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SMi's 9th Annual Smart Water Systems conference returns to London in 20th - 21st  April 2020.

Now that the water companies’ business plans have been submitted and OFWAT have entered the next critical phase of their price review process - scrutinising each and every plan in detail to ensure they are robust enough to deliver a high quality, affordable and resilient service to customers in the years 2020-2025 and beyond.

SMi’s 9th annual Smart Water Systems conference will highlight the methods the water companies are using to ensure the goals and targets that have been set are reached and exceeded. Focussing on how new technologies, IOT and Artificial Intelligence can help to produce and analyse real-time data to ensure more efficient leakage detection and management; leading to better customer engagement and subsequently decreased customers water usage.

Case Studies from Water Company in the UK, Europe and Middle East - that are already advancing with smart network technologies and strategies - will discuss the critical need for accurate, clear and manageable forecasting for consumption of water. Looking at new technologies and innovations that show best solutions for monitoring and metering; understanding of customer expectations, data-collection tools and handling of 'big' data.

An update on the smart water meter roll outs that have been happening across the UK and parts of Europe will be a special focus exploring in detail the challenges and new developments of this implementation - such as increasing water demand, meter reading challenges and customer focused approaches.

 

Aclara; Aguas do Portos; Anglian Water; Anglian Water Services; Arad Metering Services UK; Arqiva; Axioma Metering, UAB; barter4things; Bluefield Research; Bristol Water plc; Calvin Capital Ltd; CGI UK; Cisco; Consumer Council for Water; De Watergroep; DHI Water Environments UK Ltd ; Diehl Metering; DWR Cymru Welsh Water; Elster; Grundfos; Hero Labs; Itron; Janz-contagem e Gestao de Fluidos, SA; Jersey Water; Kamstrup; Kamstrup A/S; Metasphere Ltd; MetriNet an ATi UK Brand; Mueller Water Products; Northumbrian Water Group; Northumbrian Water Limited; Ofwat; Portsmouth Water; SCISYS UK Ltd; Scottish Government; Sensus; Servelec Technologies; SES Water; Severn Trent Water; South East Water; South Staffs Water; South West Water; Southern Water; Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc; Sweden Water Research; Syrinix Ltd; Thames Water; Thames Water Utilities Ltd; VA SYD; Veolia; Vitens; Water Research Centre; Water Services Corporation; Watersprint; Welsh Water; Wessex Water; Wheatley Associates Ltd; Xylem; Yorkshire Water;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Heath

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

9:10 Ofwat’s emerging strategy: Driving transformational innovation in the sector

John Russell

John Russell, Senior Director, OFWAT

• Regulation as an enabler for innovation 
o Setting ourselves up to promote innovation
o Increased coordination on innovation across regulators in the sector
o Create an environment that supports new ideas into the sector
• Innovation as a tool for addressing future challenges
o Company culture
o Effective joint working within the sector and beyond, including improved information-sharing
o Effective roll-out and adoption of proven technologies, methods or approaches at scale
• What are the main barriers to innovation in the sector and why?
• Collectively funded innovation competition
• Sector-wide joint innovation strategy

9:50 How will collaboration of pioneering water companies to form the

Rose Jolly

Rose Jolly, Innovation Manager, World Water Innovation Fund, Severn Trent Water

World Water Innovation Fund drive innovation for future generations?
• Water companies from around the world have come together to tackle some of the biggest issues facing water today
• The World Water Innovation Fund is seeing likeminded water companies share their knowledge through never seen before trials, research, disruptive thinking and ground breaking technology
• One year on since the fund’s launch, this presentation will highlight the progress of the World Water Innovation Fund to date and identify future opportunities

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 CASE STUDY: Wessex Water Marketplace – “How is Wessex Water

