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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


MORNING – MANAGING INFRASTRUCTURE IN A SMART NETWORK


Morning Chair:  Paul Horton, CEO, Future Water Association

09.00 Chair’s Welcome and  Introduction


OPENING KEYNOTE - MANAGING OUR UNDERGROUND ASSETS IN A DIGITAL AGE


The design and installation of new water mains is critical for avoiding future leaks. Installation - and managing the quality of installation - is one of the 'prevention' planks of 'PALM' (prevent, be aware, locate and mend). But are the industry standards being followed, and are state of the aret pipe installation and repair strategies lacking in this age of smart networks?

  1. Bristol Water’s Asset Management Policy

Bristol Water’s leading asset management specialists are tackling the challenges of targeting smaller and smaller leaks with a focus on customer side leakage

  • Targeting specific areas of leakage using network data
  • How much of total leakage is customer side leakage?
  • Keeping customers happy while repairing mains leaks
  • Trialling innovative repair technologies (pipe-pulling, in-pipe repair)

Richard Price, Chief Operating Officer, Bristol Water, UK

Jamie Angelinetta, Senior Manager - Leakage, Bristol Water, UK

09.25 Developing an Asset Assessment intervention Framework – New Zealand Case Study

A case study of the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) reports on a tool to improve ability to forecast pipes renewals and consider renewals investment and level of service scenarios:

  • A risk-based approach to projecting baseline asset renewal dates
  • Pipe condition is one of the main inputs of the framework
  • Provides fast, auditable and repeatable renewal planning and prioritisation  for three waters reticulation assets

Irmana Garcia Sampedro, Project Manager – Water, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand

09.45 Q&A

NETWORK MANAGEMENT- Mueller Sponsor Session

09.55 The Next Generation of Network Monitoring

  • Mueller’s vision for intelligent water networks
  • Introduction to the EchoShore DXe sensor
  • Intelligent placement of acoustic sensors in water networks
  • How the next generation of IoT leak monitoring is being supported by artificial intelligence
  • How Echologics has achieved 98% leak sensitivity across all monitored systems over the last 3 years

Mark Nicol, International Sales Director - Clean Water, Mueller

 

10.15  Customer Side Leakage: Anglian Water’s Approach To This Ever Increasing Problem

  • Anglian Water’s SMART Metering programme in relation to Customer side leakage (CSL)
  • Balancing Network side leakage against Customer side leakage
  • What SMART network data is telling us about CSL Virtual Networks

James Hargrave, Regional Leakage Operations Manager, Anglian Water, UK

10.35 Q&A

10.45 Refreshment Break

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS SPONSOR -  Xylem Sponsor Session

11.15  The system behind one of the most advanced smart networks in the UK.

  • Reducing the amount of water lost to leaks.
  • Predicting the likelihood of bursts on the network.
  • Digital Twin technology at scale
  • Providing data that delivers value to customers

Damian Crawford, Head of Smart Networks and Leakage, Stantec

Martyn Hattersley, Head of Demand Management, Yorkshire Water, UK

11.35 Permanent Monitoring of Trunk Mains with Fibre Optics

A Belgian case study describing a water utility’s experience with using Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS). This fibre optic technology provides continuous monitoring to pinpoint the exact location of leaks and intrusions, allowing timely interventions and smarter asset management -

Wim Jacobs, Innovation Manager, FARYS Water Utility, Ghent, Belgium


SATELLITE LEAK DETECTION –Asterra, a SUEZ technology partner, Sponsor Session


11.55 Using Synthetic Aperture Radar to Find More Leaks

ASTERRA & Suez in the UK have pioneered the use of satellite based L-band radar to identify likely leaking locations in potable water piping. This service has been commercialized since 2016 and over 450 projects have been completed around the world. ASTERRA’s Recover product utilises, analyses and processes satellite signals:

