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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Dália Cruz Loureiro

Dália Cruz Loureiro
Phone: 218 443 836

Professional Situation

Assistant researcher, Urban water unit

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • PhD on Civil Engineering - Consumption analysis methodologies for efficient management of water distribution systems”, IST, Technical University of Lisbon, 2010.
  • MSc on Hydraulics and Water Resources – The influence of transients in hydraulic and water quality parameters, IST, Technical University of Lisbon, 2003.
  • Civil Engineer (five years course, branch Hydraulics), IST, Technical University of Lisbon, 1999.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Assistant researcher, Urban Water Unit, since 2016
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Urban Water Unit, 2010-2016
  • Doctoral researcher, Urban Water Unit, 2006-2010    
  • Assistant Professor, Technical Institute of Setúbal (ESTBarreiro / IPS), 2003-2008
  • Research fellowship, Urban Water Unit, 2000-2006

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Water loss and energy management in drinking water systems
  • Hydraulic and demand modelling in drinking water systems
  • Water and energy efficiency in urban water systems and collective irrigation systems

Research and Professional Activity

Coordination activities in 10 projects and participation in 12 other R&D projects (national and international), namely:
  • 2018-2021 Avaler+: Assessment of energy efficiency and sustainability in urban water services
  • 2017-2020 AGIR: Assessment of water and energy efficiency in collective irrigation systems
  • 2014-2015 e 2015-2016 iPerdas: National Initiative for water loss management
Coordination activities in nine advanced consultancy projects, namely
  • Identification of network distribution areas with higher water losses in the Algarve and proposal of improvement measures, advanced consultancy to AMAL, in the scope of Recovery and Resilience Plan (investment RE-C09-i01).
  • Assessment of the quality of service and identification of the causes of scaling in the Mendacha water supply system, advanced consultancy to Tejo Ambiente.
Participation in more than 16 advanced consultancy projects in the areas of hydraulic and demand modelling in drinking water systems and water loss and energy management in drinking water systems (national and international)
  • Gest editor In the special issue about Efficient Water and Energy Management in Urban Water Systems, Water.
  • Member of the working group (ISO/TC 224) Service activities relating to drinking water supply, wastewater and stormwater systems
  • Member of technical committee (CT 90) Urban water systems / SC 4 Performance of drinking water systems and wastewater systems

Scientific Orientation

  • Post-Doctoral fellows: 1
  • PhD thesis: 4 (3 finished, 1 ongoing).
  • Master Theses: 15 (14 finished, 1 ongoing)

Relevant Publications

+200 research publications (ORICID ID 0000-0002-1169-7283), namely:
  • Cabral, M., Loureiro, D., Flores-Colen, I., Covas, D. (2022). A New Standardized Inspection System for Periodic Visual Surveys of Water Storage Tanks and Pumping Stations. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.  DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001744.
  • Silva, M. A., Amado, C., Ribeiro, A. S., Loureiro, D. (2022). Uncertainty evaluation in time-dependent measurements. Measurement, 196. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2022.111196.
  • Cabral, M., Loureiro, D., Flores-Colen, I., Covas, D. (2022). A distress-based condition assessment of urban water assets using novel deterioration indices. Water Resources Management, 36: 1075–1092.  DOI: 10.1007/s11269-022-03074-8.
  • Ribeiro, A.S., Almeida, M. C., Cox, M. G., Sousa, J. A., Martins, L., Loureiro, D., Brito, R., Silva, M., Soares, A.C. (2021). Role of measurement uncertainty in the comparison of average areal rainfall methods. Metrologia. 58. DOI: doi.org/10.1088/1681-7575/ac0d49.
  • Loureiro D., Silva C., Cardoso M.A., Mamade A., Alegre H., Rosa M.J. (2020) The Development of a Framework for Assessing the Energy Efficiency in Urban Water Systems and Its Demonstration in the Portuguese Water Sector. Water 12(1). 14 pp. doi: 10.3390/w12010134
  • Cabral, M., Loureiro, D., Covas, D. (2019) - Using economic asset valuation to meet rehabilitation priority needs in the water sector, Urban water Journal, 205-214. doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2019.1648528
  • Cunha, H., Loureiro, D., Sousa, G., Covas, D., Alegre, H. (2019) - A comprehensive water balance methodology for collective irrigation systems, Agricultural Water Management, Volume 223 (20). doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2019.05.044
  • Mamade, A., Loureiro,D., Alegre, H., Covas, D. (2018) - Top-down and bottom-up approaches for water-energy balance in portuguese supply systems, Water 2018, 10 (5), 577. doi.org/10.3390/w10050577
  • Silva, M, Amado, C., Loureiro, D. (2018) - Propagation of uncertainty in the water balance calculation in urban water supply systems – A new approach based on high-density regions, Measurement, 216, 356-368. doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2018.05.061
  • Mamade, A., Loureiro, D., Alegre, H., Covas, D., (2017) - A comprehensive and well-tested energy balance for water supply systems. Urban Water Journal, 14. doi.org/10.1080/1573062x.2017.1279189
  • Loureiro, D., Alegre, H., Silva, M.S., Ribeiro, R., Mamade, A., Poças, A. (2016) Implementing tactical plans to improve water-energy loss management, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 17 (2), 381-388, doi.org/10.2166/ws.2016.092
  • Loureiro, D., Amado, C., Martins, A., Vitorino, D., Mamade, A., and Coelho, S. T. (2015) Water distribution systems flow monitoring and event detection: a practical approach, Urban Water Journal, 13, 242-252. doi.org/10.1080/1573062X.2014.988733
  • Loureiro, D., Alegre, H., Coelho, S., Martins, A., and Mamade, A. (2014) A new approach to improve water loss control using smart metering data, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply 14(4), 618-625. doi.org/10.2166/ws.2014.016
  • Loureiro, D., Vieira, P., Makropoulos, C., Kossieris, P., Ribeiro, R., Barateiro, J., and Katsiri, E. (2014) Smart metering use cases to increase water and energy efficiency in water supply systems, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 14(5), 898-908. doi.org/10.2166/ws.2014.049

Other Information

Prize APRH (Portuguese Association of Water Resources) 2010/2011 - Engineering category "Consumption analysis methodologies for an efficient management of water distribution systems”, PhD Thesis.

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