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Professor Simon Beecham 

Position: Head of School Professor Simon Beecham
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: School of Natural and Built Environments
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus
Office: BJ3-13, P1-22A
Telephone: +61 8 830 22357, +61 8 830 25141
Fax: +61 8 830 25082
Email: Simon_dot_Beecham_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Simon.Beecham


Simon commenced as Head of the School of Natural and Built Environments (NBE) in 2010. Previously, he was the Director of UniSA's Centre for Water Management and Reuse (2006 - 2010). With 50 full-time academic staff, 25 professional and technical staff, 17 post-doctoral researchers and 109 PhD students, the School of NBE contains a vibrant mix of four disciplines that cover the diverse domains of both the built and natural environments. These disciplines include Civil Engineering, Construction and Project Management, Urban and Regional Planning, and Environmental and Geospatial Sciences. From this interdisciplinary platform, the School aims to educate outstanding research-embedded practitioners and leaders. NBE also aims to address research questions in key application areas using multi-disciplinary teams and strong international networks.

In terms of his own personal research, Simon has been awarded (as Chief Investigator) seven Australian Research Council (ARC) grants in the past eight years and he has three current ARC grants. His research is outcome-focused and in particular he believes we need to be more sustainable in the management of our water resources. To this end he has through his research he has been the author of tools such as the Syfon and Switch2 software programs.

The Syfon model has been used to design the siphonic roofwater harvesting systems at the Sydney Olympic Stadium, the MCG and the new Adelaide Oval. It has also been used to design the roof drainage systems at Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Adelaide airports. In terms of iconic Australian buildings, the Syfon software has been used to design the Federation Square and Docklands developments in Melbourne as well as the new RAH Hospital in Adelaide.

The Switch2 water sensitive urban design (WSUD) software package is described in the Australian Runoff Quality (ARQ) Manual, which is published by Engineers Australia. Switch2 models total water cycle management in residential, commercial and industrial developments. The program, which has been used by several organisations including Sydney Water, received a highly commended award in the Excellence in Sustainability category of the 2004 Local Government Managers Association Awards.

Simon has been a Board Director of Water Research Australia Ltd (formerly WQRA) since 2009, having been successfully re-elected in both the 2011 and 2013 Board elections. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


I teach the following courses

CIVE 5062Water Resources and Society
CIVE 4015Civil Engineering Advanced Topics


Professional associations

Fellow, Engineers Australia (FIEAust)

Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Registered in the Civil Category of the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER)

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)

Board Director, Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA)


Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, England, 1991. Research involved numerical modelling of sewerage systems and experimental modelling of various types of sewer overflow, supervisor: Prof. Adrian Saul

BSc(Hons) (Civil Engineering), University of Manchester, England, 1986

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (GCHE), UTS, 1993

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), 2011


Research interests

  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Systems
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Siphonic Roofwater Harvesting

RECENT RESEARCH GRANTS, since 2009:

  • S. Beecham, W. Cai, S. Charles, O. Thorne. Development of an agreed set of climate projections for South Australia, Goyder Institute for Water Research (2011-2014): $3,324,000

  • S. Beecham, L.R. White, J. Boland, P. Howlett, Y. Stokes. Paving the way: an experimental approach to the mathematical modelling and design of permeable pavements, ARC Linkage Grant LP110100222 (2011-2014): $370,000

  • T. Lucke, S. Beecham. Optimising permeable pavements with underlying reservoirs to enhance urban tree performance: ARC Linkage Grant LP120200678 (2012-2015): $150,000

  • J. van Leeuwen, D. Chittleborough, S. Beecham, E. Bestland, J. Cox, M. Drikas, C. Chow, R. Smernik. Impact of natural organic matter and nutrients on water quality: identification of catchment sources and attenuation processes, ARC Linkage Grant LP110200208 (2011-2014): $120,000

  • D. Pezzaniti, S. Beecham, B. Myers, R. Chowdhury, G. Hewa, A. Sharma, G. Tjandraatmadja, S. Cook, S. Maheepala, L. Neumann, E. Bestland, H. Fallowfield. Scientific advice for the development of interim and future WSUD targets in Greater Adelaide, Goyder Institute for Water Research (2011-2012): $190,000

