Queensland Events

Events Calendar

Thursday 19th September

We are pleased to confirm that Sanjeev Pandey from OGIA (Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment) will be our guest on Thursday 19th September, presenting:

“Second iteration of cumulative groundwater impact assessment from coal seam gas development in the Surat Basin – an ongoing journey”.

Venue: QUT, Gardens Point Campus, Room E-410 (E-Block).

Time: 5pm $5 for IAH members, $10 for non-members Drinks, snacks afterwards 🙂

Please RSVP : by Sept. 17th

Thursday 22nd August

This mionth’s IAH Qld Branch event is a special presentation from Early-Career Hydrogeologists! There we will hear a series of 5 minute presentations from the following early career hydrogeologists: Rhona Cartwright – KCB

Aditi Desai-Goodale – SLR

Douglass Beck – QLD Government (OGIA)

Daniel Ashton – SLR

Travis Draper – AGE

Degan Wye – University of Queensland

When:  5:00 pm

Where: Room 314/315 in Steele (Building #3), University of Queensland, Saint Lucia https://lnkd.in/gRB2XvF

Cost: $5 2019 IAH members / $10 non-members RSVP by return email to t by August 20th

Following the presentations we will be heading to the Pizza Café for nibbles and drinks.

Thursday 18th July

We are very pleased to announce that Bridget Scanlon from the University of Texas, at Austin, will be our special guest presenter on Thursday 18th July!

The topic is: “Unconventional Oil and Gas – Approaches to Managing Water Issues Related to Unconventional Oil and Gas Production in the United States”

When: 5pm, 18th of July

Where: GHD, 145 Ann Street, Brisbane

Cost: Free – this event is sponsored by GHD

Bridget Scanlon is a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. Her degrees are in Geology with a focus on hydrogeology with a B.A. Mod. from Trinity College, Dublin (1980); M.Sc. from the Univ. of Alabama (1983), and Ph.D. from the Univ. of Kentucky (1985). She has worked at the Univ. of Texas since 1987. Her current research emphasizes the interdependence of water and energy, focusing on water quantity aspects. Her group has evaluated water issues related to unconventional oil and gas production in the U.S., including historical and projected water volumes related to water scarcity in semiarid regions, induced seismicity, and disposal capacity. Her previous work related to groundwater recharge, water sustainability, use of GRACE satellites in water resource assessments, and evaluation of global hydrologic models.  She serves an Associate Editor for Water Resources Research and Environmental Research Letters and has authored or co-authored ~100 publications. Dr. Scanlon is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Thursday 20th June

Our next event is a “Speed-Networking” event on Thursday 20th June.

venue: The Buffalo Bar, Mary St, Brisbane.

Time: 5:30pm

$5 for members, $10 for non-members.


Monday 17th June

Dr John Doherty, the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for 2019, will be making his way to Townsville CBD on Monday 17th June.

Event time will be 4 pm to 5 pm with refreshments served afterwards. Free entry!

Address: 6 Finsbury Place (off Flinders Street), Townsville Building: Building 2 (enter at green dot on map, near BCC cinema) Room: Room 1.05 (Level 1) 

Registration method yet to be confirmed- watch our LinkedIn page for updates – https://www.linkedin.com/company/iahqld/?viewAsMember=true


Friday 17th May

We are pleased to announce that Dr John Doherty will be joining us in both Brisbane and Townsville as the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for 2019!

Venue is at QUT Gardens Point campus (S Block, Room S301) Event Schedule: 5pm – 5:45pm Technical presentation followed by Q&A 5:45pm – 6:45pm – networking, drinks and nibbles. More details to come soon regarding the Townsville presentation…

Friday 22nd March

Dr Kalman Benedek from Golder Associates Pty Ltd will be presenting:  “Discrete Fracture Network Modelling: an alternative view.”

