5 October 2021

8:45 am

Registration, networking and exhibition

9:15 am

Introduction from conference chair

Speaker

  • Michelle Ashford

    Michelle Ashford
    Chief operating officer - Water industry commission for Scotland

9:20 am

PREPARING FOR PR24: REGULATION & ASSET INVESTMENT

9:20 am

Delivering into the future – challenges for PR24

  • The importance of a long term focus
  • Role of innovation and data
  • Partnerships and securing wider value

Speaker

  • Aileen Armstrong

    Aileen Armstrong
    Senior director, company performance and price controls - Ofwat

9:40 am

Putting customers at the heart of business planning and decision making

  • Building strong links with customers and stakeholders and embedding these into company decision making processes
  • Driving the focus on outcomes and performance, and a step change in transparency and accountability

Speaker

10:00 am

Exploring consensus and building trust

  • What has greater value – national or local?
  • What can we learn from the past – and can we evolve?
  • Learning, trade-offs and risk – the role of company purpose and social contracts

Speaker

  • Iain McGuffog

    Iain McGuffog
    Director of strategy & regulation - Bristol Water

10:15 am

Panel discussion and questions: net zero investment and the future of asset management

  • Where are we on the journey to net zero?
  • What does good practice look like?
  • What blockers do we need to overcome within net zero and asset investment?
  • Reducing embodied carbon and investment in blue green or low-carbon solutions

Speakers

10:45 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:15 am

TACKLING ASSET HEALTH & BUILDING RESILIENCE

11:15 am

Thames Water’s world leading approach to resilience

  • The approach, the output and next steps
  • Why it is world-leading and why we are excited for the water industry

Speaker

  • Tim McMahon

    Tim McMahon
    Head of water asset management - Thames Water

11:35 am

Real-time monitoring of asset health

  • Preventative maintenance on a just-in-time basis to increase efficiency
  • Where are the future opportunities?

Speaker

11:55 am

Grundfos Utility Analytics – managing asset health to increase resilience through holistic data management

  • Use existing data to optimise infrastructure management strategy
  • Improved service life estimation for individual or class asset, based on the utility’s own failure data, thus reducing the risk of too-early or too-late replacement
  • Direct no-service risk quantification for each pipe through the combination of failure analysis and hydraulic model-based consequence; quantifying ‘criticality’.
  • Infrastructure value long-term trend analysis enables deferred maintenance estimates and rehabilitation scenario exploration.
  • Target CAPEX expenditure at real needs through asset management framework.

 

Speaker

  • Ryan Pearson

    Ryan Pearson
    Digital business manager, Europe - Grundfos Pumps

12:10 pm

Building resilience in the face of large and unpredicted events

  • Exploring the impact of the pandemic on the water distribution infrastructure, treatment plants and wastewater network
  • Infrastructure planning: preparing for the impact of climate change

Speaker

12:30 pm

Questions and answers

12:45 pm

Lunch, networking and exhibition

1:45 pm

INTERACTIVE BREAKOUTS: CHOOSE YOUR FOCUS

Choose to attend either Group A, B or C

 

A - ASSET MANAGEMENT & THE CUSTOMER

  • The role of the customer and communities in asset decision-making and intervention options
  • Customer empowerment and behaviour programmes

Molly Horsley, Senior lead, customer, Scottish Water
Jennifer Felton, Head of customer communications, United Utilities

C - THE FUTURE OF ASSET INVESTMENT PLANNING IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD

  • This interactive workshop will provide early visibility of the emerging work for UKWIR’s Future Asset Investment Planning project. Led by Atkins, this work seeks to answer the UKWIR Big Question “how do we continue to create value through Asset Management decision making?”. Delegates will contribute to the latest thinking in the areas of Value Frameworks, Scenario Planning and Asset Health as we enter the final stages of this transformational piece of research for the UK and Irish water sector. Key topics will include: Sustainable Development, Natural Capital, Social Value, Digital Transformation and how they influence investment decision making

Rhys Davis, Global consulting leader for asset management, Atkins
David Ogden, Associate director, Atkins

B - ASSET MANAGEMENT & DATA

  • Examining existing assets to understand how its performance could be optimised by better use of its operational data
  • Improving consistency in data sets and getting better value data fusion

James Edmondson, Strategic asset and operational information manager, Anglian Water

2:45 pm
Refreshments, networking and exhibition

TECH, INNOVATION & THE FUTURE OF ASSET MANAGEMENT

3:15 pm

The changing face of Asset Management Systems

• The development of asset management systems approaches
• How does this thinking enable and support enterprise grade integrations, and better business cases
• What are the systems? and how are they linked to defined value and benefit frameworks

Speaker

3:30 pm

How the centre of excellence will bolster innovation and collaboration for the sector

  • A development and delivery update on the project
  • An outline of its initial functions

Speaker

3:50 pm

Repairing and restoring buried water infrastructure using robotics

  • Practical examples of using technology for the pervasive inspection of assets
  • Reducing cost and improving safety
  • Opportunities for RAS in the water industry

Speaker

4:10 pm

Case study: how Scottish water are predicting the failure of pumps

  • Application of AI to determine asset health
  • Using machine learning for decision making and intervention

Speaker

4:30 pm

Questions and answers

4:45 pm

Close of the WWT Water Industry Asset Management Conference 2021