  • J. Balston, J. Kellett, G. Wells, S. Li, S. Beecham, M. Taylor. Development of tools that allow local governments to translate climate change impacts on assets into strategic, operational, financial and asset management plans, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) (2010-2011): $740,000

  • N. Bean, P. Howlett, C. Pearce, S. Beecham, A. Metcalfe, J. Boland. WaterLog - A mathematical model to implement recommendations of The Wentworth Group, ARC Discovery Grant DP0877707 (2008-2010): $645,000

  • R. Short, S. Beecham, N. Voelcker, C. Chow, S. Rinck-Pfeiffer. Development of materials engineering solutions for treatment of Murray-Darling Basin sourced water supplies, Premier’s Science and Research Fund (PSRF) (2009-2011): $1,100,000

  • S. Wheeler, H. Bjornlund, M. Shanahan, S. Beecham, A. Zuo, A. Loch. Water trade, climate change and irrigator adaptability in the Murray-Darling Basin, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) (2012-2013): $180,000

  • S. Beecham, F. Kazemi, A. Hassanli. Precision irrigation of reclaimed water in the Adelaide Parklands, SA Water RDI Grant SW100201 (2012-2013): $36,000

  • M. Taylor, S. Beecham. Local infrastructure in Australian tourist destinations - modelling tourism demand and estimating costs of provision and operation, CRC for Sustainable Tourism (2009-2010): $115,400

  • S. Beecham, M. Razzaghmanesh. Developing resilient green walls for Adelaide, SA Water Corporation Strategic Grant (2014-2015): $18,000


  • Research publications

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    Recent Journal Publications, since 2009:

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    Beecham, S. and Lucke, T. (2014), Influence of Channel Geometry on Water Levels Above Siphonic Roof Outlets, Journal of Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Sage, 35(1), pp83-98

    Razzaghmanesh, M., Beecham, S. and Kazemi, F. (2014), Impact of Green Roofs on Stormwater Quality in a South Australian Urban Environment, Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 470, pp651-659

    Nouri, H., Beecham, S., Anderson, S. and Nagler, P. (2014), High Spatial Resolution WorldView-2 Imagery for Mapping NDVI and its Relationship to Temporal Urban Landscape Evapotranspiration Factors, Remote Sensing, 6(1), pp580-602

    Razzaghmanesh, M., Beecham, S. and Kazemi, F. (2014), The Growth and Survival of Plants in Urban Green Roofs in a Dry Climate, Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 476, pp288-297

    Aryal, R., Lee, B. K., Duong, T. T., Hossain, M. A., Kamruzzaman, M., Beecham, S. and Chong, M. N. (2014), Organic Matter Composition Variability in Road Sediment and its Role in Binding Heavy Metals, Sustainable Environment Research, 24(2), pp81-91

    Boogaard, F., Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2014), Effect of Age of Permeable Pavements on Their Infiltration Function, CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, Wiley, 42(2), pp146-152

    Beecham, S. and Lucke, T. (2014), Air Water Flows in Building Drainage Systems, Urban Water, Taylor and Francis, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2013.820335

    Kamruzzaman, M., Metcalfe, A. V. and Beecham, S. (2014), Wavelet Based Rainfall-Stream Flow Models for the South-East Murray Darling Basin, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000894

    Rashid, M. M. and Chowdhury, R. K., Beecham, S., Boland, J. and Piantadosi, J. (2014), Understanding South Australian Rainfall Trends and Step Changes, International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1002/joc.3982

    Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Willems, P., Olsson, J., Beecham, S., Pathirana, A., Bülow Gregersen, I., Madsen, H. and Nguyen, V.T.V. (2014), Impacts of Climate Change on Rainfall Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems: A Review, Water Science and Technology, IWA, doi: 10.2166/wst.2013.251

    Aryal, R., Beecham, S., Vigneswaran, S., Kandasamy, J. and Naidu, R. (2014), Spatial Variation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Equivalent Toxicity in Sydney Harbour, Australia, Journal of Water and Climate Change, IWA Publishing, doi: 10.2166/wcc.2013.059

