Archive for 2014

Information for members about the recent suspension email

Recently an email from Sharon Warden advised a number of the IAH members of their suspended membership as a result of not renewing in 2014.

Unfortunately the list of these individuals had some discrepancies, hence, some paid members were in receipt of this email.

For more information on this matter and how to take appropriate action please click here.

Upcoming Groundwater Shortcourses in Melbourne

IAH Victoria is pleased to promote 2 Groundwater Shortcourses to be held in Melbourne in August and November.

IAH members receive discounts on the attendance fees for both of the following courses:

Groundwater Fundamentals One Day Short Course (with a Two Day option for practical tutorials)

Location: Hotel Ibis in Melbourne

Date: Thursday 28th August 2014 and Friday 29th August 2014 (optional second day tutorials).

For further details, follow this link. 15% discount for IAH members, quote membership number at the time of resistration.


5th Groundwater Essentials

When: Mon 17 Nov – Tue 18 Nov

Where: Melbourne

For further details, follow this link. 10% discount for IAH members.

IAH-NSW monthly meeting:The NSW Aquifer Interference Policy: From the eyes of a regulator

NSW friends, most of you remember very well one of our biggest ever audience was gathered to hear Dr Noel Merrick’s presentation on Aquifer Interference Policy, when it was being produced and reviewed. This time, Mitchell Isaacs (who oversees the NSW Office of Water’s review and assessment of major developments),  will provide his views on what the Aquifer Interference Policy really means, and what the NSW Office of Water wants to understand when it assesses projects. You can also view Mitchell’s full presentation.

Join us on the 26th of August at our usual venue (Parsons Brinckerhoff offices) to get an insider’s perspective on this piece of regulation. For more information on the event click here.

Groundwater essentials


The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training in association with the NT branch of the IAH will be presenting a one day course covering the basics of groundwater for non-hydrogeologists. Special emphasis will be given to the types of aquifers common to the NT.
The course will be held in Darwin on Tuesday 9th of September, 2014. Click here for more details.

IAH-NSW Regional Meeting: 22nd July, Dubbo

IAH NSW proudly presents our 2014 Regional talk by Prof Andy Baker, Director of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, UNSW. This talk will present research results from his research team working in Central West NSW. The research utilises bore hole transects and bore fields in the Wellington region, funded through the Groundwater Education Investment Fund. Held at the Dubbo Zoo Conference Centre, these stories promise to bring some warmth to a cold July evening. For more information on the event click here .

The Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014 in Newcastle (AESC)

The Geological Society of Australia invites you to participate in the Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014 in Newcastle. With a keynote presentation by Mr George Gates PSM on “groundwater requirements for a mining or coal seam gas application”, and a specialised set of topics to address hydrogeological matters of interest, AESC is set to offer great insight. More information available on  hydrogeology at the AESC.


Development of a MAR scheme – Learnings from City West Water

Attila Gaal (CWW)


Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) is a challenging form of Managed Aquifer Recharge and is currently emerging as a new industry in Victoria. ASR constitutes one of the cornerstones of the Alternative Water program at City West Water. Over the last 5 years this program has grown from feasibility studies to field trials at the Western Treatment Plant, and construction is now under way to implement a MAR scheme to store and recover annual volumes over 1 GL for the West Werribee Recycled Water Supply Scheme. This project is to become part of a broad network of underground storage schemes to service Melbourne’s growing west, and is an important step towards proving the viability of MAR technology in Victoria. The Werribee project has met numerous scientific and engineering as well as regulatory challenges to satisfy the multitude of checkpoints needed to operate the ASR scheme in a safe, routine manner – including an accelerated construction timeframe due to funding conditions. The target aquifer within the Werribee Formation while favourable is not ideal for ASR, and requires a solid hydrogeological understanding and close management for the scheme to succeed. This presentation aims to provide some of the key learnings gained for the future benefit of ASR and to provide examples of the technical problems which are still being surmounted as the project approaches the operational phase in around 2018. The West Werribee Aquifer Storage and Recovery project is a jointly funded program with a contribution of $11.4M from the Federal Government.

About the speaker

Attila Z Gaal is currently Senior Hydrogeologist at City West Water, Melbourne, and has provided groundwater technical lead for the company’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery program over the last three years. Attila’s experience spans over 20 years in the environmental geosciences, within senior roles in the past 8 years including two of Australia’s leading geotechnical and environmental consultancies. He has worked across traditional applications in the groundwater field including water supply, dewatering and contamination. His key interests include aquifer recharge, natural treatment systems and integrated water management. Attila holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Engineering in Hydrogeology, and is a PhD candidate at the School of Chemical, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at RMIT University.

Come Join Us

Tuesday 3 June 2014 5.30pm meet and greet for 6pm start (refreshments provided)

URS, Level 6, 1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, Melbourne

IAH-NSW Elders Q&A Night

Dear IAH-NSW friends, we are proud to host another Elders Night with distinguished panel members: Col Dudgeon, Chris Jewell and Peter Smith. Our 2014 panel covers consultancy, academia, and contaminant hydrogeology to yet again display the level of variety in this profession. But wait! This is not all we have in store for you. As is IAH  tradition, we have a surprise winner of the 2014 Woolley Award  to express respect and recognition for a lifetime achievement in the field of hydrogeology. You just have to be there to find out who it is this year!

The Elders Q&A Night 2014 will be held on Tuesday the 10th of June at PB Offices. Join us at 5:30 for drinks and canapés followed by the presentation of the Woolley Award and the Q&A session with the 2014 renowned panel members.

For more information on the event and the venue refer to the flyer.



IAH-NSW McEllhiney Lecture, 2014:Groundwater spreadsheets

IAH-NSW members and friends,

Join us on Tuesday 13th May for an immensely practical and educational McEllhiney Lecture. Carlos Molano will show how one can use spreadsheets to solve a wide range of groundwater problems without programing or complex mathematics.
Please not that due to an expected higher number of audience for this lecture,  AECOM will host the event. AECOM office is on George Street (beside Dymocks), and te closest train station would be Town Hall. For more information on the lecture and the venue click here.

Hope to see you all there!

New job: Water Resource Engineer – Power and Water Corporation

For more information pertaining to the Water Resource Engineer listing  click here.

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