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School of Civil and Resource Engineering
 January 2013
Wednesday 23
23:00 - EVENT - Last chance to change your preference to engineering at UWA in 2013 : Jan 23 is final closing date for changing TISC preferences! Website | More Information
If you’re going to do engineering at a WA uni this year, ask yourself:

Which uni’s engineering graduates are the most sought-after? Which courses best match the top overseas programs? And which world-class engineering degree comes with hands-on industry experience?

The answer is... UWA, the State’s only World Top 100 university.

So, before it’s too late, you may want to switch unis now. Go to https://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/the-faculty/change-the-world/

 February 2013
Thursday 07
16:00 - SEMINAR - Particle capture by cylindrical collectors in aquatic environmental processes : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
Particle capture, whereby suspended particles contact and adhere to a solid surface (a ‘collector’), is an important mechanism for a range processes. The filtering of aerosols and the analysis of particle deposition over heat exchanger surfaces are two examples of mayor importance for industry. In aquatic environmental systems, the rate of particle capture determines the efficiencies of processes such as seagrass pollination, suspension feeding by corals, larval settlement and ’filtering’ by wetland vegetation. Particle laden flows in aquatic systems are typically characterized by low-inertia particles and low collector Reynolds numbers (Re). But flow conditions may well be above Re=1 (the limit of the existing theory), and even above the onset of vortex shedding (i.e. Re > 47 for cylindrical collectors of circular section). We have used two- and three-dimensional direct numerical simulations (DNS) to accurately quantify the rate of capture of low-inertiaparticles from Re->0 up to Re =1000. By doing so, we were able to extend the applicability of the existing low-Re analytical expressions for estimating the fluid velocity around a circular cylinder at higher Re; and to describe thespatial variability of the self-induced oscillatory conditions near the leading face of the cylinder when vortex shedding is present, and their influence on particle trajectories and capture efficiency. Our results fill a gap between theory and experiment by providing, for the first time, predictive capability for particle capture by aquatic collectors in wide (and relevant) Reynolds number, particle size and particle density ranges
Monday 18
9:00 - COURSE - Introductory Statistics : A short course using SPSS Website | More Information
The aim of this course is to introduce you to basic statistics. It will cover descriptive statistics (means and standard deviations); data exploration; basic categorical data analysis; simple linear regression and basic analysis of variance (ANOVA).

Subsidised rates are available for UWA Graduate Research Students.

Please register online.
Tuesday 26
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Enactus UWA Information Session More Information
Enactus UWA is part of an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

If you'd like to find out more about what we do, come to this Information Session to learn about our projects, meet the team and find out how you can get involved.
Wednesday 27
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Enactus UWA Information Session More Information
Enactus UWA is part of an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

If you'd like to find out more about what we do, come to this Information Session to learn about our projects, meet the team and find out how you can get involved.

 March 2013
Friday 01
9:00 - EVENT - UWA Careers Centre - 2013 Management Consultancy & Investment Bank Day : Graduating in 2013 and want to work for a management consultancy or Investment Bank? Come along and meet the employers…all on one day! Website | More Information
Firms include:

Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company, Momentum Partners, Partners in Performance (PIP), Port Jackson Partners (PJP), and UBS.

Register on CareerHub - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au/ViewEvent.chpx?id=139097

Venue details will be sent through UWA CareerHub closer to the date, so ensure your CareerHub details are up to date.
Monday 04
10:00 - EVENT - UWA Historical Society March 4th Convocation Centenary: Photo Shoot at 10am : All welcome on the steps of the old St George's Hall 500 Hay St Perth to celebrate 100 years to the day of the first meeting of UWA's Convocation. Website | More Information
You are invited to join us mark the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the University of Western Australia’s Convocation.

The First meeting was held on March 4th 1913 in St George’s Hall, Hay St near the corner of Irwin Street. The historic façade including the portico, steps and tall white columns were restored when the new Perth District Court was constructed behind it at 500 Hay Street. To celebrate the Centenary of this meeting, a photo-shoot of 100 'graduates' will take place on the steps of the façade at 10am on Monday March 4th 2013.

The UWA Historical Society would be delighted if you could join us.