    Beecham, S., Rashid, M. M. and Chowdhury, R. K. (2014), Statistical Downscaling of Multi-Site Daily Rainfall in a South Australian Catchment Using a Generalized Linear Model, International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1002/joc.3933

    Nouri, H., Beecham, S., Kazemi, F., Hassanli, A. and Anderson, S. (2014), Remote Sensing Techniques for Predicting Evapotranspiration from Mixed Vegetated Surfaces, Urban Water, Taylor and Francis, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2014.900092

    Alaghmand, S., Beecham, S. and Hassanli, A. (2014), Impacts of Vegetation Cover on Surface-Groundwater Flows and Solute Interactions in a Semi-Arid Saline Floodplain: A Case Study of the Lower Murray River, Australia, Environmental Processes, Springer, doi: 10.1007/s40710-014-0003-0

    Aryal, R., Beecham, S. and Lee, B. K. (in press), Evaluation of Particle Transport in Permeable Pavements Under Oil Loadings, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Accepted for publication: November 2013 - Paper CESE12208

    Razzaghmanesh, M., Aryal, R. and Beecham, S. (in press), The Role of Green Roofs in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects in Adelaide, South Australia, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Accepted for publication: November 2013 - Paper CESE12205

    Nouri, H., Beecham, S., Kazemi, F. and Hassanli, A. (2013), Water Requirements of Urban Landscape Plants: A Comparison of Three Factor-based Approaches, Journal of Ecological Engineering, Elsevier, 57, pp276-284

    Nouri, H., Beecham, S., Hassanli, A. M. and Ingleton, G. (2013), Variability of Drainage and Solute Leaching in Heterogeneous Urban Vegetation Environs, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, European Geosciences Union, 17, pp4339-4347

    Kamruzzaman, M., Beecham, S. and Metcalfe, A. V. (2013), Climatic Influences on Rainfall and Runoff Variability in the South-East Region of the Murray Darling Basin, International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, 33(2), pp291-311

    Chowdhury, R. and Beecham, S. (2013), Characterisation of Rainfall Spells for Urban Water Management, International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, Wiley, 33(4), pp959-967

    Hussain, S., van Leeuwen, J., Chow, C. W. K, Beecham, S., Kamruzzaman, M., Wang, D.S., Drikas, M. and Aryal, R. (2013), Removal of Organic Contaminants from River and Reservoir Waters by Three Different Aluminum-based Metal Salts: Coagulation Adsorption and Kinetics Studies, Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, 225, pp394-405

    Aryal, R., Furumai, H., Nakajima, F. and Beecham, S. (2013), Variation in PAH Patterns in Road Runoff, Water Science and Technology, IWA, 67(12), pp2699-2705

    Kazemi, F. and Beecham, S. (2013), Sampling Patterns and Edge Effects in a Biodiversity Study of Urban Linear Streetscapes, Acta Horticulturae, ISHS, 999, pp271-276

    Nouri, H., Beecham, S. Kazemi, F. and Hassanli, A. (2013), A Review of ET Measurement Techniques for Estimating the Water Requirements of Urban Landscape Vegetation, Urban Water, Taylor and Francis, 10(4), pp247-259 (This was selected by the journal editors as one of the top 10 best research papers in the last 10 years)

    Laurenson, G., Laurenson, S., Bolan, N., Beecham, S. and Clark, I. (2013), The Role of Bioretention Systems in the Treatment of Stormwater, Advances in Agronomy, Elsevier, 120, pp223-274

    Kazemi, F., Beecham, S. and Myers, B. (2013), Water Quality Effects of a Water Sensitive Urban Design Retrofit in an Urban Streetscape in Adelaide, Australia, Acta Horticulturae, ISHS, 999, pp321-327

    Alaghmand, S., Beecham, S. and Hassanli, A. (2013), A Review of the Numerical Modelling of Salt Mobilization from Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions, Water Resources, Springer, 40(3), pp325-339

    Aryal, R., Kim, A., Lee, B-K., Kamruzzaman, M. and Beecham, S. (2013), Characteristics of Atmospheric Particulate Matter and Metals in Industrial Sites in Korea, Environment and Pollution, 2(4), pp10-21

