Jim specialises in the application of statistical and quantitative methods to solve complex problems. At ACIL Allen Consulting, Jim carries out statistical and economic modelling, including model construction, evaluation and testing, real options analysis and demand forecasting.
Jim has expertise in the development of demand forecasting methodologies across a range of sectors, particularly in energy and water.
Some projects Jim has led include:
- review of maximum electricity demand and energy forecasts for the Independent Market Operator (IMO) in Western Australia
- reviews and evaluations of forecasting methodologies on behalf of several Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs), including preparation of energy, customer numbers and maximum demand forecasts and modelling tools
- economic model benchmarking the returns and costs of racing animal ownership in Western Australia
- econometric model of the determinants of house prices on behalf of the Housing Industry Association of Australia
- development of water demand forecasts and a demand forecasting tool for a SA water utility
- energy and maximum demand forecasts of the Victorian DNSPs for the Australian Energy Regulator as part of a regulatory price review
- econometric analysis of the effects of mass media anti-smoking advertising expenditure and other relevant factors on smoking prevalence and tobacco consumption
- econometric model of the take-up of solar PV installations by state jurisdiction for the Australian Energy Market Commission
Jim has over 12 years of practical experience in the application of quantitative and statistical techniques to real world problems. Before joining ACIL Allen Consulting, Jim worked as a statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and held quantitative roles in the banking sector.
Jim holds a Master of Economics degree from Monash University, specialising in econometrics, a Bachelor of Economics degree with Honours, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.