This single day course will highlight the importance of groundwater, a hidden resource with the vast majority of the world’s fresh water underground. This course addresses the fundamentals of groundwater including local and global water balances, types of aquifers, and the interaction of surfacewater and groundwater.


Tony Laws

Groundwater Consultant- WA

Tony Laws has been involved in the water industry for more than 45 years and has worked extensively throughout Australia after completing his Masters Degree in Hydrogeology from London University. He ... Read more

Lisa Mensforth


Lisa is the Deputy Director Science for the SA Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Lisa has been in the water management field for seventeen years, working initially in planning a... Read more

Graham Green


Graham is a Senior Hydrogeologist with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in South Australia. Graham has worked for the Department since 2006 and manages the Groundwater Modell... Read more

Steve Barnett


Steve is Principal Hydrogeologist with the Science, Monitoring and Information Division of the SA Dept for Environment, Water & Natural Resources. He has been involved with the investigation, moni... Read more

Who should attend:
• Federal, state and local government agencies
• Consultants
• Catchment management bodies
• New graduates
• Mining and resource companies
• Water policy and planning
• Water supply authorities
• Agri businesses
• Irrigators

What’s included?
• Advanced, professional teaching
• Set of course notes
• Networking with other industry professionals
• Catering: Lunch, morning & afternoon teas

Course content includes:
How important is groundwater to us?
• Global and local water balances
Where do we find groundwater?
• Introduction to Hydrogeology and Aquifers
How do we assess our resource?
• How do we access groundwater
• How is it stored and how does it move?
• Aquifer testing and estimation using pumping tests
• Analysis of groundwater data
• Groundwater measurement and monitoring
Groundwater-Surface water Interactions
• What are the connections between GW & SW?
• Ecosystem dependence on GW & SW
• Issues of double-dipping
Land use impacts – intro to chemistry, quality, contamination
• Groundwater chemistry and water quality
• Pollution and remediation of groundwater
Managing groundwater – quantity focus
• Allocate, licence and manage our resources to achieve sustainability
Protecting groundwater – quality focus
• Protect our resources to avoid contamination to assure long term use