Workshops

The Scientific Committee invites you to participate in the pre-conference workshops on offer at AGC 2021. All pre-conference workshops will take place on Sunday 21 November 2021 at The University of Western Australia. 

Bookings essential through the Registration Form.

Workshop 1 – Characterising aquifers with wireline logging using petrophysical techniques
Date Sunday 21 November 2021
Time 1000 – 1630
Price $250.00 standard
$125.00 students
Lead Facilitator Dr Benjamin Birt
Description

In the oil and gas industry the reservoir is characterised using a range of geophysical techniques that measure properties such as porosity, permeability, fluid salinity and others. Recently, many of these techniques and workflows have started to migrate across to the groundwater sector, driven both by a greater access to these logging technologies, and by the need to better understand and manage the aquifers. This workshop will review some of the key wireline logging tools that can be used in the groundwater arena, focusing on developing a general understanding of the physics behind the measurements, as well as their application to compute geophysical properties. Basic interpretation concepts will be discussed to show how combining different measurements can be used to determine in-situ properties such as water salinity, amount of resource in place and producibility of the well.

Workshop 2 – Methods and perspectives for uncertainty quantification
Date Sunday 21 November 2021
Time 1000 – 1600
Price $250.00 standard
$125.00 students
Lead Facilitator Dr Guillaume Pirot
Description

The workshop will examine the following topics:

  • Sensitivity analysis,
  • Conceptual Uncertainty,
  • Simulation Tools,
  • Uncertainty Indicators
Workshop 3 – Coastal Hydrogeology
Date Sunday 21 November 2021
Time 1000 – 1600
Price $250.00 standard
$125.00 students
Lead Facilitators Prof. Adrian Werner, Dr Cristina Solórzano-Rivas, and Prof. Brett Harris
Description

Attendees will learn fundamental concepts of coastal hydrogeology from leading scientists in this field. The workshop will have two parts: (1) Theory and modelling methods for coastal aquifers (Prof. Adrian Werner and Dr Cristina Solórzano-Rivas; Flinders University), and (2) Field-methods for characterising coastal aquifers (Prof. Brett Harris; Curtin University). Desktop approaches to the investigation of coastal aquifers will include simple, first-order methods (e.g., analytical approaches) and numerical modelling using MODFLOW-6 through the USGS graphical user interface ModelMuse, along with an example of Python scripting to build simple seawater intrusion models. Field-based techniques will include geophysical approaches to the characterisation of coastal sediments and the nature of the freshwater-seawater interface, and geochemical methods for evaluating coastal groundwater processes.

The Scientific Committee invites you to participate in the post-conference workshops on offer at AGC 2021. All post-conference workshops will take place on Thursday 25 November 2021 at The University of Western Australia. 

Bookings essential through the Registration Form.

Workshop 4 - GDE - Independent Ecosystems
Date Thursday 25 November
Time 0900 – 1400
Price TBC
Lead Facilitator Dr Tanya Doody
Description

In the Australian regulatory context, the assessment of groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) is a frequent source of misunderstanding between governments and proponents. Given the importance of groundwater for ecosystems in many parts of Australia, extending from inland arid and semi-arid areas, through to riverine and coastal zones it is necessary [vital] to better understand GDEs to ensure we maintain both their structure and function. One of the pathways to overcome this challenge is to develop a series of agreed measurable parameters and methodologies, common to all GDEs, that can be used to assess the potential environmental impacts from proposed developments.
The recent review of the EPBC Act (1999) has recommended the development and application of National Environmental Standards. Having an agreed set of measurable parameters and methodologies would form an integral component in assuring that these National Environmental Standards are implemented correctly with measurable outcomes. This would provide confidence to the community that, for GDEs, improved environmental outcomes were being achieved.
This workshop, building off a series of prior roundtables between State and Commonwealth government agencies, CSIRO and other stakeholders, is designed to finalise agreement across jurisdictions on these measurable parameters and methodologies and develop a work program that can be implemented at the national level.

Registration is now open!

Click the link below to register for the Conference, social events, workshops and field trips.