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IAH NSW Meeting 14 May 2019: Dr Hamid Roshan (UNSW)

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting on Tuesday 14 May 2019 features a talk by Dr Hamid Roshan, Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering.

Physics-based measurement of formation permeability using widely available downhole logging data

Formation permeability is of fundamental importance in many engineering disciplines such as groundwater, petroleum, civil and construction and others as it predominantly controls the flow of fluids in the sediments. The only reliable technique to measure the formation permeability at the moment is to acquire core from the formation during drilling. Such coring operations are however costly and therefore are often avoided. Thus indirect measurements using downhole logging data have been of interest. Unfortunately the techniques developed so far to estimate the permeability of the formation along the borehole are of empirical nature and therefore cannot be extended beyond their measured laboratory values. Needless to say that significant error has been observed when these empirical correlations were used to fit the values out of their measured range.

In a recent attempt in petroleum industry, Stoneley wave has been used to measure the permeability right at the borehole wall however the operation is quire costly and the obtained results are very sensitive to borehole conditions thus reducing the applicability of the method. We, for the first time, propose to use the resistivity logs and inverse modelling of coupled porous media fluid-ion transport to estimate the permeability of the formation with good accuracy and high vertical resolution. This is the first attempt to estimate the permeability from downhole logging data using direct physics based inverse modelling.


Venue: WSP office Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start.

Public access to level 27 is available until 6pm. Late arrivals call Ali for access – 0426254787

IAH NSW Meeting 9 April 2019: Brendan Dimech and Dr Andrew Frost (Bureau of Meteorology)

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting on Tuesday 9 April 2019 features talks by Brendan Dimech and Dr Andrew Frost (Bureau of Meteorology).

A presentation on Bureau of Meteorology’s suite of national groundwater products – Brendan Dimech

Brendan is a Hydrogeologist at the Groundwater Unit with the Bureau of Meteorology. He will present the updates to the Bureau’s suite of national groundwater products ( including the National Groundwater Information System (a database of spatial information on more than 800 000 bores and their attributes), the Australian Groundwater Explorer (mapping portal for visualising and analysing groundwater data) and the Australian Groundwater Insight (user-friendly map portal with curate spatial maps designed for non-experts). These products are freely available from the Bureau website. Brendan will discuss the latest updates of data from the February 2019 release, how they relate to NSW groundwater users and some future groundwater product developments

An overview of the Bureau of Meteorology’s Landscape Water Balance website and the Australian Water Resources Assessment Model – Dr Andrew Frost

Dr Andrew Frost is a Senior Hydrologist within the Water Resources Modelling Unit. He will present an overview of the Bureau’s Landscape Water Balance website ( and underlying Australian Water Resources Assessment (AWRA-L) Model; detailing outputs, performance and use. The AWRA-L model produces publicly available national gridded estimates of soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration and deep drainage from 1911 until yesterday and are used for retrospective studies and for operational purposes. The modelling system has been released as a community modelling system (, enabling application and development by the wider research community. Further planned development includes implementation of flow routing, application at the 1km scale, operational data assimilation, forecasting (1-10 day and seasonal) and hydrological projection products, and comparison and collaboration with other national/global efforts in this space.

Venue: WSP office Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start.

Public access to level 27 is available until 6pm. Late arrivals call Ali for access – 0426254787

IAH NSW Meeting 12 March 2019: Dr John Bradd

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting features a talk by Dr John Bradd, Principal Hydrogeologist at GHD. He will discuss some key observations and developments in hydrogeology throughout his 30 year career and the influences that have shaped his personal journey to where he is today.

Venue: WSP office Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start.

IAH NSW Meeting and AGM 12 February 2019: Dr Richard Evans

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting features a talk by Dr Richard Evans, Principal Hydrogeologist at Jacobs, entitled Hydrogeological basics and lessons learnt from tunneling in Australia.

Please click here for the event flyer.

AGM and Committee appointments
The NSW and Federal IAH AGM is taking place prior to the talk from 5 pm. All financial members are welcome to attend and express interest in vacant committee roles as per the previous communication

Venue: WSP office Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start. AGM to be held at 5 pm.

IAH NSW Meeting 27 November 2018: Dr Jennifer Stauber, NCGRT Distinguished Lecture Series

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting features the 2018 NCGRT Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Dr Jennifer Stauber, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water, entitled Groundwater Quality: An Ecotoxicology Perspective.

Dr Stauber is a Chief Research Scientist at the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, CSIRO Land and Water in Sydney and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.  She has over 35 years’ research experience and has written over 350 scientific papers and technical reports in the fields of aquatic ecotoxicology and human toxicology.

Jenny has chaired and served as expert ecotoxicologist on several World Health Organisation review boards, together with the NSW EPA Board and a large number of expert advisory panels to the Australian government on areas as diverse as contaminants, reef water quality, uranium mining, coal seam gas, hazardous waste, chemicals risk assessment and water quality guidelines.  She is a member of Australia’s Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development which advises the Commonwealth Minister on all water-related aspects of coal seam gas.

From 2008 to 2014 Jenny was Deputy Chief and then Acting Chief of CSIRO Land and Water. From 2006-2008 she was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at City University, Hong Kong. In 2006 she was a joint winner of Australia’s Eureka Prize for Water Research for research into the assessment and regulation of contaminated sediments.

Please click here for the event flyer, and click here for more information on the 2018 NCGRT Distinguished Lecture Series.

