About VVG

About the project

VVG is an interoperative web-GIS that federates groundwater data from disparate sources to assist groundwater researchers and help water managers make the correct choices for the sustainable use of a precious resource.

The project has been funded by the State Government of Victoria - Broadband Enabled Innovation Program

About the data

The first iteration of the Visualising Victoria's Groundwater web-portal (released July 2012) displays the data for all of Victoria from the following sources:

Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)

  • Groundwater Management System (GMS)
  • 3-D Victorian Aquifer Framework models (3D)

Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

  • Geological Exploration and Development Information System (GEDIS)
  • Salinity bore database from Future Farming Systems Research (FFSR)
  • Seamless Geology

Federation University Australia (FedUni)

  • Groundwater research bores and other bores not recorded elsewhere (UB Spatial)

Victorian Mineral Water Committee (VMWC)

  • Victorian Mineral Springs database (VMSD)

Some data (i.e. UB Spatial, VMSD & seamless geology) is accessed directly from the host's servers whereas other data (GMS, 3D, GEDIS & FFSR) accesses the most current versions as they are periodically released by their custodians (via Dropbox or CD).  It remains our intention to interoperably link directly to the databases on the custodian's servers in the future. 

The quality of the bore data varies greatly.  Bore records may be duplicated in the databases or between the databases, the locations may be wrong, data may be missing and sometimes data may be wrong.  For this reason, the emphasis in the data collection has been to refer each record to its original source and link to the original source material where available.  Over time it is proposed to edit each individual bore in the database to verify and clean the data where possible.  As a general rule, bores in the State Observation Bore network, and groundwater research bores managed by the University have the most complete and accurate data.


Our vision is to federate all of the relevant groundwater data for Victoria into web-based spatial information system that is intuitive to use.

This project brings together a unique collaboration of 16 regional, state, national and international organisations with expertise in groundwater science, data collection and management, data modelling and visualisation, information and communications technology (ICT), high speed computation and data distribution, and groundwater management.  Each organisation is strongly committed to the innovative project vision of delivering high quality dynamic 3D geovisualisations of Victoria's groundwater systems using high capacity broadband technology. 

To achieve the vision, the collaborators will build on and share their current infrastructure and expertise to make Victoria's groundwater data compliant with Open Geospatial Consortium standards, enabling it to be served and consumed by each other's interoperable systems.  Applications will be written to dynamically model the interoperable data and deliver the modelled outputs via high capacity internet to end users, including the State's groundwater researchers, managers and users. 


This project aims to transform the current delivery of groundwater bore data by:

  • building the capability to dynamically federate distributed and diverse databases owned and managed by the State's water managers, research agencies and community groups, and
  • make all data for groundwater across the state publicly accessible via intuitive to use web portals

More importantly, the project aims to model groundwater data on-the-fly, allowing users to:

  • see graphs of time-series data,
  • graphical representations of chemistry data,
  • graphic displays of borehole lithological logs, stratigraphic logs, hydrostratigraphic logs, and bore construction logs,
  • calculate the depth to watertable,
  • create cross sections of aquifers and
  • 3D visualisations of the aquifers.


Participating Agencies and Organizations

  1. Australian National University (ANU)
  2. Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)
  3. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  4. CSIRO
  5. Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI)
  6. Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
  7. Southern Rural Water (SRW)
  8. Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW)
  9. Thiess Services Pty Ltd
  10. Senversa Pty Ltd
  11. GeoScience Victoria
  12. CRCSI
  13. QUT Groundwater Systems Research group
  14. Victorian Mineral Water Committee



The VVG portal contains extensive information on nearly 300,000 bores across the state of Victoria. This dynamic map is an interactive spatial interface to the underlying information. The instructions below are a rough guide on how to use the map. Please be aware that the system is regularly being refined and updated and these instructions will be updated from time to time.

Navigation instructions

There are several ways to navigate around using the map interface, your pointer device (mouse) and your keyboard.

  • Double-click on the map to zoom in
  • Click and drag to pan around the map
  • If your mouse has a scroll-wheel, you can use this to zoom in and out.
  • You can also use the 'zoom bar' in the top right hand corner of the map to zoom and pan.

Layer Switcher

The layer switcher allows you to manipulate the data which is displayed on the map. It is broken into two separate sections, Base maps and Layers (or overlays). Simply click on the various layers to toggle them on or off. Some layers take longer to load than others and some are slower to load at the full map extent. Underneath the map in the status bar you will see a loading animation which will be activated when the map is loading.


