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SMi are proud to announce the 10th annual Smart Water Systems virtual conference taking place on 19th and 20th April 2021.
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 10th 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.


 

Explore how innovative data collection methods from Smart Meters can create an innovative and smart infrastructure to meet the demands of the future
Learn how collaboration and efficiency of communication between utilities can enhance the uptake of innovations
Examine current projects implementing Internet Of Things (IoT) sensors in water systems to understand if future developments in strategies can lead to more efficient networks
Updates on smart meter programmes and Results of Smart Meter Trials in the UK, Spain, The Netherlands and Middle East
Understand the challenges facing water utilities after the smart meter roll out, as well as the lessons learnt
Realise how digital technology can help reduce operational expenditure in the water sector.
Determine how Data Analytics from Artificial Intelligent software can lead to more efficient leakage detection and management
Gather first hand insight into designing and delivering a programme to achieve an industry leading challenge of a 12.5% reduction in customers water consumption
Discover the best solutions to improve customer engagement and increase water reuse.
Virtual conference benefits include virtual exhibition booths packed with information, networking features to chat and share contact details with other attendees, and virtual meetings and networking socials

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

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Heath

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

10:15 IRISH WATER - Methods used to Manage Leakage In The Irish Water Network

David Lonergran

David Lonergran, National Leakage Manager, Irish Water

• Irish Water journey from 2014 to now
• Leakage program approach
• Leakage program progress
• Leveraging innovation to deliver success

10:45 Non-Visible Leakage Detection at Portsmouth Water

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones, Leakage and Smart Networks Manager, Portsmouth Water

• What has been Portsmouth Water’s progress on our AMP7 15% leakage reduction target during 2020/21?
• What are the reasons for Portsmouth Water to reduce leakage further during AMP7?
• What options are Portsmouth Water considering to reduce leakage further during AMP7?
• How will Portsmouth Water look to achieve a 50% leakage reduction by 2050?
 

11:15 Morning Coffee

11:45 2020!

James Hargrave

James Hargrave, Regional Operational Leakage Manager, Anglian Water

• A look back at 2020
• Remote detection through lockdown(s)
• What “SMART” leakage means to Anglian Water
• What’s next?

12:15 Digitalization in drinking water networks – From network monitoring

Sascha Kuflik

Sascha Kuflik, Business Unit Manager Water, Seba Dynatronic, Mess- Und Ortungs- Technik GMBH

12:45 Lunch

13:30 TBC - Challenges met and progress achieved in reducing leakage in the DCWW network

Daniel Morgan

Daniel Morgan, Leakage Delivery Manager, DWR Cymru Welsh Water

• Methodologies for locating new leaks and hidden leaks
• Overcoming challenges from receiving, monitoring and analysing data
• Technologies available to tackle leakage
• Future developments
 

14:00 Southern Water - methods used to reduce leaks from the network by 15 per cent over the next five years

MarkTully

MarkTully, Asset Strategy Manager, Southern Water

innovations employed including ground-breaking new ‘Internet of Things' leak detection system

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Getting to know our customers

Yvonne Hassink-Mulder

Yvonne Hassink-Mulder, Data Scientist, Vitens

• Part 1 – Profiling annual consumption; an analysis to identify important household characteristics related to our customers annual water consumption  (ie, water consumption related to location, type of house, garden, number of inhabitants, age, etc)

• Part 2 – Automatized analysis of chat contact concerning contact frequency, topic, and contact duration

15:30 Innovation through Collaboration

Rose Jolly

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

• Severn Trent will share some examples of how collaboration, both within and outside the sector, has truly driven value for the business, its partners and ultimately its customers.
• Collaboration through the World Water Innovation Fund, Severn Trent’s involvement in the creation of the Water 2050 innovation strategy and creating the Centre of Excellence will be discussed.
• Rose will also share an update on Severn Trent’s Resource Recovery and Innovation Centre (R2IC). The centre provides a full-scale plug-and-play testbed where Severn Trent and partners can develop new technologies and undertake demonstrations and trials in a safe, controlled environment.
 

