Norman L. Jones

Geotechnical Engineering
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Texas, 1990.
Contact Info - Office: 
242L Clyde Building
(801) 422-7569

Norman L. Jones


University of Texas at Austin PhD, Civil Engineering, 1990.
University of Texas at Austin MS, Civil Engineering 1988.
Brigham Young University BS, Civil Engineering, 1986.

Work Experience

  • Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (2002-present)
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (1997-2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (1991-1997)

Professional Development

  • Consistent involvement in professional organizations
  • Instructor of numerous short courses and seminars
  • High-profile consulting projects

Consulting and Patents

  • Expert witness for ground water contaminant case, Montana (2003)
  • Expert witness for ground water contaminant case, Utah (2003-2004)
  • Peer review panel for regional simulation model, Florida (2005)
  • Groundwater model for proposed power plant, Nevada (2007-8)
  • Groundwater model for industrial site, Utah (2007-8)
  • Sacramento Regional Groundwater model (2009-2010)
  • Modeling in support of state well-permitting program for the Virginia DEQ (2009-present)
  • Groundwater Modeling System Software Development (1992-present)
  • Arc Hydro Groundwater data model and tools (2004-present)

States in which Professionally Licensed

  • None

Principal Publications in the Last Five Years

  • Jones, Norman L., Trevor J. Budge, Alan K. Zundel, Alan M. Lemon, "Generating MODFLOW grids from boundary-representation solid models," Ground Water, Vol. 40, No. 2, March-April 2002, pp. 194-200.
  • Jones, Norman L., R.J. Davis, W. Sabbah, “A comparison of 3D interpolation techniques for plume characterization,” Ground Water, Vol. 41, No. 4, July-August 2003, pp. 411-419.
  • Lemon, A.M., N.L. Jones, “Building solid models from boreholes and user-defined cross-sections,” Computers and Geosciences, Vol. 29, No. 5, June, 2003, pp 547-555.
  • Jones, N.L., 2002, “Using transition probability geostatistics with MODFLOW,” Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: A Few Steps Closer to Reality (Proceedings of ModelCARE’2002,Prague, Czech Republic, 17–20 June 2002). IAHS Publ. no. 277, pp. 359–364.
  • Jones, N.L., J.I. Green, and J.R. Walker, “Stochastic inverse modeling for capture zone analysis,” Groundwater Quality Modeling and Management Under Uncertainty, Proceedings of the Symposium, EWRI Congress, June 23-26, 2003, Philadelphia, Pa., Srikanta Mishra, Ed., American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 1-12.
  • Jones, Norman L., J.R. Walker, & S.F. Carle, “Hydrogeologic unit flow characterization using transition probability geostatistics,” accepted for publication in Ground Water Journal.
  • Wallace, R.M., A. Byrd, C. Butler, N. Jones, R. Jones, “Generic Model Data Format”, Proceedings of the European Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2005, Toulouse France. June. (document # 05E-SIW-046).
  • Jones, Norman L., T.P. Clement, C.H. Hansen, “A Three-Dimensional Analytical Modeling System for Risk Assessment at Chlorinated Solvent Sites,” Ground Water, Vol. 44, No. 5, July-August 2006, pp. 613-617.
  • R. Wallace, K. Pathak, J. P. Holland, D. Stuart, C. Butler, D. R. Richards, M. Fife, N. L. Jones and J. Harris, “Information infrastructure for integrated ecohydraulic and water resources modeling and assessment”, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2006, pp 317-333.
  • Strasberg G., D.R. Maidment, N.L. Jones, “A geographic data model for representing ground water systems,” Ground Water, Vol. 45, No. 4, July-August 2007, pp. 515-518.
  • Jones N.L., and G. Strassberg, “The Arc Hydro MODFLOW data model”, Water Resources Impact, Vol. 10, Num 1, January 2008, pp. 17-19.

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Groundwater Association

Honors and Awards

  • 2001 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize
    The American Society of Civil Engineers awards this prize annually to four outstanding researchers age 40 or younger.
  • 2002 College of Engineering & Technology Special Commendation Award
    I received this award in recognition of my efforts in successfully guiding our department through the ABET re-accreditation process as the Undergraduate Coordinator.
  • 2003 Brigham Young University Technology Transfer Award
    Awarded for many years of success in technology transfer. Co-recipient with Jim Nelson and Alan Zundel. At the time of the award, our software was the most successful tech transfer project in BYU history.
  • 2007 Utah Engineering Educator of the Year
    Awarded by the Utah Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies

Institutional and Professional Service in the Last Five Years

  • Director, Environmental Modeling Research Laboratory (1998-present)
  • College Advancement in Rank Committee (2009-present)
  • Chair of the Dept. Faculty Committee (2006-2009)
  • Dept. Undergraduate Coordinator (2000-2006)