WIPAC’s aims to promote greater and better targeted use of instrumentation, process control & automation , in order to improve the efficiency of water & wastewater networks and treatment.
Over the past few months the group has grown to what it is at the time of writing, a group of professionals discussing the way forward for the industry considering the global pressures that are put upon it including the demands to reduce energy whilst complying with tighter and tighter consent limits in wastewater or an ever increasing demand in potable water. The two are at odds with each other and this is what the industry has to deliver in the years to come.
It is my firm belief that those who operate the water and wastewater treatment works of the world are going to need some assistance in delivering these demands and that assistance is going to come from instrumentation, process control & automation. The group has since its start turned into a community of professionals that share where things have gone wrong and also where things have gone right.
Since its more recent development as a Community Interest Company the aim of Water Industry Process Automation and Control is to help focus the Water Industry strategy around instrumentation, data and its use to inform the decisions that the industry makes based upon the data that it collects. This includes several important concepts which allows the effective use of instrumentation and the data that it produces.
The first of these concepts is the Resistance to the Effective use of Instrumentation which was one of the very first papers that the LinkedIn Group produced. In this paper the value or lack of value of data is highlighted in particular as if data is not valued then it is not used and the instruments that produce the data are abandoned creating a descending spiral of instrumentation and data. However if an instrument is believed and the data is useful then the situation where instrumentation and its data become a vital operating tool for operations to work with.
This led to the second concept of the Instrumentation Life-Cycle which goes into the value of the instrument before it is even installed understanding the value and needs of the instrument before its selection allowing for an optimised technology selection and after installation a full view of the life-cycle and the quality of the data that the instrument brings.
This in turn leads to the third concept of the Smart or Digital Water Industry insofar as with the right data that is providing a value as the data quality can be relied upon the data provided can be converted into information that will allow informed decisions to be made either automatically by process control systems or manually via operational staff. This increases the operational efficiency of the standard procedures that the water industry operates to giving best value to both the company and its customers.
The last concept is an important one insofar as instrumentation and automation systems are not there to replaced people, they are vital tool to allow efficient operation and also allow operators on the ground all of the information that they need to make informed decisions and allow them to operate rather fire-fight within the operational level of the Global Water Industry.
The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group was setup as a LinkedIn discussion group in May 2011 by its group manager, Oliver Grievson. The group has grown to an industry leading discussion group about the opportunities and issues surrounding the "digital" water industry including the subject areas of Data and its use, instrumentation and process automation & control.
The group as a whole spreads the word about how the digital water industry is developing and the things that have worked through WIPAC Monthly which is a magazine that is produced by the group. WIPAC Monthly is distributed on a global basis using the LinkedIn platform and has quickly become a globally popular resource for Water Industry Professionals to pick up on the trends of the "digital" or "smart" water industry.
WIPAC is run by Oliver Grievson, the group manager as a not for profit organisation. Should you want to support the organisation in anyway by providing case studies, articles, press releases or papers for WIPAC Monthly then feel free to get in touch with the Group Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Technical Lead - Water Industry
Z-Tech Control Systems
Oliver Grievson started the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group as a LinkedIn Group in May 2011 and converted it to a community of interest company in 2018.
After gaining a Bachelors with honours degree in Environmental Science (Management) from Kingston University in London he worked for the next years in a Public Analyst Laboratory in South-East London where he learned analytical and sampling techniques of water, wastewater and a variety of different materials. From here he left the UK and worked in the Falkland Islands for a further five years looking after all of the water related services from water treatment & distribution, wastewater collection and treatment and all aspects of public health and water hygiene.
After the leaving the Falkland Islands he returned to the UK where he did a Masters Degree in Water & Wastewater Technology at Cranfield University before starting at Grontmij as an Associate Engineer.
During his time and Grontmij he worked on variety of engineering projects from feasibility, design, construction and commissioning. At the end of AMP 4 he left Grontmij and took a position at Yorkshire Water as a Senior Process Engineer working on a variety of Capital Schemes, writing Asset Standards and solving advanced operational problems.
At this time he set up the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group and moved to Anglian Water to take the role of Flow Compliance Manager revolutionising the companies performance in their MCERTS regulated flow meters designing and delivering a remediation programme to take the company into an industry leading position.
He currently works as the Technical Lead for the Water Industry at Z-Tech Control systems looking at working with the UK Water Companies to deliver reliability in their instrumentation by looking at the whole instrumentation life-cycle from instrument design to installation, maintenance, management & replacement.
As WIPAC developed he has taken on a number of voluntary positions in the Water Industry from Director of the Sensors for Water Interest Group, Technical Lead at the Foundation for Water Research in Flow & Instrumentation and more recently serving on the CIWEM Wastewater Management Panel and Professional Standards Committee. He is also the Chairman of a Wastewater Education 501 (C)3 a educational charity in the USA. He also is authoring a number of articles, book chapters, manuals and standards for the Global Water Industry.
Marketing Manager VEGA Controls
Vega Control Systems
With almost 30 years experience in instrumentation, equally in field sales and marketing, Doug has extensive knowledge of level and pressure instrumentation. A strong foundation in the water and environmental sectors, as well as many other manufacturing sectors, he also has a long history of working on a range different technologies, and a particular in-depth, practical understanding gained working on the application developments for radar level sensors for over 25 years. Providing solutions in areas as diverse as blast furnace level monitoring to tide gauging, it gives him a strong connection with this technology in particular. He is also regularly involved in delivering internal and external training and has written numerous articles on a variety of related subjects. Following the successful UK launch of both low cost specialist water level radar sensors and the revolutionary technology of 80GHz radar, Doug is now helping to develop products, strategies and define markets for continuing sensor innovations, as well as VEGA’s recent developments towards digitisation, IIOT, local and global connectivity. “The day job may involve organising our VEGATRUCK mobile tours, mailings, materials, seminars, exhibitions and events, but its still the technology behind level and pressure measurement, along with the benefits it brings to our customers, that still gives me great satisfaction”
The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group is going to be set up as a Community of Interest Company and reports to a board of directors that volunteer their time and their companies time freely. The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group, outside of the original LinkedIn page is also a membership organisation and those wishing to join the organisation & community can do so at anytime by speaking to the Group Manager, Oliver Grievson.
The benefits of becoming a member of the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group are numerous including:
Membership is based upon the activities of the companies that wish to join. The membership tiers are:
Utility Companies - The cost of membership is £500/annum (+ VAT).
The benefits for utility companies are:
Engineering Consultants & Tier 1 Contractors - The cost of membership is £650/annum (+ VAT)
The benefits for Engineering companies & Tier 1 Contractors are:
Instrumentation & Automation Companies - The cost of membership is £650 or £800/annum (+ VAT)
There is a two tiered approach to instrumentation & automation companies which includes
The second tier (limited to six companies) also includes the following benefits
Individual Membership - The cost of individual membership is £50/annum (+ VAT)
Individual membership includes:
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