Water Industry Process Automation & Control
WIPAC Website Launches
Call for Speakers & Hosts WIPAC Workshops
Nivus launch new radar sensor
ABB Ability Verification launched
WWEM Instrumentation Competition
WWEM registration is now open
British Water launches innovation search engine
Thames using 'eyes in the sky' to combat leaks
‘Smart’ valves installed in Leeds
Aqualogic to distribute Trimble Unity smart water platform
Drones & Devices measure lake water quality
Anglian Water in energy storage deal with Open Energi & redT
Utileyes: Northumbrian's 'virtual visit' app
Call for Speakers, Hosts & Sponsors
The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group has set its programme of workshops for 2019 and it will follow the structure of the SWAN Forum Layers for a Smart Water Industry which in turn follows a Purdue model for the Water Industry.
As WIPAC, as a company is relatively new it will need the support of the industry to get up and running and so speakers for the six workshops, potential hosts or sponsors for each of the workshops are needed.
The six workshops will be:
Workshop 1 - Smart Infrastructure & Asset Management
The first workshop will cover the physical assets of the water industry and how we can work with technology to improve the way that the assets in the ground are designed, constructed and operated from using BIM4Water, Computation Fluid Dynamics, to Process Operational Models, and the potential for 3D Scanning in construction.
Workshop 2 - Instrumentation & Control
Instrumentation is the fundamental basis of how we in the water industry can "see" what is going on at the plant and system level and local instrumentation and control systems can bring about large operational savings. In this workshop we will see what the instrumentation and control level brings to the way we operate in the Water Industry.
Workshop 3 - Collection & Communication
Once you measure something then the data has to be transmitted and communicated be it locally to a site SCADA systems or remotely to the centralised control. In this workshop we will examine the communication methods from Analogue to HART to LWAN systems and look at the benefits that each of the technologies bring to the table
Workshop 4 - Data Management & Display
When it comes to data there are many stakeholders involved from the operator in the field to the CEO in the office with differing data and informational needs. In this workshop we will investigate the differing types of data and how they can be displayed for the different stakeholders to glean the information that is required.
Workshop 5 - Data Fusion & Analysis
Water Companies receive millions of pieces of data everyday and some of the power in the Smart Water Industry lies in making sense of this data and giving operational and business insight to allow informed decisions to be made to maximise both efficiency and service to get the best value for the customer. In this workshop we will examine what is available to allow the water industry to make the most of its data.
Workshop 6 - Water 4.0 and the Smart Water Industry
In the last workshop in the 2019 workshop season we will bring all of the learning points from the previous five workshops and ask the question as to what does "Water 4.0 and the Smart Water Industry" look like, what value it brings to the water industry and how it should be brought into Business as Usual.
Facilities that can host more than 60 people and more than 6 tabletops are needed to maximise attendance at the workshops
Those people who are interested in speaking, hosting or sponsoring one of the WIPAC Workshop should get in touch with the Executive Director at WIPAC, Oliver Grievson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07930-546-027.
WIPAC Website Launches
The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group has launched a new website as a start of a new Water Industry Process Automation & Control organisation which will aim to serve the Global Water Industry in terms of its instrumentation, process automation & control needs and drive the development of the Smart Water Industry.
The new website aims to be the centre of the WIPAC group insofar as it will contain some key sections including
Industry News - All of the news from the global water industry in terms of instrumentation, process automation & control, Big Data and the Smart Water Industry
WIPAC Directory - Often the Water Industry struggles to know what is sold by who. The WIPAC Directory will highlight what technologies are sold by members of the WIPAC Group
Knowledge Centre - The knowledge centre will include recordings of the WIPAC Workshops and Webinars as well as links to the Sensileau platform which partners with WIPAC. The Sensileau Platform gives technical information on instrumentation types
WIPAC Monthly - There is an archive of each edition (from 2017 onwards) of WIPAC Monthly that can be accessed from the WIPAC Website.
WIPAC & Industry Events - The WIPAC website contains all the details of the WIPAC Workshops and Webinars including how to book them. Key relevant industry events are also listed in the WIPAC Website.
