Professor Graeme Dandy Wins AWA National Water Professional of the Year


Congratulations to Professor Graeme Dandy who has been awarded the Australian Water Association Water Professional of the Year for 2014.

The award recognises “individuals who have displayed a sustained passion and continued commitment to the water industry and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and influence in the water sector”.

You can find out more about the awards on the Australian Water Association website.

Graeme recently presented his research at the DEWNR NRM Science Conference. Watch the presentation below.

Water Wednesday podcast available


The podcast from the presentation by Professor David Chittleborough and Professor Graeme Dandy is now available for download.

The Water Research Centre in conjunction with the Australian Water Association SA Branch presented a special Water Wednesday featuring Professor David Chittleborough from the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Professor Graeme Dandy from the School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering on Wednesday 10 July 2013.

The presentation titled What the world should know about water discussed present and future demands for water.

Professor David Chittleborough

School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide

Professor David Chittleborough received his PhD in Pedology in 1982 at the University of Adelaide. At the time he was a field pedologist mapping soils in central South Australia. He joined the Department of Soil Science of the University of Adelaide in 1983 at which time he began research on processes of non-point source pollution. His research interests are on the impact of soil processes and soil management on water quality, the development of methods to reduce the impact of phosphorus and dissolved organic carbon in runoff from catchments, the origin and properties of soils with subsurface physical and chemical constraints and the development of techniques to separate and analyse the finest particles and colloids in soils and water. He also has a long-standing interest in natural resource science and management and is a member of the Environment Institute’s Landscape Futures Program where he is working on setting up observatories to monitor ecosystem and hydropedological processes.

Professor Graeme Dandy

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide

Professor Dandy completed his PhD in environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in 1976. He has been a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Adelaide since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. His research interests include the application of evolutionary optimisation techniques to the design and operations of water distribution systems; monitoring, modelling and optimising water quality in water distribution systems; the use of artificial neural networks techniques for forecasting hydrologic and environmental variables; and integrated urban water management.

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Water Wednesday: What the world should know about water

WRClogoThe Water Research Centre in conjunction with the Australian Water Association SA Branch would like to invite you to a special Water Wednesday on Wednesday 10 July 2013, celebrating the stellar careers of Professor David Chittleborough and Professor Graeme Dandy.

With the impending retirements of Professor David Chittleborough from the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Professor Graeme Dandy from the School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, we invite you to join us and learn from these two distinguished Professors “What the world should know about water“.

When: Wednesday 10 July 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 6:50pm
Where: Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, the University of Adelaide (map)
Cost: free

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All welcome!

Water Wednesday podcasts now available

The podcasts from the Water Research Centre’s final Water Wednesday seminar held on 19 September 2012 are now available to download.

This Water Wednesday forum, titled ‘Optimisation of Urban Water Supply Systems: A Pipe Dream?’ involved three international experts who spoke about recent developments in the optimisation of urban water supply systems and prospects for further developments in this field.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Dragan Savic, University of Exeter
  • Asst. Professor Dominic Bocelli, University of Cincinnati
  • Professor Graeme Dandy, University of Adelaide

Visit the website to download the podcasts.

WRC Water Wednesday – Optimisation of Urban Water Supply Systems: A Pipe Dream?

The Water Research Centre are proud to present the final Water Wednesday for the year, ‘Optimisation of Urban Water Supply Systems: A Pipe Dream?‘, on Wednesday 19th of September 2012.

Professor Graeme Dandy

This seminar draws together three international experts who will talk about recent developments in the optimisation of urban water supply systems and prospects for further developments in this field. Speakers include:

  • Professor Dragan Savic, University of Exeter
  • Asst. Professor Dominic Bocelli, University of Cincinnati
  • Professor Graeme Dandy, University of Adelaide

When: Wednesday 19th of September 2012
Where: Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Time: 5:30pm – 6:50pm
Please note: Although this is a free event, registration is essential.

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New Paper: Environmental management alternatives for rivers and wetlands

Professor Graeme Dandy

Professor Graeme Dandy

A new paper titled ‘A framework for using ant colony optimization to schedule environmental flow management alternatives for rivers, wetlands, and floodplains‘ investigates using ant colony data to assess environmental management alternatives for rivers, wetlands, and floodplains. The paper discusses the importance of these regions and the need for future management as many of these areas are facing a bleak future due to a wide variety of reasons.

The paper involves Environment Institute members Joanna Szemis, Graeme Dandy and Holger Maier (all also of the University of Adelaide) and has been published in Water Resources Research.

Download the paper to read about their findings

EI Members win 2010 Best Paper Award

Congratulations are awarded to Environment Institute members Jakin Ravalico, Graeme Dandy and Holger Maier, whose paper was recently named as the best paper published in Environmental Modelling and Software in the “Generic Modelling and/or Software Methods” category in 2010.

The paper, titled  “Management Option Rank Equivalence (MORE) – A New Method of Sensitivity Analysis for Decision-Making” was seen to epitomise the aims and scope of the journal, as well as be of an outstanding quality, innovative, and either interdisciplinary in their problem treatment or generic in their utility. Rigor in the testing and reporting of the model/software was alos looked at closely. This paper presents a sensitivity analysis method, MORE, for models used to assist in the selection of two or more alternative management options.

The award will be given out at the 6th International Congress in Environmental Modelling and Software, which will be held in Leipzig in July next year.


Four in 40 Graeme Dandy – Podcast Now Available

Graeme Dandy’s 10 minute presentation from today’s Four in 40 seminar is now available as a podcast.

You can also download a copy of the PowerPoint here.

The Environment Institute and the Department for Water (previously DWLBC) hosted the latest installment of the Four in 40 series today, with its seminar titled ‘Modelling as a Tool for Decision Support’ held at the Auditorium, RIAus.

Speakers were:
– Prof Graeme Dandy, School of Civil Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide
– Prof Corey Bradshaw, Director Ecological Modelling, The University of Adelaide
– Theresa Heneker, Principal Hydrologist, Modelling, Department for Water
– Wei Yan, Principal Groundwater Modeller, Department for Water

“Four in 40” is a collaboration between The University of Adelaide and the Department for Water, where 4 speakers each speak for 10 minutes on their research and its implications for policy (and vice versa), followed by discussion.  The purpose is to build understanding of how to best work with each other, build new business for both organisations and raise awareness of activity being undertaken in water/NRM policy and research.