Workshops

GWD2017 – PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Participants to the GWD 2017 conference are invited to attend the pre-conference workshops. The Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Workshop presented by Prof Keith Fifield provides an opportunity for early-career hydrogeologists and the more experienced advances in the application of isotopes to groundwater problems. Similarly the Groundwater Information Systems workshop will appeal to all that deal with data and processing of data.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Workshop presented by Prof Keith Fifield

Workshop: Saturday, 14 October 2017
Time: 9am to 5pm (lunch included)
Venue: Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

AMS is a technique for counting single atoms of rare isotopes. Applications range over a wide spectrum, including radiocarbon dating, groundwater research, climate change, energy, landscape evolution, and tracing of nuclear discharges. The workshop presenter, Professor Keith Fifield, has been at the forefront of innovation in both the methods and application of the technique. He has published more than 280 refereed papers in the fields of Nuclear Physics and AMS. The workshop will consist of lectures on theoretical aspects and practical applications of cosmogenic isotopes to groundwater. He will also lecture on man-made isotopes and its applications. Practical exercises will be done – conversion of a measured cosmogenic-isotope concentration to an age or erosion rate. This would use the web-based CRONUS-Earth calculator. Each participant will require its own laptop.
Cost of the full day workshop: R 1200 excl. VAT (workshops only available to conference delegates)
Includes: The presentations will be made available to participants. Three refreshment breaks and lunch 

Groundwater information – the National Groundwater Archive and Opensource QGIS presented by Nicollete Vermaak and Immo Blecher.

Workshop: Sunday, 15 October 2017
Time: 9am to 5pm (lunch included)
Venue: Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

The National Groundwater Strategy (NGS) recognizes that “the regular collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information are fundamental for any programme of groundwater management that wants to influence policy, decision makers and public opinion”. The NGS further notes that the “lack of information and lack of access to information are the two issues widely identified by experts and stakeholders as constraining the development of effective strategies and policies for managing groundwater”. In this regard Ms Nicollete Vermaak of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will present at the workshop the National Groundwater Archive (NGA) – what information is available on the data base and how to use it? The NGA is the DWS web enabled database system that allows capturing, viewing, modifying and extraction (dissemination) of groundwater related data.

Immo Blecher will also at the workshop introduce the QGIS. QGIS is the best and most powerful GIS tool in the free and open-source software community. Like any of its commercial competitors QGIS can create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information. It can open numerous popular file formats, including shapefiles, imagery, digital elevation models and spatial layers on MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and many other databases. Participants at the workshop require their own laptops.
Cost of the full day workshop: R 1200 excl. VAT (workshops only available to conference delegates)
Includes: The presentations will be made available to participants. Three refreshment breaks and lunch