    Kazemi, F. and Beecham, S. (2013), An Integrated Approach for Selecting Biodiversity Indicators in an Australian Water Sensitive Urban Design Study, Acta Horticulturae, ISHS, 999, pp263-269

    Chowdhury, R. and Beecham, S. (2013), Influence of SOI, DMI and Niño3.4 on South Australian Rainfall, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Springer, 27(8), pp1909-1920

    Gamage, S. H. P. W., Hewa, G. A. and Beecham, S. (2013), Probability Distributions for Explaining Hydrological Losses in South Australian Catchments, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, European Geosciences Union, 17, pp4541–4553

    Alaghmand, S., Beecham, S. and Hassanli, A. (2013), Impacts of Groundwater Extraction on Salinization Risk in a Semi-Arid Floodplain, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, European Geosciences Union, 13(12), pp3405–3418

    Beecham, S. and Chowdhury, R. (2012), Effects of Changing Rainfall Patterns on WSUD in Australia, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 165(5), pp285-298

    Beecham, S., Pezzaniti, D. and Kandasamy, J. (2012), Stormwater Treatment Using Permeable Pavements, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 165(3), pp161-170 (This was selected by the journal editors as a Best of Research and Practice paper in March 2013)

    Khiadani, M. H., Beecham, S. and Kandasamy, J. (2012), Turbulence Measurements in Spatially Varied Flow with Increasing Discharge, Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, 50(4), pp418-426

    Kamruzzaman, M., Beecham, S. and Zuppi, G. M. (2012), A Model for Water Sharing in the Ganges River Basin, Water and Environment, Wiley, 26, pp308–3181

    Pezzaniti, D., Beecham, S. and Kandasamy, J. (2012), Stormwater Detention Basin for Improving Road Runoff Quality, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 165(9), pp461–471

    Aryal, R., Kandel, D., Acharya, D. Chong, M. and Beecham, S. (2012), Unusual Sydney Dust Storm and its Mineralogical and Organic Characteristics, Environmental Chemistry, 9(6), pp537-546

    Ward, J. D., Werner, A. D., Nel, W. P. and Beecham, S. (2011), The Influence of Constrained Fossil Fuel Emissions Scenarios on Climate and Water Resource Projections, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, European Geosciences Union, 15(6), pp1879-1893

    Kamruzzaman, M., Beecham, S. and Metcalfe, A. V. (2011), Non-stationarity in Rainfall and Temperature in the Murray Darling Basin, Journal of Hydrological Processes, Wiley, 25(10), pp1659-1675

    Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2011), Field Investigation of Clogging in a Permeable Pavement System, Journal of Building Research and Information, Routledge, 39(6), pp603-615.

    Lian, C., Zhuge, Y. and Beecham, S. (2011), The Relationship Between Porosity and Strength for Porous Concrete, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 25(11), pp4294-4298

    Kazemi, F., Beecham, S. and Gibbs, J. (2011), Streetscape Biodiversity and the Role of Bioretention Swales in an Australian Urban Environment, Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Elsevier, 101(2), pp139–148

    Lian, C., Zhuge, Y. and Beecham, S. (2011), Numerical Simulation of the Mechanical Behaviour of Porous Concrete, Engineering Computations, Emerald, 28(8), pp984-1002

    Myers, B., Beecham, S. and van Leeuwen, J. (2011), Water Quality with Storage in Permeable Pavement Basecourse, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 167(7), pp361-372

    Lian, C., Zhuge, Y. and Beecham, S. (2011), Modelling Pervious Concrete Under Compression Loading – A Discrete Element Approach, Advanced Materials Research, 168-170, pp1590-1600

    Hussain, S., Aziz, H. A., Isa, M. H., Ahmad, A., van Leeuwen, J., Zou, L., Beecham, S. and Umar, M. (2011), Orthophosphate Removal from Domestic Wastewater using Limestone and Granular Activated Carbon, Desalination, Elsevier, 271(1-3), pp265-272