David Elliott

David Elliott, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Wessex Water

• Opening their systems, processes and data to wider markets and organisations they may not normally work with to solve problems more efficiently, and to reduce reliance on asset-based solutions that are not affordable or don’t represent the best value in the long-term
• Collaborative open systems approach to innovation
• Achieve resilient services in a sustainable way, minimise the impact of activities through non-intrusive approaches and encourage the adoption of innovative techniques through partnership with the supply chain when asset optimisation or smarter construction is required.
• Allow the supply chain to innovate and engage more proactively,understanding the required outcomes and suggest alternative approaches to deliver them
• Procure solutions that will reduce reliance on asset construction
• Significantly reducing costs and Improving resilience
• Providing a better value, more rounded service to our customers and the environment

11:40 Zero-vision for unplanned interruptions for customers

Victor  Pelin

Victor Pelin, Project Engineer, VA SYD

• Future City Water: A recently started state funded project. The overall aim is to achieve a smart and future proof concept for managing the drinking water system combining data from sensors eg DMAs, smart water meters etc and using state of the art technology with autonomous real time hydraulic models, machine learning behavioural sciences
• Leak detection using satellites: We are testing different technologies in large scale and are currently getting some interesting results and insights
Victor Pelin, Digitalisation Strategist, VA SYD

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Transition from smart metering to smart utility

Soren Hebsgaard Knudsen

Soren Hebsgaard Knudsen, Country Manager, Kamstrup A/S

• Results and experiences from the US and Europe
• Digital transformation and lessons learned
• Creating real value from data

14:00 CASE STUDY: SES Water’s Intelligent Network Project

Daniel Woodworth

Daniel Woodworth, Network Strategy Manager, SES Water

• Our vision for the future of network management
• Our NBIoT sensor roll out plan
• AI software data analysis for near real time network insights
• Advanced pressure control using AI
• Future proofing your network data strategy

14:40 Oasen adopts a pioneering approach to public water provision with IoT

Nino Marino

Nino Marino, IT Manager, Oasen NV

• Introduction (Oasen and main goals)
• Predict pipeline leakages and water consumption
• Smart valves in pipelines as a part of a digital twin
• A chatbot on the website and smart water meters to improve customer service
• Roadmap and examples for more data driven purification station
• The future is digital and 3D (for example Holosuite Microsoft Amsterdam/ Hololens)

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Mitigate network outages & disruptions by digitising your water distribution system

Jan Krejcik

Jan Krejcik, Group Sales Executive for Urban Water & Regional Director , DHI

• By digitising your water supply system, the maintenance and rehabilitation process can be streamlined
• Consumer disruptions will be reduced as the system continuously works to improve network performance
• Scenario management capabilities facilitate the shut-down planning process and generate notifications to affected customers

16:30 Data and analytics at DWR Cymru Welsh Water – a use case

• A quick overview of the Data Team at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (i.e. how it operates to directly support strategic objectives from across all areas of the organisation)
• The majority of the presentation will cover a specific use case. This will likely be a project/solution that has been recently completed, where the context aligns as close as possible with the main themes from the conference.
In detail:
• The context around the business problem being addressed and how a data/analytics project was identified as the solution to the problem
• Exploratory work and initial findings, and how the Data Team work(ed) alongside business and domain experts collaboratively to fully understand the business problem
• An overview of the more advanced methods employed (which may centre on predictive modelling, operational research, machine learning etc. depending on the selected use case)
• How the results were perceived and how the outputs of the solution are / will be productionised so that the business area is able to make better data-led decisions
• Next steps for the solution and how it can be further enhanced or improved

Justin Doran

Justin Doran, Data Governance Manager, DWR Cymru Welsh Water

Kevin Parry

Kevin Parry, Head of Data, DWR Cymru Welsh Water

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Jeremy Heath

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Heath

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

9:10 Reclaimed water as the main water resource for supporting

Yong Cui

Yong Cui, Vice General Manager, Beijing Yizhuang Water Co., Ltd

• Introduction of Yizhuang Water in E-Town
• Overview of E-Town
• Water reuse plan in E-Town
• Wastewater treatment in E-Town
• Water reuse in E-Town
• Smart Water Systems :AquA-In System For Industry

