WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Meet Senior Executives From International Water Utilities:
- Managing Directors
- Leakage Development Managers
- Distribution Managers
- Leakage Managers
- Leakage Team Leaders
- Network Leakage Managers
- Network Managers
- Regulation Managers
- Leakage Engineers
- Leakage Controllers
- Operations Directors
- Heads Of Research & Development
- Leakage Strategy / Leakage Development Managers
- Chief Engineers
- Engineering Directors
- Civil Engineers
- Senior Manager Distribution Operations
- Senior Water Engineers
- Distribution Systems Managers
- Directors, Water Distribution
- Heads Of Water Supply
- Pipeline Management
- Chief Data Officer
- Head of Data Factory
Plus Service & Solution Providers In The Following Areas:
- Leak Detection Equipment
- Leak Detection Contractors
- Pipe Location Specialists
- Pipe Material Providers
- Network Modelling
- Data Management
- Meter Suppliers
- Valve Suppliers
- Pump Suppliers
- Pressure Reduction Valves
- Data loggers
- Satellite technology for asset location and management
- Thermal imaging/radar technologies
- Pipe Inspection and condition assessment (External/internal)
- Acoustic noise loggers
- Flow meters (full bore/insertion)
- Customer meters and meter readers
- Excavation and trenchless technology
- Pipe repair technologies (internal/external)
DAY 1 – Tuesday 25 June, 2019
09.00 Introduction to the Summit
Frenk Withoos, Managing Director, ABB Measurement & Analytics Northern European Region
09.05 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Bob Taylor, CEO, Portsmouth Water, UK
A WATER INDUSTRY UNDER PRESSURE – A LEARNING OUTCOME
Leakage is right at the top of the UK’s political agenda again and the UK Water Industry has taken a pounding over the last two years - continuous pressure to meet regulatory targets, media stories on renationalisation, ‘fat cat’ salaries, customer leakage and customer expectations/perceptions: ‘We expect customers to waste less, they expect water companies to waste less’ (Waterwise).
Extremes of weather have also taken their toll - the ‘Beast from the East’ in March 2018 led to frozen pipes and the subsequent bursts and water shortages. The customer-focused ‘Freeze-Thaw Report’ from CC Water followed, asking companies to explain the extent of their preparedness, and how they coped with customer complaints. Then came a long hot summer, causing water use restrictions in parts of the UK. Another dry winter could lead to another drought in 2019.
09.15 Opening Keynote: Climate Change and Unusual Weather Patterns - Operational Responses to Meet the Challenges and Improve Customer Relations
Richard Flint, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Water, UK
09.30 Understanding Regulatory Drivers - The UK Policy Makers’ View
- Ofwat is leading an initiative to make companies reduce leakage by 15% by 2025 – is that enough? The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is going even further, suggesting that leakage is halved by 2050
- Does this mean that the sustainable economic level of leakage (SELL) is now ‘dead in the water’ and leakage has to come down at any cost?
- What level of infrastructure investment is needed to complement improvements to network operations and technology development?
- The challenges facing the south-east of England over the next 50 years are particularly severe. The Water Resources in the South East group (WRSE) is an alliance of the six south east water companies and the regulators. What are their long term plans for securing water supplies in the south east of England?
- Would a change of government and possible re-nationalisation of the UK Water Industry be better or worse for managing leakage?
Trevor Bishop, Director, Water Resources in the South East (formerly Director, Ofwat)
Jean Spencer, Chair, Senior Steering Group, National Framework for Water Resources
10.15 Operational Responses to Meet The Challenge - The Practitioners’ View
How will UK water companies meet the ‘15% reduction’ challenge? What help do they need from suppliers to build on the four pillars of ‘find and fix’ - accurate accounting, effective targeting, rapid detection and economic repair?
Is permanent acoustic logging one answer for more immediate sensor data, alongside integrated network sensor technology, better communication between sensors, and better data analytics (including artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks for signal and behaviour analysis)?
We hear from three UK water companies on their initiatives to meet (or exceed) leakage and consumption targets:
- Is continuous investment in infrastructure needed as well as in scaling up network operations?
- What innovative technologies are being put in place to support and manage the wealth data from smart networks?
- How do they plan to meet demand management challenges and reduce consumption?
