School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology
David commenced his PhD with CeRDI in 2015 after more than 25 years working predominantly in the manufacturing sector. A Chemical Engineering degree and MBA equipped him well for engineering and factory management, specialising in productivity improvements. His research is now on alternative water supplies, and investigating a triple bottom line analysis of alternative methods for using stormwater to supplement a city's water supply. David also lectures at Federation University Australia in water drainage infrastructure and wastewater treatment.
As populations increase communities become more urbanised, water use increases and it becomes more difficult for traditional water supplies to meet demand. Urbanisation also has environmental impacts on downstream waterways.
- 2004: Masters of Business Administration, Deakin University
- 1987: Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours), The University of Melbourne
- 2016-present: Researcher, Federation University Australia
- 2015-present: Sessional Lecturer - Engineering, Federation University Australia
- 2003-2015: Principal, ebbs - Engineering Better Business Solutions
- 2005-2014: Owner and Business Manager, Grigsby's Foundry
- 1999-2003: Operations Manager, Eureka Tiles
- 1994-1999: Engineering Manager, Laminex Industries
- 1988-1994: Process Engineer, Kemcor Australia
- Journal papers
Ebbs, D., Liubinas, A., Barton, A., Dahlhaus, P., & Kandra, H. (in press). A different perspective on understanding the barriers of IUWM adoption: The strategic assessment triangle. Australasian Journal of Water Resources.
Ebbs, D., Dahlhaus, P., Barton, A., & Kandra, H. (2018). An unexpected decrease in urban water demand: Making discoveries possible by taking a long-term view. Water Policy, 20(3), 617-630. doi: 10.2166/wp.2018.096
Ebbs, D., Dahlhaus, P., & Kandra, H. (2017). Ballarat's messy path to a water sensitive city: A long term investigation of water management in a city. Water e-Journal, 2(4), 1-10. doi: 10.21139/wej.2017.037
- Refereed Conference Papers
Ebbs D., Dahlhaus P., Barton A. & Kandra H. (2018). Exploring a flow regime and its historical changes downstream of an urbanised catchment, WSUD 2018 and Hydropolis 2018, 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, Perth, Western Australia Feb 12th - 15th, 2018.
Ebbs D., Dahlhaus P., Barton A. & Kandra H. (2018). Losing Stormwater, 60 years of urbanisation and no increase in flow, WSUD 2018 and Hydropolis 2018, 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, Perth, Western Australia Feb 12th - 15th, 2018.
- Conferences Presentations
Ebbs D., Dahlhaus P., Barton A. & Kandra H. (2018). Do you want a drink? Stormwater or sewage? Federation University HDR Conference, Federation University Australia, Mt. Helen.
Ebbs D., Dahlhaus P., Barton A. & Kandra H. (2017). A city sustained by stormwater, Federation University HDR Conference, Federation University Australia, Mt. Helen.
Ebbs D. (2016). A city sustained by stormwater, 3MT, Federation University Australia Three Minute Thesis competition, Mt. Helen.
Ebbs D. (2016). Ballarat water use: Drivers of change and impacts of urbanisation, Central Highlands Water Forum, December 7th, 2016, Ballarat, Australia.
Ebbs D., Dahlhaus P., Barton A. & Kandra H. (2016). Impact of urbanisation on groundwater and the downstream river: A Ballarat case study. Water and Communities, 38th Australian Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium Melbourne, Australia Dec 3rd - 6th, 2018.
- Industry Reports
Ebbs D. & Barton A. (2017). Flowrate Testing for the 'Flexiflume' Irrigation Nozzle, A report for C.E. Bartlett’s Pty. Ltd., August 2017, Ballarat, Australia.
Ebbs D. & Barton A. (2017). Flowrate Testing for the 'Flexiflume' Irrigation Nozzle - Phase 2, A report for C.E. Bartlett's Pty. Ltd., September 2017, Ballarat, Australia.
Ebbs D. (2017). Melbourne Sewerage Strategy: Facilitating sustainable resource use, Work Package 6. December, 2017.