On-demand: QGIS for groundwater modelling

Compile groundwater data, process and create a groundwater map with QGIS

(Course code: OD-21-2-029)

Take sessions anytime, at your own pace with unlimited course access for 30-days.

Focusing on an Australian river catchment as a case study, you will learn how load and import data into a QGIS project, process and create layers from groundwater data and develop groundwater level maps from borehole data and DEM. The course consists of 2 x 2 hours of recording sessions. There is also pre and post course material to develop and solidify your learning. There is also the opportunity to have your questions answered by our expert presenters via our interactive learning platform.

Cost: AUD$295 (includes GST)

Contact: training@awschool.com.au

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Hans van der Kwast

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Hans van der Kwast is a Senior lecturer in Geographic Information Systems & Spatial data management at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Hans holds a PhD in Physical Geography. During his p... Read more

Kurt Menke


A former archaeologist and ex-GISP, Kurt Menke is a geospatial generalist based out of Frederiksværk, Danmark. He received a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. ... Read more

Konrad Miotlinski

Edith Cowan University

Dr Konrad Miotlinski has 15+ years research and consulting experience across Europe, Australia and South America. He has used his models to plan and optimise operation of managed aquifer recharge... Read more

Krey Price

Surface Water Solutions

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more



This course is designed to be highly practical, with x2, 2-hour recording training sessions.

You will build a model step-by-step with your presenters using QGIS and other tools. You will then run, animate, interpret and troubleshoot your model.

Course Contents: The course will cover 3 main topics across both sessions;  

1: Adding groundwater data to a QGIS project
  • Load data from online sources into QGIS
  • Import CSV files
  • Save data and styling to a GeoPackage
  • Save a QGIS project to a GeoPackage
2: Process groundwater data in QGIS
  • Reproject layers
  • Select features by expression
  • Export selected features
  • Create buffers
  • Dissolve features
  • Intersect layers
  • Clip layers
  • Use the Point Sampling Tool
  • Join attributes and make them permanent

3: Create a groundwater level map from borehole data and a DEM

  • Calculate the density of the boreholes in a polygon
  • Download the SRTM 1-Arc Second DEM
  • Clip and reproject a DEM
  • Style a DEM
  • Sample elevation at the borehole location and compare it with the elevation attribute
  • Make corrections and calculations in the attribute table
  • Interpolate groundwater levels of the boreholes to a raster


The course is delivered through units via the learning platform

  • 2 x 2 hours of recordings
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • Exercises between the 2 sessions.
  • Manual of the course and working model download/s.
  • Ability to access all the online course materials for up to a month after first signing up for the course. The pre-readings/videos and manual/s are available for ongoing learning.



Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey. After the first week you will be given some exercises to complete, prior to the next session.


Requirements: A good internet connection and software and downloads as described in the learning platform.


Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.


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