Dr Malcolm Gillies

Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulics and Irrigation), National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Malcolm Gillies

Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulics and Irrigation), National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Malcolm Gillies is a Senior Research Fellow in Irrigation Engineering based at the University of Southern Queensland in the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture. Malcolm’s research has involved the development of computer simulation models and field measurement techniques to evaluate and optimise the hydraulic performance of furrow irrigation, border check and travelling gun irrigation systems. Following from this Malcolm and the NCEA team have delivered short training courses both domestically and internationally. More recently he has been working with industry to develop smart automation systems for furrow irrigation of cotton and sugar cane. In addition Malcolm has experience in teaching at university level in the areas of civil engineering hydraulics, engineering modelling, problem solving and engineering statics.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.2 – E5.3 & E5.2 – E5.3

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 15.00 – 15.30 & Day 3 – Friday, 15 June 2018, 9.30 – 10.00

Abstract Outline: This presentation will outline the design of the system and the technology deployed at each of the three demonstration sites.

A particular focus of the work was the use of sensors to detect problems in the supply system and sensors to detect the completion of the irrigation. The application of these sensors and sample observations will be discussed.

The presentation will present the results of a cost benefit analysis performed on the three farms showing the system costs and the realised benefits in terms of energy tariffs, water costs, energy use, vehicle costs and labour costs.

Finally the presentation will explain how the project is moving to the next step of automation though investigating better ways to sense the crop, soil and climatic conditions.

© Irrigation Australia International Exhibition & Conference | Organised by Exhibitions and Trade Fairs | Privacy Statement | Terms Of Use