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Victorian Aquifer Framework - Water Table


This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

DEPI originally engaged GHD to develop seamless 3D aquifer surfaces for the Victorian Aquifer Framework (VAF). The seamless mapping of aquifers across the state provides the fundamental framework for groundwater resource management, underpins development of a revised management structure for Victoria (the Secure Allocation Future Entitlement project funded by the National Water Commission) and contributes to the data needs of the Bureau of Meteorology National Groundwater Information System (NGIS).

The original dataset was produced by GHD in 2012 using (in part) data provided by Southern Rural Water Corporation and Goulburn-Murray Water Corporation. It has been subsequently amended by Hocking et al and SKM in 2013.

Dataset History

A number of key input datasets were sourced as part of the process to derive the 3D aquifer surfaces. These datasets included: The DEPI State-wide Stratigraphic Database (SSD); The National Groundwater Information System (NGIS) database containing groundwater borehole location information as well as lithological and stratigraphic information; Raster layers previously produced for Southern Rural Water (SRW) by SKM and GHD in 2009; The crystalline basement surface provided by the former Department of Primary Industries (DPI); Outcrop 1:250,000 scale geological mapping compiled by the former Geological Survey of Victoria, DPI; A state-wide 100m Digital Elevation Model (DEM) based on the DEPI 20m DEM. This was used to represent the natural surface; Data generated using DEPI's state-wide ecoMarkets groundwater modelling package to assist with the definition of key layers of the major Cainozoic aquifers; Latrobe Valley Coal Model which was used to provide a framework for the hydro-stratigraphy of the wet Gippsland Basin; Rasters of the top elevation of the major aquifer systems covering the Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn-Broken and Loddon and Campaspe catchments; Data extracted from the Basin in a Box, the Murray Basin Hydrological Map Series and the Murray-Darling Basin Groundwater Status 1990-2000: Summary Report; Airborne magnetic data publicly available from raster data published by the former Geological Survey of Victoria, DPI. Once the input data had been compiled, the VAF 3D surfaces were developed by lfollowing a number of key steps, summarised below: (1) Contours as polylines and aquifer extents as polygons were extracted from previous mapping surfaces; (2) Outcrop points attributed with values from the DEM were created; (3) Based on the state-wide stratigraphic database, the contours and extents were refined or created; (4) A top elevation raster was interpolated using contours, outcrop points and bore data then replacing outcrop areas with the DEM; (5) The aquifer thickness was then checked in GIS by comparing layers against each other and assessing for cross-overs and negative thickness; (6) The input data was then revised and bore data, contours, and aquifer extents modified as required due to errors in the thickness; (7) If there were subsequent issues identified such as overlaps between aquifers, mismatches between bores and resulting layers, then the process was revised by returning to Step (3); (8) If the layers were matching well, then extent points were created to smooth layers at the edges; (9) A top elevation raster was generated again using contours, outcrop points, extent points and bore data; (10) The aquifer thickness was checked again, and if significant issues were identified, then the process returned back to Step (3) for further iteration; (11) Further modifications were applied to remove negative thicknesses and to provide minimum thickness of overburden; (12) Top and bottom elevation rasters were then generated at 100m pixel resolution to form the final dataset. In generating each of the layers, a number of Quality Assurance (QA) measures were implemented at various stages of the process. These included a topologic review, a hydrogeological review and an external reveiw by Spatial Vision. The original dataset was published in May 2012 and subsequent revisions have been conducted by Hocking et al and SKM in 2013.

Dataset Citation

Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries (2014) Victorian Aquifer Framework - Water Table. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 11 July 2016, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/663871a0-0444-4be4-bd2b-6741e114036e.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Victorian Aquifer Framework - Water Table
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) State of Victoria (Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
Data Status completed
Update Frequency asNeeded
Landing Page http://data.gov.au/dataset/cc7954c7-10f3-4606-8ad7-d11fe9032af6
Date Published 2016-03-30
Date Updated 2016-07-11
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Programme
Temporal Coverage N/A - N/A
Geospatial Coverage POLYGON ((150 -39, 150 -34, 141 -34, 141 -39, 150 -39))
Jurisdiction Victoria
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Programme
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