    Lewis, R., van Leeuwen, J. A., Smernik, R. J., Chow, C. W. K., Everson, A., Nothrop, S. C. and Beecham, S. (2011), Changes in the Organic Character of Post-coagulated Pinus Radiata Sulfite Pulp Mill Wastewater under Aerated Stabilization Basin Treatment – a Laboratory Scale Study, Chemical Engineering Journal, 175(1), pp160-168

    Lian, C., Zhuge, Y. and Beecham, S. (2011), Evaluation of the Permeability of Porous Concrete, Advanced Materials Research, 295-297, pp873-879

    Beecham, S. and Chowdhury, R. (2010), Temporal Characteristics and Variability of Point Rainfall: A Statistical and Wavelet Analysis, International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, Wiley, 30(3), pp458-473

    Chowdhury, R. and Beecham, S. (2010), Australian Rainfall Trends and their Relation to the Southern Oscillation Index, Journal of Hydrological Processes, Wiley, 24(4), pp504-514

    Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2010), Capacity Loss in Siphonic Roof Drainage Systems Due to Aeration, Journal of Building Research and Information, Routledge, 38(2), pp206-217

    Piantadosi, J., Howlett, P., Bean, N. and Beecham, S. (2010), Modelling Systems of Reservoirs Using Structured Markov Chains, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 163(8), pp407-416

    Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2010), Aeration and Gutter Water Levels in Siphonic Roof Drainage Systems, Journal of Building Research and Information, Routledge, 38(6), pp670-685

    Hassanli, A. M., Ahmadirada, S. and Beecham, S. (2010), Evaluation of the Influence of Irrigation Methods and Water Quality on Sugar Beet Yield and Water Use Efficiency, Journal of Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, 97(2), pp357-362

    Kazemi, F., Beecham, S. and Gibbs, J. (2010), Bioretention Swales as Multifunctional Landscapes and their Influence on Australian Urban Biodiversity: Hymenoptera as Biodiversity Indicators, Acta Horticulturae, ISHS, 881, pp221-227

    Kazemi, F., Beecham, S., Gibbs, J. and Clay, R. (2009), Factors Affecting Terrestrial Invertebrate Diversity in Bioretention Basins in an Australian Urban Environment, Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Elsevier, 92(2-3), pp304-313

    Kazemi, F., Beecham, S. and Gibbs, J. (2009), Streetscale Bioretention Basins in Melbourne and their Effect on Local Biodiversity, Journal of Ecological Engineering, Elsevier, 35(10), pp1454-1465

    Pezzaniti, D., Beecham, S. and Kandasamy, J. (2009), Influence of Clogging on the Effective Life of Permeable Pavements, Journal of Water Management, Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 162(3), pp211-220

    Myers, B., Beecham, S., van Leeuwen, J. and Keegan, A. (2009), Depletion of E. coli in Permeable Pavement Mineral Aggregate Storage and Reuse Systems, Journal of Water Science and Technology, IWA, 60(12), pp3091-3099

    Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2009), Cavitation, Aeration and Negative Pressures in Siphonic Roof Drainage Systems, Journal of Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Sage, 30(2), pp103-119

    Hassanli, A. M., Ebrahimizadeh, M. A. and Beecham, S. (2009), The Effects of Irrigation Methods with Effluent and Irrigation Scheduling on Water Use Efficiency and Corn Yields in an Arid Region, Journal of Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, 96(1), pp93-99

    Hassanli, A. M., Nameghi, A. E. and Beecham, S. (2009), Evaluation of the Effect of Porous Check Dam Location on Fine Sediment Retention (A Case Study), Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Springer, 152(1), pp319-326

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    Recent Books, since 2009:

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    Loch, A., Wheeler, S., Bjornlund, H., Beecham, S., Edwards, J., Zuo, A. and Shanahan, M. (2013), The Role of Water Markets in Climate Change Adaptation, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 126 pages, ISBN: 978-1-925039-01-6

    Willems, P., Olsson, J., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Beecham, S., Pathirana, A., Bülow Gregersen, I., Madsen, H. and Nguyen, V.T.V. (2012), Impacts of Climate Change on Rainfall Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems, IWA Publishing, 226 pages, ISBN: 978-1-780401-25-6 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-780401-26-3 (eBook)