  • Turn layers off to speed up navigation and zooming, the more layers you have turned on the longer you may have to wait each time you zoom or pan.
  • Turning on a layer may trigger other parts of the interface to change. The Info/Legend/Tools areas will update to reflect the layers you have switched on or off.

Querying the map for information

As the amount of data layers available on VVG has increased, the querying options have become more complicated. We hope to simplify this in the near future.

To query the map just click on the point of the map you are interested in, information related to that point will return information in a small popup window. The type of information returned is dependant on the selected 'query mode'.

The 'query mode' select box is located under the layer switcher on the right-hand-side of the map. This option allows you to change between different query groupings. The default query mode is 'Bores' which will query for bores within a 300 metre radius of a single mouse click on the map. Other query modes are listed below.

  • Bores: This mode will query the DPI (GEDIS), DSE (Groundwater Management System) and UB Bores within a 300 metre radius of the selected point.
  • SRW Aquifers: This mode will query the Southern Rural Water surfaces for values at that exact pixel location.
  • DSE Statewide Aquifers: This mode will query the DSE aquifer surfaces for their values at that exact pixel location.
  • GSV Geology: This performs a remote query to the Geological Survey of Victoria's seamless geology layer.
  • FFSR Bores: Currently this bores layer need to be queried separately to the other bore layers. You must also have this layer turned on in the layer switcher for the querying to work. It is also different from the other 'bores' query mode in that you must select the point feature directly (it is not a radius based search).

3D Visualisation Tool

The experimental 3D Visualisation tool is available at zoom scale 1:100k and greater. You should see the "3D Scene" option in the base layer switcher, it will remain disabled ("greyed out") until you zooom in to the relevant scale.

Once the option is activated, simply click it to "flip" the current map view into 3D. A new window or tab will be launched at this point. The scene will then begin to load if your browser supports the relevant features. A message will appear with relevant information if your browser in not compatible.

Follow the instructions within the visualisation tool to start interacting with the scene.


Be advised that the data and information on this website:

  • may not be accurate, current or complete;
  • is subject to change without notice;
  • is continually being validated, enhanced and updated; and
  • is subject to the usual uncertainties of scientific research


The content of this web site is provided for information purposes only. Access to the site is on the basis that you accept responsibility for assessing the accuracy of the data and information contained on the site. No responsibility will be accepted for any loss or damage, however caused, which you may directly or indirectly suffer in connection with your use of this web site, nor do we accept any responsibility for any such loss arising out of your use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this web site.

Use of Information

Except as set out otherwise in these terms and conditions, you are provided with access to this application only for your personal use and you may not without our written permission on-sell or rebadge information obtained from this web site, or in any way represent that the information is from any source other than the Federation University Australia Interoperable GIS.


Copyright of materials presented on this web site generally resides with either the original source agency of the data, the Federation University Australia, or may be shared with other collaborating research partners. Apart from fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under copyright legislation, and apart from uses specifically authorised by these terms and conditions, no part may be reproduced or reused for any commercial purposes whatsoever.

Specifically, and other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 and similar legislation which applies in your location, you may not in any form or by any means adapt, reproduce, store, create derivative works, distribute, print, display, perform, publish or commercialise any information, products or services obtained from any part of this web site; without our written permission.

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Active Layer Options

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Export bores in current view to Excel

Export to ExcelExport FedUni bores (Max 10,000)

Export to ExcelExport DELWP WMIS bores (Max 10,000)

Bore query radius:
100 Meters 500 Metres
1 Kilometre 2 Kilometres
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The Full aquifer report can take up to 1 minute to complete.
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** Try the New VVG **

The new version of VVG will be launching soon, please try out the new version (beta) and let us know what you think.


Geology Layer Provided by Geoscience Victoria

Click on a polygon to query the geology layer.

Please Note: Other layers cannot be queried while the Geology layer is active.

DELWP Aquifer Layer
Victorian Aquifer Framework

To query these layers, choose DELWP statewide aquifers from the query mode option above. Then click on the image to query at that pixel.

More information on the DELWP VAF Layers

FFSR Salinity Bores
DELWP - Future Farming Systems Research

Please note: FFSR bore information is currently accessed using an interoperable Web Feature Service (WFS) for Groundwater. The service is currently in beta testing and does not include all FFSR bore data.

More information on the DELWP FFSR Layer

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