Killian Gleeson

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research Student

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Killian Gleeson
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

After studying engineering and working as a data analyst in test engineering for four years, I am currently pursuing a PhD within the Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe) CDT program, sponsored by Siemens UK. This project is an investigation into what sort of actionable information can be obtained from the deployment of high-resolution water quality sensors within drinking water distribution systems.


MSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering, the University of Sheffield BEng in Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin

Research interests

Research Project: Decoding Distribution Data

Water quality deteriorates as it passes through drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). Advances in technology and communications mean wireless sensor networks can be deployed to perform continuous and widespread water quality monitoring within these essential assets. However, there is currently a knowledge gap regarding how to transform the resulting data into actionable information.

This project aims to undertake a thorough investigation into what information can be derived from such data. With access to multiple real-world DWDS water quality datasets, data analysis processes will be developed in order to robustly and automatically decode the data and transform it into actionable information.

In order to meet these aims, a methodology is proposed that moves systematically from single-parameter single-sensor analysis towards an eventual multi-parameter multi-sensor solution, which can provide vital information on the condition of both the DWDS assets and the water passing through.

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Research group

Water Engineering