Big Data and Analytics OzWater proposal accepted

Big Data and Analytics program lead David Bergmann has successfully submitted a proposal to facilitate an IWN workshop  at the OzWater’19  Melbourne conference in May.

David will be facilitating a workshop on ‘Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence in the Water Industry’. In the workshop, participants will learn about artificial intelligence, hear experiences with AI from the water industry and work together to define problems and match solutions.

More data brings more insights and transformation opportunities – but only if analysed, interpreted, communicated and understood correctly. Advanced techniques such as artificial intelligence are able to draw correlations and conclusions beyond our current comprehension. This provides the opportunity for new and transformational initiatives and services for our customers, and step-changes in operational efficiencies for our organisations.

The workshop aims to bring together water authorities and technology solution providers, so that knowledge of AI and the problems it can solve will be increased and potential collaborations can be initiated.  To ensure collaboration opportunities are realised the outputs will be captured and follow-up incorporated into the Data & Analytics Program of the Intelligent Water Networks.

Energy Optimisation and Power name change

Energy and Carbon is the new name for the Intelligent Water Networks’ (IWN) Energy Optimisation and Power program.

This change has been implemented for a number of reasons and reflects a revised scope for the program, which now includes non-energy sources of carbon emissions.

Electricity usage is a dominant source of carbon emissions in the water industry and the program already has a strong focus on carbon emissions reduction as participants are actively working on both energy and carbon. Thus, the name change to include a focus on carbon is a natural progression.

The program has already ticked off a number of achievements which highlight the benefits of collaborative projects. These can be replicated to tackle carbon emissions and many participants are keen to explore collaborative opportunities for carbon offsetting, following a similar concept to the Large-Scale Renewables (LSR) project and potentially leveraging the water corporation’s special purpose vehicle, Zero Emissions Water Ltd (ZEW).

As well as this, Victoria’s state water plan (Water for Victoria), recognises climate change as a key issue for the sector and has set all Victorian water corporations on a path to net-zero emissions. This has added an extra, compelling, reason for the name change.

Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot trials started

The first prototype of the Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot was trialled this week out at Western Water region in Bacchus Marsh.

The device is designed to probe the inner wall of the sewer access point, while the information gathered will be used to prioritise remedial repair works and understand the condition of these assets.

The Intelligent Water Neworks (IWN) are assisting Western Water with the trial, and this technology could be a massive benefit to the water sector. Western Water have over 20,000 sewer access points, so it’s important that they have a scientific way of evaluating their condition.

Success for the technology would result in lower costs for water authorities around Victoria, as any results from the trial will be shared across the Victorian Water industry.

Meet the Program Lead: Steve Reddington from Energy and Power

Energy and Carbon, previously known as Energy Optimisation and Power, has gone down a novel route with its new Program Lead appointment: we’ve appointed two.

Steve Reddington is the second half of the power pair, who runs the program alongside Ben Spedding.

Read below as we learn more about the Melbourne native.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I grew up in Melbourne and moved to Geelong 11 years ago when I joined Barwon Water. I’ve always had a strong connection to the area, spending every Christmas and many weekends at relative’s houses in Jan Juc, and enjoying the beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges. My wife and I have two boys, aged two and four.

And what is your professional background?

I studied Environmental Science (Environmental Management) at Deakin University and initially worked in the not-for-profit sector. Before coming to Barwon Water I worked in local government and gained significant experience in environmental planning and legislation, which has proven valuable in my water career.

What inspired you to want to become the program lead for Energy and Optimisation?

A key strength of the water sector is the level of sharing and collaboration on common challenges. After participating in the IWN Energy program since 2015 and having played a key role in the IWN Large-Scale Renewables Project, I’m looking forward to helping drive the next wave of energy and carbon initiatives across the Victorian water sector.

What project within the program interests you the most?

The next wave of projects will be developed soon. As we’ve seen with the IWN Large-Scale Renewables project, Victorian water corporations are in a unique position to collectively invest to deliver significant, cost-effective outcomes, so I think there’s more of that to come.

 

What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

Leading the IWN Energy and Carbon Program, together with Ben Spedding, will put my leadership and facilitation skills to work. However I’m more excited to gain a better understanding of challenges faced by other water corporations and how these might be solved.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

Working in this space provides the opportunity to contribute to energy and carbon outcomes right across Victoria. My vision is that our children one-day look back with pride at the initiatives we deliver as individuals, as teams of employees, as water corporations, the IWN and others.

