Networking

Networking Event

Cemeteries Roadshow - WESTERN CAPE

Event Date: 
29 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Investigation for cemeteries has received very little attention.  Risks are not negligible and may, in certain instances, be significant, affecting human and environmental health and safety.  New findings are presented together with case studies to contribute to the risk assessment for new cemetery sites, and to the monitoring and management of existing cemeteries.  The work forms part of a Water Research Commission project on the hydrological and geotechnical impacts of interments. 

Presenter: Dr Matthys Dippenaar (PhD PrSciNat)
Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Geology Department, University of Pretoria

The talk will cover the following topics:
Risks posed by interment (burial)   |   Hydraulics, geotechnics and water quality considerations   |   Social
considerations   |   New findings emanating from the completed project on risks posed by cemeteries   |  
Contributions to the hydrogeological and engineering geological assessment for new sites   |   Additional
and cross-disciplinary considerations for the investigation, monitoring and management of cemeteries   |  
Case studies
SACNASP CPD (3 hours) and is aimed at engineering geologists, hydrogeologists and environmental
scientists

Tue 29 May

16:00-19:00

University of the Western Cape
Life Sciences Building  SEM 1A.


Queries to:
nelmarlese [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda on info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 GWD/GSSA/IAH members / R100 non-members). These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - GAUTENG

Event Date: 
16 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Wed 16 May

16:00-19:00

GAUTENG:  University of Pretoria, Lombaard Hall, Mineral Sciences Building

info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za

Investigation for cemeteries has received very little attention.  Risks are not negligible and may, in certain instances, be significant, affecting human and environmental health and safety.  New findings are presented together with case studies to contribute to the risk assessment for new cemetery sites, and to the monitoring and management of existing cemeteries.  The work forms part of a Water Research Commission project on the hydrological and geotechnical impacts of interments. 

Presenter: Dr Matthys Dippenaar (PhD PrSciNat)
Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Geology Department, University of Pretoria

The talk will cover the following topics:
Risks posed by interment (burial)   |   Hydraulics, geotechnics and water quality considerations   |   Social
considerations   |   New findings emanating from the completed project on risks posed by cemeteries   |  
Contributions to the hydrogeological and engineering geological assessment for new sites   |   Additional
and cross-disciplinary considerations for the investigation, monitoring and management of cemeteries   |  
Case studies
SACNASP CPD (3 hours) and is aimed at engineering geologists, hydrogeologists and environmental
scientists

Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda oninfo [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: Re%3A%20Cemetaries%20Roadshow%20-%20GAUTENG%20) ( )info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 members / R100 non-members) - refer more details on the flier above. These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - KZN

Event Date: 
09 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

For KZN bookings, please find attached the registration documents and for any queries, kindly contact yvelinedebruin [at] gmail [dot] com

WCape GWD Open Lecture

Event Date: 
19 Jul 17:00 - 20:00
Event Description: 

Please diarise 19 July 2017 at UWC starting at 17h00 for the next GWD lecture. We have a double header:

Dr Jaco Nel – UWC – Modelling groundwater flow into tunnels; and new developments in the modelling world

Dr Chris Hartnady – Umvoto Africa – Management of the Cape Flats aquifer

The two lectures will be followed by our customary drinks and snacks.

Dr Roger Parsons

GWD WCape Chair
Chair – GWD2017 Organising Committee

PO Box 151, Pringle Bay, 7196, SOUTH AFRICA

cell: 083-310-6504    email:  roger [at] pasgc [dot] co [dot] za

15th Biennial Ground Water Division Conference

Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

14 to 18 October 2017             www.gwd2017.co.za

 

GWD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016

Event Date: 
03 Nov 17:30 - 19:30
Event Description: 

Notice of the GWD AGM 2016

 
Dear Members -
 

3 November 2016
17:30 - 19:30
Casa Toscana Lodge, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria

We would appreciate your attendance at this important annual event that follows after the Heller talk & Networking session afterwards. Inputs and discussions will guide on important issues taking the GWD forward! A detailed Agenda will shortly be posted here and will include discussion points such as:

  • Proposed changes to the GWD Constitution
  • The Way Forward: CoP Working Group
  • Voting in the establishment of a Gauteng Branch
  • The NGS & GWD linkages
  • New GWD Website - Approval & launch of Phase II
  • Events Schedule 2017

All members - we do hope to see you there. Regions will connect via Skype.

Kindly RSVP your attendance before 01 November 2016.

