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About this course

Factors such as space limitations are forcing engineers to utilize deep boreholes to meet design requirements for ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems.

In such cases, hydrostatic pressures must be considered to ensure successful installation can take place. This course focuses on the necessary calculations along with the recommended installation practices for deep geothermal borehole design and installation.

Who should enroll? Geothermal system designers, but particularly architects and engineers involved in commercial system design. You'll get access to the lecture video, an Excel calculator, and additional resources.

This course was developed by the team at GeoPro, GeoConnections, and Dandelion.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of deep bore design
  • Review current industry trends
  • Learn how to calculate and evaluate internal versus external hydrostatic pressures exerted on a system.
  • Determine the critical design factor, pipe burst or pipe collapse, and learn steps to avoid issues altogether.

Course outline

1 module • 8 assignments • 24 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 6 assignments
Deep Boreholes in GSHP Systems: Pressure Considerations & Installation Practices

This course focuses on the necessary calculations along with the recommended installation practices for deep geothermal borehole design and installation. It includes: (1) Reading Assignment: Thermal Grout and Pipe Buckling, (2) PowerPoint Presentation: Pressure Considerations & Installation Practices of Deep Bore GSHP Systems, (3) Free Tool: Pipe Buckle Depth Calculator, and (4) Skills Assessment Exam

  • Read: Thermal Grout & Pipe Buckling (.pdf)
  • HDPE Pressure Ratings vs. Temp and DR (.pdf)
  • Slide Presentation (.pdf)
  • Deep Boreholes in GSHP Systems: Pressure Considerations & Installation Practices (24:37 minutes)
  • Pipe Buckle Depth Calculator (.xls)
  • Skills Assessment (10 questions)

Author

  • Ryan Carda

    Principal Engineer, Dandelion Energy
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    Ryan Carda is Principal Engineer for Dandelion. He is primarily responsible for design and engineering standardization, with a focus on optimizing the performance and lowering the cost of geothermal systems. Prior to that, Ryan co-founded Geo-Connections in 2004 and served as the company’s President until he sold the company to Dandelion. The products Ryan developed... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your group.

Reviews

4.8
Based on 36 reviews
170
students have taken this course
07/16/2023
Rio W
04/09/2020

Truely enjoyed

Mugesh Kannan.G
04/02/2020

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