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Ben Kele

Director
Engineered Water Cycle

Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) Masters of Applied Science Current Study: PhD in Use of Zeolites for addressing Salinity and Sodicity in Water Treatment

Ben has 20 years experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of water treatment facilities. He has extensive experience in decentralised installations and addressing the concerns of salinity and sodicity in recycled water. He is recognised as a leader in the management, treatment, and beneficial use of wastewater streams that have ‘difficult’ chemistry, organic loads and/or environmental license conditions

  • Water treatment: potable water, wastewater, stormwater, and industrial effluents
  • Salinity and Sodicity in water treatment
  • Lecturing the Engineered Water Cycle at Central Queensland University
  • Managing research projects and patenting/commercialising outcomes
  • Design, Build, Operate and Maintain of water infrastructure
  • Coordinating staff and contractors to achieve the best results for projects
  • Technical writing, reports, manuals, information bulletins and communication tools

Memberships:

  • Australian Water Association
  • Environmental Engineers

Paul Thomas

Construction/Installation Water Treatment Systems & Water Treatment Plant Operations

Certificate IV In Assessment and Workplace Training Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Biology) Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) Bachelor of Science Honours (Biology) Masters of Applied Science (Biology)

Paul has recently completed his research Masters titled ‘Use of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry in the Assessment of Floristic Change in Central Queensland.’ He has extensive laboratory experience including working for: Queensland Medical Laboratory performing routine endocrine testing of blood samples in their Radioisotopes Laboratory; Australian Laboratory Services testing soil samples in their Soil Acid Sulphate Laboratory; and Central Queensland University running Elemental Analysis (CHNS) and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry of biological and soil samples for staff members, students and outside clients such as DPI, CSIRO, VicAg and Stanwell Power Station.

Key skills include:

  • Sample collection, preparation and analysis
  • Research planning, technical writing and reporting
  • Experience in general construction and concreting techniques involved in building a sewerage treatment plant

Tony Kodel

Water Treatment Plant Operator, Field technician, and Construction

David Taylor

Water Treatment Plant Operator, Field technician, and Construction

Ted Gardner

Consultant

B Agri. Sci. (University of Queensland 1969) M Agri. Sci. (University of Queensland 1978) Adjunct Professor (School of Urban Development, Faculty of Built Environment & Engineering Queensland University of Technology 2006) Adjunct Professor/Senior Research Fellow: part-time (Institute for Resource Industries Sustainability; Central Queensland University 2010-current)

Specialist Fields

  • Systems thinking as applied to the Urban Water Cycle
  • Metabolism of ecologically sensitive subdivisions (water, energy and nutrient balances)
  • Microbiology and quantitative microbial risk assessment of alternative urban water supplies
  • Energy and greenhouse gas footprint of alternative water and wastewater systems
  • Nutrient recovery and reuse from source separated waste streams (urine separating toilets at The Ecovillage at Currumbin)
  • Effectiveness of water sensitive design and erosion control in reducing contaminant export from urban subdivisions
  • Hydrology, geochemistry, sociology and energy aspects of urban rainwater systems
  • Effect of urbanisation and stormwater harvesting on the ecosystem health of urban creeks
  • Life Cycle Assessment of alternative urban water systems
  • Treatment and reuse of waste water for non-potable and potable uses
  • Performance and sustainability of decentralised wastewater treatment systems

Publications

  • 59 Journal papers
  • 149 Refereed conference papers
  • 56 Conference papers
  • 59 Workshop presentations
  • 129 Technical presentations to various special interest groups
  • 3 Book Chapters
  • 2 Monograph Chapters
  • 1 Editor of a Monograph on Purified Recycled Water – the Technical Issues

Memberships

  • Membership of Professional Association
  • Australian Water Association (AWA)
  • Australian Society of Soil Science (Served as treasurer, committee member and course convener, Queensland Branch)
  • International Water Association (IWA)

 

Guy Scott

Ozone and Marketing Specialist

Guy Scott has organised and imported proprietary ozone based water treatment equipment manufactured in Canada for Queensland Urban Utilities, specialised aeration equipment for Queensland University of Technology.