Mr Andrew Freebairn

Senior Experimental Scientist

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Andrew Freebairn joined CSIRO in November 2003, he is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience working in large software teams developing environmental modelling systems. He has worked on nationally significant projects for both eWater CRC and Catchment Hydrology CRC, developing a number of environmental software applications for national and state organisations.

Other Interests

  • Developing capabilities to discover and visualise spatio-temporal data from Spatial Information Services Stacks (such as those hosted at the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia)
  • Advancing software frameworks and methods that enable a range of biophysical modelling practises - eg rainfall runoff calibration
  • Developing user interfaces to hydrological models that allow integrated modelling tasks to be easily generated and executed.
  • Working with stakeholders to collaboratively build Decision Support Systems (DSS). e.g. for state agents to manage the MDB

Current Roles

  • Senior Experimental Scientist
    Environmental Processing Services

  • Chief Fire Warden
    Synergy, Black Mountain

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Information Technology
    University of Canberra

  • 1993

    Associate Diploma Mechanical Engineering
    Canberra Institute of Technology

Professional Experiences

  • 2015

    Senior Experimental Scientist
    CSIRO, Land and Water

  • 2010-2015

    Team Supervisor
    CSIRO, Land and Water

  • 2003-2010

    Environmental Software Engineer
    CSIRO, Land and Water

Achievements and Awards

  • 2008

    Chairman’s Medal, The Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project

  • 2008

    Strategic Excellence, Look Out!!
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2005

    Service from Science Award, Catchment Modelling Toolkit Team

  • 2005

    Service from Science Award, Catchment Modelling Toolkit
    CSIRO Land and Water

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-Now

    Chief Fire Warden (801 - Synergy)

  • 2015-2018

    Deputy Fire Warden (201 - Christian Lab)

  • 2014-2018

    Health and Safety Representative (201 - Christian Lab)


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