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Deakin University

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Deakin University provides higher education for suitably qualified Australian and full fee-paying students through open campus flexible learning modes in which the place, time, mode and pace of study are flexible. The University operates across six campuses: Melbourne (Burwood), Geelong (Waurn Ponds), Waterfront (Geelong City), Rusden, Toorak and Warrnambool. Academic studies are coordinated through the faculties of: Arts; Business and Law; Education; Health and Behavioural Sciences; and Science and Technology. Education and training is available at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, covering the disciplines in these faculties and including professional courses, mid-career professional development courses and postgraduate studies by course work and research.

Research relating to Infrastructure and Construction is located within the Faculty of Science and Technology with recent projects being concentrated within the Schools of Architecture and Building and Ecology and Environment. Two important groups within the former are the Built Environment Group and the Building Resource Management Group.

The aim of the Built Environment Group is to unite environmental parameters and user requirements with description of the built form, reliable methods for predicting performance and energy use, and estimations of both procurement and life costs. The group's objectives are: to develop techniques for measuring and managing energy use and environmental performance of existing buildings; to establish reliable methods for predicting the performance and energy use of new buildings; to draw attention to industry to research findings that assist in the assessment of design and building options.

The aims of the Building Resource Management Group are to streamline and minimise waste in all facets of project procurement, enabling buildings to be produced ahead of schedule, at lower cost and with more efficient use of resources over their total life, thereby lowering the environmental impact of buildings. Sustainable building construction is seen as a long term goal that is more likely to be achieved by gradual process improvements leading to buildings that use minimum resources, all of which are sustainable.

The School of Ecology and Environment has considerable success in a diverse range of research endeavours within the broad field of Environmental Management. Research activities range from pure to applied research and projects are supported by grants from government, industry and local agencies. Projects relating to the modelling of solute transport in soils exemplify the type of issue addressed.

Coastal water and groundwater pollution is a serious global problem. These projects will develop new knowledge required to reduce the environmental impact of land disposal of industrial process water and leaching of mine tailings on the pollution of groundwater and coastal seas. The expected outcome of this research is a mathematical model that describes the impact of surface-applied industrial wastes and groundwater pumping on the local groundwater flows and mass transfer in the mixing zone of unconfined coastal aquifers. The model will be applied to experimental data collected from the Portland Smelter, Australia and the Neyveli Basin in India.

In addition to providing fundamental knowledge, this research, which will have important economic benefits for Australia, will provide: improved management guidelines for the sustainable management of Australian soils; improved design of land-disposal systems (eg. sewerage); improved farm agro-chemical and irrigation schedules; and improved procedures for bioremediation.

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Faculty of Science and Technology
School of Architecture and Building
http://www.deakin.edu.au/fac_st/research/architecture.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Metal Hydride (MH) cooling/spandrel modules
Chief Researcher: Luther Dr M
Sponsor: Department of Industry, Science and Resources
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ECO DESIGN; CHILLED BEAM TECHNOLOGY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Research Fields Classification: 291403 Alloy Materials
310201 Building Science and Techniques


Sagrada Familia Research Project
Chief Researcher: Burry Prof M
Sponsor: Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: NON RESIDENTIAL; TECHNIQUES
Research Fields Classification: 310101 Architecture
310201 Building Science and Techniques
310202 Building Construction Management


Lifecycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions inventory
Chief Researcher: Treloar Dr G
Sponsor: Queensland Dept of Public Works, Built Environment Research Unit
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CONSTRUCTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building


Modelling the causal structure of rework influences in construction projects
Chief Researcher: Love Dr P
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 290804 Construction Engineering


Construction process improvement: A model-based diagnosis of rework
Chief Researcher: Love Dr P
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 290804 Construction Engineering


Lifecycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions inventory
Chief Researcher: Treloar Dr G
Sponsor: Queensland. Department of Public Works
Descriptors: CONSTRUCTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
Research Field Classification: 319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building

 

School of Ecology & Environment
http://www2.deakin.edu.au/faculty/science_&_technology/ecology/research/default.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Modelling preferential transport of soil micro-organisms: Implications for land disposal of sewerage
Chief Researcher: Stagnitti Dr F
Sponsor: Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ENGINEERING--CIVIL; DRAINAGE
Research Fields Classification:
290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling


Modelling and monitoring groundwater flow, hydrodynamics and geo-chemical interactions in a coastal aquifer underlying Portlandís Alcoa smelter
Chief Researcher: Stagnitti Dr F
Sponsor: Portland Aluminium
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification:
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling


Modelling contaminant transport and hydro-geochemical interactions in coastal aquifers
Chief Researcher: Stagnitti Dr F
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification:
291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling

 


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