Faculty of Science and Technology

Mackay, Rae (Prof)

Emailrae.mackay@federation.edu.au  Professor Rae Mackay

Room: 4W108

Phone: 5122 6191

Biography

Professor Rae Mackay is the Director of the Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG) at Gippsland Campus. His key focus is to develop new research into the hydrogeology and hydrology of the Latrobe Valley. A major part of this research is targeted at assessing the contribution of the regional and local hydrological systems to the onset of batter instability at the three major brown coal open cuts. Key to this research is the development of new insights into the coupled geomechanical and geo-hydrological processes that are relevant to both the short and long term stability of the mines.

Professor Mackay has more than thirty years experience as a practising engineer, hydrogeologist and academic. He graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University in 1978 with a degree in civil engineering and worked for seven years as a water resources engineer and latterly as a groundwater engineer for Sir Murdoch Macdonald and Partners in Cambridge, UK. He worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan. In 1985, he joined the Water Resources Systems Research Unit in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, initially as a research associate working on the development and application of groundwater flow and transport modelling systems and latterly as a lecturer in hydrology. In 1995 he became the Director of Newcastle University's Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research. While at Newcastle University he gained his PhD in Civil Engineering through a study of synthetic hydrogeological modelling to explore data worth in radioactive waste disposal assessments.   Throughout this period, he was extensively involved with the radioactive waste disposal research programme of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, as well as undertaking a range of research into regional land use impacts and arid zone hydrology.

In 1997 he moved to the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Birmingham as professor of hydrogeology and Head of the Hydrogeology Research Group. He was Head of Birmingham University's School of Earth Sciences from 1998 to 2002. His research interests expanded following his move to cover diverse aspects of urban hydrogeology, groundwater recharge through glacial tills, integrated urban water management as well as hydrogeomechanical modelling for nuclear waste disposal assessments. He was the course director for the nationally and internationally renowned MSc in Hydrogeology at Birmingham from 1998 to 2011 before moving to Federation University Australia.

Qualifications

Doctor of Engineering - University of Newcastle 1995

Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Civil Engineering - Imperial College, University of London 1978

Grants

Title: Guelph Permeameter Procurement.

  • Investigators: Mackay, R, Walker, J, Costa, W
  • Funding: (2012). Collier Charitable Fund.

Title: Hood Infiltrometer Procurement.

  • Investigators: Mackay, R, Walker, J, Costa, W, Yellishetty, M
  • Funding: (2012). Collier Charitable Fund.

Postgraduate research supervisions

Current supervision

Program of study: (Masters by research)

  • Thesis title: Definition and determination of recovery efficiency of managed aquifer recharge in a coal measure aq.
  • Supervisors: Mackay, R (Main).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Geotechnical properties of Victorian brown coal and the evaluation of slope stability in the open cuts.
  • Supervisors: Xue, J (Main), Mackay, R (Associate).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Groundwater recharge and surface water impacts of coal mining in Latrobe Valley.
  • Supervisors: Mackay, R (Main), Dutta, D (Associate).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Loy Yang Mine Ash Disposal Project.
  • Supervisors: Panther, B (Main), Mackay, R (Associate).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Use of Global Satellite Data for Flash Flood Forecasting in Bangladesh.
  • Supervisors: Dutta, D (Main), Mackay, R (Associate), Wright, W (Associate).

Publications

Journal articles

Cuthbert, M.O., Mackay, R., 2013, Impacts of nonuniform flow on estimates of vertical streambed flux, Water Resources Research [P], vol 49, issue 1, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc, USA, pp. 1-10.

Bates, A.J., Sadler, J.P., Mackay, R., 2013, Vegetation development over four years on two green roofs in the UK, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening [P], vol 12, issue 1, Urban und Fischer Verlag, Germany, pp. 98-108.

Cuthbert, M.O., Riley, M.S., Handley-Sidhu, S., Renshaw, J.C., Tobler, D.J., Phoenix, V.R., Mackay, R., 2012, Controls on the rate of ureolysis and the morphology of carbonate precipitated by S. Pasteurii biofilms and limits due to bacterial encapsulation, Ecological Engineering [P], vol 41, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 32-40.

Cuthbert, M.O., Mackay, R., Nimmo, J.R., 2012, Linking soil moisture balance and source-responsive models to estimate diffuse and preferential components of groundwater recharge, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions [E], vol 9, issue 7, Copernicus GmbH, Germany, pp. 8455-8492.

Olly, L., Bates, A., Sadler, J., Mackay, R., 2011, An initial experimental assessment of the influence of substrate depth on floral assemblage for extensive green roofs, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening [P], vol 10, issue 4, Urban und Fischer Verlag, Germany, pp. 311-316.

