oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - An improved format for the routine documentation of water-well data in Southern Africa

Volume 19, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The first stage of any investigation of groundwater conditions involves an appraisal of existing data. It is therefore important that procedures for the routine recording of borehole information be sufficiently comprehensive for the archives to constitute a meaningful basis for subsequent investigations. Unfortunately this prerequisite is not satisfied in Southern Africa. This causes much duplication of work with consequent increases in time and expense. In this paper practical recommendations are formulated for the economic documentation of water-well data to a format which would largely rectify this shortcoming. The recommended procedures are reflected in a suggested borehole report document which would furnish comprehensive basic data for any future hydrogeological study. The merits of this improved format are evident from a brief consideration of selected problems encountered in the fields of engineering geology and groundwater hydrology.

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