Date of Award

Spring 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Matt Davis


Natural underground settings exhibit small and large scale spatial variations, making them difficult to characterize. This complexity is particularly difficult to overcome when delineating a heterogeneous fractured bedrock system. The following study involves the characterization of a fractured bedrock site.

Hydraulically conductive fractures provide migratory pathways within a fractured rock. Interpreting their orientation in space is important in understanding contaminant movement. The data used include borehole geophysical, lithologic and hydraulic test data.

The first method applied was a geostatistical analysis. This technique incorporates statistical characteristics of the geophysical and hydraulic data to develop fracture patterns. The second method is a deterministic study developed by analyzing the fracture orientations as they cross-cut a borehole.

Hydraulic connections were inferred between two sets of wells through slug test analyses. Multiple response anomalies were identified within the data. Uncertainty and model reliability are a component of any model created to depict the real world.*.