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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Meet Senior Executives From International Water Utilities:

  • CEOs
  • 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
  • Maintenance
  • 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
  • GIS
  • 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)

Agenda


LINKING LEAKAGE REDUCTION TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION


Morning Chair: Bob Taylor, CEO, Portsmouth Water, UK

09.00 Conference Welcome and Introduction

Krishna H Prashanth, Global Product Line Manager, ABB

09.05 Chair’s Introduction to  Day 1


OPENING KEYNOTE – LEAKAGE AND THE WIDER ENVIRONMENT


The reduction of leakage and carbon in water industry operations is inextricably linked with resource management and environmental protection.  Together with investment in infrastructure, a ‘twin track’ approach on water resources and demand management, and collaboration between regulators, will help to reduce leakage and meet carbon reduction goals

09.15  A Twin Track Approach to Managing the Environment and Infrastructure

  • Acknowledging the importance of protecting and sustaining the environment
  • A Twin-Track approach to water resource sustainability and leakage reduction
  • A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to The National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations
  • A review of the public interest commitments (PICs) on zero leakage and net zero carbon

Bob Taylor, CEO, Portsmouth Water, UK

Peter Simpson, CEO Anglian Water, UK

09.35 Panel Discussion and Q&A


COMMITTING TO A NET ZERO CARBON FUTURE IN THE WATER INDUSTRY


The UK water industry is the first industrial sector in the UK, and one of the first major sectors in the world, to commit to a zero carbon future by 2030. The goal forms part of the industry’s Public Interest Commitment (PIC), with the zero carbon goal one of five stretching social and environmental ambitions

09.45 Severn Trent Water’s Green Recovery Programme

A well as sponsoring – and supplying water to - the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Severn Trent’s multi-pronged approach to improving the environment encompasses net zero carbon, tree planting and leakage related initiatives. The company aims to increase water supplies by enough to serve a city the size of Leicester in a net zero carbon way, helping to deliver net zero water

by 2030. The programme includes:

  • Replacing 20,000 lead pipes in Coventry to provide lead free water and leakage reduction
  • introducing 157,000 smart meters to support leakage reduction and encourage customers to reduce demand during peak usage periods
  • Exploring the use of hydrogen and bio-methane to contribute to energy supply

Paul Baxter, Head of Networks, Severn Trent Water, UK

10.05  Hydrogen and its Role in Network Operations in a Net Zero Future

  • Hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transport in network operations (cars, HGVs, SUVs)
  • Can we utilise the existing transmission network in the short term?
  • UK projects underway to realise hydrogen uses and benefits

Antony Green, Hydrogen Director, National Grid, UK

10.25 Q&A

10.35 Refreshment Break


COLLABORATION TO CONSERVE RESOURCES


11.05 The RAPID Initiative – A Twin Track Approach

  • Promoting infrastructure development
  • A multi regulator collaboration and oversight – overseeing changes to regulatory frameworks
  • The supply side of the twin-track approach – coordination of regional resource planning
  • Ofwat’s policy on leakage and demand management, and the need to develop new supply side approaches

Margaret Read, Director of Stakeholders and Programme – RAPID and Director, Water Resource Planning, Ofwat, UK


REALISTIC APPROACHES TO ZERO LEAKAGE – FILLING THE GAPS


11.25  A Coordinated Research Plan for Leakage in the UK

- UKWIR OFWAT Innovation fund

- Company research

- 3rd party involvement

- Focus on mains replacement and repairs (the prevent and mend of PALM)

Daniel Woodworth, Head of Asset Management, SES Water, UK 

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, SES Water, UK

11.45 Uncovering the Truth About Background Leakage

If water companies are to get anywhere near to achieving zero leakage, they have to solve this perennial issue - ‘lifting the veil from background leakage’.

  • How understanding the finer points of background leakage can help achieve targets
  • How, with state of the art monitoring software to identify and quantify it, this is fast becoming a reality

Chris Rees, Head of Water Engineering, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, UK

Stuart Trow, Director, Invenio Systems Ltd                                               

12.05 Q&A


ACHIEVING ZERO LEAKAGE  - HWM Invenio Sponsor Session


12.15 Achieving Zero DMA Leakage Through Forensic Investigations

- How it is now possible to accurately measure all components of leakage in a DMA

- Using emerging techniques to localise and pinpoint hidden leaks

Keith Hilson, Director, Invenio Systems Ltd


THE FUTURE OF LEAKAGE – Inflowmatix, a SUEZ company, Sponsor Session


12.35  Delivering Digital Outcomes With Intelligence As Part Of Your ‘Digital Twin’ Journey

  • Where we are today, what are the drivers for a ‘smarter network’?
  • Considerations, agnostic data and hydraulic based analytics bias
  • Delivering ‘Outcomes’ not ‘Outputs’ directly to customers

Derek Procter, Head of Commercial, Inflowmatix

Jim Barker, Head of Water Resources, Leakage and Smart Networks, Portsmouth Water, UK

12.55 Q&A

13.05  Lunch

Afternoon Chair: Andrew Donnelly, Adviser to the Board, Aguas de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal


LIFE AFTER THE PANDEMIC – HOW HAS COVID AFFECTED THE WATER INDUSTRY?


