Archive for 2015

IAH Australia supports Aboriginal Water Initiative

President Chris McAuley has submitted a letter to NSW DPI Water on behalf of IAH Australia supporting the ongoing funding of the Aboriginal Water Initiative.

Download the full submission letter from the Correspondence section of the IAH Website –

Current Vacancy

A Darwin-based Australian Government Research Institute (Supervising Scientist) is offering an ongoing Senior / Principal Research Scientist position in hydrogeochemistry / hydrogeology to lead its Geoscience research program.

Title: Senior / Principal Research Scientist & Geoscience Program Leader

Department of the Environment

$113,943 – $158,317 Darwin, NT

Close Date: 6 October at 11.30pm AEST

Visit the employment opportunities page for more information Click here

McEllhiney Lecture Schedule Finalised

The lecture dates and times for the 2015 McEllhiney Lecture have been finalised. They can be viewed on on the IAH website.

Groundwater and Excavation Symposium – Sydney 2015

Register now to secure your early bird discount to the 2015 Sydney Symposium on Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavation.

The Symposium will be held on Black Friday, November 2015 at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Sydney. For more information, see the flyer.

NSW IAH Student Night – 22 September

IAH NSW is pleased to announce the 2015 Student Night with Danielle Griffani (University of Sydney), Monika Markowska (UNSW Australia) and Rory Williams (Macquarie University) sponsored by Sara Mehrabi. Please join us at the Parsons Brinckerhoff offices in Sydney at 5:30pm for a 6pm start to hear about research on:

  • Contaminant and heat transfer in fractured porous materials
  • Cave monitoring to constrain the paleoclimate interpretation of δ18O proxy in speleothems from semi-arid areas
  • The geomorphic and hydrological structure and function of a chain-of-ponds river system: A unique Australian river type

    For more information on the talks, venue and RSVP details click

    IAH member Craig Simmons named “SA Scientist of the Year”

    IAH Australia is pleased to announce that IAH member Professor Craig Simmons, has been named South Australian Scientist of the Year at the 2015 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Professor Simmons has made substantial contributions to hydrogeology in Australia and overseas, and will have a fantastic venue to promote groundwater during his tenure as Scientist in Residence for the Adelaide Advertiser.



    NSW Regional Meeting: Connectivity and Coal Seam Gas (25 August)

    IAH NSW and their sponsors proudly present two talks on aquifer connectivity and coal seam gas by Charlotte Iverach from UNSW Australia and Richard Cresswell from Eco Logical Australia. The talks will be held at the Tree House, University of Newcastle on Tuesday 25th August. Please arrive at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. For more information on the talks, venue and RSVP details click

    IAH Victoria Presentation 13th August, 2015 – Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater

    Presenter: Dr Rainer H. Helmig
    Date / Time: Thursday 13th August 2015,
    5:30 pm for drinks and nibbles for a 6pm start
    Location/Meeting Room: Golder Associates,  Level 4, Building 7, Botanica Corporate Park, 570-588 Swan Street, Richmond.
    RSVP: For catering purposes please  RSVP to or use the invite link IAH Victoria Presentation 13th August 2015

    Presentation Abstract:
    In this lecture, Helmig will provide insight into how advanced numerical models may be used to analyze and predict the mutual influence of subsurface projects and their impact on groundwater reservoirs, and the expanding need to do so.

    For example, as the subsurface is increasingly being used both as a resource and as an energy and waste repository, resource conflicts are becoming more common and complex, such as thermal energy storage and the effects surrounding hydraulic fracturing in both geothermal and shale gas production.
    During this lecture, participants will learn about:
    • Possible utilization conflicts in subsurface systems and how the groundwater is affected
    • Fundamental properties and functions of a compositional multiphase system in a porous medium; basic multiscale and multiphysics concepts will be introduced and conservation laws formulated
    • Large-scale simulation that shows the general applicability of the modeling concepts of such complicated natural systems, especially the impact on the groundwater of simultaneously using geothermal energy and storing chemical and thermal energy, and how such real large-scale systems provide a good environment for balancing the efficiency potential and possible weaknesses of the approaches discussed.

    A little about the speaker:
    Dr. Helmig is head of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany.


    IAH submission to Victorian CSG Inquiry

    The Victorian branch of IAH Australia has made a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into unconventional gas. The submission can be downloaded from the IAH website.

    NT “Our Water Future” IAH submission

    The NT Branch of IAH Australia has recently submitted a response to the Northern Territory Government’s “Our Water Future” Discussion Paper. The IAH submission can be downloaded from the Correspondence section of the website.