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IAH (Australian Chapter) Groundwater Industry Awards – Winners Announced

The Inaugural IAH (Australian Chapter) Groundwater Industry Awards were held on Monday 25th November during the AGC2019.

We are pleased to announce the following winners:

  • Groundwater industry excellence – Stephen Parsons and the Jacobs team, for the West Gate Tunnel Project. Jacobs led the design of groundwater recharge schemes to manage groundwater drawdown, contaminant movement and ground settlement impacts.
  • IAH groundwater innovation and technology – Dr Benjamin Birt from Qteq, for leading the introduction of Borehole Magnetic Resonance logging techniques into the Australian and global groundwater industries.
  • IAH groundwater professional – Dr Noel Merrick from Watermark Numerical Computing. Noel is a groundwater modeller, hydrogeologist and geophysicist with over 45 years of experience in groundwater science. Noel’s career highlights include: Associate Professor at UTS, a key researcher for various CRCs, a member of numerous expert panels, a long-time member of the MDB Independent Audit Group; a member of the Surat CMA Technology Advisory Panel; and contributor to the MDBC groundwater flow modelling guidelines.
  • IAH young professional – Rhona Cartwright, from KCB. Rhona is an IAH QLD branch committee member, an active Women in Mining participant and a hydrogeology educator, including primary school incursions.
  • IAH student award – Stephanie Watson, from UWA, who’s led workshops on groundwater modelling. She’s achieved an exceptionally high weighted average mark, and her Masters research project has important implications for how the Water Corporation manages groundwater resources.
  • Best groundwater photo – Angus McFarlane


Congratulations to all the winners!

2020 and 2021 IAH Congress

The 2020 and 2021 IAH Congress dates and venues have been announced:

The 47th IAH Congress: Brazil 2020 ‘Aquifers: Storing Water for the Future’

20–25 Sept 2020, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (

The 48th IAH Congress: Belgium 2021 ‘Inspiring Groundwater’

6–10 Sept 2021, Brussels, Belgium (

Call for IAH members’ input into MDBA submission

The Murray Darling Basin Commission (MDBA) has released a discussion paper regarding climate change and the Murray–Darling Basin Plan ( discussion paper outlines projected climate change impacts, including increases in the intensity of extreme rainfall, time in drought and frequency of severe drought. It also provides examples of potential responses, including changing the type, distribution and timing of crop irrigation.

IAH views this discussion paper as an opportunity to emphasis the role that groundwater has in developing climate-resilient management practices within the Murray–Darling basin, due to its storage capacity, residence times, protected nature and large resilience to climate extremes.

IAH Australia is seeking members’ input into the submission. If you have input, case studies or examples that you’d like included in the submission then please contact IAH via The submission will be finalised by 1 April 2019.

World Water Day

22 March 2019 is World Water Day (

The 2022 World Water Day theme is ‘Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible’ (World Water Day 2022). Start thinking now how we can promote this message for 2022.