GWD EXCO 2016

EC Groundwater Division Meeting and Talk (GWD EC KZN)

Event Date: 
13 May 10:00 - 13:00
Event Description: 

Dear EC GWD members and friends

It is about time that we get together to touch base and catch up on our shared love for groundwater in the Eastern Cape Province !

The purpose of the proposed meeting will firstly be to give feedback from the national GWD meeting that took place in March. The following items will be of importance for discussion:

- Status of GWD Nationally

- SACNASP registration and it's link with GWD membership and CPD registration

- Groundwater Courses, Talks and the 2017 GWD Conference

- Membership Categories

- Status, role and year planning of the EC GWD

- Contractor's GWD membership as requirement in tenders

Secondly there will be a short talk by a local engineer on optimizing the interaction between groundwater practitioners and engineering teams in water supply projects.

The meeting is proposed for:

  • Friday 13 May
  • East London Golf Club
  • 10h00-13h00 followed by lunch
  • A Donation of R100/person is requested to help cover costs.

Please confirm your attendance (email: easterncape [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: RSVP%20GWD%20ECape%20Event%2013%20May%202016) ) before 30th of March so that we can arrange for catering.

-- 
Regards,
Jan Myburgh 
Ground Water Division |  Eastern Cape

 

GWD Regional Seminar (GWD WCAPE)

Event Date: 
21 Jun 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

GWD Western Cape Branch
21 June 2016:  Regional seminar – to be hosted by the CSIR, Stellenbosch

The next GWD seminar is being hosted by the CSIR in Stellenbosch on 21 June 2016 in the CSIR Seminar Room, First floor, A-Block.  Two presentations will be made, starting at 17h30:

  • Ashton Maherry will talk about "Strategic Water Source Areas"
  • Helen Seyler will talk on "Delineating Groundwater Source Areas"

The talks will be followed by our customary networking with liquid refreshments and a light snack.

Please RSVP to me by no later than 17 June 2016 for catering purposes.

Kind regards,

Roger

Chair – Western Cape Branch, Ground Water Division

PO Box 151, Pringle Bay, 7196, SOUTH AFRICA

tel:  028 273 8676

cell: 083-310-6504

email:  roger [at] pasgc [dot] co [dot] za

Darcy Lecture Series (UWC, Cape Town)

Event Date: 
12 Jul 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

INVITATION

 
LECTURE PRESENTED BY :  Dr Tye Ferrè
 
TOPIC:                                   Seeing things differently :  Rethinking the relationship between data, models and decision-making
 
DATE:                                    12th July 2016
 
TIME:                                     17H30 FOR 18H00 AND WILL LAST UNTIL 19H00 (lecture will last approximately one hour)
 
VENUE:                                 Auditorium of the New Life Science Building, University of the Western Cape.
 
PARKING:                             Available outside the venue.
 
DIRECTIONS:                        From main gate off Robert Sobukwe   https://www.uwc.ac.za/Faculties/NS/Pages/Map-Location.aspx
 
RSVP:                                   By 30th June to unescochair [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za
 
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Dear All
 
You are cordially invited to attend a public lecture entitled "Seeing things differently : Rethinking the relationship between data models and decision-making" which will be presented by  Dr Ty Ferrè. 
 
Attached herewith find more details pertaining to Ty's lecture as well as a copy of Ty's CV for your perusal. A map of directions to the venue is also included.
 
Kindly confirm attendance to Colleen Brand at unescochair [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za (unescochair [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za) by no later than 30th June.
 
Thank you
 
Kind regards
 
 
Mrs. Colleen Brand
Secretary for Prof. Y. Xu
UNESCO Chairholder in Hydrogeology
Department of Earth Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Level 3,  Core 2,
Life Sciences Building
Robert Sobukwe Road
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17,Bellville,7530
Tel: +27 21 959 2439
Mobile: +2771 444 1546 /
            + 2784 681 3075
Fx : +27 21 959 3118
unescochair [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za (unescochair [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za)

"Water is the mother of life, and the energy for life"
Masaru Emoto


More details will still be made available but we invite interested individuals to please sign-up to ensure your seat.

 2016 Darcy Lecture

Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making

Presented by Ty Ferré, Ph.D.
 
Practicing hydrogeologists construct detailed numerical models to predict the responses of hydrologic systems to natural and applied stresses. These predictions form the basis for decisions that must balance optimal use of resources and ecosystem support. These decisions typically involve multiple interested parties with strongly differing priorities for water allocation. Despite the importance that stakeholders place on water resources, budgets for hydrogeologic studies are often limited. As a result, the hydrologic models used for decision support are severely data limited. This requires improved methods to identify the optimal set of observations to collect and to use model-predictions to support robust decision-making under considerable uncertainty.
 
