BiographyConsulting hydrogeologist and applied microbiologist, co-founder and partner in Ground Water Science. He has over 30 years professional experience in ground water and wells. He holds BA (Wittenberg University, Ohio USA) and MS (Ohio State University, USA) degrees and is a Certified Ground Water Professional (conferred by National Ground Water Association). He previously worked for the National Ground Water Association and Battelle Memorial Institute, and taught (as adjunct instructor) with Wright State University and Ohio Northern University (both in Ohio). Smith is a pioneer in applying biofouling testing methods in ground-water system analysis, well rehabilitation and well maintenance planning. In his current position, he performs hydrogeologic analysis and troubleshooting, research, consulting and planning, focusing on well and wellfield asset management and troubleshooting and solving performance and water quality problems of wells. He is the author or coauthor of numerous publications, including the Manual of Water Well Construction Practices (NGWA) 2nd edition, and a recent book for CRC Press, Sustainable Wells, which focuses on well problem prevention and maintenance. He is chair of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater joint technical group section 9240 on iron and sulfur bacteria and involved in drafting the new edition of the NGWA Manual of Water Well Construction Practices and the water well construction standards, ANSI/NGWA 01-07. He has presented numerous talks, seminars, and NGWA webinars on the subject of this presentation. He is also active in water supply development planning and business development in East Africa.
Highly applied geomicrobiology, solving performance problems of ground water systems plagued by clogging and corrosion and wellfield planning and management, well hydraulics testing, applying these practices under difficult circumstances cost-effectively.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Biofouling occurrence and causes in aquifers, wells, and geotechnical drains, and resolutions to the problems they cause.
Hiking and documenting the outdoors; family; guitar; a complicated and service-oriented Christian faith; anything water-related; geography