This two 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

James Tomlin

AGE Consultants

James is a Principal and Director of AGE Consultants. He has a BSc and MSc in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management and 16 years' experience in the consulting industry. Over the last 12 ' years with... Read more

Neil Manewell

AGE Consultants

Neil has over 5 years' experience as a groundwater modeller/hydrogeologist, working on coal, iron ore, and gold projects in both Australia and overseas. Neil's experience has concentrated on groundwat... Read more

Claire Stephenson

AGE Consultants

Claire Stephenson is Senior Hydrogeologist with over nine years experience in the industry.  Claire attained a Bachelor Science majoring in geology and a Bachelor of Forestry with first class honours... Read more

Lindsay Furness

Worley Parsons

Lindsay is a Principal Hydrogeologist with over 30 years' experience. His key competencies include mine dewatering studies for coal including groundwater modelling to minimise impact of groundwater in... Read more

Henry McCarthy

AGE Consultants

Henry McCarthy has seven years’ experience as a consultant in the groundwater industry within Australasia. Henry’s experience has concentrated on managing groundwater studies to support environmen... Read more

Bob Bennett

Bob has been involved in water management for around twenty years, and currently works for Qld DNRM. Starting out at with NSW Agriculture working on salinity and hydrology projects Bob's experience wa... 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
Note- This will have international professionals attending.
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What’s included
  • Presentations by eminent water professionals
  • Printed and electronic course notes
  • Tutorials and discussions
  • Networking with industry colleagues
  • Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
  • Well-equipped training facilities in CBD locations
  • Catering: lunch, morning and afternoon teas

Course content:

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 sustainability