Ms Nicole Arbon
Nicole is a Research Associate in the Intelligent Water Decisions group in the School of Civil Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide. Nicole has expertise in household water use analysis and pipeline condition assessment.
Nicole has experience in working with the water industry through research and commercial projects. Nicole has undertaken consultancy projects for water supply authorities on behalf of the University of Adelaide including United Utilities, SA Water, Queensland Urban Utilities, BHP Billiton and East Gippsland Water.
Nicole's teaching experience includes being the Course Co-ordinator and primary lecturer for the subjects Engineering Modelling and Analysis 1A, Water Engineering and Design 2A and more recently the final year specialisation Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments.
Nicole is a Research Associate in the Intelligent Water Decisions group in the School of Civil Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide.
Major Projects have included:
Goyder Institute for Water Researcher’s Optimal Water Resource Mix (OWRM) for Greater Adelaide project
Nicole had a key role in the OWRM project task ‘Understanding and predicting household water use variability’. The aim of the project was to achieve reliable predictions of household water use at the end-use level (shower, washing machine, toilet, tap etc) through the investigation of the drivers of indoor water use and modelling of household demand. Nicole was responsible for supervision of data collection, detailed data analysis, determination of drivers, stochastic modelling and preparation of research reports. The analysis undertaken and the model developed allowed assessment of demand management scenarios and the changes in water use during and after the Millennium drought. The project also provided key insights into how water use, water appliances and water use behaviors varies between households.
Pipeline Conditional Assessment Technology (p-CAT)
Nicole collaborates with University of Adelaide Commercial partner Detection Services Pty Ltd on a regular basis as a Technical Consultant for the Signal Analysis Team for the Pipeline Conditional Assessment Technology (p-CAT). Nicole was involved in the development of the technology that allows simultaneous non-invasive diagnosis of pipeline condition over long distances along pipelines with minimal disruption of current services, thereby allowing decisions to be made regarding pipes which require rehabilitation. Clients for pipeline condition assessment include water authorities within Australia and New Zealand such as City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water, Sydney Water, Queensland Urban Utilities and WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Western Water, South Taranaki District Council and Gold Coast Water.
|2013||Research Associate||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2012||Technical Consultant (Pipeline Condition Assessment)||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2010 - 2012||Associate Lecturer||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2001 - 2007||University of Adelaide, Adelaide||Australia||Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences|
|2001 - 2004||University of Adelaide, Adelaide||Australia||Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1st Class Honours)|
|2016||Gong, J., Lambert, M., Zecchin, A., Simpson, A., Arbon, N. & Kim, Y. (2016). Field study on non-invasive and non-destructive condition assessment for asbestos cement pipelines by time-domain fluid transient analysis. Structural Health Monitoring, 15, 1, 113-124. 10.1177/1475921715624505|
|2015||Gong, J., Stephens, M., Arbon, N., Zecchin, A., Lambert, M. & Simpson, A. (2015). On-site non-invasive condition assessment for cement mortar-lined metallic pipelines by time-domain fluid transient analysis. Structural Health Monitoring, 14, 5, 426-438. 10.1177/1475921715591875|
|2009||Zecchin, A., Lambert, M., Simpson, A. & Arbon, N. (2009). Numerically efficient transient-state model for a pipeline based on the Fourier-Crump inverse Laplace transform. IAHR Congress. Vancouver, British Columbia.|
|2008||Arbon, N., Stephens, M., Lambert, M., Simpson, A., Lucas, B., Milsom, G. & Braendler, J. (2008). Field validation of transient analysis for in-line valve condition assessment. International Conference on Pressure Surges. Edinburgh.|
|2007||Arbon, N., Lambert, M., Simpson, A. & Stephens, M. (2007). Field test investigations into distributed fault modeling in water distribution systems using transient testing. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. Tampa, Florida USA. 10.1061/40927(243)474|
|2006||Arbon, N., Lambert, M., Simpson, A. & Memmler, P. (2006). Transient reflection analysis to identify problems with a raw water pumping main. WDSA(International Symposium on Water Distribution Systems Analysis). Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 10.1061/40941(247)60|
|2014||Arbon, N., Thyer, M. A., Darla Hatton McDonald, , Beverley, K. & Lambert, M., (2014). Understanding and predicting household water use for Adelaide, Goyder Institute for Water Research,|
|Date||Taught||Developed||Coordinated||Course Title||Institution||Course Level/ Code||Link|
|2017||x||x||Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments||University of Adelaide||C&ENVENG 4109/ C&ENVENG 7109||Course Outline|
|2010-12||x||x||Water Engineering IIA||University of Adelaide||C&ENVENG 2071|
|2010-12, 2017||x||x (2010-2012)||Engineering Modelling and Analysis 1||University of Adelaide||
C&ENVENG 1012/1012 BR
Nicole has co-supervised Honours and Masters students for projects in the areas of Pipeline Condition Assessment and Household Water Use analysis. Nicole has also supervised research assistants for the Goyder Institute for Water Researcher’s Optimal Water Resource Mix (OWRM) for Greater Adelaide project (1 senior, 3 meter data collectors, 11 survey data collectors and 6 data analysts).