Annual Forum Workshops

The GWPC will be hosting workshops during this year's Annual Forum, Sept. 15 - 17, in Oklahoma City, OK. Below you will find a listing of this year's workshop offerings.

All workshops are included with registration to the conference, unless otherwise noted; however, we ask that you please indicate which workshops and special events you plan on attending to help us accurately plan for space and materials. 

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Mechanical Integrity Testing Workshop -

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 PM - 4 PM - Geared toward Class I and II Underground Injection Control (UIC) state regulatory technical staff as an introduction or refresher, this 3 hour training workshop will focus on well cementing and the use of geophysical logs to demonstrate well mechanical integrity.

The workshop will provide technical staff a better understanding of processes and procedures of primary and remedial well cementation, principals of geophysical logging, evaluating cementation quality and fluid flow behind casing using  cased hole geophysical logs, the use of casing evaluation tools to determine casing integrity and an introduction to the latest logging technologies. 

Led by Elwood Vogel, a Technical Advisor for Halliburton, the training will cover the following:

  • Introduction to Open Hole Logging
  • Primary Cementing 101
  • Interpreting Cement Evaluation Tools (e.g. CBL/VDL, Radial CBL, Ultrasonic (CAST/USIT), RAT’s etc…) 
  • Remedial Cementing 101
  • Casing Inspection 101 (e.g. Calipers and other methods)
  • New Technologies (e.g. WPC and CEM)

Groundwater Surface Water Interaction Workshop -

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 PM - 5 PM - This workshop will review the principals that control groundwater flow, nutrient migration, water quality implications, and interactions with surface water.  The past decades has seen considerable research and analysis of this process and implications for water quality. Attendees do not need a background in geology, hydrogeology or surface water hydrology to benefit from attending this workshop. The workshop will support a working knowledge of these concepts for understanding groundwater and surface water issues.

(Instructor: Joseph J. Lee, Jr., P.G. - GWPC Staff)

Source Water Protection Workshop & Luncheon -

Monday, Sept. 16, 12 PM - 5 PM - Sponsored by the Source Water Collaborative (https://sourcewatercollaborative.org/), and hosted by the Ground Water Protection Council Annual Forum in Oklahoma City, this half-day SWP Workshop will focus on key current opportunities to advance source water protection:  

  • 2018 Farm Bill – successes to date in partnering with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and newly favorable circumstances
  • Changes to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund that benefit source water protection efforts 
  • Using the Drinking Water Mapping Application to update source water assessments 
  • Networking opportunities, and sharing state successes, lessons learned, and challenges in working with NRCS and other partners, updating source water assessments, promoting source water protection plans, and developing statewide source water protection strategies

Please note that in addition to the GWPC Annual Forum registration, there is a small fee ($25) when you register for the workshop luncheon to cover lunch. Please select the workshop and luncheon when registering online. A ticket for the luncheon will be given at the GWPC registration desk when you check in to the forum.

Regional Induced Seismicity Workshop -

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8:30 AM - 10 AM - In the general field of wastewater disposal and the potential for inducing earthquake activity, different states are experiencing different connections, and the regulators and operators of disposal wells are communicating and making decisions in different ways. Discussions are needed to better understand differences and to identify improved connections between science and decisions.

In this interactive session, we will discuss the experiences of regulators and scientists within states and between states, and seek effective and understandable solutions that could lead to safer disposal of wastewater.