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Workshop: Sensor-driven AI for the water industry

November 30


Water companies are major users of instrumentation, telemetry/ SCADA, big data and analytics and other increasingly advanced data technologies. Today’s 24/7/365 operational control centre is beginning to provide true, end-to-end water and wastewater network control and optimisation. It is a centre for risk, incident and crisis management and business continuity, and it acts as a focal point for operational information and a communication hub for the operational business. The data revolution in the water sector is providing better insight into process/network behaviour and understanding in real time, enabling more effective, risk-aware decision making and increasing operational capability to respond proactively.

However, water companies still face significant challenges in delivering improvements to customer service, the environment and cost efficiency, particularly in moving from reactive to more proactive management of service-impacting issues and further improving compliance and asset optimisation opportunities. This means anticipating performance, condition and cost avoidance opportunities and improving preventative capability, improving network agility and resilience and achieving calmer (water) networks with fewer interventions, assessing risk in real time and improving coordination and control of all system interventions. It is expected that AI will play an increasingly important role in achieving these goals.

The workshop will explore:

• The different approaches to AI with respect to different types and sources of data.
• The current status and future plans/aspirations for the use of AI in the water industry,
• Specific opportunities/applications for the use of AI, and business benefits.
• Barriers to successful implementation (e.g. business readiness/data management capability, changes to business processes and people/culture).
• Research and AI solution development to meet future water industry requirements.

Venue: Sandy Park Rugby Club, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN

Chaired by: Richard Luxton, UWE and Andy Nichols, University of Sheffield

Kindly sponsored by: ATi

Exbibitors so far: Get hands on with new kit on display!

  • ATi

Programme: Draft agenda

Prices (inc VAT): 

Prices are the same whether you choose to attend in person or online, as we need to cover the extra costs of running a hybrid event, but we encourage you to attend in person so you can benefit from networking and seeing the new kit on display.

Member rate: £110

Non member rate: £210

Student rate (for non member institutions): £27

Table top booking: £210

Literature circulation: £85

Booking: Please complete our online booking form – if you wish to book a table top please email rosa.richards@swig.org.uk


  • The Globe Hotel, 34 Fore Street, Topsham, Nr Exeter, EX3 0HR – 10 minutes from Sandy Park. Preferential room rates from £85 B&B per room, per night – Call 01392 873 471 & quote ‘Sandy Park’
  • Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport, Clyst Honiton, EX5 2LJ – 10 minutes from Sandy Park. Under ‘Add special rate codes’ choose ‘Corporate Account’ and use this unique booking number: 0002845419 Tel: 01392 348348
  • Jurys Inn Hotel, City centre Hotel, Western Way, EX1 2DB – 10 minutes from Sandy Park Please use the following username & password to book at preferential rates Username: sandypark Password: sandypark Tel: 01392 312400
  • The Buckerell Lodge, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4SQ – 10 minutes from Sandy Park. Please follow this link to achieve preferential rates starting from £65.00 per room, per night Tel: 0330 390 0490

Covid policy:

We welcome you back to SWIG events in person, so you can socialise, try out new kit on display and enjoy the whole the live event experience. We are working with every venue to put in place the best measures possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 during your visit. This includes allowing more space, hand sanitiser stations, increased ventilation, refreshments served by staff to reduce handling and no open lunch buffets for the time being.

We strongly recommend that everyone attending takes a LFT within 24 hours before an event and only attend if the result is negative, to protect other delegates and keep our events safe.

Please note any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and although we are taking all reasonable precautions to keep our attendees and staff safe we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed while in attendance at the event. For your safety and that of other attendees, we encourage you to follow our safety policies, as well as local laws and restrictions.

Full details of SWIG Covid events policy, flexible booking Terms & Conditions


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