Hydrogeologists in mining study the distribution, quality and flow of water in order to keep mine workings free of nuisance water and to ensure an adequate supply of process water. They supply and evaluate information which will protect ground and surface water from contamination.
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- Investigative / Realistic
- Realistic / Investigative
Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.
- Geographic information systems
The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
- Liaise with industrial professionals
Establish relationships with engineers, geologists, hydrologists and hydrogeologists, and other industrial professionals.
- Study groundwater
Prepare and conduct field studies in order to determine groundwater quality. Analyse and interpret maps, models and geographical data. Compose a picture of area groundwater and land contamination. File reports on issues with landfill groundwater, e.g. area pollution caused by coal combustion products.
- Assess impact of industrial activities
Analyse data to estimate the impact of industrial activities on resource availability and groundwater quality.
- Create GIS reports
Use relevant geographic informations systems to create reports and maps based on geospatial information, using GIS software programmes.
- Analyse various types of water
Design boreholes; sample and analyse surface water and groundwater.
- Ensure compliance with environmental legislation
Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.
- Address problems critically
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.
- Prepare technical reports
Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.
- Identify GIS issues
Highlight GIS-issues that require special attention. Report on these issues and their development on a regular basis.
- Model groundwater
Model groundwater flow; analyse groundwater temperature and characteristics; identify geological formations and man-made influence.
- Create thematic maps
Use various techniques such as choropleth mapping and dasymetric mapping to create thematic maps based on geospatial information, using software programmes.
- Assess groundwater environmental impact
Estimate environmental impact of groundwater abstraction and management activities.