16:00 PANEL DISCUSSION - Accelerating the diffusion of innovation in the water sector

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Jeremy Heath

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

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Heath

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

10:15 “The implementation of smart meters and data collection methods to create an innovative and smart infrastructure to meet the demands of the future”

Victor  Pelin

Victor Pelin, Project Engineer, VA SYD

Smart meters
IoT – LoRaWAN, experiences of the IoT-sensors so far and what we want to measure in the future
Data collection
Data security, IoT-implementation were everything is on-prem and nothing in the cloud (Internal policy’s to not use any cloud-solutions due to security)
Data analytics, AI software to detetect leaks

10:45 Real-time predictions of water consumptions using machine learning techniques

Petr Ingeduld

Petr Ingeduld, Water Supply Systems Expert, DHI

Gregory Seiller

Gregory Seiller, , DHI Water

11:15 How much data do we really need?

Sam Bright

Sam Bright, Innovation Technical Specialist, Yorkshire Water

• Update and results from the UK’s largest smart networks pilot
• the most granular smart metering data collected from UKresidentials
• Data collection and management methods

11:45 Morning Coffee

12:15 London’s smart water meter programme

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker, Water Efficiency Manager, Thames Water Utilities Ltd

• Going large!
• Smart data: re-writing our understanding of water balance
• Covid changing our water use
 

12:45 Using AI in smart water systems – enhanced decision making based on real time data

Pedro Vieira

Pedro Vieira, IT and innovation Director, Águas do Porto, EM

. Data integration in smart water utilities
. IoT as a central tool to gather data
. Modelling systems for usual operation decisions
. AI/ML solutions in day to day decisions and prediction tools

 

 

13:15 Networking Lunch

14:00 Lessons learned and a further look to the future

Cindy Vanderstraeten

Cindy Vanderstraeten, Project manager smart metering systems, De Watergroep

• Working together with other water companies in Flanders
• Pilot with Fluvius at 2021 -2022
• New legislation at Flanders
• Collecting data with the electricity meter
• How does de chain between electricity- gas- and water meters going to work

 

14:30 Getting insight in flow patterns and water quality developments in a highly mazed smart DMA and how to manage them.

Mario Maessen

Mario Maessen, Senior data Scientist, Vitens

• Real time modelling (quantity and quality) combined with water quality sensors and the possibilities to direct water flows within our mazed network with actuators.
• Relation water quality and residence time in our not chlorinated network so with special attention to bacterial growth
• Identifying usage patterns of individual households

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Designing and delivering a programme to achieve an industry leading challenge of a 125% reduction in customers waterconsumption (PCC) in AMP7 - 2020 to 2025

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes, Head of Demand Management , Affinity Water

• AI system that can be used to monitor the impacts of weather events and unforeseen circumstances such as coronavirus on consumption in real time

16:00 Asset Management - further analytics and examples of initiatives which have made, or are providing a step change in performance.

Frank  Van Der Kleij

Frank Van Der Kleij, Head of Asset Risk and Planning, Bristol Water plc

16:30 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


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.


SebaKMT

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

SebaKMT is a leader for innovative water monitoring solutions and leak pinpointing products. For over 60 years SebaKMT has been a reliable partner to many customers throughout the world. Our products make an important contribution to the reliable operation of our customer‘s installations.

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Water Briefing

Official Media Partner
http://www.waterbriefing.org

WaterBriefing is the UK’s leading online daily dedicated news, analysis and intelligence service for business professionals in the water sector covering both UK and international issues. Their combination of insight and analysis of news, legislation and policy developments has made it a widely-read, influential and well-respected source of information. The Waterbriefing readership includes clients, contractors, water companies, the investment community, MPs, regulators and Parliamentary Committees. They feature: • Industry news – the top international, national and regional stories • Company news - contract wins, clients, upcoming tenders and business opportunities • Existing and upcoming legislation and policy updates - key drivers behind many of the sector’s investment decisions


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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Water-Technology.net

Supporting Media Partners
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.


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.


Bluefield Research

Supporting Media Partners
http://www.bluefieldresearch.com

Bluefield Research is an independent insight firm focused exclusively on water markets. We support companies across the water value chain with authoritative, actionable water market intelligence. Executives rely on our water experts to validate their assumptions, address critical questions, and strengthen strategic planning processes. Learn more at www.bluefieldresearch.com.


ASD MEDIA

Supporting Media Partners
http://www.asd-network.com

Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
  • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
  • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
  • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


The Water Network

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http://www.thewaternetwork.com

The Water Network by AquaSPE AG is the largest online knowledge-sharing platform and business exchange for global water professionals, with members from 195 countries representing over 10,000 companies. Highlights: - Solving the world's water crisis one question and answer at a time - Knowledge exchange for the world's leading water professionals - Online portal for high impact projects - Business exchange for water industry suppliers

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