Water in Mining School

The course will promote an exchange of knowledge between regulatory agencies and mining project proponents. It will address relevant legislation and policy. The course focuses on regulatory matters, surface water methods and groundwater assessment.

Course Details

When: Wed 09 Dec 15 - Fri 11 Dec 2015
Where: Perth
Fee: $1,980.00 incl GST
   Purchase after Mon 26 Oct for $2,310.00 incl GST

Course Content

Attendees will gain:

  • A broad understanding of the many aspects of water in mining
  • A balanced view between conflicting developmental and environmental issues
  • A better appreciation of the regulatory constraints on mine development
  • Specialist knowledge in surface water and groundwater methodologies for environmental assessment

The Super Pit is Australia's largest open cut gold mine, located near Kalgoorlie, WA

Day 1

  • An historical perspective on mining in Australia
  • Lessons learned
  • Water regulation - national perspective
  • Planning approvals for major mining developments
  • Regulatory aspects of unconventional gas

Day 2

  • Hydrological processes on mine catchments
  • Geochemistry of mine water and host rock groundwater
  • Surface water quality and quantity issues in mines
  • Surface water monitoring design
  • Surface water Modelling
  • Water management planning and impact assessment
  • Surface water case studies

Day 3

  • Hydrogeological assessment
  • Groundwater monitoring, sampling and assessment
  • Impact assessment
  • Mine dewatering
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Groundwater case studies




Dr. Noel Merrick will lead a team of presenters including:

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, hydrogeologist and geophysicist with 40 years professional experience in groundwater management issues and policies. He retired in 2009 as Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he was Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Management. He is past Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, and recently finished a term as Associate Editor of the leading international Hydrogeology Journal. Noel has engaged in research projects with the Aquaculture, Rice, Cotton and Contaminant Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). As a consultant, he has undertaken many model-based environmental impact studies for major infrastructure, resource and mining projects. Currently, Noel is a modelling advisor to the Commonwealth government and to four State governments.

Gary Humphreys, WA Department of Water

Gary Humphreys is the North West Hydrogeologist with the WA Government's Department of Water. His work program covers the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, where he is focused on mining, irrigated agriculture and major water supply. Gary has continuous technical liaison with mining companies and consultants, but he takes every opportunity to visit sites to understand practical operational issues. He has assessed and visited almost every minesite in Northern WA. Gary's present work comprises assessment of the water components of resource projects for the Environmental Protection Authority, and providing hydrogeological advice to regional water or environmental licensing teams within the Department of Water. Gary has tertiary qualifications in Engineering, Geophysics and Applied Finance. He previously spent 14 years in consulting, working in Australia and overseas, followed by 12 years in water resource management for the Northern Territory Government.

George Gates, CSG and Groundwater Consultant

George, as the former Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, was responsible for surface and groundwater management. George now works on the New South Wales Gateway Panel, the body responsible for the expert assessment of State-significant mining and coal seam gas proposals located on strategic agricultural land. George has worked mostly for government in his 40 years as a hydrogeologist. He has extensive experience in groundwater exploration and management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government for the last ten years, a period of significant water reform. George's special interests are protecting groundwater from pollution, conjunctive groundwater/surface water management and setting sustainable diversion limits. George was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in recognition of outstanding service.

Steve Perrens, Evans & Peck

Steve is and environmental engineer with over 40 years experience in consulting and applied research related to water resource assessment, engineering hydrology, pollution control and natural resource management. In particular, Steve has extensive experience in surface water management, erosion control and pollution control for mines and quarries. Steve's consulting experience in mine water management covers most states in Australia and projects in Indonesia and PNG, with particular emphasis on coal mines. Steve is the author of over 80 technical publications in journals and conference proceedings. He has provided specialist advice to all levels of government as well as a range of international agencies and has served as a panel member for the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. He has also prepared and given expert evidence to the NSW District Court, Supreme Court, Land & Environment Court and Commissions of Inquiry.

Who Should Attend:

Attendees in ICE WaRM’s Short Courses Programme include:
Sectors and Organisations:
Priviate, Public, Consulting
Local, State, Commonwealth Government Agencies
Engineering, Environment, Agriculture, Farming, Irrigation, Education, Research, Mining
Water Authorities, Power Utilities

• Project Manager
• Water Planner / Regulator / Operator
• Change Manager • Hydrogeologist
• Professional & Technical Staff • Environmental Manager
• Team Leader • Inspector of Mines
• Water Quality Officer • Civil Engineer
• Human Resources Manager • Environmental Engineer
• Policy Staff • Water Strategy Specialist
• Works Supervisor • Irrigation Consultant


What's included:
Presentations by experienced, highly regarded water professionals
Course notes - hard copy, electronic
Tutorials, discussions, demonstrations
Field trips, where relevant
Networking with industry colleagues
Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
Venues - CBD locations, light, modern, comfortable
Catering: lunch, morning, afternoon teas, networking drinks


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Course Presenters:
Presenters are drawn from a pool of over 100 water professionals working in industry, science and education. They are highly regarded mentors, committed to developing skills and knowledge and cultivating professional links within the water industry.

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Course Attendees:
Attendees come from a wide range of organisations in both public and private sectors and across various industries including agriculture, education, engineering, environment, irrigation, mining, research, water authorities and utilities.
  • "Really appreciated the opportunity for interaction with other participants for peer learning, and the extended question and answer times- to tap specific opinions and knowledge of presenters."
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  • "Great overview of the water industry and challenges faced by the industry in terms of social, economic and environmental aspects."
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