The global use cases cover the full range of water company challenges, from increased customer expectations to asset investment strategies, the rising cost of water and wastewater management to regulatory and environmental concerns, to workforce issues. The event will also share insights on cross-sector collaborations and data sharing to develop sustainable catchment systems, which support and complement asset management plans, with the goal to meet AMP7 efficiency and performance challenges.
United Utilities will introduce its innovative catchment systems thinking approach, which is influencing the direction of travel for future investment strategies across the UK water sector. The approach uses internal and third-party data, cross-sector collaborations and a holistic viewpoint to identify the most innovative and effective investments to solve industry challenges.
Jo Harrison, Director of Environment, Planning and Innovation, United Utilities
Jo will cover the River Petteril and River Wyre catchment projects, taking a deep dive particularly into using water company and third-party data to develop novel solutions.
The Petteril catchment project focused on water quality with the goal of reducing phosphates. It saw a year of extensive data collection, water quality monitoring and behaviour modelling, leading to interventions and investments entirely different than expected. The project resulted in a cross-sector collaboration with Nestle, which was seeking similar outcomes.
The Wyre catchment project focused on reducing flooding, employing three-dimensional flood mapping to identify novel approaches. The project saw collaborations with FloodRe, Co-Op Insurance and the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Esme Fairbairn Foundation.
The resulting catchment-based approach (CaBA) has won endorsement from the Environment Agency and has attracted backing from the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
Jo has worked for United Utilities since 1998. In her current role she is accountable for leading our environmental and asset strategy for the business for the next 25 years; including developing and strengthening the company’s approach to asset management, resilience, climate change and environmental regulation. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Water and Environmental Managers and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Bas Beemsterboer, European Solution Consulting Director for Infor’s Enterprise Asset Management product, CloudSuite EAM.
Bas has 30 years of experience in this field; there is not an industry that he hasn’t been involved in, whether from a sales or an implementation perspective. Leveraging the versatility and configurability of the CloudSuite EAM product has always been Bas’s passion, and the continued investment of Infor in this market-leading product, as well as the surrounding technology, make him a happy man professionally. In the little spare time that his work and family allow him, Bas plays guitar in several regional classic rock bands. And in case you need to know: His favorite Beatle is Paul.
Amruthraj Arogyadas, Head of the Water Utilities Centre of Excellence for Wipro Technologies Ltd.
Amruth leads development of innovative and differentiated digital solutions for the water industry. He is passionate about leveraging the latest digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve critical industry problems. He actively works to co-innovate with various partner ecosystems and customers across the globe.
About Wipro & Infor
Wipro & Infor are successful Alliance partners since 2016. Wipro & Infor have launched Smart Water Solution for Water Utilities. Powered by Infor Enterprise Asset Management and IoT, and integrated with Wipro’s Water Insights Platform, the solution aims to help utilities in the water industry manage their assets in real-time, and to deliver superior services to consumers with no disruptions.
Wipro’s Smart Water Solution, with Infor EAM & IoT, enables quicker implementation of asset and work management systems, and generates meaningful analytics insights powered by unique artificial intelligence and machine learning models. It offers ready to use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that can integrate with a variety of IT & OT systems.
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