Archive for 2015

Membership fees for 2016

Membership in the International Association of Hydrogeologists runs by the calendar year (January to December).

IAH Australia will be opening the online portal for 2016 registrations in early January. Another notice will be sent out in January once the portal is up and running.

After much deliberation, the National Committee has voted to freeze registration fees for the 2016 year. As the obligatory remittance to the central IAH office in the UK is the major expenditure for IAH Australia, the National Committee will continue to monitor fluctuations in the Australian dollar exchange rate. Should any changes to the membership fees be required for the 2017 membership year, members will be notified ahead of the next annual general meeting.


Current Vacancy: Senior Hydrogeologist

Title: Senior Hydrogeologist

Company: Salt Lake Potash (ASX:SO4)

Location: Perth based

Appointment: Full Time


Salt Lake Potash (ASX:SO4) is the leading exploration and development company in Australia’s emerging salt lake potash sector.The Company aims to be Australia’s first producer of Sulphate of Potash (SOP), a high value niche potash fertilizer, producing SOP from salt lake brines with solar evaporation and processing.

A Senior Hydrogeologist is sought to be a leader in driving the exploration and development of the Company’s salt lake potash exploration projects throughout Australia.The position is Perth based and the appointed person will lead a small team of geologists and consultants and report to Company’s Directors.The position will require knowledge of all aspects of hydrogeological investigations related to Company’s existing and future projects, from scoping/concept study to design and implementation, field investigations, data gathering and interpretation, hydrogeological modeling, final reporting and interaction with external consultants, brokers and investors.The person appointed will be energetic and committed person and possess good inter-personal communication and report writing skills.An MSc in hydrogeology, hydro-geochemistry, groundwater engineering, engineering hydrology or related disciplines would be required together with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience.Practical knowledge of specialist packages such as Groundwater Vistas and Modflow is desirable. Knowledge of Landsim, Surfer, QGIS and CAD would be a significant advantage. Previous exposure to hydro-geochemical modeling packages such as PHREEQC and OLI would be considered highly favorably.Experience and a strong knowledge of JORC, ASX disclosure requirements and Department of Mines reporting are also considered highly favorably.Practical experience or knowledge of the conceptual process development of brine based mining operations, while not a requirement, would be a bonus.

The position is open to Australians and those who currently hold valid Australian work permits. The Company invites outstanding candidates to apply for this challenging and highly rewarding position at the vanguard of a new industry in Australia.

Contact: Jason Baverstock, Executive Director, Salt Lake Potash Ltd –

Closing Date: 24th December 2015

OECD report on agricultural GW management

The OECD recently published a comprehensive report on agricultural groundwater use management. The report provides a characterization of the diversity of groundwater systems, assesses the advantages and drawbacks of a large range of management instruments to address groundwater depletion and environmental externalities, reviews policies in OECD countries and proposes a package of recommendations to ensure that groundwater can sustain its services to agriculture and contribute to climate change adaptation.

It is accompanied by 16 country profiles, providing specific information on agricultural groundwater use and management instruments at the national and/or regional level.

Both can be accessed at

SA IAH Forum – Monday 7th December

Nuclear Fuel Royal Commission

Mr Chad Jacobi, Counsel assisting the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Royal Commission will speak on the terms of reference for the inquiry and the importance of groundwater as an issue for consideration by the commission of the nuclear fuel cycle activities covered by the terms of reference, based on the public submissions received by the Inquiry.

This is not a debate about the benefits or otherwise, of nuclear power.

MONDAY, 7th DECEMBER 4.00pm start, to about 5.00 pm

Flinders Uni City Campus

Room 2.1, Level 2, 182 Victoria Square

Join us and colleagues for XMAS DRINKS – Wakefield Tavern after the meeting

NSW IAH Technical Talk 8th Dec: Damian Merrick – AlgoMesh

IAH NSW is pleased to announce a technical talk by Damian Merrick, Principal Software Developer for HydroAlgorithmics. Damian will introduce AlgoMesh, a tool for building unstructured-grid groundwater models. The talk will be held at the Parsons Brinckerhoff offices in Sydney on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 6pm. For more information on the talks, venue and RSVP details click here

Please join us to see how you AlgoMesh can improve your MODFLOW modelling practice!

AGC Photos

Photos from AGC 2015 now online at the IAH Flickr Page

AGC 2015 Science/Policy Nexus Panel

Guess who the 2016 NCGRT/IAH Distinguished Lecturer will be?