9:50 Collaboration - “zero leakage and innovation”

Jeremy Heath

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

• Leak detection and location methods
• Basic mechanisms of bursts and leakage
• Leak repair-methods
• Laying leak-free new networks
• Water accounting and quantification
• Leakage innovation heatmapping

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 How can water quality sensor systems aid with leakage

Mike Strahand

Mike Strahand, Managing Director Europe, MetriNet an ATi UK Brand

• Water quality systems and identification of suspect DMA’s
• Water quality sensors and prioritisation of alarms from noise loggers and other leak detection systems
• Water quality and distribution system optimisation
• Using turbidity to control PRV’s in dynamic DMA’s
• Water quality and resilience

11:40 Towards a circular water model

Bert De Winter

Bert De Winter, Chief Innovation Officer, De Watergroep

• Sufficient clean water for everyone is a worldwide challenge, also in Flanders, due to climate change. De Watergroep has therefore defined in its strategy that we want to actively provide solutions by supporting the development of a hybrid business model in which local circular water reuse has an important place
• In the presentation, the approach of De Watergroep will be explained and examples will be given of concrete projects

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Delivering Target 100 – exploring new water reuse schemes

Ben Earl

Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager, Southern Water

• Signposting how new developments can meet lower water use standards
• Exploring the technical challenges that need to be overcome
• Understanding how customer acceptance is key to success

14:00 Smart Water Metering – Good idea to good delivery

Tom Allen

Tom Allen, Data and Information Manager, Thames Water Utilities Ltd

14:40 Smart Water Metering Impacts on Demand and Learning for deployment

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer, Head of Smart Metering, Anglian Water Services Limited

• Review of the available data on UK smart water metering
• Case study outcomes from the AW Proof of Concept Trials
• Quantification of the benefits captured
• Lessons Learned on the challenges to deploy and install
• Innovation required to increase the efficacy of rollouts

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 How are South East Water revolutionising how the water industry detects and prevents leaks, reduces environmental impact and ensures a highly resilient service for customers?

Andy Clowes

Andy Clowes, Head of Customer Insight and Strategy, South East Water Uk

• Our approach to testing the latest cutting edge digital water meters, sensors, advanced analytics and telecommunications channels.
• Transmitting data for analysis from digital water meters at 2,000 homes in the trial area
• Combining data from a number of solutions for analysis.
• How this might look in the future and what opportunities have we identified and how might this have informed our resilience strategies for both our network and our customers
 

16:30 Results and conclusions of the Smart Metering Pilot Projects

Cindy Vanderstraeten

Cindy Vanderstraeten, Project manager smart meeting systems, De Watergroep

• Description of the various pilot metering projects De Watergroep are running
• Highlight the types of water meters and different data protocols employed
• They are already in the net and will stay there for about one year.
• What results are needed to determine whether they will be rolled out to all our customers

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Jeremy Heath

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

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Sponsors and Exhibitors


Analytical Technology Inc

Sponsors and Exhibitors
https://www.analyticaltechnology.com/analyticaltechnology/gas-water-monitors/water_quality_monitors.aspx

Analytical Technology Inc. (ATi) is a specialist manufacturer of electrochemical and optical sensors. These sensors are used to measure water quality in drinking water and waste water. Most UK water companies use ATi monitors to control disinfection process, using ATi's market leading membraned chlorine sensors which are supplied under long standing framework agreements. ATi is an agile , innovative company. The latest example of this is the MetriNet system which was developed in a co-creation process with customers on a very short time scale to deliver a solution to the problem of measuring water quality deep inside water distribution networks.


DHI

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.dhigroup.com

DHI is the expert in water environments. Providing smarter data, integrated software and considered solutions, DHI blends real-world project experience with dedicated research and development to make our knowledge accessible through our operational services and unique MIKE software. We ensure innovative approaches are suitably applied and, most importantly, add value to client decisions.


