Technical Papers

Packer Testing Program Design and Management

Abstract:

Hydraulic testing using wireline deployed water-inflated packers is becoming a common practice for groundwater characterization at mining sites. Packers, designed for diamond drilling, allow for faster, deeper, and more accurate types of testing conducted concurrently with existing coring programs. Designing and managing these testing programs requires planning, flexibility, and consideration of available methods and equipment options. This presentation explores and provides critical examination of advantages and disadvantages of the following options: 1) single or straddle packer testing, 2) injection, shut-in, withdrawal or falling head techniques, 3) discrete interval or cumulative testing, and discusses design consideration for planning a testing program.

Citation:

Swanson, E.E. and B.C. Titone. "Packer Testing Program Design and Management," in Proceedings, International Mine Water Association 2013 Reliable Mine Water Technology (Golden, 2013). 2013.

Authors:

Eric Swanson

Latest News
  • Itasca Symposium 2020 - Registration Now Open! Registration is now open for the Fifth International Itasca Symposium....
    Read More
  • Itasca Awarded Prestigious Caving 2040 Research Grant Itasca’s research aims to answer the key industry question “how should block caves be designed...
    Read More

Upcoming Events
13 Sep
New Frontiers in EGS Technology Workshop
... Read More
13 Sep
ISRM 2019
International Congress on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering... Read More
1 Oct
FLAC3D 7.0 Introductory training course
... Read More