Rivett, M., Ellis, P., Mackay, R., 2011, Urban groundwater baseflow influence upon inorganic river-water quality: the River Tame headwaters catchment in the City of Birmingham, UK, Journal of Hydrology [P], vol 400, issue 1-2, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 206-222.

Furlong, B., Riley, M., Herbert, A., Ingram, J., Mackay, R., Tellam, J., 2011, Using regional groundwater flow models for prediction of regional wellwater quality distributions, Journal of Hydrology [P], vol 398, issue 1-2, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 1-16.

Cuthbert, M., Mackay, R., Tellam, J., Thatcher, K., 2010, Combining unsaturated and saturated hydraulic observations to understand and estimate groundwater recharge through glacial till, Journal of Hydrology [P], vol 391, Eslevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 263-276.

Law, R., Mackay, R., 2010, Determining fracture properties by tracer and thermal testing to assess thermal breakthrough risks for ground source heating and cooling in the Chalk, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology [P], vol 43, Geological Society Publishing House, United Kingdom, pp. 269-278.

Cuthbert, M., Mackay, R., Durand, V., Aller, M., Greswell, R., Rivett, M., 2010, Impacts of river bed gas on the hydraulic and thermal dynamics of the hyporheic zone, Advances in Water Resources [P], vol 33, Pergamon, United Kingdom, pp. 1347-1358.

Cuthbert, M., Mackay, R., Tellam, J., Barker, R., 2010, Reply to discussion of 'The use of electrical resistivity tomography in deriving local-scale models of recharge through superficial deposits, by M.O. Cuthbert, R. MacKay, J.H. Tellam, R.D. Barker', by M.G. Shepley & K.J. Voyce, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology [P], vol 43, Geological Society Publishing House, United Kingdom, p. 364.

Mackay, R., Last, E., 2010, SWITCH city water balance: a scoping model for integrated urban water management, Re-views in Environmental Science and Biotechnology [P], vol 9, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 291-296.

Bates, A., Mackay, R., Greswell, R., Sadler, J., 2009, SWITCH in Birmingham, UK: experimental investigation of ecological and hydrological performance of extensive green roofs, Re-views in Environmental Science and Biotechnology [P], vol 8, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 295-300.

Blum, P., Mackay, R., Riley, M., 2009, Stochastic simulations of regional scale advective transport in fractured rock masses using block upscaled hydro-mechanical rock property data, Journal of Hydrology [P], vol 369, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 318-325.

Cuthbert, M., Mackay, R., Tellam, J., Barker, R., 2009, The use of electrical resistivity tomography in deriving local-scale models of recharge through superficial deposits, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology [E], vol 42, Geological Society Publishing House, United Kingdom, pp. 199-209.

Conference proceedings

Mackay, R., Xue, J., Powrie, W., Dent, B.B., 2012, A new ring shear apparatus for determination of the residual shear resistance of remoulded brown coal, ANZ 2012 Conference Proceedings 11th Australia - New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics: Ground Engineering in a Changing World, 15 July 2012 to 18 July 2012, Australian Geomechanics Society, Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 902-907.

Dent, B.B., Mackay, R., 2012, Evaluation of simple beam experiments to determine the long-term deformation characteristics of brown coal, ANZ 2012 Conference Proceedings 11th Australia - New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics: Ground Engineering in a Changing World, 15 July 2012 to 18 July 2012, Australian Geomechanics Society, Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 914-919.

Schmidt, S., Picioreanu, C., Craenen, B., Mackay, R., Kreft, J., Theodoropoulos, G., 2011, A multi-scale agent-based distributed simulation framework for groundwater pollution management, 15th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications (DS-RT 2011), 4 September 2011 to 7 September 2011, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos CA USA, pp. 18-26.

Last, E., Mackay, R., 2010, City water balance - a new tool for scoping integrated urban water management options, Proceedings of the First European IAHR Conference, 4 May 2010 to 6 May 2010, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), Edinburgh UK, pp. 1-6.

Chlebek, J., Denham, G., Vairavamoorthy, K., Mackay, R., 2010, SWITCH-delivering a pardigm shift in water management in the city of the future, Proceedings of the First IAHR European Conference, 4 May 2010 to 6 May 2010, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), Endinburgh UK, pp. 1-6.

Gavigan, J., Mackay, R., Cuthbert, M., 2009, Climate change impacts on groundwater recharge in semi-arid Uganda and the role of groundwater in livelihood adaptation and peacebuilding, Groundwater and Climate in Africa (Proceedings of the Kampala Conference, June 2008) IAHS Publ. 334,2009, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) Press, Wallingford UK, pp. 153-160.

Other

Cuthbert, M., Greswell, R., Mackay, R., 2011, Discussion of Paper: "A wet/wet differential pressure sensor for measuring vertical hydraulic gradient" by Fritz and Mackley, January-February 2010, v. 48, no. 1:117-121, Ground Water, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, United States.