Helen Simonian, Wholesale Water Services Director, Southern Water, UK
Euan Burns, Head of System Investment and Planning, Thames Water, UK
Andrew Roach, Head of Water Distribution, Yorkshire Water, UK
11.00 Questions and Discussion
11.15 Refreshment Break
USING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO MEET AMBITIOUS LEAKAGE TARGETS
The UK Water Companies have all proposed ambitious leakage reduction targets for the next Asset Management Plan (AMP) period. Innovation is seen as key in meeting these targets, and there is an increased focus on developing and introducing next generation leakage management tools – sensors, data communication and analysis systems, as well as advanced leak detection technologies
11.45 PRIMAYER SPONSOR SESSION - LEAK DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES
Fixed Correlating Networks
- The technology
- Case Study results
- Benefits of being smart
Roger Ironmonger, Managing Director, Primayer
12.05 A Holistic Approach to Managing Assets, Leakage, Operations and Service
Anglian Water’s investment in Smart Water Systems – and some outcomes
- Fixed correlating networks
- Enhanced Pressure Monitoring, including Transients
- An update on the Shop Window
- How these new technologies effect the business in terms of people and culture
Andy Smith, Regional Optimisation Manager, Anglian Water, UK
12.25 AMP7 Readiness at United Utilities – From Trunk Mains to the Customer
- Customer: Tackling private side leakage – issues encountered and lessons learnt
- Distribution network: Focusing on leakage detection capabilities and how new technologies and innovations being deployed or tested will fit into AMP7 BAU
- Trunk mains: Mass balance reporting, benefits of meter verification, Snipe the sniffer dog
Hanna Wardle, Network Delivery Manager – Leakage, United Utilities, UK
Alicja Solarczyk, Senior Project Manager - Water Networks, United Utilities, UK
12.45 Questions and Discussion
DEALING WITH LARGE PIPES – A PERENNIAL PROBLEM FOR NETWORK OPERATORS
12.50 McCROMETER SPONSOR SESSION - TRUNK MAINS MONITORING
- Measurement of trunk mains in non-ideal applications
- Utilising computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and full-profile insertion metering
Tim Door, Regional Sales Manager, McCrometer
13.10 Trunk Main Leakage and Optimal Customer Meter Replacement – Enhancing the Water Balance
EPAL, part of the Aguas do Portugal (AdP) group, has recently completed a repair program on Lisbon’s trunk mains for leaks detected during a Sahara campaign that began in late 2017. Such an intervention was identified as being necessary due to an increase in the overall NRW in the city, but stable performance indicators within the 160 active DMAs within the network, this leading to the conclusion that action was needed as regards the trunk mains feeding the DMAs
- Repairs have been done and the impact of repairs assessed
- Results have been encouraging and EPAL is now returning to 2015 levels of NRW after notable rises in 2016 and 2017
Customer Meter Replacement – When is the Optimal Time?
- The company has also introduced ‘Billmeter’ - a new in-house ‘Software as a Service’ (SAAS) to assess meter replacement timing and to reinforce activities to combat apparent losses and their contribution to the water balance, in terms of meter under registration. The system has been subject to a pilot study within EPAL, prior to a larger scale roll-out and application across the company's meter stock serving more than 350,000 clients
Andrew Donnelly, Advisor to the Board, Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres (EPAL), Portugal
13.30 Questions and Discussion
THE FUTURE OF LEAKAGE – LOOKING AHEAD TO 2050
15.05 European Leaders Panel:
The European landscape is also changing. Brexit, and a rise in global protectionist policies and populism, are among the most significant changes, with population migration and increased demand from local populations are also putting a strain on water providers to ensure sustainability of resources
- How do we assess the value of water to society/the wider economy and the corresponding impacts of water loss - putting leakage and per capita consumption targets in perspective? How can EU countries standardise, advocate and implement common performance indicators for water loss?
- How will Brexit affect the UK and European water industry - disruption of the supply chain around the time of Brexit, including customer buying patterns, customs and border clearances and uncertainty over UK and EU product approvals?
- What is the future for research and innovation, investment in assets and infrastructure, and supply chain flexibility? What does this mean for UK exporters of water technologies and solutions? Can collaboration between UK and EU research projects be sustainable after Brexit?
