Groundwater Fate & Transport Symposium | ALGA
Building leaders in the sustainable management of contaminated land and groundwater

 When: 18 November 2022

 Where: The University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria, 3010, Australia

Symposium rate

Member AUD360

Non Member AUD560

Student* AUD180

*If you are not an ALGA member please contact

Your ticket includes all the session, morning and afternoon tea, lunch


All pricing includes GST and are listed in Australian dollars. Credit Card and EFT options for payment are both accepted.

About the Event

ALGA’s Groundwater Fate & Transport Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the 2022 Groundwater Fate & Transport symposium will be held in Melbourne on 18 November 2022.

This symposium offers the latest thinking and applications that combine these concepts, refine our understanding, and model and predict behaviour to share the latest insights, developments and applications for improving our performance of contaminant behaviour in the environment.

The underlying focus of the symposium is technical communication, with sessions focused on building CSMs that tell a story, getting a handle on contaminant distribution and just how much mass is mobile, and finally, the use of models to provide predictions and as visual tools.

The event provides a unique opportunity to share learnings, and we encourage presenters keen to share their experiences. The presentations will range from innovative ideas on displaying and communicating data to new (or not so new!) theories, techniques and programs to assess and model contaminant fate and transport.


The event will run from 9am to 5pm. It will include 3 technical sessions and networking opportunities - morning and afternoon tea, lunch.

You will listen to keynotes, panel discussions and will work in small groups during a breakout session.

Session 1 - Inputs and development of Conceptual Site Models (CSM)

This session aims to share tips and experiences, learn about new and existing data sources to build a CSM, and see some fantastic examples of integrating complex, multi-layer datasets to communicate contaminant fate and transport and environmental risk.

Get ideas on combining many types of information into a 3D CSM to visualise and communicate the source-pathway-receptor linkages at your site.

Learn new techniques, such as incorporating freely available elevation data from Google Earth. See the power of rainfall and groundwater, tide or river levels from state water databases and BOM, share your experience of finding ‘gold’ in a meticulously recorded borelog from 30 years ago, and expand your knowledge of under-utilised geophysical techniques.

Session 2 - Theory and applications for characterizing contaminant mass distribution and mass flux

Mass flux is a powerful tool. This session aims to put mass flux in the spotlight and show the power of integrating concentrations and fluxes to estimate the mass migrating offsite, into surface water, or decreasing with distance from a site.

If you have ever worked on a site where contaminant concentrations were high and wondered, “Is the mass affecting a receptor hundreds of kilograms a year, or is it less than a teaspoon?” this session will be of interest.

We invite specialists to share their tips on techniques to define the mass distribution, what data is key to calculating flux, and exciting case studies where mass flux puts everything into perspective.

Session 3 - Contaminant fate and transport modelling and presentation – applications (and their limitations) and visual communication case studies

Everyone loves a good model – especially the 3D ones that make you feel like you are there or when they are used to create movies showing a plume expanding (or shrinking)!

The usefulness of models is often not appreciated by the amount and quality of data available and the complexity of the area being simulated.

Modellers are requested to bring out their most impressive projects, wow everyone with the visuals, and share how to communicate uncertainties.

The full agenda will be release soon

Thank you to the committee

Anne Northway
Hydrogeologist, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Camillo Coladonato
ANZ Environmental Remediation Leader, Dow - Environmental Remediation & Restoration Team

Casey O’Farrell
Principal Contaminant Hydrogeologist, Tetra Tech Coffey

Chris Duesterberg
Senior Principal, Nation Partners

Melinda Morris
Principal Adviser - Site Contamination, EPA SA

Nikki Meskanen
Senior Environmental Scientist, GHD

Tina Girard
Principle Environment Contaminated Land, BHP

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