Water Wally’s – Quantifying Storage and Flow Processes in Groundwater and Surface Water

Join us for an all day workshop as we break down quantifying storage and flow processes in groundwater and surface water.
Water Wally’s – Quantifying Storage and Flow Processes in Groundwater and Surface Water

Join us for an all-day workshop on quantifying storage and flow processes in groundwater and surface water on Tuesday 16th July 2019.

Within this workshop, you will explore:

  • Why there are surprises in measuring and predicting storage and water flow
  • What new methods are available for measuring and modelling surface and groundwater storage
  • How gas and energy generation potentially impact fresh water, engineering mitigation strategies
  • Find model approaches that are useful, and how to recognise those that are wrong for water security and flows
  • Local and Global case studies in managing water related issues

Preliminary Program

0900 – 0930: Registration
0930 - 0945: Welcome by Prof Wendy Timms - Water Wally's - surprises lurking in measuring & modelling water
0945 - 1000: Michael Blackam - Water, storage and water-energy intensity
1000 - 1030: Dr Bridget Scanlon - Assessing water resources from global to local scales using GRACE satellites, models and monitoring
1030 - 1100: Morning Tea
1100 - 1130: Dr Elisabetta Carrara - Bringing it all together, groundwater at the Bureau
1130 - 1145: Dr Tim Peterson - Joint estimation of recharge, groundwater usage and hydraulic properties
1145 - 1200: Assoc Prof Lloyd Chua – Understanding the parameters used in predicting catchment water quality modelling
1250 - 1215: Discussions and questions

1215 - 1300: Lunch

1300 - 1330: Dr Bridget Scanlon - Approaches to managing water issues related to unconventional oil and gas production in the United States
1330 - 1245: Dr Sudeep Nair - More joules per drop - water efficiency of power generation systems
1345 - 1400: Assoc Prof Rebecca Lester - Surprises in modelling eco-hydrological variability and environmental flows
1400 - 1415: Discussion & stretch questions
1415 - 1430: Dr Nick Milne - Strategies for saline water management and salt disposal
1430 - 1445: Dr Ellen Moon - Water quality in changing environments: The influence of sediment geochemistry
1445 - 1500: Dr Bill Howcroft - Tracing water sources and surface water-groundwater interactions
1500 - 1530: Prof Wendy Timms - New tricks in our tool box for measuring & modelling water resources
1530 - 1600: Afternoon Tea & Networking


Bridget Scanlon

Dr Bridget Scanlon | Sustainable Water Resources Program, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

Dr Bridget Scanlon leads the Sustainable Water Resources Program at University of Texas, Austin. Topics include estimation of groundwater recharge using field studies; evaluating impacts of climate variability (ENSO) on recharge, monitoring ecohydrologic controls on the water balance using remote and groundbased measurements, monitoring soil moisture, and using GRACE satellite data and global models to understand trends in water resources. She has an impressive record sharing research outcomes through journal publications and presentations, and in 2018 was awarded Hydrologic Sciences Award by AGU.

Elisabetta Carrara

Dr Elisabetta Carrara | Bureau of Meteorology, Groundwater Manager

Dr Elisabetta Carrara is the Groundwater Manager at the Bureau of Meteorology. She is responsible for shaping the Bureau’s suite of groundwater products and ensuring widespread access to nationally-consistent groundwater information. Elisabetta believes that transparent high-quality information will improve decision making about our groundwater resources.

Elisabetta holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in Hydrogeochemistry. That study focused on understanding the chemical and physical controls on groundwater evolution in a semiarid basin for sustainable groundwater management. Previously she was a physical limnologist at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies - Italian National Research Council studying the effects of climate change on deep lakes' heat content. She is a member of Groundwater Products and of the Groundwater Dependent ecosystems reference groups. She is also a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust.

 Wendy Timms

Professor Wendy Timms | Deakin Engineering 

Professor Timms is an environmental engineer and hydrogeologist with over 26 years of professional experience in government, consulting engineering and research. She is Professor of Environmental Engineering at Deakin University where she leads research in water & energy nexus, groundwater hydrology and water tracers, and teaches water engineering and geotechnical engineering. She has published over 200 technical reports and journal publications, including co-authoring a major new review paper on low cost techniques to measure subsurface storage values that can improve models. Wendy is currently an invited member of expert panels for the Federal Minister of Environment & Energy including water engineering on coal seam gas and large coal mining developments (ISEC). She is an active member of Engineers Australia and a Vice President of International Association of Hydrogeologists (Australasia-Pacific).

Lloyd Chua

Associate Professor Lloyd Chua | Deakin Engineering 

Dr Lloyd Chua is an Associate Professor at Deakin School of Engineering, with research interests in water quality monitoring and modelling, rainfall-runoff modelling, watershed management, water resources engineering. He is also a visiting researcher at DHI-NTU Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University.

Tim Peterson

Dr Tim Peterson | University of Melbourne

Dr Tim Petersen is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has over 17 years experience in hydrological and hydrogeological research and consulting. His research focus is on understanding long-term change in catchment hydrological processes and drivers. Central to this has been developing statistical approaches to understand when and where catchments do and do not recovery from disturbances, such as droughts, and statistical quantifying the drivers of groundwater level dynamics over space and time. Much of his research has been translated into operational packages (e.g groundwater time-series analysis package called HydroSight http://peterson-tim-j.github.io/HydroSight/).that have been adopted by industry and used by state and federal governments.

Michael Blackem

Michael Blackam | Senior Principal, Hydrogeology and Hydrology, Coffey

Michael is a Senior Principal with consulting experience in the petroleum, gas and mining sectors, and has an honours degree in environmental and exploration geology. His areas of expertise include groundwater resource investigation, hydrology, numerical modelling, groundwater chemistry, environmental impact assessment, and mining hydrogeology. He is experienced in modelling of groundwater, surface water systems, catchment runoff, and flooding.

His petroleum sector experience includes unconventional gas and oil. He has an interest in the geomechanics of hydraulic fracturing, and he has researched separately in the area of coal seam gas and shale gas. He has expertise in the hydrogeology and structure of coal seam gas basins through his work in the Surat and Bowen Basins of Queensland, and has acted as an expert witness in Court and at a Parliamentary Inquiry in relation to unconventional gas development.


Who should attend

Water Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Sustainability Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Water and Groundwater Consultants, Managers and Researchers.




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16 / 07 / 2019 - 09:15 am to 04:00 pm
Registration Closes
15 / 07 / 2019 05:00 pm
Engineers Australia
Level 31, 600 Bourke Street
  • Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Dr Bridget Scanlon, Professor Wendy Timms
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