SWAN – Aquatech Amsterdam 2019

From 5-8 November 2019, the SWAN Forum proudly partnered with Aquatech Amsterdam on a number of smart water programmes, including interactive workshops and an exciting SWAN Pavilion featuring two, well-attended content sessions.

Please click on a link below to view those relevant SWAN-Aquatech presentations.
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2nd SWAN Digital Twin Workshop
1st SWAN European Utility Alliance Workshop
SWAN AquaStage Sessions


2nd SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

The SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group held its 2nd Workshop on Nov. 6th at Aquatech Amsterdam showcasing progressive utility and industry leaders’ approaches to implementing Digital Twins, as well as interactive roundtables covering diverse topics on holistic architecture and achieving tangible outcomes. The Workshop was sponsored by GoAigua and Innovyze.


Workshop Introduction
Gigi Karmous-Edwards, President — Karmous-Edwards Consulting (US)

Digital Twin: the CAT Experience
Andreu Fargas-Marques, Maintenance Chief — Consorci D'Aigües De Tarragona (Spain)

Approaches to Digital Twin Implementation
Pablo Calabuig, CEO North America — GoAigua (Spain)

Pilar Conejos, VP Network Operations — Global Omnium (Spain)

Progressive Utility and Industry Leaders’ Approach to Implementing Digital Twin Solutions
Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager — Anglian Water (UK)

Digital Twin: A Virtual Model of the Real World
David Fortune, Director of Innovation — Innovyze (UK)

Cecil McMaster, CIO — NYC Department of Environmental Protection (US)

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Holistic Architecture
What are best approaches & technologies for creating a useful, scalable, and high-performing Digital Twin? 

Global Efforts on Digital Twin Architecture – Data Centric
Chengzi Chew, Business Development Manager of Emerging Technologies — DHI (Denmark)
Eric Dorgelo, CTO — Aquatic Informatics (Canada)

Digital Twin for Storm Water at VCS, Denmark
Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen, Industrial PhD Student — VCS Demark (Denmark)
Ido Blank, VP Sales — Kando (Israel)

BIM for Digital Twin, Starting from Optimisation of Designs
Jamie Mills, Chair of BIM4Water — Xylem (US)
Stewart Macfarlane, Regional Director — Ecodomus (US)

Steps to a Digital Twin: Main keys factors and known problems?
Andreu Fargas-Marques, Maintenance Chief — Consorci d’Aigües de Tarragona (Spain)
Tim Braun, Senior VP and Enterprise Architect — Xylem (US)

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Outcomes and Return on Investment
How can we prioritise outcomes to navigate options and deliver tangible benefits for Digital Twins?

Outcomes from Digital Twin in Valencia
Pilar Conejos, VP Network Operations — Global Omnium (Spain)
Pablo Calabuig, CEO North America — GoAigua (Spain)

Anglian Water Case Study
Mark Kaney, Director of Asset Management — Black & Veatch (US)
Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager — Anglian Water (UK)

Case Study of Thames Storm Water Digital Twin
David Fortune, Director of Innovation — Innovyze (UK)
Joep van den Broeke, Senior Scientific Researcher — KWR Water (Netherlands)


 Key Takeaways from the 2nd SWAN Digital Twin Workshop 

1st SWAN European Utility Alliance Workshop

The SWAN European Utility Alliance (EUA) held its first Workshop on Nov. 6th at Aquatech Amsterdam focusing on unexpected smart water outcomes related to each layer of the SWAN model, as well as the people factor. The Workshop was sponsored by Vitens.

Workshop Introduction
Andy Smith, Smart Water Strategy Manager — Anglian Water (UK)


Panel: Unexpected Outcomes and New Perspectives on Leakage

Optimisation in Water Loss Management
Dr. Peter van Thienen, Chief Information Officer — KWR Water Research Institute (Netherlands)

Leak Management - A Vitens Point of View
Eelco Trietsch, Innovation and Research Program Coordinator — Vitens (Netherlands)

Trunk Main Leakage and Optimal Customer Meter Replacement – Enhancing the Water Balance
Andrew Donnelly,  Advisor to the Board & Head of Leakage Management Dept. — EPAL (Portugal)


Interactive Roundtable Session 

What is the appropriate investment distribution between preventive & corrective leak reduction actions?
Francisco Javier Fernández Delgado, Deputy Director ICA & Lydia Sáez García, Research Manager — Canal de Isabel II (Spain)

What are the best ways to analyse sensor errors (e.g. flowmeters in trunk mains)?
Andreu Fargas-Marques, Maintenance Chief — Consorci Aigües Tarragona (Spain)

What are the best methods to predict infiltration in sewer systems?
Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen, Industrial PhD Student — VCS Denmark (Denmark)

How can we move from data to information, the top layer of the SWAN model?
Mario Maessen, Data Scientist — Vitens (Netherlands)

What are the broader benefits of a smart preventative and proactive leakage strategy?
Sean McCarthy, Head of Leakage — Anglian Water (UK)

Panel: Skills Required in a Future-Proof Utility

Fionn Boyle, Optimisation Project Engineer — Anglian Water (UK)

Tomi Lukkarinen, Development Engineer — HSY (Finland)
Trine Stoltenborg, Strategic Project Manager — AquaGlobe (Denmark)
Dr. Peter Prevos, Manager Data Science — Coliban Water (Australia)

Closing Discussion
What should be the vision, goals and output of the SWAN European Alliance in the future?

SWAN AquaStage Sessions

On November 5th and 7th, SWAN hosted content sessions at the Aquatech Amsterdam AquaStage focused on "Smart Water: Transforming Data into Actionable Insights" featuring global, industry thought-leaders.

Rik Thijssen, Manager Business Development – Vitens & Council Member – SWAN Forum
Shirley Ben-Dak, Marketing and Innovation Lead – SWAN Forum


Stig Knudsen, Business Development Manager

Aganova Group
Vanessa van Rossum, Commercial Director

Aquasuite (Royal HaskoningDHV)
Tom Woolley, Business Development Director

Eddy Segal, VP Sales

Mark Hendy, VP Business Development EMEA

Jaime Castillo, Senior Water Advisor

Pedro Pina, Regional Director Europe

Bentley Systems
Dr. Slavco Velickov, Global Asset Performance Sales Director

Martin Guthrie, Senior Manager Business Development

Dr. Idel Montalvo Arango, CEO & Founder