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Ian is an internationally recognised expert in the application of state-of-the-art computer simulation techniques to practical engineering problems and has pioneered the application of the Finite Element Methods to water resource problems. He is the author of more than 50 technical papers in the field of water resource and water quality modelling and structural engineering.
Ian developed the finite element method for application to one, two, and three-dimensional hydrodynamic and water quality problems. He is the principal author of the RMA suite of finite element models that are in worldwide use by governmental agencies and the consulting profession. He applied the finite element method to complex nonlinear problems associated with ground water flow and transport; and has carried out research as a post-doctoral fellow in the fields of stress analysis of pressure vessels, shells and bridges and rock media.