Classical geology and hydrogeology classify groundwater reservoirs into two endmembers: 1) porous rocks, and 2) fractured rocks. In Australia approximately 40% of the groundwater is stored in fractured rock aquifers. This means that almost all hydrogeologists in this country will work with fractured rocks during their career.
This presentation will provide an overview of the main differences between porous rocks and fractured rocks to help to understand when DFN (Discrete Fracture Network) modelling may be needed. This presentation will also detail the general workflow of DFN generation and how we build confidence on model structure and process simulations (hydraulic, transport, and mechanical).
It is generally well accepted that in fractured rocks there is a significant contrast between discontinuity properties (hydraulic, transport, mechanical, etc.) and the rock matrix between the fracs, and most of the physical processes concentrate along large fractures or faults. This means that understanding fracture geometry (orientation, size, intensity, etc.) is crucial to have reliable concepts about fracture rocks. Unfortunately, our access to the underground rock bodies is limited and our data sets can be considered as a random snapshot about a portion of the rock studied. To overcome this issue DFN models consider larger features (“seismic” scale faults) in a deterministic way, while smaller (“subseismic”) discontinuities are stochastically generated based on statistical distributions.
One of the most important benefits of DFN usage is that DFN synthetic fracture sets can be sampled with boreholes, surfaces, etc. which may result in a tool to calibrate models on geometry data.

Event Details:

When: Friday 22nd March, from 5:15pm 

6pm-7pmnetworking at the Botanic Bar at QUT (refreshments available for only $5 (members)/$10 (non-members))

WhereQUT, Gardens Point Campus, P Block, Room P419

RSVP: 20th March (lucy.Reading@qut.edu.au)

Friday 15th February

We are very happy to announce our first event for 2019 will be a special “Elders Night” presentation! Please come along to hear about the careers and adventures of Queensland’s most respected hydrogeology elders with guest speakers Lindsay Furness, Robert Lait, Malcom Cox and  Paul Smith.

Venue: QUT Gardens Point Campus
S Block Level 4 Room S408
2 George Street, Brisbane City

4:30pm – 5:00pm Tea and Coffee
5:00pm – 6:00pm The Meeting
6:00pm – 7:00pm Drinks& Nibbles in Courtyard sponsored by AGE Consultants.

Friday  30th November

day  30th November

Hi All,

The QLD IAH branch is planning an exciting end of year social event at the Fox Hotel – from 5pm on Friday 30th November. We will be celebrating a number of exciting achievements including:

· The QLD IAH branch winning the bid to host the next Australasian Groundwater Conference – planning for this conference is well underway (check out the conference website: www.agc2019.com.au)

· Steady growth in IAH membership (both nationally and in QLD),

· Strong attendance at our monthly events, and

· The ongoing support from our QLD branch sponsors (SLR, ESdat, WSP, ERM,Klohn Crippen Berger, Water Technology).

We’ll also be handing out the 2019 IAH QLD student awards during the evening.

Price: Free for IAH members, $5 for non-members.

R.S.V.P. by COB 28th November: lucy.reading@qut.edu.au

Hope to see you there for networking, drinks and canapes!!

Tuesday 30th October

Dr Jenny Stauber, Chief Research Scientist from CSIRO Land and Water, will be presenting: “Groundwater Quality: An Ecotoxicology Perspective” (as part of the 2018 NCGRT/IAH Distinguished Lecture Series.)


Groundwater ecosystems contain a unique suite of microbes and invertebrates that provide valuable ecosystem services, including maintenance of aquifer porosity and flow, and breakdown of many contaminants.  Regulation of groundwater systems has previously focused on the effects of groundwater extraction on beneficial uses, or as a source of contaminants to surface waters, rather than on the protection of groundwater ecosystems themselves.  Gaps in our knowledge of groundwater processes and ecology have hampered our understanding of what governs groundwater quality, i.e. its physical, chemical and biological properties, at various scales. Major contaminant threats to groundwater quality include increased levels of salinity, nutrients, acidity, metals, pesticides and other organic chemicals, from both diffuse and point sources.

