Online Course 1: Unconventional Gas – Water and the Industry

How does the water cycle interact with the unconventional gas industry?

In this first course in a series of three courses, you will discover how the natural and the engineered water cycle interacts with the unconventional gas industry, with different types of unconventional gas examined. National and international case studies will be discussed during the course to highlight relevant factors and look at successful and unsuccessful stakeholder engagement. The science of how the unconventional gas industry is related to the community will also be examined, especially in regards to the water cycle.
Questions, feedback and discussions are encouraged in the course.

Date: Thursday, 4 April 2019

Time: 9:30am (Australia/Adelaide; find your local time)

Format: 3-hour live and interactive session (includes 10 min break), with pre and post course content to complete

Cost: 1 course $195 or the series (all 3 courses) $495

Chair: Ben Kele, Arris Water

Contact: Joel Voortman

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Ben Kele

Arris Water

Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of ... Read more


About the series:

This series consists of a free webinar and 3 short courses over 3 weeks.
Join us for the full series (all 3 courses) $495 or 1 course $195. Register for all 3 courses

The Australian Water School have partnered with Arris Water and NCGRT to bring you these high level, interactive courses which address the sustainable management of water in the unconventional gas industry.


The different types of unconventional gas will be examined; such as shale gas, tight gas, and coal seam gas (coalbed-methane). Each type of unconventional gas will be discussed in relation to its location, extraction/well techniques, and its impact on the natural and engineered water cycle.

National and international case studies will be presented and discussions will include the location and sizes of major gas fields, international gas markets and prices, areas of development, and the impact of differing regulations.

Case studies will also examine the volumes of water required to drill new wells and how much water will be produced from different types of gas wells. The use of water by the unconventional gas industry and how this interacts with other water users will be scrutinized.


  • The course is delivered through 6 units via the learning platform
  • Live and interactive 3-hour session
    • Thursday, 4th April, 10:30am (Australia/Adelaide Time)
    • Sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • PDF of course materials, including sessions PowerPoints.

Preparation: Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey.

Requirements: A good internet connection. Headset and camera is also encouraged to allow for greater interaction.

Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.