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Dr Malcolm Gillies

Dr Malcolm Gillies
Name Malcolm Gillies
Position Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulic Engineering and Irrigation)
Section Centre for Agricultural Engineering (Operations)
Office P9-131
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1715
Extension 1715
Email
Qualifications BEng USQ , PhD USQ

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 099999 )
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified ( 079999 )
  • Other Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 409999 )
  • Other Agricultural ( 309999 )

Research interests
Surface Irrigation: Hydraulic models for estimation of soil intake parameters. Developing modelling tools for performance evaluation and system optimisation.

Smart Irrigation: Implementing automated control and sensing systems for broadacre cropping. Working towards precision autonomous irrigation systems.

Pressurised Irrigation: Decision support tools for gated pipes and predicting wind distortion of spray patterns from travelling gun machines.

USQ Research affiliations

  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)

Currently teaching courses/programs
ENV2103 Hydraulics I
ENV3104 Hydraulics II
ENV2902 Hydraulics Practice
AGR3903 Soil and Water Practice 2

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
10 Years

Research most recent
Smith, R.J. Uddin, M.J. Gillies M.H. (2018) "Estimating irrigation duration for high performance furrow irrigation on cracking clay soils" Agricultural Water Management 206, 78-85

Uddin, M.J. Smith, R.J. Gillies M.H. P Moller, D Robson (2018) "Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton" Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 144 (5), 04018005

Smith, R.J. Uddin, M.J. Gillies M.H., Moller P., Clurey, K. (2016) "Evaluating the performance of automated bay irrigation" Irrigation science 34 (3), 175-185

Moavenshahidi A ,Smith, R.J. Gillies M.H. (2016) "Seepage losses in the Coleambally Irrigation Area–loss estimates from channel automation data" Australian Journal of Water Resources 20 (1), 78-88

Gillies M.H. & Smith, R.J. (2015) SISCO: surface irrigation simulation, calibration and optimisation" Irrigation science 33 (5), 339-355

Morris, M.R. Hussain, A, Gillies, M.H. O’Halloran, N.J. (2015) "Inflow rate and border irrigation performance" Agricultural Water Management 155, 76-86


Research most notable
Smith, R.J., Gillies, M.H. (2010) "Head Ditch Hydraulics and the Variability of Inflows to Irrigation Furrows." Irrigation and Drainage, 59(4) pp. 442-452

Gillies, M.H., Smith, R.J., and Raine, S. R. (2011) "Evaluating whole field irrigation performance using statistical inference of inter-furrow infiltration variation " Biosystems Engineering, 110(2). pp. 134-143

Smith, R.J., Gillies, M.H., Newell, G. and Foley, J.P. (2008) "A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines." Biosystems Engineering, 100(1). pp. 126-136

Gillies, M. H. and Smith, R. J. and Raine, S. R. (2007) "Accounting for temporal inflow variation in the inverse solution for infiltration in surface irrigation." Irrigation Science, 25 (2). pp. 87-97. ISSN 0342-7188

Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H. and Newell, G. and Foley, Joseph P. (2007) "A Decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines." In: CIGR World Congress 2006: Agricultural Engineering for a better world, 3-7 Sep 2006, Bonn, Germany.

Gillies, M. H. and Smith, R. J. (2005) "Infiltration parameters from surface irrigation advance and run-off data." Irrigation Science, 24 (1). pp. 25-35. ISSN 0342-7188


Publications in ePrints

Smith, R. J. and Uddin, M. J. and Gillies, M. H. (2018) Estimating irrigation duration for high performance furrow irrigation on cracking clay soils. Agricultural Water Management, 206. pp. 78-85. ISSN 0378-3774

Gillies, Malcolm H. and Foley, Joseph P. and McCarthy, Alison C. (2018) Improving surface irrigation. In: Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), United States, pp. 225-262. ISBN 978-1-4987-5412-5

Uddin, J. and Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H. and Moller, P. and Robson, D. (2018) Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 144 (5). 04018005-1. ISSN 0733-9437

Gillies, M. and Attard, S. and Foley, J. (2017) Modernisation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry: final report 2014/079. Project Report. Sugar Research Australia , Brisbane, Australia. [Report]

Gillies, Malcolm and Attard, Steven and Jaramillo, Andres and Davis, Marian and Foley, Joseph (2017) Smart automation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry. In: 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2017), 3-5 May 2017, Cairns, Australia.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 099999 )
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified ( 079999 )
  • Other Engineering not elsewhere classified ( 409999 )
  • Other Agricultural ( 309999 )


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