 Due to the connectivity between groundwater and surface waters, a holistic approach to their management and protection is required.  However, groundwaters have unique physicochemical and hydrological properties, and often endemic biota, that necessitate the development of specific groundwater quality objectives. Nevertheless, many of the ecotoxicological tools used to assess the health of surface waters could be modified and applied to assessing risks to groundwater quality.  Key needs are tools that provide early warning of impacts, together with different lines of evidence in a weight-of-evidence approach.

 This talk will highlight some of the emerging contaminants from industrial, mining, coal seam gas and defence activities e.g. PFOS, that have the potential to impact groundwater quality and ecological health.  This requires a better understanding of how the properties of unsaturated and saturated zones may affect contaminant bioavailability and the response of groundwater biota. Case studies demonstrating the application of new ecotoxicological tools such as bioassays and molecular (-omics) techniques to assess impacts on groundwater biota and biodiversity will be discussed.

Venue: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point, Z Block, Level 10 (“Gibson Room”)


 When: 4:30pm, Tuesday 30th October (complimentary refreshments will follow the presentation – thanks to our QLD branch sponsors)

 Register here:


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Monday 17th September

Mahdi Zoorabadi (Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates) will be presenting: “Hydraulic conductivity of jointed rock: New estimation approach and insights into field testing”.

Rock discontinuities play a significant role in the circulation of water through jointed rock, while the geometrical characteristics of joints control the magnitude and orientation of the hydraulic conductivity tensor. The first section of this presentation includes a new approach to estimate the hydraulic conductivity of jointed rock 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 in average hydraulic conductivity with depth.


Field tests providing a more reliable method to estimate the hydraulic conductivity are discussed in this presentation. Although the single-hole tests such as water pressure test and slug tests are common practice, they are not capable to measure the anisotropic hydraulic conductivity of jointed rocks. Additionally, the effected volume of jointed rocks in these tests is not representative of real conditions in most cases. The effect of nonlinear flow condition on the results of packer test (under-estimating of the hydraulic conductivity) also is discussed in this presentation. Interference tests (crosshole conductivity test or multi-well test) covers a larger volume of jointed rocks and provides the required data to calculate the 3D tensor of hydraulic conductivity. The concept and interpretation procedure of interferance tests will be presented using real test data.

Venue: Golder Offices in Brisbane (147 Coronation Dr) Thanks to our sponsor for providing the venue!

When: 5pm, Monday 17th September.

RSVP: by COB 14th September. email: lucy.reading@qut.edu.au


Monday 27th August

Dr Stefano Lo Russo, a visiting Professor from the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, will be presenting : “From low-enthalpy geothermal energy: a new perspective of hydrogeology”.

The planning of rational heating and cooling systems for urban and rural areas play a key role in the renewable energy development in any climatic condition. The energy sustainability depends on the annual energy request, the population density and the efficiency in heat production. Groundwater plays a crucial role in the assessment of the potentials of such alternative technologies. Open-loop groundwater heat pumps (GWHPs) are considered one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly air-conditioning systems and among the best options where aquifers conditions are suitable.

Thanks to the ongoing support from our sponsors, this will be another free event!

Venue: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Level 10 (“Gibson Room”)


When: 5pm, 27th August.

RSVP: by COB 24th August. email: lucy.reading@qut.edu.au


Wednesday, Wednesday 25th July

Professor Todd Halihan from Oklahoma State University will be presenting:  “The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?”

Mankind uses economics, politics, and basic instincts to make decisions about water. However, the data on the hydrologic cycle suggests we are developing water incorrectly for two basic reasons. The first is our instincts are built upon water that is visible, so we ignore evapotranspiration which causes salinization, reduced water availability, and increased infrastructure costs. The second is our development of water preceded satellite data and computing power. This resulted in ignoring complicated groundwater systems that need to be defined on the meter scale and adopting simple concepts like dams and center pivot irrigation that do not require significant data management. A framework to improve our water resources will be presented as well as some case studies on how these problems present themselves.