If you have academic robes, please bring them. If not please come anyway, as having just a few robed members will provide the ‘flavour’. Balloons for a joint release will be provided.

Monday March 4th is a public Holiday (Labour Day). There should be nearby street parking available and there is a public parking station across the road at King’s Hotel.

The UWA Centum will be there
Thursday 07
16:00 - SEMINAR - Spatial Variability in Transitional Response of Vegetation Indices to Surface Temperature : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
Vegetation activities sensitively responsd to topological conditions and a changing climate. To better understand vegetation dynamics under varying environmental conditions, we analyse observations of vegetation indices, Land Surface Temperature (LST), air temperature, and precipitation of a deciduous broadleaf forest in Korea over an eleven year period from year 2000 to 2010. While a positive relationship between EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index) and LST is established for all seasons, independent of elevation, the EVI-LST relationship exhibits a threshold above which the rate of EVI change over LST changes significantly. This transitional point is associated with the condition that the air temperature triggers the start of the growing season, while soil moisture is more critical during the growing season. The EVI-LST relationship above the threshold exhibits a hysteresis loop, i.e., rising limb differs from falling limb. We identify two types of hysteresis patterns, i.e., a single loop and a twisted loop. The variation in loop width between the ascending and descending paths contains a signature in annual precipitation from the concurrent year. In our analysis, annual precipitation above 1,600 mm is associated with an LST difference of more than 5 oC in the loop width.

The analysis was extended to Bosnia, West Virginia (USA), and Tasmania (Australia) with similar climate regimes i.e. temperate but varying in rainfall patterns and vegetation composition. Inter-annual EVI-LST plots in Kor, Bos, and WV exhibit a similarity in the threshold, but the threshold is absent in the Australian sites. This trait is attributed to extreme low winter temperature in Kor, Bos, and WV, but all sites essentially exhibit a similar response rate, which suggests that vegetation in similar climate regimes displays a convergence in response to temperature, independent of species composition. The annual EVI-LST relationship exhibits hysteresis loops at all study sites. The shapes of the loops well depict annual rainfall variability in Kor but not in Bos and WV. The loop trajectories are very likely to display a photosynthetic response to moisture availability. This response pattern in the EVI and LST relationship further highlights the sensitivity of EVI to assess biophysical conditions of vegetation.
Friday 08

Every year Australia’s leading employers travel the country looking for high quality graduates and undergraduates. The Big Meet is your opportunity to meet up to 100 of these organisations in one day, in one location.

The Big Meet is the ultimate careers fair for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from all disciplines. Whether you're looking for graduate employment, a new job, vacation work, an international internship, a gap-year experience, voluntary work, travel, overseas opportunities, a teaching job or postgraduate education, The Big Meet can get you started. Don't miss out!

Entry is FREE, and you'll get some fantastic free stuff as well.

Register for the event via: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheBigMeet2013Perth Further Information For more info, visit The Big Meet website www.thebigmeet.com.au

Confirmed Exhibitors To Date

ABB Australia, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), Accenture, ACS Foundation, Alcoa of Australia, Arup, Aurecon, Aurizon, AusAID, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Federal Police, Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD), Chevron, Clough Projects Pty Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Finance (WA), Department of Human Services, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Department of Regional Development and Lands, Department of State Development , Department of Treasury (WA), Department of Veterans' Affairs, Edmund Rice Camps WA, Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd, Fortescue Metals Group, GradConnection, Graduate Opportunities, Hatch, Hays Recruitment, IBM, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Intergen, KBR, Kiewit, KordaMentha, Lawler McGillivray, Leighton Contractors Pty Limited, Linfox Logistics, Main Roads WA, Mainfreight, Monadelphous Group Limited, Meltwater Group, National Australia Bank, Navitas Workforce Solutions, Newcrest Mining, NRW Civil & Mining, PPB Advisory, Public Transport Authority WA, Readygrad, Real Gap, Rio Tinto, Shell Australia, Sinclair Knight Merz, SThree, Subsea 7, Teach For Australia, Technip, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, The Tax Institute, Thiess, Water Corporation, Woodside.
Saturday 09
8:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Empower Camp : Meet people. Explore Ideas. Leadership Skills Website | More Information
Engineers Without Borders and Enactus have collided in an explosion of colour and magnificence to bring you Empower Camp 2013!

