About Us

Aquade is an international professional services company based in Melbourne Australia.

The company was established in 2010 by Alan Wade, a hydrogeologist with 3 decades of experience in Australia, the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand.

Aquade maintains a network of specialists in hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, environmental science, GIS, drafting, report preparation to deliver projects to its clients.


Alan's formal qualifications consist of a Masters in Hydrogeology from Kansas University, USA and a Bachelors in Geological Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. The cornerstone of Alan's career was an "apprenticeship" at the Kansas Geological Survey between 1988 and 1992. Alan was the President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in Victoria, from 2013 to 2017.


In addition to technical excellence, Aquade attributes equal value to the following:

  • Client service and value for money
  • Independence and impartiality
  • Professional integrity
  • Balanced sustainability

Special Skills

Alan has broad experience in both theoretical and practical hydrogeology, including
the following key technical skills:

  • The capability to conceptualise groundwater flow systems using all relevant data, not only subsurface hydrogeological data
  • A thorough understanding of the key parameters controlling groundwater flow systems and which of those are most important in different environments
  • Cost-effective optimisation of well design, aquifer test design and interpretation
  • Thorough knowledge of practical hydrogeology and use of the "right tool for the job"
  • Thorough knowledge of the benefits and limitations of groundwater modelling

New artesian wellhead - and old car

Tom Freeman (Left) and Eric Fordham (Right), of Geopentech California,

and Alan Wade (Middle) of Aquade

Specialist development tool being prepared