SLR have kindly agreed to host and sponsor this event so it will be a free event!

Venue: SLR Boardroom, Level 2, 15 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill

When: 5pm, 25th July.

RSVP: by COB 23rd July. email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au

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Wednesday, Wednesday 13th June

Harold Hoffman from the University of Queensland will be presenting: “Stradbroke Island Hydrogeology: Research Into Perched Aquifer Systems.”

When: 5pm, Wednesday 16th May

Venue: QUT, Gardens Point, “Gibson Room” – Level 10, Z block.


RSVP: email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au by 5pm Monday 11th June

Cost for refreshments after the presentation: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Upcoming Qld Branch Events for 2018!

We are pleased to announce that our monthly guest presentations are confirmed right up to October!

Full details will be provided closer to the event date.

Wednesday, Wednesday 16th May

Sanjeev Pandey from the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment will be presenting: “Contribution of cumulative groundwater impact assessment in improving our understanding of the Great Artesian Basin”

When: 5pm, Wednesday 16th May

Venue: QUT, Gardens Point, “Gibson Room” – Level 10, Z block.


RSVP: email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au by 5pm Monday 14th May

Cost for refreshments after the presentation: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Wednesday, 18th April

Bharat Patel (Adjunct Professor at QUT) will be presenting : “Microbial ecology and geomicrobiology of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) aquifer”

AbstractThe Great Artesian Basin (GAB) of Australia is a vast and complex underground water system occupying one-fifth of Australia. Discharge from the GAB aquifers can occur naturally as artesian  springs by vertical leakage or by artificial discharge by means of free or  controlled artesian bore wells drilled into the aquifers.  The GAB aquifer is recharged around the margin and the water is considered to have taken thousands to hundreds of thousands years to reach the current position in the basin (storage). Recharging of GAB provides a crucial pressure head to keep the artesian waters flowing to the surface. The extensive chemical (salinity, alkalinity, metals, aromatic compounds) and temperature (ambient to 96 °C) fluctuations in the GAB aquifer and the large numbers of bore wells (approx 5,000), and gas and oil wells which can be easily accessed for sampling, makes the GAB a fertile ground for microbial ecology and geomicrobiological studies. The seminar will summarise the past 30 years research on microbial diversity of the GAB aquifer and focus particularly on gas producing and non-gas producing wells, the potential role of microbes in bore well metal corrosion as well as the biotechnological potential of the GAB microbes. The prospect of using microbial signature sequences as tracers to track aquifer recharge / discharge pathways through different geological basins as well as perturbations in the aquifer arising from injection of clean water from the gas industries into the GAB aquifer will be discussed.

When: 5pm, Wednesday 18th April

Venue: QUT, Gardens Point, “Gibson Room” – Level 10, Z block.

RSVP: email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au by 5pm Monday 16th April. 

Cost for refreshments after the presentation: $5 for members and $10 for non-members. IAH membership for 2018 is now due: http://registration.iah.org.au/.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors!

Wednesday, 14th March

Thanks to everyone who came along to our first event of the year. Following on from the success of the IAH QLD networking breakfast/ student awards ceremony held at WSP on 29th November last year, we will be holding a TRIVIA NIGHT next month at the same venue!

When: 5pm, Wednesday 14th March

Venue: WSP, Level 3 Northbank Plaza, 69 Ann Street, Brisbane City

RSVP: email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au by 5pm Monday 12th March.  

Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members. IAH membership for 2018 is now due: http://registration.iah.org.au/.

Thanks to the continuing support from our sponsors: WSP, ESdat and AGE

Wednesday, 14th February

Our first event for 2018!

Dr Rick Chalaturnyk from the University of Alberta will be presenting: “Failure of a “Geological Pressure Vessel” – A Steam Release Event in the Oil Sands”.

