Education and career

The international career backing Watermotion’s >mission and >services vouches for a continued professional growth. Competency, integrity, serendipity and sagacity have been the lodestars of it


PhD dissertation   An approach to numerical prediction of three-dimensional motion fields in natural water bodies · Tutor Prof G. Curto · University Federico II of Naples, IT · 2003

5-year degree   Civil engineering, hydraulics · University of Palermo, IT · 1998


Academic experience    University of Palermo, IT (PhD/RA, 4 years) · Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, DE (visitor, 6 months) · University of Manchester, UK (post-doc, 3 years) · University for Economics and Technology of Budapest, HU (visitor, 4 months)

Market-related experience   Siciclando Active Holidays, IT · Arcadis, NL

Consultancy-related experience   Alkyon Hydraulic Consultancy & Research, NL · Arcadis Nederland, NL · IMDC, BE

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The long read (600 words)

Watermotion is a project of Giordano Lipari’s

He gained his PhD with a thesis to develop certain appropriate computer-friendly calculations for the fully three-dimensional motion of water with a free surface — Thus, a water that moves forward and backward, right and left, up and down, and with a top that tilts and sloshes

Previously, he had completed a degree in civil engineering with majors in hydraulics and hydraulic engineering. Beside those, the plan of study provided a strong base in physics, calculus, algebra and chemistry, important building blocks in structural and geotechnical engineering, and among others introductions to applied economy and applied ecology

Working as employed or visiting researcher at the universities of Palermo, Manchester, Karlsruhe and Budapest for half a decade honed his analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as well as the appreciation of different national cultures and customs. The applications mostly regarded the justification, development and implementation of computer-assisted calculations. Their aim was to unravel and predict the motion of water in the environment — namely wind-driven flows, jet flows, turbulent dispersal

In terms of investigational approach, a notable emphasis was placed on validation and verification of computer models — that is: making sure these models do the right thing (the physics is right) and, distinctly, that they do it right (the maths is right). Also, being assistant lecturer and examiner for three academic years stimulated a disciplined creativity with the aim of making complex topics amenable to the novice’s curiosity

This combination of analytical focus and exploratory attitude stood him in good stead in a well-succeeded attempt to lend his soft skills to promote abroad the hiking and biking tours of a small Italian enterprise, Siciclando. This stint seemingly unrelated to water encouraged him to undertake a change of scenery and move towards consultancy and short-duration research tasks

The dual stage of this leap into consultancy has been the Netherlands and Belgium. Not only are these lands rich in the sheer asset ‘water’ but also, and not trivially, they are rich in data, information, expertises, approaches, visions, stakeholders, all revolving around water. The projects in this period of employment mostly dealt with questions from coastal, harbour, river and environmental engineering

This involvement in consultancy offered a privileged exposure to a host of concrete water-related questions arising from a complex natural and societal context. Most importantly, they opened a view on the extent to which water is not just mass moving in fancy ways (as an ‘arid’ fluid mechanist would have been inclined to interpret it). Rather: water is also a cradle for life, a nursery for food, a treat for recreants, a threat for property, a means of transport, a dispenser and disperser of heat, an asset to manage, and so on and so forth

In the context of consultancy firms, undertaking market-related initiatives was the natural continuation of the organizational and communication skills developed that far. In the new context, this tack of activities took the form of promotional journeys and of active participations in international tenders

These braided experiences in consultancy, research, knowledge transfer and marketing are now the raison d’être of Watermotion and its mission — advancing understanding, clarifying targets, devising solutions, enriching skills under the unifying theme of the flowing environment. This website illustrates the strengths and motivation of the Watermotion project through the main pages


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Last edited February 2017 · authored by Giordano Lipari