Smart City, Smart Water: Sustainable? What can my data tell me?

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m

Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 65 Minthorn Blvd., Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 7Y9

Access code is required! Please refer to the event email sent by PEO York.

Event Information:
Learn what actions municipalities can take to more effectively analyze and report on measures that help track operational performance, and in the long run, provide evidence of sustainability. This event includes a networking opportunity, presentation, and Q&A session.

The data that needs to be gathered to create those measures exists in multiple places, across the complete breadth and depth of the organization’s business functions. The challenge is to first determine what needs to be reported, and then building the mechanisms for capturing and visualizing the data – efficiently, accurately, collaboratively, and consistently. The requirements around reporting the appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for various departments of an organization typically vary, so the solution must be flexible and accommodating. The process to provide these KPIs must also be sustainable, and not add impossible extra duties to a fully occupied workforce.

Sustainability needs to be implemented using a plan which covers immediate and long-term business objectives, and results in an optimum balance of the triple bottom line considerations of financial, social, and environmental perspectives. Appropriate measurements are difficult to define and create. We will share how municipalities have taken innovative steps towards being sustainable, and how they are tracking and reporting their KPIs. To help communicate their needs and the state of the water sector the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) five (5) Layers of Data Maturity Model will be used. This model helps utilities understand how statistical analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning can be leveraged to optimize water systems and help offset capital spending, reduce operational costs, reduces maintenance costs, and better plan for future growth.

Keywords: Sustainability, SMART utilities, SMART water, SWAN, big data, OT/IT, emerging technology

Themes: Data management, effective utility management


Peter Samson

About the Speaker, Pete Samson:

Pete Samson, P.Eng. is a Technical Group Leader at Eramosa Engineering based in Guelph. Pete is a is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Consulting Engineers Ontario (CEO), and Ontario Water Work Association (OWWA). Pete is currently serving a three year term on the OWWA Board of Directors, has previously served as a Director for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He is active on several committees including: OWWA Automation Committee, AWWA Water Utility Technology Advisory Committee, and AWWA M2 Instrument & Controls Manual Review Committee. Pete has been working with Eramosa for the last decade designing, integration and managing SCADA, electrical, network, and controls projects. During that time Pete has serviced clients from single well pump sites and up to SCADA Master Planning and strategic consulting for North America’s largest cities. 


Event Breakdown:

7:00 - 7:45pm – Event Registration, networking with food
7:45 - 9:00pm – Presentation
9:00 - 9:30pm – Q&A


Kim Keoponnreay, EIT
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