Mr Rex Glencross-Grant

Senior Lecturer - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Rex Glencross-Grant

Phone: +61 2 6773 2668

Email: rglencro@une.edu.au

Biography

Professional interests in the following areas:

  • Heritage engineering;
  • Local authority engineering;
  • Project management;
  • Solid waste management;
  • Sustainable building, including timber technology;
  • Sustainable energies; and
  • Engineering systems analysis.

Awards

  • 1993 Churchill Fellowship: In-grade Characterisation of Norfolk Island pine.
  • 1984 George A Taylor medal for best conference paper (with JB Nugent) at 1983 Local Government Engineers' Association Conf., March 1983.

Qualifications

  • Master of Structural Timber Technology, MTT (UCQ 1998)
  • 1984: Fluoridation Certificate, NSW Dept. of Health
  • 1979: NSW Local Government Engineers' Certificate, LGE (#2086)
  • 1977: Master of Engineering Science, MEngSc (Road and Highway Engineering) (UNSW)
  • 1976: Explosives Certificate, College of External Studies, TAFE, Sydney
  • 1974: Bachelor of Civil Engineering, BE (UNSW)

Memberships

  • APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Engineer
  • Member, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA)
  • Member, Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA)
  • Chartered Professional Engineer, CPEng
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Aust, FIE Aust (#127140)

Teaching Areas

  • ENGT237 Civil and Environmental Engineering Infrastructure – Unit Coordinator (a 2nd year unit for engineering and urban and regional planning students).
  • ENGT350 Geotechnical Engineering – Unit Coordinator (a 3rd year unit for engineering students).
  • ENGT360 – Unit Coordinator (a 3rd year unit for engineering students).
  • RSNR304/504 Project Management for Professionals – Unit Coordinator (a 3rd year and post-graduate unit for a variety of disciplines).
  • RSNR301/501 Pollution Management – Unit Coordinator (a 3rd year and post-graduate unit for a variety of disciplines).

Research Interests

  • Engineering utilisation of sustainable natural resources (timber, fibres, etc.);
  • Heritage engineering - history, preservation/conservation and/or restoration (in conjunction with NSW Roads and Maritime Services);
  • Road corridors in rural and regional NSW;
  • Solid waste management - construction and demolition wastes, reuse of waste materials; and
  • Sustainable energy: wind and solar.

Research Grants

  • Get set for success: Using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning, ALTC EngCat project in collaboration with colleagues at UNE, USQ, UQ, UTS and UN ($250 000).
  • Bass, bugs and biofilms: increasing effectiveness of fishways, UNE Internal Research Grant in collaboration with Boulton and Ryder ($10 000).
  • Development of Vertical Slot Fishway Model, State Fisheries ($20 000)
  • Organic Waste Management, UNE Campus ($1000)
  • Solid waste management in Northern NSW research project ($2000)
  • Waste Audit, Armidale Dumaresq Council ($1000).

Sustainable Engineering Group

Publications

Maklad, Y., & Glencross-Grant, R. (2014). A Seasonal Analysis of Potential Wind Power for Armidale, NSW, Australia. [Electronic]. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 4(1), 92-107.

Moore, J. C., Mahini, S.S., Glencross-Grant, R., & R., Patterson. (2013). Structural Health Monitoring of Older Timber Bridge Girders using a Laser-Based Technique. Australian Journal of Structural Eng., 15(5), 793–806.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Wilkes, J. (2012, 28-30 Aug.). Embedding Sustainability Principles in Engineering Education in Regional Australia. Paper presented at the International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation (in print), Montreal, Canada.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2012). The evolution of large-truss road bridges in NSW, Australia. Engineering History and Heritage, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, 165(EH2), 99-111.

Moore, J. C., Mahini, S.S., Glencross-Grant, R. and Patterson R. (2011, 11-15 December). Recording Timber Bridge Girder Deflections Using a Laser Reference Source and a High Speed Camera. Paper presented at the International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructures (SHMII-5), Cancun, Mexico.