  • Radar signals are taken from an SAR satellite and the area of interest is scanned, to collect the resulting reflected signals
  • Signals are analysed and processed to identify specific indicators of wet soil saturated with potable water, screening out signal noise and other interferences, resulting in a map showing likely leak locations (LLLs)
  • The Recover analysis typically highlights 5-10% of the entire system length, and only these locations where there is expected to be a leak are inspected
  • An example customer case study identifies and recovers lost water, and reporst on the value proposition to the utility and customer

Steve Baker, Country Manager, ASTERRA

VENDOR COLLABORATION – Optimatics, a SUEZ company, Sponsor Session

12.15  Collaborating For Success One Step At A Time

Driving improvements through efficiency and innovation requires all stakeholders to play their part to ensure decision-making processes are geared towards maximising benefits. Optimatics undertakes a range of activities to drive innovation collaboratively from understanding the customer challenges through to development and scaling with our customers. We will share some great examples of:

  • How we have developed and tailored additional features to our products collaboratively which brought clear efficiencies to the water sector globally.
  • How we regularly assemble ideas and perspective from a range of partners, clients, subject matter experts and our parent company Suez to inform our roadmap
  • How to apply our solution towards better leakage management.
  • How we take a proactive role in bridging the gap between conceptual/strategic idea creation and technical implementation.

Dr Bojana Jankovic-Nisic, Chief of Strategy, Optimatics

12.35 Q&A

12.45 Lunch


AFTERNOON – INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING SMART NETWORKS OF THE FUTURE


Smart networks are getting smarter - and operator skills are changing - to meet smarter and faster technologies and software for data collection, data communication and data analysis – but can we continue to expand the potential – and are we maintaining the benefits achieved?

Afternoon Chair: Krishna H Prashanth, Global Product Line Manager, ABB

14.15 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction


SHOWCASING BEST PRACTICE IN PERFORMANCE OF SMART NETWORKS - INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIES


14.20  Houston Public Works – A Multi Layered Approach to Leakage Reduction

Matthew Thomas, Assistant Director, Customer Account Services, Houston Public Works, USA


14.40 Christchurch City Council’s Smart Sensor Project

Christchurch City Council is embarking on a multi-package smart networks pilot project - Rawhiti Smart Water Network

  • Starting a 10 year journey - optimising sensor density based on criticality and consequence
  • Demonstrating continuous monitoring of flows, consumption, leaks, water quality and water pressure
  • Achieving the Three Waters smart water objectives: to improve water safety, asset management, operational management and sustainability.

Irmana Garcia Sampedro, Project Manager – Water, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand

15.00 Singapore’s Smart Network Projects

The Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore, shares results of current projects on digital twins, hydraulic modelling and predictive analytics

Kah Cheong Lai, Chief Engineer, Public Utilities Board, Singapore

15.20  Q&A

15.30 Refreshment Break

EXPANDING THE POTENTIAL AND MAINTAINING THE BENEFITS OF SMART NETWORKS

16.00  Pioneering Leak Management: State of the Art Leak Prevention, Awareness and Location

  • Using next generation network surveys to prevent and reduce leak breakout
  • How the Company wide rollout of its advanced smart network has slashed leak awareness times
  • The highly successful testing of novel micro-pressure variation leak location

Tanya Dady, Network Strategy Manager, SES Water, UK

16.20  Deep Reinforcement Learning for Network Pressure Management

The use of deep reinforcement learning (DRL) has been applied to industries such as robotic traffic light control and stock markets. Extending this technology to the operational management of water network is a field of untapped potential:

  • Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) explained
  • Key challenges of DRL
  • Current and future work

Ahmed Negm, PhD Candidate, Engineering Department, Lancaster University, UK

16.40 Managing and Maintaining A Long Term Performance Based Contract – Bahamas Case Study

The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation’s Performance Based Contract (PBC) aimed to reduce non-revenue water over 10 years.  What are the conclusions at the end of the contract, and can the level of reduction be maintained?

Preston Rahming, Senior Manager - NRW Reduction Project Manager, Bahamas WSC

Mario Tavera, Project Manager, Miya Bahamas

17.00  Q&A

17.10  Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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