Upcoming webinar: hydrogeologists and modellers: a match made in [?]

The intention of this webinar is to explore the murky frontier between hydrogeologists and modellers in a way that is both instructive and fun. There are many occasions where the expectations of these two professions, as far as decision-support modelling is concerned, do not appear to be alligned. Is this just a matter of terminology? Or is it rooted in deep-seated philosophical differences regarding what modelling can, and cannot, contribute to the decision-making process. Can a greater understanding of each other’s expectations turn tension into creativity? How can we more usefully translate geological knowledge into information that can be used to constrain a model, while not making the model excessively complex?

Four speakers will address this issue. Two will approach it from a hydrogeological point of view, while two will approach it from a modelling point of view. All speakers are experienced in their fields.

The presentations will be followed by a half hour for discussion. The discussion will then continue over the next few weeks on a GMDSI-hosted, web-based discussion group. After the discussion is closed, GMDSI will provide a summary of viewpoints, and maybe suggest a way forward.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020
3pm Australia Central Daylight Time (Adelaide, GMT+10:30)


Wendy Timms
Dr Wendy Timms has over 25+ years of professional experience, mainly in Australia and Canada, on water and waste issues in both mining and agriculture. She has experience across consulting engineering, government, research and education as a hydrogeologist and environmental engineer. She’s been immersed in drilling, sampling, lab to field scale data and various modelling approaches.
Wendy leads and contributes to research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and various partners, generating new knowledge and technologies and developing leading practices. Information on publications and current research is available on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.
From 2012 to 2018 Wendy was the Director of Postgraduate Coursework and Senior Lecturer at UNSW School of Mining Engineering and affiliated with Mining Education Australia, the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining practices (ACSMP), the UNSW Connected Waters Initiative. Wendy was a founding CI in the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, focused on aquitard reserach from 2009-2015. Prior to this Wendy worked as a consulting Senior Project Engineer (2003-2011) and as a hydrogeologist based in Gunnedah (1996-1997). Wendy has worked in Saskatchewan Canada (2002-2003) on water and waste related to mining and agriculture.
Wendy has also worked on projects in NSW, Queensland and Northern Territory, Canada and New Zealand, and inspected project sites around the world including South Africa, Namibia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Korea, Singapore, Italy, Morroco, Poland, France, UK, USA and Chile.

Hugh Middlemis
Hugh is a groundwater modelling specialist with a degree in civil engineering, a masters in hydrology and hydrogeology, and 40 years experience across Australia and internationally. Hugh established HydroGeoLogic in 2013 as an independent consultancy, working on groundwater, modelling, and water & salinity management projects in the sectors of mining, oil & gas, catchment management and the built environment. Hugh was principal author of the 2001 MDBC best practice groundwater modelling guidelines that formed the basis for the NWC guideline (Barnett et al. 2012), and he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2004 on modelling best practice. Hugh is co-author of two recent reports on uncertainty analysis (IESC 2018 and NCGRT 2019).

Rick Evans
Dr Richard Evans is Principal Hydrogeologist with Jacobs. Rick has 40 years of experience in all aspects of hydrogeology, groundwater resource management and groundwater engineering. He has worked on numerous water resource projects throughout Australia and Asia. He has specialised in groundwater management, surface water groundwater interaction, tunnelling, climate change, unconventional gas, assessing the impacts of groundwater developments and integrating science with policy. His strong interest is on the potential for conjunctive water management and managed aquifer recharge to secure both urban and irrigation development throughout Australia.

Chris Nicol
A Hydrogeologist with 18 years’ experience in Australia and the UK. Chris has a strong background in conceptual hydrogeological model development, in addition to data analysis and modelling ranging from simple to highly complex.
Chris primarily develops methodologies, models and tools for assessing and managing the risks of groundwater usage and land use change to water resources, including groundwater-dependent ecosystems. He has worked on projects relating to: pure mapping and conceptualisation, environmental impact assessment of groundwater supplies, mine and quarry dewatering, construction and geotechnical investigations, groundwater reinjection feasibility, and groundwater / integrated groundwater-surface water resource management studies. He also has expertise in GIS, data management, and programming.