Nicole Arbon

Nicole Arbon

School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Nicole is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Civil Environmental and Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide and is currently SA Water's Research and Innovation Specialist in Strategic Asset Management.

Nicole has expertise in a wide range of water engineering topics including, smart analytics, pipeline condition assessment, household water use analysis and catchment modelling.

In her previous role as a Associate Researcher and Lecturer in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining engineering, Nicole worked 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 the final year specialisation Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments.

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.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing Adjunct Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2019 - ongoing Research and Innovation Specialist SA Water
    2013 - 2019 Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 - ongoing Technical Consultant (Pipeline Condition Assessment) University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Associate Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    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)

Courses Summary

Date Taught Developed  Coordinated Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code Link
2017-2018 x   x Designing Water Resource Systems for Urban Environments University of Adelaide C&ENVENG 4109/ C&ENVENG 7109 Course Outline
2010-12, 2019 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


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