Trinity engineer’s new book — Water Wells and Boreholes

Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at Trinity, Bruce Misstear, is the lead author of the second edition of the international textbook Water Wells and Boreholes, which has just been published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Water Wells and Boreholes focuses on wells that are used for drinking, industry, agriculture or other supply purposes. Other types of wells and boreholes are also covered, including boreholes for monitoring groundwater level and groundwater quality.

In preparing this book, Professor Misstear and his co-authors (David Banks — consultant and Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow — and the late Dr Lewis Clark, who sadly passed away during the writing of the first edition back in 2004) draw on their experiences of hydrogeological investigations in many parts of the globe.

The book includes examples of groundwater schemes from Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and Australia. Water Wells and Boreholes is also a scholarly tome, with more than 600 references.

The book contains lots of real-world examples and provides a comprehensive guide to building and maintaining a water well.

This fully revised second edition updates and expands the content of the original book whilst maintaining its practical emphasis. The book follows a life-cycle approach to water wells, from identifying a suitable well site through to successful implementation, operation and maintenance of the well, to its eventual decommissioning.

Water Wells and Boreholes, Second edition, is aimed at final-year undergraduate students in geology and civil engineering; graduate students in hydrogeology, civil engineering and environmental sciences; research students who use well data in their research; professionals in hydrogeology, water engineering, environmental engineering and geotechnical engineering; and aid workers and others involved in well projects.