Ginninderra Project Team – Staff spotlight on Simon Toze

Simon Toze has been a leader within CSIRO’s urban based research for more than a decade and currently plays an important role within the Ginninderra Project Team as a Principal Senior Research Scientist.

Joining CSIRO in 1992 as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on the remediation of contaminated environments, Simon is internationally recognised for his research on the reuse of water in urban environments.

His current principal research focus is on the reuse of water in urban environments, in particular involving Indirect Potable Reuse and Managed Aquifer Recharge; as well as studying the presence and attenuation of microbial and chemical contaminants in reservoirs, urban stormwater and roof harvested rainwater. He has a range of research interests which include studying the fate and behaviour of microbial pathogens in the environment; the influence of groundwater microorganisms on the biogeochemistry of aquifers; and the development of rapid and accurate molecular based methods for the tracking, detection and enumeration of viable microbial pathogens in environmental water samples.

As part of his role within the Ginninderra Project, Simon has been developing research into resilient urban systems to benefit Australian and international communities. More specifically, he has been looking into how to make the site become a model water-wise development which achieves a zero water-discharge. This requires new ways to reuse storm water, rain water and treated wastewater within the Ginninderra site. This captured water can then be used for urban greening, passive cooling and heating of buildings, protecting surrounding local waterways, and improving urban water efficiencies.

Simon believes the Ginninderra project can become an international benchmark for urban sustainability and liveability.

“With Ginninderra, we have the opportunity to produce an urban centre that is the standard for liveable, sustainable and resilient development in Australia and the world,” said Simon.

“The knowledge gained through studying and developing urban innovations at the Ginninderra site will be influential in directing the necessary changes Australia will need to make to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.”

Simon is also assisting in the setup of a CSIRO Urban Living Lab at the Ginninderra site which aims to assist industry and governments to test future technologies, social and environmental health initiatives, as well as environmental options.

Simon obtained his PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Queensland in 1992 and is an Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Queensland School of Population Health.

Ginninderra Project Team – Staff spotlight on Matt Adcock

Matt Adcock has lived and breathed research for two decades and continues to do so at CSIRO.

He has completed studies at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and at the Australian National University where he is an Adjunct Fellow.

With research interests in mixed reality interfaces, computer graphics and human computer interaction, Matt is now a Senior Research Engineer and Experimental Scientist in CSIRO Data61’s Quantitative Imaging Team. He is also a member of the Ginninderra Project team.

Matt uses Computational Imaging, Interactive 3D Graphics and User Experience Innovation to build systems that enable new insights from data about our physical world.

Consequently, Matt’s role in the Ginninderra project is to investigate how new forms of stakeholder engagement can be used to enable greater understanding and collaboration between residents, developers, government and others. One example has been the use of drone photography, presented in a Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the community consultation sessions.

As the Ginninderra project progresses, Matt is planning to apply state of the art immersive technologies such as collaborative Augmented Reality (AR) to allow groups of people to explore and discuss alternative urban plans and designs in a much more efficient manner than has been previously possible.

Additionally, Matt is developing tools to allow buildings and their urban design context to be incorporated, reviewed and modified within the drone-captured video footage of the Ginninderra site. This will enable interactive engagement from a web browser, with no plugins – supporting 3D collaborative discussions at scale.

Matt is also responsible, as part of the Ginninderra Project team, for figuring out new ways of fostering collaboration between researchers and innovators to get the most benefit from precinct-scale technology trials and research.

Project update – August

Much of our focus over the past month or so has been continuing to provide updates and increase the understanding of the project within the community and interested organisations. In mid-June, our team were invited to provide an update to the Gungahlin Community Council, while in early July several of our scientists met with representatives from ActewAGL to discuss leading practice in sustainable infrastructure and integration.

Also this month, the second stage of our procurement process to select a development partner has commenced. This process will be underway for most of the remainder of the year. We expect to be able to provide a detailed update to the community in early 2018.

We were also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Anita Hill a few weeks ago as the Executive Science Lead of the Ginninderra Project within CSIRO. Dr Hill will provide leadership of the integrated urban science program to be undertaken at Ginninderra.

“The development of our Ginninderra site will allow CSIRO’s science and that of our partners to deliver an integrated urban environment at appropriate scale,” said Dr Hill.

Dr Hill has been a valued member of the CSIRO team for the past 20 years, with a research focus on materials and process engineering. She is currently the Executive Director of Future Industries at CSIRO which includes Manufacturing, Health and Biosecurity and CSIRO Services. She also serves as the Chief Scientist for CSIRO.

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