What WIPAC Does - The section on What WIPAC does details the activities of the group including the Instrumentation Apprentice Competition, the Learning Zone and the Flow Forum which are taking place at WWEM in 2018.
For those companies that want to get involved in WIPAC please get in touch with Oliver Grievson, the Executive Director to find out more about what WIPAC does and the packages that are available to the types of company. Alternatively, see the About WIPAC section of this website which details what is available to what type of company.
Introducing the R-Sensors, NIVUS GmbH provides another expansion of the product portfolio in terms of contactless level measurement.
The sensors are suitable for the measurement of liquids, pasty media as well as bulk solids and utilise the latest frequency-modulated continuous wave principle (FMCW) in the 63 GHz band.
This allows for reliable and accurate measurement results even despite changing temperatures, vapours, dust, mist, gas overlays and other environmental influences. The radar sensors are suitable even for challenging applications featuring condensation or foam formation.
Low dead zones and narrow beam angles permit reliable level measurements even in confined spaces. Thanks to the intelligent false echo avoidance it is possible to reliably hide e.g. obstructions within tanks or silos. By using microwave technology measurements can be reliably performed even outside of plastic containers through the closed top.
Moreover, the compact sensors can be installed quick and easy. The robust, flood-proof enclosure features IP68 protection rating.
Measurement can be therefore carried out without interruptions even under harsh environmental conditions. The sensors have Ex approvals for Ex zones 0 and 1 and hence are suitable for installation in explosive areas in wastewater applications.
R-Sensors are compatible with all NivuMaster series transmitters by the same manufacturer. Apart from permanent indication of the current measurement value and options for the setting of parameters and system diagnosis, the transmitters provide further options for the control of various following processes.
FMCW radar sensors have the edge over pulsed radar sensors due to several advantages. An improved spatial allocation allows for a more accurate detection of objects. Accurate results can be achieved reliably thanks to a wider dynamic range even with large measurement ranges and widely fluctuating levels. The more reliable surface detection permits to use the measurement system in very confined spaces.
Apart from the new radar sensors NIVUS moreover provide contactless level metering systems based on ultrasound and hydrostatic level measurement systems.
The R-Sensors utilise FMCW radar technology
ABB announces the release of ABB Ability™ Verification for measurement devices
ABB’s Measurement & Analytics business unit announced the release of its ABB Ability™
Verification for measurement devices software product. This digital solution helps customers quickly determine the accuracy and other vital parameters of their installed ABB devices to ensure that they maintain their desired performance levels in the field, and that they continue to meet mandated regulatory and quality standards. This verification approach increases the window of time needed between device recalibrations, and helps to maintain optimal device performance. Regular device verification reduces process downtime, and saves money.
Verification is the inspection and testing of a measurement device to ensure that it is functioning within a specified measurement accuracy range. This practice is typically used to meet regulatory and Quality Management System requirements.
Industrial instrumentation is robust, very reliable and designed to operate for many years with minimal maintenance. In today's competitive environment, customers are looking for ways to maximize their profitability. Regular product verifications are one way to ensure that processes continuously operate at their peak levels.
ABB Ability™ Verification for measurement devices is an extensible application that connects with field devices over their applicable protocols to provide in situ verification. It provides PASS / FAIL results together with relevant diagnostic information in a series of tests chosen by the user. It runs these tests on the field device and issues a test certificate as proof of verification.
ABB Ability™ Verification is offered as a free software download for a trial health indication. To access all features of the software, a customer can buy licenses via its local ABB organizations. With the full version, the user gets access to diagnostic data, value trends and a print-out of standardized verification reports.
The software can verify ABB’s current electromagnetic flowmeter portfolio, including AquaMaster 4, ProcessMaster 300/500/600, WaterMaster and Vortex/SwirlMaster product series. More versions of ABB Ability™ Verification for measurement devices will be released later to this year.
More information is available about ABB Ability by following the links below
The WWEM Instrumentation Apprentice Competition is an event that takes place at the Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring Competition every other year. It is open to all companies involved in the Water Industry and their Apprentices. Competitors must be on a registered Apprentice Programme.
