluating groundwater reserves 8. Projecting of geological works 9. Content of the project for geological works 10. Commencement and execution of geological works 11. Results evaluation of geological works 12. Content of the final report 13. Persons authorized to carry out exploration work 14. Legislative anchoring - overview

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2021/2022 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  18
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: doplnit, doplnit, doplnit, doplnit.

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2022/2023 (N0724A290013) Water – Strategic Resource VNS K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290013) Water – Strategic Resource VNS P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0724A290013) Water – Strategic Resource VNS P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0724A290013) Water – Strategic Resource VNS K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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