Frederico Fernandes, CEO, Aguas do Porto, Portugal
Mel Karam, CEO, Bristol Water, UK
David Tyler, Associate Director, MEI Infrastructure Policy & Project Preparation Unit, EBRD
David Duccini, Division Manager, Distribution Technical Centre, Suez, France
16.10 Questions and Discussion
16.20 Refreshment Break
HANDLING, UNDERSTANDING AND UTILISING DATA FROM SMART WATER NETWORKS
16.50 SYRINIX SPONSOR SESSION - ADVANCED PRESSURE TRANSIENT MONITORING
Advanced Insight from Pressure Transient Monitoring
- Device deployment planning for advanced insight
- Automated event detection
- Event clustering and classification
Mark Hendym Sales Director UK/Europe, Syrinix
17.10 The Challenge of Leakage Control and Smart Network Solutions in Shenzhen -
China Case Study
- Current leakage situation – meeting the increasing demands of the population and the network
- Meeting regulatory requirements: target of 10% losses by 2020.
- Active Losses Control: technologies and DMA/Pressure management
- Introducing smart solutions - organisational changes and NB-IOT meters trial in Shenzhen
Junwei Jin, Deputy Director – Networks, Shenzhen Water Group, China
17.30 An Integrated Approach to Managing a Water Network - UAE Case Study
The city of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, has reduced NRW from 45% to 10% in one area with 19 District Metering Areas (DMAs). An integrated approach included:
- Implementation of real-time hydraulic modelling
- Automated water balance calculations
- Flow and pressure monitoring and noise loggers for automatic leakage detection
- Integration of all operational data systems into a Holistic Management Information System "HOMIS"
Mohamed Eid Ibrahim, Water O&M Division Manager, Al Ain Distribution Company, UAE
17.50 ABB - Lead Sponsor Case Study Presentation
18.10 Questions and Discussion
18.15 Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Day 1
18.30 Drinks Reception
DAY 2 – Wednesday 26 June, 2019
THE ROLE OF INNOVATION IN MANTAINING NETWORK EFFICIENCY
Is zero Leakage a future reality or just a pipedream? The technology companies are going to play a major part in helping companies to meet their leakage targets. What will it take in terms of advances in sensor and communication technology, pipe material and pipe repair technology to get even anywhere near zero?
09.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Andrew Donnelly, Advisor to the Board, Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres (EPAL), Portugal
09.10 MUELLER SPONSOR SESSION - PROACTIVE NETWORK MANAGEMENT
Utilising Mueller® asset management technologies to prolong resilience and longevity in the installed asset base:
- Condition assessment to support the decision making process for pipe replacement
- Control Valves to manage pressures on the network and extend the life of pipe assets
- Fixed and Mobile systems to monitor pipe assets and pinpoint leaks at their inception, preventing catastrophic failures in pipes that cannot be replaced
Mark Nicol, Senior Director of Sales & Operations – International, Mueller
09.30 Innovation in Leakage Management – Towards Zero Leakage?
- Prevent – How do we stop leaks occurring in the first place, by utilising calm networks and transient suppression?
- Awareness – How can new technologies like artificial intelligence and smart networks enable us to spot leakage breakout earlier?
- Locate – What innovative developments will enable us localise leakage quickly and more accurately?
- Fix – Are there developing methodologies that will allow repairs to be carried out quicker and more cost effectively?
Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, SES Water, UK
09.50 Questions and Discussion
SMART NETWORK MONITORING – PUTTING NEW TECHNOLOGY INTO PRACTICE
09.55 HWM SPONSOR SESSION: TELEMETRY ACOUSTIC NOISE LOGGING - A STEP CHANGE IN LEAK DETECTION
Tens of thousands of telemetry leak noise loggers have been deployed in the last 2 years. This presentation examines the results of this mass deployment, with experience from practitioners, and what the results mean for leakage management strategy moving forward:
- Actual results achieved and lessons learned for targeting, deployment and ongoing fleet maintenance
- What does this mean for the UK, in an environment of stretched targets and a DMA structured network?
- What does this mean for leak detection strategy in an open network, International environment?
- Additional potential - AI applied to huge data volumes, ‘leak sizing’ and other potential
- Combining with other indicators in a holistic, step change strategy for integrated remote monitoring of the distribution network.