Description: The Joslyn Lease, located within the boreal forest, has an estimated 7.5 billion
barrels of bitumen. The Joslyn Creek SAGD project was located about 60 km north of Fort
McMurray, Alberta. The target reservoir is located about 70 m below surface and is confined
above by 50 to 60 m of Clearwater Formation shale (caprock) and below by the Devonian
carbonates (underburden). On May 18, 2006, a loss of caprock containment occurred at the
project, following the four-month circulation period at well pad 204. This resulted in a steam
release at ground surface, which lasted nearly five minutes, forming a 75 by 125 m surface
crater, throwing rocks nearly 300 m away from the release point and creating a 1 km dust

Rick Chalaturnyk joined the University of Alberta in 1997 and is currently a professor in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds a Foundation CMG Chair in
Reservoir Geomechanics.

5pm QUT, Gardens Point, P Block, Room P504

Refreshments will be provided after the presentation – $5 for members and $10 for non-members. 

RSVP: email lucy.reading@qut.edu.au  by 5pm Monday 12th February.

For more info about venue location:



Wednesday, 29th November

Our final event for the year will be a networking breakfast in Brisbane city.

This will be a free event, thanks to sponsorship from WSP!

Where: WSP, Level 3 Northbank Plaza, 69 Ann Street, Brisbane
When: 7:30am to 9am, Wednesday 29th November
RSVP: email by 5pm Monday 27th November (lucy.reading@qut.edu.au)

Wednesday 1st November

2017 IAH / NCGRT
Distinguished Lecturer Series

Dr. Glen Walker presents ” Climate Change and Australian Groundwater: Current State of
Knowledge and Future Responses”.

The climate shift in south-western Western Australia and the Millennium
Drought has highlighted the need to better understand how water resources
will be affected by changing climate across Australia. Australia has long
experience with managing water resources in a variable climate. This,
together with the Water Reform has meant that Australia is well placed,
compared to other countries, to meet the challenges to groundwater
management. While the uncertainties associated with the predictions of
global climate models can be large, there can be significant risks to
groundwater users, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, coastal aquifers
and baseflow, without adaptation to changing climate. These risks are higher
for systems that are already stressed from consumptive use and
management options are being ‘hedged’ while the timing and magnitude of
climate shifts become clearer. This talk will provide an overview of the results
from recent projects around Australia with learnings about recharge and
discharge processes and associated management and recommendations
made with respect to knowledge gaps and approaches to addressing climate

Wednesday, 1st November
4:30pm for a 5:00pm start
Queensland University of
Technology, Gardens Point campus
Room S308, S block
RSVP is essential at least
one week prior to event!
To register please visit:

Friday 13th October

Sreekanth Janardhanan and Dan O’Sullivan from CSIRO will be presenting “The GISERA research on water impacts of Coal Seam Gas development in NSW”.

The Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) was set up as a partnership between CSIRO and the gas industry, and has been undertaking independent, transparent and trusted social and environmental research for communities in gas development regions since 2011. GISERA’s aim is to provide scientific research and information on Australia’s growing natural gas industry to community, government and industry alike through the use of industry, CSIRO and government funding independently allocated to research projects by a stakeholder dominated Regional Research Advisory Committee. GISERA has expanded currently undertaking social and environmental research in New South Wales.

 Four projects in the NSW water portfolio spanning multiple research disciplines have been scoped and designed in consultation with community, government and industry stakeholders. These projects investigate multiple processes on different scales to comprehensively assess potential risks to groundwater quantity and quality, and build on from previous research undertaken as part of Bioregional Assessments Programme. They undertake focused assessment of reservoir-scale processes, water quality risks from bore delamination, uncertainties in aquifer-scale flow and water balance changes, and monitoring strategies to minimise prediction uncertainties. The outcomes of these projects provide quantitative assessment of risks that the community and other stakeholders have expressed concerns about.