Meet the Champion: Erica Solum from Wannon Water

Erica Solum is the new IWN Champion for Wannon Water, where she works part-time. Erica is passionate about collaboration as well as using data to make informed decisions.

Read below as we dug a bit deeper to see what makes her tick.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I grew up in central Victoria, studied and worked in Melbourne, then moved to the Goulburn Valley, near Shepparton in 2006. In 2017, my husband took up a volunteer position in north-western Cambodia, where we lived with our daughter for seven delicious, hot and sticky months!  We moved to Hamilton in June 2018, and are really enjoying our new community, and the lifestyle here, including the south west coast and mountains!

And what is your professional background?

I started my career in the private sector, while I was studying my commerce degree, then moved to the water industry with Goulburn Murray Water in 2006. I have been fortunate to work across a range of operational areas, as well major projects. I established and managed the Program Management Office of the GMW Connections Project (a $2B infrastructure modernisation project), which was a challenging and rewarding leadership role.

I am now employed part-time at Wannon Water where I manage our Dam Safety Program, and spend my days off entertaining a 3 year old!

What inspired you to want to become a champion?

I want to raise the profile of innovation within our organisation, nurture big ideas, and leverage opportunities to get great outcomes for our stakeholders. I am committed to high performance and championing great ideas to do things better – something we need continually have our attention on in the water space. I was excited by the opportunity to connect and collaborate with smart people across our industry. 

What IWN program interests you the most?

I can see value for Wannon Water across all of the programs, therefore am to learn about all of the active programs. I’m particularly drawn to Big Data, because I’m a total data geek – and love data driven decision making! I’m also keen to join the Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing program (there’s some nice links with some work we are doing in the Victorian dams collaboration space).

What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

Aside from the obvious leadership development opportunity, I’m excited to be learning a whole lot about innovation in the water industry, contribute to programs and ideas, and enable my organisation to be actively involved in the IWN.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I hope I can make a meaningful contribution to the IWN by creating opportunities for collaboration and leadership, and facilitate Wannon Water’s engagement with the program.

Meet the Program Lead: Ben Spedding from Energy and Carbon

Ben Spedding is one part of the new Energy Optimisation and Power leadership group - sharing the role with Steve Reddington. Ben and Steve have taken over from John Day, who did a magnificent job as program lead.

Read below to learn a bit more about Ben.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

Live on the Mornington Peninsula. Married with two children (6 and 4 yrs old). Enjoy sports, in particular triathlon and mountain biking, as well as camping. About to build a house.

And what is your professional background?

Started my working career as an outdoor recreation leader, before making the switch to the water industry in 2003 with South East Water. Have worked in wastewater treatment operation, environment team and now in energy and resource recovery planning.

What inspired you to want to become the program lead for Energy and Optimisation?

After getting involved with IWN several years ago to lead the feasibility and technical stream for the Largescale Renewable Project, I had great insight to the benefits that IWN bring to the Victorian water industry and beyond. Being a program lead will not only benefit me from a development viewpoint, but I also get satisfaction from helping others and the industry as a whole, to battle our challenges head on in a collaborative manner.

What project within the program interests you the most?

I’m a little bias, well maybe a lot bias, however the largescale renewables project has been a wonderful project to be part of. Stemming from a simple idea from my co-program lead Steve Reddington, into over three years of work to eventually having 13 water corporations form a new entity to secure a power purchase agreement for over 78 GWh. It just shows how the Victorian water industry is forward thinking and happy to collaborate for a better outcome.

What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

The role as Program Lead will hopefully give me the opportunity to enhance my project management skills with the need to manage a wide range of people and projects from different water corporations. The role also has very strong links to my new position in energy and resource recovery, therefore the two will be able to complement each other.  It is also very exciting to be broadening the scope of the program to include carbon.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I would like to give back to IWN well led projects with great outcomes for the industry, also being able to spread the word of the great work IWN does as a whole.

 

IWN to sponsor plenary session at WaterRA 2019

IWN will sponsor the plenary session of Water Research Australia’s NextWater event on the 13th of February.

The session, ‘Driving Impact through Collaboration’, fits in with the Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration program.

Program lead Michael Thomas has spearheaded IWN’s involvement with NextWater, which is WaterRA’s annual research and innovation conference.

The event is designed to address current industry challenges and investigate how research will lead the way forward. Incorporated into the event will be WaterRA’s 10-year anniversary gala dinner, which will celebrate improvements made in water industry in the fields of sustainability, safety and security.

