Prof. Joby Boxall
Head of Department
Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering
EPSRC Challenging Engineer
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5760
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
PhD, University of Sheffield; MEng(hons) University of Sheffield
CEng, CEnv, Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Joby Boxall joined the academic staff in 2002. Prof. Boxall´s research interests are concerned with understanding and modelling hydraulic, water quality and infrastructure performance throughout the natural and urban environment. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and have a number of cross cutting themes that include research in full-scale live systems, pilot and laboratory systems, with the application of theoretical, computational and analytical approaches, including software development. Specific themes include:
- The monitoring, modelling, operation and management of potable water distribution systems for both quantity, with an emphasis on leakage, and quality encompassing physical, biological and chemical changes and interactions
- The dynamics and impacts of pollutants in open channel systems
- The hydraulic and pollution performance of urban drainage systems
- Application of ICT for data collection from disparate urban water systems, together with computation (soft computing) techniques to turn data to information to knowledge
- Asset management and whole life costs, including energy and carbon, associated with water distribution and sewer systems
Activities and Distinctions
- Research manager leading the stimulation and development of a strategic programme of research for potable water distribution systems within the Pennine Water Group (EPSRC platform grant centre) and the Yorkshire Water Services strategic partnership.
- Senate Award winner for development of Student Centred Hydraulics Laboratory Classes, to promote inquiry based learning at an early stage in undergraduate study.
- Regular consultant to water industry for services in water distribution systems, particularly related to discoloured water.
- Member of the College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
- Director of SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group)
- Water Industry Achievements Awards 2010, IWEX University Challenge Award Winner
- Founder member of the Water Treatment and Supply network.
- 2011-2016: "Peninne Water Group - Urban Water Systems for a Changing World. Platform Grant Renewal." funded by EPSRC. Investigators: Saul A. (PI) Biggs C., Boxall J. , Horoshenkov K., Sharp L., Tait S. Value: £1,4077,789.
- 2011-2015: "Yorkshire Water Services Strategic Partnership, AMP 5." funded by Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. Investigators: Boxall J. (PI), Saul A., Lerner D., Beck S. Value: £529,129.
- 2010-2013: "Real-time condition monitoring and early warning of failure of potable water using novel fluorescence spectroscopy instrumentation." Joint proposals in association with the University of Birmingham. Funded by EPSRC. Investigators: Boxall J. (PI Shef) and Bridgman J. (PI Bham). Value: £163,523 (and £221,273 Bham).
- 2010-2012: "PODDS IV. Discolouration in trunk mains." Fieldwork based research to understand and predict long terms performance and best inform management options funded by Consortium of 5 UK water companies. Investigator: Boxall J. (PI). Value: £232,000.
- 2009-2014: "Pipe Dreams." Visionary project under the EPSRC Challenging Engineering Scheme to establish a world leading interdisciplinary team for understanding and managing water quality transformations in potable water distribution systems and hence for making the best use of these infrastructure systems into the future. Funded by EPSRC Challenging Engineering. Investigator: Boxall J. Value: £1,058,000.
- 2009-2012: "CASE Studentship" project to understanding the effects of dynamic shock loadings in causing leakage through field studies and data analysis. Funded by EPSRC/Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. Investigators: Boxall J. (PI) and Beck S. Value: £85,000.
- 2009-2012: "Contaminant Ingress into Distribution systems (CID)". Development of and testing with a novel laboratory facility to demonstrate and quantify the phenomena and to develop associated modelling tools. Funded by EPSRC. Investigators: Boxall J. and Saul AJ. Value: £345,000.
- Staff Member Responsible (SMR) for Level 2 Open Channel Hydraulics module.
- SMR for Level 4 Environmental River Processes module.
- SMR for 2 MSc modules: Modelling Water Distribution Systems, Environmental River Processes.
- Fish KE, Osborn AM & Boxall JB (2017) Biofilm structures (EPS and bacterial communities) in drinking water distribution systems are conditioned by hydraulics and influence discolouration. Science of the Total Environment, 593-594, 571-580. View this article in WRRO
- Douterelo I, Jackson M, Solomon C & Boxall JB (2017) Spatial and temporal analogies in microbial communities in natural drinking water biofilms. Science of the Total Environment, 581-582, 277-288. View this article in WRRO
- Husband S & Boxall JB (2016) Understanding and Managing Discolouration Risk in Trunk Mains. Water Research, 107, 127-140. View this article in WRRO
- Husband S, Fish KE, Douterelo I & Boxall J (2016) Linking discolouration modelling and biofilm behaviour within drinking water distribution systems. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 16(4), 942-950. View this article in WRRO
- Douterelo I, Husband S, Loza V & Boxall J (2016) Dynamics of Biofilm Regrowth in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(14), 4155-4168. View this article in WRRO
- Fish KE, Osborn AM & Boxall J (2016) Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2(4), 614-630. View this article in WRRO
- Fox S, Shepherd W, Collins R & Boxall JB (2015) Experimental Quantification of Contaminant Ingress into a Buried Leaking Pipe during Transient Events. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 142(1). View this article in WRRO
- Machell J & Boxall J (2014) Modeling and Field Work to Investigate the Relationship between Age and Quality of Tap Water. JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 140(9). View this article in WRRO
- Mounce SR, Boxall JB & Machell J (2010) Development and verification of an online artificial intelligence system for detection of bursts and other abnormal flows. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 136(3), 309-318.