Associate Professor Terry Lucke

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Associate Professor Terry Lucke

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Teaching areas

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering

Research areas

  • Stormwater management (Leader of USC Stormwater Research Group)
  • Water sensitive urban design (WSUD)
  • Permeable pavement technology
  • Floating wetland treatment systems
  • Roof and gutter system hydraulics
  • Stormwater filtration systems
  • Siphonic roof drainage systems
  • Engineering education

Profile

Dr Terry Lucke is the Leader of the Stormwater Research Group. He has been involved in the civil engineering and construction industries for over 20 years. During this time he has had many years experience on all types of residential and commercial construction. Most of his professional engineering experience involved the design and construction of residential and commercial developments. From 2006 to 2009, Dr Lucke undertook a PhD in Engineering (Commercial Roof Drainage Systems) at the University of South Australia where he also taught various civil, mechanical and construction engineering subjects. Dr Lucke joined USC in 2010 as a senior lecturer in civil engineering.

Because of his extensive industry background, Dr Lucke knows how important it is for engineering graduates to have practical engineering skills, as well as a sound knowledge of engineering principles. As such, he incorporates many experiential learning and project-based learning activities into his teaching wherever possible. Dr Lucke is extremely passionate about engineering education and undertakes significant research into improving the effectiveness of engineering education to improve student learning outcomes. In 2013, Dr Lucke was fortunate to have the quality of his teaching recognised at the national level by the award of an Australian Government, Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Teaching Citation. OLT Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. The quality of his teaching was again recognised in 2014 with an Outstanding Teaching Award from USC.

Dr Lucke is highly active in research at USC. Since commencing at USC in 2010, Dr Lucke has established a significant research concentration at USC in the area of stormwater management and water sensitive urban design. He has been awarded over $3.6 million in competitive research funding including USC’s first ARC Linkage project (LP120200678) to investigate the potential of using street trees with permeable pavement surrounds and underlying storage reservoirs to enhance urban tree performance and improve stormwater quality. In 2014, Terry established, and now leads, the Stormwater Research Group (SWRG) at USC. The SWRG currently includes one full-time post-doctoral researcher, four PhD candidates and 12 Honours students. USC has recently constructed a dedicated hydraulics building which will be used for most of the laboratory-based SWRG research activities. It addition, the SWRG has acquired an array of research infrastructure and equipment to enable it to undertake a large variety of cutting-edge research projects. Dr Lucke currently manages a research portfolio of over $3.0 million in a variety of research areas and projects as listed below.

Publications

Many of Dr Lucke's publications are available from the USC Research Bank. Some of his 2015 peer reviewed journal publications include:

1. Lucke, T and Nichols, P.W.B. (2015). Field Evaluation of Hydrologic, Nutrient and Heavy Metal Pollution Removal Performance of Bioretention Basins Receiving Street Drainage. Science of the Total Environment, 536, 784–792. (I.F. 4.099)

2. Mullaney, J., Lucke, T., Trueman, S.J. and Hosseini Bai, S. (2015). The effect of permeable pavements with an underlying base layer on the ecophysiological status of urban trees. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Elsevier, 14, 686–693 (I.F. 2.109)

3. Nichols, P.W.B., and Lucke, T. (2015). Local level Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse: A Practical Solution to the Water Security Challenges Faced by Urban Trees. Sustainability, 7(7), 8635-8648. (I.F. 0.942)

4. Beecham, S. and Lucke, T. (2015). Air Water Flows in Building Drainage Systems, Urban Water. Taylor & Francis, 12(6), 455-467. (I.F. 1.794)

5. Nichols, P.W.B., White, R. and Lucke, T. (2015). Do sediment type and test durations affect results of laboratory-based, accelerated testing studies of permeable pavement clogging? Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 511, 786-791. (I.F. 4.099)

6. Mullaney, J., Lucke, T. and Trueman, S.J. (2015). A review of benefits and challenges in growing street trees in paved urban environments, Landscape & Urban Planning, Elsevier, 134, 157–166. (I.F. 3.037)

7. Nichols, P.W.B. and Lucke, T. (2015). Sediment Particle Sizes and Clogging in Permeable Pavements. (in press 18-5-2015), CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water Journal, Wiley. (I.F. 1.945)

8. Lucke, T., White, R., Nichols, P.W.B. and Borgwardt, S. (2015). A Simple Field Test to Evaluate the Maintenance Requirements of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements. Water, 7(6), 2542-2554. (I.F. 1.428)

9. Lucke, T. and Dierkes, C. (2015), Addressing the demands of the new German permeable pavement design guidelines and the hydraulic behaviour of a new paving design, Journal of Engineering Science & Tech., Special Issue on ACEE 2015 Conference August (2015), 14-28. (I.F. 0.550)

10. Lucke, T. and Beecham, S. (2015). Alternative low-cost overflows for siphonic roof drainage systems: Proof of concept. Journal of Building Engineering, Elsevier, 2, 9-16. doi: 0.1016/j.jobe.2015.03.006.

