Future Water Networks 'Shine a light on the possible: Explore the radical!' - 4 & 5 December, 2017

            


Adapting to the changing future is at the core of managing networks as whole systems. In England & Wales alone there are over 340,000 km of water mains and over 620,000 km of sewer systems. These underground assets are critical to a sustainable future, yet this infrastructure is aging, all too often its underlying condition is unknown, and its ability to manage change uncertain.

The challenge, in an environment where the climate is changing, along with the demographics and one where urbanisation is increasing, is a constant. This challenge requires a 'smart' approach. Smart, whilst dominating current thinking is not properly defined – it is not necessarily the latest gadget, or piece of software – it is about holistic management of infrastructure as systems, learning from other industries and countries, optimising current practices and behaviour, along with more value placed on data and analytics. The thought piece 'FWA Smart Water Networks' is under the documents section and sets out the latest thinking!

Future Water Networks 2017 is focused on ‘The Art of the Possible’ how to think differently about network management. The conference will open with a session on 4th December, of the highly regarded ‘Water Dragons in front of judges from Energy & Utility Skills, Severn Trent, South Staffs Water, Hitachi and the Chair of the Future Water Association Innovation Hub. The heat will take place in front of a live audience and the event will be followed by a dinner and speaker offering a different and challenging view on Innovation. 

On the 5th December speakers from a number of the water companies, CIHT, Artesia, Hitachi Consulting, Hydraulic Analysis Ltd, IBM. Clancy Docwra, Dootrix, Exeter University, Pipeline Industries Guild, SSE, OFWAT, Urban Water Cycle Solutions amongst others will challenge current thinking and assess how resilient the sector is!

Following the keynotes, there will be sessions on ‘The Art of the Possible’ – ‘Shining a light on what we are doing’ and ‘Water to Sewer Networks’ – the day concluding with a presentation to the winner of the Water Dragons Heat.

Linked to Future Water Networks 2017 – we as an association are supporting hAQUAthon 2017 and one of the prizes for organisations taking part in this is an entry to the Water Dragons session at the beginning of the conference – on the afternoon of the 4th December. 

An exhibition area in the Grange Bar will run alongside the event with Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities available at very competitive rates - join those already on board.

Images from Future Water Networks 2016

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Speakers

Trevor Bishop - OFWAT
Trevor Bishop - OFWAT
Claire Thomas - Hitachi Consulting
Claire Thomas - Hitachi Consulting
Dr Michael Barry - BMT Group
Dr Michael Barry - BMT Group
Paul Glenister - Clancy Docwra
Paul Glenister - Clancy Docwra
Rob Borley - Dootrix
Rob Borley - Dootrix
Glyn Addicott - Hydraulic Analysis
Glyn Addicott - Hydraulic Analysis
Ancel Boucher - IBM
Ancel Boucher - IBM
Joe Sanders - Artesia Consulting
Joe Sanders - Artesia Consulting
Michele Romano - United Utilities
Michele Romano - United Utilities
Professor Peter Coombes - Urban Water Cycle Solutions
Professor Peter Coombes - Urban Water Cycle Solutions
Professor Ed Keedwell - Exeter University
Professor Ed Keedwell - Exeter University
Ian Care - Rolls Royce
Ian Care - Rolls Royce
Phil Clisham - Chairman Pipeline Industries Guild
Phil Clisham - Chairman Pipeline Industries Guild
Margaret Williams - RPS Water
Margaret Williams - RPS Water
Martin Osborne - WSP
Martin Osborne - WSP
Mike Strahand - Analytical Technology
Mike Strahand - Analytical Technology
Stig Knudsen - Kamstrup
Stig Knudsen - Kamstrup

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