Martin Preene is the author of the popular dewatering textbook Groundwater Lowering in Construction: A Practical Guide to Dewatering, Second Edition by Cashman and Preene
The book uses the authors’ extensive engineering experience to offer practical guidance on the planning, design, and implementation of groundwater control systems under real conditions. Written for practising engineers and geologists as well as postgraduate engineering students, this updated manual on design and practice provides numerous case histories and extensive references to enhance understanding, and covers subjects such as the history of dewatering, working on contaminated sites, site investigation techniques, and operation and maintenance issues, including health, safety, and legal aspects.
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Selected other publications on groundwater control and geothermal systems are listed below. Highlighted text show, where available, links are provided to sites where the papers can be purchased or downloaded.
Preene, M and Powrie, W. (2019). Assessment of permeability for design of groundwater control systems. Proceedings of the XVII ECSMGE, Geotechnical Engineering: Foundation of the Future, Reykjavik, Iceland, September 2019.
Wesley, L D and Preene, M (2019). A historical perspective on unconfined seepage: correcting a common fallacy. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineering History and Heritage 172, 2, May, 57–69.
Preene, M (2018). Introduction to Engineering in Chalk: The Chalk 2018 conference. Engineering in Chalk: Proceedings of the Chalk 2018 Conference (Lawrence, J A, Preene, M, Lawrence, U L and Buckley, R (eds)). ICE Publishing, London 1–4.
Preene, M and Davey, A (2018). The Channel Tunnel Study Group – an Anglo French adventure in the Chalk. Engineering in Chalk: Proceedings of the Chalk 2018 Conference (Lawrence, J A, Preene, M, Lawrence, U L and Buckley, R (eds)). ICE Publishing, London 579–585.
Preene, M, Roberts, T O L and Hartwell, D J (2018). Pumping tests for construction dewatering in chalk, Engineering in Chalk: Proceedings of the Chalk 2018 Conference (Lawrence, J A, Preene, M, Lawrence, U L and Buckley, R (eds)). ICE Publishing, London 631–636.
Al Kaaoud, H, Singh, B, Marston, D, McQuaid, J, Devon, J, Preene, M, Hornbrook, J and Pope, G (2018). The Potential for Surface Mining a Heavy-Oil Reservoir: The Example of the Ratqa Lower Fars in the State of Kuwait. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/189455-PA .
Yungwirth, G, Austin, E, Preene, M, Corcoran, F and Birch, J (2017). Aquifer reinjection scheme for excess mine water: design methodology and outcomes. Mine Water and Circular Economy (Wolkersdorfer, C, Sartz, L, Sillanpää, M, and Häkkinen, A, Eds), Vol I, 389–396. Lappeenranta, Finland (Lappeenranta University of Technology).
Preene, M (2015). Techniques and developments in quarry and surface mine dewatering. Proceedings of the 18th Extractive Industry Geology Conference 2014 and Technical Meeting 2015 (Hunger, E and Brown, T J, Eds). EIG Conferences Ltd, London, 194–206.
Preene, M and Rohs, S (2013). In-situ hydraulic testing of low permeability materials. Geotechnical Issues in Construction (C Robinson, Q Spear, C Harding, A El-Hamalawi, Y Hsu, A O’Brien, K Higgins, P Scott, F Thomson, V Troughton, M Preene, S Rohs). Construction Industry Research and Information Association, CIRIA Report X526, London, 29–35.
Yungwirth, G, Preene, M, Dobr, M and Forero Garcia, F (2013). Practical application and design considerations for fully grouted vibrating wire piezometers in minewater investigations. International Mine Water Association Conference – Reliable Mine Water Technology, Denver, Colorado, August 2013, Vol I, 229–237.
Preene, M (2012). Groundwater control. ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering Volume 2: Geotechnical Design, Construction and Verification (J Burland, T Chapman, H Skinner and M Brown, Eds). ICE Publishing, London, 1173–1190.
