WASTEWATER RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY SUPPORT FORUM
Meeting 18th July 2013
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This was the Forum’s 50th meeting. It was held in CIWEM’s Boardroom in London and chaired by Dr Gordon Jones from FWR because Paul Hickey was unavailable and neither was anybody else from the EA.
Gordon expressed the condolences of FWR and the Forum to the family of Nick Reeves and to CIWEM for Nick’s premature and unexpected death. Nick Reeves, late Chief Executive of CIWEM, died on 7th July, 2 weeks after suffering a severe stroke.
A roundup of members’ research included the following:
Oliver Grievson, Anglian Water
David Butler, Exeter University
CORFU (Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban areas) this FP7 project has the overall aim of enabling European and Asian partners to learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of short to medium term strategies that will enable more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future. Building in resilience and living with flooding. CORFU will sponsor an international conference at the University of Exeter September 5-7 2013, to disseminate its findings, and to provide a forum for current academic papers in the field of flood resilience.
SANITAS Sustainable and Integrated Urban Water System Management is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded under FP7 that started 1st November 2011 and will run for 4 years. Exeter’s contribution is “Catchment based and real–time based consenting” considering the potential impacts of variable consents and how they could be designed. The project is modelling a WwTW for the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O and the effects that changing operations could have on their emissions.
David has commenced his EPSRC fellowship ‘Safe & SuRe: a New Paradigm for Urban Water Management’, the project is drawing from multi-disciplinary collaboration with leading academics inside and outside the field. He said, “The water sector in the UK … is increasingly under threat as a result of climate change, increasing population, urbanisation, demographic shifts and tighter regulation. The current way of working looks increasingly out of date and out of step with emerging thinking and best practice in some leading nations.
Technical Presentations with members of CIWEM’s Wastewater Management Panel
Water Industry Process Automation & Control
Oliver Grievson, Anglian Water
The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group started on 16th May 2011 as a discussion group on LinkedIn with “Question of the fortnight” to discuss the issues surrounding instrumentation, process automation & control. There are now more than 3,090 members. has been developed to share the knowledge that has been gained. It is a knowledge centre to share good practises or pitfalls in a collaborative environment for the good of the water industry in general, including:-
Water, we use it but we don't use it up
Mark Tonkin, Design Technology + Innovation
DTI produced a very innovative subsurface gravity-fed irrigation system that can use seawater or other saline water because water vapour dissolves into the pipe wall and exsolves into the soil. DTI has gone on to work with NASA on water management in space.
Steps towards a connected, autonomous world of intelligent water Things.
Laurie Reynolds, Aquamatix
WaterWorX from AquamatiX is a connected platform for an Internet of (water) Things; it is built on ThingWorX. It is cloud-based and encompasses a library of standard data models, which can be readily cloned and connected to represent water and wastewater networks, and support real-time monitoring. WaterWorX apps are used by owners and also by suppliers of equipment. It integrates with legacy telemetry, SCADA and enterprise business applications to provide a new capability in operational control and asset management.
The next meeting of the Forum will be 30th October 2013