Talking about NextWater and the organisation’s involvement in it, Thomas commented: “Knowledge sharing and collaboration is more crucial now than ever before. Information is being created and generated faster than ever and there is a risk that we can become overwhelmed. Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration is about continuous engagement with stakeholders to avoid the sense of being overwhelmed.

“It’s also about working outside our traditional boundaries, bringing in new ideas and concepts. NextWater presents an excellent opportunity for IWN to reach out and promote the good work of the Victorian water sector; it is unique in Australia in this regard.”

 

Meet the Champion: Adrian Flather from City West Water

Adrian Flather is the new Champion from City West Water, and we asked him to tell us a little bit about himself.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I’m Melbourne born and bred and live in the North Eastern suburbs with my wife, two kids and three chickens! Life is a typical busy mix of work, rest and play involving young teenage kids with sports and other interests, enjoying quality family time, IoT  and tech hobbies, getting away camping when we can and a healthy serve of mountain biking on the side.

And what is your professional background?

Having studied industrial design at RMIT, I spent eight years in the film and television industry as a prop maker, amongst other things, before a career change and an adult apprenticeship to become a duel trade electrician/ instrumentation technician.

I’ve since spent my entire career in the water industry in one form or another, specialising in industrial control systems and instrumentation. The last five-and-a-half years have been spent at City West Water within operations and commissioning at waste water treatment plants and recycled water plants.

Six month ago, an opportunity arose to move into our strategy and planning within the senior intelligent networks and assets engineer role. The main focus of this role is the joint program digital metering project and investigating opportunities to leverage emerging technologies. This role allows me to apply my technical and operational background as well as my keen interest in all things IoT and digital transformation.

What inspired you to want to become an IWN Champion?

I am very interested in the current digital transformation of our world and the opportunities it potentially offers to improve many aspects of work and life. My recent move into the Intelligent Networks and Assets team at City West Water has exposed me directly to not only CWW’s digital journey but that of other utilities. My interest to utilise my skills and experience to be part of City West Water’s digital transformation lead to the natural extension of involvement  within IWN.

What IWN program interests you the most?

There are two programs of particular interest:

  • Leak detection, condition assessment and infiltration: my interest is in the use of innovative design and emerging technologies in new in interesting ways to help solve old and new problems.

  • Energy optimisation and power: My electrical and operations background involving optimisation projects is a natural fit for this program.

What are you hoping to get out of the Champions program?

I am excited about the mentoring aspect of the Champions program and where this will take me personally and professionally through my time.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I would like be an effective conduit for the sharing of information, experience and learning between CWW and the other water utilities and help facilitate opportunities for further collaboration.

Biosolids and Resource Recovery program lead search

The Intelligent Water Networks are looking for a Program Lead for the Biosolids and Resource Recovery program.

Previous lead Mick Hawtin has left his post at Lower Murray Water, and thus his leadership role within Biosolids and Resource Recovery.

IWN extends its thanks to Mick, and would encourage those interested in assuming his vacated position to contact Program Director Brett Millington at brett.millington@iwn.org.au.

Digital Metering Workshop survey results announced

The Digital Metering Workshop survey results have been announced and they indicate widespread satisfaction among attendees.

Industry representatives were given the opportunity to present case studies to the workshop, and those attending found this to be a beneficial exercise. 82% of respondents indicated that this was of a high value.

Meanwhile, an even more impressive 92% of responses indicated that having utilities present case studies to the work shop was highly valuable.

Overall, 87.5% of those who answered the survey thought that the workshop was worthwhile or extremely worthwhile, with the main benefits being an update on digital metering from tech providers, networking opportunities and being able to share problems within industry.

Getting to know Lucy Gaylard, IWN's new Program Assistant Director

Lucy Gaylard was recently appointed as Program Assistant Director for IWN, and in this little Q+A interview we get to know what she’s like on a personal and professional level.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I was born and raised in Melbourne and am enjoying life here making the most of its music, food and art scene where I can. I’ve been lucky to do a bit of travelling around the world as well, always looking for a new adventure and experience to share. Although I am also trying to do more travel in Victoria, as it has lots to special places to explore. On the weekends I’ll usually be riding my bike to some hipster café, paying too much for breakfast or lunch, in the winter time I try and get to the MCG and (hopefully) watch the Cats have a win. I am passionate about urban sustainability and living consciously in a way that does not jeopardise the health of our ecosystems.    