Where: QUT, Gardens Point Campus, Z block – Room Z1064 (“Gibson Room”) 5pm.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation ($5 for IAH members and $10 for non-members).

Please RSVP by 11th October if you would like to attend (lucy.reading@qut.edu.au)

We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday 15th September

Adrian Werner ( Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University, and a member of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training ) will be presenting “A review of hydrogeological evidence within the Queensland Land Court decision to approve the Carmichael Mine”.

The proposed Carmichael coal mine is a controversial project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. It is one of the world’s largest coal mines, and is proposed for construction in close proximity to a set of springs that supports endemic ecosystems and that holds great importance to Indigenous Australians. The decision to approve the mine is underpinned by misconceptions and considerable uncertainty on the back of a few field measurements.

Adrian Werner was an expert witness to the case, and reveals the process that ultimately led to approval on the mine despite critical and fundamental problems with the investigation into potential impacts caused by the mine void.

Venue QUT, Gardens Point Campus (S Block, room S-301). 5pm.

Please R.S.V.P. by 13th September:  lucy.reading@qut.edu.au

Event F;lyer: A review of hydrogeological evidence within the Queensland Land Court decision to approve the Carmichael Mine (1)

Monday 28th August

Professor Kamini Singha (Colorado School of Mines) – 2017 Darcy Lecturer.

“A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should”. For further information on this talk, visit:http://www.ngwa.org/Foundation/darcy/Pages/Current-Darcy-Lecturer.aspx

Venue will be QUT Gardens Point campus. P-Block, level 6 (“The Atrium”). 5.00pm

5 pm lecture, followed by Q&A and refreshments
RSVP: Lucy.Reading@qut.edu.au

Friday 25th August

The Darcy Lecture 2017 presented by Professor Kamini Singha (Colorado School of Mines).

“The Critical Role of Water in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin”.

Event Flyer pdf

Venue: JCU Townsville CSIRO ATSIP Centre Building 145 – Room 030 Video link to Cairns Institute D003 – 003 5.00 pm Friday 25th August 2017.

 Friday 21st July

Ed Harvey (Chief of the United States National Park Service Water Resources Division) wil be presenting:”Water Resource Stewardship in the U.S. National Park Service”. Ed is serving as the Geological Society of America-Hydrogeology Division’s 2017 Distinguished Birdsall-Driess Lecturer. To learn more about Ed and the lectureship, visit: http://community.geosociety.org/hydrodivision/birdsall/about2017

Venue will be QUT Gardens Point campus (room TBC, details soon).

Thursday 15th June

Luk Peeters (CSIRO) will be presenting: Managing Uncertainty in Groundwater Modelling: Where To Start?

QUT Gardens Point Campus, room Z413 (Z Block, level 4).

Carrying out an uncertainty analysis on the predictions of a surface water or groundwater model can be a challenging task. This presentation is not about mastering the wealth of methods and software for uncertainty analysis, it rather focusses on navigating questions such as
– Which parameters should I include in an uncertainty analysis?
– How do I deal with sources of uncertainty not included in the model?
– What do I need to change to my model to do an uncertainty analysis?
– How do I bring in observations and observation uncertainty?

 Friday 19th May

Shaun Davidge (Theiss Global Mining) will be presenting : An Integrated Hydrochemistry and Biology Investigation of Acid Rock Drainage at the Stockholm Coal Mine, near Westport, New Zealand.

QUT Gardens Point Campus, room Z1064 (Z Block, level 10).

The paper reviews a large water sampling and ecotoxicology program, and hydrology and water chemistry modelling to commence understanding of the causes and risk associated with acid rock drainage at this 100 year old mine, together with some anecdotes on what went right and wrong in the field and analysis program. Lessons for young and old!

Wednesday 15th February

Dr Sue Vink from the University of Queensland will be giving a presentation on the “3D CSG Water Atlas Portal”. This event will be held at QUT, Garden’s Point campus – in building “D”, room D108 starting at 5:00 pm.