Demonstrating the opportunities the PetaJakarta.org Pilot Project offers University of Wollongong students, final year Civil Engineering student Will Ashford recently had the opportunity to explore a possible solution to Jakarta’s flood-prone waterways.

Mentored by one of the project’s co-Chief Investigators, Dr Tomas Holderness, Will joined the recent student study tour of Jakarta over the 2014/2015 monsoon season, during which time he assisted in data collection and worked with the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta).

In addition to his collaborative efforts as part of the research team, Will conducted his own study of Jakarta’s waterways, gathering information to be utilised as part of his thesis submission.

“My aim was to assess the viability of graph theory as a means to analyse urban drainage networks,” the Civil Engineering thesis candidate explained.

Once complete, this study of the waterways will offer insight into the different opportunities to enhance the flood-prone city’s resilience to the monsoon season.

Will recently presented his research to his mentors, Dr Holderness, and Dr Rohan Wickramasuriya from SMART Infrastructure Facility’s Open Source Geospatial Laboratory.

All UOW Engineering students undertake a thesis study in the final year of their course, making them eligible for the award of Honours upon graduation (based on overall course performance).