Groundwater Research & Training - May 2016

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Brisbane: 16-18 May 
Last chance to register!

IAH, AWA, WIA,SCPA member discount 10%. Student and group discount 20%.

Course presenters:

Dr. Glenn Harrington
Innovative Groundwater Solutions

Dr Andrew Herczeg
Geochemical Solutions

Environmental Tracers in Groundwater Hydrology: Tools for Improved Process Understanding last chance to register for Brisbane!

Tired of attending courses crammed full of theory, only to return to your daily work and struggle to remember what you learnt or how to apply it?

This course will help you use appropriate sampling methodologies to acquire reliable data, as well as how to interpret and model analytical results. The knowledge will lead you to making meaningful improvements in your understanding of hydrogeological processes and conceptual groundwater models. The course will review the basic principles of environmental chemistry and tracer hydrology, and is aimed primarily at hydrogeologists and environmental scientists in the public and private sectors.

Perth: 10-11 May 2016
(Department of Water)

Last chance to register!

IAH, AWA, WIA,SCPA member discount 10%. Student and group discount 20%.

Delegates must bring laptops and downlaod demo of Aquetesolve

Introduction to Pumping Test Analysis - last chance to register for Perth!

This course focuses on the practical application of pumping test theory to developing understandings of groundwater systems. It will teach you very important background information to allow defendable interpretations of aquifer testing data using traditional methods and state-of-the-art software. A hands-on application of skills learnt is also part of this course.

Cairns, QLD:
28 June - 2 July 2016
(Rydges Tradewinds)
Field trip: 2nd July 2016

Early Bird until May 17 2016 $1,260.00 incl. GST
(full rate $1,400)

Student Discount 20% $1,120.00 incl. GST

IAH, AWA, WIA,SCPA member discount 10%. Enter promo code "Association" $1,260.00 incl.

The 24th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting will be held in Cairns, Australia, 4 - 8 July 2016.

Make the most of this event by registering for the Groundwater in Coastal Zones - Modelling and Measurement short course ( 28 June - 2 July)

Early Bird price ends May 17 2016

This course is aimed at practitioners and researchers that want to improve their quantitative skills for the study of coastal aquifers. The course will make use of Python, a scripting language that has become a firmly established tool in science and engineering. Some familiarity with the language will be required.

You will be taught by world-renowned experts in the field of coastal groundwater research and modelling.
Presenters include Christian Langevin (USGS), Joseph Hughes (USGS), Frans Schaars (Artesia Water), Dr Vincent Post (BGR), Perry de Louw (Deltares) and Dr Eddie Banks (Flinders University).

Brisbane: 25-28 July 2016
(Golder Associates)

IAH, AWA, WIA,SCPA member discount 10%. Student and group discount 20%.

Practical exercises will be provided so that attendees can gain experience in the use of PEST. However if course participants would prefer to work on their own models, and discuss these models with the presenter, that will be fine.

Model Calibration and predictive Uncertainty Analysis using PEST 

This course will cover calibration and uncertainty analysis of groundwater and other models. The theory of inverse problem solving as it applies to environmental model calibration will be taught, as will concepts and theory pertaining to post-calibration parameter and predictive uncertainty analysis and model-based decision-making. The effect of model simplifications and defects on calibration and predictive uncertainty analysis will also be examined. Practical workshops will give participants experience in using PEST and its utility support software.

Dr. John Doherty is the author of PEST. John has worked for over 35 years in the water industry, first as a groundwater exploration geophysicist, then as a modeler. He has worked in the public, private and education sectors. He now directs his own company, Watermark Numerical Computing, which undertakes software development and advanced modeling for mining, environmental, agricultural, water supply, remediation and geothermal applications. He also works as an adjunct professor with the NCGRT.

Upcoming Webinar: Impacts of proposed coal mining developments on spring ecosystems

May 12, 2016 - 11.00am AEST

Presented by Rod Fencham (DSITIA / University of QLD)


Adelaide: 20 May 2016
(Flinders University - Victoria Square Campus)


  • Professor Craig Simmons (NCGRT)
  • John Doherty (Watermark Numerical Computing)
  • Hugh Middlemis (HydroGeoLogic)
  • Luk Peeters (CSIRO)
  • Anthony Knapton (CloudGMS)
  • Steve Barnett (IAH/DEWNR)

IAH/NCGRT Modellers Forum: Uncertainty in Groundwater Modelling

Uncertainty in hydrogeology and groundwater modelling is front and centre in groundwater science, management and policy. Methods to measure, conceptualise, understand, reduce and communicate uncertainty remain key issues.  This seminar and panel discussion will present state of the art understanding and approaches in this area and will discuss and debate the needs and future directions in a Q&A style panel.

Note: This event will be live streamed for interstate or rural attendees to view. Please contact NCGRT via email: for the live streaming link.


NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecture Series 2016

Australia tour dates:

Melbourne: 18 October
Hobart: 20 October
Perth: 26 October
Brisbane: 3 November
Canberra: 10 November
Sydney: 10 November
Adelaide: 30 November
Darwin: 1 December

Dr. Rebecca Nelson is the 2016 NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecturer

We are pleased to have Dr. Rebecca Nelson as the 2016 NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Nelson will tour every state and territory in Australia to deliver her lecture entitled: Regulating the cumulative impacts of groundwater withdrawals: Australia and further afield.


Save the date: 2017 Australasian Groundwater Conference

The IAH and the NCGRT have been working on the next 2017 conference. We are pleased to announce that the conference date and venue is 11-13th July 2017 at the UNSW Kensington campus in Sydney. Stay tuned for more details including dates for abstracts.


Half Day Symposium: Groundwater supporting the Adelaide Region towards 2100 - 12th May 2016

The SA IAH Branch and Hydrological Society of SA are facilitating a discussion on what role groundwater might play in contributing to Adelaide's future water mix.

OzWater 2016 Melbourne

Building upon AWA’s mission to be the ‘hub for water professionals’, Ozwater’16 will attract a diverse audience from water professionals, decision and policy makers through to students, scientists and researchers.