And what is your professional background?

I studied environmental science and then Master of Environment with a semester spent in Copenhagen. South East Water took me in as a young and eager university graduate and I was very fortunate to work on some great projects in my three years at there. Highlights include working on the development and implementation of the Urban Water Strategy, leading South East Water’s Water Efficiency and Engagement Strategy as well as working in the new space of integrated water management and Traditional Owner engagement and knowledge.  

What inspired you to want to become the program assistant director?

I am a big fan of cross organisation collaboration in order to do or create something beyond the capabilities of working in organisational silos. So naturally I was drawn to the concept of IWN. I think it is a fantastic program that brings together some of the best thinkers and workers in the water sector, and I wanted to be part of this. My skills and experience working in strategy and projects at South East Water gave me the confidence to apply and I hope to help drive effective and efficient collaboration and project support to the IWN program.

What IWN program interests you the most?

I am interested in projects that seek to find solutions to the major challenges in the water industry, as I believe the bigger the problem, the greater the creativity and innovative thinking required to find a solution. So, with that in mind and my current understanding of the big problems in the industry, I am most interested the biosolids and resource recovery program, energy optimisation and power, and leak detection. But most of the programs sound interesting and I am eager to learn more about each of them. 

What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

I hope to expand my professional network across the water sector and build on my project and stakeholder management skills.   

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I hope to ensure that the IWN program runs smoothly and effectively, and to provide the support necessary so it can deliver exceptional value to participating water corporations and their customers. 

 

IWN announce new Program Assistant Director

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) are excited to announce that Lucy Gaylard has joined the organisation as Program Assistant Director.

Lucy was previously with South East Water and joins us to provide the key linkages into DELWP and continue to improve how we do things at IWN.

She replaces Rowan Keeble, who left the role in 2018. Lucy joins the organisation at a busy time, as the new SEAMS trial prepares to launch and Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing program lead Michael Thomas is preparing to speak at NextWater 2019.

Speaking about her new role, Lucy said: “I am very excited to be part of the IWN program and am looking forward to getting to know and work with the various people involved in water corporations from around the state. I am also eager to learn more about the different projects and programs that are helping to address sector challenges and deliver on customer value and experience.”

While Program Director Brett Millington added:  “It’s great to have Lucy on Board to assist IWN with the programs and projects we are completing.  This role provides a valuable link into DELWP and helps to coordinate and support the various activities facilitated by IWN across the State.”

How OSIsoft PI can help water authorities with the storm water challenge

An interesting challenge facing many water authorities is the infiltration of storm water into the sewer system, which substantially increases treatment costs (energy and chemical) and the risk of spills.

There are standard formulas for analyzing rainfall dependent infiltration and inflow (RDII) that can both measure the impact and evaluate effectiveness of remedial activity, but these are complex and time consuming to do manually.

The challenge the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) faced was to implement an effective RDII algorithm to make this data available to managers in real time.

The Solution

Capturing data and implementing user-configurable analyses in the PI System is a straightforward task.  In this case the fairly static catchment area data was integrated together with rainfall and treatment plant data and a standard algorithm for RDII analysis was implemented using the PI System Analyses tools.  In very simple terms the ‘normal’ treatment plant flow was compared with the flow following rainfall events to measure the volume of stormwater infiltrating each system.

The Big Data and Analytics trial demonstrated the ability of  OT & IT data sources to collect related data into a single model, the calculation of RDII and ground water infiltration using agreed algorithms, the backfilling of analyses using data from the past two years and presentation of data in real time dashboards.

The Benefits

The obvious benefits are the substantial time saving in generating the data and having access to real time, and historical RDII data so that comparisons can be made before and after remedial action.  IWN expect this to provide efficiency in automation of the process and assist with strategic decision making in terms of prioritising remedial activity or changing the approach to remediation – for example if evidence suggests limited benefit in current practices.

Having evidence of the actual costs of stormwater infiltration on water treatment, and the value of remediation, may influence budget decisions around funding remediation in worst affected areas.

Long term IWN would expect that remedial activity can be directed to the areas most affected ultimately reducing water treatment costs and lowering risk of a spill.

Data & Analytics Program Lead David Bergmann said: “comparison of internal data with external data such as weather information was always a tedious and manual exercise, now we have the opportunity to integrate with internal operational data for new insights, problem solving and efficiency gains.”

For further information contact the D&A Program Lead - david.bergmann@sew.com.au.