What: Meet like-minded people. Explore and discuss ideas around development, poverty, and social justice. Develop leadership skills. There will be workshops, sport, a movie night and great food, all in a festival-like atmosphere. The weekend is all-inclusive and covers all food, accomodation, transport and some special extras!

Where and When: Meet at 8am on Saturday 9th March at the Perth Belltower, Barrack St Jetty. We will travel to Fairbridge Village for Saturday evening and return to the Belltower at 5pm on Sunday 10th March.

"Why Empower Camp?", you may ask. Engineers Without Borders and Enactus focus their efforts in different sectors, yet share the philosophy of helping marginalised communities through empowerment. The idea of community empowerment will be explored futher during the camp, but we highly recommend googling it now if you're curious!

What to bring: Sleeping bag, pillowcase, towel, toiletries. Optionals: runners, bathers, clothes suitable for running or yoga.

*March 9th is election day. Please cast an early vote so that we can maximise our time to enjoy Fairbridge. If you are unable to do so, the bus will stop at a polling booth en route to Fairbridge.

The Empower Camp is an all ages event and is alcohol and drug free. By purchasing a ticket you consent to not bring or consume alcohol for the duration of the camp.
Thursday 14
16:00 - SEMINAR - Improving water quality through improved prediction : SESE Seminar More Information
Water quality and aquatic ecology models are widely used to facilitate management and scientific understanding of catchments, lakes, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and marine systems. But how good are these models? In recent years, numerous authors have argued that they have failed to keep up with advances in scientific understanding, remain highly disciplinary, and fail to adequately assess or reign in uncertainty. Here I will discuss current research trends and outline the need for new approaches able to deal with complexity, non-stationarity and uncertainty in future scenarios. Emerging data streams from new monitoring technologies, improved processing of existing sources such as satellite observations, citizen science initiatives, open-access monitoring data initiatives and real-time data portals all hold the potential to improve the way we run and assess environmental models. But the question remains: how can these diverse datasets be brought together in way that allows us to advance model accuracy and more constructively inform management?
Monday 18
13:00 - BARBEQUE - UEC Sustainable BBQ : Free/Donation Sustainable BBQ with Kangaroo sausages outside FECM More Information
Free/Donation Sustainable BBQ with Kangaroo sausages outside FECM
Tuesday 26
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Feynman Messenger Lecture More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening one of the widely acclaimed recorded lectures by famous physicist Richard Feynmann. Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available.

For more details email us at [email protected]

 April 2013
Wednesday 03
9:00 - CANCELLED - COURSE - Introduction to statistics : A short course using Microsoft Excel Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the presenter is no longer available to deliver this course.


This course aims to provide you with an introduction to the facilities available in MS Excel from a statistical point of view. As well as an introduction to Excel, spreadsheet functions and graphics, it concentrates on performing basic statistical methods, producing charts and tables, and discusses the limitations of Excel when it comes to more complex statistical analysis.

Discount fees are available to UWA Postgraduate Research Students.
Tuesday 09
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Memento (2000) More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening the film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano. What this got to do with physics? Not much but we promise it will be good fun!

Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available. For more details email us at [email protected]
Wednesday 10
13:00 - EVENT - Food 2050 - The UWA Institute of Agriculture 2013 Industry forum : Join us for an afternoon of discussion about arguably the biggest issue facing humanity: how to feed nine billion people in 2050 without destroying the planet. Website | More Information
Building on the theme of the UWA Future Farm 2050 Project

The biggest issue facing humanity: how to feed 9 billion people in 2050 without destroying the planet. What science and technology is needed to meet this challenge?

Time: 1:00pm – 5:15pm followed by refreshments

Cost $40 + GST - RSVP for catering purposes by 2 April 2013 purchase tickets online at https://www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/industry-forum/


1.00pm Welcome: W/Professor Kadambot Siddique, AM FTSE, Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair, Director,The UWA Institute of Agriculture (IOA), UWA

1.10pm Why are we here?: Mr Graham Laitt, Managing Director, Milne Agrigroup Pty Ltd

1.28pm Future Food and Health: W/Professor Peter Leedman, Deputy Director, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR)

1:40pm Food Security or Food Quality for Australia?: Professor William Erskine, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), UWA

1.53pm CGE animal food production: W/Professor Graeme Martin, Head, School of Animal Biology, Deputy Director,Chair of Animal Science, The UWA Institute of Agriculture

2.05pm Farming and Biodiversity: Mr Chris Curnow, Program Manager – Southwest Australia Land Manager Engagement WWF-Australia

2.17pm Energy Independence: W/Professor Dongke Zhang, Director, UWA Centre for Energy

2.30pm Valuing Water: Asst/Professor Nik Callow, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

2.43pm Soils alive and productive: W/Professor Andrew Whiteley, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

2.55pm Afternoon Tea

3:22pm Food provenance: W/Professor John Watling, Centre for Forensic Science, UWA

3:35pm Instant monitoring of food quality: W/Professor Laurie Faraone, School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UWA 3.48pm People/Rural Communities: Professor Matthew Tonts, Head, School of Earth and Environment, UWA

4:00pm Farmhouse Design for the Regions: Asst/Professor Patrick Beale, Chair of Architecture, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA

4.12pm Rural Enterprises: W/Professor Tim Mazzarol, UWA Business School

4.25pm Financial World View

4.38pm The Oxford Example and US Examples: Dr Annie Kerr, 3E Farming; Catherine Marriott, Influential Women,2012 WA RIRDC Rural Women’s Award recipient and the National Runner-up

4.50pm Summing Up and Discussion: W/Professor Peter Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

5:10pm Refreshments
Tuesday 16
12:30 - SEMINAR - FASE Use of “eportfolios” for students : Reflect on learning in a project in a Civil Engineering Website | More Information
Thursday 18
16:00 - SEMINAR - Scales and balances: The use of dimensionless numbers to classify transport, reaction and aquatic connectivity : SESE Seminar More Information
Assessing the potential for transfer of pollutants and nutrients across catchments, water bodies and coastal areas is of primary importance under changing land use and climate. Over the past decade the connectivity/disconnectivity dynamic of a catchment has been related to its potential to export material, however we continue to use multiple definitions of connectivity, and most have focused strongly on physical (hydrological or hydraulic) connectivity. In contrast, this paper constantly focuses on the dynamic balance between transport and material transformation, and defines material connectivity as the effective transfer of material between elements of the hydrological cycle. The concept of exposure timescales is developed and used to define three distinct regimes: I which is hydrologically connected and transport is dominated by advection; II which is hydrologically connected and transport is dominated by diffusion; and III which is materially isolated. The ratio of exposure timescales to material processing timescales is presented as the non-dimensional number, NE, where NE is reaction-specific and allows estimation of relevant spatial scales over which the reactions of interest take place. Case studies within each regime provide examples of how NE can be used to characterise systems according to their sensitivity to shifts in hydrology or hydrodynamics, and gain insight into the biogeochemical processes that are significant under the specified conditions. Finally, we explore the implications of the NE framework for improved water management, and for our understanding of biodiversity, resilience and chemical competitiveness under specified conditions.

 May 2013
Thursday 02
19:00 - EVENT - QUIZ NIGHT: University Physics Society : UPS Annual Quiz Night. Prizes to be won! More Information
The University Physics Society will be having its annual Quiz Night this Thursday night at the Tav. It's a chance to show off your general knowledge whilst enjoying a few drinks with your friends, and have a chance to win great prizes! Doors open at 7pm. Quiz starts 7.30pm.

This event is 18+ only.

Tickets: $10 for UPS Members, $12 for non members, $72 for a table of 8 if purchased by a UPS Member.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in Room 2.71 of the Physics Building weekdays between 1pm and 2pm.

Contact us via [email protected] for further details.
Friday 03
19:00 - EVENT - 95th Annual University Engineers' Club Ball Website | More Information
That time of the year has come again where it's time to dust off your suits and slip on your dresses. This year the University Engineers' Club is proud to celebrate its 95th Annual Ball on the 3rd of May at The Hyatt Regency.

Tickets will be on sale every day outside the Clough Centre at 1pm. Online tickets can be bought here https://www.trybooking.com/CRXD

Early Bird Tickets: $115 Normal and Online Tickets : $125

10 people per table

This event is 18+ and ID is required

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