At the recent OzWater 2015 conference, four undergraduate students from the University of Adelaide, Mark Bailey, Diana Bethune, Matthew Makestas and Joshua Ware, were awarded the National Undergraduate Water Prize by the Australian Water Association (AWA).  The award was presented in recognition of the students’ Civil and Structural Engineering research project, which explored the viability of new ways of sourcing, storing and distributing water.  The project was entitled ‘Utilising Wastewater Injection and Multiple Aquifers to Improve the Reliability of Stormwater Harvesting Schemes.’

The students developed a planning tool for water reuse schemes using aquifer storage and recovery that allows assessment of the benefits of linking multiple storage and treatment sites using both stormwater and wastewater as sources. The developed tool, utilizing the Optimatics Optimizer WSS decision support product, allows users to assess the reliability of alternative stormwater and wastewater harvesting schemes without relying on potable water.

Supervising the research project was Dr. Joshua Cantone, Product Manager at Optimatics, and University of Adelaide Professor Angus Simpson, Co-founder of Optimatics.

“We are very proud to have been a part of this award-winning research project,” said Dr. Joshua Cantone.  “We are excited about the next generation of engineers, their enthusiasm to undertake global water challenges, and their understanding of the necessity of optimization techniques to ensure financial and environmental sustainability.”

The students previously won the AWA-SA branch Hodgson Medal in 2014 to become national finalists for this prestigious award.

About Optimatics

Optimatics is the world-leading provider of infrastructure planning software that enables water and wastewater utilities around the globe to avoid billions of dollars in costs while ensuring optimal performance. Its OptimizerTM software is the industry’s most powerful tool for analyzing hundreds of planning options across multiple asset types, determining the best plan to reduce capital, operating and energy costs, while meeting all of the organization’s planning objectives.  The unbiased and defensible outcomes promote financial stewardship and ensure sustainability for an organization and its stakeholders.