The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the global water industry on a massive scale – but has there been a 'long Covid' effect?

14.35 Chair’s Keynote: How Has Covid Affected Network Operations and Leakage Targets? Portugal Case Study

  • How did Lisbon’s water utility operators cope with Covid during the pandemic?
  • How has it affected the operational workforce and the global supply chain?
  • What effect will the backlog of leaks have on reaching or sustaining leakage targets?
  • Have there been benefits as well as problems?

Andrew Donnelly, Adviser to the Board, Aguas de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal


ENABLING A WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE


14.55  Empowering and Upskilling the Workforce With a Focus on Leakage Operations:

The water industry has a decade of challenges ahead. The workforce needs to adapt to accommodate the twin challenges of leakage and carbon reduction targets.  Operational Technology (OT) experts, combining engineering and computer science skills, will be needed to support the fast moving advances in smart network technology

Severn Trent Water has  pioneered  a programme to enable staff to develop new skills and roles - to provide a happier, healthier and safer workforce:

  • A ‘Leakage Operating Model’ -  hiring people with the right behaviours and ability to absorb technical training, and giving local teams greater autonomy
  • Introducing a ‘Gold Standard’ - bringing in world class experts to help mentor leakage team managers. 
  • A newly built Academy to improve STW’s growing workforce (inspired by the Singapore PUB Academy) offering over 350 courses.  STW is one of the two UK water companies that are accredited apprenticeship providers

Mikal Willmott,  Leakage Assurance Analyst, Severn Trent Water, UK

Chris Brown, Training Assessor – Leakage, Severn Trent Water, UK

15.15  Incubating New Working Practices By Embedding Innovation Alongside Operational Teams

With the aim of  taking pilot trials to another level – to an ‘outside the lab’ environment,  Anglian Water’s shop window has been expanded outwards from Newmarket to take in a wider area of the network. The Shop Window is being shared through the Ofwat Innovation Fund with companies such as Portsmouth Water in projects like Safe Smart Systems. This approach aims to speed up the innovation process to 'enable a workforce of the future' and to build the water company of the future today:

- Building an incubator strategy

- Creating the space for cross sector working

- 'Enabling a workforce of the future' - happier, healthier and safer

- Developing new teams, roles and skills

Annesley Crisp, Project and Engagement Manager - Shop Window, Anglian Water, UK

Jim Barker, Head of Water Resources, Leakage and Smart Networks, Portsmouth Water, UK

15.35 Q&A

15.45 Refreshment Break


MANAGING LEAKAGE AND NRW USING MACHINE LEARNING, BIG DATA ANALYSIS

AND HYDRAULIC SIMULATION


SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR ANALYTICS AND OPTIMISATION – Royal HaskoningDHV Sponsor Session

16.15 Leak Detection and Localization Through AI and Hydraulic Modelling

  • Demand Forecasting
  • Leak detection through demand anomalies
  • Leak localisation through hydraulic modelling
  • Case Study

Nicole Friedrich Neumann, Product Manager – Clean Water, Royal HaskoningDHV


ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS - Syrinix Sponsor Session


16.35  Analysis of Pressure Transients and Active Leak Detection Within HERA, Using an Integrated Approach – Italy Case Study

A customer case study showcase – a long term project which will encompass different analysis techniques as the project progresses, demonstrating how a combined solution of acoustic and transient monitoring identifies leaks as they occur and captures bursts as they happen

  • Methodology of deployments of both leak detection and transient monitoring technology within DMAs in the cities of Modena and Bologna
  • A review of results to date from Bologna as well as the overall aims of the project going forward

Mark Hendy, VP Business Development EMEA & ASIA, Syrinix

Maurizia Brunetti, Technology and Business Development, Water Department, Hera SpA, Italy

16.55 Q&A

17.05 Making the Shift from Reactive to Proactive Operations by Leveraging Wireless Technology in Water Networks

  • Impact of IoT in long distance metering
  • Enabling deeper understanding of your network
  • Key considerations while choosing the best fit technology

Raghu Kumar NV, Technical Product Manager – EMF, ABB

17.25 Q&A

17.30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Day 1

18.00 Drinks Reception

19.00 Gala Dinner

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