Urban and near field modelling

Facilitator: Dr Peter Rye –  SIG Chair

Time: 9 am – 10 am AEST and 5 pm – 6  pm  AEST

Urban and near field modelling is increasing important as our cities and urban spaces densify and vertical urbanisation is commonplace.  This AIR TALK will address applications and tools to represent this dynamic.  The event is divided into two 1-hour blocks to accommodate timezones for our international presenters.  The first hour, 9 am to 10 am AEST, will focus on roads, with Dr Paul Boulter outlining the current state of play for emissions modelling in Australia and New Zealand. This will be followed by a presentation from Professor Jesse Thé, Lakes Environmental Software, on new AERMOD capabilities for road sources.

In the second hour, 5 pm to 6 pm AEST, the focus expands to applications, with David Rollings discussing modelling in the context of urban planning, followed by a presentation by Dr Christian Kurz, Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics, Research Area “Traffic & Environment”,  Austria, on GRAL updates and an application example for a traffic hot spot.


No.Presentation TitleSpeaker
1Where are we at with road transport emissions modelling in Australia and New Zealand? 30 minutes including questionsDr Paul Boulter - Associate Director, EMM, Australia
2AERMOD capabilities for modelling emissions from roads 30 minutes including questionsProfessor Jesse L. Thé, PhD, P.Eng, Canada University of Waterloo / President, Lakes Environmental Software


No.Presentation TitleSpeaker
3Urban planning and modelling applications 20 minutes including questionsDavid Rollings - Associate Director Air Quality Engineer, AECOM, Australia
4Gral: International perspective on urban near field modelling 40 minutes including questionsDr Christian Kurz - Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics, Research Area “Traffic & Environment”, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Paul is an Associate Director at EMM’s Sydney office, and Deputy Chair of the Transport Special Interest Group of CASANZ. His main areas of interest include the development of transport emission models, model evaluation, impact assessment methodologies, and the assessment of air quality policy. Paul has focussed on improving the design and performance of predictive models, and has contributed to the development of various tools and guidance. Paul’s work has also included the development of vehicle inspection and maintenance procedures, including potential enhancements based on remote sensing, the characterisation of non-exhaust PM, and air pollution in and around road tunnels. He has recently led the air quality assessments for WestConnex, the Western Harbour Tunnel, Beaches Link, F6 Extension and Sydney Gateway, some of the largest road infrastructure projects in Australia.

Prof Jesse L. Thé, PhD., P.Eng., from the University of Waterloo, Canada is also the President of Lakes Environmental Software. He has over 25 years of experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and environmental simulations. Dr. Thé is the main author of AERMOD View, CALPUFF View, IRAP View, AUSTAL View, and AQMIS Cloud, among others. He consults for regulatory agencies in Canada, the USA, and abroad on topics related to complex air modeling projects. He has authored commercial software, co-authored technical environmental books, is an Executive Editor of the Elsevier Journal of ENERGY, and the Editor-in-Chief of ENN.Com (the largest environmental news network site in the internet). Prof. Jesse Thé is a great public speaker, who has received outstanding reviews from those attending his courses

David is a Chemical Engineer and Certified Air Quality Professional specialising in Air Quality modelling, impact assessment and regulatory approvals. David has over 19 years experience in the air quality sector during which time he has worked in a wide array of industries including large scale transportation projects, coal mining, iron ore mining, electricity generation, pharmaceutical manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, metalliferous mining (including radio-nuclide modelling), construction, water infrastructure, contaminated land remediation and primary industry assessment.
David is primarily based in the impact assessment area of AECOM, although he still maintains a capability in the ambient monitoring and stack emissions testing areas of the business where he designs the monitoring programs and assists in the high level interpretation of the stack testing results.

Christian Kurz works at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics at the Graz University of Technology. Within the framework of his doctoral thesis, a combined emission-dispersion tool for air quality inventories was developed and tested for the City of Klagenfurt. This methodology has already been applied to most major cities in Austria. Since 2004 he has been gaining experience with the dispersion model system GRAMM/GRAL, by supporting the development, applying it for many environmental studies and teaching other users. Before his employment, he studied process plant engineering at the Graz University of Technology.


In consideration of the international Coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having economically, CASANZ has reduced the AIR TALKS 2020 original pricing by up to 30%, to support our members and the wider air quality and environment community.

AIR TALKS 2020 SPECIAL PRICINGStandard RegistrationCASANZ MemberCorporate MemberRetired/Student Member
Full Event (all 8 AIR TALKS)A$250A$175A$560A$85
Single Event (1 AIR TALK )A$75A$50A$160A$25

Corporate allows for up to 4 individuals.
No further discounts apply. All prices include GST. New Zealand Members can pay in NZ$.

Full event attracts 8 CAQP CPD points or 1 point per AIR TALK.


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