Thiess John Holland Joint Venture
2008 - 2011
  • Aquifer Hydraulic Testing & Analysis
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Numerical modelling
  • Groundwater Impact Assessment


Airport Link Tunnel Project - Groundwater

In June 2008, Douglas Partners (DP) was part of the winning bid for the Airport Link Project in Brisbane, Qld. The Airport Link Project, together with the Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade, is currently the largest infrastructure project in Australia. It consists of a system of roads and tunnels located in the inner city suburbs and airport district of Brisbane. DP’s groundwater engineers, working as part of the design company’s team, investigated the hydrogeological regime surrounding the project and undertook numerical modelling to assess groundwater inflows and drawdown induced by the drained tunnels. 

DP’s specialised resources were used to develop complex groundwater models incorporating varying permeabilities and geology across the model domain, river cells and stream-flow data to simulate groundwatersurface water interactions and calibration against observed groundwater level data.
DP undertook groundwater investigations including:
  • Review of previous groundwater, environmental and geotechnical investigations;
  • Design and implementation of a groundwater monitoring network and sampling program for approximately 100 boreholes;
  • Aquifer hydraulic testing including pumping tests to assess aquifer connectivity and permeability; slug (permeability) tests on approximately 60 bores, and flow recession tests on artesian bores;
  • Development of a conceptual hydrogeological model;
  • Development and calibration of a numerical groundwater model; and
  • Hydrogeological impact assessment from the tunnel construction on the existing groundwater regime, groundwater dependent ecosystems, environment and existing groundwater users.


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