The competition takes place on the 1st day of WWEM, although some tasks at this years competition are be giving to competitors before-hand. This year's competition is kindly sponsored and supported by the following companies who provide support in the organisation of the competition, host apprentices at the gala dinner and prize ceremony and provide training days for the winning pair of apprentices. Without the support of these companies the competition could not happen so a big thank you is due to them all.
This year's competition will take place on the 1st day of the Water, Wastewater & Environmental Conference & Exhibition on the 21st November 2018.
WWEM Instrumentation Apprentice Competition is organised & supported by
Anglian Water is partnering with Open Energi and redT on on an integrated energy storage project which will see a 60kW/300kWh redT energy storage machine installed alongside a 450kWp solar panel PV system at one of its water treatment works.
Investing in energy storage infrastructure will enable the water company to increase onsite solar generation by 80% at the ‘pathfinder’ site in Norfolk from 248kWp to 450 kWp and also gain access to all available revenues streams within the UK grid services market. redT’s energy storage machine will create additional value for Anglian Water by providing real-time balancing services to take advantage of wholesale energy price arbitrage. In total, the project is expected to reduce site electricity costs by 50% per annum by 2040.
This will enable the company to store excess solar generated during the day and use it at other times, thereby reducing the site’s reliance on the grid. As the largest power consumer in the East of England, reducing reliance on volatile grid electricity will enable optimisation of a £77 million energy bill, which is one of the company’s most significant operational costs.
Anglian Water has become the first water utility to benefit from AI-powered energy storage infrastructure that offers reliable, renewable ‘baseload’ power. Maximisation of renewables generation and consumption is part of Anglian Water’s strategy for delivering Carbon Neutrality by 2050. Over the next 18 months, the company will be building over 30MWp of solar under a 25-year PPA contract with HBS New Energies & Macquarie Principal Finance. The programme of work will reduce carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes of CO2e and increase renewables generation by approximately 25%, delivering annual savings in excess of £1 million.
This will be followed by a second significant solar programme which will shortly be put out for tender. This additional generation for solar will supplement the increasing amount of renewable power that Anglian Water is generating from its wind turbines and its fleet of Combined Heat and Power engines powered by biogas.
Revenue streams from UK grid services market
In addition to making secure infrastructure returns, the water company will also gain access to all available revenues streams within the UK grid services market providing valuable merchant revenue upside for the project. The machines will optimise energy consumption for the site and stack together several revenue producing grid services, including Firm Frequency Response (FFR), and participation in the Capacity Market (in which flow machines receive the highest possible rating). In addition, the redT system can also be used for behind-the-meter arbitrage, energy trading and emergency site back-up.
Anglian Water and redT are partnering with leading energy tech company, Open Energi, to ensure maximum benefits are derived from the pathfinder. The flow machine will be fitted with Open Energi’s innovative Dynamic Demand 2.0 software which harnesses artificial intelligence to optimise energy consumption and stack multiple demand-side value streams.
The redT machine is sustainable and non-degrading and can provide at least 5 hours of energy storage, which makes it ideal for use alongside on-site generation, such as solar PV. It is also fast responding and flexible enough to react to real-time energy trading opportunities. The machines have a lifespan of 25 years and do not degrade like conventional lithium or lead-acid batteries, so there is no marginal performance cost to stacking multiple value streams or changing activities over the life of the project, delivering the greatest end-user benefit.
redT’s CEO, Scott McGregor said:
“Our machines work alongside on-site generation to give businesses their own local energy infrastructure and create the environment for ‘baseload’ renewables, this system will allow Anglian to harness more cheap solar on site and increase generation from 248kWp to 450kWp. Open Energi’s intelligent software means these assets can be flexibly managed to deliver the best possible outcome for businesses, cutting costs, creating revenue and making the most of renewable power generated on-site.”
