Grantley Smith is Director, Industry Research at the Water Research Laboratory (WRL) of the University of New South Wales. WRL is a leading international research and consulting laboratory utilising numerical modelling, physical modelling and field data collection to provide expert solutions to water related problems. As Director, Industry Research Grantley is responsible for all applied research projects, financial operations, ongoing professional development of staff and the maintenance and development of WRL's facilities and techniques.
Grantley is an Australian expert in the fields of physical and numerical modelling of water. In his 30 years as a professional engineer, Grantley has developed his skills on a broad range of projects providing assessment and solutions for water engineering and water resources investigations. He is a team leader with a proven track record for leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering practical solutions to environmental investigations. He has particular expertise in the selection and application of appropriate physical or numerical models to support design solutions, planning and management across the water spectrum.
Grantley has specialist expertise in water resources management through a hands-on career investigating catchment processes. He is acknowledged by his peers as an expert in modelling catchments and floodplains and was instrumental in the pioneering use of 2D hydrodynamic models for floodplain flow prediction and inundation mapping. His experience gained through direct participation in the evolution of floodplain modelling has provided him with an outstanding knowledge of the application and interpretation of appropriate models to support environmental planning, management and forecasting for floodplains. Grantley is a lead author and key contributor to reports supporting the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, most recently contributing to guidelines for appropriate use of numerical models and flood safety. He is also the lead author of the recently released guideline on flood hazard assessment supporting the national best practice manual Managing the floodplain - a guide to best practice in flood risk management in Australia (AEMI Handbook 7). His skills include the simplification of technical data and modelling outputs into forms readily communicated to non-technical stakeholders.
Grantley's CV is available here