SEAMS trial announced

City West Water (CWW), South Gippsland Water and Western Water are to participate in an Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) pilot project that’ll assess the benefits of adopting an asset investment planning solution that employs data analytics.

Aims of the project include the ability to use existing data to perform analytics that’ll feed into a long-term asset investment plan that can underpin the company asset management plan. This pilot will also seek to demonstrate how analytics can balance investment across the water company areas, in a transparent manner, based on levels of service and cost.

It’ll also try and assess existing data for use in analytical projects, identify the requirements to support a community data analytics solution and gain experience in using a community data analytics approach.

This project has been developed due to the need for Victorian water corporations to drive innovation and has been brought about because there is an opportunity to provide excellent value for money to customers through the leveraging of data analytics in order to optimise asset investment. This will ensure that water corporations are targeting renewals, condition monitoring and preventative maintenance in order to maximise customer benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

OSIsoft PI shows how asset performance can be measured and evaluated

One of the OSIsoft PI objectives was to demonstrate that asset performance, in this case pumps, could be measured and easy evaluated using the PI System.

All water authorities are aware of the importance of operating and maintaining assets in a way that minimises wear and maximises efficiency. 

One way to ensure optimised operational and maintenance efficiency is to monitor pumps and compare it with a manufacturer’s efficiency curve.  By doing so we can understand the cost impact of inefficient operation, choose an optimal point to carry out maintenance that balances increased operational costs with maintenance costs, measure effectiveness of maintenance (improvement in efficiency) and take a holistic, strategic view of asset performance and make better informed capital replacement decisions.

The PI System provides user-configurable analyses features, which allows standard algorithms such as pump efficiency to be integrated into the data model and used in displays and alerts.  In this case we can easily calculate pump efficiency and compare it with the manufacturer’s curve in real time using data available through OT systems.  This data can be delivering through ‘live’ real time dashboards showing asset or maintenance managers at a glance the current and past performance of individual pumps.

The flagship trial demonstrated capture of operational data and ‘target’ efficiency data for one sample pump in a single data model and was able to provide analysis of pump efficiency across typical operating speeds in real time as data is received and the presentation of data in a web-based dashboard.

The flagship trial showed that asset performance calculations can easily be implemented in the PI System, creating efficiency in asset analysis over manual processes and more importantly providing the information needed to support decision. Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) expect to see reduced maintenance costs and better strategic capital expenditure decisions informed by data.

The trial will help to answer questions such as: is it OK to run a slightly underperforming asset or does it make more sense to do maintenance? Although the maintenance schedule indicates maintenance is due, does the data indicate the pump is running well? Although maintenance has been done is the pump actually performing well?  Was the maintenance effective or did it introduce an issue? The pump has nominally reached the end of its life but is it running well and historically are we spending more on maintenance due to its age or is it OK?

There are immediate savings in making better informed decisions and over time the performance of individual pumps, sites or manufacturers can be assessed to inform buying decisions.

Data & Analytics Program Lead David Bergmann said: being able to see and compare performance of our assets will lead to optimisation of asset life and improvements in our operational efficiencies.

Meet the Champion: South East Water's Ninad Dharmadhikari

South East Water have name Ninad Dharmadhikari as their new Champion, so we decided to ask him a few questions about his background and hopes for the role.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I am a Mechanical Engineer with passion for innovation. I completed my Bachelors in India and decided to pursue my Master’s studies at RMIT University in Melbourne. By the time I completed my studies, I was enticed by Melbourne’s multicultural society (including its amazing food) and decided to stay. 

And what is your professional background?

I joined South East Water three years ago as an intern while studying in University. During my internship, I learnt heaps about how the water industry operates, particularly the sewer network side of things and was quite fascinated by it. After my internship, I got offered a part time role at South East water.

This time, I was a Project Engineer working within the Research & Development area, developing smart controls for the rain water to hot water system for Aquarevo project. My role has since then progressed into a full time Research & Development Engineer and I support & lead different product development projects within South East Water.

What inspired you to want to become an IWN Champion?

An opportunity to collaboratively develop innovative solutions to real life challenges that the Victorian water industry currently faces inspired me the most. Also, while you are at it, you get to make new industry connections.

What IWN program interests you the most?

The Energy Optimisation & Power Program interests me the most. The world is making progress every single day & with that the amount of wastes that are being generated are increasing. Optimising processes not only reduce the associated costs, but it also reduces carbon emissions by making them lest wasteful.

