Sam Culley

Sam Culley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


I have recently completed a PhD that focussed on climate change impact assessments, as applied to water resource systems. As part of my research I have developed techniques to improve these assessments including:

  • Creating climate scenarios to investigate potential threats to water resource systems (foreSIGHT software)
  • Identifying the critical changes in climate that will degrade systems
  • Identifying operational changes to systems in response to changes in climate

This research has included the use of formal optimisation techniques, the specification of process driven and data driven models, and methods for decision making under deep uncertainty.

Since completing my PhD I have been applying these climate change impact assessment tools to agricultural, water and energy systems.

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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Civil & Structural Engineering (Hons)
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Bennett, B., Devanand, A., Culley, S., Westra, S., Guo, D., & Maier, H. R. (2021). A modelling framework and R-package for evaluating system performance under hydroclimate variability and change. Environmental Modelling and Software, 139, 1-18.
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    2020 Hicks, B., Culley, S., Gopsill, J., & Snider, C. (2020). Managing complex engineering projects: What can we learn from the evolving digital footprint?. International Journal of Information Management, 51.
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    2019 Culley, S., Bennett, B., Westra, S., & Maier, H. (2019). Generating realistic perturbed hydrometeorological time series to inform scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Journal of Hydrology, 576, 111-122.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2018 Shi, L., Newnes, L., Culley, S., & Allen, B. (2018). Modelling, monitoring and evaluation to support automatic engineering process management. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232(1), 17-31.
    DOI Scopus3
    2017 Shi, L., Newnes, L., Culley, S., & Allen, B. (2017). Learning to predict characteristics for engineering service projects. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing: AIEDAM, 31(3), 313-326.
    DOI Scopus3
    2016 Snider, C., Dekoninck, E., & Culley, S. (2016). Beyond the concept: characterisations of later-stage creative behaviour in design. Research in Engineering Design, 27(3), 265-289.
    DOI Scopus14
    2016 Culley, S., Noble, S., Yates, A., Timbs, M., Westra, S., Maier, H., . . . Castelletti, A. (2016). A bottom-up approach to identifying the maximum operational adaptive capacity of water resource systems to a changing climate. Water Resources Research, 52(9), 6751-6768.
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    2015 Cash, P., Hicks, B., Culley, S., & Adlam, T. (2015). A foundational observation method for studying design situations. Journal of Engineering Design, 26(7-9), 187-219.
    DOI Scopus10
    2015 Cash, P., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2015). Activity Theory as a means for multi-scale analysis of the engineering design process: A protocol study of design in practice. Design Studies, 38, 1-32.
    DOI Scopus28
    2012 Ball, A., Darlington, M., Howard, T., McMahon, C., & Culley, S. (2012). Visualizing research data records for their better management. Journal of Digital Information, 13(1).
    Scopus5
    2012 Rudolph, S., Heisserman, J., & Culley, S. (2012). Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'10). Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing: AIEDAM, 26(2), 105-106.
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    2012 Cash, P., Elias, E., Dekoninck, E., & Culley, S. (2012). Methodological insights from a rigorous small scale design experiment. Design Studies, 33(2), 208-235.
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    2011 Xie, Y., Weber, F., & Culley, S. (2011). Opportunities and challenges for contextaware systems in aerospace industry. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 24(2), 118-125.
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    2011 Howard, T. J., Culley, S., & Dekoninck, E. A. (2011). Reuse of ideas and concepts for creative stimuli in engineering design. Journal of Engineering Design, 22(8), 565-581.
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    2010 Tang, L. C. M., Zhao, Y., Austin, S., Darlington, M., & Culley, S. (2010). Codification vs personalisation: A study of the information evaluation practice between aerospace and construction industries. International Journal of Information Management, 30(4), 315-325.
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    2010 Wild, P. J., McMahon, C., Darlington, M., Liu, S., & Culley, S. (2010). A diary study of information needs and document usage in the engineering domain. Design Studies, 31(1), 46-73.
    DOI Scopus40
    2010 Ferioli, M., Dekoninck, E., Culley, S., Roussel, B., & Renaud, J. (2010). Understanding the rapid evaluation of innovative ideas in the early stages of design. International Journal of Product Development, 12(1), 67-83.
    DOI Scopus25
    2008 Tang, L., Zhao, Y., Austin, S., Darlington, M., & Culley, S. (2008). Overload of information or lack of high value information: Lessons learnt from construction. Proceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM, 851-860.
    Scopus4
    2007 McIntosh, R., Owen, G., Culley, S., & Mileham, T. (2007). Changeover improvement: Reinterpreting Shingo's "SMED" methodology. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 54(1), 98-111.
    DOI Scopus30
    2007 Liu, S., McMahon, C., Darlington, M., Culley, S., & Wild, P. (2007). EDCMS: A content management system for engineering documents. International Journal of Automation and Computing, 4(1), 56-70.
    DOI Scopus8
    2005 McMahon, C., Giess, M., & Culley, S. (2005). Information management for through life product support: The curation of digital engineering data. International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 1(1), 26-42.
    DOI Scopus26
    2004 McMahon, C., Lowe, A., & Culley, S. (2004). Knowledge management in engineering design: Personalization and codification. Journal of Engineering Design, 15(4), 307-325.
    DOI Scopus184
    2004 McMahon, C., Lowe, A., Culley, S., Corderoy, M., Crossland, R., Shah, T., & Stewart, D. (2004). Waypoint: An integrated search and retrieval system for engineering documents. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 4(4), 329-338.
    DOI Scopus52
    2004 Lowe, A., McMahon, C., & Culley, S. (2004). Characterising the requirements of engineering information systems. International Journal of Information Management, 24(5), 401-422.
    DOI Scopus44
    2002 McMahon, C., Crossland, R., Lowe, A., Shah, T., Sims Williams, J., & Culley, S. (2002). No zero match browsing of hierarchically categorized information entities. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing: AIEDAM, 16(3), 243-257.
    DOI Scopus19
    2001 Darlington, M., Culley, S., & Potter, S. (2001). Knowledge and reasoning: Issues raised in automating the conceptual design of fluid power systems. International Journal of Fluid Power, 2(2), 75-85.
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    1998 Culley, S. (1998). Designing with standard parts. Engineering Designer, 24(5), 8-11.
    Scopus2
    1996 McIntosh, R., Culley, S., Gest, G., Mileham, T., & Owen, G. (1996). An assessment of the role of design in the improvement of changeover performance. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 16(9), 5-22.
    DOI Scopus33
    1996 Culley, S., & Chawdhry, P. (1996). Flying around the wide world of the web. Design engineering London, 24-26.
    Scopus3
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Culley, S. (2016). Foreword.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2014 Cash, P., & Culley, S. (2014). The role of experimental studies in design research. In The Routledge Companion to Design Research (pp. 175-189).
    Scopus8
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Marjanovic, D., Culley, S., Lindemann, U., McAloone, T., & Weber, C. (2016). Preface. In Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN Vol. DS 84.
    2016 Shi, L., Newnes, L., Culley, S., Gopsill, J., & Sinder, C. (2016). Data-Driven modelling: Towards interpreting and understanding process evolution of In-Service engineering projects. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology Vol. 467 (pp. 291-300).
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    2015 Shi, L., Newnes, L., Culley, S., Gopsill, J., Jones, S., & Snider, C. (2015). Identifying and visualising kpis for collaborative engineering projects: A knowledge based approach. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED Vol. 3 (pp. 377-386).
    Scopus5
    2014 Shi, L., Gopsill, J. A., Snider, C., Jones, S., Newnes, L., & Culley, S. (2014). Towards identifying pattern in engineering documents to aid project planning. In Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN Vol. 2014-January (pp. 1873-1882).
    Scopus4
    2014 Shi, L., Gopsill, J. A., Newnes, L., & Culley, S. (2014). A Sequence-Based Approach to Analysing and Representing Engineering Project Normality. In Proceedings - International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, ICTAI Vol. 2014-December (pp. 967-973).
    DOI Scopus4
    2013 Carey, E., Culley, S., & Weber, F. (2013). Establishing key elements for handling in-service information and knowledge. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED Vol. 6 DS75-06 (pp. 11-20).
    Scopus4
    2012 Carey, E., Culley, S., McAlpine, H., Weber, F., & Xie, Y. (2012). Key issues in the take-up of knowledge management interventions in engineering design. In Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN Vol. DS 70 (pp. 1405-1414).
    Scopus1
    2012 Barrie, J., & Culley, S. (2012). Creating a component selection resource for undergraduate design teaching. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012 (pp. 199-204).
    2011 Cash, P., Ben, H., Culley, S., & Salustri, F. (2011). Designer behaviour and activity: An industrial observation method. In ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design Vol. 2 (pp. 151-162).
    Scopus7
    2011 Culley, S., & Hicks, B. (2011). Preface by the Programme Chair. In ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design Vol. 1.
    2011 Darlington, M., Howard, T., Ball, A., Culley, S., & McMahon, C. (2011). Data management planning in engineering design and manufacturing research. In ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design Vol. 6 (pp. 65-75).
    Scopus1
    2011 Snider, C., Dekoninck, E., & Culley, S. (2011). Studying the appearance and effect of creativity within the the latter stages of the product development process. In Proceedings of the DESIRE'11 Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design (pp. 317-328).
    DOI Scopus6
