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Workshop and Panel Program (Day 2)

 

Wednesday, 6 MAY 2020 (4:00PM - 5:30PM)

Workshop Ten

University of Technology Sydney, NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) and Sydney Water present:

NSSN WORKING WITH WATER INDUSTRIES TO REDUCE LEAKS AND BREAKS DURING DROUGHT

 

The workshop will discuss how to translate advanced sensing technologies to the water industry, and focus on the cutting-edge work for smart sensing and data analytics based water main deterioration estimation, maintenance, management, and optimisation, by the water sector in Australia, and those working in the AI area. 

Various advanced sensing and analytics techniques, including;
• acoustic accelerometers
• hydrophones
• quantum sensing
• machine learning, are being used for the detection of leaks and breaks in water mains

Collaborative work is being undertaken among water utilities and research organisations to develop advanced sensing and analytics techniques for leaks and breaks management.

The Workshop objectives are to enable the participants to:
• Exchange ideas, methodologies and techniques of how to utilise advanced sensing techniques including acoustic accelerometers, hydrophones, quantum sensing
• Discuss predictive maintenance using advanced data analytics and machine learning techniques
• Be informed of the benefits and challenges of sensing and analytics techniques
• Share successful case studies and experiences in proactive management of leaks and breaks.

The Workshop will contribute to a reduction in the number of interruptions, meet customer satisfaction and reduce the number of breaks and leaks, and unmetered water loss.

 

Facilitator/Panellists

Dr Don McCallum, Development Manager, NSSN (NSW)

Professor Fang Chen, UTS (NSW)

Dr Mark Stephens, Asset Analytics Lead/Acting Manager Strategic Assets, SA Water (SA)

Dammika Vitanage, Asset Infrastructure Research Coordinator, Sydney Water (NSW)

Nick Haskins, Chief Operating Officer, NSSN (NSW)

 

Panel Eleven

SA Water presents:

ENERGY TRANSITION IN ACTION: CAPITALISING ON WATER ASSETS FOR A ZERO COST ENERGY FUTURE

 

The water industry is energy intensive, consuming approximately 3,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, for which utilities pay an estimated combined average of $250 million per annum. Australia’s geography and climate drive these energy requirements, with the vast distances of our networks increasing pumping requirements, and our dry climate necessitating additional treatment to overcome source water challenges or even turn seawater into fresh.
SA Water’s energy management program is capitalising on a water utility’s unique position within the market and demonstrating the way renewable energy can help our transition to a lower carbon economy, in a way that will deliver benefits for both customers and the environment. 
The panel will explore the opportunities and challenges involved with developing a diversified energy portfolio at utility scale, drawing on the expertise of public and private sector organisations from a range of industries.

 

Facilitator/Panellists

Nicola Murphy, Senior Manager Zero Cost Energy Future, SA Water (SA)

John Hart, Program Manager, SA Water (SA)

Ashley Nicholls, Energy Portfolio Manager, SA Water (SA)

Robert May, Energy Systems and Optimisation Specialist, SA Water (SA)

 

Workshop Twelve

AWA Catchment Management Specialist Committee presents:

PROTECTING OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY CATCHMENTS – ARE WE DOING ENOUGH UNDER CHANGING POLITICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL CONDITIONS?

 

Australian drinking water supply catchments and waterways are complex dynamic systems and are at risk from increasing development and recreational demands, and extreme climatic events. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) asserts that the most effective means of assuring drinking water quality and the protection of public health is through the adoption of a preventive management approach.
Management of our water supplies requires governments and water authorities to put in place a range of measures. Importantly, while the ADWG advocates that source waters should be protected to the maximum degree practicable, recently there is a trend away from this and greater reliance on water treatment solutions.The workshop will explore these questions by looking at recent trends, issues and barriers, and effective management approaches both nationally and internationally.

Intended audience – All drinking water supply organisations from small to large metropolitan and regional suppliers and government land, water, recreation and public health agencies, both nationally and internationally.

