Principles of Groundwater Monitoring

This 5-day professional course is designed to complement and update the training of mine- and exploration- coal geologists in matters related to the geohydrology of coal mining. The course will begin with the simplest concepts of the water cycle and surface-subsurface coupling; then proceed through the principles of groundwater disposition and flow to assessing their interaction with coal mining, and the potential impacts on mining. The course will present the fundamental hydrogeochemical concepts necessary for adequate baseline, mine-related monitoring; an introduction to the use of groundwater models for groundwater resource assessment, impacts, planning and dewatering; and an applicable overview of groundwater well design, and aquifer testing processes. Final sessions will highlight the evaluation of measurement data; while the fit of all these matters in a legislative context will be shown and the relevance of monitoring and considerations of optimal network design will be shown.

Course Structure

  • The Water Cycle
  • Hydrogeological Principles
  • Sources of Data
  • Licensing and Legislation
  • Groundwater Infrastructure
  • Field Techniques
  • Hydrogeological Tools
  • Input
  • Specialist Support
  • Reporting

Course Duration

The postgraduate training course consists of at least 40 contact hours as part of the 5-day intensive, and will include an assessable practicals designed to demonstrate the capacity to generate and interpret geological data relevant to the course objectives.

Course Venue

Room G101, Level 1, Geology Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus
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Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided each day. If you have any specific dietary requirements please contact Nicole Weaver

Course Cost


Receive Early Bird discount of $500.

Delegation Discount is also available

If you register 3 or more delegates from your organisation, receive a 50% discount on the 3rd delegate's registration fee.

* The Early Bird discount and the Delegation discount cannot be taken in conjunction with one another.

Who should complete this course

From an Industry perspective, there is a strong need for early to mid-career employees to improve and/or broaden their skill base, to become effective an efficient members of the working team. A Post Graduate training program will provide a comprehensive range of professional skills, which have the potential to substantially improve productivity

It is assumed that participants will have at least a science degree or equivalent with a major component in geology, or at least 3 years practical in-industry/in-mine experience. The course will include in-field demonstration of simple hydrogeological assessment techniques, theoretical exercises and be well-illustrated with case study materials. The content is applicable to both open pit and underground mining.


There are at least three assessable tasks to be completed including a substantial, written assignment to be presented within one month of course attendance. Accordingly it is expected that all Participants will attend all lecture and practical components, including field demonstrations, and submit all required work to a high standard.

What certification will I receive?

A Certificate of Attainment will be awarded for successful completion and a mark and grading will be recorded for the course.


The course may be transferred to a relevant postgraduate or Masters Program in the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. Please contact GradSchool for further advice.

About the Course Convenor

About the Course Convenor

Boyd is a geoscientist with more than 25 years' of broadly-based experience in applied projects, professional training and research. His experience has encompassed investigation, exploration and project-specific roles in the geotechnical and hydrogeological fields; as well as advising on state significant matters and commenting on policy and data for government and industry. In various consulting roles he has advised clients on matters as diverse as a large urban groundwater infiltration scheme to replace stormwater runoff, reviewed field investigations and written a groundwater model for an alluvial aquifer municipal water supply, reviewed the NSW groundwater database, and reviewed the impact of abandoned and flooded underground workings of a nearby mine for a gold mine in central NSW. In work associated with extensions of black coal mining in the Gloucester Basin, Boyd was engaged to evaluate background hydrogeological data for EIS-level groundwater modelling, and conduct pump testing of coal seam aquifers and interburden. He has assisted several clients in various aspects of groundwater monitoring and investigation in the Hunter Valley coalfields. Boyd has an international reputation in environmental hydrogeology and is recognised as a specialist in cemetery processes and the geoscientific factors affecting their planning and location, by the World Health Organisation and practitioners in Australia, UK, Brazil, Jamaica and elsewhere. Boyd developed research and training at Monash University (Gippsland) specifically focused on the Victorian brown coal mining industry, where his deliberations concerned geotechnics, engineering geology and hydrogeology from mine- to regional- scale.

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