WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on November 10th, we hosted WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 at The BCEC, Birmingham. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (Metasphere, Project Centre – part of Marston Holdings, Green Valley Group and BIM4Water at British Water) and Keynote Supporters (Severn Trent, the Environment Agency, Buckinghamshire Council and Bristol Water)…

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Water Management Smart Class but were unable to join us on the day for this live in-person event, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective:

  1. “The AIoT – A Digital Journey to Transforming the Water Sector”
  2. “Using Innovative Technologies to Help Mitigate Pollution Caused by Wastewater Spills”
  3. “Project Groundwater and the FCRIP – Innovation, Collaboration and Challenge in Flood Risk Management”
  4. “How SuDS Can Mitigate Flood Risk and the Impacts of Climate Change”
  5. “Enabling Data Driven Insights within Bristol Water”
  6. “Managing Asset Information and Data for Water Industry Stakeholders”
  7. “4D and Beyond – Driving Digital Transformation of a Sector in Support of the National Digital Twin Programme”

*Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, innovation, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers, policy makers and planners from UK water companies and utilities, wastewater and sewer operators, lead local flood authorities (unitary authorities and county councils), city/borough/metropolitan councils, district councils, combined authorities, highways authorities, prime contractors, general insurers, large water consumers, central governmental and regulatory bodies (e.g. Defra, DCLG, Ofwat, Environment Agency, DWI, SEPA), independent industry and consumer organisations (e.g. Water UK, CCW) etc.


Here’s what some of our delegates and stakeholders had to say about WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022:

“Thanks for the opportunity to keynote. I really enjoyed it and hope to see you again in the future” – Control and Automation Architect, Asset Intelligence and Innovation, Severn Trent • “A great day today in Birmingham attending a Water Management Smart Class run by Smart Classes. There was a range of interesting keynote speakers and innovators from the Environment Agency, Project Centre, Severn Trent and many more. Personal highlights included James Ballard’s presentation on how Artificial Intelligence is transforming water networks, alongside Tom de la Rosa who highlighted key areas of EA funding and Jed Ramsay who presented Project Groundwater. Thanks for facilitating a great day. As a relatively new member of the Water Industry it was great to connect with so many new faces” – Flood and Coastal Risk Consultant, Binnies • “Many thanks for the chance to speak yesterday. It was a really well run event” – Flood and Coastal Innovation Programmes Manager, Environment Agency • “Excellent event. Digital innovation for flood warnings and management of particular interest” – Head of Strategic Networks, West Yorkshire Combined Authority • “Great to join the Smart Water Management knowledge exchange today” – Chair of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Water Reuse & Finish Group • “Thanks for hosting us yesterday. I thought it was an excellent event and I was really pleased to be able to speak. The format is excellent too (timings, venue, food, roundtable discussions). Will certainly be recommending to colleagues in the future” – Project Groundwater Programme Manager, Strategic Flood Management Team, Buckinghamshire Council “Very well presented and put together. I will definitely be in attendance again” – Senior Business Development Manager SMSTS, Quest Waste Management “Good event – informative on transferable skills” – Regional Operations Manager – Pumping, Yorkshire Water  • “It was a pleasure to attend and a very useful event” – Place Strategy Manager, Nottinghamshire County Council “This was an interesting event today by Smart Classes. All of the presentations and roundtable discussions were valuable and topics such as digital transformation (of the water industry) and flood management were most interesting” – Research Fellow in Hydro Informatics, University of Exeter “Thank you for having me today, Smart Classes. It was a very informative and educative conference” – Energy & Sustainability Advisor, CBRE “It was a great event and very well organised. Congratulations!” – Project Manager, Strategic Flood Management Team, Buckinghamshire Council

“Another fantastic conference by Smart Classes and a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge and expertise. I presented the concepts of interconnected systems and national digital twins, focussing attention on the benefits for the water sector and how data flow and information management will be key in tackling modern day water challenges. Thank you for letting me share and learn amongst our sector peers” – Global BIM Manager at Xylem & Past Chair of BIM4Water (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thanks to the Smart Classes team for organising a great workshop with a wide range of stakeholders!” – Commercial Director, Metasphere (Innovation Sponsor) • “Huge thanks to Smart Classes for hosting the Water Management Smart Class event yesterday. It was great to provide insight to the sector wide work BIM4Water are collaborating on and hopefully we have gained some new members” – National Rehearsal Lead at MWH Treatment & Chair of BIM4Water (Innovation Sponsor) • “An excellent event experience. Helpful programme content, engaging roundtable discussions, excellent opportunities to network…and all of the presentations were good, providing different perspectives” – Green Valley Group (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was fantastic to meet so many at the Water Management Smart Class yesterday, where F. Javier Soto and myself presented on how sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) can mitigate flood risk and the impacts of climate change. We referred to our recent South Chingford flood mitigation scheme, developed for the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It was great to learn from the great work of others in the industry and to see so much interest in how our sustainable approach has significantly reduced flood risks whilst providing an opportunity to improve biodiversity and enhance water quality” – Technical Director, Project Centre (Innovation Sponsor) • “Excellent event, organisation and facilities” – Principal Civil Engineer, Project Centre (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was a pleasure to present in person today at the Water Management Smart Class with my colleagues at BIM4Water and 4D BIM and Beyond. It is an exciting time to be in the water industry, seeing the digital transformation taking place” – BIM Coordinator at Binnies & Chair of BIM4Water’s 4D BIM and Beyond Task Group (Innovation Sponsor)


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WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions and best practices can help manage the distribution and management of water resources, and also offers utilities an opportunity to improve efficiency and customer service whilst reducing water scarcity. WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in Birmingham on November 10th.


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