Andrea is a chartered civil engineer with a postgraduate degree in environmental engineering from Imperial College, London. She has over 20 years’ engineering and research experience in water, wastewater, stormwater and environmental assessment, having worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia.
Since joining the Institute in 2001, Andrea has managed and been the key researcher on a wide range of projects involving the application of integrated resource planning (IRP)/least cost planning (LCP)—an internationally recognised best practice approach to water planning and management. She has been involved in all stages of IRP: strategic long-term and drought response planning; survey design and analysis; detailed demand forecasting; efficiency option design, analysis and costing; development of pilot studies; implementation/budget plans; and evaluation of savings from implemented efficiency programs.
Andrea has worked with water service providers in most major cities (Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth) and many regional centres (Ballarat, Geelong, Wagga Wagga and Alice Springs). She has conducted IRP projects at both an urban and regional scale, investigating demand forecasts and efficiency options for urban, industrial and agricultural sectors in Australia and overseas. She has also worked with the IWA, EU SWITCH, WSAA and NWC to develop guides, training, models and tools to aid the water industry both nationally and internationally. Andrea has presented the findings of her research and provided workshops on end use analysis, demand management and IRP nationally and internationally.
Andrea has also been involved in research associated with smart meters, energy efficiency, distributed systems and water recycling. Andrea has recently led two projects on evaluation: an energy efficiency program in Queensland implemented in 400,000 houses, and a water efficiency program in Newcastle conducted on 4 residential programs and 50 schools using smart metering for leakage management.