David Hill, Commercial Director at Open Energi added:
“Energy storage puts businesses in control of their energy use like never before and redT’s machines offer scope for businesses to stack value streams and shift consumption off-grid for significant periods of the day. We’re excited to be working with customers to deliver value and create an energy system where renewable generation is delivering power 24/7.”
Jason Tucker, Director of Alliances and Integrated Supply Chain at Anglian Water said that under the ground-breaking project, the pathfinder integrates, rather than simply co-locates, storage and solar. The approach will enable Anglian to develop future-proof solutions for managing energy more flexibly and efficiently, whilst increasing resilience, he added.
Using redT’s flexible energy storage infrastructure alongside Open Energi’s smart software will allow it to unlock more solar power, as well as allowing the firm to participate in grid services to further reduce its energy bills.
Experts are testing cutting-edge techniques designed to enhance the monitoring of water worldwide as part of the €5 million MONOCLE project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.
Around 20 scientists from the University of Stirling, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and colleagues from across Europe are gathering at Loch Leven, Kinross-shire, where they will study the feasibility of using drone and other in situ technology to monitor the quality of water.
The work, which takes place over the next three days, will dovetail with a Stirling-led project that is using satellites to monitor water quality from space. Scientists hope that information gathered from drones or loch-side devices will help address gaps in conventional monitoring and support data collected with satellites.
Professor Andrew Tyler, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stirling, leads the £2.9m GloboLakes project, which uses satellites of the European Space Agency to monitor water quality, including the detection of algal concentrations, harmful algal blooms, and mineral and organic matter.
While the project team believe the technology has the ability to help monitor the millions of lakes across the world, the latest study, MONOCLE, addresses specific gaps in data.
Professor Tyler said: “Only a small fraction of the world’s 100 million lakes are routinely monitored – largely due to their geographical spread and the logistical and political difficulties of monitoring water.
“The GloboLakes project has shown that, by using satellites, we can measure the constituents that contribute to water quality by their absorption and scattering of characteristics within the water column associated with lakes, reservoirs, rivers and estuaries.”
“However, there are often gaps in this data – perhaps due to cloud cover, or because the bodies of water are too small to be monitored by the satellites. Therefore, the MONOCLE project now tries to fill the gaps in the data by using in situ and drone based technologies.”
MONOCLE involves 12 partners and is led by Stefan Simis, Earth Observation scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He said: “It is essential to obtain regular and widespread measurements of water quality in lakes, estuaries and coastal waters, both to support satellite observations and in their own right – we use satellites to relate water colour to water quality, while measurements in the field are essential to monitor further chemical and biological properties.”
“Deploying sensors is unfortunately still a costly effort and one of the aims of MONOCLE is to bring down this cost. Our international colleagues visiting lochs in Scotland this week are developing methods to use consumer drones and sensors which you can build yourself, alongside highly accurate measurement instruments. “
After trialling the technology at Loch Leven, further tests will take place in Sweden, Hungary, Romania and Tanzania – assessing and comparing both low to high cost solutions and promoting the engagement of citizens in the monitoring of water.
Prof Tyler added: “This project at Loch Leven is the first in a series, in which we will look at how different instruments work, how they compare and what factors influence that comparison.
“We hope that, by the end of this project, both low and high-tech solutions will be available to provide information that validates existing satellite technologies and provide solutions to the gaps in space and time from satellite data covering these dynamic yet vulnerable environments.”
Thames Water has launched a three-pronged aerial attack in its hunt to find and fix leaky pipes.
The company, which has said it will aim for 50 per cent leakage reduction by 2050, is using a fleet of drones, an aeroplane and a satellite to boost its battle against leakage.
The technology has been used to spot dozens of possible leaks using state-of-the-art thermal imaging and infrared cameras, providing an invaluable tool in the fight against leakage.
Reducing leakage is a key priority for the company, which has pledged to get back on track with its targets by 2020 and then further reduce it by 15 per cent by 2025.
Dozens of teams are fixing more than 1,000 leaks a week across the company’s 20,000-mile underground pipe network, with the 'eyes in the sky' giving them another helping hand.
