Inmarsat, London | 17 September 2019

Tuesday 17th September 2019

​Inmarsat, London


Main Session


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer 


Governmental keynote: Government priorities for water sector policy

Defra will be outlining the nation’s vision on the water sector and what needs to be achieved in the short and long term.

​Margaret Read, deputy director for water, Defra


Question and answer session


Fireside chat: Defining the future of the water industry: 2050 and beyond

Examine the vision for the water industry beyond 2050 and understand what is required in the long term in the water sector in terms of preparing for the future, technology and public perception.


Alison Fergusson, associate director, Ofwat

Dame Kate Barker, commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission 


Client leader Panel: Water networks of the future: What will the £50 billion investment plan entail and what will the network of the future deliver? 

Outline the high value investment projects and maintenance plans for the AMP7 period. How are the ambitious leakage reductions targets to be met and efficiencies introduced to provide a 4% reduction in customer bills? What is needed from the engineering sector and the full supply chain to achieve the network of the future? How will you ensure greater transparency and customer trust through government changes?

Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water

​Bob Taylor, CEO, Portsmouth Water
​Iain McGuffog,
director of strategy and regulation, Bristol Water 


Networking Refreshment Break


Discussion: Ensuring a robust procurement and contract management process for the AMP7 period and beyond

Examine the intricacies of procurement in the water sector debating the best strategy from ‘direct procurement for customers’ (DPC), framework contracts and standardisation. Why is it important to tailor procurement depending on conditions and nature of the work? What impact will a mixture of procurement strategies have on the supply chain? What are your preferred procurement strategies and why have they been adopted?


James Crompton, strategic projects director, Anglian Water

Laura Mann, head of open systems, Wessex Water


Panel discussion: Placing the customer at the heart: Being the trusted utility and encouraging customer behaviour to impact consumption rates

Understand what initiatives are being deployed to engage with the local community and environment. How are you helping the most vulnerable? How are you educating customers to reduce daily water consumption from the current average of 140 litres per day? 


​Ben Earl, water efficiency manager, Southern Water

Bob Taylor, CEO, Portsmouth Water
Stephanie Hurry,
head of water efficiency engagement, Waterwise
Rob Crumbie,
director of marketing & communications, Green Redeem  



Networking Lunch

Afternoon Innovation - Assessing how technology can enable innovation in the water industry and secure the future resilience of the networks 


Making innovation come to fruition in the water sector

Looking at the momentum challenge when turning innovative ideas into action and integrating them fully to improve business performance.

Tim Williams, water strategy director, Stantec


Innovation Spotlight

The water industry is facing a host of challenges which can be resolved with innovative technology solutions. We at New Civil Engineer have spoken with key stakeholders in the water sector and have identified the following areas where innovation can help with achieving much needed efficiencies. Innovators submitted creative technology solutions which can help with one or more of the areas below:

  • Real time asset management and smart networks:
  • Leakage
  • Increasing energy efficiency

Judging panel:

Professor Dragan Savic, KWR Watercycle Research Institute (the Netherlands) and the University of Exeter

Laura Mann, head of open systems, Wessex Water

Nathan Baker, director, engineering knowledge, Institution of Civil Engineers

Graydon Jeal, director, infrastructure advisory and economics, Atkins Acuity

Hear lightening pitches from the shortlisted entries:

  • 14:00 - Judges intro
  • 14:15 - Storm Harvester
  • 14:25 - Q&A 
  • 14:30 - Innovyze  
  • 14:40 - Q&A 
  • 14:45 - Close of competition


Refreshments and networking break


Exploring the Dutch way of water network management

Understand the approaches developed and applied by the Dutch water utilities to keep leakage and cost at a very low level (6% on average and £1.1 per 1000 litres, respectively) and contrast with the UK’s current situation. Gain insight into novel leakage identification, quantification and interpretation, as well as the design and rehabilitation ‘blueprint’ approach developed to achieve high-level of service at minimum cost.

​Professor Dragan Savic, KWR Watercycle Research Institute (the Netherlands) and the University of Exeter


Start with the end in mind

Matt Crabtree, engineering director, South West Water


Innovation in Northumbrian Water and capital projects

Hear about Northumbrian Water’s corporate approach to innovation and how they are working with contract partners to promote innovation in the sector.

​​John McGovern, head of asset management, Northumbrian Water 


Real World Smart Network

  • ​Actual implementation and execution lessons learned from integrating relevant internal and external data sources into one platform by also combining new sensors and AMI meters.
  • Using a multi communication channel approach to network sensor deployment.
  • Innovating around a central data environment to accelerate other data benefit realisation initiatives. 
  • Early results, lessons learned and next steps for South East Water.

Simon Earl, operations director, South East Water 


Question and answer session


Water Technology Innovation Competition

Winner announced


Closing remarks


Close of conference 

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