Australasia Dewatering Workshops

Join WJ Groundwater’s Chairman and Southampton University Professor in Geotechnical Engineering workshops across the region this winter

Join WJ Groundwater in association with ALGA

Australia and NZ governments are embarking on a growing list of major infrastructure projects.These projects will require dewatering and de-pressurisation management to facilitate construction and to avoid risks like subsidence, water ingress, contamination of aquifers, and catastrophic failure.

The workshop will offer insight into the groundwater management methods and technologies used in projects, including the London Cross Rail that could be deployed in the Australasian context.


Prof. William Powrie

Pr William Powrie

Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton.

Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Professor William Powrie has technical expertise in geotechnical aspects of sustainable waste and resource management and transport infrastructure encompassing groundwater control, retaining walls, earthworks, railway track and soil behaviour.

Author / co-author of over 100 papers in leading academic and professional journals, and of the best-selling textbook Soil mechanics: concepts and applications, and the recent CIRIA design guides C750 (groundwater control) and C760 (embedded retaining walls).

Prof. William Powrie

Dr Toby Roberts

Geotechnical expert with over 30 years’ experience, in the design and implementation of groundwater control systems for large excavations, foundations and tunnels with extensive project experience in the Middle East and Europe. Founder member and current Chairman of the international dewatering contractor WJ Groundwater.

Key interests are contracting and consultancy in geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology specialising in groundwater management systems, pumping test design and analysis, recharge systems, design of groundwater control pumping equipment, numerical modelling and groundwater remediation systems. Author/ co-author of over 30 publications on groundwater control systems including the UK industry design guide CIRIA report C750 on ‘Groundwater control: design and practice’.

Prof. William Powrie

Dates and locations

Where you can join us

These insightful, one day workshops will be taking place at the following dates and locations:

Monday 31st July

King & Wood Mallesons
Level 50, 600 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Wednesday 2nd August

Level 27, 123 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Friday 4th August

Lumley Centre, 88 Shortland St
Auckland 1140, New Zealand

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    About WJ Groundwater

    Expert in Groundwater Management and Control

    WJ Groundwater leads the field in design, installation and maintenance of dewatering systems for construction sites. Since its beginnings in the UK in 1981, WJ has provided groundwater control for numerous high-profile projects as well as a large number of small-scale works and is now a Global service provider, with operations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australasia.

    Acting as main or sub contractor, or consultant, WJ provides dependable solutions for any size project. Our unrivalled technical ability, experienced staff and track record of complete projects allow us to offer reliable, cost-effective dewatering solutions anywhere.

    With our innovative approach in technology, WJ Groundwater are recognised as leading the way in groundwater management and control.

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