Euan Burns, chief engineer at Thames Water, said: “Reducing leakage is one of our main priorities, and we know it’s really important to our customers too.
“We’re always looking for innovative ways to help solve operational issues, and this aerial approach with the latest technology will give us another perspective and another tool to help find leaking pipes. We’re in the early stages of introducing this at the moment, but the signs have been encouraging and we’re looking forward to seeing the results our eyes in the sky can bring.”
Currently, technicians use acoustic loggers on pipes to listen for water escaping, and also use data to track how much water is going through pipes compared to how much was produced at the treatment works. Visible leaks are also reported by both staff and members of the public.
As reported by the BBC’s Reality Check team, leakage has fallen 38 per cent since privatisation, and Thames is determined to use every tool possible to get levels down even further. It has restructured its teams to tackle leakage, and is investing in both people and resources.
The company’s fleet of five drones, all manned by fully qualified pilots, can fly more than 100 metres high and a distance of 500 metres to survey huge landscapes.
In July, they flew 28 times with on-board thermal imaging cameras beaming live footage back to screens where experts look for leaks. In three flights, they found leaks within 60 seconds of launching, which are now in the process of getting fixed.
Another weapon in the company’s armoury against leakage is the use of a satellite, which takes high resolution images of the ground. These pictures are then cross-referenced with maps of pipes and other aerial images, before teams are given an exact location to investigate.
It is set to be used on a trial basis and Thames Water has teamed up with company Earth-i for the project. It was particularly useful during the prolonged dry and hot spell, with green areas in parched landscapes clearly showing a leak, which may be missed during wetter conditions.
Finally, an aeroplane with an infrared camera has also been flying through the skies, predominantly over the rural areas of the Thames Valley and south London. As part of a joint project alongside the Water Research Centre (WRc) the camera on board the Vulcanair aircraft takes hundreds of pictures, which are then analysed by special software which can pinpoint areas where leaks can be found.
The Utileyes app - which allows Northumbrian Water Group technicians to view potential problems inside customers' homes and elsewhere remotely - was recently named Customer Service Initiative of the Year at the 2018 Water Industry Awards
As Northumbrian Water Group embarked on its ‘unrivalled customer experience strategy’ in 2016, a three-day innovation sprint set about answering a question: How might the company make customers’ lives easier and work smarter as a business?
The sprint participants had been exploring ways to improve customer journeys and were discussing the fact that, when people called to report a problem such as a suspected leak, the company would usually have to send a distribution technician (DT) out to the property, which took seven days on average.
“Then somebody came up with a brilliant idea,” Northumbrian Water customer director Claire Sharp says. “They asked: ‘What if we could see inside customers’ homes?’”
When one of the participants mentioned a video-sharing tool that had been used at Northumbrian’s Information Services 2015 Conference, the potential was clear: customers could download an app and, using the camera on their device, allow the DTs to make a ‘virtual visit’.
Northumbrian began work on making the idea a reality and, while an initial plan to make use of a pre-existing app had to be aborted due to data protection issues, the company was able to develop its own software successfully. The Utileyes app was launched in July 2017 and, in its first year, the company was able to virtually validate in excess of 400 leaks.
“Every visit that we do virtually saves us at least £50 in terms of a technician going out, and clearly it’s massively quicker – we can fix leaks in around a day-and-a-half, whereas normally it’s three days,” Sharp says.
Its benefits have not gone unnoticed: the judges at the 2018 Water Industry Awards declared Utileyes the “clear winner” in the Customer Service Initiative of the Year category, saying it is an example of “how innovation can be turned into real customer benefits”, and it has received a very positive response from the user base.
One of the initial challenges for Northumbrian was convincing its own technicians that they could carry out their duties effectively with Utileyes, and the company had to ensure the app could support sufficiently high-quality video to make doing so viable. Once staff recognised that the software was up to the task, word quickly spread around the company.
“We have this real innovation culture where we’re encouraging people across the business to share their ideas and the innovations they’ve come up that are making a difference for customers,” Sharp says. “Utileyes was showcased at one of our regular team-talk sessions, and that just sparked off lots of discussions across the business.”
