The Western Australian Branch of IAH has been active since the early 1980s and has the highest concentration of member Hydrogeologists in the world (about 250 members, 6.25%).

The WA Branch holds free monthly technical meetings which attract 30 to 50 scientists, and a paid annual seminar attracting up to 160 delegates. A field trip is usually organised each year which attracts up to 60 members. The state chapter is also a strong supporter of the Early Careers Hydrogeologists Network (ECHN), a subsidiary of IAH.

To find out what’s happening in WA click on the Events tab above or subscribe to the WA Branch mailing list here!

In September 2013 the Western Australian Branch hosted the 40th Annual Congress of the IAH which attracted 740 delegates from more than 120 countries. The Congress entitled “Solving the Groundwater Challenges of the 21st Century” was an outstanding success.

The 2019 WA Branch Committee is made up of Hydrogeologists who were elected at the State AGM on 10th of December 2018.

The Committee meets every two months.

You can contact the WA committee via email to the secretary at

IAH Western Australia Committee 2019

Chairperson: Sarah Bourke

Vice Chairperson: Cassie Turvey

Secretary: Ian Brandes de Roos

Treasurer: Sandie McHugh

Education: Mal McGivern

Events team: Josephine Searle, Rob Swift

Communications team: Giovanni Firmani, Andrea Binda

ECHN Representative: Margaret McCormack

2019 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Acqua Drill Resources is ongoing and valued supporter of IAH WA. They specialise in large diameter surface drilling using conventional air/hammer or mud rotary methods. Whether the drilling program involves monitoring bores, production bores, dewatering or managed aquifer recharge bores, paste fill holes, or underground mining service holes, Acqua Drill Resources has the in-house experience and modern equipment to deliver successful project outcomes.

Acqua Drill Resources invests heavily in engineering controls which target the risks associated with manual handling, working at heights, equipment guarding and all other identified operational risks. Acqua Drill Resources operates the only Versa Drill rigs in Australia which have been fitted with dual hydraulic breakout assemblies, now a site access requirement for some mining houses.
Acqua Drill Resources’ primary goal is to become the water bore drilling company of choice by delivering quality technical outcomes at highly competitive rates.

Brendon Elford
2279 Great Northern Hwy, Bullsbrook, WA
Tel +61 438 876 340

IAH WA is pleased to welcome McArthur Drilling & Pumping Pty Ltd (MDP) as Platinum Sponsor for 2019. MDP is a Western Australian Company specialising in the provision of Test Pumping services to WA’s mining and agriculture industry. Established in 2006, we have grown to become the leader in test pump contracting.

Their unique machinery with its unrivalled safety profile, highly skilled and experienced teams, and their ability to deliver accurate test pumping data have set them at the forefront in test pumping.

All MDP site based personnel have tertiary qualifications in Work Health & Safety. MDP has sole supplier MSA’s (Master Service Agreements) with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. MDP has been FMG’s preferred supplier for over 10 years. MDP is a member of the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA).

Marcus McArthur – Director
6 Langar, Way Landsdale, WA
Tel +61 8 9303 2414
Mob +61 419 962 905


Gold Sponsors

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) supports Western Australia’s community, economy and environment by managing and regulating the state’s environment and water resources.

The department is responsible for environment and water regulation, serving as a ‘one stop shop’ for industry and developers, with the aim of streamlining and simplifying regulation.

DWER support ongoing hydrogeology science and data and looks forward to working with IAH WA in 2018 to help maximise the potential and protection of our groundwater resources.

Prime House 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup, WA
Tel +61 8 6364 7000

IAH WA is pleased to welcome Qteq Pty Ltd as Gold Sponsor for 2019. Qteq was founded on the premise that technical and commercial innovation successfully underpins sustainable, responsible georesources development. Qteq focuses on innovation to provide essential insights on a real-time basis for georesources clients.

The highly experienced Qteq team has built a strong reputation for supplying reliable technical solutions for georesource measurements. Qteq is also committed to delivering the most efficient, effective solutions for the clients. To do this, Qteq developed their own, cutting-edge technologies and adapt best-in-class tools to be fit-for-purpose in georesource settings.

56A Paramount Drive, Wangara, WA
Tel +61 8 9302 6224


Silver Sponsor

Airwell Group is a world leader in low flow direct gas displacement pumping methods and technology. A solutions-orientated company, Airwell provides innovative pumping, monitoring, testing, recovery and field service solutions to the mining, oil & gas, industrial, environmental and agricultural industries.
With 30 years of industry experience Airwell is at the forefront of providing innovative pumping solutions to meet even the most challenging requirements of our clients. All IAH members and their staff are welcome to come and join Airwell at their office/warehouse to view their capabilities and equipment in operation first hand.

Airwell are specialists in:

  • Airwell pump solutions
  • Pump/ Flow Testing equipment and services
  • Ground water sampling equipment and services
  • Remote monitoring and automation of pumping equipment
  • Airwell landfill leachate pumping equipment

30 Harris Rd, Malaga, WA
Tel +61 8 9209 3355
Mob +61 411 480 638


Event Host

2019 monthly technical talk series will be hosted by Rio Tinto Iron Ore at the Central Park Conference Centre (Theatrette). Expect the same collegiate atmosphere, drinks and a great venue.

In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron ore assets with industry-leading margins.

Rio Tinto is well positioned to benefit from continuing demand across China and the developing world. Their premium product suite, including the flagship Pilbara blend, drives strong customer relationships and is supported by technical and commercial marketing expertise.

The business continues to be the world’s largest autonomous truck operator and a proud leader in automated mining technologies.

153-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA