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Hydrogeology can be critical to the success of your mining, construction and environmental projects, or the survival of your town or farm.

With you, our hydrogeologists work alongside our engineers, environmental consultants, planners, surveyors and GIS consultants to arrive at integrated solutions.

GHD has global hydrogeological experience in groundwater resource assessment, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), mine dewatering, aquifer depressurisation, groundwater management and environmental assessment, salinity, acid sulfate soils (ASS) and acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD).

We work together with you to develop solutions that are both innovative and cost-efficient.


  • Groundwater exploration, resource assessment and development
  • Borefield design and installation
  • Groundwater resource and borefield management
  • Dewatering investigations
  • Water management plans
  • Salinity assessment, management and remediation
  • Contaminated site assessment and remediation
  • Geophysical investigations
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and management plans
  • Environmental water requirements
  • Environmental auditing and environmental performance reporting
  • Numerical modelling (groundwater and surface water)
  • Groundwater-surface water interaction
  • Groundwater dependent ecosystems
  • Hydrogeological mapping
  • Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), manage aquifer recharge (MAR) and wastewater reuse
  • Acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) assessment and management
  • Acid sulfate soil (ASS) assessment and management

For further information, contact:

Robert Virtue
Service Line Leader, Hydrogeology - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 3 6210 0726
E: Robert Virtue 

Richard Murphy
Service Line Leader, Hydrogeology - North America
T: +1 519 884 0510
E: Richard Murphy

Anglesea Borefield Water Supply Project, Victoria


Groundwater contained within the Lower Eastern View Formation (LEVF) aquifer system in the Anglesea area has been identified in the Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy as a potential option to augment the Greater Geelong urban water supply.

GHD was engaged to assess the groundwater resources and the potential environmental impacts and sustainability of the extraction of up to 7000 Ml/year of groundwater.

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Estimation of Groundwater Environmental Water Reserves for Aquifers and Aquifer Systems, Victoria


As a consequence of Council of Australian Government (COAG) reforms the Victorian state government committed to establishing environmental water reserves for aquifers in Victoria, which take into account the need to protect the integrity of the aquifer and the needs of groundwater dependent ecosystems.  

GHD investigated current and alternative approaches to determining environmental water reserves for aquifers in Victoria for the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the National Water Initiative.

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Mine Groundwater Management, Latrobe Valley, Victoria


Loy Yang Mine is a dedicated open cut coal mine in Victoria, which excavates more than 30 megatonnes of brown coal per year to supply power stations and industry.

GHD has developed numerical groundwater flow models of the mine that were used to assist in the medium and long-term planning of aquifer depressurisation, to test the impact of different aquifer depressurisation strategies and to determine aquifer pressure requirements to maintain mine stability.

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Robert Virtue

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Robert Virtue is a hydrogeologist with 20 years’ experience in geological and hydrogeological investigations for major mining companies, local, state and federal governments, and commercial and industrial organisations. He has worked on projects throughout Australia and in West Papua, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Oman. Robert has significant experience in mine-related hydrogeology including modelling of mine inflows and impacts on surrounding aquifers, assessment of waste rock and tailings geochemistry and AMD/ARD potential, investigation and development of groundwater supplies and design and assessment of groundwater monitoring networks.

Service Line Leader, Hydrogeology
T: +61 3 6210 0600

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