Staff in other departments realised that Utileyes, in its existing form, had potential for them too – for example, a member of a maintenance team contending with an engineering problem might use the app to connect with a senior technician back at base.
Northumbrian has also been using it to carry out trench inspections. While the normal wait time for a trench inspection can be between five and ten days, a virtual trench inspection can take place either on the same day or next working day.
It is no secret that Northumbrian – which also took Water Company of the Year at the Water Industry Awards – is putting more stock in the value of new ideas, and it hosted its second Innovation Festival in July, attracting thousands of attendees and the involvement of over 500 businesses over the course of its five days.
“It was a great success,” she says. “We’ve had some brilliant ideas coming out of it. That’s often the challenge – we’ll get some great ideas coming out of sprints, but the real innovation is what you do with them and how you take them forward, getting them to become a real activity or initiative within our business or our partners’ businesses. It’s a big part of our culture at Northumbrian.
“We look outside the business a lot. We have an innovation panel that has representatives from Apple, Amazon, National Grid and Microsoft working on it – we’re getting access to some other innovative organisations that are really pushing the boundaries and testing us to do more.
“It’s great when you have access to those organisations and the people within them because often posing a problem to them or a challenge that we’ve got will spark something that they’re doing and we can work together.”
Sharp acknowledges that some Northumbrian customers will be more comfortable with technology than others and that apps such as Utileyes may not be for everyone. As such, the company has no intention of abandoning traditional face-to-face services for those who want them.
“Sometimes you can’t beat that,” she says. “We really pride ourselves on being customer-focused – building rapport and looking after them. Technology has a place but so does human contact, and we must never forget that.
The underground network of water pipes in Leeds are getting a £1.8m 21st century makeover to help cope with a huge spike in demand for water, with around 12 million litres of water consumed each day in the city centre alone.
It will involve six ‘smart’ valves being installed across six key areas of the water pipe network in the city centre including Wellington Road, Great George Street, Pontefract Lane, Woodhouse Lane, Hunslet Lane and University Road.
Cllr Richard Lewis, Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning at Leeds City Council, viewed one of the ‘smart’ valves before it is installed in Great George Street over the next few weeks.
The remotely controlled ‘smart’ valves will be fitted to key strategic parts of the water network in Leeds to help control the flow of water, which will prevent pressure surges that can occasionally lead to burst pipes and supply disruptions.
Jayne Blackburn, project manager at Yorkshire Water said: “This is an exciting new project for Yorkshire Water and will greatly benefit customers in Leeds and commuters who won’t be inconvenienced as much if we have a burst or leak on our network.”
“It was great to show Cllr Lewis the work we’re doing to create a ‘smart’ water network in Leeds – a first for Yorkshire.”
Cllr Richard Lewis said: “It’s exciting news that Leeds is the first city in Yorkshire to benefit from the latest technology in ‘smart’ valves. The new installations will play an important role in keeping the city centre moving by helping us avoid unnecessary disruption from burst water pipes.”
The project involves specialist sensors being installed in the pipes that are capable of remotely talking to the valves to open and close them and in doing so control water flow.
The work is being carried out by Yorkshire Water’s contract partners Morrison Utility Services and aims to be finished by end of September 2018.
UK-based water specialist Aqualogic has become the distributor for the Trimble Unity smart water software platform for water companies in the UK.
UK-based water specialist Aqualogic has become the distributor for the Trimble Unity smart water software platform for water companies in the UK.
Trimble Unity is a cloud-based, GIS-centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that offers a suite of applications and tools for the water, wastewater, stormwater and environmental water industry.
The solution, which is already being successfully employed by the water industry in the United States as well as by one water company in the UK, supports companies to implement smart technology to save costs, reduce water loss and enhance the performance of their assets – all of which lead to improved regulatory compliance and customer service.
Trimble Unity provides situational awareness of water and wastewater utility asset performance, offering a single view of remote monitoring data, performance measurement reports, GIS, operational data, asset conditions and events.
