Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Adelaide, Australia - The Water Industry Alliance (WIA) has honoured Optimatics' founders with its prestigious Chairman's Award.  Professor Angus Simpson and Professor Graeme Dandy from the University of Adelaide were recognised for their key role as educators of the next generation of engineers and water industry participants. The WIA also acknowledged their instrumental role in the success of Optimatics, which it described as "one of South Australia's smartest water export success stories".

Presenting the award, WIA CEO Joe Flynn said that both men had helped build the future of the water industry's "intellectual grunt, and products that create a competitive advantage based on intellectual property".

Optimatics Chairman Don Horsell said that Optimatics was proud and delighted with the recognition provided to two of its founders and directors.

"In addition to the significant contribution made by Angus and Graeme through education, they have also been key to the success of Optimatics," Mr. Horsell said. "The company has its technology foundations in ground-breaking research at the University of Adelaide that began in the early ‘nineties with Angus and Graeme supervising the PhD thesis of Laurie Murphy on the topic of applying genetic algorithms to optimise water systems."

Optimatics now successfully exports its water systems optimisation solutions to water utilities and authorities throughout the world.

About the Water Industry Alliance

The Water Industry Alliance includes over 185 South Australian based companies and related organisations. It includes international water companies, national firms and well established local companies that offer products and services to the global water industry.  The Water Industry Alliance research and development sector involves universities, international water companies and Government agencies. Refer to

About the Water Industry Alliance Chairman's Award

This award is presented to a person (s) deemed to have made a major contribution to the water industry either through actions or the implementation of water related programs of the highest significance to the community at large.

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Optimatics enables water utilities and authorities to provide optimal water services. Optimatics has worked with over 85 water utilities and authorities that serve more than 96 million customers in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.  Optimatics enables decision makers to optimize the planning, operations and management of their water systems with its consulting, software and computer processing solutions. The Optimatics mission is to empower its water utility and authority clients to be outstanding contributors to their communities.

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