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IAH-NSW November Meeting

IAH-NSW proudly presents Professor David K. Kreamer (Uiversity of Nevada, Las Vegas). Professor Kreamer is also the Vice President of North America, International Association of Hydrogeologists and President of Universities Council on Water Resources. His presentation will spring preservation.

The springs in Grand Canyon National Park are the focus of wildlife in an arid environment, Native American religious cultural traditions, recreational enthusiasts, and can be vulnerable to the impacts of both municipal development outside the park boundaries, and industrial development, particularly mining activities. Spring flow in the Grand Canyon is controlled by geological structure and stratigraphy, and waters can be dated and tracked using environmental tracers. Use of traditional environmental groundwater tracers in the Canyon will be discussed, as well as less often used parameters, such as trace elements in the sub-parts per trillion range, and uranium isotope disequilibrium. The results of this work give resource managers basic data to address concerns of visitor traffic, land use, and future development. For more information on the talk and the venueclick here.


IAH-NSW Student Night 2014

Another October and another exciting night for young students to share their work with all. This year, we have two, very impressive presentations by Sarah Taylor, PhD student from the University of Sydney, and Juan Carlos Castilla, PhD student form UNSW.

Sarah will present a talk titled A hydrogeochemical study of shallow saline groundwater in south west Sydney’ Shallow saline groundwater occurs throughout western Sydney and is associated with the Wianamatta Shales. The salinity is frequently attributed to the marine environment in which the shale was deposited, though it has also been suggested that a modern oceanic source is morelikely.

Juan, will present a talk titled Simulating complex human-aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems using agent-based models’ Humans interact with groundwater in complex ways, which lead to conflicts over its appropriation and the health of groundwater-dependent ecosystems. These conflicts are usually long-lasting and can be difficult to settle. These complex interactions also pose several challenges for developing meaningful tools (e.g. groundwater models) for decision-support and basin-scale aquifer management. Also see Juan’s poster on human-aquifer interactions in managed groundwater systems.

The meeting is, as usual, at PB offices. Be there at 5:30 pm for refreshments and enjoy the presentations starting at 6:00pm. For more information on the talks and the venue click here.


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.

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.

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.


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!

IAH-NSW Monthly presentation 8th April

Dear IAH NSW friends, please join us on the 8th of April to attend Mr Mahdi Zoorabadi’s presentation on ‘Hydraulic conductivity of jointed rocks: New estimation approach and new insights into the field tests’.

Rock discontinuities play a significant role in the circulation of water through jointed rocks, while the geometrical characteristics of joints control the magnitude and orientation of the hydraulic conductivity tensor. This presentation includes a new approach to estimate the hydraulic conductivity of jointed rocks on the basis of the geometrical properties of rock discontinuities. This framework provides the capability to estimate the 3D tensor of hydraulic conductivity and assess the variation average hydraulic conductivity with depth.

For more information on the presentation and the venue Click here.

Hope to see you there!

A two-day Workshop on Aquifers, Aqutards & Mining

This two-day workshop co-presented by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices at the University of New South Wales, will give an overview of innovative techniques, including vertical permeability testing at core-bore-formation scale, geocentrifuge physical modelling, solute and isotope applications for aquitards, ITRAX core scanning, wireline and geophysical methods. For more information on the topics, presenters and the venue click here.

To register go to