NCGRT and IAH are joining forces to deliver the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer series which will be announced at the Australian Groundwater Conference – Thursday morning 5th November!

Stay tuned on twitter #AGC2015 to follow the announcement or if you are attending the conference, make sure you are in the Shine Dome in the morning.

Count down is on for the 2015 Australian Groundwater Conference



Over 330 groundwater scientists, policy makers and managers will be in attendance, at the Australian Groundwater conference in Canberra next week. Registrations are now fully exhausted and the conference is set to commence on Tuesday 3rd November at the Shine Dome.   Delegates will have access to 200 oral presentations, 40 poster presentations, 3 panel discussions, 14 exhibitors and a myriad of networking opportunities including Networking drinks, Early Career Hydrology Network Trivia night and the BBQ dinner.

The conference will focus on a range of serious issues affecting the nation’s largest resource, its subsurface water:

  • Developing a plan for nationwide underground banking of water in managed aquifers
  • Ways to return over-allocated groundwater to sustainable levels of extraction
  • The impact of fracking, coal mining and gas extraction on Australia’s groundwater reserves
  • The role of water banking for preventing water shortages in Australia’s cities
  • The role of groundwater in a successful Murray-Darling Basin plan
  • The role of groundwater in the future development of Northern Australia
  • How to licence,  meter and charge for groundwater extraction
  • The threat from widespread illegal use of bore water
  • The need to replace and repair old groundwater infrastructure, now almost half a century old and nearing the end of its useful life
  • The urgency of measuring and monitoring Australia’s national groundwater resource.

For more information on the conference media release click here or for more information on the conference in general click here

Delegates are reminded that registrations open at 7:30am Tuesday 3rd November with the conference commencing at 8:20am.

The Abstract Booklets will be provided  on USB at the conference. To view the booklet prior to the conference click here

IAH Victoria Presentation 20th October, 2015 Student Presentation Night

Student Presenters: Attila Gaal (La Trobe University), Christin Down, Chris Skinner & Jeanne Drouet (RMIT University), Bill Howcroft (Monash University).
Date / Time
: Tuesday 20th October 2015, 5:30 pm for drinks and nibbles for a 6 pm start.
Location/Meeting Room: RMIT City Campus, Building 37, Level 3, Theatre 04
RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking attending using the invite below or emailing This event is free, however we need numbers for catering purposes.

RSVP Calendar invite

Student Presentation Night:
Please join us to listen to some exciting talks presented by university students covering interesting and diverse topics with groundwater being the focus.

Attila Gaal (La Trobe University):
“Assessment of hydraulic pumping and injection data to identify clogging in a Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme”

Christin Down, Chris Skinner & Jeanne Drouet (RMIT University):

“Groundwater depletion & contamination in the North China Plain: Implications and solutions”

Bill Howcroft (Monash University):

“Young Water and Old Solutes in Rivers and in Groundwater”

McEllhiney Lecture 2015 Sydney

Reminder: McEllhiney Lecture 2015 – Monday 12th October 2015 5:30pm – Sydney

IAH-NSW, the NGWA and their sponsors are proud to present this last presentation of the McEllhiney Lecture 2015 in Australia by Ronald B. Peterson (Baroid Industrial Drilling Products) on “Drilling Fluids: A Common Sense Approach“.

Ronald B. Peterson’s talk will cover the evolution of the water well industry with emphasis on drilling fluids and grouts, and the progress that has been made over time as technology and the understanding of drilling fluids has improved.

Topics to be covered in Ron’s presentation include:

  • Evolution of the water well industry
  • Importance of proper project planning and follow-through
  • Functions of a drilling fluid
  • Uses of bentonite focusing on its use as a basis for drilling fluids
  • Development of other drilling fluid additives and their use to enhance the fluid properties
  • Proper selection of a grout
  • Development of grouts, and the issues and limitations in placement and in attaining a competent well seal.

Ron’s lecture will provide you with the basics for the proper planning, implementation, and follow-through of a well-designed drilling program with the goal of providing the best seal possible during the final well construction.

This McEllhiney Lecture is proudly sponsored Franklin Electric (National Ground Water Association) and our IAH-NSW Gold and Silver Sponsors. Please join us on Monday 12th October at 5:30pm for a 6pm start (Parsons Brinckerhoff offices, Ernst and Young Centre, Level 26 680 George Street, Sydney).  For more information on the topic and the venue click here.