Venue: WSP office Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start

IAH NSW Regional Meeting and IAH/DPI Field Trip: 13 and 14 November 2018

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that this year’s regional meeting will be held in Mildura, with the following proposed itinerary:

Tuesday 13 November 5.30pm:  Presentation by Asitha Katupitiya (Director – Water Quality and Salinity Management MDBA) on the Basin Salinity Management Strategy.

Wednesday 14 November morning: Field trip to the Salt Interception Schemes (SIS) that pump saline groundwater to facilitate salinity reduction on the Murray River.

Field trip places are limited – please RSVP to Richard Cresswell to express your interest in the presentation and/or the field trip:

Venue: TBC

Time: TBC

Registration Open! – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources – IAH Western Australia Annual Seminar


It is with great pleasure that we announce the early-bird registrations for the 2015 Seminar – Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources are now open!!! This seminar will be held on June, 8-9 at the Parmelia Hilton in the Perth CBD.

Program, more information and registration details can be found at

Co-convened by the Western Australia branches of IAH, SPE and ASEG

2015 Darcy Lecture in Victoria – What Happens in the Pore, No Longer Stays in the Pore: Opportunities Limitations for Porous Media Characterisation and Process Quantification Using X-ray Tomography


During this presentation, you will receive an overview of the current state of imaging of porous media systems—and processes taking place within them—using x-ray tomography, a technique that allows for three-dimensional observation and measurement of variables internal to an otherwise opaque object. Gain insight on how x-ray tomography has advanced to the point where it is possible to probe porous media in great detail, allowing for fully quantitative analyses of processes and mechanisms at the pore scale. Detail resolution ranges from hundreds of microns for cm-sized samples down to hundreds of nm for micron-sized objects. Contrast depends on density and atomic number of the imaged object, and creative use of contrast agents can help delineate otherwise difficult-to-identify features. Also discussed will be technique limitations, as well as new potential advances that will allow for exciting new research in coming years. Applications of the technique to remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid in groundwater, the fundamentals of multiphase flow, and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide will be presented.


Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. Research in her group focuses on physics, chemistry, and microbiology of relevance to flow and transport in porous media. Much of her work is supported by high resolution imaging and applications primarily involve subsurface multiphase flow phenomena.

Presenter: Dorthe Wildenschild

Time/Date: 3rd March 2015, Drinks and nibbles from 5:30pm for a 6pm start

Location:  ***Please Note Venue Change***

RMIT City Campus, Melbourne,

Building 94, Level 1 Theatre 6;ID=zxirtq0jy6wn

RSVP:  Please RSVP to for catering purposes

New Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website for bore applications

In April 2015 the Department of Environment, Land, Water  and Planning (DELWP) will launch an online service to apply for domestic and stock, investigation and observation water bore construction and decommission licences and have them issued on the spot in most cases.  This service is designed for use by the general public as well as service providers such as bore drillers and hydrogeological consultants.   Work has been underway over the last  12 months and we are now at a point where we would like to invite you to an information session that will introduce you to the new service. This session will include;

  • A run through of how it will work
  • Discussion regarding some pending changes to policy that  seek to simplify the requirements for domestic and stock, investigation and observation bore construction licences when applied for online
  • Discussion regarding steps you may wish to take to make best use of the new service
  • A chance for you to consider what sort of opportunities may exist for you once the new service is launched
  • An opportunity to provide feedback for the above

The session will be hosted by Joe Banks, Manager Retail Water Entitlements and Markets from DELWP.  The architects of the service as well as water corporation representatives will also be in attendance to take your questions.

When: Sessions will be held from 9:15am until 10:45am and 11:00am until 12:30pm Thursday March 5 .

Where:  “Gardenview Room”, Dallas Brooks Centre, 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Attendance is free.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday 3 March to: Andrew Smith 03 9637 9129 or 0413 041 938

Victorian IAH Branch December Presentation and Christmas Function


Salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin: mirage or sleeping dragon?


The salinity threat posed to land and water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin was at the forefront of water policy and management initiatives throughout much of the second half of the 20th Century.  In response to the salinity threat, monitoring and works programs have been implemented by partner governments under the Basin Salinity Management Strategy (BSMS) 2001-2015 and its predecessor (the Salinity and Drainage Strategy 1988).  These programs and the transition to a drier climatic regime, has led to a substantial reduction in land and water salinization across the southern Basin. Looking beyond the life of the BSMS 2001-2015, implementation of the Basin Plan will substantially increase the flow regime in the river compared to the recent past. Hence further water quality improvements may be anticipated in the short term. On-the-other hand, the legacy of historic land use change may be yet to reach the river and hence poses a longer term threat to River Murray water salinity. Salt will always be a feature of the Australian landscape, but is it still the threat that was posed late in the last millennium? In light of uncertainty in climate and the future management of land and water resources, where to for Basin salinity management beyond 2015?


Greg Holland has been in the salinity game for over 25 years, having worked for state government, Goulburn-Murray Water, Murray-Darling Basin Commission and most recently, SKM and Jacobs.  He will bring his insight and domain knowledge to cover the recent history of salinity management across south eastern Australia and what could be in store for the future.

Date: Tuesday December 16 2014

Time: Drinks and nibbles from 5:30pm for a 6pm start, Christmas function to follow presentation

Location: Jacobs, Level 16, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC

RSVP: Link will be in the reminder email or please email if you have not received this email