Future Water Networks 'Shining a light on the possible: exploring 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.

From a management viewpoint, Future Networks connects people, regulators and investors. The challenge in an environment where the climate is changing, along with the demographics and one where urbanisation is a constant, is twofold:

  • How to shine a light on the possible, whilst delivering
  • The art of the now!

Smart dominates current thinking without being properly defined – it is not necessarily the latest gadget, or piece of software – it is about holistic management of systems as systems, learning from other industries and countries, optimising current practices and behaviour, along with more structured and practical data, infrastructure and analytics.

The art of the now is to treat networks as holistic systems not discrete entities, adopt the latest technology where it makes sense and focus on the deliverables:

  • Leakage reduction all the way to zero;
  • Reduce and eliminate sewer flooding;
  • Optimise network performance and operation, improving efficiency, and improving customer satisfaction;
  • Understand asset aging, so maintenance, repair and replacement is just in time, and investment in assets can be made in an adaptive way;
  • Maximise data and technology, using the latest sensors and AI tools.

Future Water Networks 2017 – ‘Shine a light on the possible’ – will discuss the challenges of managing our water and sewer networks, set out the ‘art of the now’ – what is currently feasible, and look to the future. 

The conference will open with a session on 4th December, of the highly regarded ‘Water Dragons’ in front of judges and a live audience – which will be followed by a networking dinner and speaker offering a different and challenging view on Innovation.

On the 5th December speakers from a number of water companies, Hitachi, Clancy Docwra, Dootrix, Infosys, Exeter University, SSE, OFWAT and others will challenge current thinking and assess how resilient the sector is! Following Keynote addresses, 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.

Full programme details will be available shortly. 

An exhibition area in the Grange Bar will run alongside the event with Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities available at very competitive rates. 

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Speakers

Trevor Bishop - OFWAT
Trevor Bishop - OFWAT
Claire Thomas - Hitachi
Claire Thomas - Hitachi
Peter Jackson -Southern Water
Peter Jackson -Southern Water
Professor Peter Coombes - Urban Water Cycle Solutions
Professor Peter Coombes - Urban Water Cycle Solutions
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 Ltd
Glyn Addicott - Hydraulic Analysis Ltd

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