Meet the Champion: Fergal Rabette from Gippsland Water

New Champion Fergal Rabette from Gippsland Water is fairly new to the water industry but is keen to get going with IWN. Find out about the man by reading his profile below.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I moved to Australia in 2001 and settled in Melbourne as I enjoyed its multicultural society, mild winters, warm summers, fishing, snow sports, outdoor activities and the Victorians ‘can do’ attitude towards innovation and problem solving. I met my wife Sarah in 2004 and moved to Traralgon in 2008 to start a family, we have two kids, Isla who is eight and Leo who is three.

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Executive Group member Charlie Littlefair picked out for 2019 honour

Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) Executive Group member Charlie Littlefair has been named 2019 Professional Engineer of the Year – Victoria.

Charlie was handed the award by Engineers Australia at their centenary celebration, which recognised his outstanding engineering achievements and the innovation and resourcefulness he shows in his work.

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Webinar and Workshop series kicks off with GWM

IWN Program Lead Michael Thomas (Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration) has initiated the Digital Metering ‘Webinar and Workshop’ series.

The series aims to share lessons learnt and strengthen networking across utilities and industry in regards to digital metering. Brendan Nitschke Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (former IWN Champion) kicked-off the series with a dynamic and though-provoking session about GWM’s digital metering roll out.

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Meet the Program Lead: Brock Tunnicliffe from Edge Technologies

Brock Tunnifclife is the new Program Lead for the Intelligent Water Network’s Edge Technologies program, so we sent him a few questions in order to get to know what makes the man tick.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

From a young age I had a passion for technology and PC gaming and I would pull apart electronics and computers from repurposing whenever I could.

I joined City West Water in February 2010 and a month later I was married to my long-time partner Jacinta. In 2014 I had my first child, a son named Seth who was named after my online gaming name Setheus. In 2017 I had my second child, a daughter named Khaleesi (yes, after Game of Thrones!) I also have 2 dogs and 2 cats so my house is very full!

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AquaPea trail day announce

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) and Western Water are working together to trial some new innovative technology.

Western Water has purposely built an internal water main training facility that also has the ability to test and trial new technology.

A trial of the AquaPea will occur at Western Water’s Melton depot this Monday 22nd July at 10am. All learnings from the trial will be shared back within the water industry.

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PPPR to be presented at TAG Webinar on Thursday

Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) program lead Dean Barnett, Western Water and La Trobe University will be presenting the Pipe Probe Penetration Robot (PPPR) project at this Thursday’s TAG webinar at 11am AEST.

The PPPR is used for measuring corrosion and degradation within sewer mains far more reliably than conventional CCTV inspection. The extent of degradation within each pipe is measured via the amount of force the robot uses to probe it. This tool can minimize capital investment and service interruption by rehabilitating or replacing targeted sections of pipe.

This IWN project is designed to counter the problem of acidic hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) build up in concrete sewer mains, which softens concrete pipe walls and causes cracks and eventual collapse. The ability to accurately detect pipe deterioration early would minimise repair costs and service disruption.

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Melbourne Water invest in nutrient recovery

Melbourne Water have invested in a nutrient removal plant which will have a significant positive impact on the environment.

The Western Treatment Plant, where 50% of Melbourne’s sewage is treated, will be able to process an extra 140ML of treated water per day – which is the same as filling 56 Olympic sized swimming pools.

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South East Water lead the way in biosolids research

South East Water (SEW) are leading the way with their biosolids research project, in partnership with the Soil Cooperative Research Centre (SCRC) and Newcastle University.

Their project is in line with Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) values and has been trialling the injection of biosolids in liquid form to improve soil structure, fertility and function at their Longwarry Water Recycling Plant.

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MRWA Portal expanded to include nine additional water corporations

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) funded and South East Water managed Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) Product Web Portal expansion is due to be launched on Thursday 16th May at 6pm.

The MRWA Portal is a collaboration of South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and City West Water and as per the aims of the IWN’s Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing program, has been about joint benefits to the participating water corporations.

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OzWater learnings from Dean Barnett

I can certainly understand how OzWater is Australia’s biggest international water conference and exhibition. OzWater ’19 lived up to all expectations and more.

For me it reminds me of what a collaborative industry we work in. We share learnings, technology and time with our industry peers, and that aligns perfectly with the work I do with the Intelligent Water Network (IWN) program.

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IWN at OzWater: Day Two

The work of the Intelligent Water Networks in supporting the trials of Waternamics at Western Water and OSIsoft PI at Lower Muray Water and East Gippsland Water was presented by IWN Data & Analytics Program Lead David Bergmann at day two of #OzWater19.

These technology platforms bring together data to analyse and visualise it to support better decision making, improved asset management and better customer service. The OzWater presentation summaries the experiences, learnings, challenges and opportunities from these trials.

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IWN at OzWater: Day One

The Intelligent Water Networks was well represented at day one of OzWater ’19. Dean Barnett presented findings from the SAPP2R project in the morning, while David Bergmann facilitated a Data and Analytics workshop in the afternoon.

Barnett’s collaboration with Dr. Robert Ross has been one of the recent highlights for the IWN program as the robot drew interest from around the conference.

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Zero Emissions Water set to save water corporations millions

Millions of dollars will be saved by water corporations in Victoria thanks to Zero Emissions Water (ZEW) and the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN).

ZEW is a large-scale renewable energy partnership comprised of 13 water corporations from across the state, which will allow them to purchase renewable energy together via a long-term agreement with Kiamal Solar Farm near Ouyen.

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Intelligent Water Networks help launch Zero Emissions Water

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) is delighted to announce that Zero Emissions Water (ZEW) has officially been launched.

ZEW is a new company that represents 13 Victorian water corporations. Its first act was to sign a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Kiamal Solar Farm in Ouyen, north-west Victoria.

This deal and the innovative business model will allow the 13 water corps to purchase solar power at bulk prices, cutting costs, and reducing greenhouse emissions by 80,000 tonnes a year.

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Energy and Carbon OzWater '19 paper accepted

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) have had a paper from the Energy and Carbon program accepted at OzWater ’19.

‘Opportunities for Reduced Electricity Costs Using Renewable Energy and Optimised Plant Operations’ involved RMIT University, North East Water and IWN and found that participation in the wholesale electrical market for the purchase and sale of electricity offers industrial customers significant opportunities for cost savings.

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Gippsland collaborate for the good of customer and community

Gippsland Water (GW) have commenced trading groundwater entitlements in an innovative and collaborative move that will benefit customers and the community they serve.

Similar to a number of the presentation from the Intelligent Water Networks’ (IWN) Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing Conference about collaborating with their community, Gippsland Water has advertised groundwater available for trade in the Sale, Giffard and Moe groundwater licence zones.

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