11. Dierkes, C., Lucke, T. and Helmreich, B. (2015). General Technical Approvals for Decentralised Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) - The Current Situation in Germany. Sustainability, 7(3), 3031-3051. (I.F. 0.942)

12. Mullaney, J., Lucke, T. and Trueman, S.J. (2015). The effect of permeable pavements with an underlying drainage layer on the growth and nutrient status of urban trees. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Elsevier, 14(1), 19-29. (I.F. 2.109)

Research grants

Total research funding secured since commencing at USC over A$3.6M

Research grants and funding as Lead CI (Since 2010)
Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants
Funding body Funding Year Project title
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (SCC Industry Partner)

A$150,000

(T.$630,459)    

2012-2015 Optimising permeable pavements with underlying reservoirs to enhance urban tree performance (LP (Permtree-LP120200678)
Australian Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) - Citation Award A$10,000 2013 For bringing engineering to life for my students through personal passion, enthusiasm and engaging curricula based on experiential learning
Category 2: Other public sector research income
Funding body Funding Year Project title
Sunshine Coast Council A$310.786 2015 Optimisation of Culvert Design Processes to Reduce Flooding, Environmental Damage and Community Costs on the Sunshine Coast 
Sunshine Coast Council A$113,850 2013 Developing More Appropriate Culvert Blockage Factors for Use in Flood Modelling Studies on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Council A$480,459 2012-2015 Commitment to ARC Linkage Project: Permtree-LP120200678
Sunshine Coast Council A$59,000 2012 An Investigation into the Long-term Viability of Bio-retention and other WSUD Systems (Hons project)
Sunshine Coast Council A$354,955 2011

Using Permeable Pavements to Promote Healthier Street Trees and Reduced Pavement Maintenance (PhD project)

Category 3: Industry and other research income
Funding body Funding Year Project title
Parklakes II P/L A$716,901 2015 Performance Monitoring of Floating Wetland Treatment Systems at Bli Bli (PhD Project)
SPEL Environmental A$94,254 2015 An Investigation of the Stormwater Pollution Removal Performance of SPEL Hydrosystem
Rocla Pipeline Products A$65,000 2015 Using the Hydro-Brake to control and attenuate urban stormwater runoff, improve WSUD treatment processes and reduce downstream flooding risk

Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia

BKB Building Solution P/L

A$482,882

A$70,000

2015 Developing Accurate Australian Performance and Design Guidelines for Roof Drainage Systems with Internal Box Gutters, Overflows and Downpipes (PhD Project)
SPEL Environmental A$327,500 2013 Stormwater quality improvement by SQID treatment trains using a WSUD approach (PhD Project)
Rotary Fellowship to Visit Carnegie Mellon University A$4,000 2012 Expanding Development of a ‘Best Teaching Practice’ Statics Course for First Year Engineering Students
Ozzyform Industries A$19,777 2012 Evaluating the Strength and Suitability of a New Styrofoam Wall Panelling System for Australian Domestic Housing Applications
O2 - Environment and Engineering A$21,137 2012 Development of a Standard Test Method for Geotextile Erosion Control Performance (Hons project)
Douglas Partners P/L A$10,000 2012 Determining an accurate correlation for the shrink/swell index and swell pressure for the design of piles in reactive clays on the Sunshine Coast (Hons project)
Holcim Australia (Humes Concrete) A$279,124 2011 Monitoring of the Humegard® at the University of the Sunshine Coast (PhD project)
Futurewave Energy Saver P/L A$11,500 2011 Determining Minimum Energy Performance Standards for the Future Wave Energy Saver (Research Consultancy project)
Internal USC grants
Funding body Funding Year Project title
USC/SCC Seed Research Grant A$10,000 2013 Relating water quality to urban form to enhance stormwater quality treatment
USC Exploratory L&T Grant A$10,000 2012 Attracting and retaining more USC engineering students using the CDIO approach
USC OLTGP Grant A$6,000 2011 Development of a ‘Best Teaching Practice’ Statics Course for First Year Engineering Students to Improve Student Learning Outcomes (T&L project)
USC URG Grant A$20,000 2010 Permeable Pavements for Climate Change Adaption Including Flood Reduction and Water Quality Improvement (PhD project)

Current principal research supervision

PhD candidates

Date

Supervisor and PhD title

(commencing)

1 January 2016

PhD Principal supervisor: Rick Jaeger (TUM), PhD Title: Optimisation of Culvert Design Processes to Reduce Flooding, Environmental Damage and Community Costs on the Sunshine Coast

(commencing)

1 December 2015

PhD Principal supervisor: Peter Schwammberger (TUM), PhD Title: Understanding the Stormwater Pollution Treatment Processes of Floating Wetland Treatment Systems in Urban Environments
1 June 2015 to present PhD Principal supervisor: Luke Verstraten, PhD Title: Performance and boundary conditions of roof drainage systems with box gutters, overflows and downpipes, an empirical approach
2013 to present PhD Principal supervisor: Gopinath Kathiravelu, PhD Title: Relating the Hydraulic Characteristics of Storm Water Quality Improvement Device (SQIDs) to their Water Quality Treatment Performance
2012-2105 (completed) PhD Principal supervisor: Jennifer Mullaney, PhD Title: Using permeable pavements to promote street tree health, to minimise pavement damage and to reduce stormwater flows (Thesis examined and accepted in 2015 with minor revisions)
2009 – 2013 (completed) PhD Co-supervisor: Ying Yang Qu (UniSA), PhD Title: Modelling of Unsteady Flows in Siphonic Roof water Harvesting Systems (Conferred July 2013)
2015 Honours students
Student Project
Hall, R. Using the Hydro-Brake to control and attenuate urban stormwater runoff, improve WSUD treatment processes and reduce downstream flooding risk
Kleijn, R. Determination of the Pollutant Removal Efficiency of the Spelceptor and Humegard Stormwater Treatment Device on a Commercial Office Site
Manning-Dickfos, B. Developing More Appropriate Culvert Blockage Factors for Use in Flood Modelling Studies on the Sunshine Coast
Patterson, S. Investigation Into The Pollutant Removal Efficiency Of Modular Wetlands Used To Capture Urban Roadway Runoff
Melis, R. Determining the Pollutant Removal Efficiency of Floating Treatment Wetlands on Bribie Island
Kennedy, J. Using GPR to Investigate Street Tree Root Development in Urban Catchments

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