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WSC Speaker Series talk: Myths and facts of Development in High Groundwater

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The Atrium Theatrette
168 St Georges Tce
Perth, WA Australia
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Presenter:  Nick Deeks, Technical Director – Hydrology, Service Line Leader Hydrology and Hydrodynamics, GHD


How do groundwater levels, flows and quality respond to urban development? What is the current state of knowledge in our industry and how does it vary between practitioners, regulators and researchers?  The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) engaged GHD and Water Technology to collate and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge through both interviews and a literature review. This state of knowledge forms the basis for further research and capacity development in our industry. Once we have identified what we know and what we don’t know, we can prioritise future research into urban groundwater.

The process revealed some expected and surprising results. Some aspects of urban groundwater have a wide range of opinions, whilst others demonstrate a shared understanding. The report also identifies differences in knowledge between practitioners, regulators and researchers.

Through review of the latest research locally and internationally, the CRCWSC report identifies current best practice knowledge of groundwater management in areas of high groundwater. From these knowledge gaps, the authors identified areas that, if researched, are likely to have the greatest benefit to those planning, designing and regulating urban development in areas of high groundwater.

This talk will provide a summary of the findings of this CRCWSC project.


Brief Biography

Nick has 17-years’ experience in water resources engineering, hydrology, hydraulics, and water quality management in urban and rural environments. Typically working for clients in the transport, property development, mining, and water industries, or for local and state governments, his work spans small, specialised engagements, through to very large infrastructure projects. His current role at GHD as Service Line Leader provides technical leadership to over 80 staff located throughout Australia.

This is a free event. No rsvp required.

Hope to see you there!


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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