David R. Maidment will present the Williams Memorial Lecture for the Water Seminar Series 3:30 p.m., Jan. 25 in the Hardin Hall Auditorium. He will speak on "The Future of HydroInformatics for Managing Water."
Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1981.
He received his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering with First Class Honors from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and his MS and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he was a research scientist at the Ministry of Works and Development in New Zealand, and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria, and he was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M.
Maidment is a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology. In 2010 he received the AWRA Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, which was also permanently renamed the David R. Maidment Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, in recognition of his contributions to the American Water Resources Association.
Since 1989, he has been cooperating in this field with ESRI, manufacturers of Arc/Info and ArcView, the leading GIS programs worldwide. Each year, Maidment presents a survey of the state of the art in GIS and hydrology at the ESRI User Conference http://www.crwr.utexas.edu/archive.shtml . He is the principal designer of the Arc Hydro data model, which is a customization of the ArcGIS geographic information system for surface water resources, published in the book Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources in 2002, and more recently also for groundwater resources published in the book Arc Hydro Groundwater: GIS for Hydrogeology in 2010.
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