What are you hoping to get out of the Champions program?

I am hoping to contribute to the existing projects and bring some new projects into IWN. I am also hoping to hone my leadership, collaboration skills & develop some new industry connections.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I want to create awareness about IWN and its cause and one day, hopefully offer my mentorship to the next IWN champions.

2019 IWN knowledge sharing conference call for submissions

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration Conference is back and scheduled for Friday 22nd of March 2019.

The Conference will take place at Barwon Water’s headquarters in Geelong and the call for submissions has been sounded.

Submissions around the following themes will be accepted: innovation and technology, customer and community, smart networks and infrastructure as well as energy and zero waste.

Key points for submissions:

  • Submissions close on the 15th of February 2019. Notification of successful submissions will be on the 28th of February 2019.

  • 14 presentations will be accepted.

  • Presentations will be 10-12 minutes in length.

  • Presentations are to be engaging, informative and relevant.

  • Radical thinking and blue-sky submissions that stretch our mindsets are encouraged!

 

To submit, send a short abstract (100-200 words) to michael.thomas@barwonwater.vic.gov.au.

Abstract format should include: title, presenter name, short presenter bio, thematic area and a brief description of the presentation.

Please direct any questions you have to Michael Thomas.

IWN funded study is finalist for award

An Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) funded collaboration between Central Highlands Water (CHW) and Victorian University (VU) has been nominated for the AWA Research Innovation Award.

In May 2018 the 10-week pilot investigation was initiated to research the removal and recovery of both the nutrients nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) at the Ballarat South Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The pilot featured two technologies:

  • Vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) unit, custom designed for the purpose of ammonia removal and

  • A struvite crystalliser to precipitate phosphorous and some of the ammonia.

The trial showed that the struvite crystalliser demonstrated > 90% P removal along with >30% N removal. The results were encouraging and this promising technology appears ready for a scaled trial.

The vacuum membrane distillation process achieved a > 90% nitrogen reduction, this process is technically feasible and could be an alternative to current N removal practice.

When the two technologies were used in series, it was seen that the residual nitrogen and phosphorous components were between 3 to 8%. The intellectual property agreement between all relevant parties enables the technology to be adopted by other Victorian water corporations.

With phosphorous being a dwindling resource in the world, this study also focused on the recovery of phosphorus (along with some of the nitrogen) in a form that could be used as an organic fertilizer in the agricultural industry. The principle of this technique is based on creating a favourable condition to produce useful form of phosphate precipitate eliminating the formation of unwanted phosphate products.

This technique could also be introduced to trade-waste generators that produce large volumes of effluent with high nutrient concentrations that could potentially impact central wastewater treatment facilities.

Unfortunately this study didn’t win this year, but the fact that IWN projects are gaining national recognition is proof of the value for money IWN can offer.

IWN representatives attend Smart Water Workshop

Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) representative David Bergmann has attended the AWMC Smart Water Workshop on behalf of the organisation.

Bergmann, who is the Program Lead for IWN’s Big Data and Analytics program, attended the workshop in Brisbane in lieu of Program Director Brett Millington – who was otherwise occupied.

In attendance were universities, water utilities, suppliers and providers. Dr. We Li from Sydney University kicked proceedings off by laying the foundation for our understanding of IoT before Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver from the University of Western Australia shared their outcomes in developing leak quantification methods, anomaly detection at aquatic centres and development of a habit detection algorithm.

Further talks were delivered by Pablo Ledezma from the University of Queensland, who spoke about technology trends and how they drive IoT. In particular, it was noted that average sensor costs are reducing, the number of wireless connections are increasing along with processing power and cloud storage.

The afternoon session consisted of discussion, examples and roundtables. The role of IoT in the water industry was the main subject of talks, as was the priorities that the industry should focus on if the benefits of this type of technology are going to be captured.

Zhigou Yan from the Advanced Water Management Centre then wrapped up proceedings and summarised the main outcomes of the day. They were: the importance of sharing learnings and demonstrating value and benefits through case studies, be broad with benefits in order to further engage the public, address the gaps in wastewater and the need for low-cost on-line waste water quality sensors.

Talking about the day, Bergmann said: “The Workshop highlighted that IoT and Big Data is how we will keep up with changing customer expectations for service and information, and how it will help us run our businesses better.  IWN’s programs are taking on these challenges too, such as by trialling data integration and visualisation tools for more informed and timely decision making.”

Further reading:  Australia's IoT Opportunity: Driving Future Growth 2018