Brunckhorst, D., Reeve, I., Morley, P., Barclay, E., McNeill, J., Stayner, R. , Glencross-Grant, R., Thompson, J. & Thompson, L. (2011). Report to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Hunter and Central Coasts of New South Wales - Vulnerability to climate change impacts. Armidale, Australia: Institute for Rural Futures.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Wilkes, J. (2011, 16-17 September). Integrated teaching of environmental principles in engineering education at the University of New England. Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Conference, Armidale: Australia.

Mahini, S.S., Glencross-Grant, R. and Moore, J. C. (2011, August 21-25). Structural health monitoring of older bridges: Current Studies in Australia and Worldwide. Paper presented at the International Public Works Conference, Canberra, Australia.

Moore, J. C., Glencross-Grant, R., Patterson R. and Mahini, S.S. (2011, 21-25 August). How do Australian timber bridges stack up? A comparative study with International Timber Bridge developments. Paper presented at the IPWEA International Public Works Conference, Canberra, Australia.

Moore, J., Glencross-Grant, R., Mahini, S. and Patterson, R. (2011, 16-17 September). The sustainability of short span timber beam bridges in NSW. Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Conference, Armidale, Australia.

Moore, J. C., Glencross-Grant, R., Mahini, S.S. and Patterson R. (2011). Regional Timber Bridge Girder Reliability: Structural Health Monitoring and Reliability Strategies. Advances in Structural Engineering (Special issue for ANSHM).

Glencross-Grant, R. (2010, 11-12 Nov.). Addressing the Rural Skills Shortage: A collaborative regional initiative in professional engineering education in northern New South Wales. Paper presented at the IPWEQ Regional Conference, Goondiwindi, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2010). Are We There Yet? Establishing transport links in New South Wales, with particular reference to Armidale. Armidale and District Historical Society, 53.

Moore, J., Glencross-Grant, R. and Patterson, R. (2010, 20-24 June). A Review of Non-destructive Test Methods: Appropriate choice of a method for use with timber beam bridges. Paper presented at the 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Riva del Garda, Italy.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2010, May). Addressing the Rural Skills Shortage: A collaborative regional initiative in professional engineering education in northern New South Wales. Paper presented at the NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Conference, Wollongong, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2010). Developments in engineering education for rural Australia. Municipal Engineer, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), 163(ME4), pp 209-213.

Glencross-Grant, R., Erbs, M. , & Wolfenden, D. (2010, May). Loads, Roads and Enduring Lives: 30 Years of enforcing vehicle load limits on a group council basis in north-west NSW. Paper presented at the NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Conference, Wollongong, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009). Developing Transport Networks in New South Wales to Service Agricultural Needs: 1855-1895. School of Environmental and Rural Science seminar series. University of New England. Armidale, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009). The Development of Transport Networks in New South Wales: 1860-1894. Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, vol. 7 (no. 2).

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009, 12 June). The Development of Transport Networks in New South Wales: 1860-1894 Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Convention (keynote address), Grafton, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009). Dray to Steamer: Road transport connections between coast and tablelands in northern NSW. Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, vol. 7 (no. 2).

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009, 12 June). Dray to Steamer: Road transport connections between coast and tablelands in Northern NSW. Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Convention, Grafton.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009). Large road bridges in northern NSW: 19th century evolution from timber to iron and back again. Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, vol. 7 (no. 2).

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009, 12 June). Large Road Bridges in Northern NSW: 19th century evolution from timber to iron and back again. Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Convention, Grafton, Australia.

