International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia

New Australian groundwater modelling guidelines

Thursday 19 July, 2012

In a subject near to my heart, new Australian groundwater modelling guidelines have been released.  They were prepared by Sinclair Knight Merz and a committee from the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training — most of the committee are IAH members.

The Waterlines report comments:

“[The guidelines] highlight the development of updated guidelines that promote a consistent and sound approach to groundwater flow and solute transport models in Australia. The guidelines are a point of reference, not a rigid standard and seek to provide direction and the scope and approaches common to modelling projects.

They are directed at both non-specialist modellers and specialist modellers because they provide a view of the model development process as well as best practice guidance on topics such as conceptualisation, model design, calibration and uncertainty analysis to create greater consistency in approaches.

Importantly, these guidelines seek to provide a common terminology that can be adopted by all stakeholders typically involved in modelling projects.”

I particularly like how the guiding principles are laid out at the beginning of each chapter, and that clear diagrams and straightforward examples are provided.

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