Staff Directory

Richard “Rick” Beauheim’s professional experience encompasses developing and conducting hydrogeological investigation programs, including the design, implementation, and analysis of tracer tests and deep-borehole hydraulic tests. He has developed new instrumentation, testing techniques, and interpretation methodologies for hydraulic, pneumatic, and tracer testing in low-permeability and fractured rock. He has applied this experience to the hydrogeological characterization of a variety of waste isolation and mining sites, as well as to the characterization of the excavation damaged zones around mined rooms and shafts. He has been responsible for development of conceptual models of hydrology and integration of test results into both detailed, large-scale numerical models and simplified performance assessment models. To support licensing applications, Rick has developed conceptual and numerical models to guide site investigation efforts and define additional data needs; directed field geological, hydrogeological, and hydrogeochemical studies; interpreted field investigation results; and developed models integrating geological, hydrogeological, and hydrogeochemical information to predict future groundwater flow and contaminant transport. He has experience in applying a wide range of hydraulic test and tracer test analysis codes. Rick has been responsible for the technical direction of projects ranging from $2 million to $5 million. He has represented projects in public hearings with regulators and other stakeholders on numerous occasions. He has worked with five major radioactive waste programs in the US, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. He has provided detailed technical training on site selection and characterization, groundwater monitoring, and hydraulic and tracer testing to the Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center (RWMC, Japan), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, Taiwan), Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI, Korea), and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP, Korea). He has also participated in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical advisory missions to Latvia and Ukraine related to tritium migration from low-level waste facilities.