Moore, J., Glencross-Grant, R., & Patterson, R. (2009, 12 June). How to Stop the Rot: Continuous monitoring of short span timber beam bridges. Paper presented at the Engineers Australia Regional Convention Grafton, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2009, 6-10 Sept.). Re-engineering the Bush: An innovative collaborative engineering degree at the University of New England, Armidale. Paper presented at the International Public Works Engineering Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2008, 23-24 Oct.). The Changing Nature of Engineering Education. Paper presented at the IPWEA Works Officers' Conference, Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2008). Engineering Education at UNE, Armidale. IPWEA, Mid-North Coast Group meeting. Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia. Gloucester, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2008). The Changing Face, Pace and Place of Solid Waste Management. School of Environmental and Rural Science Seminar series. University of New England. Armidale, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2008). Judging of WMAA's Inaugural Australian Waste Transfer Station Awards, 2007. NIRW Forum Northern Inland Regional Waste. Armidale, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Jane, R. (2007). Introduction of Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at UNE. Presentation. B Division of Shires Association. Inverell, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2007). Introduction of Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at UNE. IPWEA Group meeting presentation. Institute of Public Works Engineering, Australia. Mullumbimby, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2007). Introduction of Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at UNE. IPWEA Group meeting presentation. Institute of Public Works Engineering, Australia. Bellingen, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2006). Introduction of Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at UNE. IPWEA meeting presentation. Institute of Public Works Engineering, Australia. Grafton, Australia

Glencross-Grant, R. (2006). Timber Road Bridges in New South Wales. Professional Staff Seminar. Bridge Engineering Center. Ames, IA.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2006, 6-10 Aug.). The Evolution of Timber Truss Road Bridges in New South Wales. Paper presented at the 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Portland, Oregon.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2005). Introduction of Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at UNE. IPWEA meeting presentation. Institute of Public Works Engineering, Australia. Armidale.

McNeill, J., Glencross-Grant, R., & van der Meulen, A. (2005). Integrated biosystems for resource conservation in rural industries - an Australian experience. Ethics of Science and Environmental Politics, pp 23-31.

Glencross-Grant, R. , & McNeill, J. (2005, 20-22 July). A longer-term vision for waste minimisation in rural and regional industry. Paper presented at the NSW Waste Management Association (WMAA) Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2003, 21-23 April). Red Gold in the South Pacific: Plantation development and utilisation of a valuable exotic species on Norfolk Island (Toona ciliata). Paper presented at the IAWPS 2003 International Conference on Forest Products, Daejeon, South Korea.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2003, 21-23 April). South Pacific Gold: Sustainable utilisation of native timber on a small and remote South Pacific Island (Araucaria heterophylla). Paper presented at the IAWPS 2003 International Conference on Forest Products, Daejeon, South Korea.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Walker, P. (2003). Survey of Building Sands in Australia. Construction and Building Materials(17), 259-268.

Glencross-Grant, R., Fowler, M., & Rhook, K. (2002). Waste Not Want Not – Present and Future Solid Waste Management in Northern NSW. Environmental Engineering (Dec.), 12-17.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2002, Sept.). Contemporary Issues in Project Management – Risk Management. Paper presented at the IPEWA Works Superintendents' Conference, Tamworth.

Glencross-Grant, R. (2002, March). Bounty in the Wake of HMS 'Bounty' – Strength Determination and Viable Sustainability of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla). Paper presented at the International Dendrology Society's Araucaricae Symposium, Auckland, NZ.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Walker, P. (1998, July). A Survey of Building Sands in Northern NSW. Paper presented at the 5th Australasian Masonry Conference, Gladstone, Qld.

Glencross-Grant, R. (1996, Oct.). In-grade Testing of Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to Enable Characterisation for use as a Structural Timber. Paper presented at the International Wood Engineering Conference (IWEC), New Orleans, LA.

Glencross-Grant, R. (1994). Testing of Norfolk Island pine to Enable Optimum Use of the Timber for Building Construction on Norfolk Island Churchill Fellowship Report: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Glencross-Grant, R. (1986). Norfolk Island Road Crisis: Internal report for the Government of Norfolk Island on the condition of and remediation proposals for the road network on Norfolk Island. Govt. of Norfolk Island.

Glencross-Grant, R. (1986, July). Problems Associated with Remote Rural Retreats. Paper presented at the Environmental Planning Seminar, Cooma, NSW.