    2010 McAlpine, H. C., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2010). Improving re-use of informal information through the creation of an Engineering Electronic Logbook (EEL) - A demonstrator. In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009 Vol. 2 (pp. 843-850).
    Scopus2
    2009 Howard, T., Culley, S., & Dekoninck, E. (2009). Creative stimulation in conceptual design: An analysis of industrial case studies. In 2008 Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC 2008 Vol. 4 (pp. 161-170).
    Scopus2
    2009 Cash, P., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2009). The challenges facing ethnographic design research: A proposed methodological solution. In DS 58-2: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. 2 (pp. 287-298).
    Scopus5
    2009 Štorga, M., Darlington, M., Culley, S., & Marjanović, D. (2009). Toward a process and method for tracing the development of information objects used in engineering design. In DS 58-8: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (pp. 19-30).
    Scopus7
    2009 McAlpine, H., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2009). Comparing the information content of formal and informal design documents: Lessons for more complete design records. In DS 58-8: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (pp. 75-86).
    Scopus5
    2009 Hicks, B., Larsson, A., Culley, S., & Larsson, T. (2009). A methodology for evaluating Technology Readiness during product development. In DS 58-3: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. 3 (pp. 157-168).
    Scopus19
    2009 Howard, T., Culley, S., & Dekoninck, E. (2009). Stimulating creativity: A more practical alternative to TRIZ. In DS 58-5: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. 5 (pp. 205-216).
    Scopus8
    2008 Howard, T., Culley, S., & Dekoninck, E. (2008). Creative stimulation in conceptual design: An analysis of industrial case studies. In Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference Vol. 4 (pp. 161-170).
    DOI Scopus6
    2008 Tang, L. C. M., Zhao, Y., Austin, S., Darlington, M., & Culley, S. (2008). A characteristic based information evaluation model. In International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings (pp. 89-92).
    DOI Scopus4
    2007 Outram, G., Stevens, C., & Culley, S. (2007). Extended group design activities for the enterprise society. In DS 43: Proceedings of E and PDE 2007, the 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (pp. 75-80).
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    2007 Reik, M., Owen, G., Culley, S., McIntosh, R., & Mileham, T. (2007). Integrating product and manufacturing system design to minimise changeover losses. In Proceedings of ICED 2007, the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. DS 42.
    Scopus1
    2007 McAlpine, H., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2007). Characterising personal information in the engineering domain. In Proceedings of ICED 2007, the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. DS 42.
    Scopus4
    2007 Howard, T., Culley, S., & Dekoninck, E. (2007). Creativity in the engineering design process. In Proceedings of ICED 2007, the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. DS 42.
    Scopus28
    2007 Owen, G., Culley, S., Reik, M., McIntosh, R., & Mileham, T. (2007). Using differing classification methodologies to identify a full compliment of potential changeover improvement opportunities. In Complex Systems Concurrent Engineering: Collaboration, Technology Innovation and Sustainability (pp. 337-344).
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    1999 Lowe, A., McMahon, C., Shah, T., & Culley, S. (1999). A method for the study of information use profiles for design engineers. In Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference Vol. 3 (pp. 109-119).
    DOI Scopus12
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Culley, S., Maier, H. R., Westra, S., & Bennett, B. (2021). Identifying critical climate conditions for use in scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Poster session presented at the meeting of Environmental Modelling and Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD.
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    2018 Culley, S. A., Westra, S., Maier, H. R., & Bennett, B. (2018). An R tool for scenario-neutral climate impact analysis of water resource systems. Poster session presented at the meeting of 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.
    2018 Culley, S. A., Westra, S., Maier, H. R., & Bennett, B. (2018). Identifying the climate variables to which water resource systems are most sensitive. Poster session presented at the meeting of 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.
    2018 Bennett, B. S., Westra, S., & Culley, S. (2018). An R tool for climate resilience analysis of water resource systems. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.
    2017 Bennett, B. S., Culley, S., & Westra, S. (2017). Generating perturbed hydroclimate time series for use in scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Software

    Year Citation
    2018 Bennett, B. S., Culley, S., Westra, S., Guo, D., & Maier, H. (2018). foreSIGHT: Systems Insights from Generation of Hydroclimatic Timeseries (Version 0.9.2) [Computer Software]. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=foreSIGHT: CRAN.
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131231
  • Email: sam.culley@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor N2
  • Room: N2 23
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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