Dr Malcolm Gillies


Dr Malcolm Gillies
NameDr Malcolm Gillies
Email Addressmalcolm.gillies@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Water Engineering)
QualificationsBEng USQ, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Agriculture and Environmental Science
AffiliationsCentre for Agricultural Engineering
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1212-5081
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Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Research FellowNational Centre for Engineering in Agriculture and CRC for Irrigation Futures20072009
Lecturer (Hydraulics)Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland20092014
Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulic Engineering and Irrigation)Centre for Agricultural Engineering, University of Southern Queensland20142022
Senior Lecturer (Hydraulic Engineering and Irrigation)School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland20222024

Expertise

Surface Irrigation, Irrigation modelling, Furrow Irrigation, Travelling Gun Irrigators

Teaching

Current

AGR1109 Professionalism in Agriculture

AGR2301 Agricultural Science

AGR2902 Agricultural Field Practice

ENV4106 Irrigation Science

ENV4107 Water Resource Engineering

ENV5104 Advanced Hydraulic Systems

ENV3903 Soil and Water Engineering Practice 2

Past

ENV2103 Hydraulics 1

ENV3104 Hydraulics 2

ENG4104 Engineering Problem Solving Simulations

ENV2901 Soil and Water Engineering Practice 1

ENV2902 Hydraulics Practice

Fields of Research

  • 309999. Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences not elsewhere classified
  • 409999. Other engineering not elsewhere classified
BEng
USQ
2004
PhD
USQ
2009

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Stochastic hybrid optimisation of irrigation schedulingAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Use of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) technology to determine water movement within the landscapePrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2017

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Hydraulic performance characterisation of variable rate irrigation technologyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Development of an evaluation technique in near zero slope furrowed border systems with common water supplyPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2020
Improving design practices for drip irrigation systems installed in the Punjab province, PakistanAssociate SupervisorMasters2019
Irrigation performance of centre pivot end-guns operating in windy conditionsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2018
Project titleDetailsYear
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2Involved in 3 subprojects, funded by CRDC, SRA, Dairy Australia & DAFF2019
Training for RWUEI grant recipients in Southern QueenslandCotton Australia2018
Development of a decision support tool for Centre Pivot and Lateral Move irrigation machines on the Darling DownsCotton Australia2018
Precise real-time automated cotton irrigation for improved water productivity Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)2018
Improved irrigation system selection and operation for increased sugarcane productivity and profitabilitySugar Research Australia (SRA)2018
UQID Australia Africa Awards irrigation short courseUniversity of Queensland (UQ)2017
Improved Irrigation Efficiency for Indonesian Rice GrowersDFAT & Higgins consulting2016
Smarter Irrigation for ProfitCRDC, SRA, Dairy Australia & DAFF2015
African Sugar Training – SwazilandIllovo Sugar - Delivering Training on Surface Irrigation2015
Irrigation Training for PakistanUS AID2014
Modernisation of Furrow Irrigation in the Sugar Industry Sugar Research Australia (SRA)2014
Automation demonstration projectGoulburn-Murray Water2013
Commercial prototype smart automation system for furrow irrigation Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)2013
Preliminary Assessment of Deep Drainage in Furrow Irrigation in the Atherton Tableland RegionTableland Sugar Services2013
Surface Irrigation Training – BurdekinBSES Limited2013
Zambia Surface Irrigation TrainingIllovo Sugar - Delivering Training on Irrigation fundamentals and surface irrigation2013
Irrigation Fundamentals Course for the Sugar IndustryCanegrowers2012
Irrigation training for Kenyan irrigation specialists Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL)2012
Benchmarking Furrow Irrigation Efficiency in the Australian Cotton Industry CRDC & Cotton Catchment Communities CRC2011
Improving Border-Check Irrigation PerformanceMurray Dairy2010
Automation and Real Time Control of Furrow Irrigation CRDC & Cotton Catchment Communities CRC2009
Benchmarking Water Management in the Australian Cotton Industry Cotton Catchment Communities CRC2007
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2018Researcher of the Year AwardCotton Australia & CSD
2009Young Professionals AwardInternational Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
2020Associate EditorIrrigation Science - Springer
2018Australian Delegate for the Young Professionals TrainingChinese Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID) and International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
2016Young Tall Poppy Science AwardAustralian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS)

Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Taggle IrriMATE Irrigation Advance Sensor & SMS notifier

Gillies, Malcolm, Foley, Joseph and Kelderman, Simon. 2018. Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Taggle IrriMATE Irrigation Advance Sensor & SMS notifier. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton

Uddin, J., Smith, R. J., Gillies, M. H., Moller, P. and Robson, D.. 2018. "Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton." Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 144 (5), pp. 04018005-1. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0001282

Improving surface irrigation

Gillies, Malcolm H., Foley, Joseph P. and McCarthy, Alison C.. 2018. "Improving surface irrigation." Chen, Guangnan (ed.) Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. United States. CRC Press. pp. 225-262

Estimating irrigation duration for high performance furrow irrigation on cracking clay soils

Smith, R. J., 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2018.03.014

Smart automation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry

Gillies, Malcolm, Attard, Steven, Jaramillo, Andres, Davis, Marian and Foley, Joseph. 2017. "Smart automation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry." 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2017). Cairns, Australia 03 - 05 May 2017 Mackay, Australia.

Modernisation of furrow irrigation in the sugar industry: final report 2014/079

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

Knowledge management, sensing and control tools for irrigated broadacre cropping

McCarthy, Alison, Scobie, Michael, Gillies, Malcolm, Agustina, Lidya and Foley, Joseph. 2016. "Knowledge management, sensing and control tools for irrigated broadacre cropping." 19th Symposium on Precision Agriculture in Australasia. Toowoomba, Australia 12 - 13 Sep 2016

Evaluating the performance of automated bay irrigation

Smith, R. J., Uddin, J. M., Gillies, M. H., Moller, P. and Clurey, K.. 2016. "Evaluating the performance of automated bay irrigation." Irrigation Science. 34 (3), pp. 175-185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-016-0494-8

SISCO: surface irrigation simulation, calibration and optimisation

Gillies, M. H. and Smith, R. J.. 2015. "SISCO: surface irrigation simulation, calibration and optimisation." Irrigation Science. 33 (5), pp. 339-355. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-015-0470-8

Trends in the use of surface irrigation in Australian irrigated agriculture

Koech, R., Smith, R. and Gillies, M.. 2015. "Trends in the use of surface irrigation in Australian irrigated agriculture." Current. 42 (5), pp. 84-92.

CFD study of the hydraulic performance of large-diameter gated fluming

Koech, Richard, Mossad, Ruth, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2015. "CFD study of the hydraulic performance of large-diameter gated fluming." Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 141 (2), pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000795

Evaluation of the performance of automated bay irrigation of pasture and fodder

Smith, Rod, Uddin, Jasim and Gillies, Malcolm. 2015. "Evaluation of the performance of automated bay irrigation of pasture and fodder." Irrigation Australia Regional Conference 2015. Sydney, Australia 26 - 28 May 2015 Sydney, Australia.

Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton

Uddin, Jasim, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2015. "Smart automated furrow irrigation of cotton." Irrigation Australia Regional Conference 2015. Sydney, Australia 26 - 28 May 2015 Sydney, Australia.

Inflow rate and border irrigation performance

Morris, Michael R., Hussain, Amjed, Gillies, Malcolm H. and O'Halloran, Nicholas J.. 2015. "Inflow rate and border irrigation performance." Agricultural Water Management. 155, pp. 76-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.017

Evaluation of the performance of automated bay irrigation

Smith, Rod, Uddin, Jasim and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. Evaluation of the performance of automated bay irrigation. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

High performance automated furrow irrigation

Uddin, Jasim, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. "High performance automated furrow irrigation ." 17th Australian Cotton Conference (ACC 2014): Our Fibre, Our Focus, Our Future. Gold Coast, Australia 05 - 07 Aug 2014 Narrabri, Australia.

Controlling surface irrigation using digital devices

Uddin, Jasim, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. "Controlling surface irrigation using digital devices." Keppell, Mike and Reushle, Shirley (ed.) 2nd Digital Rural Futures Conference 2014. Toowoomba, Australia 25 - 27 Jun 2014 Toowoomba, Australia.

A simple strategy to manage furrow irrigation efficiently

Uddin, Jasim, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. "A simple strategy to manage furrow irrigation efficiently." 17th Australian Cotton Conference (ACC 2014): Our Fibre, Our Focus, Our Future. Gold Coast, Australia 05 - 07 Aug 2014 Narrabri, Australia.

Selection of irrigation duration for high performance furrow irrigation on cracking clay soils

Smith, Rod, Uddin, Jasim and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. "Selection of irrigation duration for high performance furrow irrigation on cracking clay soils." Irrigation Australia Conference 2014: Water for Life, Future for All. Gold Coast, Australia 02 - 06 Jun 2014 Sydney, Australia.

Autonomous site-specific irrigation control: the current state and a vision of a future system [Keynote]

McCarthy, Alison, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2014. "Autonomous site-specific irrigation control: the current state and a vision of a future system [Keynote]." Keppell, Mike and Reushle, Shirley (ed.) 2nd Digital Rural Futures Conference 2014. Toowoomba, Australia 25 - 27 Jun 2014 Toowoomba, Australia.

A computer model to estimate seepage rates from automated irrigation distribution channels during periods of shutdown

Moavenshahidi, A., Smith, R. and Gillies, M.. 2014. "A computer model to estimate seepage rates from automated irrigation distribution channels during periods of shutdown." Journal of Hydroinformatics. 16 (6), pp. 1302-1317. https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2014.104

Factors affecting the estimation of seepage rates from channel automation data

Moavenshahidi, A., Smith, R. and Gillies, M.. 2014. "Factors affecting the estimation of seepage rates from channel automation data." Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 141 (6), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000842

Evaluating the performance of a real-time optimisation system for furrow irrigation

Koech, R. K., Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H.. 2014. "Evaluating the performance of a real-time optimisation system for furrow irrigation ." Agricultural Water Management. 142, pp. 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2014.04.020

A real-time optimisation system for automation of furrow irrigation

Koech, R. K., Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H.. 2014. "A real-time optimisation system for automation of furrow irrigation." Irrigation Science. 32 (4), pp. 319-327. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-014-0432-6

Real-time, web-enabled adaptive control and monitoring of surface and overhead irrigation systems

McCarthy, Alison, Gillies, Malcolm and Smith, Rod. 2013. "Real-time, web-enabled adaptive control and monitoring of surface and overhead irrigation systems." Lamb, David (ed.) 1st Digital Rural Futures Conference: Smart Farms - Smart Regions (DRF 2013). Armidale, Australia 26 - 28 Jun 2013 Armidale, Australia.

Water-use efficiency and productivity trends in Australian irrigated cotton: a review

Roth, Guy, Harris, Graham, Gillies, Malcolm, Montgomery, Janelle and Wigginton, David. 2013. "Water-use efficiency and productivity trends in Australian irrigated cotton: a review." Crop and Pasture Science. 64 (12), pp. 1033-1048. https://doi.org/10.1071/CP13315

Hydraulics of large diameter gated flexible fluming

Koech, Richard, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2013. "Hydraulics of large diameter gated flexible fluming." Biosystems Engineering. 114 (2), pp. 170-177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2012.12.005

Seepage rate estimation from total channel control data during periods of shut down: preliminary data quality assessment. Case study: Coleambally irrigation system

Shahidi, A. M., Smith, R. and Gillies, M.. 2013. "Seepage rate estimation from total channel control data during periods of shut down: preliminary data quality assessment. Case study: Coleambally irrigation system." Bjornlund, H., Brebbia, C. A. and Wheeler, S. (ed.) 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies . Adelaide, Australia 11 - 13 Dec 2012 Southampton, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.2495/SI120101

Evaluating whole field irrigation performance using statistical inference of inter-furrow infiltration variation

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2011.07.008

Improved evaluation of bay (and furrow) irrigation

Rojas-Ponce, Samuel, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2011. "Improved evaluation of bay (and furrow) irrigation." Thompson, Chris (ed.) Irrigation 2011: New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Regional Conference and Exhibition. Launceston, Australia 22 - 25 Aug 2011 Sydney, Australia.

Design of an automatic furrow irrigation system utilising adaptive real-time control

Koech, R. K., Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H.. 2011. "Design of an automatic furrow irrigation system utilising adaptive real-time control." Banhazi, T., Saunders, C. and hegarty, R. (ed.) SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions. Gold Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Sep 2011 Canberra, Australia.

Automation and control in surface irrigation systems: current status and expected future trends

Koech, Richard, Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm. 2010. "Automation and control in surface irrigation systems: current status and expected future trends." Goh, Steven C. and Wang, Hao (ed.) 2010 Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC 2010). Toowoomba, Australia 11 - 12 Nov 2010 Toowoomba, Australia.

Simulation modelling in surface irrigation systems

Koech, Richard, Gillies, Malcolm and Smith, Rod. 2010. "Simulation modelling in surface irrigation systems." Goh, Steven C. and Wang, Hao (ed.) 2010 Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC 2010). Toowoomba, Australia 11 - 12 Nov 2010 Toowoomba, Australia.

Hydraulic characteristics of large diameter gated flexible fluming

Koech, R. K., Smith, R. J. and Gillies, Malcolm H.. 2010. "Hydraulic characteristics of large diameter gated flexible fluming ." Montagu, Kelvin (ed.) Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures. Sydney, Australia 08 - 10 Jun 2010 Sydney, Australia.

Furrow irrigation in the Australian cotton industry: alternative water delivery systems and their potential for automation

Koech, R. K., Smith, R. J. and Gillies, Malcolm H.. 2010. Furrow irrigation in the Australian cotton industry: alternative water delivery systems and their potential for automation. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Head ditch hydraulics and the variability of inflows to irrigation furrows

Smith, R. J. and Gillies, M. H.. 2010. "Head ditch hydraulics and the variability of inflows to irrigation furrows." Irrigation and Drainage. 59 (4), pp. 442-452. https://doi.org/10.1002/ird.495

Improving performance of bay irrigation through higher flow rates

Gillies, Malcolm, Smith, Rod, Williamson, Bill and Shanahan, Matthew. 2010. "Improving performance of bay irrigation through higher flow rates." Montagu, Kelvin (ed.) Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures. Sydney, Australia 08 - 10 Jun 2010 Sydney, Australia.

Evaluating the performance of bay irrigation in the GMID

Smith, R. J., Gillies, Malcolm H., Shanahan, Matthew, Campbell, B. and Williamson, Bill. 2009. "Evaluating the performance of bay irrigation in the GMID." Irrigation Australia 2009: Irrigation Australia Irrigation and Drainage Conference: Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge. Swan Hill, Australia 18 - 21 Oct 2009 Sydney, New South Wales.

A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines

Smith, Rod, Gillies, Malcolm H., Newell, Geoffrey and Foley, Joseph P.. 2008. "A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines." Biosystems Engineering. 100 (1), pp. 126-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2008.01.004

Managing the effect of infiltration variability on the performance of surface irrigation

Gillies, Malcolm H.. 2008. Managing the effect of infiltration variability on the performance of surface irrigation. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.

Measurement and management of furrow irrigation at the field scale

Gillies, Malcolm H., Smith, R. J. and Raine, Steven R.. 2008. "Measurement and management of furrow irrigation at the field scale." Irrigation Australia 2008: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Share the Water, Share the Benefits. Melbourne, Australia 20 - 22 May 2008

A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines

Smith, Rod, Gillies, Malcolm H., Newell, Geoffrey and Foley, Joseph P.. 2007. "A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines." CIGR 2006: Agricultural Engineering for a Better World. Bonn, Germany 03 - 07 Sep 2006

Accounting for temporal inflow variation in the inverse solution for infiltration in surface irrigation

Gillies, Malcolm H., Smith, R. J. and Raine, Steven R.. 2007. "Accounting for temporal inflow variation in the inverse solution for infiltration in surface irrigation ." Irrigation Science. 25 (2), pp. 87-97. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-006-0037-9

Is it possible to extract infiltration rates for variable inflow furrow irrigation?

Gillies, Malcolm H., Smith, R. J. and Raine, Steven R.. 2006. "Is it possible to extract infiltration rates for variable inflow furrow irrigation?" Irrigation Australia 2006: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition. Brisbane, Australia 09 - 11 May 2006 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.

Infiltration parameters from surface irrigation advance and run-off data

Gillies, Malcolm H. and Smith, R. J.. 2005. "Infiltration parameters from surface irrigation advance and run-off data." Irrigation Science. 24 (1), pp. 25-35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-005-0004-x

Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 RRDP2002 Precise real-time automated cotton and dairy irrigation for improved water productivity

Foley, J., Gillies, M., McCarthy, A., Kelderman, S., Eberhard, J. and Shippam, R.. 2022. Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 RRDP2002 Precise real-time automated cotton and dairy irrigation for improved water productivity. Narrabri, Australia.. Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Smart Automated Broad-acre Irrigation (Smarter Irrigation for Profit RRDP1603)

Foley, J.P., Gillies, M.H. and McCarthy, A.C.. 2018. Smart Automated Broad-acre Irrigation (Smarter Irrigation for Profit RRDP1603). Australia. Cotton Research and Development Corporation.