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PESA ACT/NSW July Technical Meeting 2022

Tuesday, 12 July, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Australia/Sydney time)

$15.00 – $75.00

Guest Speaker(s): Titus Murray

Titus is a structural geologist with extensive experience in studying and characterising faulted and fractured reservoirs in over 30 countries. Titus aims to provide services and tools that improve oil and gas discovery and production and groundwater industries. A crucial part of this is the development of new algorithms to describe structures and fluid flow. Another key part of his practice involves 2D and 3D Structural restorations. These projects are either;

  • Offshore frontier exploration based on deep seismic data
  • Onshore complex fold and thrust belts based on borehole and outcrop data.
Before setting up practice in Sydney (now Bowral), he worked for
  • Midland Valley is a structural geological R&D group in Glasgow Scotland
  • UK Nirex, the British Nuclear Waste disposal company
  • Maptek is an Australian Pioneer in 3D geologic modelling for the mining industry.

Notice: Meeting Cancelled

Structure of the Southern Sydney Basin: Where Sydney gets its Water & The World Gets Coal

The Southern Sydney Basin or Illawarra Coalfields was an economic and industrial powerhouse during the development of the Colony of New South Wales. With the increased population of Australia, it has become the critical catchment for Sydney’s water with a significant number of large dams and associated catchment exclusion zones. The region is also dissected by incredibly valuable rail, road, telecommunications, and gas infrastructure. With all this development, coal mines and mineral quarries have continued to be developed in the region.

Counterpointing this industrial development has been the gentrification and urbanisation of the area. Many of the large rural properties have been divided into small holdings and are now subdivided into housing developments. Urbanisation leads to an increasing number of stakeholders when reviewing mining developments.

With continued subdivision, industrial farming, and mining, it is essential to consider the impact on water supplies. Over the past decades, a range of controversies has evolved over the possible impacts of longwall mining on the dewatering of Thirlmere lakes, subsidence impacting the Hume Highway at Appin and rivulets at Dendrobium. It continued with the political “Battle for Berrima’s” opposition to the Hume Coal project.

It is vital to develop a robust sequence stratigraphic and 3D structural model for the region to model environmental risks associated with development. Build a consistent 3D model of the aquifers and aquitards to allow constant groundwater models to be run. Whilst not immediately evident, a series of significant structural features control the basin architecture and present geometry.



As you drive down to Sydney at the highest point (~770m), you can stop and see a low-angle fault in the Ashfield Shale, then over the next 60km, drop 700m to Campbelltown (~60m).

It is proposed that a series of relatively large displacement faults have inverted the basin. The key topographic forming Hawkesbury Sandstone is very competent, tending to form folds rather than through-going faults. The development of a 4D model for the basin has significantly impact water supplies, groundwater and seismic risk assessment in this critical corridor.


Tuesday, 12 July, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(Australia/Sydney time)
$15.00 – $75.00
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    Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
    169 Castlereagh St
    Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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    +61 2 9284 1000
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