Preene, M (2011). Groundwater – the forgotten element of the ground? Geotechnical Issues in Construction (T Chapman, J Perry, N O’Riordan, M Preene, C Power, D Patterson, D Cox, A El-Hamalawi). Construction Industry Research and Information Association, CIRIA Report X512, London, 8–12.
Digges La Touche, G and Preene, M (2011). The potential use of ground energy in the mining industry – exploration to closure. Proceedings of the 11th International Mine Water Association Congress – Mine Water – Managing the Challenges, Aachen, Germany, September 2011, 161–166.
Preene, M and Digges La Touche, G (2010). Potential use of ground energy in the extractive industry. Proceedings of the 16th Extractive Industry Geology Conference (Hunger, E and Walton, G, Eds), EIG Conferences Ltd, 106–114.
Preene, M and Holmes, G (2008). Thermal response testing. Ground-Source Energy, Geodrilling International Special Publication, September 2008.
Digges La Touche, G and Preene, M (2008). Landfill sidewall drainage systems: design options. Proceedings Waste 2008: Waste and Resource Management – A Shared Responsibility, 593–602.
Preene, M (2008). Groundwater impacts from engineering projects. Groundwater: A Resource at Risk? Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference, International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), Tullamore, Ireland.
Preene, M (2007). Sustainable geothermal systems – how do we get there? Ground-Source Energy, Geodrilling International Special Publication, September 2007.
Preene, M (2006). What lies beneath. Environmental Business 119, June, p27–28.
Preene, M (2006). Making use of groundwater: a way of heating and cooling buildings. Building Control 168, April, p16–19.
Preene, M (2006). Loop the loop. Ground Engineering 39, No. 4, April, p20–23.
Preene, M (2006). Talking point. Ground Engineering 39, No. 2, February p7.
Brassington, F C and Preene, M (2003). The design, construction and testing of a horizontal wellpoint in a dune sands aquifer as a water source. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 36, Part 4, November, 355–366.
Preene, M and Roberts, T O L (2002). Groundwater control for construction in the Lambeth Group. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineering 155, Oct., 221–227. (ICE Halcrow Prize 2003).
Preene, M and Brassington, F C (2001). The inter-relationship between civil engineering works and groundwater protection. Protecting Groundwater. Environment Agency, National Groundwater and Contaminated Land Centre Project NC/00/10,
Preene, M and Brassington, F C (2001). Environmental regulation of groundwater abstraction for dewatering works. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineering 149, April, 75–76.
Preene, M (1999). EA tightens up dewatering rules. Ground Engineering 32, No. 9, Sept., p25.
Preene, M (1996). Ejector feat. Ground Engineering 29, No. 4, May, p16.
Powrie, W, and Preene, M (1994). Performance of ejectors in construction dewatering systems. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineering 107, July, 143–154. (BGS Prize 1994).
Preene, M and Powrie, W (1994). Construction dewatering in low-permeability soils: some problems and solutions. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineering 107, Jan., 17–26. (BGS Prize 1994 & ICE Robert Alfred Carr Premium 1995).
Preene, M and Roberts, T O L (1994). The application of pumping tests to the design of construction dewatering systems. Groundwater Problems in Urban Areas (W B Wilkinson, Ed.), Institution of Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford, London, 121–133.
Roberts, T O L and Preene, M (1994). Range of application of construction dewatering systems. Groundwater Problems in Urban Areas (W B Wilkinson, Ed.), Institution of Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford, London, 415–423.
Powrie, W, White, J K and Preene, M (1993). The Design of Pore Pressure Control Systems in Fine Soils. Construction Industry Research and Information Association CIRIA Project Report No. 10,
The latest edition of the Preene Groundwater Consulting blog discusses of some of the issues related to construction dewatering and groundwater control in Chalk.
CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) has recently published the guidance document Report C750 'Groundwater Control: Design and Practice, 2nd Edition'
Dr Martin Preene of Preene Groundwater Consulting Limited will be giving a presentation on Groundwater Control in Urban Areas to a joint meeting of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society and the British Geotechnical Association (BGA)