The Water Industry has often been described as Data Rich & Information Poor, however data and its collection is fundamental to the foundation of the Water Industry whether it is deemed as Smart or not.


In this workshop, we will investigate the importance of the data that we collect, how we ensure that the quality is what it needs to be and the uses of it once it is.



Hosted by Oliver Grievson, Group Manager for the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)

Co-hosted by:

Ajay Nair, Global Engineering Director, Microvi

Laurie Reynolds, Managing Director, Aquamatix

Andy Thornton, Head of Project Development Northern Europe, Hach Lange

In this workshop we will discuss

• The use of instrumentation, its selection and installation for collecting data
• An example of driving quality into the data that we collect
Case studies of the use of data in driving informed decision making and efficient operation

Advizzo; Affinity Water; Águas do Porto, EM; Anglian Water; Anglian Water Services Limited; Arqiva; Business Stream; Capgemini; CCWater; Diehl Metering; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water; Elster; GMC Utilities ; Hera Bologna Srl; HomeRider Systems; Irish Water; Itron; Itron Metering Solutions Ltd; Itron Metering Solutions UK Ltd; Jersey Water; Kamstrup; Kruger As; Mace Group; Navigant; Northumbrian Water; Ofwat; Provas; Sensus; Servelec Technologies; Siemens; south east water; South West Water; South West Water Limited; Southern Water; Suez Advanced Solutions; Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc; Thames Water; The Behavioural Insights Team; The Behaviouralist; The Water Report; Tridium Europe Ltd; TVS Supply Chain Solutions; United Utilities; United Utilities Plc; University of Exeter; University Of The West Of England Bristol; Veolia Environmental Services; WATER BOARD OF LIMASSOL; Welsh Water; Wessex Water; Yorkshire Water Services Limited; Z-Tech Control Systems Ltd

Workshop LEADER


Oliver Grievson

Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)

Oliver Grievson is the group manager of the Water Industry Process & Automation Group as well as a Director of the Sensors for Water Interest Group and a member of the IWA SG on ICA. As well as working as a Technical Manager in Instrumentation for one of the UK Water Utilities he is a specialist in the development of the “Smart Operation” for the Global Water Industry.

Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)

The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group is a Linked in Professional Group of over 7,000 people who regularly discuss the adoption of the Smart Water Industry in terms of data, instrumentation, automation & control in the Global Water Industry.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration

9:00 Introduction and the Value of Data to the Smart Water Industry

Oliver Grievson

Oliver Grievson, Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)
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9:20 Water 4.0 – Architecture in the Smart Water Industry

Laurie Reynolds

Laurie Reynolds, Managing Director, Aquamatix

9:50 Driving Quality into Smart Data

Ajay Nair

Ajay Nair, Global Engineering Director, Microvi Biotech

10:20 Discussion

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The use of data & information for Control – Examples from Wastewater Treatment

Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton, Head of Project Development Northern Europe, Hach Lange

11:30 Understanding how data can be converted into information – Examples of operational data use

Oliver Grievson

Oliver Grievson, Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)
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12:00 Discussion & Closing Remarks

Oliver Grievson

Oliver Grievson, Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC)
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12:30 Close of workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

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

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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