The course will promote an exchange of knowledge between regulatory agencies and coal mining project proponents. It will address legislation changes regarding Aquifer Interference regulations and policy. The course focuses on regulatory matters, surface water methods and groundwater assessment. It will build expertise in
minesite hydrology (surface water and groundwater) and state-of-art approaches to water management and environmental assessment.


Stuart Brown

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Stuart is a Principal Hydrogeologist with Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has 20 years' experience in a range of hydrogeological, geological, and environmental projects in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. ... Read more

George Gates

CSG & GW Consultant

As Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, George was responsible for surface and groundwater management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government ... Read more

Steve Perrens


Steve is an environmental engineer with over 40 years experience in consulting and applied research related to water resource assessment, engineering hydrology, pollution control and natural resource ... Read more

John Doyle


John Doyle has worked principally in the Southern Coalfield as a geologist within the BHP operations. He has extensive experience in underground and exploration geology. In recent years his work has l... Read more

Tony Marszalek

Gilbert & Associates

Tony has built up 25 years' experience in projects relating to water resources, mining and civil and environmental engineering. His experience has included planning, design, cost estimation and constr... Read more

Greg Tarrant

Peabody Energy

Greg has been the Technical Services Manager at Metropolitan Mine since mid 2006 following 20 years consulting in underground coal mining geomechanics. Greg's first task at Metropolitan Mine was to in... Read more

Peter Dundon

Dundon Consulting

Peter has over 40 years experience as a groundwater specialist, completing a range of consulting and project management assignments for Mining, Manufacturing, Construction and Government clients, and ... Read more

Wendy McLean


Wendy has over 10 years' experience in hydrogeology, with a particular focus on the use of hydrogeochemical, environmental isotope and applied tracer techniques. She is currently a Principal Hydrogeol... Read more

John Ross

EMM Consulting Pty Limited

John is the National Technical Leader, Hydrogeology at EMM Consulting Pty Limited. Previously he was Manager Hydrogeology with the Upstream Gas Division of AGL Energy. John has more than 40 years’ e... Read more

Winton Gale


Winton is the Managing Director of SCT Operations Pty Ltd, a mining consulting and research group. Winton has established an international reputation as a leader in the development, introduction and a... Read more

Ken Mills


Ken has 32 years experience as a geotechnical engineer working in the field of rock mechanics associated with underground coal mines. He has wide experience in geotechnical research and consulting wor... Read more

Arthur Waddington


Arthur has worked for 49 years in his chosen profession as a Civil Engineer, including 11 years in Local Government, 3 years in the civil engineering contracting industry and 35 years as an engineerin... Read more

Lindsay Gilbert

Gilbert and Associates

Lindsay is a surface water hydrologist and water resources engineer with some 25 years experience in mine hydrology and mine water management. He worked for a regulatory authority and several large co... Read more

Rob O'Neill

NSW Office of Water

Rob is the Director, Water Policy and Planning for the NSW Office of Water (NOW) within the NSW Government. Rob has been in the water management field for 23yrs, working initially in hydrology and riv... Read more

Bill Ziegler

NSW Dams Committee

Bill has over 25 years experience in the coal industry, holding senior positions in mining engineering within the public sector. As Secretary of the Mining Sub Committee for Dam Safety Committee (NSW ... Read more

Noel Merrick

Hydro Simulations

Noel is a highly regarded industry consulting professional who also has a long and eminent background in research, lecturing and mentoring PhD and Masters students. Noel is a groundwater modeller, hyd... Read more

Who should attend?
Water management staff engaged in:
• Environmental assessment
• Project Management and Approval
• Regulators and Developers
Water in Coal Mining

Course Content:
Day 1
• An historical perspective on coal mining in Australia and UK
• Lessons learned
• Planning approvals for major coal mining developments
• Basics of open cut and underground coal mining systems
• Geotechnical assessment and subsidence prediction
• Risk assessment protocols
• Underground mine management
Day 2
• Surface water monitoring, sampling and assessment
• Mine water balance
• Water management plan
• Geochemistry of mine water and host rock groundwater
• Surface water modelling
• Surface water case studies
• Impact Assessment
Day 3
• Groundwater monitoring, sampling and assessment
• Physical property assessment
• Drilling methods and vibrating wire piezometers
• Dewatering of open cut pits
• Groundwater modelling
• Impact assessment
• Groundwater case studies

Attendees will gain:
• A broad understanding of the many aspects of water in coal mines
• Be equipped to balance conflicting developmental and environmental issues
• A better appreciation of the regulatory constraints on coal mine development
• Specialist knowledge in surface water and groundwater methodologies for environmental assessment
What’s included?
• Presentations by experienced water professionals
• Set of course notes
• Activities and discussions
• Networking with other industry professionals
• Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
• Catering: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas