Dr David Marlow: researching asset management and sustainability in the water sector
Dr David Marlow's primary research areas are in developing risk-based tools and approaches for the sustainable management of sewerage and water assets.
14 September 2009 | Updated 10 May 2013
Dr David Marlow leads the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship's Urban Water Futures stream. His current research relates to the development of risk-based tools and approaches for the sustainable management of sewerage and water assets, including the development of CSIRO's Pipeline Asset and Risk Management System (PARMS) suite of software tools.
He is also actively researching the role that asset management plays in the achievement of sustainability goals, and is applying his expertise in asset condition and performance and pipe rehabilitation across a range of industry projects.
Research topics of special interest have included:
- sustainability-based asset management
- strategic and tactical asset management for water utilities
- decision support tools for water utilities
- pragmatic risk assessment and management for the water sector
- condition and performance assessment and monitoring.
Dr Marlow started his career within the manufacturing sector in a number of roles before undertaking his doctoral studies.
Dr Marlow was then employed by the Water Research Centre (WRC) in the United Kingdom (UK), where he worked as a consultant engineer for six years. While at WRC, he gained experience on a wide range of projects both in the UK and overseas, and developed his knowledge of risk-based asset management.
Dr David Marlow's current research relates to the development of risk-based tools and approaches for the sustainable management of sewerage and water assets.
In 2005 he took up an offer to move to Australia and work for CSIRO in the Urban Water Infrastructure team.
Dr Marlow has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, England, UK, 1992
- Master of Science in Marine Resources Development and Protection from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1993
- Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and Engineering) from the Heriot-Watt University, 1999.
His doctoral thesis is titled Modelling the Benthic Impact of Coastal Discharges.
Dr Marlow is the author of 15 conference papers, seven journal articles, two international reports, and numerous national reports and best practice documents.
Dr Marlow has won several awards including:
- Heriot-Watt Millennium PhD Scholarship
- Glynwed Engineering Scholarship.
Dr Marlow is a member of the:
- International Water Association
- Australian Water Association.
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