Winners of the 2022 Best Research Oriented Paper Award

Congratulations to Dr Jessica Bohorquez and team for winning the 2022 Best Research Oriented Paper Award from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. 

It’s worth noting, this is not an award you apply for. It is an annual award from the journal – the leading journal in the area from the American Society of Civil Engineers – and the winners are selected by the committee of the journal editorial board members.

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The paper they selected was part of Dr Jessica Bohorquez's PhD thesis and studied the use of artificial neural networks in combination with fluid transient waves for the detection of bursts in water pipelines. Her research continues in this area as she is looking to progress this technology and apply it to working pipelines in water utilities.

This paper was co-authored with Jessica's PhD supervisors from the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, Emeritus Professor Angus Simpson, Professor Martin Lambert, and Dr Brad Alexander.

It was a very pleasant surprise to them all to discover they had won the award and it provides them with a massive boost in confidence. It proves their work is high-quality, internationally recognised, and should be supported into the future.

“This is a great recognition of our hard work and team effort to get a very high-quality paper out in the scientific community. We hope to keep working in the future to advance this technology,” said Jessica.

The future of our pipelines is looking very positive.

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