Mike Tennant, Director of Sales and Business Development, HWM
10.15 Keeping a Network Running After a Hurricane: Turks & Caicos Case Study
Provo Water has invested in electromagnetic meters and AMI across the network, for both districts and customers. This was a huge help in the aftermath of category 5 Hurricane Irma when it hit Turks and Caicos. Even with only 60% of the AMI network operational, the company was able to trace priority areas of water loss and get the water network back up in record time.
- Non-Revenue Water (NRW) can be tracked with a high degree of accuracy per district per hour
- Daily reports of the worst districts allow the leakage teams to investigate and rectify
Robert Hall, Managing Director, Provo Water, Turks & Caicos
10.35 Questions and Discussion
10.40 Refreshment Break
LEAKAGE AND THE CUSTOMER - UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CUSTOMER DEMAND
11.10 Understanding the Balance Between Customer Use, Supply Pipe Leakage and Internal Plumbing Losses
Leak detection via vibro-acoustic methods is one of the most popular methods for leak detection in water distribution systems. However, whilst successful on metallic pipe, vibro-acoustic methods have limited efficacy on plastic pipe, and these systems will slowly become less effective as the proportion of plastic pipe increases.
- Northumbrian Water Group and Invenio Systems have developed a new technology for leak detection
- The new technology overcomes current limitations of vibro-acoustic techniques by implementing a unique approach to identify the presence of leaks
Dr Joseph Butterfield, Technical Specialist, Northumbrian Water, UK
11.30 Challenges Faced by South African Municipalities
The challenges are many – and implementing solutions is equally challenging! Political and customer buy-in is essential to improve water conservation and reduce customer demand
- What lessons have South African water utilities learned from the 2018 Cape Town drought (‘Day Zero’)?
- How can customers be encouraged to use less water in times of water stress?
Mbali Matiwane, Divisional Head: Water Quality and Revenue Management, Water and Sanitation Department, City of Ekurhuleni, S Africa
11.50 Questions and Discussion
INTEGRATED NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE - MAKING SENSE OF THE DATA
11.55 XYLEM SPONSOR SESSION – DATA DRIVEN SOLUTIONS FOR PROACTIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Collecting data enables intelligent decisions which helps to manage risk and investment
- Looking at leakage from different perspectives
- Identifying and managing different sources of data to achieve leak detection precision
- Using data to make leakage investment decisions for the future
Andrew Welsh, General Manager, Xylem Water Solutions
12.15 Integrated Sensor Management – One Picture
Technology Convergence - are the UK water companies converging on certain technologies?
- Scalability of 5G/NB-IOT communications and implications for leakage management
- How do we best leverage emerging AI for network automation and control?
- One Picture - creating an integrated smart network
- How to best integrate all of the above to allow better decision making for better performance and resilience
- How to use all the data we get from smart sensors in a useful manner?
- Smart water isn’t smart unless the data is used for smart insights and actions
Mark Tully, Strategic Planning Manager – Networks, Southern Water, UK
12.35 Questions and Discussion
OPTIMISING AND IMPROVING NETWORK PERFORMANCE
14.10 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Afternoon Chair: Joydip Sanyal, Global Product Manager – Water EM Flowmeter, ABB Ltd, UK
14.20 Understanding and Calming the Network - Dynamic Network Areas
- Introduction of the next generation District Meter Areas - dynamically adaptive networks
- Impact on Network & Leakage management and Performance
- Successful collaboration between the Water Utility, Supply Chain and University
- Enabling calm network principles supported by increased use of smart technology
Frank van der Kleij, Head of Asset Risk and Planning, Bristol Water, UK
14.40 What Role Can IOT Can Play in Leakage Management?
- What is IoT?
- Current limitations in understanding leakage
- The role of IoT in improving our understanding of leakage
- What does the future hold for the Water Industry?
- Exploiting Low Power Wide Area Networks (LWAN) for Sensor Communication
Jamie Jones, Distribution Project Manager, Portsmouth Water, UK
COPING WITH GROWING POPULATIONS IN MEGACITIES – GLOBAL CASE STUDIES
The effects of climate change, population migration, drought and high demand in water scarce regions are affecting how water companies can meet customer demand and maintain sustainability. How do they cope in such extremes?
How do water operators maintain sustainability in megacities - with mega populations - in countries like Brazil and Philippines?
