12 December 2013

Professor John Argue In the year of one of his greatest career acknowledgements, the awarding of the Officer of the Order of Australia, University of South Australia Adjunct Professor John Argue is still proving his water warrior credentials by passionately advocating for better ways of managing stormwater.

This week he will deliver a special lecture – Water Sensitive Urban Design and Green Infrastructure: a cost effective and sustainable strategy for urban re-development - celebrating his achievements with a typical passion for education about the issues.

The lecture will be held from 2.30 pm December 13 at The Science Exchange 55 Exchange Place Adelaide.

Through a lifetime of practical experiences and high quality research and demonstration, Prof Argue has championed intelligent solutions for managing urban water that are sustainable - environmentally and economically.

Prof Argue presents a compelling case for the development of water design strategies for whole of catchment adoption that completely eliminate the need for multi-million dollar stormwater infrastructure upgades.  

Prof Ague’s earliest career posting was in flood mitigation engineering with the NSW Public Works Department.

He then worked as a research engineer at the Water Research Laboratory at the University of New South Wales and later lectured in hydraulics and hydrology at the SA Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia), and lead significant research from its Mawson Lakes campus in water recycling and stormwater management systems.

His early interest in flooding has borne fruit in the form of two practice manuals – a storm drainage manual published in 1986, and the handbook, Water Sensitive Urban Design: basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater, which he edited and contributed to.

The Handbook is central to the 41 two-day workshops Prof Argue has presented across the nation for Engineering Education Australia over the past eight years.

In November Prof Argue was given one of the highest industry honours being named in the National Committee of Water Engineering Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honours individuals who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to the water engineering profession in Australia. These individuals have shaped the theory and practice of water engineering.

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli office: 08 8302 0966 mobile: 0418 823 673 email: Michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au

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