Event May 9, 2023

6th SWAN Digital Twin Workshop

Part of the SWAN 13th Annual Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

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Workshop Introduction

  • Andy Smith, Head of Smart Water (Anglian Water Services)

Keynote: Scotland’s Canals – Rescued, Reimagined & Digitally Relevant

  • Richard Millar, Interim CEO (Scottish Canals)

Operationalising Digital Twins – Global Case Studies

Moderator: Bruce Johnson, Technology Fellow (Jacobs)

  • Dr. Athena Zitrou, Head of Business Analytics (Scottish Water) “Our Journey Towards a Digital Twin”
  • Aris Witteborg, Leading Professional Digital Smart Water (Royal HaskoningDHV) “Creating and Implementing a Wastewater Digital Twin – the WBL Story”
  • Erik Driessen, CEO (Acquaint) “Operationalising Smart Technology at Brabant Water”
  • Jonathan Piveteau, Delivery & Support Department Manager of Centre Technique Distribution (SUEZ) “Live Operational Modelling of Distribution Water Networks – 1st Twinet Reference on a Large Metropole”

Interactive Roundtable Session

The Power and Potential of Turning a Utility’s Data into Actionable Insights Led by Javier Ortega, Sanitation and Urban Drainage Specialist (Global Omnium) & Claudia La Verghetta, Client Solutions Architect for Europe (Xylem Digital Solutions)

Digital Twin in Water Utilities: What it means for Planners and Operators? Led by Satish Tripathi, Managing Engineer (City of Houston)

Harnessing a Digital Twin to Optimise Energy and Cost Savings Led by Simon Bunn, Business Development Manager (SUEZ Smart Solutions)

Integrating the SWAN Layers through Decision Making and Supporting a National Digital Twin of the UK Led by Andy Smith, Head of Smart Water (Anglian Water) & George Schley, Enterprise Architect (Jacobs)

Putting Digital Twins into the Cloud Led by Adam Rollinson, Head of Engineering Improvement (Thames Water) & Andrew Dunn, Head of Utilities (ExploreAI)

How to Accelerate Digital Twin Model Building Led by Joukje Keuning, Program Manager Infra2025 (Vitens)

How IIOT Sensors & Digital Solutions Are Revolutionising Operational Performance Led by Jane Campbell, Principal Consultant (Yorkshire Water) & Luke Eeles, Asset Management Consultant – Smart Networks & Leakage (Stantec)

Unleashing the Power of Convergence in IT – OT – E Led by Dean Ford, Managing Principal Engineer, COO, (Luminary Automation, Cybersecurity, and Engineering)

How tech providers can collaborate to benefit their mutual customers Led by Matt Rolls, Vice President of Business Development (Specific Energy) & Luke Butler, Director of Innovation (Qatium)

How to evaluate and select sensors and platforms for intelligent water systems Led by James Cooper, Global Director, Water Optimisation (Arcadis)

Building a Water Data Culture – Overcoming Data Hurdles in Digital Transformation Led by Darren Coleman, Business Implementation Manager (Anglian Water) & Javier Cantu, Senior Product Manager (Autodesk – Innovyze)

Automatic Detection of Anomalous Events in Water Supply Systems Led by Douglas Miranda, Senior Consultant – Water Infrastructure (Bentley)

Bringing Digital Twins into Waterschap De Dommel Operations – Lessons Learned (and Journey Ahead) Led by Ruud Peeters, Senior Advisor on Policy and Innovation (Waterschap De Dommel) & Fabio Polesel, Wastewater Engineer (DHI)​

Keynote: From Blueprint to Reality: Digital Twin Case Studies and Best Practices

  • Paul Surin, Associate Partner – Global Lead Engineering, Construction, Real Estate & PLM (IBM)

SWAN Digital Twin Challenge Statement Roundtables

Through interactive group collaboration, we unpacked Challenge Statements and worked through thought-provoking exercises:

  1. How do you move from being an experience-led organisation to a data-driven company? How do you create a culture that values and trusts data driven solutions? 
  2. What unique selling points do utilities have to attract and retain (young) new staff? How does data and digital contribute to achieving this?
  3. How can the water industry establish a standardised framework for assessing the maturity of digital twin solutions, and ensure their effectiveness in improving operational efficiency, asset management, and decision-making?
  4. How can the water industry effectively integrate and secure ICT, IoT, and OT systems to prevent cyber threats and ensure the safety and reliability of water systems?
  5. ​Do digital twins provide additional resilience to your company and how do you do this? What are the risks of relying more on digital and data solutions?
  6. Which building blocks from the architecture diagram is relevant for each lifecycle stage?​
  7. How can we create a digital thread through the different stages and levels? What does it require and where do we start? How do we consider the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of water data at different stages and levels?

Challenge Statement Facilitators:

  • Satish Tripathi, Managing Engineer Infrastructure Planning (City of Houston)
  • Agnethe Pedersen, Digital Twin Lead (VandCenter Syd)
  • Andy Smith, Head of Smart Water (Anglian Water Services)
  • Joukje Keuning, Program Manager Infra 2025 (Vitens)​
  • Chengzi Chew, Chief Entrepreneur (Grundfos FutureLab)
  • Jamie Mills, Global BIM Manager (Xylem)
  • Martin Currie, Water Quality & Treatment Consultant (Aqueum)
  • Nele Philips, Program Manager R&D (De Watergroep)

Workshop Recaps by Facilitators & Conclusion

  • Gigi Karmous-Edwards, Founder & Chair of the SWAN Digital Twin Work Group

Thank you to our Sponsors!