 

Speakers

Fiona Smith, Executive Manager Water and Catchment Protection, WaterNSW (NSW)

Phil Duncan, Chair Community Committee, MDBA MDBA (NSW)

Karla Billington, Consultant, Naturallogic (SA)

Dr Dan Deere, Consultant, Water Futures (NSW)

 

Panellists

Susie Sarkis, Department Health VIC, Water Quality (VIC)

Andrew Bath – Available, Water Corp (WA)

Melita Stevens, Melbourne Water (VIC)

Clay Preshaw, Manager Catchment Protection WaterNSW (NSW)

Cam Veal - Lead Water Quality (Public Health) in Seqwater (QLD)

 

Panel Thirteen

SMEC presents:

EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF REGIONAL WATER PROJECTS

 

The water sector is facing challenging times with record drought interfacing record investment and intensive competition for resources from other infrastructure sectors. The issue is exacerbated for regional and remote utilities. How can we ensure efficient and effective delivery of projects against these peripheral challenges? How can we assure quality outcomes in delivery with a strain on our talent and supply chain from designers, contractors and local subcontractors? How can we ensure regulatory compliance when we are under pressure to bend the rules?
The objective is; through sharing future objectives and challenges we can better understand the environment we face and aim to define some principles to ensure we can best achieve intended outcomes.

Intended audience – A blend of utility leaders, engineers responsible for delivery and the supply chain with consultants, contractors and equipment suppliers invited to contribute.

 

Facilitator/Panellists

Peter Dennis, Managing Director, Hunter H2O (NSW)

Brendan Guiney, Executive Officer, NSW Water Directorate (NSW)

Nicole Davis, COO Water and Wastewater Mackay Regional Council (QLD)

Rachael Nuttall, Business Development Manager, SUEZ (VIC)

Chris Morris, Manager Water Infrastructure, SMEC (NSW)

 

Workshop/Panel Fourteen

Barwon Water & Yarra Valley Water present:

COLLABORATING WITH TRADITIONAL OWNERS IN CARING FOR COUNTRY

Traditional Owners have deep-time connections with water. They have managed land and water sustainably for thousands of generations and have lived-cultural experience of water management and climate change. The Victorian Water sector has begun to recognise the importance of strengthening modern understandings of Traditional Owner land and water management, and incorporate their ecological expertise and knowledge into contemporary water practice and planning.

This Panel discussion proposes to explore opportunities to strengthen water utilities’ role in and beyond reconciliation efforts; to advance efforts that integrate Traditional Owner knowledge and approaches into current water management.

Following the panel discussion, a workshop will take place where they will explore strengths and opportunities within the water industry for working with Traditional Owners to incorporate their vision for water and land management into our business models. The workshop will explore what works well for different water authorities and where are the pressure points, how can we work together to create solutions to take action for change.

Facilitator/Panellists

Nina Braid, Abroginal Partnerships Manager, Yarra Valley Water (VIC)

David McKinnis, Environmental Management Coordinator, Barwon Water (VIC)

Shu Brown, Aboriginal Partnerships Advisor, Barwon Water (VIC)

Melinda Kennedy, Wadawurrung Traditional Owner

Michael Browne, Manager, IWM Sub catchment Planning, Yarra Valley Water (VIC)

Jordan Smith, Water Unit Manager, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

 

Panel Fifteen

Goyder Institute for Water Research & Water Policy Group presents:

ACHIEVING WELL INFORMED AND ALIGNED WATER DECISION MAKING WITH A FOCUS ON THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN

Governments, businesses and communities throughout the world face unprecedented challenges, with increasing water demands and a changing climate. One such example is the Murray-Darling Basin, which underpins many of Australia’s social, environmental and economic values. This panel will identify policy and political constraints on sustainable resource management, explore learnings from the past and new ideas for the future and from within the Murray-Darling Basin and throughout the world on strategies for addressing problems that are often seen as intractable. This will include the important role of research in ensuring water decision making is well informed, and  facilitating change, including future research partnerships with governments, industries and communities. The panel session will be aimed at policy-makers, industry representatives and researchers within an interest in ensuring a sustainable future. It will consist of a high-level panel discussion and an interactive Q&A session.

 

Chair

Kane Aldridge, Director, The Goyder Institute for Water Research (SA)

Facilitator

Tony Slatyer, Consultant on Water Policy and Governance, Water Policy Group (ACT)

Panellists

Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission (South Africa)

Karlene Maywald, Managing Director, Maywald Consulting (SA)

Jane Doolan, Environment Commissioner with the Australian Productivity Commission, Director of Western Water Corporation, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra (ACT)

Anne Castle, Senior Fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado

Rob Vertessy, Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne (VIC)

 

Workshop or Panel Sixteen - To be announced

Workshop or Panel Seventeen - To be announced

 *There is no cost to full and day delegates to attend workshops or pre-registration required. Attendance is limited and will be based on a ‘first-come, first seated’ basis.

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