Workshop title:

Geophysics for Groundwater Exploration

  • About the workshop

Topics covered:

  • Aquifer basics and target definition
  • Brief introduction to the occurrence of groundwater in Southern Africa and the use of geophysics to identify groundwater targets
  • Geophysical techniques for groundwater exploration
    • Most suitable techniques (technically and economically)
    • Cost implications and value for money
  • Limitations of using geophysics
  • Case studies
    • Successful examples
    • Unsuccessful examples (and rip-offs)
  • Professionalism in the industry and action against the use of geophysics by non-geo professionals


  • Who is it for?

Geoscientists interested in water exploration

  • Details

Sunday 6th October 2019

8am to 5pm

  • Cost

R1 700 per person (full day)

Student cost: R630 (full day)

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea included



Reinhard Meyer

Reinie Meyer received his graduate and post graduate education in Geology, Geophysics, Geohydrology and Physics at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Arizona (Tucson, USA). He spent most of his professional career at the CSIR where he concentrated on the application of geophysical techniques in groundwater exploration and contamination, geology, mineral exploration, and engineering geology. He has been instrumental in the introduction and testing of the novel geophysical technique of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) for groundwater exploration in South African. Although retired now, he remains actively involved in hydrogeological consulting and in applying geophysics in groundwater studies.


In 2004 Francois Fourie obtained a PhD in Geohydrology at the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS), University of the Free State. The research conducted during his doctoral studies focussed on the application of electroseismic techniques to geohydrological investigations in Karoo rocks. He also has an MSc in Geophysics from the University of Pretoria, where his research focussed on the time-domain electromagnetic response of multiple conductors in resistive host rock. Between 2008 and 2011 he traded as Orpheus Hydrogeophysics, providing geophysical services to the groundwater, environmental and engineering industries. Since August 2011 he has been employed at the Institute for Groundwater Studies as a lecturer and researcher in the fields of geophysics and geohydrology.



Louise Soltau worked in the groundwater field from 1994 as a geotechnoligist at the CSIR in Stellenbosch. She continued studying part time and obtained an MSc in geology and Geophysics from the University of Missouri Rolla in 2000. She joined GEOSS as a hydrogeophysicist in 2011 and continues to apply geophysics to the groundwater field. She still enjoys working in groundwater.