Diehl Metering

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.diehl.com

Diehl Metering is one of the world's largest specialist metering and data solutions providers, manufacturing across Europe. We provide smart metering solutions to utilities companies through the intelligent networking of various metering devices into larger data platforms. These solutions offer transparency for utilities and enables considerably increased efficiency in reading, billing and service processes. Our customers are also able to benefit from real-time effects such as early recognition of leaks and the optimisation of distribution networks through intelligent information and real time data. Diehl Metering supports utilities in the UK and across the globe, developing smart meter and IZAR data and software solutions along with providing end-to-end support, backed up by our dedicated UK technical team. With Diehl Metering you are already perfectly equipped for smart metering as an important component of smart city concepts. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience with the company’s own radio technology, Diehl Metering has at its disposal excellent expertise in communications within the IoT (Internet of Things). Moreover, security of our customer data has the highest priority.


GUTERMANN

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.gutermann-water.com

GUTERMANN specialise in the design, manufacturing and distribution of water leak detection equipment. Constantly focussing on innovation, and often at the forefront of new product developments, we are always pushing the boundaries of water leak management technology. Thanks to our tireless commitment to product quality, functionality and user-friendliness, GUTERMANN has become a synonym for precision, consistency and reliability in leak detection technology worldwide.


Kamstrup

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.kamstrup.com/water-metering

Based on our +25 years’ of experience in the water industry, we provide utilities around the world with state-of-the-art ultrasonic water meters, high-performing remote reading solutions, advanced monitoring of pressure and leakages as well as intelligent data analytics. We deliver solutions in all shapes and sizes. From individual meters and remote reading systems to fully automated service solutions. Despite every project being unique, the starting point is always the same. You, the customer.

Media Partners


Future Water Association

Official Media Partner
http://www.futurewaterassociation.com/

Future Water Association is a modern, innovative and dynamic organisation that inspires, supports and leads the water supply chain: informing the sector about opportunities, the regulators about challenges and Government about policy direction; innovating through Water Dragons and delivering the ‘Innovating the Future’ roadmap; influencing and inspiring the supply chain to develop innovative solutions and new ways of thinking to shape the future of the water sector


British Water

Official Media Partner
http://www.britishwater.co.uk

British Water is an association which has a wide and varied membership covering all sectors of the water industry. From consultants, legal and financial partnerships, manufacturers of equipment and multi-disciplinary contractors to SMEs and independent consultants. We work to bring a coherent approach to delivering in partnership with the water companies, the best for the British water industry. We try to ensure each member company has access to services that will enhance their development potential and provide an added value factor to the way they do business. www.britishwater.co.uk


Global Water Intelligence

Official Media Partner
http://www.globalwaterintel.com/

Global Water Intelligence (GWI) publishes newsletters, reports, and market intelligence platforms providing analysis and strategic data on the international water market. Its flagship publication, the monthly Global Water Intelligence Magazine, has established itself as the market-leading publication for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking information and analysis on water projects with an element of private sector participation. If you want to find out more about GWI products visit www.globalwaterintel.com/products-and-services. You can sign-up for free access to GWI articles, take a free trial of Water Desalination Report, or schedule your demo of our GWI WaterData or DesalData intelligence platforms.

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The Water Report

Supporting Media Partners
http://www.thewaterreport.co.uk/

The Water Report is a monthly print and e-publication, recognised throughout the sector as the best source of informed debate on UK water policy, regulation and competition. It is founded and edited by Karma Ockenden, who has reported on the water industry for over 17 years.

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Water-Technology.net

Supporters
http://www.water-technology.net/

Water Technology provides the latest in news, views and project information from the water industry internationally, covering industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and water supply and transmission. Water Technology reaches leading engineers and technologists in the water utilities sector and uses its global network of journalists to cover the pressing issues busy professionals need to know about to keep on top of this demanding industry.

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

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