Glencross-Grant, R., & Nugent, J.B. (1983, May). Something Old, Something New: Enforcement of Vehicle Load Limits on a Group Council Basis. Paper presented at the Local Government Engineers' Association Annual Conference, Sydney. Awarded George A Taylor Memorial Medal for the best thesis presented to Conference that year.

Professional reports, projects and some consultancies

1996-2003: Armidale

  • Building Workshops, Norfolk Island Administration, Norfolk Island, December 2003.
  • Quarry management plan and associated contract documents, Bellingen Shire Council, 2001.
  • Wrote several TAFE OTEN units.
  • Various training programmes/workshops for project management (Kuala Lumpur, 1996; Armidale Dumaresq Council).
  • Various consulting reports including:  road safety audit (involving risk management principles), quarry management plan, quarry contract documents, 1999-2000.
  • Safety Improvement on Public Roads & Streets: A strategy for grant proposals, Bellingen Shire Council, 1999.
  • Testing of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to Enable Optimum Use of the Timber for Building Construction on Norfolk Island, Churchill Fellowship report, 1996.

1985-1995: Norfolk Island

  • Design of houses, commercial premises, in-ground concrete water reservoirs and associated structural work on Norfolk Island for private clients, 1985-1995.
  • Numerous internal reports for Norfolk Island Government and private clients, 1985-1995.
  • Conservation Plan for St Barnabas Chapel, Norfolk Island, Friends of St Barnabas, Norfolk Island, 1994.
  • Draft Management Plan for Cascade Quarry, Norfolk Island, Administration of Norfolk Island, 1994.
  • Engineering design of St Barnabas church hall, Norfolk Island, 1993.
  • Engineering design and supervision of large hotel restaurant complex - Hillcrest Hotel, Norfolk Island, 1993.
  • Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Open-air Entertainment - "The Bounty Spectacular", Norfolk Island, private client, 1992.
  • Report on Structural and Maintenance work for ANZCAN Cable Station, Norfolk Island for Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC), 1992.
  • Contract with Norfolk Island Administration for supply of pre-cast concrete manhole units from New Zealand, 1991. Contract value $40,000.
  • Design and construction supervision of international athletics track for South Pacific Veterans' Games, Norfolk Island, 1991.
  • Norfolk Island Road Crisis, report for Norfolk Island Government, 1986.

1983-1985

  • various internal reports for Bombala Shire Council

1978-1983

  • Numerous internal reports for Boomi and Moree Plains Shire Councils
  • Residential slab designs on expansive clays for numerous clients, Moree.

1976

  • A Laboratory Study of the Effects of Repeated Loading on the Consolidation of Sub-grade Material, Masters thesis, UNSW, 1976

1973-78

  • various internal reports for NSW Dept. of Main Roads

Research Supervision Experience

PhD supervision

Moore, J.C. (2012 ).Monitoring the Health of Timber Bridge Beams. PhD thesis, UNE, Armidale. Jointly supervised by Dr Saeed Mahini and Dr Robert Patterson.

Vahedian, A. (current). Retrofitting and strengthening of timber structure using fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites.  Current PhD candidate. Jointly supervised by Dr Saeed Mahini.

Masters supervision

Maklad, Y. (current). An Investigation into the Use of Renewable Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Energies for Domestic Buildings in Armidale NSW, Australia. Current MResSc candidate.

Moore, J.C. (2009). Monitoring Timber Beam Bridges for Structural Health. Master of Resource Science thesis. Jointly supervised by Dr Robert Patterson.

Davoren, J.P. (1997).  An Investigation into the Feasibility of an Ecotourism Industry for Kiribati. Master of Resource Science thesis.

Undergraduate supervision

Allen, M. (2013). Degradation of road material: How quickly will local gravel supplies degrade under load? Bachelor of Engineering Technology project report.

Labrosse, A. (2013). Is manufactured sand a suitable replacement option for natural sands used in concrete? A study into the physical properties and their impact on concrete mixes. Bachelor of Engineering Technology project report.

Rosnell, A. (2013). In-service analysis of Foamed Bitumen Pavement - Case Study: Farlows Flat HW10 NSW. Bachelor of Engineering Technology project report.