Customers can leverage Trimble Unity's configurable web and mobile work management, analysis and data collection workflows for responding to alarms or events, assessing the condition of the utility network assets and collecting authoritative asset data in the field.
Trimble Unity allows customers to integrate the solution with their existing back office customer service and asset management systems and provides a single GIS-centric field solution across an entire workforce.
Aqualogic managing director Ben Rice said: “Collaborating with Trimble builds on the work we have been doing across the UK water industry innovating with disruptive leak detection technology.
"The Trimble Unity platform will allow water companies to view and manage current and new assets in the field, all in one place using one platform – UK water companies see this as an ideal solution to significantly improve field operations."
Saad Latif, Trimble Water’s regional business manager, added: “Aqualogic is a specialist in water management and field services as well as acoustic leak detection.
“Working with Aqualogic is an ideal choice for their expertise and contacts across the industry to launch the Trimble Unity platform in the UK.”
The organisers of WWEM 2018, the water, wastewater & environmental monitoring event, have published details of a comprehensive programme of conferences, seminars and workshops that will take place during the 2-day (21+22 Nov) event in Telford (UK). Covering testing issues such as microplastics, nutrients and pesticides, the event will cover all of the most topical subjects in water and wastewater analysis and monitoring. Many of these presentations are free to attend; as is the international exhibition that accompanies them.
Registration for WWEM 2018 is now open and all pre-registered visitors will benefit from free parking, refreshments and lunch, in addition to free entry to AQE 2018, the co-located air quality and emissions event. Both events include a major international Exhibition offering access to the latest technologies from the world’s leading brands. In total there will be over 150 exhibition stands representing over 300 world-leading organisations.
The main purpose of the WWEM events, which began in 2005, is to provide the latest information on the regulations, standards, methods and technologies that relate to the testing and monitoring of water and wastewater. By bringing the whole sector together, including laboratory, online and field monitoring, the WWEM events provide a unique learning opportunity.
The WWEM 2018 Conferences and Workshops will include:
The WWEM 2018 Conferences are CPD certified and with such a large selection of Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and a major international Exhibition, visitors are advised to register early at WWEM 2018, and to plan their trip in advance.
British Water launches innovation search engine
An innovation search engine that can help match utilities, industrial users and contractors with the water technologies they need has been launched by British Water. BWinnovate complements the trade association’s popular onsite Innovation Exchanges with utilities and other client organisations and the supply chain.
The searchable portal is hosted on the trade association’s website and seamlessly integrates with its member database. Members are invited to post as many innovative “solutions’ as they wish along with images, documents and video links.
Access to the searchable database is open to the worldwide web. A facility for member utilities and end-users to post their technology “needs” in a section visible only to other members is also included.
Paul Mullord, UK director, British Water said, “BWinnovate is a natural extension of our popular Innovation Exchanges where supply chain companies present their services and technologies to potential clients. It allows our members to present to a global audience and facilitates detailed searches to help identify the most appropriate solutions available.
“BWinnovate is much more focused than a regular search engine and the benefit goes both ways. Those searching for innovations can find them all in one place and at their convenience.”
British Water has worked closely with its members to identify the most effective search criteria for the solutions. Prescribed categories include whether the solutions enhance health and safety, productivity and sustainability or whether they are water, wastewater or environmental solutions.
Doug Workman, president of Modern Water Monitoring said, “The water industry needs innovation, but it is not always easy for busy project managers and consultancies to identify the most appropriate technologies. Modern Water will certainly be making use of BWinnovate and the more companies that get involved, the greater the benefit for customers.”
Dr Stephen Bird, managing director, South West Water said, “BWinnovate is a very useful search engine for utilities. It creates an easily accessible library of innovation across multiple companies. It sits in one place, can be accessed at any time and is continually updated. It could save businesses valuable time and contribute to major cost savings across all operations.”
Mullord added, “The industry is under considerable pressure to cut costs while conserving water and reducing carbon footprint. BWinnovate can help stakeholders identify solutions that can truly benefit their customers. I believe it will prove particularly beneficial in the new retail market.”
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