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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 (bom.gov.au/water/groundwater) 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 (www.bom.gov.au/water/landscape) 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 (https://github.com/awracms/awra_cms), 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.

NSW Department of Industry, Lands & Water: Contingent Hydrogeologist Position

The Lands & Water Division of the NSW Department of Industry is currently seeking a hydrogeologist to join their team.

Please click here for the advertisement.

 

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 Introductory course on Python for groundwater science: 5 December 2018

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that Dr Stuart Brown will be presenting a short course on Python for groundwater science on Wednesday 5 December. Dr Stuart Brown is a consultant hydrogeologist with HGEO Pty Ltd in Sydney. He has over 25 years’ experience in consulting and research for mining, infrastructure and agriculture projects. Over recent years, python has emerged as a popular and powerful set of tools for hydrological data analysis and visualisation with potential to streamline workflows. In this short course Stuart introduces Python for data analysis and applications to common groundwater tasks.

Costs are $60 for IAH members and $50 for students. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. To register please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introductory-course-on-python-for-groundwater-science-tickets-51742758985

Places are limited to 15 so get in quick to book your spot.

Contact Ellen Kwantes (Ellen.Kwantes@wsp.com) (T: +61 2 92725078) for any questions or problems to register for the course.

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

Time: 10am to 3pm

Course details

Take your hydrogeological data management and analysis to the next level with an introduction to Python. Python has become a popular language for scientific computing. It has all the friendly features and conveniences you would expect of a modern programming language. It boasts a rich set of libraries used and developed by hydrogeologists for working with data. The Python programming language offers adaptability and versatility to the types of analyses, modelling, and workflows that hydrogeologists use.

In this course you will learn:
•Introduction: Python for data science (and groundwater science)
•Python language basics and the standard library
•Key python science tools (e.g. Pandas, Scipy)
•Data manipulation and analysis examples using Pandas (examples: climate data and hydrographs)
•Data visualisation using Matplotlib and Seaborn
•Advanced topics: Groundwater modelling and processing

In all modules, attendees will work through real examples on their own laptops. So they will need to have Anaconda and Jupyter installed (instructions on how to do this will be emailed through prior to the course).

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: richardc@ecoaus.com.au

Venue: TBC

Time: TBC

IAH NSW Meeting 9 October 2018: Student Night

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting is our annual student night, featuring the following talks:

Joshua Yu, UNSW: Mechanisms affecting PFAS migration under groundwater – surface water interactions.

Emily Barber, UoW: Crossing Three Deep Valleys: The Sedimentology, Geomorphology and Palaeo-environments of Thirlmere Lakes, NSW. 

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

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start

Late arrivals call Peps for access – 0428936645

IAH NSW Meeting 30 July 2018: Todd Halihan

IAH NSW is pleased to announce that our next meeting features a talk by Todd Halihan, Professor of Geology at Oklahoma State University and Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC, entitled Electrical Hydrogeology: A Picture Is Worth 1000 Wells.

Todd Halihan has been an associate editor for Groundwater and has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He served as Chair of the Hydrogeology Division and the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America and currently serves on the Oklahoma governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity

Please click here for the event flyer.

Venue: AECOM office. Level 21, 420 George Street, Sydney

Time: 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start