Burgis, D.L. (2004). Interaction between Biofilm Colonisation and Substrate Type, and its Influence on Fish Passage in a Scale Model Vertical Slot Fishway. Jointly supervised with A/Prof Andrew Boulton and Dr D. Ryder. Bachelor of Natural Resources Honours thesis.

Patterson, T. (2004). An Investigation into the Hydraulics of Vertical Slot Fishways. Combined Bachelor of Natural Resources (UNE)/Bachelor of Engineering ( Newcastle University) Honours thesis. Jointly supervised with Dr. J. Rodriguez (UN).

Smetna, D. (2004). Waste or Resource? An Investigation into Solid Organic Waste Management at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. Bachelor of Natural Resources Honours thesis.

Townsend, A. (2004). Developing the Effectiveness of Fishways: The Effect of Invertebrate Colonisation and Textured Surfaces on the Passage of Juvenile Silver Perch in an Experimental Vertical-slot Fishway. Jointly supervised with A/Prof Andrew Boulton and Dr D. Ryder. Bachelor of Science (Ecology), Honours thesis.

Wansink, A. (2004). A Review of Artificial Noise Reduction Barriers on Urban Arterial Roads in Australia. Jointly supervised with Mr A. Witherby. Combined Bachelor of Natural Resources/Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Honours thesis.

Erwin, T. (2003). Investigation and Design of a Biological Effluent Treatment Systems for Abattoir Stormwater Runoff in Tamworth. Jointly supervised with Dr. J. Rodriguez (UN). Combined Bachelor of Natural Resources (UNE)/Bachelor of Engineering (Newcastle University) Honours thesis.

Van der Muellen, A. (2003). An Investigation into the Utilisation of Waste Products in the Context of an Industrial Ecosystem – Carbon Dioxide for Hydroponic Vegetable Production. Bachelor of Natural Resources Honours project thesis. Jointly supervised by Dr Judith McNeill).

Craig, S. (2002). A feasibility study into the application of pre-cast concrete technologies to current vertical slot fishway design and construction in Australia (in progress). Bachelor of Engineering Honours thesis.

de Biasi, G. (2000). Garbage Bin Analysis and Recycling Assessment, sponsored by Armidale Dumaresq Council. Bachelor of Engineering Honours thesis.

Hosking, T. (2000). Quantifying the Environmental and Social Optimum for Roadside Clear Zones: A benefit cost analysis. Sponsored by NSW Roadside Environment Committee. Bachelor of Engineering Honours thesis.

Masterton, K. (2000). Investigation of Solid Waste Management Strategies for Rural Regional Centres in Australia. Bachelor of Natural Resources Honours thesis.

Ne Wee Beng, E. (2000) A Study of the Impacts of Legionnaires' Disease and Comparing the Indoor Air Quality Standards between Australia and Singapore and Improvements to Indoor Air Quality. Bachelor of Engineering Technology Project report.

Wood, D. (2000). Runoff storage assessment for UNE, Armidale Campus, sponsored by UNE Facilities Management Services. Bachelor of Engineering Honours Project thesis.

Brock, S.W. (1998). The Feasibility of Wood Fibre Reinforced Concrete Wall Panels in Australia. Bachelor of Engineering Honours thesis.

Petrov, R. (1998). Water Management Study for Ecotourism Developments. Bachelor of Engineering Honours thesis.

Further Information

Extra-mural Activities

  • 2002-03: Publicity & Promotions Officer, Northern Group, IE Aust
  • 2000-01: Chair, Northern Group, Newcastle Division, IE Aust
  • 1999: Committee Member, Newcastle Division, IE Aust
  • 1996-2012: Member Armidale Dumaresq Council Waste Management Committee
  • 1994: Member Norfolk Island Tourism Board
  • 1986-1995: Member Norfolk Island Historical Society
  • 1983-84: Member Bombala Historical Society
  • 1978-1983: Member Moree Historical Society