Dr. Ferré will build from the basic concepts of decision science to present concepts and recent developments in optimal design of hydrogeologic monitoring networks. He will also discuss how hydrogeologic models can be used for decision support under uncertainty. Finally, he will show that focusing hydrologic analysis on the specific, practical problems of interest can guide optimal measurement selection, advance hydrologic science, and improve the integration of science into economic and policy decisions.
 
Approaches developed by leading researchers in the field will be presented, including work within Dr. Ferré’s research group on the Discrimination-Inference for Reduced Expected Cost Technique—a framework for integrating multi-model analysis and decision science to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hydrogeologic investigations. Examples will demonstrate the application of decision-guided hydrologic investigations to the design of a pump and treat system, prediction of off-site exposure risk, estimation of future water availability, and mediation of stakeholder conflicts over water use.
 
About the Lecturer: Ty Ferré, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of Waterloo.
 
Refereshments will be served. Join us - please sign-up to confirm your seat.
 

Darcy Lecture Series (UP, Gauteng)

Event Date: 
06 Jul 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

The GWD is proud to host the Darcy Lecture Series coming to Gauteng.
More details will still be made available but we invite interested individuals to please sign-up to ensure your seat.

University of Pretoria, Sanlam Auditorium 
17:30 - 18:30 / 19:00


*****NEW* SHORT COURSE****
Dr. Frerre will be presenting a course (at no charge) at UP from 13:00 to 17:00 titled

'Merging Measurements and Models to Improve Water-Related Decision Making'

The first hour will cover the link between decision making and scientific uncertainty, with an emphasis on explaining uncertainty to non-scientists.  Then, participants will work in groups to explore ways to use models to improve the design of monitoring networks.  This will be achieved through a sequence of Excel-based exercises.  Then, we will discuss and examine the challenges associated with larger scale measurements - such as satellite or airborne methods, geophysics, and pumping tests.  The last hour will be devoted to student-driven questions on the topic. Delegates with access to laptops that can run Excel are invited to bring it along!
Please note seats are limited to the first 20 bookings. To book with us please info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (email us).

 

 2016 Darcy Lecture

Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making

Presented by Ty Ferré, Ph.D.
 
Practicing hydrogeologists construct detailed numerical models to predict the responses of hydrologic systems to natural and applied stresses. These predictions form the basis for decisions that must balance optimal use of resources and ecosystem support. These decisions typically involve multiple interested parties with strongly differing priorities for water allocation. Despite the importance that stakeholders place on water resources, budgets for hydrogeologic studies are often limited. As a result, the hydrologic models used for decision support are severely data limited. This requires improved methods to identify the optimal set of observations to collect and to use model-predictions to support robust decision-making under considerable uncertainty.
 
Dr. Ferré will build from the basic concepts of decision science to present concepts and recent developments in optimal design of hydrogeologic monitoring networks. He will also discuss how hydrogeologic models can be used for decision support under uncertainty. Finally, he will show that focusing hydrologic analysis on the specific, practical problems of interest can guide optimal measurement selection, advance hydrologic science, and improve the integration of science into economic and policy decisions.
 
Approaches developed by leading researchers in the field will be presented, including work within Dr. Ferré’s research group on the Discrimination-Inference for Reduced Expected Cost Technique—a framework for integrating multi-model analysis and decision science to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hydrogeologic investigations. Examples will demonstrate the application of decision-guided hydrologic investigations to the design of a pump and treat system, prediction of off-site exposure risk, estimation of future water availability, and mediation of stakeholder conflicts over water use.


About the Lecturer: Ty Ferré, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of Waterloo. Find his full CV attached.
 

GWD Seminar at UWC

Event Date: 
30 Mar 17:00 - 20:00
Event Description: 

Please note that the next Ground Water Division Seminar will be held on the University of the Western Cape Campus on 30 March 2016 starting at 17h00 – the exact venue is still to be confirmed.  We will have two presentations:

  • Ashton van Niekerk – Groundwater flow in the fractured granitic aquifers in the Kruger Park.

  • Nicolette Vermaak – The state of our aquifers in the current drought.

Please diarise this date.

RSVP with Dr Parsons:

Dr Roger Parsons
Chair – Western Cape Branch, Ground Water Division
PO Box 151, Pringle Bay, 7196, SOUTH AFRICA
tel:  028 273 8676
cell: 083-310-6504
email:  roger [at] pasgc [dot] co [dot] za

 

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