General VVG project roadmap is as follows:

1. Establish the research basis for the VVG project by:

  • extending the project into new and innovative areas where possible
  • publishing (preferably in peer-reviewed international journals)
  • collaborating with partners on research and papers:
  • applying for research funding
  • encouraging postgraduate student involvement

2. Get the bore coverage for the entire State on-line in the first 6 months

  • convert DSE's GMS to MySQL, map the fields to the current view and get it online
  • convert DPI's GEDIS to MySQL, map the fields to the current view and get it online
  • convert DPI's FFSR salinity database to MySQL, map the fields to the current view and get it online
  • include UB Spatial bores not held in the above databases

3. Enhance the bore data (second 6 months)

  • DSE GMS data cleaning and establish the protocols for cleaned data handling via DSE
  • digitise the boring records and attach the digitised records to the bores
  • add stratigraphy where possible (especially from Honours and Postgrad theses)
  • map stratigraphy to hydrostratigraphy (Victorian aquifer framework)
  • develop metadata information

4. Benchmark current productivity (year 1)

  • contact partners to solicit their involvement
  • design and implement web-survey
  • follow-up interviews

5. Improve look and feel of the VVG portal (years 1 & 2)

  • graphic design of the web-pages and their layout
  • improve menu selection
  • improve legend design
  • improve speed
  • include more background information
  • develop help files
  • include feedback opportunity

6. Implement interoperability (years 1 & 2)

  • mapping of groundwater data to OGC standards
  • demonstrate two-way true interoperability
  • work with NR Canada to expand data vocabulary

7. Improve broadband service (years 1 & 2)

  • work with UB to establish large pipe broadband service

8. Expand data sets (year 1 & 2)

  • include Mineral Springs data
  • include springs data
  • include SRW 3D model surfaces
  • include DSE 3D model surfaces
  • include DEM surface
  • enhance background imagery
  • explore the inclusion of Satellite imagery (e.g. MODIS?)
  • explore the inclusion of EPA and MW data

9. Improve graphical displays (year 2)

  • display water chemistry as:
    • milliequivalent pie charts
    • Piper plots
    • stiff diagrams
    • Durov plots
  • automate graphical logs for:
    • lithology
    • stratigraphy
    • hydrostratigraphy

10. Develop visualisation and interpolation models (year 2)

  • time-series animations
  • depth to groundwater
  • cross-sections and fence diagrams
  • simple 3D bore plots (bores hanging below a surface)
  • complex 3D models (voxel models of aquifers)
  • 3D fly throughs

11. Include telemeted data (year 2)

  • set up telemetered waterlevel loggers
  • set up automatic polling of loggers and inclusion of data in bore database

12. Hand-held mobility (year 2)

  • develop in-field data entry
  • develop applications for hand-held access to VVG data


Project funded by the State Government of Victoria - Broadband Enabled Innovation Program