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    Recent Book Chapters, since 2009:

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    Beecham, S. (2012), Development of Multifunctional Landuse Using Water Sensitive Urban Design. Chapter 18 in Lehmann, S. and Crocker, R. (eds), 'Designing for Zero Waste: Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment', Routledge Press, ISBN: 978-1-84971-434-1, pp374-384 (this book was awarded a prize from the International Solid Waste Association in 2012)

    Beecham, S. (2010), Water Sensitive Urban Design. Chapter 23 in Daniels, C. B. (ed), 'Adelaide: Water of a City', Wakefield Press, ISBN: 978-1-86254-861-9, pp451-470 (this book was awarded the Stormwater Industry Association National Award for Excellence in Research, Innovation, Policy and Education in 2010)

    Daniels, C. B., Argue, J. J., Beecham, S., Clark, R. D. S., Howard, J. R., Jones, D. S., Marks, R., McKay, J. M., Roetman, P. E. J. and Smith, K. E. (2010), Introduction. Chapter 1 in Daniels C. B. (ed), 'Adelaide: Water of a City', Wakefield Press, ISBN: 978-1-86254-861-9, pp35-48 (this book was awarded the Stormwater Industry Association National Award for Excellence in Research, Innovation, Policy and Education in 2010)

    Daniels, C. B., Argue, J. J., Beecham, S., Clark, R. D. S., Howard, J. R., Jones, D. S., Marks, R., McKay, J. M., Roetman, P. E. J. and Smith, K. E. (2010), Conclusion. Chapter 30 in Daniels C. B. (ed), 'Adelaide: Water of a City', Wakefield Press, ISBN: 978-1-86254-861-9, pp561-571 (this book was awarded the Stormwater Industry Association National Award for Excellence in Research, Innovation, Policy and Education in 2010)

    Hassanli, A. M. and Beecham, S. (2010), Criteria for Optimizing Check Dam Location and Maintenance Requirements. Chapter 2 in Garcia, C. C. and Lenzi, M. A. (eds), 'Check Dams, Morphological Adjustments and Erosion Control in Torrential Streams', Nova Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-60876-146-3, pp11-32

    Beecham, S. (2010), Siphonic Roofwater Systems. Chapter 16 in Department of Planning and Local Government, 2010, Water Sensitive Urban Design Technical Manual for the Greater Adelaide Region, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, ISBN 978-1-876702-99-1, pp1-55 (http://ebookbrowse.com/wsud-chapter-16-pdf-d306651359)

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    Recent Keynote Conference Papers, since 2009:

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    Beecham, S. (2012), Water Sensitive Urban Design for Today’s and Future Climates, Keynote Paper, 5th ENCON: Engineering Towards Change - Empowering Green Solutions, Kuching, Malaysia

    Beecham, S. (2012), Trees as Essential Infrastructure: Engineering and Design Considerations, Keynote Paper, 13th Australian Street Tree Symposium, Adelaide, Australia

    Beecham, S. (2011), Using Statistical Techniques to Understand Trends, Step Changes and the Influence of Climate Indices on Rainfall in South Australia, Keynote Paper, 10th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, Sydney, Australia

    Beecham, S. (2011), Using Water Sensitive Urban Design to Achieve Multi-functional Urban Landuse, Keynote Paper, Stormwater Industry Association Queensland State Conference 2011, Gold Coast, Australia

    Beecham, S. (2010), Planning for Multifunctional Urban Landuse Using Sustainable Water Management, Keynote Paper, 4th International Conference on the Built Environment in Developing Countries, Penang, Malaysia

    Beecham, S. (2009), Water Sensitive Urban Design – Where to Now, Keynote Paper, 6th South Pacific Stormwater Conference, New Zealand Water & Wastes Association (NZWWA), Auckland, New Zealand


    Expertise for Media Contact

    I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

    Discipline: water policy and management

    • urban water management
    • water harvesting and reuse
    • water sensitive urban design
    • siphonic roof drainage

    Community Service

    Organisation Name:   Water Research Australia Limited (formerly WQRA)
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://www.waterra.com.au/
    Level of involvement:   Board Director
    Year from:   2009
    Year to:   2015
    Comments:   Water Research Australia Limited is a national research centre established to succeed the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment when the CRC ended on 30 June 2008. WaterRA undertakes collaborative research of national application on drinking water quality, recycled water and relevant areas of wastewater management.