15.00 Scenarios for Big Cities – Uncertainties and Opportunities. Brazil Case Study
- Lessons learned from the recent São Paulo drought
- Efficiency as a basic step in daily operations
- Overview of potential savings
Francisco Paracampos, Director, Asset Management, SABESP (Central), Brazil
15.20 Maintaining A NRW Management Strategy and Resiliency Program To Meet Customer Demand - Philippines Case Study
- Challenges of maintaining a NRW Management strategy for Maynilad
- Sustaining supply to meet customer demand in one of the world's mega-cities
- Dealing with networks in the face of - and following - natural disasters and droughts like typhoons and El Nino
- Ensuring the customer has continuous quality service
Ramoncito Soriano, Senior Head, Technical Planning, Water Supply Operations, Maynilad, Philippines
Universities and joint venture spin-offs have long made a valuable contribution to the water industry - researching, building prototypes, trialling and finally implementing innovative technologies. We hear results from two such research programmes from Exeter and Perugia Universities
15.40 Questions, Discussion and Short Break
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT – AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF INNOVATION
16.00 The Next Generation of Water Distribution Network Modelling Tools
A new generation of hydraulic modelling tools could provide far superior model calibration with increased opportunities for more successful detection of previously undetected model anomalies
- Network models are currently calibrated to a standard that assumes simulated pressures match the observed within ±1m - but field pressure transducer accuracy lies within an order of magnitude less
- Hard-to-find leaks and topological anomalies like unknown closed valves, that cause a pressure change < 1m can remain undetected
Can we move from a field calibration criterion of ±1.0m to ±0.1m, to align with the capability of modern 10 bar pressure transducers?
Sophocles Sophocleous, Hydraulic Modelling Specialist, Severn Trent Water, UK
16.20 Reliability of Transient Test-Based Techniques for Fault Detection in Transmission Mains
- Laboratory and field experiment evidence of transient test-based techniques (TTBTs) for fault detection
- TTBTs vs. in-line technologies
- TTBTs not only for leaks but also for devious defects (e.g., partial blockages)
- Generation of ‘safe’ transients: the Portable Pressure Wave Maker (PPWM) device
- A reliable procedure within the pipe system management.
Professor Bruno Brunone, Director, Water Engineering Laboratory, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy
16.35 ABB – Lead Sponsor Case Study Presentation
16.55 Questions and Discussion
17.00 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Summit
2019 LEARNING BENEFITS:
The World-Leading Forum for Leakage Management...
...Now In Its 10th Edition And Established As A Brand Leader - For Water Company Practitioners To Exchange Information on Topical Case Studies And Learn About Best Practice Technologies For Assessing, Monitoring And Reducing Leakage In Their Networks
KEY ISSUES FOR 2019
- The UK water industry under pressure - leakage is right at the top of the UK's political agenda again and the UK Water Industry has taken a pounding over the last two years. How will the industry focus on meeting its stringent targets?
- What can we learn from global practitioners in areas of water scarcity and population migration who have addressed the issue of managing customer demand?
- How do water operators in megacities and with mega populations in countries like Brazil and Philippines meet demand and still run sustainable networks?
- Can integrated network wide sensors and data communication help the industry in its drive towards 'smart water' and zero leakage by 2050?
- Ensuring the data is used for smart insights and actions - otherwise smart water isn't smart!
- The technology companies are going to play a major part - what will it take in terms of advances in sensor and communication technology, pipe material and pipe repair technology to get even anywhere near zero leakage?
- How will Brexit affect the UK and European water industry - will research and innovation and investment in assets and infrastructure suffer? What does this mean for the supply chain and UK exporters of water technologies and solutions?
- Can the increased use of smart technology help operators understand how to monitor pressure transients and 'calm' the network to reduce bursts?
- What have we learnt about understanding the balance between customer use, supply pipe leakage and internal plumbing losses?
- Much-needed improvements to hydraulic model calibration and a new generation of modelling tools are required to ensure that models meet the criteria for identifying anomalies and 'hotspots' in the network
Canal De Isabel
Attending the global leakage summit has put me in perspective within the global water sector
Director, AQUA Libera
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City of Guelph Water Services
An excellent survey of the present and upcoming trends in the drinking water distribution sector