    Organisation Name:   International Water Association
    Section:   International Group on Urban Rainfall
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/hydr/gurweb/index.html
    Level of involvement:   Australian representative
    Year from:   1998
    Year to:   2015

    Organisation Name:   International Water Association
    Section:   Global Outreach Working Group (GOWG)
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://www.iwahq.org
    Level of involvement:   Australian representative
    Year from:   2008
    Year to:   2015

    Organisation Name:   Standards Australia
    Section:   Committee WS-014-03-02: Siphonic Systems
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://www.standards.com.au
    Level of involvement:   Chairperson
    Year from:   2005
    Year to:   2009

    Organisation Name:   Standards Australia
    Section:   Technical Committee CE/24: Measurement of water flow in open channels and closed conduits
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://www.standards.com.au
    Level of involvement:   Chairperson
    Year from:   1999
    Year to:   2003

    Organisation Name:   Oyster Bay Community Association
    Section:   Wondakiah Resident's Network
    Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/shopfront/projects/completed/detail.cfm?id=216
    Level of involvement:    Consultant / designer
    Year from:   2004
    Year to:   2005

    Organisation Name:   Friends of the Earth
    Section:   Sydney Chapter
    Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/shopfront/projects/completed/detail.cfm?id=46
    Level of involvement:    Consultant / designer
    Year from:   1997
    Year to:   1998

    Organisation Name:   Curl Curl Community Committee
    Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
    Organisation URL:   http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/shopfront/projects/completed/detail.cfm?id=63
    Level of involvement:    Consultant / designer
    Year from:   1998
    Year to:   1999


    Research Degree Supervisor

    I am principal supervisor of several postdocs and PhD students. In the list below, projects G(a) etc. describe the research projects of my current postdocs as well as some of my former PhD students who have recently graduated. Many of these graduates have stayed on as post-doctoral researchers or have taken up academic positions at other universities. Projects P(a) onwards describe the work of my current PhD students.

    Current Projects:

    G(a): Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change on Observed Rainfall
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Rezaul Chowdhury
    Graduated May 2011. Dr. Chowdhury is now working with me as a full-time post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Water Management and Reuse at UniSA. Rezaul is currently involved with three research projects (a) Goyder Institute funded: Development of an agreed set of climate projections in South Australia (b) Goyder Institute funded: Development of interim WSUD targets for South Australia and (c) UniSA funded: Rainfall disaggregation modelling using an ANN technique. His research focuses on rainfall, climate and hydrological modelling. Further to these specific research projects, he is actively involved with eco-hydrological modelling.
    G(b): Modelling Water Quality Processes in Permeable and Porous Pavements
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Baden Myers
    Graduated December 2010. Dr. Myers is now working as a full-time post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Water Management and Reuse at UniSA.
    G(c): Biodiversity in Street-scale Vegetated Water Sensitive Urban Design Systems
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Fatemeh Kazemi
    Graduated December 2010. Dr. Kazemi is now working with me as a full-time post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Water Management and Reuse at UniSA. Fatemeh's current research work includes Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and optimizing the use of water and space in urban landscape development. This includes research into evapotranspiration measurement methods for landscape plantings, studies on retrofitting and performance enhancement of permeable pavements and vegetated WSUD systems and techniques for developing resilient green roofs and green walls in the urban environment. Fatemeh has supervised final years, honours, masters and PhD students in the above mentioned research areas.
    G(d): Role of Aeration in Siphonic Roof Drainage
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Terry Lucke
    Graduated July 2009. Dr. Lucke is now a senior lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
    G(e): Water Sensitive Urban Design for Confined Systems
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Alison Dunphy
    Graduated May 2008
    G(f): Understanding Water Availability and Climatic Scenarios in River Basins
     Supervisor for Current Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr. Mohammad Kamruzzaman who completed his PhD under my co-supervision in February 2011. Dr. Kamruzzaman is now working with me as a full-time post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Water Management and Reuse at UniSA. Mohammad's main research area is the application of statistical hydrology for understanding water availability and climatic scenarios in river basins. From 2008 to 2010, he was investigating sustainable water management practices in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) through Beecham's Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP0877707. Currently, his work focuses on "Generalised climatic phenomena in the SA region" under the Goyder Institute climate change program.
    G(g): Characterisation of Stormwater Quality
     Supervisor for Current Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr Rupak Aryal (PhD, University of Tokyo)
    G(h): Development of High Strength Porous Concrete Using Fibres and Pozzalanics
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Chunqi Lian
    Graduated August 2012
    G(i): Recharge and Evolution of Great Artesian Basin Groundwater at Dalhousie, SA
     Associate supervisor for Dr. Usama Abdel Fattah Abu Risha (Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Ian Clark)
    Graduated October 2009
    G(j): Modelling of Unsteady Flows in Siphonic Roofwater Harvesting Systems
     Principal supervisor for Dr. Ying Yan Qu
    Graduated August 2013
    G(k): Impacts of Pre-coagulation of Sulfite Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents on Nutrient Removal
     Co-supervisor for Dr. Rosmala Lewis (Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor John van Leeuwen)
    Graduated February 2012
    P(a): A Biophysical Conceptual Model to Assess Salinity Risks in the Murray River Floodplains
     Principal supervisor for current full-time international PhD student: Sina Alaghmand (awarded PhD Scholarship from the Goyder Institute for Water Research)
    P(b): Assessment of climate change impacts on the spatial variability of rainfall and runoff
     Principal supervisor for current full-time international PhD student: Md. Mamunur Rashid (awarded PhD Scholarship from the Goyder Institute for Water Research)
    P(c): Developing Resilient Green Roofs for South Australia
     Principal supervisor for current full-time PhD student: Mostafa Razzaghmanesh (awarded PhD Scholarship from the Goyder Institute for Water Research)
    P(d): Development of low-clogging permeable pavements suitable for harvesting and reusing stormwater
     Principal supervisor for current full-time international PhD student: Kelly Hill (awarded PhD Scholarship from the Goyder Institute for Water Research)
    P(e): Development of Materials Engineering Solutions for Treatment of Murray Darling Sourced Waters
     Associate supervisor for current full-time Premiers Science Research funded scholarship PhD student: Mohamad Fared bin Murshed
    (Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor John van Leeuwen)
    P(f): Impacts of catchment conditions, climate and seasonality on drinking water quality
     Co-supervisor for current full-time PhD student: Jonathan Cohen
    (Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor John van Leeuwen)
    P(g): Partial root-zone drying using irrigation with recycled wastewater in community gardens
     Principal supervisor for current full-time international PhD student: Abdullah Alrajhi
    (Co-supervisor: Professor Nanthi Bolan)
    P(h): Performance of Constructed Wetlands as Stormwater Control Structures
     Co-supervisor for current full-time PhD student (studying offshore in Malaysia): Nur Asmaliza Binti Mohd Noor (enrolled at UNITEN University in Malaysia; Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Lariyah Sidek, UNITEN)
    P(i): Probabilistic Nature of Hydrologic Losses in South Australian Catchments
     Co-supervisor for current full-time international student: Sithara Walpita Gamage (Principal Supervisor: Dr. Guna Hewa)
    P(k): Sustainable Nutrient Management for Irrigation of Landscape Plants Using Demand Techniques
     Principal supervisor for current full-time international PhD student: Hamideh Nouri (awarded PhD Scholarship from the Goyder Institute for Water Research)
    P(l): Optimization of NOM Removal from Surface Waters for the Supply of Drinking Water
     Co-supervisor for current full-time PhD student: Sabir Hussain
    (Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor John van Leeuwen)
    P(m): Economic Analysis of Street-scale Green Infrastucture
     Principal supervisor for current full-time PhD student: Harsha Sapdhare
    (Co-supervisor: Professor Randy Stringer, University of Adelaide)




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